Columbus, Nov 5 (AP/UNB) — Gyasi Zardes scored his 20th goal of the season in the 61st minute, helping the Columbus Crew beat the Supporters' Shield holder New York Red Bulls 1-0 on Sunday in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The second leg is next Sunday in Harrison, New Jersey.
Zardes had a sliding finish of a back-heel pass from second-half substitute Federico Higuain. It was Zardes' third career postseason goal.
New York goalkeeper Luis Robles denied Pedro Santos' open shot from distance in the 89th, and Steffen blocked Bradley Wright-Phillips' glancing header in stoppage time.
New York's best scoring chance came in the 27th minute when Tim Parker headed a corner kick off the post that deflected off Steffen and was cleared away.
TIMBERS 2, SOUNDERS 1
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sebastian Blanco put the Timbers in front with a goal in the 29th minute and Portland hung on over a tense second half in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals.
The second leg is set for Thursday night in Seattle.
Ruidiaz scored in the 10th minute for the Sounders. The Timbers pulled even a short time later on Jeremy Ebobisse's goal, and moved in front on Blanco's goal.
ATLANTA UNITED 1, NYCFC 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Remedi scored his first MLS goal in the 37th minute and Atlanta United beat New York FC in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Atlanta, which has won 11 of its 18 road games this season, will host the second leg next Sunday.
Remedi tapped in a rebound after Josef Martínez's one-touch shot was blocked by Sean Johnson and settled against the post.
Sylhet, Nov 5 (UNB) – Spinners Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul Islam shared six wickets within Zimbabwe’s 130/6 in 43.3 overs during the second session of the second innings on day-three in the first Test of a two-match series at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Regis Chakabva [10*off 32b] and Wellington Masakadza [10* off 22b] were at the crease in the seventh stand with team collection on 138/6* in 48 overs.
Zimbabwe resumed the second innings after lunch with 91/2 in 32.0 overs and lost skipper-cum-opener Hamilton Masakadza [48 off 104b; 7x4] on 101/3 in 36.1 overs before Taijul dismissed three--Sean Williams [25 off 30b; 3x4; 1x6], Peter Moor [20 off 65b; 2x4] and SikandarRaza  respectively.
H Masakadza was lbw by Miraz before Taijul, who got six wickets in the first innings for Bangladesh, captured successive three wickets.
On his way to four-for, till filling of this report at 1405, Taijul dismissed Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Peter Moor and Sikandar Raza on the day respectively.
Zimbabwe lost the last four wickets within a span of 31 runs in 9.2 overs, from 121/3 in 36.1 overs to 130/6 in 43.3 overs.
In the first session on the day, Zimbabwe lost two wickets -- Brendan Taylor [24 off 25b; 4X4] and Brian Chari -- within an innings of 30 overs to add 90 runs more with an overnight score of 1/0 in 2 overs.
Miraz brought the 1st breakthrough for Bangladesh by bowling out Brian Chari on 91/2 in 32 overs before spinner Taijul Islam dismissed Brendan Taylor, caught by Imrul Kayes, at 47/2 in 18.2 overs.
Brendan Taylor was caught by after scoring 24 off 25 balls, including four boundaries.
Madrid, Nov 5 (AP/UNB) — Sevilla couldn't manage more than a 0-0 draw at Real Sociedad on Sunday and lost ground to Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.
The draw left second-place Sevilla four points behind Barcelona, which rallied to win 3-2 at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. Barcelona also gained from a draw by third-place Atletico Madrid at Leganes on Saturday and a loss by fourth-place Alaves at Eibar on Sunday.
"We went after the three points from the first minute but we lacked accuracy in the counterattacks," Sevilla defender Daniel Carrico said. "It's a pity we couldn't leave with the three points."
Sevilla coach Pablo Machin was content with the away draw.
"I'm sure that by the end of the season there will be two teams fighting for the title and another very close to them," Machin said. "Several teams will be fighting for fourth place and we are privileged to be in contention for these positions."
Barcelona's city rival Espanyol has a chance to get within three points of the lead if it defeats struggling Athletic Bilbao at home on Monday.
Real Madrid moved from ninth to sixth after a 2-0 win against Valladolid on Saturday, but it remains seven points behind Barcelona.
Real Sociedad, 13th in the standings, hasn't won in five matches at its renovated Anoeta Stadium.
Sevilla rival Real Betis drew with Celta Vigo 3-3 in a thrilling game at Benito Villamarin Stadium.
