Dhaka, Aug 4 (UNB) – Hosts South African Emerging Players Women’s team set a competitive target of 148 runs against touring Bangladesh Emerging Players Women’s Cricket team (A Team) in the third and final match of the three-match unofficial T20 series at the Mandela Oval in Hammanskraal on Sunday.
Touring Bangladesh Emerging Players Women’s Cricket team (A Team) lost the three-match unofficial T20 series 0-2.
Bangladesh lost the first match by 5-run to South Africa on July 31, before conceding the 2nd successive defeat by 6-wicket on August 1, at the same venue.
They will need to win the third and last T20 match against South African women’s to avoid whitewash.
Sent into bat first on the day, South Africa scored 147 for 3 in stipulated 20 overs, featuring an unbeaten half-century by Captain Nadine de Klerk.
Nadine de Klerk scored 83 runs off 53 balls hitting 7 fours and 3 sixes while Tazmin Brits contributed 35 runs off 36 balls hitting 5 fours.
Nahida Akter, Ritu Moni and Fahima Khatun bagged one wicket each conceding 27, 33 and 26 runs respectively for Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Aug 4 (UNB)-Dhaka Abahani Limited will observe the 70th birth anniversary of Sheikh Kamal through a daylong programme on Monday at its premises in Dhanmondi here.
Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founded the Abahani Club in 1972.
On the day, the Dhanmondi-based club will place floral wreath on the portrait of Sheikh Kamal at the club premises which will be followed by prayers seeking divine blessings for him and Qurankhwani.
In the evening, a discussion will be held on the colorful life of Sheikh Kamal at the club ground.
Milad and Doa mahfil will be held after Asr prayers.
Canton, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — What a defensive backfield in gold jackets: Ed Reed , Ty Law and Champ Bailey.
And what a challenge they had throughout their careers, trying to cover fellow inductee Tony Gonzalez.
All four entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night.
"Fitting to be in here with Mr. Johnny Robinson and Champ and Ty," Reed said. "My DBs know it was always about us."
Sort of. But Gonzalez, like Bailey elected in his first eligible year, showed how pro football could be all about the tight end.
A six-time All-Pro, Gonzalez helped revolutionize the position, lining up in traditional tight end spots as well as flanked out or in the backfield — pretty much everywhere on the field. Then he beat many of those defensive backs everywhere on the field in 12 seasons with Kansas City and five with Atlanta. He stands second in receptions with 1,325 only to Jerry Rice.
His final totals included 15,127 yards receiving and 111 touchdowns in the regular season. He made 14 Pro Bowls and the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
He particularly thanked his 101-year-old grandmother, his wife, who he said doesn't like football, and the fans in KC. Gonzalez was one of the most popular players in the entire league for those 17 seasons.
"After I was traded, I went back to play a game in Kansas City," he recalled. "During pregame they introduced me, which I thought was very special. Then something happened, one of the greatest moments of my career: The fans began yelling for me."
While Gonzalez, now a broadcaster, delivered a smooth speech until his eyes welled up when addressing his mother, Bailey, Reed and Law's voices frequently broke during theirs.
Law spoke of his family's support, and his hometown, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, which also produced his uncle, Tony Dorsett, and Mike Ditka — both Hall of Famers.
"I know there ain't no crying in football," Law joked.
"We are a community built on love, strength, struggle, and that Quiptown pride," he said. "We did it, Aliquippa. We are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
Law became the first inductee from New England's standout defense that won three Super Bowls in the early 2000s. One of the most versatile and physical cornerbacks the NFL has seen, Law was selected for five Pro Bowl teams and was a two-time All-Pro. He finished with 53 career interceptions, twice leading the NFL in that category, had more than 800 tackles, 169 passes defensed, five sacks, and scored seven times.
Perhaps Law's most noteworthy game came in the 2002 Super Bowl, when his hard-hitting style upset Rams receivers and threw off the "Greatest Show on Turf. That was emblematic of his attacking style — and soon after led to rules changes limiting how physical defenders could be against receivers.
Reed was just as big a playmaker for Baltimore, a safety who fellow enshrinee Ray Lewis called "a gift" to the Ravens and himself. He was elected in his first year of eligibility, just as Lewis was last year, and called for unity in America, setting a standard like a team's — each pushing one another toward an achievement.
"Help each other, encourage each other, lift each other up," Reed said. "Encourage those around you. Encourage yourself."
Reed, a five-time All-Pro safety and member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, was the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and made nine Pro Bowls. He had 64 career interceptions, seventh overall; led the NFL in picks three times; and his 1,590 yards on interception returns is a league mark. His 13 non-offense TDs rank fifth all time.
In 2013, in his hometown of New Orleans, the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
Bailey played for Washington and Denver in his 15-year career, and was a force in each of those seasons. He intercepted 54 passes, including one against New England he returned for 100 yards in the 2005 divisional playoffs.
A 12-time Pro Bowler, a record for the position, and three-time All-Pro who made the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s, Bailey was the seventh overall draft pick by the Redskins in 1999. He was dealt to Denver in 2004 for running back Clinton Portis in a steal for the Broncos.
