Bridgeview, Sep 17 (AP/UNB) — Nemanja Nikolic scored twice, reaching eight goals in nine games, and the Chicago Fire beat last-place Orlando City 4-0 on Sunday.
Chicago (7-15-6) won for the second time in its last 14 matches. Orlando (7-18-3) has only eight points since May 1.
In the opening minutes, Dax McCarty stole a back-heel pass and played it ahead to Michael de Leeuw, who rolled it across goal for Nikolic's redirection. In the 70th minute, Raheem Edwards intercepted a pass near midfield, dribbled it to the 18-yard box and found a trailing Nikolic for his 14th goal of the season.
Aleksandar Katai made it 2-0 in the 28th. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik had a poor first touch on a back pass and Djordje Mihailovic rolled it across an empty net for Katai's easy finish. De Leeuw, who recently returned from an ACL injury last season, tapped home a redirected corner kick in the 56th.
Chicago goalkeeper Richard Sanchez denied Dominic Dwyer's breakaway shot in the 64th.
Milan, Sep 16 (AP/UNB) — When the first goal finally came, it couldn't have been any easier for Cristiano Ronaldo.
It took the former Real Madrid forward nearly 320 minutes to score his first league goal for Juventus and he did it with the simplest of tap-ins. Ronaldo doubled his tally shortly after as the Bianconeri beat Sassuolo 2-1 in Serie A on Sunday.
It was Ronaldo's fourth league match for Juventus since his Serie A record 112 million euro (then $131.5 million) move from Madrid and the relief on his face was obvious as he tore away in celebration after breaking his duck in the 50th minute. Ronaldo ran to the corner flag with his arms outstretched and displaying a huge grin. He then jumped in the air as he turned back to the field and waited to be embraced by almost all his teammates, who ran over to celebrate with him.
"I wanted to score, I'm really happy," said Ronaldo, who had missed several good chances in previous games. "That's football. What's most important is to win and to do well. Certainly there was a bit of pressure in general after my move from Real, there was a lot of expectation. That's life, I'm working well. My teammates are helping me hugely to adapt to this new league."
His first goal came after Sassuolo defender Gian Marco Ferrari could only head a Juventus corner onto the left post and Ronaldo was waiting to volley in a rebound from less than two yards out.
The Portugal forward had scored his first league goal in his fourth match last season for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo added a second 15 minutes later when he finished off a swift counterattack with a precise finish into the bottom right corner.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner was denied a hat trick by a fine save from Sassuolo goalkeeper Andrea Consigli, while he also mishit a clear opportunity late on.
Substitute Khouma Babacar pulled one back for Sassuolo in the final minute.
Douglas Costa had seemingly elbowed Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco in the buildup to that goal and, as the pair continued to argue, the Juventus midfielder appeared to head butt his opponent.
Costa was lucky to only be shown a yellow card at first but he received a straight red moments later after video review showed he had also spat at Di Francesco. The Brazil international risks a lengthy ban.
Juventus, which is seeking a record-extending eighth successive Serie A title, is the only team still with a perfect record. It was Sassuolo's first defeat of the season.
Roma was made to pay for its complacency as it fumbled a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Chievo Verona.
Stephan El Shaarawy volleyed Roma in front in the 10th minute and Bryan Cristante doubled his team's advantage with his first goal for the club in the 29th.
Roma appeared to be coasting to a much-needed victory after defeat to AC Milan and a draw with Atalanta.
But Valter Birsa reduced the deficit shortly after the break with a magnificent curled strike and Chievo equalized seven minutes from time when Mariusz Stepinski fired in a rebound.
Chievo is last on minus 1 after being deducted three points last week for false accounting.
Poland international Krzysztof Piatek scored his fourth goal in three matches to give Genoa a 1-0 win over Bologna, which had midfielder Erick Pulgar sent off in stoppage time for a harsh tackle on Romulo.
Lazio won 1-0 at newly promoted Empoli, while Torino drew 1-1 at Udinese.
Milan visits Cagliari later.
Islamic University, Sep 16 (UNB) - An inter-department football competition began at Islamic University (IU) in Kushtia on Sunday amid festive mood and much enthusiasm.
IU Pro-VC Professor M Shahinoor Rahman, also the acting Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the competition as the chief guest at the central football playground of the university around 10:30am.
A total of 32 departments out of 33 will take part in the contest, Muhammad Sohel, director of IU Physical Education department, told UNB.
IU Treasurer Professor M Selim Toha, Proctor Professor M Mahbubar Rahman, Student Advisor Professor M Rezwanul Islam, Tourism and Hospitality Management department chairman Professor M Mahbubul Arefin and its lecturer Shariful Islam Jewel, among others, were present.
Dhaka, Sep 16 (UNB) - Dhaka Knights Chess Club and Shahin Chess Club shared the lead in the Marcel 2nd Division Chess League after the 5th round held at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Sunday.
Both the leading teams secured matching nine points while Learning Chess Club, Bangladesh Police and Dhaka Chess Club were sharing the 2nd spot with eight points each.
Abdus Sattar Memorial Chess Club and Elegant International Chess Academy shared the 3rd place bagging seven points apiece.
In 5th round games, Dhaka Knights played draw against Shahin Chess by 2-2 game points.
Dhaka, Sep 16 (UNB) - Mushfiqur Rahim's 144 for a huge 137-run win against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2018 opener is the highest individual score for Bangladesh in the tournament as well as the joint second-highest of all time.
Mushfiq walked in with the Tigers in trouble at 1/2, which soon became 2/3 - or 3/3 with opener Tamim Iqbal retiring hurt after being hit in the hand by a short ball from Suranga Lakmal.
Not only did he revive the innings and was the last wicket to fall, after Tamim had come back to give him support, but also took Bangladesh to what later proved out to be match-winning total of 261 runs.
“It was one of the best one-day innings for Bangladesh,” said skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in all praise for Mushfiq’s brilliant century.
Mushfiq farmed the strike towards the end, and Tamim had to face just one ball as the wicket-keeper batsman moved from 112 to 132 in two overs, thereby bettering his previous best score of 117, before teeing off against Thisara Perera, hitting him for two sixes in the final over.
Even though Tamim was later ruled out of the tournament, the Bangladesh bowlers made sure that Rahim and Tamim’s efforts didn’t go in vain as they bowled Sri Lanka out for 124 runs.
Mushfiq paid tribute to Tamim, “(I was) really surprised to see Tamim come to bat, it’s a great gesture,” said Mushfiq after being declared player of the match on Saturday. “When I saw him, it boosted me to do something for him and for my country.”
“People should always remember him [Tamim],” said Mashrafe, “It was Tamim's decision whether to come out again. If he doesn’t want to bat, no one could push him. The credit goes to him, he took the decision.”
Mushfiq’ 144 stands only below Virat Kohli's 183, which the Indian scored against Pakistan in Mirpur in 2012, and is tied with Younis Khan's144 for Pakistan against Hong Kong in 2004. However, Younis faced fewer balls than Rahim - 122 to 150.
Highest individual scores in Asia Cup
Pos Batsman Score Opposition Year
1 Virat Kohli 183 Pakistan -2012
2 Younis Khan 144 Hong Kong -2004
3 Mushfiqur Rahim 144 Sri Lanka -2018
4 Shoaib Malik 143 India -2004
5 Virat Kohli 136 Bangladesh -2014