Dhaka, Nov 24 (UNB) – Came from behind, Hornets Sports Club earned a facile 44-33 points victory over Flame Boys Club in the UniMed and UniHealth Metropolis Premier Division Basketball League at Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium on Saturday.
Flame Boys dominated the first half by 19-16 points.
Rasha and Masud caged 12 each for the winners while Amir scored 16 and Ali scored six for the losers.
Earlier on Friday night, Hornets SC defeated Eagles Club by 52-50 points after trailing by 24-25 points in the first half.
Jamil contributed 19 and Masud 14 for the Hornets while Rahim scored 22 and Shafiul seven for the Eagles Club.
Lille, Nov 24 (AP/UNB) — France captain Yannick Noah's gamble on players and court surface backfired against Croatia in the Davis Cup final on Friday.
Noah chose Jeremy Chardy and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to meet Croatia on indoor clay, and they were thrashed in straight sets on the first day, leaving the Croats on the verge of their second Davis Cup crown.
Borna Coric dismantled Chardy 6-2, 7-5, 6-4, and Marin Cilic defeated Tsonga 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 at Pierre Mauroy Stadium in the opening singles.
Croatia, which won its sole title in 2005, leads 2-0 and can relieve the Davis Cup from the defending champion in northern France by winning the doubles on Saturday.
The Croatians clearly have the best players, who have not lost away from home since 2015. History also plays in their favor: Not since Australia in 1939 has any team recovered from a 2-0 deficit in a final.
With the French missing their three highest-ranked players — Richard Gasquet pulled out injured while Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon were overlooked — Noah decided to open with Chardy instead of Lucas Pouille, who clinched the 2017 final. Playing in his first Davis Cup final, Chardy was demolished by Coric.
Tsonga was sidelined by a knee injury for seven months until September. His lack of competitive matches became obvious, as he was second-best in all aspects and injured toward the end of his match.
When asked about his selections, Noah said, "You can try to rewrite history, but it does not work that way."
A glimmer of hope remains, though, thanks to Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The French pair reached the final at the ATP Finals last week and is slightly favored against Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig on Saturday.
"As long as we are not definitely dead, we always try to hang on to something," said Noah, who guided France to three previous Davis Cup final triumphs, but none from behind.
France hoped the slow surface would be a problem for Cilic and Coric, who had to quickly adapt to clay after playing last week on a hard court at the ATP Finals in London. Cilic played in the elite event, while Coric practiced as a reserve.
But the Croats were unfazed and excelled in front of a hostile crowd.
"The court was actually really good, there were not so many bad bounces, it was quite hard, even for indoors," Cilic said.
Tsonga faced an onslaught from Cilic in the opening set and had no answers. The seventh-ranked player won his first three service games at love, broke for 4-2 after Tsonga made a couple of backhand errors, and held at love again to seal the opener.
The Frenchman played too short when not hitting too long, and exposed himself to Cilic's ferocious forehand attacks.
In a tight second set, Cilic coped with the pressure to save two break points in the eighth game, and Tsonga cracked with unforced errors. A backhand wide handed Cilic a 6-5 lead and the former U.S. Open champion wrapped up the set at love on serve.
He broke again for 3-2 in the third set after a Tsonga double fault, and held on.
Earlier, the 12th-ranked Coric was flawless and Chardy was powerless to counter his deep groundstrokes in the first set, dropping 14 consecutive points at one point to trail 4-0.
The Frenchman changed his strategy in the second set and tried to force Coric into longer rallies but failed to convert his rare chances. Despite vociferous support from the crowd which often showed no respect for Coric by applauding his first service errors, Chardy missed two break points in the fourth game.
Coric broke for 6-5 after hitting a superb lob that Chardy could not return, followed by a pin-point forehand return that pushed the Frenchman to commit a mistake.
In the last set, Coric earned another break in the third game. After getting his legs massaged by Croatia captain Zeljko Krajan, he briefly left the court after the seventh game for treatment but did not look hampered once he returned.
"The pain was going up and up so I decided to stop and stretch my leg and put some cream on it. It's not a problem, it's just painful," Coric said.
Croatia is trying to win its second Davis Cup title in its third final, while defending champion France is bidding for an 11th title.
New York, Nov 23 (AP/UNB)- What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Three teams are unbeaten after the opening 12 games of an English top-flight campaign for the first time in 130 years. One of them could struggle to maintain that record this weekend.