Betis relinquished a two-goal lead and then went behind in the 84th minute, but the hosts salvaged the draw with a superb free kick by Sergio Canales in the 87th.
Spain striker Iago Aspas nearly gave Celta the lead again a minute later when he struck the crossbar.
Celta dropped to 11th place and Betis is 14th.
Alaves missed a chance to stay in second place after a 2-1 loss at Eibar in a match marked by a series of video reviews.
Alaves' goal by Manu Garcia less than five minutes into the game was initially disallowed for offside but the call was changed by VAR.
VAR also reversed a penalty awarded to Eibar midway through the first half because the foul was committed outside the area, with Alaves defender Ruben Duarte red carded. In the second half, video review led to a red card for Eibar player Pablo De Blasis for a dangerous foul.
Eibar equalized with a goal by Joan Jordan in the 69th and Pape Diop got the winner in stoppage time.
It was the first setback for Alaves after three straight wins.
Villarreal couldn't manage more than a 1-1 draw against Levante at home, staying only one point away from the relegation zone.
Alfonso Pedraza scored the equalizer for Villarreal in stoppage time after Levante had taken the lead with an own-goal by defender Funes Mori in the 77th.
It was the sixth consecutive league game without a win for Villarreal, which began the season with high expectations after a fifth-place finish last season.
Levante hasn't lost in six straight matches in all competitions.
Promoted Huesca was set to leave last place but conceded a stoppage-time goal in a 1-1 home draw against Getafe.
Playing in the top tier for the first time, Huesca hasn't won since the first round, a run of 10 straight matches.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – The Bangladesh team, which clinched the six-nation SAFF U-15 Championship with an all-win record beating Pakistan by 3-2 goals in the penalty shootout at ANFA Complex in Nepal on Saturday, returned home on Sunday.
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy received the victorious Bangladesh team with bouquets at Hazral Shahjalal International Airport in the afternoon. He also fed them with sweetmeat.
BFF members Shawkat Ali Jahangir and Zakir Hossain Chowdhury and BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag were also present on the occasion.
With this victory in the final, Bangladesh not only clinched their maiden SAFF U-15 Championship title, but also took revenge of their 0-2 goals defeat against Pakistan in the SAFF-16 Championship in 2011.
This was the 2nd South Asian soccer crown for Bangladesh in the age group tournament after clinching the SAFF U-16 title in 2015 at their home ground in Sylhet beating India in the final, also in tie-breaker.
Bangladeshi substitute custodian Mehedy Hasan, who guided Bangladesh into the final foiling two penalties against India in the semifinal, came to the field just before tie-breaker and again proved his worth in the final saving three Pakistani spot kicks of Junaid, Adnan and Mudassar in penalty shootout.
Nihad Jaman Uchchash of Bangladesh was adjudged the highest scorer of the tournament scoring four goals while Bangladesh team also won the fair play trophy as the most disciplines team of the tournament.
Bangladesh smartly reached the final of the six-nation South Asian U-15 soccer meet with an all-win record eliminating their neighbour India by 4-2 goals in tiebreaker as the first semifinal between them was also locked 1-1 goals at the same venue on last Thursday.
Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Group A champions beating hosts Nepal by 2-1 goals in the last group match after crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in the first match, featuring a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman while Nepal outplayed the Maldives 4-0 in their first appearance on Thursday last.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – Coming from behind, Arambagh Krira Sangha emerged Group A champions to reach the quarterfinals of the Walton Federation Cup Football Tournament beating Chattogram Abahani Ltd 4-2 in the tie-breaker as the match was locked in a 2-2 draw after the regulation 90 minutes at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Despite the day’s defeat, Chattogram Abahani also qualified for the quarterfinal from the group at the coffin of all-losers Rahmatganj MFS, who conceded 3-1 defeats against both the Ctg.Abahani and Arambagh KS.
The match was rolled to penalty shootout to decide the group champions as both the teams have earned three points each and scored three goals each conceding one.
In the scheduled time, Magalan put Chattogram Abahani ahead in the 8th minute (1-0) while Bah doubled the Abahani margin scoring the 2nd goal in the 39th minute (2-0).
Boboxonov pulled the Arambagh margin one back in the stoppage time of the first half (2-1) while Bappy leveled the margin for Arambagh KS in the 85th minute forcing the match towards penalty shootout stage.
Monday’s matches: Saif SC vs Brothers Union (3:15 pm), and Dhaka Abahani Ltd vs Sheikh Russel KC (5:15 pm).