Perth, Oct 3 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams and Roger Federer have committed to play the Hopman Cup mixed teams event in late December while former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev will represent Germany.
Frances Tiafoe will be Williams' partner for the United States, while Belinda Bencic will again represent Switzerland with Federer to defend the title they won in January over Kerber and Zverev in the final.
Williams and Federer are scheduled to play mixed doubles against each other when the U.S. meets Switzerland on Jan. 1.
The eight-country tournament is scheduled from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 on indoor hard courts at Perth Arena. It used by the players as a tune-up event for the Australian Open which begins Jan. 14 in Melbourne.
Teams announced Wednesday:
Australia: Matt Ebden and Ashleigh Barty
France: Lucas Pouille and Alize Cornet
Germany: Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber
Britain: Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter
Greece: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari
Spain: David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza
Switzerland: Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic
United States: Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams
Turin, Oct 3 (AP/UNB) — No Cristiano Ronaldo, no problem for Juventus.
Paulo Dybala filled in for the star by scoring his first Champions League hat trick to give the Italian team a 3-0 victory over Young Boys on Tuesday.
With Ronaldo watching from the stands after getting his first red card in the competition in the previous round, Dybala rediscovered the scoring form that saw the Argentina international score 22 Serie A goals last season.
"I wanted a match like this," Dybala said, with a huge smile on his face and clutching the match ball. "But I think the whole team approached the match with the right attitude."
It was Juventus' ninth win in nine matches this season as the Italian club remained perfect in all competitions.
It also saw Juventus take control of Group H with a two-point lead over Manchester United, which drew 0-0 against Valencia.
That still wasn't enough to satisfy coach Massimiliano Allegri.
"We should have scored more tonight," he said. "On one hand for our goal difference, on the other because matches are coming up in which we will only have one or two chances, and we will have to be more clinical than we have been."
Juventus visits Manchester United in the next round when Ronaldo will be available for his return to Old Trafford.
It took Dybala less than five minutes to give Juventus the lead with a delightful chipped volley after a long ball over the top from Leonardo Bonucci.
Juventus almost doubled its lead 10 minutes later as Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos could only parry Federico Bernardeschi's effort but it was cleared for a corner.
However, Von Ballmoos was punished for a similar mistake in the 33rd when he pushed away Blaise Matuidi's fierce shot and Dybala was on hand to tuck the rebound into the bottom left corner.
Dybala came close to completing his hat trick three minutes into the second half when he dispatched an angled effort past the reach of Von Ballmoos but it bounced off the inside of the left post.
Moments later he could have had a penalty after he was tripped by Young Boys defender Steve von Bergen but the referee waved play on.
Dybala did get his hat trick in the 69th, finishing off a long passing move by Juventus after being unselfishly teed up by Juan Cuadrado.
Only four Juventus players have scored a hat trick in the Champions League, including Filippo Inzaghi (twice), Alessandro Del Piero and Arturo Vidal.
It was also Dybala's first hat trick in Turin. He scored trebles in three league matches last season but all were away from home.
Dybala had struggled to find the net since Ronaldo joined the club this summer, having scored just once while playing in a deeper-lying role behind the Portuguese star and Mario Mandzukic in a three-pronged attack.
"Last year I scored many goals at the start and then slowed down, it was almost the opposite," he said. "Obviously it's easier at times with Cristiano but we have to always be focused, when he's playing and when he's not playing."
Young Boys' evening was made even worse in the 78th when defender Mohamed Ali Camara was sent off following two bookings in quick succession.
It was a second successive 3-0 defeat for Young Boys, which lost by the same score to Manchester United. The Swiss side only had one shot on target the whole match.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) – Bangladesh U-18 Women’s team emerged Group B champion to reach the semifinals of the maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship beating Nepal by 2-1 goals in their last group match at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Tuesday.
Touring Bangladesh will play Group A runners-up hosts Bhutan in the 2nd semifinal on Friday while Group A champion India will play the first semifinal against Group B runners-up Nepal on the same day and same venue.
In the day’s match, Bangladesh led the first half by 2-0 goals against the Himalayan nation.
Sirat Jahan Shopna, who made a double hat-trick scoring seven goals in their 17-0 goals victory over Pakistan on Sunday, opened the Bangladesh account first in the 16th minute by a placing shot after beating opponent custodian from the right wing (1-0) and dominated the scorer list making eight goals in two matches.
