Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) – Bangladesh U-15 women’s football team played out a 1-1 draw against India U-15 women’s football team in their last group match of the 3rd edition of SAFF U−15 Women's Championship’2019 at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu of Bhutan on Sunday.
Forward Swapna Rani scored one goal for Bangladesh while midfielder Amisha Baxla netted one for India.
In the day’s match, midfielder Amisha Baxla put Indian side ahead scoring with a close range right footed shot from inside the box, off a pass from another midfielder Sunita Munda in the 24th minute (1-0).
But within two minutes forward Swapna Rani leveled the margin for Bangladesh with a low-range right-footed volley utilizing a header from defender Rumi Akhter in the 26th minute (1-1).
The game saw getting one yellow card -- Sunita Munda of India.
Bangladesh will take on India in the final on October 15 at the same venue.
Bangladesh confirmed their spot in the final of four-team meet beating Nepal by 2-1 goals while India also reached the final routing hosts Bhutan by 10-1 goals on Friday.
Earlier, Bangladesh made a flying start beating hosts Bhutan by 2-0 goals in their first match while India crushed Nepal by 4-1 goals in the day’s opening match on Wednesday last.
In their last three meets in SAFF U−15 Women's Championships, Bangladeshi girls won two matches and lost one against India.
After crushing India by 3-0 goals in the group stage of SAFF U−15 Women's Championship 2017, Bangladesh again beat them by 1-0 goal in the final to clinch their first title in Kamalapur Stadium here on December 24.
In the SAFF U−15 Women's Championship 2018, Bangladeshi girls conceded a 0-1 goal defeat against the same side in the final of in Thimphu on August 18.
Bangladesh: Rupna Chakma, Nasrin Akhter, Afedia Khandokar, Surma Jannat, Swapna Rani, Shamsunnahar, Shaheda Akhter Ripa (Sumi Khatun-46th), Rumi Akhter, Nusrat Jahan Bristi, Mahfuza Khatun (Kohtai Kisku-46th), Joynob Bibi Rita.
India: Adrija Sarkhel, Jyoti Kumari, Purnima Kumari, Shilky Devi Hemam, Nisha, Martina Thhokhom, Astam Oraon (Sumati Kumari-77th), Sunita Munda (Lynda Kom Setro-81st minute), Amisha Baxla, Sai Sankhe (Kiran-61st), Babina Devi Lisham.
Referee: Choki Om (Bhutan).
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) — Bangladesh U-19 beat New Zealand U-19 in the last match of the five-match series by 73 runs on Sunday at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln.
With this win, Bangladesh ended the series 4-1. The junior Tigers lost the fourth match only.
Bangladesh won the toss and batted first. They scored 120 runs in the first wicket stand that laid down the foundation of a big total.
Opener Tanzid Hasan, who had been consistently good in the series, posted 71 runs off 59 with 11 fours while the other opener Parvez Hossain Emon posted 48 off 55 with eight fours.
Shahadat Hossain and Avishek Das posted 48 each and the junior Tigers ended their innings on 316 for eight in 50 overs.
For New Zealand, Fergus Lellman bagged two wickets while the other five bowlers took one wicket each.
In reply, New Zealand tumbled for 243 all-out in 43.4 overs and endured the defeat by 73 runs.
After taking two wickets, Fergus Lellman also shone with the bat as he hit 56 off 46 with five fours and two sixes while Jock McKenzie and Jesse Tashkoff hit 47 and 39 respectively. But they disappointed to record another win for the hosts.
For Bangladesh, left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam bagged five wickets conceding 43 runs in 8.4 overs.
Dhaka, Oct 13 (UNB) — Bangladesh Test and T20Is captain Shakib Al Hasan ended his this year’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL) stint on a high as his team Barbados Tridents won the title for the second time beating Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final by 27 runs at the Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad.
However, Shakib was poor in the final as he posted only 15 with the bat and conceded 18 runs in two overs without any wicket.
Barbados Tridents won the toss and opted to bat first. They put up 171 for six in 20 overs with the help of Jonathan Carter’s 27-ball 50. Carter took the field as number seven batsman and returned a quick fifty that helped Tridents to put up a challenging total. Besides him, Jhonson Charles and Alex Hales hit 39 and 28 respectively.
For Guyana Imran Tahir, Ben Laughlin, Romario Shepherd and Keemo Paul bagged one wicket each.
In reply, Guyana tumbled for 144 for nine in 20 overs and lost the game by 27 runs. None of their batsmen came up with the required batting approach. Brandon King hit 43 but his lone effort was not enough for Guyana to seal the game.
Besides him, Nicholas Pooran and Paul hit 24 and 25 respectively. But it just reduced the margin of their defeat.
For Tridents, Raymon Reifer bagged four wickets conceding 24 runs in four overs while Harry Gurney and Ashley Nurse took two wickets each.
It was Tridents’ second title of CPL as they won their first back in 2014 beating the same opponent- Guyana Amazon Warriors.
Vienna, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019?
Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there's an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to maximize his success that it won't appear in the record books.
The 34-year-old Kenyan completed the 42.195 kilometers (26.2 miles) in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event set up for the attempt.
Ahead of the event, Kipchoge even compared the feat to being "like the first man on the moon." Afterward, he drew comparisons to Bannister, the late Briton who 65 years ago became the first athlete to run a mile in under four minutes.
"It is a great feeling to make history in sport after Sir Roger Bannister," Kipchoge said. "I am the happiest man in the world to be the first human to run under two hours and I can tell people that no human is limited. I expect more people all over the world to run under two hours after today."
With all variables tailored to his advantage, it was still the full marathon distance but it was no regular marathon race, which means his jaw-dropping finishing time will not be ratified by IAAF.
