London, May 12 (AP/UNB) — David Beckham watched his Salford team secure its Football League place with a 3-0 win over AFC Fylde at Wembley Stadium in the National League playoff final on Saturday.
The former England captain joined some of his fellow co-owners from Manchester United's "Class of 92" players — including brothers Gary and Phil Neville, and Ryan Giggs — to cheer on Graham Alexander's side as the club secured promotion from the fifth tier to the Football League for the first time.
Emmanuel Dieseruvwe fired Salford in front in the 15th minute following a defensive mishap, with Carl Piergianni's second-half header and a third by full-back Ibou Touray completing what was in the end a comfortable victory.
It completed a remarkable rise for the team since the Nevilles joined up with Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Giggs to take control of the Ammies in 2014.
Beckham also bought into Salford in January, when he purchased a 10% stake.
"It is tough, but we have done it and we are so proud and delighted," said Gary Neville. "Five years ago we had 180 fans, now we have got a few thousand here, so it is amazing."
The club is located less than 8 kilometers (5 miles) from United's Old Trafford.
The former United players are members of the so-called Class of 92, who graduated from the academy and won trophies under Alex Ferguson.
England, May 12 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan's run chase faltered in the last over as England clinched a 12-run victory in the second one-day international on Saturday ahead of the Cricket World Cup.
England's heavyweight hitter Jos Buttler reached his eighth ODI century in just 50 balls and finished on 110 not out after Pakistan chose to bowl.
Buttler and captain Eoin Morgan posted an unbroken 162-run stand as England struck 373-3, with Pakistan reaching 361-7 in reply.
David Willey replaced possible World Cup choice Joffra Archer as England rotated resources and the Yorkshire paceman's tight death bowling helped see the hosts home, giving them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after a no-result in the opener due to rain.
Former Pakistan Navy officer Fakhar Zaman blasted 138 in 106 balls only to be dismissed on review, Chris Woakes' out-swinger catching the toe of his bat for Buttler to hold behind, but his contribution was in a losing cause.
Buttler and wife Louise recently celebrated the birth of their first child Georgia Rose and England's premier one-day run-maker celebrated his stunning innings with a family tribute.
Morgan fired an unbeaten 71 of his own at the Rose Bowl.
England has now passed 300 runs in ODIs 35 times since the 2015 World Cup — compared with 34 times in its entire previous history.
Buttler hit six fours and nine sixes, with his second 50 coming in just 18 balls.
Jonny Bairstow scored 51 and Jason Roy plundered 87 but could not turn that 13th half century into a three-figure knock.
For Pakistan, Babar Azam hit 51 before being caught and bowled by Adil Rashid.
Asif Ali drove straight at Ben Stokes on the boundary off Willey's bowling to depart on 51.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed wound up stranded on an unbeaten 41, with Hasan Ali four not out, as England ground out the result.
Madrid, May 12 (AP/UNB) — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won't be fighting for a title on his favorite surface.
Nadal's slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015.
He lost to ninth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will try to win his third title of the year in a final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) and will have a chance to tie Nadal for the most titles in Master 1000 tournaments with 33.
In the women's final, Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4.
"It wasn't my best night," Nadal said. "I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn't capable of doing it. I didn't have a good feeling to do the things I wanted to do and that's it. We don't have to dwell too much on it."
The second-ranked Spaniard, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona. This is the first time since 2004 that Nadal had arrived in Madrid without a title.
"I've won a lot over the years on this surface," he said." But this year it hasn't been the case. I've been really close, but I haven't been able to win."
Nadal, who was yet to lose a set in Madrid this year, had beaten Tsitsipas all three previous times they played, without losing a set, including in the semifinals of the Australian Open.
The 20-year-old Tsitsipas converted on his fourth match point to close out the victory on the Magic Box center court.
"I'm really happy that I managed to keep my nerves down and fight back. Probably one of the toughest victories I've had in my life," Tsitsipas said. "Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today."
The young Greek played aggressively from the start, breaking Nadal's serve six times. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.
"I really liked my fighting spirit," he said. "I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight."
Tsitsipas will be playing in his fourth final of the season and will have a chance to become the first player to win three titles this year, adding to his triumphs in Estoril and Marseille. He is the tour's winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.
"I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match," said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto last year. "He's in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won't be easy."
Djokovic on top
Djokovic can add to his Australian Open title on Sunday thanks to his confidence-boosting win over an in-form Thiem.
"Dominic is one of the best tennis players in the world at this moment, especially on this surface, so this was a very big win for me," Djokovic said.