Bailey credited Hall of Fame cornerbacks Darrell Green and Deion Sanders, mentors with the Redskins, for setting his foundation in the pros. Yet he noted he was "consumed by the game" that "gives a person discipline and perseverance," but it doesn't prepare you for "real life."
Referring to his fellow African Americans, Bailey asked that everyone listen "when we tell you about our fears. ... When we tell you there are many challenges we face because of the color our skin, please listen. And please do not get caught up in how the message is delivered.
"If we start listening, there is no limit to the progress we can make."
Inducted earlier were Kevin Mawae , Pat Bowlen,Johnny Robinson and Gil Brandt .
Mawae never betrayed the lessons he learned when he first began playing football — flag football, no less.
"I learned to love the preparation, the plays and the puzzle," Mawae said. "I loved putting on my uniform and cleats. I learned to never step on the field without being ready to work."
Mawae was an outstanding center for three NFL teams, and a key union force during the 2011 lockout of players. His leadership, along with his talent and determination, made him a three-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler with the Seahawks, Jets and Titans, and the center on the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Offensive lineman rarely should be judged by statistics, but consider that Mawae blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons — by five different running backs, capped by the NFL's sixth 2,000-yard rushing performance, by Tennessee's Chris Johnson in 2009, Mawae's final season.
Mawae, who was presented by his wife, Tracy, is the first player of Hawaiian descent and the second Polynesian member of the hall, following the late Junior Seau. His speech paid warm tribute to his family and the inspiration and love they provided him.
"I knock on this door and I tell all of you," he concluded in his speech, "I am home."
Bowlen's Denver Broncos made more Super Bowls (seven, winning three) than they had losing seasons. Under Bowlen's leadership, Denver went 354-240-1 from 1984 through last season. He was the first owner in NFL history to oversee a team that won 300 games — including playoffs — in a span of three decades.
On the league level, the highly respected Bowlen, who died in June, worked on several influential committees, including co-chairing the NFL Management Council and working on network TV contracts such as the league's ground-breaking $18 billion deal in 1998.
Bowlen once said the Hall of Fame is where legends go. He's now there, with his children huddling around the bust on the stage, several of them patting it on the head.
Brandt has been in the NFL so long he scouted Robinson. Brandt was procuring talent for the Dallas Cowboys in their initial season of 1960 when Robinson came out of LSU as a running back and eventually became a star safety.
Finally, in 2019, they are wearing gold jackets.
"After all this time, I thought I had been forgotten," Robinson said. "To receive that knock on the door ... was surreal to me."
Brandt paid tribute to his true calling: talent evaluation.
"What you do in securing talent is the lifeblood of football," he said. "Seeing that player that was something special ... or going to a D-3 campus and finding a diamond in the rough. I want all of you to look at my election into the Hall of Fame as a tip of the cap to you."
For six decades, Brandt has been involved in the sport at a high level, from personnel director with the Cowboys to league consultant to draft guru to broadcaster.
Brandt, who was enshrined as a contributor, developed the Dallas scouting system that emphasized computers far before most other teams; scouted the historically black colleges and small colleges for talent; made signing undrafted free agents a science; and worked with Hall of Famers Tex Schramm, the team president, and coach Tom Landry, to build a dynasty.
Robinson's induction makes for a half-dozen members of the great Kansas City Chiefs' defense of the 1960s who have been enshrined. Robinson joins Willie Lanier, Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Emmitt Thomas and Curley Culp.
Robinson was passed over six times during the 1980s, but got in as a seniors committee nominee. He's one of 20 players to play all 10 seasons of the AFL, made 57 interceptions, went to seven Pro Bowls, received all-league recognition five times and was chosen to the AFL's all-time team.
He mentioned what his father told him before he headed to his first training camp after being the third overall draft choice in the AFL.
"Be a gentleman when you win, be a man when you lose," Robinson said, "if you lose, be sure that you work harder so it won't happen again."
Dortmund, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — Jadon Sancho starred as Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the season-opening German Supercup on Saturday.
Sancho scored one goal and brilliantly set up Paco Alcacer for the other as Dortmund secured a morale-boosting victory over its old rival and delivered a statement of intent for the season ahead.
"We know that we still have a tall task ahead of us for the championship," Dortmund team official Sebastian Kehl said.
Dortmund is bidding to end Bayern's unprecedented seven-year reign as German champion and significantly boosted its squad with summer signings though only Nico Schulz was able to start as injuries took their toll.
Instead it was left to Sancho to carry on where he left off last season as the 19-year-old England forward produced another sparkling performance.
"All the defenders, even Bayern's defenders - when he has the ball at his feet, they're a little bit afraid," Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel said. "Jadon has a lot quality. He's really fast, technically he's very good. He can score, make passes, so he's really complete."
The game, a curtain-raiser for the coming season, was sold out, watched by more than 81,000 fans at the Westfalenstadion.
They were barely given time to settle as the game began with an outstanding save from Bayern captain Manuel Neuer to deny Dortmund counterpart Marco Reus.
