Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) – Panchagarh District finished 3rd in the 5th Walton National Youth Women’s Handball Championship beating Thakurgaon District by 15-2 goals in a place-deciding match at the Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Tuesday.
The winners led the first half by 10-1 goals.
Jamalpur District will play the final against Naogaon District at 3:30 pm on Wednesday at the same venue.
Naogaon DSA booked a seat for the final beating Thakurgaon DSA by 17-4 goals in the semifinal on Monday after leading the first half by 7-2 goals while Jamalpur DSA qualified for the final defeating Panchagarh DSA by 21-12 goals after dominating the first session by 11-6 goals.
Abu Dhabi, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and elected to bat in the second test of a series that is up for grabs after Australia's fourth-innings comeback in the opening match.
Pakistan made two changes, giving top-order batsman Fakhar Zaman and left-arm seamer Mir Hamza test debuts as replacements for Imam-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz.
Australia retained the same XI that salvaged an expected draw in Dubai by batting for almost 140 overs and finishing at 362-8 in the fourth innings after being set a victory target of 462 on a seemingly deteriorating wicket expected to assist spin.
After posting 482, Pakistan bowled Australia out for 202 in the first innings — taking 10-60 after the visitors made a promising start — and then declared in the second innings at 181-6 in order to have 1 ½ days to push for victory.
Opener Usman Khawaja scored 141 for Australia, sharing valuable partnerships with Aaron Finch (49), Travis Head (72) and captain Tim Paine (61 not out) to force the draw.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mir Hamza, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah.
Australia: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschangne, Tim Paine (captain), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland.
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi, India, and Richard Illingworth, England.
TV Umpire: Richard Kettleborough, England. ICC Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
Madrid, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting "Ole" at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players.
It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja's first home loss in 15 years.
Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in contention for a spot in the final four of Europe's newest competition.
In the other match in League A, Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and was relegated to the second-tier League B.
Sterling ended his three-year scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford's strike before the break, leading England to its first win in Spain since 1987.
"For a young team, they put in an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well and should all be really proud," England coach Gareth Southgate said.
Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn't lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary.
"It shows how tough it is to come here and win and we have done that," England forward Harry Kane said. "We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing."
Paco Alcacer scored Spain's first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the second on the final play of the match.
"We have to admit we played very badly in the first half," Spain coach Luis Enrique said. "We made a lot of individual mistakes."
Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain.
Spain could have secured a spot in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England's chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on.
Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England's young forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.
England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley.
"It was a beautiful feeling," Sterling said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn't, but it's my position to score goals so I need to keep that going."
Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.
Sterling got on the board again from close range after Kane's set-up in a move which started with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish defenders.
Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos' last-minute goal also was a header.
Iceland needed to beat Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory.
Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 at home in the team's opener. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand.
In League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over Austria atop Group 3.
In Group 2 of League C, Finland beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group's other match.
Luxembourg defeated San Marino 3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which was held by Moldova to 0-0.
Frisco, Oct 16 (AP/UNB) — With the Women's World Cup less than eight months away, U.S. national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe is dismayed by what she sees as ongoing issues of inequality in soccer.
From uncertainty about the use of video review and the amount of prize money, to scheduling other tournament finals on the same day as the championship game, equity issues are getting more attention as the World Cup looms.
From Rapinoe's standpoint, that's symptomatic of the short shrift paid to the women's game by FIFA, soccer's governing body.
"And that's not to say they (FIFA) don't do anything. They obviously do things for the women's game. But in the way that they truly care about the men's game, they don't truly care about the women's game," she said.
The United States qualified for the World Cup on Sunday night with a victory over Jamaica in the semifinals of the CONCACAF women's championship tournament. The top three finishers earn spots in the World Cup, so the U.S. and Canada secured berths with semifinal victories. The two teams will play each other in the championship match Wednesday night.
Rapinoe has always been one of the most vocal players on the team. She was among a chorus of voices that criticized FIFA in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup in Canada because the tournament was played on artificial turf, which was considered a slight to the women.
