Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – Dhaka Abahani Limited are getting ready for their home match of knockout phase of the AFC Cup against April 25 Sports Club (4.25 SC) of North Korea at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on August 21.
Abahani Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu said that the team have started their training session on Wednesday after the three-day Eid vacation.
“Our opponents April 25 SC will arrive Dhaka on August 17. So, we have started our training session. The team joined training camp on Wednesday after the Eid vacation. Our players are mentally and physically fit,” he said on Thursday.
Dhaka Abahani will face April 25 SC in home and away basis knockout phase of the AFC Cup Football.
After the home match, the popular sky-blue Dhanmomdi based outfit will play away match on September 11 at the Kim-ll-Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Earlier, Six-time Bangladesh Premier League Football champions Abahani reached the knockout phase for the first time as the champions of four-team Group E, beating Minerva Punjab of India by 1-0 goal in their last group match in Guwahati on June 26.
Dhaka Abahani started their AFC Cup campaign beating Manang Marshyangdi Club by 1-0 goal in Kathmandu on April 3, but played to 2-2 draw with Minerva Punjab in their second match in Dhaka on April 17.
But they conceded a 0-1 defeat against Chennaiyin FC in their third match in Ahmedabad on April 30.
To keep their hope for becoming the Group E champions alive, the Dhanmomdi based outfit defeated Chennaiyin FC by 3-2 goals in their fourth match on June 15 and crushed Manang Marshyangdi by 5-0 goals in their fifth match on June 19, both in Dhaka.
Besides, Dhaka Abahani Ltd finished runners-up in the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2018-19 season ended on August 3.
They secured 58 points with 19 wins, one draws and 4 defeats, 5 points behind new champions Bashundhara Kings (63 points).
Las Vegas, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo's lawyers want to push a Nevada woman's lawsuit accusing the soccer star of raping her in 2009 out of a U.S. court and into closed-door arbitration.
Court documents filed in Las Vegas asked a U.S. judge to declare that a 2010 confidentiality agreement and $375,000 hush-money settlement with Ronaldo's accuser, Kathryn Mayorga, are still in effect.
Such a ruling would stop the public proceeding and invoke a provision allowing out-of-court mediation between Mayorga, a 35-year-old former schoolteacher and model, and representatives of one of the most recognizable and highly paid players in sports.
Ronaldo, 34, plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.
The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to be named.
Her attorneys, Leslie Mark Stovall and Larissa Drohobyczer, did not immediately respond Wednesday to telephone, email and text messages.
Ronaldo's attorney, Peter Christiansen, declined to comment.
Ronaldo's lawyers have conceded that Ronaldo and Mayorga had consensual sex in 2009 in his suite at a Las Vegas casino hotel. The attorneys deny it was rape.
Mayorga's lawyers maintain she didn't break the confidentiality agreement and instead say Ronaldo or his associates allowed reports of it to appear in European publications in 2017.
Lawyers for the soccer star say the information was among electronic data hacked, stolen and sold by cybercriminals, and that Mayorga's lawsuit is being used "to promote public scandal, circulate libelous statements and gratify public spite."
Mayorga alleges conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud. Her complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages greater than $50,000.
In their newest filing on Aug. 8, Ronaldo's lawyers disputed assertions by Mayorga's attorneys that she was so traumatized after the 2009 encounter and by pressure from "fixers' for Ronaldo that she lacked the capacity or legal competency to enter the settlement.
Mayorga acknowledged undergoing psychological treatment in 2009 and 2010, but Ronaldo's attorneys said she doesn't show that a physician found she lacked "legal 'capacity' or was in any way 'incompetent'" to enter the agreement.
Las Vegas police last year began reinvestigating Mayorga's rape claim, at the request of her attorneys.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided in June there was not enough evidence to take the 10-year-old case to trial. He declined to file criminal charges.
Istanbul, Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — In the highest-profile men's game yet for a female referee, Stéphanie Frappart made it look like any other.
A month after she oversaw the Women's World Cup final, the French ref dealt with everything in Wednesday's Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea — star players' tantrums, soccer's tangled handball rules, and the physical test of extra time.
Such was her control, her milestone presence was hardly felt.
In only the sixth minute she made the crucial call not to give Liverpool a penalty when Sadio Mané's scissor-kick shot hit Andreas Christensen's arm.
The thorny issue of exactly what constitutes an "unnatural" arm position has been much discussed lately, not least when Liverpool won a penalty against Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko in similar circumstances in the Champions League final, but the video assistant referee system didn't review Frappart's call.
Frappart had few problems keeping pace with the world's top male players — a concern sometimes voiced by critics of female referees — and was quietly authoritative.
Frappart kept Chelsea's players under control when they twice had goals ruled out for offside on the way to a penalty-shootout loss to Liverpool .
She greeted aggrieved players with a firmly outstretched palm and faced down objections calmly, such as when Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta was upset to receive a booking for shoving Mané. Frappart could be jovial too, smiling and patting Chelsea's Jorginho on the back after blowing the whistle for halftime.
Frappart became the first woman to referee a French top-flight men's game when she oversaw Amiens against Strasbourg in April. She has been promoted to a full-time role for the French men's league this season.
She said in June she was "proud and honored" to gain that promotion and hoped she could inspire more young girls to take up refereeing.
