Indian Wells, Mar 13 (AP/UNB) — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.
Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.
Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of her career.
"She sort of came out there really aggressive," Osaka said. "She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me."
Since Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she won the U.S and Australian opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.
"It's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well," Osaka said. "We communicate well, so I think that's a really big plus. I don't think it's going to be difficult."
On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.
The bottom half of the men's draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.
Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.
Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.
"I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn't to be last night," Djokovic said. "Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win."
The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of break points on his serve.
"I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he's such a great returner," Kohlschreiber said. "I know from that point on it's gonna be a very interesting match."
Djokovic was just 1-for-5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.
Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.
Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Djokovic returned about an hour after his loss for their match.
"When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles," he said.
Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.
In women's fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.
"I haven't played that much, so I wanted to make it count," said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. "I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play."
Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.
Italy, Mar 13 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo made a mockery of Atletico Madrid's vaunted defense, and then mocked its coach as well.
Ronaldo scored a hat trick against the normally resilient Spanish side to send Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win on Tuesday as the Bianconeri fought back from a two-goal first-leg defeat.
The former Real Madrid player outjumped Atletico's defenders to score a header in each half and then converted a late penalty for his first hat trick since joining Juventus in the summer — and just when they needed it most.
He celebrated at the final whistle by mimicking the obscene gesture Atletico coach Diego Simeone made after the Spanish side's second goal in the first leg — having the final say against a rival he so often defeated as a Real Madrid player.
Simeone was fined 20,000 euros ($22,500) by UEFA for improper conduct and it remains to be seen whether Ronaldo will face a similar punishment.
It was Ronaldo's eighth hat trick in the Champions League, moving him level with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and demonstrating why Juventus paid Real Madrid 112 million euros (then $131.5 million) for the Portugal star who has dominated the competition in recent years.
It was the first time Juventus came back from a two-goal defeat in the first leg.
"Maybe that's why Juventus signed me," Ronaldo said. "To help it do things that it had never done before. This result is a great push for the future, we're strong and we showed it."
The 34-year-old Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times, including in four of the last five seasons. Without him, Madrid was eliminated by Ajax last week.
However, Ronaldo had only scored one goal in the competition for Juventus until Tuesday.
"It would have been strange if Ronaldo's Champions League season ended with only one goal," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "Juventus signed him for nights like this and tonight he made the difference."
For Atletico, it was more heartache in the competition in the year the final is being held in its Wanda Metropolitano Stadium — and more pain caused by Ronaldo. While at Madrid, Ronaldo helped beat Atletico in two Champions League finals.
He has also now scored 25 goals against Atletico in his career.
"He's the best in the world," Simeone said. "We suffered, as happened to them in the first leg. They're through and that's right. They deserved it ... Maybe I didn't manage to transmit to my players what we needed."
Manchester City is also through to the final eight after routing Schalke 7-0 to progress 10-2 on aggregate.
Juventus thought it had taken the lead less than three minutes into the game but VAR confirmed that Ronaldo had fouled Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak before Giorgio Chiellini fired in the rebound.
Italy forward Federico Bernardeschi was handed a start instead of Paulo Dybala for Juventus, and he responded by putting in a cross from the left for Ronaldo to head in at the far post in the 27th minute. Bernardeschi also had several chances to extend Juve's lead — notably with an audacious overhead kick in the 35th minute which flew narrowly over.
Ronaldo went close again shortly before halftime when he again outjumped everyone but headed Leonardo Spinazzola's cross wide of the right post.
Ronaldo did get the second goal three minutes after the break. Joao Cancelo put in a cross from the right and although Oblak clawed Ronaldo's header out from under his crossbar, goal-line technology confirmed the ball had crossed the line.
Juventus went all out attack and got the decisive third goal four minutes from time. Bernardeschi was nudged over in the penalty area and Ronaldo converted the resulting spot kick to send the home fans wild.
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) — Right-handed diminutive batsman Al Amin’s ton went in vain as Prime Bank Cricket Club conceded a five–wicket defeat against Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Tuesday at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan.
Doleshwar, who won the toss and decided to field first, have given away 301/8 runs in 50 overs against Prime Bank who have chased the big target successfully in 48.2 overs (302/5) and won the game by five wickets.
While batting first, Al Amin struck 111 off 99 balls with eight fours and four sixes to his credit. Along with him Sudip Chatterjee, the Indian recruit of Prime Bank, hit 57 to set a challenging total. Besides, Anamul Haque (28), Zakir Hasan (36) and Ariful Haque (28) also played their parts while batting.
Arafat Sunny, Farhad Reza and Shykat Ali bagged two wickets for Prime Doleshwar.
In reply, Saif Hassan (85), Marshall Ayub (76) and Saad Nasim (64) hit the fifties to win the game in a proper team spirit. Farhad Reza, the captain of Prime Doleshwar, also hit 35 off 15 balls to win the game.