The next big chance also fell to Dortmund. Neuer rushed out of goal and Alcacer tried scooping the ball over him toward the unguarded net. Fans stood up and watched as the ball went wide.
Robert Lewandowski replied with Bayern's first effort, which was deflected away, before Neuer saved again to deny Raphael Guerreiro.
Bayern improved through the half with Niko Kovac's side looking assured on the ball.
"We didn't take our chances," Kovac complained.
Alcacer broke the deadlock after the break, all thanks to Sancho. He eluded three Bayern defenders, then played the ball through Niklas Süle's legs for Alcacer to sweep it inside the right post.
Bayern sought a response and was only denied through desperate defending with Marwin Hitz saving and Manuel Akanji blocking on the line before the ball was cleared away.
Sancho then struck on a counterattack in the 69th after Guerreiro played the ball over the Bayern defense. The young forward stayed calm before slotting the ball through Neuer's legs.
Of all Dortmund's summer signings, only Schulz could play. Mats Hummels was denied a quick reunion with his former Bayern teammates due to muscular problems, Julian Brandt was out with a groin problem, Thorgan Hazard with an ankle injury and Mateu Morey with a shoulder injury. Goalkeeper Roman Bürki was also out.
Atlanta, Aug 4 (AP/UNB) — Atlanta United is back in a familiar spot.
Pressing the attack right from the start, the reigning MLS Cup champions scored a pair of own-goals in the first half and got a penalty kick from Josef Martinez to finish off a 3-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday, pushing the reigning MLS Cup champions into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
"This is the goal," first-year coach Frank de Boer said. "We want to be on top. We want to be the hunted."
United (12-9-3) pulled even with Philadelphia at 39 points, stretching its home unbeaten streak to 10 games in a matchup between two of the league's top teams. Atlanta has never allowed a goal to the Galaxy, recording three straight shutouts since entering the league in 2017.
With the upper deck opened up and another MLS record crowd of 72,548 rocking Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the home team responded with one of its best performances in what has been an up-and-down season.
The Galaxy (12-10-1) provided plenty of help.
In the 23rd minute, Florentin Pogba retrieved a long ball at the Atlanta end of the field and worked it up to Ezequiel Barco racing through the midfield. Barco slid a nifty pass to Pity Martinez, who broke into the clear down the right side. Martinez tried to work the ball in front, where both Barco and Josef Martinez were lurking, but the pass struck defender Dave Romney, sliding across the area on his back, and deflected past helpless goalkeeper David Bingham.
Atlanta made it 2-0 with a nearly identical play in the 43rd. This time, Justin Meram sprinted free down the left side and looked to get the ball to Josef Martinez, who was open in front of the net. Defender Giancarlo Gonzalez slid across to block the pass and wound up doing the same thing as Romney — deflecting the ball past Bingham.
"Some would say, 'Ahh, it's unlucky on their part and lucky for Atlanta,'" Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. "No, that's hard work and being in the right spot at the right time, the good delivery of the crosses. That's down to us. That's us creating our own luck."
Indeed, United had plenty of chances to score a goal of its own in the opening half. Barco put a blistering ball off the crossbar, while Pity Martinez had a shot ricochet off the far post after Bingham just got a piece of it.
Barco, Josef Martinez and Pity Martinez have rarely gotten a chance to play together this season because of injuries and international commitments.
The trio showed what they're capable of by creating numerous chances in the Galaxy's zone.
"Suddenly," de Boer said, "the puzzle looks like it could work."
Atlanta sealed the victory in the 72nd after a video review showed that Emerson Hyndman was knocked down in the area by Gonzalez while going for a rebound after Bingham made a brilliant save to deny Josef Martinez.
That sent Martinez to the spot for the penalty kick, which he ripped inside the left post for his 18th goal of the season while Bingham dove to the right.
The big crowd was denied a chance to see the Galaxy's top scorer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker, who has 16 goals, was suspended for the match for an accumulation of yellow cards after picking up his fifth in a 4-0 loss at Portland last weekend.
LA also was missing another key player, defender Diego Polenta, who was suspended for picking up red card after the final whistle against the Timbers.
"Without Ibra, we lose a lot," Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. "But we know it can happen during the year when Ibra cannot play, like today, and we need to figure it out."
The Galaxy needed all the help it could get against Atlanta, which has outscored LA 9-0 in their three meetings.
Josef Martinez had the spotlight all to himself, and he delivered his 68th league goal over the last three seasons, matching Bradley Wright Phillips (2014-16) for the most prolific three-year scoring run in MLS history. With 10 games left in the regular season, Martinez should easily claim that mark all to himself.
The 2018 MVP also has scored in nine straight league games, matching the mark initially set by Diego Valeri in 2017 and equaled last season by Martinez.
"The important thing is to win," Martinez said through a translator. "Those are just numbers."
Atlanta United has a quick turnaround before traveling to Orlando for the U.S. Open Cup semifinals Tuesday night.
United has placed heavy importance on the normally obscure tournament, seeing it as perhaps the best chance to return to the CONCACAF Champions League in 2020.
Atlanta would host the final if it beats Orlando. The Open Cup winner receives one of four U.S. berths in the Champions League.