Milton Keynes, Aug 2 (AP/UNB) — Ashleigh Buhai stretched her surprise lead at the Women's British Open to three shots, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 in Friday's second round.
Buhai, who has never won on the LPGA Tour, birdied four of the final eight holes to post 12-under 132. The 30-year-old South African's best previous British Open finish was a tie for 30th in 2017.
Alone in second at 9 under was 20-year-old Hinako Shibuno, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour who is making her LPGA Tour and major championship debut.
Shibuno, who shot 66 on Thursday, had a 69 on Friday and wowed spectators at Woburn Golf Club with her fearless play. She led for much of the afternoon before Buhai overtook her. Shibuno has two victories in Japan this year and is ranked 46th in the world.
American Lizette Salas was third at 8 under. She birdied the first four holes en route to a bogey-free 67.
Bronte Law, the top-ranked English player at No. 19, also shot 67 and was four shots back alongside Celine Boutier, second-ranked Sung Hyun Park, Caroline Masson and local favorite Charley Hull, who is playing on her home course. Boutier had the day's lowest round at 66.
Danielle Kang had a disappointing 72 and was six shots back. Defending champion Georgia Hall was also 6 under after a 69, along with Ariya Jutanugarn (70), Carlota Ciganda (69) and top-ranked Jin Young Ko, who was frustrated after a 70. Ko is seeking her third major title of the year after winning last week's Evian Championship in France.
Lima, Aug 2 (AP/UNB) — Mexico's Juan Manuel Celaya plunged with power and emerged from the pool with a smile, knowing that the most challenging days had been worth a gold medal in the 1-meter springboard at the Pan American Games on Thursday.
Celaya scored 435.60 points. Jamaica's Yona Knight-Wisdom was second at 429.90, and American Andrew Capobianco took the bronze with 411.25. Celaya, a 20-year-old who attends Louisiana State University, came into the week hoping to gain experience from his veteran teammates. Instead, he won Mexico's first gold for diving at the Pan Am Games in Lima.
"I'm so happy, I can't even smile properly," said Celaya, who is from the northern Mexican city of Monterrey. "I'm still shaking."
After his last dive, Mexican fans who donned sombreros handed him a national flag that he carried around the pool.
Celaya moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 2016 to attend LSU on a scholarship. He says the first year was tough. He missed his family, his friends, and the home-cooked meals. He felt lonely, even depressed, he said. But he never stopped training. On the LSU Athletics site it says that during his freshman season, he became "one of the most decorated divers in school history."
"All of this was worth it," Celaya said. "This is a sacrifice that most people don't see. But this is so rewarding."
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) - Arambagh Krira Sangha crushed Brothers Union FC by 5-2 goals in their last match of the ongoing 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Friday.
In the goal-fest match, Nigerian striker Matthew Chinedu made his hat-trick scoring three goals in the 20th, 24th and 43rd minutes while Cameroonian forward Paul Emile Biyaga netted the rest two goals for Arambagh KS in the 12th and 37th minute.
On the other hand, South Korean midfielder Jae-Hyeong Park and midfielder Mannaf Rabby scored one goal each for Brothers Union in the 3rd and 72nd minute respectively.
With day’s well-merited win, Arambagh KS finished 5th securing 33 points from all 24 matches while Brothers Union finished 11th with their previous credit of 21 points from all 24 matches.
In day’s other match, a hat-trick by Nigerian striker Raphael Odovin Onwrebe helped Sheikh Russel KC to earn a comfortable 3-1 goals victory over bottom-placed Team BJMC at the floodlit Sylhet District Stadium.
Nigerian Striker Eleta Kingsley Oshiokha netted the first goal for Team BJMC in the 31st minute.
Coming from behind 0-1, upper-ranked Sheikh Russel KC managed 3-1 goals victory over Team BJMC while Raphael Odovin Onwrebe completed his hat-trick netting three goals in the 36th, 45th and 78th minutes respectively.
With the day’s outcome, Raphael Odovin Onwrebe finished 2nd in the top scorer list of BPL 2018-19 season scoring 19 goals, one goal behind form his compatriot Sunday Chizoba of Dhaka Abahani Ltd (20 goals).
With day’s win, Sheikh Russel KC finished 3rd in the BPL league securing 52 points from all 24 matches while Team BJMC finished 13th with their previous collection of 11 points from all 24 encounters.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) - The election of the Bangladesh Athletic Federation will be held at National Sports Council (old building) in Purana Paltan on Saturday (August 3).
Returning officer and Legal Affairs Officer of NSC SM Kabirul Hasan said on Friday, “Voting in the election will be held at National Sports Council (old building) from 10am to 3pm on the day. After that we will announce the preliminarily results.”
The election commission of the National Sports Council (NSC) on July 29 finalised the list of candidate for the elections.
Shadat Hossain Sohel withdrew his name from joint secretary post while Narayanganj councillor Nasir and Madaripur councillor Mokhlesur Rahman withdrew their candidatures from the membership posts.
After their withdrawal, a total of 42 candidates are vying for the electoral race and are going to compete against 28 posts of the federation executive committee, including five vice-presidents, one general secretary, two joint secretaries, one treasurer and 19 members.
Three candidates Abdur Rokib Montu, Shah Alam and Jahangirnagar University councillor Shadat Hossain Sohel will contest for the secretary post.
According to the election commission, a total of 120 councillors will be able to exercise their franchise to form committee of the federation.
The election to Bangladesh Athletic Federation was earlier postponed once in the dying moment in 2017 after the last polls held in 2013.
Meanwhile, the federation was run by the ad-hoc committee, which was formed by NSC on March 15 in 2017.
Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB)- Bangladesh will start their SAFF Under-15 Championship 2019 campaign by facing Bhutan in the opening match on August 23 at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal of India.
This year, five South Asian countries- Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and hosts India will participate in the group stage on round robin league basis.
Top two teams will reach the final which is scheduled to be held on August 31 at the same venue.
In their next matches, Bangladesh will play against Sri Lanka on August 25, Nepal on August 27 and hosts India on August 29 at the same venue.