Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB)– The logo unveiling ceremony and introduction of the sponsors of the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 International Football Tournament will be held Monday (Sept 3) afternoon at the conference room of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) here.
The SAFF Suzuki Cup, the biggest soccer festival of the region, will take place in the country’s premier sports venue Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka from September 4 to 15 with participation of seven South Asian countries--Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and hosts Bangladesh.
Hosts Bangladesh, which was placed in Group A of the SAFF Suzuki Cup with Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, will play Bhutan in the 2nd match on the opening day (Tuesday) at 7 pm while Pakistan will play Nepal in the opening match at 4 pm on the day.
India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have been put in Group B of the meet.
Pakistan team arrived in the capital Sunday early hour to compete in the seven-nation meet, followed by Bhutan Sunday noon at 12:10 pm and Nepal on Sunday afternoon at 2:40 pm.
The islanders Sri Lanka was the first foreign team reached Bangladesh last Sunday (August 26) from Asian Games in Indonesia to play FIFA Friendly with Bangladesh in Nilphamari last Wednesday and made an inspirational 1-0 victory over the home country ahead of the biggest soccer festival of the region (SAFF Championship).
Holders India will reach here on Monday (Sept 3) early hour at 12:50 am while the Maldives team due to arrive in the capital on Monday (Sept 3) at 1:45 pm.
Meanwhile, hosts Bangladesh team under supervision English coach Jamie Day, made their first practice session at the games venue Bangabandhu National Stadium Sunday morning for one and half hour with his final squad, which yet to be announced. Bangladesh team, divided in two groups, also played a match in a small ground.
Jamie Day reportedly selected a 20-member final squad of Bangladesh national football team for ensuing SAFF Championship Saturday night after conducting a 12 weeks long training camp and accordingly informed it to the players.
Eight players –Zafor Iqbal, Motin Mia, Rahmat Mia, Abdullah, Anisur Rahman, Majurur Rahman, Mahfuz Hasan Pritom, and Fazle Rabbi—were excluded from the squad while former national skipper Mamunul Islam Mamun, Waly Faisal, Faisal Mahmud, Shahkawat Ronny, Emon Mahmud, Sohel Rana, and Nasiruddin Chowdhury are considered in the team as senior players.
Bangladesh squad: Ashraful Islam Rana, Shahidul Alam Sohel, Topu Barman, Nasiruddin Chowdhury, Bishwanath Ghosh, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Waly Faisal, Susanta Tripura, Masuk Miah Zony, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Emon Mahmud Babu, Faisalo Mahmud, Sohel Rana, Biplu Ahmed, Atiqul Islam Fahad, Jamal Bhuiyan, Shahkawat Hossain Ronny, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Saaduddin and Rabiul Hassan.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The Unilever’s hair care brand shampoo “Clear Men” accorded a reception to BAF Shaheen School, the runner-up of the Clear Men Under-17 National Football Tournament in the capital on Sunday.
Vice President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Tabith Awal and Manager of Unilever Bangladesh Central Northern Nadia Tabassum addressed functions as guests of honour, where high officials of BFF, Unilever, teachers, guardians and students of BAF Shaheen School were also present.
“Clear Men is committed to encouraging school based football and for this reasons Clear Men has organized such a big event like Under-17 Football tournament,” said Nadia Tabassum.
The speakers stressed the need for arranging such school-based football tournament for creating pipelines for national team players and ameliorating the country’s football performance.
Clear Men, the world’s number one men’s shampoo brand, in association with Bangladesh Football Federation organized the biggest football tournament in the country’s history that concluded in last May.
Earlier on May 12, Sonadighi High School of Godagari Upazila under Rajshahi District clinched the National U-17 Football title defeating BAF Shaheen School of Dhaka in the final at Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
A total of 272 school football teams across the country participated in the tournament.
Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) - Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Sunday announced a 17-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup to be held in the UAE on September 15-28.
Afghanistan are pitted in Group ‘B’ alongside Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to play in the six-nation meet. The ACB announced the squad as the 4th nation among the participating nations after Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh will start their campaign taking on Sri Lanka in the tournament opener at the Dubai International Stadium on September 15 before facing Afghanistan at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on September 20.
Uncapped 22-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Munir Ahmad got the maiden call for the national side while pacer Sayed Shirzad first call for ODI campaign for the ICC’s new full member nation.
Asghar Afghan-led Afghanistan picked up three specialist spinners in their squad -- left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf, legbreak googly Rashid Khan and off-break Mujeeb Ur Rahman -- where experienced spin all-rounder Mohammad Nabi will be an addition.
The Group A comprises of defending champions India, Pakistan and the winner of the ongoing Asia Cup Qualifier 2018.
On completion of the group stage battles, two top teams from each group will move to the super-four stage, which will kick off on September 21. The final will be played on September 28.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on August 30 announced a 15-man squad with regular captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza leading the side.
India and Sri Lanka also announced their squads
Afghanistan Squad: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Afghan (captain), Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Ihsanullah Janat, Sayed Shirzad, Wafadar and Munir Ahmad Kakar.
Bangladesh Squad: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Abu Haider Rony.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed
Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kushal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka. Dhanajaya De Silva, Akila Dhananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dusmantha Chameera and Lasith Malinga.
New York, Sep 1 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams kept booming big shots for winners, never allowing herself to feel sorry for the overmatched player on the other side.
So what if it happened to be her big sister?
The Williams sisters, long ago in careers that have spanned 20 years and 30 meetings as professionals, learned they had to view each other only as opponents — and in Serena's eyes, Venus is the best one she's ever played.
"Even though it's difficult, especially for me," Serena said, "we just do the best that we can."
On Friday, it was perhaps the best she's ever done against Venus.
Serena equaled her most-lopsided victory against her sister with a 6-1, 6-2 rout in the third round of the U.S. Open.
Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games and seize control in perhaps her most dominant performance since giving birth to her daughter a year ago Saturday.
The sisters' earliest meeting in a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years was over early, with Venus unable to do anything to blunt Serena's power, even after the fans that were part of Friday's single-day record crowd of 70,162 tried desperately to get behind her with pleas of "Come on, Venus!" early in the second set.
"I think it's by far the best match I ever played against her in forever," Serena said of the match that lasted just 1 hour, 12 minutes. "But I don't know about ever, ever. It probably was. I played much better tonight than I have since I started this journey on my way back."
"It's not easy," Serena said, despite how easy it looked in a match that lasted just 1 hour, 12 minutes.
They hadn't played this early in a Grand Slam since Venus won in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open in their first meeting as pros, and only once over the next two decades had either won so decisively. Serena won by the same score in a semifinal victory in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013.
"I think it's the best match she's ever played against me," Venus said. "I don't think I did a lot wrong. But she just did everything right."
Serena, the No. 17 seed, will face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who knocked out top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round.
Serena, who turns 37 next month, leads the series 18-12 with her sister, 11-5 in Grand Slam tournaments. But this one wasn't expected to be so easy, not with Serena still working her way back into form after returning to the tour in the spring.
But this was the type of tennis that has brought her to 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the ability to pound balls all over the court and chase down the rare shots that looked like they might get past her.
"Obviously that level is definitely where she's going to want to stay during this whole tournament," Venus said.
Serena pounded 10 aces to just one for Venus, the No. 16 seed who was perhaps a little drained after two tough matches to begin the tournament, including a three-setter against 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in her opener.
Serena had an easier time in the first two rounds, though that was expected to change Friday under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium. They had combined for eight titles in Flushing Meadows, six by Serena, and each had beaten the other in a U.S. Open final.
But there was no beating Serena on this night, and the discouraged look on Venus' face across much of the match indicated she seemed to realize it.
"I mean, she played so well, I never got to really even touch any balls," said Venus, a semifinalist at the U.S. Open last year. "When your opponent plays like that, it's not really anything to be upset about."
It looked as if Serena could have trouble when, in the second game of the match, her right ankle turned awkwardly when Venus hit behind her on a shot. Serena stood near the baseline with her back to the court for quite a few seconds, then motioned to the chair umpire that she wanted to the see the trainer at the next changeover.
Serena had the ankle treated with a 2-1 lead, then broke in the next game, helped when Venus missed an easy swinging volley wide. She would break again for a 5-1 lead, then pound two aces in the next service game to wrap up the first set in 31 minutes.
New York, Sep 1 (AP/UNB) — The closed roof, a dropped first set, a tight match highlighted by last year's U.S. Open finalist that had the crowd going wild. Sure, Rafael Nadal had all of those elements in his victory.
But at the stadium a long volley away from Nadal, Kevin Anderson was engaged in his own terrific duel under the same conditions.
Anderson, who lost to Nadal in the 2017 Open final, lost his first set and played under a closed roof for the first time in Louis Armstrong Stadium history. Like Nadal — who won in four sets — Anderson survived a scare, this one against 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Friday night to reach the fourth round in 3 hours, 43 minutes.
"I thought it was great tennis throughout," Anderson said.
The fifth-seeded Anderson lost the crowd to the popular Shapovalov — who exhorted the fans to raise the roof under the sealed conditions — but moved on to play Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
His second Grand Slam final of the year is still in sight. The South African has blossomed in his 30s and reached the U.S Open final in 2017 and Wimbledon this year to play for major championships for the first times in his career.
Shapovalov, seeded 28th, showed he has all the potential needed to reach those milestones much earlier.
Shapovalov is 19, making him the youngest player in the ATP top 100. In 2017, Shapovalov qualified at Flushing Meadows and then made a stirring run to the fourth round, making him the youngest man into the round of 16 since Michael Chang in 1989. That helped him crack the top 50 soon after, the youngest player to get that high in the men's rankings since Rafael Nadal did it in 2004.
Shapovalov wears his hat backward and chokes the adjustment band to the end so that the flap sticks out and — when he wears a white hat as he did Friday — it looks like a unicorn horn. He chewed on his chain, noshed on multiple bananas on nearly every break and tapped his feet against the hard court as he waited for play to resume.
Shapovalov seemed a typical teen, impatiently waiting his turn and keeping an eye on the big screen and the tribute to great moments in U.S. Open history. But his manners — he thanked ball boys and girls for their help — and the way he punctuated winners with punishing backhands showed a maturity beyond his years.
"I just feel like I belong out there this year," he said. "I'm able to compete with anyone out there, as I showed today. I feel like my game is at a different level."
He waved his arms and encouraged the crowd to get on their feet, and with the roof closed, Armstrong got loud. The public address announcer chastised the crowd in the fourth set to quiet down as New York instantly became a Shapovalov city.
"Felt like in a coliseum, almost," Anderson said. "Constant noise going on the whole time, which obviously as tennis players, it's nice to have quiet. What's more distracting is when there is quiet and you can identify bits and pieces, pockets of noise. When it's constant, it's actually easier to deal with."
Anderson, though, broke Shapovalov's serve early in the fifth and took control the rest of the way.
Louis Armstrong Stadium and Arthur Ashe — where Nadal won a thriller over Karen Khachanov — each had to close the roof once light rain hit Flushing Meadows.
Anderson emerged out of nowhere last season to reach the Open final. At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 Anderson never had been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 previous appearances. But Nadal overwhelmed Anderson in three sets to win his third U.S. Open title.
Anderson proved he was no one-slam wonder when reached the Wimbldeon final this season. Again, he was handily defeated by a more experienced champion. Novak Djokovic won in three sets.