Of the trio of pacesetters, Chelsea faces the toughest test when the Premier League resumes Saturday following the international break as Maurizio Sarri's side is away to fourth-place Tottenham.
Without hitting top form, Tottenham is putting together an impressive run of results, with nine wins from 12 games. That's one more victory than Chelsea has.
The other unbeaten sides are Manchester City and Liverpool, who both play away on Saturday against West Ham and Watford respectively.
Manchester United, seven points off the top four in the race for Champions League qualification, is at home to Crystal Palace.
— By Steve Douglas
Atletico Madrid has a chance to take the Spanish league lead for the first time this weekend but will need to do something it hasn't done in the competition in eight years: Defeat Barcelona.
Three points on Saturday at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium will move Atletico past Barcelona in the standings. The team's last league win over the Catalan club was in 2010 and that was at the old Vicente Calderon Stadium, before Diego Simeone was in charge.
Atletico has only two wins against Barcelona in 26 matches since then, both in the Champions League, with the last one in 2016. Atletico lost 16 of those games, drawing eight.
Like Atletico, Sevilla and Alaves also trail Barcelona by one point after 12 games. Sevilla hosts Valladolid on Sunday, while Alaves visits relegation-threatened Leganes on Friday.
Fifth-place Espanyol hosts fellow Catalan club Girona on Sunday. Sixth-place Real Madrid visits Eibar on Saturday to try to keep up its strong momentum under new coach Santiago Solari.
— By Tales Azzoni
In what promises to be an emotional occasion on Sunday, Genoa and Sampdoria meet in their first derby since 43 people were killed in the Morandi highway bridge collapse in the city in August.
Since Ivan Juric began his third stint as Genoa coach last month, replacing Davide Ballardini, the team has not won in four matches. Two draws and two losses included a 5-0 thrashing by Inter Milan.
Sampdoria has done even worse after a draw and three losses, with 11 goals conceded in its last three games.
On Saturday, Serie A leader Juventus hosts promoted Spal and third-place Inter plays Frosinone. On Sunday, second-place Napoli meets Chievo Verona while Lazio and AC Milan, in a battle for fourth spot, meet in Rome.
Roma visits Udinese on Saturday ahead of its Champions League match against Real Madrid.
— By Andrew Dampf
With a crucial Champions League game coming up against Liverpool next week, Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to risk Neymar or Kylian Mbappe for Saturday's home match against Toulouse.
Neymar injured his groin in Brazil's friendly against Cameroon on Tuesday, while strike partner Mbappe hurt his shoulder playing for France against Uruguay on the same night.
PSG has a 13-point lead at the top of the league — after 13 games — and has already netted 45 goals. With Toulouse in 15th place, a 14th win appears straightforward enough for the hosts.
Tuchel could rest other key players ahead of Wednesday's game at Parc des Princes. PSG is third behind Napoli and second-place Liverpool in Group C with five points from four games.
On Sunday, second-place Lille is at Nice and third-place Montpellier faces Rennes.
— By Jerome Pugmire
After losing to Borussia Dortmund before the international break, Bayern Munich is in the unusual position of being outside the Champions League qualification positions heading into Saturday's home match against Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga.
Bayern is in fifth place, seven points behind unbeaten leader Dortmund, which travels to mid-table Mainz on Saturday.
Second-place Borussia Moenchengladbach is at home to struggling Hannover on Sunday.
Dhaka, Nov 22 (AP/UNB)-Golf used to have a prominent place on the Thanksgiving weekend calendar with The Skins Game. That made-for-TV event ended in 2008 but Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will have their own high-stakes showdown Friday.
After years of discussion, the two will compete in "The Match" at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, a $9 million winner-take-all event that will air on pay-per-view.
Many wondered if a Woods vs. Mickelson match was a thing of the past.
The two have combined for 123 PGA Tour victories and 19 majors but had struggled in recent years. Talk of a match was revived earlier this year when Mickelson won in Mexico and Woods started to be competitive again before winning at The Tour Championship in September.
Mickelson said the original premise was both partnering up with some of the sport's younger stars, but television executives and fans have always wanted to see the two go head to head.
"To have the opportunity to go head to head and to win is just. . it's great to win the 9 million. I just don't want to lose to him and give him the satisfaction, because the bragging rights are what's going to be even worse than the money," Mickelson said during a press conference Tuesday.