Krishna Rani Sarkar doubled the Bangladesh margin in the 32nd minute by placing the ball over advancing opponent custodian, utilising a long pass of her fellow custodian (2-0).
Reashi Kumari reduced the Nepalese margin scoring a goal in the 2nd minute of the stoppage time (92nd minute) (2-1).
Earlier in the different age group matches, Bangladesh Women’s team beat Nepal on regular occasions.
Bangladesh beat Nepal by 6-0 goals in the SAFF U-15 Championship in Dhaka in 2017, beat them again by 3-0 goals in the same tournament in Bhutan in
August last and outplayed Nepal by 14-0 goals in the AFC U-14 zonal meet in Kazakhstan in 2016.
Earlier, Bangladesh U-18 Women’s team, riding on a double hat-trick by Sirat Jahan Shopna, reached the semifinal of the maiden SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship from Group B crushing Pakistan by 17-0 goals in their first appearance at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu.
Earlier in the group matches, Nepal made a flying start crushing Pakistan by massive 12-0 goals while India also made a good start beating hosts Bhutan 4-0 and Bhutan outplayed the Maldives 13-0 and India beat Maldives 8-0 goals.
Sylhet, Oct 2 (UNB) – Tajikistan got off to a good start in the 5th version of the six-nation Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament beating defending champions Nepal by 2-0 goals in opening Group A match at Sylhet District Stadium here on Tuesday evening.
Captain Fatkhuloev put Tajikistan ahead in the 27th minute from a penalty (1-0).
Tajikistan got penalty when their onrushing forward Jahangir was fouled by Nepalese defender AnantaTamang in the danger zone.
Substitute Tursunov sealed the fate of the match scoring the 2nd goal in the 69th minute by an accurate header from goalmouth melee, capitalising on a cross off his teammate (2-0).
Tajikistan earned deserving victory dominating over Nepal for most of the proceedings.
In the remaining group match, Tajikistan will play Palestine on Thursday at 6:30 pm at the same venue while Laos will play the Philippines on Wednesday at the same time and same venue.
Earlier on Monday, Bangladesh made a good start beating Laos by 1-0 goal in the opening match of the tournament with local hero Biplu Ahmed scoring the match winner in the 60th minute by a good shot from a handshake distance.
Six teams—split into two groups—are initially taking part in the first phase in Sylhet with the matches kicking off at 6:30 pm.
Later, two semifinals will be held at the Bir Shrestha Ruhul Amin Stadium in Cox’s Bazar on October 9 and 10 and the final will commence at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on October 12.
Participating teams are:
Group A – holders Nepal, Palestine and Tajikistan
Group B – Laos, the Philippines and hosts Bangladesh.
Remaining fixture of group matches:
Oct 3: Laos vs Philippines
Oct 4: Tajikistan vs Palestine
Oct 5: Bangladesh vs Philippines
Oct 6: Palestine vs Nepal
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB) – National batsman Ariful Haque made his maiden double century enabling Rangpur Division to score a huge total of 502 runs for all in 145.2 overs against Barishal Division on the 2nd day of the four-day Tier-1 match of the 20th National Cricket League (NCL) at Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bagura on Tuesday.
Rangpur Division resumed the first innings in the morning with their overnight total of 300 for 5 in 90 overs and piled up the huge total riding on 26-year-old right handed middle order batsman Ariful Haque’s superb knock.
Ariful Haque, who played only six T20 Internationals for Bangladesh, resumed batting with 117 runs and contributed his career best innings of 231 runs off 325 balls, featuring 21 fours and four sixes before being caught by Monir Hossain, off a Shohag Gazi ball at 500 for 9 in 144.4 overs.
Apart from Ariful Haque’s double ton, Naeem Islam scored 92, Zahid Javed 62, Suhrawardy Shuvo 45 and Dhiman Ghosh 28 runs in the first innings for Rangpur Division.
Monir Hossain Khan and Shohag Gazi grabbed three wickets each conceding 128 and 142 runs respectively while Kamrul Islam Rabbi took two for 94 runs.
In reply, Barisal Division opened the first innings and scored 91 for 1 in 34 overs to trail by 411 runs when the bails were drawn for the 2nd day (Tuesday).