Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB)— The 38th edition of National Senior Table Tennis Championship 2019 will begin Saturday at Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Table Tennis Wooden Floor Stadium in Paltan.
Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) is organising the competition, said a press release issued Friday.
Forty-four teams, including 13 female and 44 male, will participate in this tournament.
As many as 260 players and 44 officials will compete in the event that will feature matches in the team, single, double and mixed double categories.
The tournament will end on April 11.
Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB)- The National and International Sports Day Mini Marathon 2019, organised by Bangladesh Athletics Federation, will begin on Saturday.
It will start at 6am from the Bangladesh Army Stadium and end at Bangabandhu National Stadium, according to a press release.
Bangladesh Athletics Federation President ASM Ali Kabir will distribute prizes among the marathoners and conclude run as the chief guest.
Bangladesh Army Sports Control Board chairman Brig Gen ASM Reedwanur Rahman is expected be present as special guest.
There will be two groups divided into male and female marathoners. The first to sixth place holders will be awarded. Fifty judges will be present at 14 point as well as 40 volunteers for street safety.
Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB) – The eighth edition of the National Roller Skating Championship2019, organised by Bangladesh Roller Skating Federation and sponsored by Orion Group, will begin on Saturday.
It will take place at Shekih Russel Rolling Skating Complex in Dhaka, said a press release.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russell will inaugurate the event at 5pm. Besides, the acting Secretary of Youth and Sports Ministry Mohammad Jafar Uddin will be present as special guest while federation President Md Abul Kalam Azad will preside over the opening ceremony.
More than 1,000 participants from 27 clubs of 20 districts will take part in the event this year. The tournament will end on April 12.
Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB) — Prime Bank Cricket Club and Gazi Group Cricketers won their respective matches on Friday in the ninth round of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League.
Prime Bank outclassed Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) by 172 runs in Fatullah.
Prime Bank won the toss and decided to bat first. They posted 222 for eight wickets in 50 overs in spite of some poor displays from both top and middle order.
They lost the first wickets after posting just 10 runs on the board. Salman Hossain was the first batsman to get dismissed. The other opener, Anamul Haque, fell for 23 off 31 deliveries.
However, Abhimanyu Easwaran scored 92 off 109 balls with only two fours and one six. Ariful Haque and Alok Kapali failed to impress as they fell for 0 and 1.
Coming to bat at number seven, Nahidul Islam hit a fifty with one four and three sixes.
For BKSP, Sumon Khan, Naushad Iqbal and Hasan Murad bagged two wickets each. While replying, BKSP tumbled for 50 all-out in 22 overs.
Parvez Hossain Emon was the only BKSP batsman to reach a double-digit score. He ended with 15.
Al Amin Hossain, who is not with the national set-up currently, bagged five wickets conceding only 20 runs. Along with him, right-arm off-spinner Nayeem Hasan took two wickets conceding six runs in four overs.
Al Amin was awarded the man of the match for his splendid performance with the ball. It was Prime Bank’s seventh win of the season while BKSP suffered their sixth loss.
In the other match at Savar, Gazi Group Cricketers beat Brothers Union by nine runs. It was the fourth win of Gazi in the league while struggling Brothers suffered the seventh loss of the season.
Brothers won the toss and decided to bowl first. Four of the first five batsmen of Gazi fell for single-digit score. One of them, captain Imrul Kayes, fell for a duck.
Despite this fragile show, Gazi posted 206 thanks to Kamran Ghulam and Mehedi Hasan. While Kamran struck 82, Mehedi scored 48. Wicketkeeper-batsman Shamsul Islam posted 22.
For Brothers, left-arm pacer Sajedul Islam bagged four wickets conceding 54 runs while Mehedi Hasan and Mohammad Sharif took two wickets each.
While replying, Brothers got a solid start, posting 136 for two wickets. Opener Junaid Siddique struck 72 while Mizanur Rahman scored 25.
They lost the last eight wickets in 61 runs and subsequently lost the game. They needed 21 from the last 24 balls but were all-out for 197 in 48.5 overs.
For Gazi Group, Nasum Ahmed registered his first five-wicket haul in List-A cricket conceding 49 runs while Sanjit Saha bagged three wickets conceding 45 runs.
Madrid, April 5 (AP/UNB) — Just days before a game that could save Atletico Madrid's season, players got together for a barbecue at the team's training camp.
They gathered after a practice session to unwind and share a relaxed meal by one of the training fields in the outskirts of Madrid.
It was time to unite the group and get everyone on the same page before what has become their biggest match of the season.
Atletico visits Barcelona on Saturday to try to keep alive its hopes of challenging for the Spanish league title and finishing a disappointing season on a high note.
A victory at Camp Nou Stadium will cut Barcelona's lead to five points with seven matches remaining, giving Atletico a chance to make a late title run.
"As long as we have a chance, we have to remain ambitious and set high goals," Atletico midfielder Rodrigo said. "We will try to make things difficult for them."
Barcelona faltered by losing points at Villarreal in the previous round, and it will also have to worry about a difficult visit to Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals immediately after the Atletico match.
Atletico, meanwhile, has only the league to play for, and it is coming off two consecutive wins. It has momentum on its side, but it will be going to a venue where it hasn't fared well in a long time.
It will need to end a 13-year unsuccessful streak at Camp Nou if it wants to have a realistic chance of contending for the title. It hasn't been able to beat Barcelona there in 18 consecutive matches in all competitions, dating to 2006. In the league, Atletico hasn't beaten Barcelona since a home triumph in 2010 — a run of 17 matches in a row in all venues.
"We know it's complicated, but we will keep fighting," Rodrigo said. "We will be playing against the best team in the league and it would be incredible to be able to cut into its lead."
After holding on to France's Antoine Griezmann and adding other players to an already competitive squad, Atletico began the season with high hopes. It started by winning the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid but fell short in other competitions, eliminated by Girona in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey and by Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
"It honestly surprises me to see Atletico fighting for the lead or for second place in a league that has been dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid for the last 10 years," said coach Diego Simeone, who has never been able to win at Camp Nou since taking over Atletico at the end of 2011.
Simeone led Atletico to the 2014 league title and it was second last season, ahead of Real Madrid. It enters the weekend with a five-point lead over its city rival.
The coach may not be able to count on two of his top players on Saturday as forwards Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa are considered doubtful because of injuries.
Barcelona needed two late goals to salvage a 4-4 draw at Villarreal on Tuesday but remains unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions. Its last league loss was in November against Real Betis at Camp Nou, and it had won seven straight before being held by Villarreal.
Coach Ernesto Valverde planned to rest Lionel Messi against Villarreal but had to put him in the match early in the second half after Barcelona squandered a two-goal lead. Messi scored in the 90th minute and Luis Suarez scored in injury time for the draw.
"We know Atletico is not going to give up," Valverde said. "We know that it's going to be difficult for us in every match from now until the end."