Both were part of the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup but have not competed since then.
"After the Ryder Cup I shut it down for about 3-4 weeks and started to basically work on my body and try to get it stronger again," Woods said. "I was really looking forward to the break, but I'm really looking forward to getting back to playing again. I missed competing, and to be able to go against Phil like this gets my juices flowing for sure."
Mickelson said he has been working on his game the past four weeks and that this is a good way during the offseason to prepare for next year.
Many golf fans are used to made-for-TV events that have been genteel affairs. This will be the complete opposite.
For starters, this is believed to be golf's first pay-per-view match. This is the first major event with Warner Media, which was formed after the recent merger between Time Warner and AT&T. Turner Sports and BR Live are producing the event and it is being shown online as well as on DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse and other cable and satellite outlets for $19.95.
Ernie Johnson Jr., who has done the PGA Championship for Turner, will be the main announcer but it will feature others including Natalie Gulbis, Charles Barkley and Samuel L. Jackson
The broadcast will feature both golfers mic'd up as well as the caddies (Joe LaCava for Woods and Tim Mickelson for his older brother). With it being on pay-per-view, there will be no commercial breaks and plenty of opportunities to hear both golfers try to one up each other with verbal jabs.
"It's like a Tuesday practice round for a significant stake that makes us uncomfortable, but with the same type of banter that we're used to that most fans aren't privy to," Mickelson said.
Woods and Mickelson used to be bitter rivals, but the relationship has improved in recent years as both got to know each other during Ryder Cups. But Darren Clarke, who has competed against both, expects the rivalry to intensify during the match.
"Different people think this is going to be a fun match but both are natural-born winners. At some stage you are going to see it get a bit uncomfortable as both will call out each other," he said.
The most intriguing thing is the gambling aspect. The players will set their own odds on shots during different times and fans will be able to bet along with them. Clarke said gambling has been a part of the European Tour for years and it will be interesting to see how it does Friday.
Craig Barry, who is Turner's executive vice president and chief content officer, is also interested to see how the side bets work out, especially since more states are approving sports gambling.
"It makes you follow along more and engage. It definitely does create a deeper and richer narrative," Barry said.
Don't expect gambling to become a part of Turner's NBA and Champions League coverage, though, since that appears to be a long way off.
"This is very different than anything golf has ever done in the past. That's one of the unique things about it. We're able to showcase our sport in such a different light and all the different technologies we're going to be bringing to this event, and doing it differently than any other golfing event has ever been done. That's the exciting thing for not only myself and Phil, but I think for all the viewers that are going to watch," Woods said.
Woods and Mickelson already have high stakes on the first hole. Mickelson said he would wager $100,000 that he would birdie the first hole and Woods doubled it.
West Palm Beach, Nov 21 (AP/UNB) — Tennis star Venus Williams has settled a wrongful death lawsuit related to a fatal car crash in Florida, court records show.
Palm Beach County court records show that the case was closed Friday. Terms of the agreement between Williams and the estate of Jerome Barson, 78, weren't included in the documents.
Palm Beach Gardens police previously cleared both Williams and Barson's wife, Linda, in the June 9, 2017 crash that fatally injured Barson. A police report said an unidentified third vehicle illegally cut off Williams as she tried to cross a busy six-lane highway near her home, setting off a chain of events that ended with a sedan driven by Linda Barson, 68, slamming into the passenger side of Williams' SUV.
Jerome Barson died 13 days after the crash, and his wife suffered a broken arm and other injuries. Williams, 38, was not hurt.
Officer David Dowling, the lead investigator, said in his report that video from a nearby security camera shows Williams legally entered the intersection from a road exiting her gated neighborhood on a green light. As she started to cross, a dark sedan cut her off, forcing her to stop. When the sedan cleared her path, Williams began moving forward in her 2010 Toyota Sequoia, but that put her in the path of the Barsons, who now had the green light. The Barsons' 2016 Hyundai Accent hit Williams' SUV at 40 mph (65 kph).
Dowling said in his report that state law required Williams to exit the intersection and that even though Linda Barson had the green light she was obligated to make sure the intersection was clear.
Williams has career on-court earnings of about $40 million, her own clothing line and endorsement deals with Ralph Lauren, Kraft foods, Tide detergent and Wilson sporting goods. She also owns a small percentage of the Miami Dolphins.
Attorneys for Williams and the Barsons didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.