Dhaka, Nov 16 (UNB) - A friendly cricket match will be held at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the city on Saturday morning to mark the World Children’s Day that falls on November 20.
A group of under privileged adolescent cricketers (boys and girls) will play with past and present celebrity cricketers of Bangladesh.
The match will be held from 10:30am to 1pm, according to UNICEF.
Former national cricketers Akram Khan, Minhajul Abedin, Habibul Bashar, Naimul Islam Durjoy MP, Test cricketer Hannan Sarkar, national cricketer Taskin Ahmed, National Women’s Cricketer of Bangladesh Suraiya Azmin and others will play.
Adolescent cricketers from UNICEF partner NGOs -- Aporajayo Bangla, BRAC and Shurovi will take part in the match.
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual global day of action for children, by children, a chance to advocate, raise funds and awareness for the most pressing issues facing children.
This year, the world will come together on November 20 to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential.
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20 is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.
This year the world is going blue and there is an effort to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential.
World Children’s Day - a day for children, by children.
London, Nov 16 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer is peaking at the right time — again.The six-time champion advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals for a record-extending 15th time with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday.
Federer, chasing the 100th title of his career, needed only a set to advance and produced his best performance at the season-ending tournament to end the round-robin stages with a 2-1 win-loss record.
"I've always tried to pace myself in a way ... that I would have something left in the tank," Federer said. "I'm happy that this is another week like this. (It) didn't look like it maybe 72 hours ago."
Dominic Thiem's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kei Nishikori earlier had left Federer with a modest task and ensured that Anderson became the first South African ever to reach the semifinals.
Federer looked as if he was about to give up a break advantage for the second time in as many service games when he dropped to 0-40 attempting to close out the opening set at 5-4, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion found his first serve when it mattered most to hold.
Anderson hadn't faced a break point in winning his first two matches. Federer, though, broke him twice more in the second set to claim top spot in the group and likely avoid a semifinal meeting with top-ranked Novak Djokovic.
"That was a little bit disappointing because I felt like I played some really good tennis so far," Anderson said. "But the plus side is I'm through to the semis. That feels great."
Having struggled in an opening loss to Nishikori and relied mainly on his serve when defeating Thiem, Federer finally found some timing with his ground-strokes to apply consistent pressure on Anderson's serve.
The previously impenetrable Anderson serve wilted, with two double faults gifting Federer a 4-3 lead. Much to the surprise — and disappointment — of the partisan crowd at the O2 Arena, the Swiss great handed the break straight back with a series of errors.
However, Federer steadied himself and made a delicate drop volley to break once more in the following game, before eventually closing out the set to maintain his record of having only missed the semifinals once in 16 appearances at the tournament.
Federer lost just four points on serve in the second set. He used a backhand slice to break for 4-3 and the same shot brought up two match points at 3-5, 15-40.
"I think I had an aggressive-playing mindset," Federer said. "A good variation as well with my slice."
Having saved a match point on his way to securing a five-set quarterfinal victory over Federer at Wimbledon, Anderson threatened another comeback as he won a 21-shot rally to get back to deuce, but there was to be no repeat this time.
Two more Anderson forehand errors ended the match and Federer won the group by virtue of their head-to-head record.
With Djokovic clear favorite to top his group, which concludes Friday, Federer has boosted his chances of avoiding the in-form Serb until the final.
New York, Nov 16 (AP/UNB) -Croatia crushed England's World Cup hopes in July. By beating Spain in a thriller on Thursday, the Croats have given Gareth Southgate's squad a chance to advance to the final phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.
Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal three minutes into stoppage time to earn Croatia a 3-2 victory and a first win in a competitive match since beating England in the World Cup semifinals.
Spain remained atop League A, Group 4 with six points. England and Croatia have four points each ahead of their head-to-head meeting at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the last match.
A win for either England or Croatia will assure qualifying for the Final Four in June along with the other three group winners. Spain would go through if England and Croatia draw. The bottom team will be relegated to League B.
"We wanted to win this and to have the last match at Wembley to decide the group winner," Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. "Let's go and enjoy our football now. We are very motivated for that one."
While Croatia beat former world champion Spain, England eased to a 3-0 win over the United States in a friendly marking the farewell appearance of Wayne Rooney.
Elsewhere in the Nations League, Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to stay on course to reach the finals. In the lower leagues, Bosnia and Herzegovina earned promotion to League A, and Finland earned promotion to League B.
In other friendlies, Germany routed Russia 3-0, the Czech Republic edged Poland 1-0, Ireland and Northern Ireland played to a 0-0 draw, and Israel thrashed Guatemala 7-0.
Croatia's win avenged a 6-0 loss, its worst ever, to Spain in September.
The World Cup finalists pressed Spain in its area late and Jedvaj pounced after goalkeeper David de Gea pushed the ball into his path. The Bayer Leverkusen defender had earlier made it 2-1 to the hosts when he was left unmarked to head in a cross by Luka Modric for his first international goal.
Spain twice rallied to equalize, first through Dani Ceballos canceling out Andrej Kramaric's opener and then via a penalty by Sergio Ramos.
Luis Enrique's lineup was pressing for a late goal when Croatia produced one last push that paid off with Jedvaj's second score.