For the Super Cup, Frappart was accompanied by assistants Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O'Neal from Ireland, reuniting the team which officiated the United States' win over the Netherlands in the Women's World Cup final last month.
Istanbul , Aug 15 (AP/UNB) — Adrian may never play more than a smattering of games for Liverpool, but he'll be remembered for his "crazy week."
The backup goalkeeper turned penalty hero with a save on the final kick of the shootout as Liverpool beat Chelsea to win the Super Cup and kick off a new European season.
After Champions League holder Liverpool and Europa League winner Chelsea finished extra time at 2-2, Adrian made the crucial save with his leg to deny Tammy Abraham and give his team a 5-4 win on penalties in a game which finished after midnight Turkish time on Thursday.
It was a dramatic turnaround after Adrian fouled Abraham to concede a penalty in extra time.
Adrian was signed just nine days before as backup for Alisson, but when the Brazilian injured himself last Friday in the English Premier League opener, he was thrust into the spotlight first as a substitute, then as a Super Cup starter.
"Welcome to Liverpool," Adrian said. "It's been a crazy week. I'm really happy for the team, I'm happy to play for Liverpool and happy for the fans."
The 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper was a free agent after leaving West Ham, where he didn't play a single Premier League game last season and last appeared in an FA Cup loss to lowly AFC Wimbledon.
"The goalkeeping coach told me he needs time to get fit, but he didn't have time. He played so well tonight," Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said. "His performance over 120 minutes was incredible and the penalty save was the icing on the cake."
Even before the shootout, Adrian kept Liverpool in the game with a 113th-minute save from Mason Mount to stop Chelsea winning in extra time. Still, he's expected to relinquish his Liverpool starting spot to Alisson when the Brazilian returns from his calf injury in a few weeks.
Liverpool played its second penalty shootout in three games, having lost to Manchester City for the Community Shield on Aug. 4.
Chelsea took the lead in the 36th minute when Christian Pulisic exposed poor positioning by Liverpool right back Joe Gomez to pass for Olivier Giroud to shoot low past Adrian.
Liverpool stormed back after the break, Fabinho's 48th-minute pass opening up the Chelsea defense and leaving Sadio Mane with an easy finish off Mohamed Salah's flick.
In extra time, Mane put Liverpool ahead off a Roberto Firmino cross, but Chelsea quickly responded with a penalty from Jorginho — whose name was misspelled as "Jorghino" on his shirt — when Adrian brought down Abraham.
Stéphanie Frappart became the first female referee to oversee a major men's European final.
After just six minutes, she denied Liverpool a penalty when Sadio Mane's overhead kick hit Andreas Christensen's arm, which seemed to be out of a strictly "natural" position. There was no full review by the video assistant referee system.
Twice Chelsea put the ball into the net through Pulisic and substitute Mount, but Frappart and her assistants ruled both efforts out for clear offsides.
Just as in its 4-0 loss to Manchester United on Sunday, Chelsea played a strong first half before slumping after halftime, but this time its mistakes weren't nearly as harshly punished.
"I don't like losing," Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said after his second game in charge yielded a second loss. "We were very unfortunate today. It's a really good sign for us."
Lampard's team tormented Gomez in the opening 45 minutes, drawing him out of position and exploiting the space created. After an early chance for Salah, it was all Chelsea as Pedro hit the bar and Giroud shot at Adrian. Soon after, Pulisic and Giroud combined for the opening goal.
Chelsea emerged after halftime looking disjointed and almost immediately conceded.
After Mane scored, Liverpool nearly followed up with a second as Fabinho fired just wide, then Jordan Henderson forced a save from Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The Chelsea goalkeeper made a spectacular double save to keep Liverpool at bay in the 75th, diverting Virgil van Dijk's shot onto the bar after substitute Abraham cleared Fabinho's shot off the line with his first touch of the game.
Liverpool won its fourth Super Cup and the first by an English team since the Reds beat CSKA Moscow in 2005. Chelsea has now lost three Super Cup games in the last eight years, twice with Lampard as captain and once with him as coach.
Aug 15 (AP/UNB) - Players for the World Cup champion women's national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay are over.
Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury trial.
"We entered this week's mediation with representatives of USSF full of hope," Levinson said. "Today we must conclude these meetings sorely disappointed in the federation's determination to perpetuate fundamentally discriminatory workplace conditions and behavior."
U.S. Soccer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
The players sued the federation in March, charging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men's national team. The USSF countered that pay and benefits for members of the men's and women's teams, bargained by separate unions, can't be compared and said there was no basis for allegations of illegal conduct.
The two sides agreed to mediate the matter once the Women's World Cup in France was over. The United States beat the Netherlands to win the title last month, and afterward fans in the crowd chanted "Equal Pay!"
Federation President Carlos Cordeiro wrote U.S. Soccer members in late July claiming the women's team was paid more overall than the men's team between 2010 and 2018.
The letter stated that the federation paid out $34.1 million in salary and game bonuses to the women between 2010 and 2018 as opposed to $26.4 million paid to the men. The total did not include the value of benefits received only by the women, like health care, Cordeiro wrote.
The players have disputed the figures, claiming they are misleading.
"It is clear that USSF, including its Board of Directors and President Carlos Cordeiro, fully intend to continue to compensate women players less than men. They will not succeed," Levinson said Wednesday. "We want all of our fans, sponsors, peers around the world, and women everywhere to know we are undaunted and will eagerly look forward to a jury trial."