Dhaka, July 23 (UNB)- Saif Sporting Club Ltd defeated NoFeL Sporting Club by 3-0 goals in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football at the Shaheed Bhulu Stadium in Noakhali on Tuesday.
Colombian midfielder Deiner Andres Cordoba opened account for Saif SC in the 5th minute (1-0) while forward Foysal Ahmed Fahim and Uzbek midfielder Otabek Zokirov widened the margin netting one goal each in the 47th and 69th minute respectively (3-0).
Despite the day’s win, Saif SC remained at 4th slot securing 44 points from 22 matches while NoFeL SC slipped to the 12th slot from 11th with previous collection of 16 points from 22 matches.
Dhaka, July 23 (UNB) – League leaders and start-studded Bashundhara Kings will face off against giant-killer Mohammedan Sporting Club on Wednesday to confirm their maiden title of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football with two matches to spare.
The match will kick-off at 4pm at the Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari.
Bashundhara Kings need just one win from their three remaining matches to secure their maiden BPL title.
Earlier, Sheikh Russel KC gave the Kings their first taste of defeat of the season on July 19. Uzbek striker Alisher Azizov scored the 52nd-minute match-winner that delayed the party that was in the works for the Kings.
Despite that defeat, Bashundhara Kings maintained their top spot, now with a return of 58 points from 21 matches, while their nearest rivals and defending champions Dhaka Abahani remain 4 points behind despite playing a game more, for their collection of 54 points from 22 matches.
On the other hand, Mohammedan SC are full of confidence after claiming two successive wins.
The traditional black and white outfit crushed their arch-rivals and holders Dhaka Abahani Limited by 4-0 goals after four years on July 16 and defeated NoFeL Sporting Club by 3-1 goals on July 19, both at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Mohammedan SC Ltd are now at the 9th securing 23 points from 21 matches with six wins, five draws and ten defeats.
In other matches on the same day, Muktijoddha SKC will take on Sheikh Russel KC at 4pm at the Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj, Arambagh KS will take on Team BJMC at 4pm at Shaheed Bhulu Stadium in Noakhali and Dhaka Abahani will lock horns with Chattagram Abahani at 7pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Dhaka, July 23 (UNB) - Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, the city’s top prosecutor said Monday, reports The Indian Express.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he reviewed a new police investigation and determined that victim’s claim can’t be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. “Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming,” Wolfson said in a statement.
Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, was traveling Monday and not immediately available to comment. Christiansen has said Ronaldo and the victim had consensual sex in 2009. He denied it was rape. Attorneys for the victim, who is a former model and schoolteacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages.
She has a lawsuit pending against Ronaldo in US court in Las Vegas that accused Ronaldo or those working for him of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract and coercion and fraud. She says they allowed terms of a confidential financial settlement with the victim to become public.
The victim’s attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has acknowledged that victim received $375,000 in hush money following the encounter. He maintained that agreement was made under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect Ronaldo’s reputation.
The lawsuit seeks to void the agreement and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo. Ronaldo, who plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus, is one of the most recognizable and highly paid players in sports.
The victim underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence shortly after she says Ronaldo assaulted her in June 2009. She spoke again with police for the new investigation, and authorities this year obtained a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA through Italian authorities.
Police said the initial investigation was closed in 2009 because the victim only identified her attacker as a European soccer player, not by name, and did not say where she claims the rape took place.
The investigation was reopened in last year at the request of her attorneys, shortly before they sued Ronaldo.
Dhaka, July 23 (UNB) - Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea reportedly being on the verge of agreeing a six-year contract extension, has said he would welcome being captain of the Premier League club.
De Gea, 28, has long been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but said he wanted to help the team return to the summit of English soccer at a supporters’ event in Singapore.
United’s previous captain Antonio Valencia left at the end of last season and De Gea is one of several players in the frame to replace him along with Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba.
“I’ve been captain for some games. Of course, it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge,” De Gea said. “It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to captain.
It’s my ninth season, I feel like one of the most experienced players. We have to improve a lot.
“We are Manchester United, we need to fight for trophies. When you put on this badge, that’s what it means — fight for everything, give your best and bring the team again to the top.”
United, who have not lost a match on their pre-season tour so far, beating Perth Glory, Leeds United and Inter Milan, take on Tottenham Hotspur in Shanghai on Thursday.
Rio De Janeiro, Jul 23 (AP/UNB) — Brazil women's national team coach Oswaldo Alvarez, known as Vadão, has been fired after the team was eliminated in the Round of 16 in the Women's World Cup.
The Brazilian soccer confederation announced the move on Monday and said Vadão's replacement would be named soon.
The 62-year-old coach lasted nearly two years in his second stint with the national team. He also coached Brazil at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Vadão was replaced by Emily Lima, and then took over for Lima when she was fired in September 2017.
Vadão was often criticized by fans for his conservative choices. Brazil lost nine matches in its preparation for the World Cup, but fans still hoped for a deeper run in the tournament. Brazil was eliminated by host France.