So it's understandable the 33-year-old national team vet would call out FIFA for more recent issues.
FIFA has been criticized for scheduling the Women's World Cup final on the same day as the men's Copa America final and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.
There have been calls for FIFA to use VAR, or Video Assistant Referees, at the tournament in France. VAR was used at the men's World Cup for the first time in Russia.
Prize money has been an issue since 2015, when the U.S. women's team received $2 million for winning the World Cup, out of a pool of $15 million. By comparison, the prize pool for the men's World Cup in Russia was $400 million.
FIFA's Chief Women's Football Officer Sarai Bareman responded to some of the criticism last week when the organization released its first-ever global strategy for women's soccer. The wide-ranging policy seeks to grow the women's game overall — and one aim is to get more women involved in the decision-making processes at all levels.
"We have to keep pushing," Bareman said. "Because it's proven that having more women in these decision-making bodies creates a more diverse decision-making process, and also a more robust and I would say — how do I put this diplomatically — a more honest and integral process as well."
The strategy shows that FIFA is committed to the women's game, she said.
As for VAR, a decision has not been announced. FIFA did not announce its intention to use VAR for the men's World Cup until just a few months before the tournament.
Bareman also confirmed that World Cup prize money would be increased but did not reveal a figure. An announcement is expected later this month at the FIFA Council meeting in Rwanda. She said the prize structure would include "new elements that haven't existed before in the women's game" including money to help qualified teams prepare.
Sports Illustrated reported last week that the prize pool would be doubled, to $30 million. Rapinoe wanted to know what metric was used in determining the amount — especially in light of the disparity with the men's.
"I mean, I think that they're probably looking for pats on the back for the increase. They're not getting any from here. I mean, until they're really going to take meaningful steps to truly show that they're caring about the women's game in a sort of deeper way, I don't know. $15 million is nothing to them. ... If they wanted to just sort of arbitrarily do it, they could increase it by $100 million," she said.
Rapinoe is not alone. Alex Morgan and Becky Sauerbrunn have also publicly addressed some of the controversies. Coach Jill Ellis first called for VAR at the Women's World Cup when she visited Russia for the men's tournament, and during qualifying she has questioned the scheduling decisions.
The U.S. team is uniquely positioned to speak to contentious issues. The players fought for and received an improved collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer in 2017 that brings player compensation more in line with the men's team.
And as the No. 1 team in the world, the players' voices carry weight.
"I think they themselves are an incredible mouthpiece for our game, for the women's game. Not just because of their popularity, but also their investment. This is a group that wants the game to grow," Ellis said. "So I think them speaking their minds, honestly, and being open about how they feel about issues — as in bonuses for winning, dates of competition, VAR, all those things that you want to be on the same level and same platform as the men's game. And that's the expectation, and anything less that that is not acceptable."
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Bangladeshi Grand Master, Ziaur Rahman of Saif SC sharing the top slot in the 1st Goa International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament with seven other players securing full four points after the 4th round matches in Goa of India on Monday.
IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Sheikh Russel CC earned 2.5 points, FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed of Bangladesh Navy and FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Sheikh Russel CC bagged two points each.
IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin of Bangladesh Navy, CM Ikramul Haq Siam of Titas Club and Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden SC bagged 1.5 points each while Mohammad Amir Ali Rana of Golden SC bagged one point and M Masum Rahi earned 0.5 point.
In the day’s 4th round matches, GM Zia beat GM Amonatov Farrukh of Tajikistan, IM Shakil drew with Aditya Guhagarkar of India, FM Nasir lost to Mushini Ajoy of India, FM Parag beat Arnav Maheshwari of India, IM Minhaz beat Sabitha Shri of India, CM Siam beat Dharani Srinivas of India, Tahsin drew with Mahajan Ayush of India, Rana lost to Anupam Sreekumar of India while Rahi drew with Khan Yunus of India.