Different to an ordinary race, event organizers had set a nine-day window to be flexible and stage the run in the best possible weather conditions.
Also, Kipchoge was supported throughout his run by 36 pacemakers who accompanied him in alternating groups, with five athletes running ahead of him in a V-shape and two others closely following.
Unlike a normal race, a timing car just in front of the pack also helped keep the scheduled pace, and was equipped with a laser beam, projecting the ideal position on the road, parts of which also had painted stripes to indicate the optimum running line.
Furthermore, Kipchoge received drinks handed over by a cyclist to prevent him from having to slow down.
Even though his attempt was never meant to set an official world record, Kipchoge was understandably delighted and twice punched his chest in celebration while smiling when he finished.
"That was the best moment of my life," he said, before adding that he trained 4 ½ months for his extraordinary race against the clock. "The pressure was very big on my shoulders. I got a phone call from the president of Kenya."
In a statement, President Uhuru Kenyatta said: "Hearty congratulations, Eliud Kipchoge. You've done it, you've made history and made Kenya proud. Your win today will inspire future generations to dream big and aspire to greatness."
Kipchoge said his mission went beyond athletics.
"We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world," he said. "The positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport."
Kipchoge was cheered by thousands along the course in Prater Park and there were celebrations in his home country before he had even finished.
Hundreds of joyous Kenyans brought traffic to a standstill in the middle of the capital, Nairobi, as they gathered to watch the end of the run on a large screen. People pumped their fists, clapped and fell to their knees as Kipchoge cruised to the finish line.
In Kenya's running mecca of Eldoret, called the home of champions, hundreds of people burst on to the streets in celebration.
"We should line up the entire road from the airport to Nairobi. Receive him like the hero he is," prominent activist Boniface Mwangi said on Twitter.
Running at an average pace of 2 minutes, 50 seconds per kilometer (around 4:33 per mile), Kipchoge was 11 seconds ahead of schedule halfway through his run. He then maintained his tempo until the pacemakers left him for the final 500 meters, where he sped up.
"I was really calm, I was just trying to maintain the pace," said Kipchoge, adding he was never in doubt about breaking the barrier. "For me it was not 50-50, it was 90%."
Jim Ratcliffe, founder of the chemicals company backing the attempt, exchanged high-fives with Kipchoge after the finish.
"He even accelerated in the final kilometer, he is a superhuman," Ratcliffe said. "I can't believe he's done it. He did the first half in less than an hour and then he's just done that again."
Organizers said normal anti-doping regulations were in place and that Kipchoge and all the pacemakers were being tested in and out of competition by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
The team behind the event "has ensured all athletes involved in the project are undergoing extensive intelligence-led testing that has been pioneered by the partnership between Abbott World Marathon Majors and the AIU," they said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The Prater Park in the Austrian capital offered long straights, protected from the wind by high trees, for most of the 9.6-kilometer course, which Kipchoge completed more than 4 times.
It was his second attempt at breaking the two-hour barrier, after missing out by 26 seconds at a similar event on the Formula One track in Monza, Italy, in May 2017.
Kipchoge, who took Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and has won 10 of his 11 marathons, holds the official world record of 2:01:39 since shattering the previous best mark by 78 seconds in Berlin last year.
In the near-perfect circumstances at the meticulously planned attempt, Kipchoge shaved almost two minutes off that time.
Long-time coach and mentor, Patrick Sang, a former Olympic and world steeplechase silver medalist, said it was "really exciting."
"I am happy for him and what he has achieved. He has inspired all of us that we can stretch our limits and that we can do more than we think we can do," Sang added.
Under Sang's guidance, Kipchoge won gold in the 5,000 meters at the world championship in 2003, the start of a distinguished track career which includes Olympic bronze and silver medals from 2004 and 2008.
After missing out on qualification for the 2012 London Olympics on the track, Kipchoge switched to the marathon and has since been pushing the boundaries of the discipline. But he still faces one big challenge — to run under two hours in a regular marathon race.
Suzuka, Oct 13 (AP/UNB) — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday in a windy qualifying session that was moved to race day because of the powerful typhoon that hit Japan on Saturday.
Vettel secured his first pole position since the Canadian GP in June with a lap of 1 minute, 27.064 seconds, 0.189 seconds ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc.
"It was not easy, the conditions were very different from Friday and we didn't expect to be on the front row," Vettel said. "What we had was unbelievable, the car felt light and there was a headwind which is what you like."
Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were third and fourth, respectively, followed by the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen in fifth and Alexander Albon in sixth.
"We seemed quite strong, but we always knew Ferrari might have something in reserve," Bottas said. "In Q3 they looked untouchable."
Organizers canceled Saturday's qualifying session with Typhoon Hagibis set to hit Japan's main island. At least seven people have died while 15 are missing after the massive typhoon lashed a wide area of the country.
Qualifying at Suzuka was also moved to Sunday morning as a result of bad weather in 2004 and 2010.
While the track was dry Sunday morning, lingering winds from the typhoon resulted in several crashes early in the morning session.
The Williams of Robert Kubica crashed into the wall just two minutes into qualifying bringing out the red flag.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen also crashed early in the session.
Hamilton, who has a commanding 73-point lead over Bottas with five races left, has won here in four of the last five races.
If Hamilton is able to win here, he will equal Michael Schumacher's record for the highest number of wins at the Japanese GP with six. Hamilton won with McLaren in 2007 and with Mercedes in 2014, 2015, 2017 and last year.
Vettel has also had success here, winning four times between 2009 and 2013.
McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr. was seventh followed by teammate Lando Norris. Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly was ninth while Haas driver Romain Grosjean rounded out the top ten.