Monir Hossain and Ariful Haque took two wickets each for Prime Bank, but their efforts were not enough to avoid a loss.
In the other match of the day, Gazi Group Cricketers beat Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) in Fatullah by four wickets.
BKSP posted 249/7 in 50 overs while batting first. Mahmudul Hasan Joy hit 85 with nine fours and one six for them to be the highest runs getter. Aminul Islam (63) also hit a fifty for BKSP. Besides them, Ratul Khan (34) and Shamim Hossain (44) contributed with the bat.
Abu Hider Rony and Kamrul Islam Rabbi took two wickets each for Gazi Group.
In reply, Touhid Tareq and Mehedi Hasan struck the fifties to win the game for Gazi. Touhid accumulated 76 with three fours and as many as three sixes while Mehedi struck 70 with nine fours and one six.
Besides them, Aub Hider struck 32 while Shamsur Rahman made 23 to ensure a win.
Hasan Murad took three wickets for BKSP and Mukidul Islam bagged two wickets for them, but failed to register a win.
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) — Mohammedan Sporting Club won their second successive match in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Tuesday at Shre-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium against Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity where its captain Raqibul Hasan starred with the bat by heating unbeaten 84.
Mohammedan won the toss and sent Khelghar to bat first. They have posted 225 all-out in 47.3 overs. Mohammedan chased it down in 49.2 overs (226/6) and won the game by four wickets. Raqibul was awarded man of the match for his match-winning knock.
While batting first, Khelaghar have posted 225 runs with the help of Mosaddek Iftekhar. The right-handed batsman struck 87 off 113 balls with seven fours to his name.
Apart from Iftekhar, Amit Majumder (37), Ashok Menaria (26), Robiul Islam Robi (19) also contributed with the bat.
Sohag Gazi, the offspinner, was the best batsman of Mohammedan as he scalped three wickets in 41 runs. Alauddin Babu and Qazi Onik bagged two wickets each for the team as well. However, Qazi Onik failed to complete his bowling quota as he was stretchered out off the field due to an ankle injury during the 39th over.
In reply, Mohammedan posted 64 runs in the opening stand of Avishek Mitra and Abdul Mazi. Avishek was the first man to get dismissed on 27 while Abdul Mazid was the second batsman to back to the dressing room scoring 40.
After an ideal start, Mohammedan lost both of the openers in four runs. However, in the third wicket stand, Irfan Shukkur and Raqibul posted 29 runs and stepped up to the win. Irfan fell for 19, but Raqibul was firm at his end.
Mohammad Ashraful failed to grab the chance once again as he fell only 10 runs this time. But Nadif Chowdhury was comfortable in the middle as he posted 39 off 38 deliveries.
Eventually, Mohammedan completed the win in style. In the last over, they needed 9 runs. Ifran Hossain gave a wide in the first ball of the last over. In the second ball, Raqibul smashed a six over the midwicket, and in the third ball, he struck a four to ensure the win.
Earlier In the first match of the league, Mohammedan also beat Gazi Group Cricketers. Shafiul Islam was the hero of the first match registering his first five-wicket haul in List-A Cricket.
After two matches for each team, Mohammedan are at number three on the points table right after Abahani Limited and Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club who have also won their first two matches.
Dhaka, Mar 12 (UNB) - Junaina Ahmed, a 15-year-old swimmer, has attracted spectators’ attention in the Max Group 29th National Swimming competition by breaking two national records in her first appearance at the senior level event.
The teenage swimmer on Tuesday said that she has a dream to represent the country in international arena and clinch gold medals for the country.
“I like swimming… want to represent Bangladesh in the international arena in the future and hoping to get a chance in the upcoming South Asian Games to be held in Nepal,” Junaina told UNB on Tuesday at Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Mirpur.
Junaina lives in London with her parents, and she has started swimming there. The British-Bangladeshi wonder kid also said that she has preferred to be a swimmer in spite of having many sports to choose from. She is taking part in the national competition for Bangladesh Navy.
“I have chosen swimming as my favourite sports because I love it,” Junaina said on Tuesday while waiting for taking part in another event.
“My parents always support me to do well in the pool. Like I do, they also have the dream to see me to represent my country in the international arena.”
Junaina took part in the contest against many swimmers who are older than her. But, she proved her worth in the pool while breaking the two old national records of 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke.
The 15-year-old kid has covered 200-meter of freestyle just in 02:19.89 to better the old record of covering the distance in 02:25.56 minutes while she completed the 200-meter backstroke in 02:40.75 minutes to better the previous mark of 02:44.80 minutes.
Junaina further said that everything was possible due to her hard work and determination.
“Usually, I work hard while take preparation and use to pass long time in the pool. I think there is no secret behind my performance,” Junaina further said.
“Micheal Phelps is my idol who wins many things through this sport. I also dream to do like him and eagerly waiting to win gold for Bangladesh in international arena.”