Dhaka, Sep 23 (UNB) – Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first against Afghanistan in a crucial Super-Four stage of the 14th Asia Cup at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Bangladesh brought Nazmul Islam and Imrul Kayes in to replace pace bowler Rubel Hossain and all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain respectively.
Afghanistan called Samiullah Shenwari to replace Najibullah Zadran.
Bangladesh best XI: Liton Kumar Das, Nazmul Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Imrul Kayes, Mohammad Mithun, Mahsrafe Mortaza (captain), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman and Nazmul Islam.
Afghanistan best XI: Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Madrid, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — It took some help from video review to put Real Madrid on top in the Spanish league.
Marco Asensio's first-half winner to beat Espanyol 1-0 on Saturday was initially waived off for offside but eventually stood after assistance from the VAR, which is making its La Liga debut this season.
"In the end there was justice. I'm glad the VAR worked," Asensio said. "I had already told (the referee) I didn't think I was offside."
The win at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium left Madrid one point ahead of Barcelona, which plays on Sunday against Girona at Camp Nou Stadium.
Madrid rested regulars such as Gareth Bale and Marcelo following its opening win against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Thibaut Courtois, playing in goal after Keylor Navas started in the Champions League, saved Madrid in one of the few good chances created by Espanyol in the first half, and Borja Iglesias almost equalized but struck the crossbar in the second half after a mistake by Sergio Ramos.
"We knew how to suffer and we knew how to close out the match to get the three points," Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. "That was important."
BACK TO WINNING
Thomas Lemar's first goal for Atletico Madrid helped to end its winless run in the league.
Lemar set up the other goal in Atletico's 2-0 win at 10-man Getafe.
After a loss and draw, Atletico moved within five points of Real Madrid.
Lemar, part of France's World Cup-winning squad, contributed to the opening score when his long-range shot bounced off the crossbar and rebounded into the net off the back of goalkeeper David Soria, who was credited with an own-goal.
In the second half, Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion set up Lemar, who dribbled past Soria and scored from a tight angle.
Getafe, which hadn't lost since the opening round, played a man down from the 67th minute after Ivan Alejo was sent off for a hard foul.
Alaves routed promoted Valladolid 5-1 to earn its third straight win.
Ibai Gomez scored in each half at Rayo's Vallecas Stadium, which reopened after about a month of renovation work.
GOALS AT LAST
Promoted club Valladolid, owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, ended its scoreless streak in a 3-3 draw at Celta Vigo.
Leo Suarez earned the point for Valladolid by scoring four minutes into second-half stoppage time.
Valladolid hadn't scored in its previous four leagues matches.
Celta, which got two goals from Spain forward Iago Aspas, had a two-goal lead until the 65th minute at Balaidos Stadium.
Mid-table Eibar defeated Leganes 1-0 at home with a second-half goal by Kike Garcia.
Leganes' third straight loss, and fourth in five matches, left it with only one point and in last place in the 20-team standings.
Milan, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — Gervinho received a standing ovation for a stunning goal and another when he was substituted as he helped Parma beat Cagliari 2-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
Gervinho scored the second two minutes after the break. The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international sprinted from deep inside his own half and beat three defenders before firing in off the near post.
"I don't know if it's my best goal, I have scored so many of them," the former Arsenal and Roma player joked. "I'm happy to be here and to have come back to Italy. I'm happy at Parma and I've been welcomed here really well by the fans even though I don't consider myself the star man. We need everyone."
Following his second goal since he returned to Serie A after 2 1/2 years in China, Gervinho was embraced by all of his teammates and given a standing ovation by fans at Stadio Tardini. They gave him another when he was replaced late on.
"I haven't seen a goal like that for years," Parma coach Roberto D'Aversa said. "I'm lucky to have a player like him, who came here with a unique humbleness and with great availability. He is a player who makes the difference. It's right that we put him in the conditions to express himself in the best possible way."
Roberto Inglese scored Parma's opener in the 20th minute after the ball ricocheted off the goalkeeper's chest and Inglese's face.
It was Parma's second straight win after its surprise victory at Inter Milan last week, as it settles back into life in the topflight following a fairytale rise through the divisions, three years after going bankrupt.
Inter left it late midweek to snatch victory against Tottenham in the Champions League and it left it even later to beat Sampdoria 1-0.
Marcelo Brozovic scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time after three goals were ruled out on video review.
Radja Nainggolan thought he fired Inter in front on the stroke of halftime but it was ruled out after the VAR spotted Mauro Icardi was offside in the build-up, blocking goalkeeper Emil Audero's view.
Inter had a second goal ruled out three minutes from time as the ball went out of play before Kwadwo Asamoah's strike.
Moments later, Gregoire Defrel's goal was ruled out for offside, with the Sampdoria forward having the added disappointment of being booked for taking his shirt off in celebration.
Brozovic then controlled Ivan Perisic's cross on his chest before firing it in from a tight angle.
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti was sent off for his celebrations.
"I turned towards the television camera to shout, 'Goal!' and the fourth official told me I had done so with too much impetus," Spalletti said. "But it was such an important goal, like a sort of liberation."
Federico Chiesa scored Fiorentina's third goal and immediately went over to embrace his brother Lorenzo, who was on the sidelines as a ball boy. They were watched by father Enrico, himself a former Fiorentina and Italy forward.
Fiorentina won 3-0 over Spal, which had conceded only one goal in its four previous matches.
Marko Pjaca and Nikola Milenkovic scored the first two in the first half.
Spal's night almost went from bad to worse as midfielder Jasmin Kurtic was shown a red card for a tackle on German Pezzella, but the referee amended it to a yellow after consultation with the VAR.
Tokyo, Sep 23 (AP/UNB) — Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Pan Pacific Open and deny the U.S. Open champion a win in her home country.
Osaka, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York, hadn't dropped a set previous to Sunday's final and was frustrated from the outset by the big-serving Czech player.
Pliskova broke Osaka for a second time to go up 5-4 in the second set and then hammered her sixth ace to secure her 11th career title.
Pliskova needed three dramatic sets in each of her matches to reach her second final of the season.
"I was just happy it didn't go to a third set," Pliskova said. "Naomi was playing so good all tournament but I think she was a little bit tired today."
The frustration was evident when Osaka double faulted in the ninth game of the second set to set up Pliskova's second break. The 20-year-old tossed her racket to the ground before collecting her composure, but it was too late.
It was the second time Osaka came up short in the tournament. Two years ago, Osaka lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki, this year's top-seeded player who was eliminated by Camila Giorgi in the second round.
Dhaka, Sept 22 (UNB) – A three-day National Archery Judges Course, organised by Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF), began on Saturday at the Media Center of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) in the capital.
BAF President Lt Gen M Moinul Islam (Retd) inaugurated the program which was chaired by BAF General Secretary Kazi Razibuddin Ahmed Chapal.
BAF Assistant General Secretary cum Convener of the Judges Development Committee Abdur Rashid Serniabad gave vote of thanks in presence of National Archery Coach Martin Fedric.
A total of 31 judges from all over the country are taking part in the three-day course, conducted by the chairman of the Asian Judges Committee of the World Archery Mau Sui Hoong Frankie.