Mexico City, April 7 (Xinhua/UNB) - Argentine football great Diego Maradona has revealed plans to quit his job as head coach of Mexican second division side Dorados at the end of the season.
The 58-year-old said he felt his presence at the club was no longer beneficial, accusing referees of favoring opponents for fear of giving preferential treatment to "Maradona's team"
"There's something weird here, I do not like it," Maradona told a news conference after Dorados drew 1-1 with Venados. "I'm going to talk to the president afterwards. At the end of this [season] maybe I'll leave."
"There was a very clear penalty on [Amaury] Scotus, and do you know why they did not award it? Because you [journalists] tomorrow are going to say that it was given because it was Maradona's team. So I'm hurting Dorados and that's why I'm leaving. There's a guilty party who does not play and who is on the bench and that's me.
The 1986 World Cup winner took charge of Dorados in September, guiding them to last season's playoffs following six wins in seven matches.
The Sinaloa-based side currently sit third in the standings, having been unbeaten in eight league matches.
"Enough of football, constant fights, one behaves badly and is the worst in the world, behaves well and is the worst in the world. What I'm saying is that it's unfair because I can not do anything," he said.
Dorados' next match is against Atletico de San Luis on April 12 in the 15th round of the Ascenso MX Clausura Championship.
Spain, Apr 7 (AP/UNB) — Barcelona increased its lead of the Spanish league to a commanding 11 points after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored late goals in a 2-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
"We know that that we have taken not one, but two steps (toward the title)," Suarez said.
Second-placed Atletico played one man down for more than an hour after Diego Costa earned a direct red card in the 28th minute, when the referee said the Spain striker insulted him with expletives for not calling an alleged foul.
Suarez finally beat goalkeeper Jan Oblak with a curling shot from outside the area that went in off the post in the 85th minute. Messi added a second goal a minute later.
Messi and Suarez have fueled Barcelona's quest to defend its league title all season long. Messi leads the competition with 33 goals, followed by Suarez with 20. Both also scored late goals on Tuesday to salvage a 4-4 draw at Villarreal.
Barcelona, which has also reached the final of the Copa del Rey, increased its chances of a domestic double with seven rounds remaining. Atletico needed a win to realistically keep alive its title chances in the league and salvage a disappointing season.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer watched the match in person, before the Spanish club visits Old Trafford on Wednesday for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.
Other than a shot by Jordi Alba that hit the post and a superb save from Oblak to deny Philippe Coutinho, the first half was all about Costa's temper.
Costa vehemently protested after being tackled by Alba, and charged toward referee Gil Manzano who didn't hesitate to show a red card.
Atletico coach Diego Simeone complained that other players weren't also penalized for using similar language on the field but said he understood the referee's decision on Costa.
"If the referee interpreted that there was an insult, then he was correct in sending him off," Simeone said.
To make it even tougher for Atletico, center backs Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez and midfielder Thomas Partey all ended the first half saddled with yellow cards.
Barcelona, however, had a difficult time in making good on its extra man.
Needing a win, Simeone sent on forward Angel Correa for defender Santiago Arias. Simeone also added more firepower with a little more than half an hour left by adding Alvaro Morata in substitution of defender Filipe Luis.
And Oblak kept Atletico in the match as long as he could, even as Messi started to find holes in Atletico's undermanned side.
"We improved in the second half. We were threatening their area but their goalie Oblak was incredible," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverede said. "Even on the shot by Luis, it looked like he was going to reach it. He got better as the match went on, but at the end we were finally able to score."
Suarez stunned Oblak with his long-range strike, and Messi capped the win on the break with a demoralized Atletico trying to answer Suarez's goal.
Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) - Two lowly teams -- Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society and Brothers Union Club -- played a goalless draw in their 11th round match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Saturday evening.
After the match, old Dhaka outfit Rahmatganj MFS remained at the 9th slot in the 13-team league securing nine points while Gopibagh team Brothers Union remained at bottom with four points.
Although both teams displayed some good efforts producing some chances, the match remained goalless.
Rahmatganj maintained their domination from the beginning of the game.
Their skipper Siyo Zunapio made two successive attacks in the 31st and 32nd minute, but missed chances.