"Croatia got that little bit of fortune when both teams were desperately trying to win this match right at the end," Luis Enrique said.
Rooney Bids Farewell
Making his 120th and last appearance for England, the 33-year-old Rooney was denied a perfect farewell by Brad Guzan when the U.S. goalkeeper dived to stop his shot in stoppage time.
Recalled after two years out of the England squad, the D.C. United forward sparked the biggest cheers of the night when he went on as a 58th-minute substitute against the country he now calls home.
England's goals came from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.
Belgians On Course
Michy Batshuayi, replacing the injured Romelu Lukaku in attack, scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland for a third victory in the Nations League.
A draw against Switzerland on Sunday would be enough for Belgium to reach the finals. It has nine points from three games in Group 2 of League A, three ahead of Switzerland. Iceland had already been relegated to League B before the match.
France and Portugal are also favored to reach the finals from their groups in League A.
Bosnia and Herzegovina will join the top 12 teams on the continent for the next Nations League after it won Group 3 of League B. The Balkan nation got the point it needed by drawing 0-0 at Austria and remaining undefeated. The result also relegated Northern Ireland.
Finland won Group 2 of League C with one match remaining despite losing 1-0 against Greece. Estonia was relegated from the same group after losing 2-0 at Hungary.
In League D, already-promoted Georgia drew 1-1 at Andorra, Latvia drew 1-1 at Kazakhstan, Belarus won 2-0 at Luxembourg and Moldova won 1-0 at San Marino.
London, Nov 16 (AP/UNB) — Wayne Rooney's record-breaking England career ended with a first: relief not to score.
Whenever the striker touched the ball after coming on in the 58th minute, however far he was from goal in a 120th appearance, fans shouted "Shoot!"
The best chance fell to the 33-year-old Rooney in the second minute of stoppage time against the United States at Wembley Stadium. Primed in the penalty area, Rooney turned to shoot, only to be denied by U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan's low save.
There was a wry smile from Rooney, whose England career ended with 53 goals. It didn't matter for the result because a new generation of players had already provided the offense that secured a 3-0 win in the friendly against the country Rooney now calls home.
"Another yard it would have been in ... and it would have great," Rooney said. "But in some ways it's great because if I did score it would have opened another whole lot of debate whether that goal should count or not.
"In some ways it's probably better it didn't go in," he said.
Such was the debate stirred by England's most capped outfield player being recalled after two years off the team to have this ceremonial farewell, 15 years after his debut.
"The FA are celebrating players who have left their mark on international football for England — it never happened in the past, which it should have," said Rooney, a Premier League and Champions League title-winner with Manchester United.
"It hasn't taken way form what Gareth and the players are trying to do," he said. "Hopefully in a few years' time some of the players will be getting a similar night for their achievements. It was a great touch for me."
By the time Rooney entered the game as former Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard's replacement in the 58th minute, England had done enough for the victory. Lingard and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored within 104 seconds of each other in the first half. As England's record-scorer bid farewell, Alexander-Arnold was joined by striker Callum Wilson in getting their first goals for England.
But this was Rooney's night.
England proclaimed the night "return of the king," celebrating a player who thrilled so often in the England jersey but couldn't inspire the country to a first title since 1966.
"He has been brilliant, the time he given to all of the players," England coach Gareth Southgate said. "He had some lovely touches, a couple of really exquisite throughballs and we were a yard to the left of Brad Guzan from a fairytale ending."
The start to the night was memorable enough.
In front of 68,155 fans, Rooney entered the field before the match accompanied with his four boys, carrying Cass, who was born in February.
"It's great memories for when they are older looking back," Rooney said, before going into the dressing room to deliver a final speech as an England player.
Southgate said he didn't want to rain on Rooney's parade by addressing concerns about the performance to the players.
They'll have to listen to the news conference.
"At times U.S. got through us too easily," Southgate said. "We were caught in transition and we were wide open. If we do that on Sunday we will lose."
The stakes will be more meaningful Sunday in the next game at Wembley.
After leaving the field, England learned that Croatia beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League ahead of its trip to London. England or Croatia has a chance to advance to the Final Four tournament if either can win the match. A draw would allow Spain to advance from league A4 to the finals of Europe's new national-team competition.
"If we are going to be ruthless we have to do that right the way through the game," Southgate said.
Rooney is optimistic. When England reached its first World Cup semifinal in 28 years in July, Rooney was a spectator from afar.
"Seeing how they're working and how they're improving has been great for me," Rooney said.
Dhaka, Nov 15 (UNB) – The BKSP Women’s Football team which clinched the Subroto Mukherjee Cup U-17 International Football Tournament returned home from India on Wednesday midnight.
BKSP Director General Brigadier General Mohammad Anisur Rahman greeted the team for their success and entertained the members with sweetmeat upon their return.
The BKSP team clinched the Indian Junior Football Tournament title for the 2nd consecutive time with unbeaten record beating Saint Joseph International School team of Haryana by 1-0 goal by dint of the goal scored by Ratna in the final at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi recently.
Later, Ratna was adjudged the best player while Joya Chakma of BKSP named as the best coach of the tournament.
Earlier, BKSP team outplayed West Bengal 7-0 in the quarterfinal and eliminated Sports Authority of India (SAI) by 5-4 goals in tie-breaker in the semifinal.