The fifth-seeded Thiem, who beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, had won two straight against Djokovic and was trying to make his third straight Madrid final following losses to Rafael Nadal in 2017 and Alexander Zverev in 2018. The Austrian was also attempting to become the first player to win three titles this season, adding to triumphs in Indian Wells and Barcelona.
"I thought he was the favorite coming into this match because of his win in Barcelona and the way he played winning against Roger yesterday," said Djokovic, who will be trying to add to his Madrid titles from 2011 and 2016.
"I was still kind of trying to find my best game on clay," Djokovic said. "These are exactly the matches that I need. I'm very, very pleased with this win."
Thiem played well in both sets but Djokovic prevailed in both tiebreakers.
"I think that to beat these players, Novak, or Rafa, you need to have this little luck, this momentum going for you, and that was not the case today," Thiem said. "Some break points for me were a little bit unlucky and some of them I missed, which I usually don't do."
Last year's runner-up Bertens defeated Halep for her second title of the year, adding to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.
"I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis," said Bertens, who next week will reach a career-high No. 4 ranking.
The seventh-ranked Dutch became the first woman to win the Madrid title without dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital — Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. Bertens lost to Kvitova in last year's final.
Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 ranking from Naomi Osaka.
Paris, May 12 (AP/UNB) — Playing likely his final match this season in the French league, Neymar scored and delivered an assist as Paris Saint-Germain beat Angers 2-1 Saturday to shake off its season-end slump.
Neymar put PSG ahead with a diving header in the first half and then set up Angel Di Maria's goal in the 58th minute. Flavien Tait pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot two minutes from time after PSG defender Marquinhos was sent off for grasping forward Wilfried Kanga round the waist.
Neymar was this week given a three-game ban — which starts Monday — for lashing out at a fan following a loss to Rennes on penalties in the French Cup final. The French soccer federation's disciplinary commission added a suspended two-match ban to its punishment.
PSG and Neymar have announced they will appeal the ban, which rules him out of his team's last two games this season. The Brazil forward will also miss the Champions Trophy between the French champions and the French Cup winners on Aug. 3 if PSG's appeal is unsuccessful.
Already crowned champion, PSG had managed just one win in its last seven games in all competitions ahead of Saturday's trip to western France, and had failed to win its last three matches.
Under a bright sun, Thomas Tuchel's team did not impress but the result came as a relief.
"We did not play well these past few weeks, it was important to win," Di Maria said through a translator. "The mindset was better too."
PSG dominated possession early on but only managed to create half-chances at a pedestrian pace.
Angers was more inspired and had an excellent chance to break the deadlock in the 16th minute when Stephane Bahoken found some space between two defenders to connect with a cross from Tait. Alone in front of PSG 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon, Bahoken timed his shot well but the former Italy international made a superb reflex save.
Against the run of play, PSG took the lead four minutes later after Angers players gave the ball away and failed to track back. PSG launched a quick attack and Dani Alves' chipped cross inside the box found Neymar, who scored his 34th league goal with a fine header.
Neymar turned provider near the hour mark following a series of dribbles down the left. The former Barcelona player then crossed the ball back to the unmarked Di Maria, who headed it home.
Behind PSG, Lille has already likely secured an automatic place in next season's Champions League. The northern side has a six-point lead over third-place Lyon ahead of Sunday's home match against Bordeaux. Lyon travels to Marseille.
Monaco Loses Again
With a 1-0 loss at Nimes, 17th-place Monaco slumped to its third league defeat in four matches.
With two rounds left, the 2017 champions remain level on points with 18th-place Caen in the fight for safety. A playoff between the club which finishes 18th and the team ending third in the second division is held at the end of the season.
Caen beat Reims 3-2 and has a two-point lead over Dijon. Last-place Guingamp is six points further back ahead of Sunday's trip to Rennes.
Winless since mid-March, Monaco hosts Amiens and then faces a trip to Riviera rival Nice in its last game.
Renaud Ripart scored the winner for Nimes.
Amiens and Toulouse drew 0-0, Dijon beat Strasbourg 2-1, and Nice and Nantes finished 1-1.
Dhaka, May 11 (UNB) - Bangladesh National Football team will leave Dhaka for Thailand on May 24 to play two friendly matches against two Thai Premier League clubs ahead of their Laos test.
Bangladesh will play the matches as part of their preparations for the two pre-qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar’2022 and for the AFC Asian Cup matches against Laos.
Bangladesh will play two preparatory matches with Thai premier League clubs -- Air Force United FC on May 28 and BG Pathum United FC on June 1.
Bangladesh will face Laos in the AFC Asian Cup on home and away basis matches. The first leg will be held in the Laos capital Vientiane on June 6 while the 2nd leg is scheduled to be held in Dhaka on June 11.