In 38th minute, Brothers got a chance to score from a corner kick but missed closely. In the 41st minute, Brothers missed another chance as the referee signaled an off-side.
Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) - Two big guns and table toppers -- holder Abahani Limited and Legends of Rupganj -- will lock horns in a vital match of the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League on Sunday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Both of the teams won eight of their first nine encounters. But Abahani are at the top slot in the points table by virtue of better run rate than Rupganj.
Abahnai roped most of the national players for this edition of the league. Relying on the big stars of the country, they are stronger than Rupganj. But the coach of the defending league champions Khaled Mahmud Sujon believes Rupganj are also a tough team to beat.
“Apparently we are the better team than Rupganj, but I think Sunday’s battle is very important. The winner of this match will grab the top place of the points table. We formed the best team in the league. But, Rupganj are also playing a good brand of cricket,” Mahmud told reporters at the National Academy ground on Saturday.
Despite being the strongest team of the event in pen and paper, Abahani were seen to struggle in some matches. They registered two of their wins in the death overs. They could have lost those matches had there been outstanding efforts from the opponents.
“I think we are facing strong competition in most of the matches. As you see, we had to struggle in the last match while chasing a total of 224 runs. We had lost five wickets in 135 runs. However, Omi (Jahurul Islam) and (Mohammad) Saifuddin batted superbly to guide the team to the victory. We are yet to perform as a team,” Sujon further said.
One of the most experienced cricketers of Rupganj, Shahriar Nafees, told reporters that they are equipped enough to take the challenge of Abahani.
“Abahani are playing good cricket. But the thing is that we are also doing well. Prime Bank beat Abahani in a match. So we are also upbeat to take the challenge,” Nafees said at the National Academy ground.
“To win against Abahani, we need to ensure the team effort. Everyone should take the responsibility. We have a comparatively young coaching staff comprising Aftab bhai and Nazmul bahi. They are talented, and everyone is following their instructions,” Nafees further said.
In the other league matches on Sunday, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club will take on Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar while Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club will face Uttara Sporting Club in Fatullah.
Points table of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League after the 9th round:
Teams M W L PT NRR
Abahani 9 8 1 16 0.992
Legends 9 8 1 16 0.411
Prime Bank 9 7 2 14 0.884
Prime Doleshwar 9 6 3 12 0.068
Shinepukur 9 4 4 9 0.311
Mohammedan 9 4 5 8 0.036
Gazi Group 9 4 5 8 -0.056
Sheikh Jamal 9 4 5 8 -0.285
BKSP 9 2 6 5 -0.65
Brothers Union 9 2 7 4 -0.08
Khelaghar Samaj 9 2 7 4 -0.443
Uttara Sporting Club 9 2 7 4 -1.059
Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – Country’s famed shooter Abdullah Hel Baki received the best sportsman of the year award for 2018 from Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) at a grand function at a local hotel on Saturday.
Celebrated national cricketer Tamim Iqbal got the popular choice award for the year at the same function.
Agriculture Minister Dr M Abdur Razzak graced the function as the chief guest while State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell and Vice-president of Bangladesh Olympic Association and Managing Director of Square Toiletries Anjan Chowdhury Pinto were present as special guests.
Abdullah Hel Baki was named as the sportsman of year beating two other short listed contestants -- cricketers Mushfiqur Rahim and Rumana Ahmed.
Tamim Iqbal got the popular choice award overcoming three other short listed contestants Mushifiqur Rahim, cricketer Rumana Ahmed and shooter Abdullah Hel Baki.
The other recipients of the BSPA awards for 2018 are Mushfiqur Rahim (cricket), Topu Barman (football), Shapla Akhter (badminton), Abdullah Hel Baki (shooting), Sirat Jinnat Swapna (promising footballer), Mehedi Hasan Alvi (tennis) and Golam Rabbani Chotan (football coach).
Grassroots level sports personality-Fazlul Islam (hockey coach) and Mansur Ali (organiser).
Special awards- Nazmun Nahar Beauty (former athlete), Nazmul Hasan Papon (organiser, ACC and BCB) and Bashundhara Group (patron).