London, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray received his knighthood from Prince Charles on Thursday, more than two years after he was awarded the honor by Queen Elizabeth II.
Murray was dubbed by the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of his services to tennis and charity.
The knighthood was announced in the queen's 2016 New Year Honors list after a year in which he won a second Wimbledon title, retained his Olympic singles crown and finished the season as No. 1 in the rankings.
Recipients are allowed to choose when to collect their honor, and the delay was due to a combination of Murray's hectic schedule and the effect of the knighthood ceremony on his career-threatening hip problem.
Murray announced during a tearful news conference at the Australian Open in January that he plans to retire after Wimbledon this year due to the pain in the joint.
Murray, who turned 32 on Wednesday, has since had a hip resurfacing operation and it's still unclear whether he can play at this year's Wimbledon.
After Thursday's ceremony, Murray issued a statement saying: "I'm very proud to receive it. It's a nice day to spend with my family — my wife and parents are here. I'd have liked to (have brought) my kids but I think they're a bit young. I'll show them the medal when I get home."
Murray and his wife Kim are parents of 3-year-old Sophia Olivia and 18-month-old Edie.
The Scot won his first Wimbledon title in 2013, ending Britain's 77-year wait for a male singles champion at the grass-court Grand Slam.
Rio De Janeiro, May 17 (AP/UNB) — Six-time world player of the year Marta and the unretired Formiga will spearhead Brazil in the Women's World Cup in France, probably for the last time in their careers.
Brazil coach Vadao announced his squad on Thursday, betting on 33-year-old Marta to end a nine-match losing streak and help the team win its first Women's World Cup title.
"Marta is still Marta, and she could make the difference in this World Cup," he said.
Formiga, the 41-year-old midfielder, will play a record seventh World Cup despite announcing her retirement in 2016 after the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Veteran goalkeeper Barbara, who was also called up, said it could be the final chance for the squad's older players to finally lift the trophy.
"We are aware this should be the last World Cup for several athletes, me, Marta, Cristiane, Formiga," Barbara told TV Globo. "We believe we have this World Cup and the Olympic Games. Then our cycle ends. Marta said she would give it all to Brazil while she has the strength and asked our help to be the Marta we know."
Brazil is in Group C with Australia, Italy, and Jamaica. The Selecao opens against Jamaica on June 9 in Grenoble.
At Thursday's press conference in Rio, coach Vadao made a gaffe by saying Jamaica's play is no different than others of "African style."
Goalkeepers: Aline (Tenerife), Barbara (Avai), Leticia (Corinthians)
Defenders: Fabiana (Internacional), Leticia Santos (Sand), Tamires (Fortuna), Camila (Orlando Pride), Erika, Monica (Corinthians), Kathellen (Bordeaux), Tayla (Benfica).
Midfielders: Andressinha (Portland), Formiga (Paris Saint-Germain), Adriana (Corinthians), Thaisa (Milan)
Forwards: Bia Zaneratto (Incheon Steel Red Angels), Cristiane (Sao Paulo), Raquel (Huelva), Debinha (North Carolina), Geyse (Benfica), Ludmilla (Atletico Madrid), Marta (Orlando Pride), Andressa Alves (Barcelona)
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – Coming from behind, Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society upset Chattogram Abahani Limited by 2-1 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Sohel and Landing scored one each for Rahmatganj MFS in the 26th and 70th minutes respectively while Kingsley netted the lone goal for Abahani in the 24th minute from a penalty.
In the other league match, Sheikh Russel KC outplayed lowly Brothers Union by 3-1 goals at the Sylhet District Stadium.
Odoyin struck twice in the 48th and 58th minute while Valari netted other goal for Sheikh Russel KC in the 38th minute. Minhajul netted the lone goal for Brothers Union in the 82nd minute.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB)– Khilgaon Football Academy eared a comfortable 3-1 goals victory over Azampur Football Club-Uttara in the Dhaka Metropolis 2nd Division Football League at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Sradium in Kamalapur Thursday morning.
Sabuj Roy struck twice in the 60th and 64th minutes and Abidul Islam Mesbah netted the other goal in the 34th minute for the winners while Munna Hossain scored the consolation goal for losers in the 59th minute.
In the day’s other league match, Little Friends Club played to a 1-1 draw with BKSP at the same venue Thursday afternoon.
Luis Kisfu put Little Friends ahead in the 46th minute while Raja Sheikh leveled the margin for BKSP in the 75th minute.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Indian domestic stalwart Wasim Jaffer as the batting coach of its High Performance unit.
Jaffer will work with the age-level teams of Bangladesh. However, BCB is yet to reveal the details of the contract with Jaffer, a BCB director said on Thursday wishing anonymity.
In the last season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League, Jaffer played for Abahani Limited and helped his team to win the title. During his stint for Abahani, Jaffer helped several players to improve their batting, and the players showed their interest to work with Jaffer. BCB came to know this and roped him in as batting coach.
Earlier, Jaffer has indicated that he will be available to take the role if BCB makes any step to bring him.
Jaffer played 31 Tests and two ODIs for India. However, his biggest achievement is scoring more than 19,000 runs in First-Class cricket with 57 hundreds and 88 fifties. He played a total of 253 First-Class matches till the date.
At the same time, he played 112 List-A matches in India and Bangladesh, where he scored 4745 runs with 10 tons and 33 fifties.