Tokyo, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — Amanda Anisimova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open by beating seventh-seeded Zheng Saisai 6-1, 6-1 Wednesday.
The 17-year-old American won 51 points to only 27 for Zheng to reach her first WTA quarterfinal match.
"I was playing a really good player, so I was just preparing myself well mentally," Anisimova said. "I was just going out there without pressure and trying to have fun."
Anisimova's only other professional appearance outside her home country was at an ITF event in Curitiba, Brazil, in March 2017. She reached the final before losing to Anastasia Potapova.
Also, fifth-seeded Ajla Tomljanovic beat Zhu Lin 7-5, 6-4. The 25-year-old Australian had 23 winners, including six aces, against Zhu.
London, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — World Cup-winning France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has been fined 50,000 pounds ($65,000) and banned from driving for 20 months for drunk driving.
The Tottenham goalkeeper was pulled by over by police in central London last month when his Porsche was veering toward parked vehicles before going through a red light. Police discovered vomit in the car and Lloris had to be helped out.
Lloris, who was in goal when France beat Croatia in the World Cup final, admitted to the charge of drunk driving during a London court appearance on Wednesday.
David Sonn, the lawyer representing the player in court, says "the spectacular fall from grace is not lost on Mr. Lloris."
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – Holders India made their 11th final berth of the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup eliminating their arch-rival Pakistan by 3-1 goals in the 2nd semifinal at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday evening.
The 7th time champions, India, will play the final on Saturday (September 15) at 7pm at the same venue against the Maldives, the champions of 2008 SAAF Cup, which made the final berth shocking spirited Nepal by 3-0 goals in the first semifinal earlier in the day.
After a barren first, Manvir Singh struck twice and Sumeet Passi netted one for the India while Hassan Bashir netted the lone goal for Pakistan.
Both the teams were reduced to 10 men in the 86th minute when Mohsin Ali of Pakistan and Lalianzuala Changte were shown direct red cards for a brawl among themselves. Changte punched Pakistani forward Hasan Basheer after a foul and Mohsin came running from behind to push Changte.
Just three minutes after the resumption, Ashik Kuruniyan darted down the left flank before cutting the ball back to onrushing Manvir Singh who placed the ball past Ijaz Yusuf Butt from handshaking distance (1-0).
The fate of the match was decided in the 69th minute with Manvir adding his second goal. It was a perfect build-up by substitute Laliuazuala Changte who drifted through the midfield, cut a diagonal pass to Vinit Rai who pushed the ball to Manvir who hit the far post net with diagonal drive (2-0).
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A demoralised Pakistan conceded the third in the 83rd minute when Ashik Kuruniyan used the free space in the right flank and cut a cross for substitute Sumeet Pasi, who headed home (3-0).
Pakistan’s consolation came in the 89th minute with Hassan Bashir slamming home with grounder after Indian defender Sharthak Golui’s headed clearance set him free (3-1).
Earlier, in a lively opening first quarter of the hour, Pakistan was the first to open the opponent defence. In the 7th minute Pakistani forward Hasan Basheer cut an angular grounder from the right edge of the box forcing Indian custodian Vishal Kaith to stretch to his limit to grip the ball.
India reacted quickly with two counterattacks with Manvir Singh diving forward to head low cross of Ashik Kuruniyan that went straight to Pakistani goalie Ijaz Yusuf Butt in the eighth minute and Vinit Rai saw his 25 yarder punched for a corner in the following minute.
India, however, were more enterprising in the second quarter of the hour pressing Pakistan back. Ijaz was in his brilliant best in the 24th minute to deny Manvir Singh who placed a cut back to the far post and two minutes later pulled out another acrobatic punch on a rasping drive of Ashik Kuruniyan that earned India the third corner.
Pakistan piling pressure upon their opponents sent a big chill in the 37th minute with forward Mehmood Khan unleashing a fierce right footer that was picked by Vishal Kaith with a quick reaction and Indian forward Farukh Haji Kasam Chowdhury’s volley was punched by Ijkaz Butt in the following minute.
India were fortunate in the first minute of the two minute added time when Hasan Basheer’s head on a cross of Saddam Hossain beat Vishal Kaith in the air but missed the side post.
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) - The14th edition of the six-nation Asia Cup will begin on September 15 with Bangladesh taking on Sri Lanka in the tournament opener at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE.
The six best teams of the Asia subcontinent have already announced their squads to start their campaign -- split in two groups -- in the 13-match tournament, which will end on September 28.
The two-times finalists Bangladesh have been placed in Group ‘B’ alongside Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for the group campaign while Group ‘A’ comprises of defending champions India, Pakistan and the winner of the Asia Cup Qualifier 2018 Hong Kong.
The tournament will run for almost two weeks and the top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super-Four stage.
Here are the squads for Asia Cup 2018:
Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Afghan (captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Yamin Ahmadzai.
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Kumar Das, Ariful Haque, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony and Nazmul Hossain Shanto.
Hong Kong Squad: Anshuman Rath (captain), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulsan, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammad, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Nizakat Khan, Raag Kapur, Scott McKechnie, Tanveer Ahmed, Tanwir Afzal, Waqas Khan and Aftab Hussain.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Khursheed Ahmed.
Pakistan Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir.
Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Amila Aponso, Kasun Rajitha, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga and Niroshan Dickwella.
Here is the full schedule of Asia Cup 2018:
September 15: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)
September 16: Pakistan vs Hong Kong (Dubai)
September 17: Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
September 18: India vs Hong Kong (Dubai)
September 19: India vs Pakistan (Dubai)
September 20: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)
September 21: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)
September 21: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
September 23: Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)
September 23: Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
September 25: Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)
September 26: Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)
September 28: Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)
Note: All the matches will begin at 5:30 pm [Bangladesh time].
Dhaka, Sept 12 (UNB) – The Walton Deaf Tri-Nation T20 Cricket Tournament begins on Friday (Sept 14) at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Cricket Stadium in Fatullah, Narayanganj.
India, Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh will initially compete on double league basis match, organized by Bangladesh Deaf Sports Foundation and sponsored by Walton Group. Later, two top teams will play the final.
India and Pakistan are expected to reach the capital on Thursday to compete in the eight-day meet.
The champion team will be awarded with Tk 50,000 and the runners-up team will get prize money of Tk 25,000 in addition to trophies. Besides, the meet’s sponsor Walton Group will give man of the award in every match.
The details of the meet was disclosed by vice president of Bangladesh Deaf Sports Foundation Zakir Hossain Khan at a press conference in the city on Wednesday.
Deputy Executive Director of Walton Group Uday Hakim, Senior Assistant Director of Walton Group Milton Ahmed and Manager cum Co-Ordinator of Bangladesh Deaf Sports Foundation Anisul Islam Nipu were also present on the occasion.
Bangladesh Deaf Cricket team for Tri-Nation T20 Cricket: Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury (Captain), Russell Ahmed, Wahidul Alam Momin, Afsaruddin Riyad, Aksar Ahmed, Ahmed Abdullah Al Hasib (WK), Rubel Hossain, Shohel, Imran Khan, Ahmed Nafis Imtiaz Dip, GM Mahbubur Rahman Setu, Immi Chowdhury, Akib Mahmud, Saidur Rahman and Raihan Monir.