Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB)–Bangladesh Bodybuilding team earned two gold, three silver and two bronze medals in the First South Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Championship that concluded in Nepal on Sunday.
In the Men’s Bodybuilding Division, Sumon Chandra Das clinched gold medal, while Riazuddin and Al Amin Sharif silver and M Abu Sayeed Mollah and Mithu Chokder won bronze medals.
In the Men’s Physic Division, M Imranul Haque lifted the gold medal while Arif Chowdhury Apu took silver.
Lille, Nov 26 (AP/UNB) — French players don't like the new Davis Cup format and they're saying it loud and clear.
After failing to defend their title this weekend in northern France in a 3-1 loss to Croatia, the French lashed out at future plans adopted earlier this year and Lucas Pouille said he would boycott the competition from now on.
This weekend marked the last time in the 118-year-old competition history that the final was played in a best-of-five matches format and over a three-day weekend. Starting next year, the top team event in men's tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.
The International Tennis Federation believes this format, with matches played in best-of-three sets, will be more attractive to elite players who often pass on competing for their countries because of a crowded schedule. The French tennis federation supported the reform.
"I'm extremely sorry because of the ITF decision," doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert said. "It was the last true Davis Cup."
Herbert's partner, Nicolas Mahut, said he spoke with ITF David Haggerty immediately after the final to express his discontent. "I believe he understood very well what I wanted to say," said Mahut, without giving details.
Lucas Pouille, who was thrashed in straight sets by Marin Cilic on Sunday a year after he wrapped up France's 10th title, said he would not play in the Davis Cup anymore.
"Last year I was crying of joy, this year I was crying because I was sad," Pouille said. "I'm not going to change my mind about the new format. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not going to play in the Davis Cup anymore. That was the last time."
The ITF said it expects the new format will help generate more money for tennis development around the world. A $3 billion, 25-year deal has been agreed by the ITF with Kosmos, an investment group founded by the Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.
Mahut claimed tennis stakeholders should have come up with better solutions.
"There are other means to find money. The Grand Slams tournaments could have given some of their revenues and the Davis Cup would have been saved," Mahut said. "We needed to find ways to lighten the schedule, we had so many good ideas to save that competition. There were other solutions."
France's Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah, who oversaw his last Davis Cup match this weekend and will be replaced by Amelie Mauresmo, is also a fervent opponent of the overhaul.
"It will never be the same, it's going to be something else," said Noah, who guided France to three Davis Cup titles. "I really hope this is not going to be called the Davis Cup. Playing two sets is not the Davis Cup. They are lying. I told (Haggerty) to his face I'm disgusted and upset because this is the way I feel. The Davis Cup was so much for me."
Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) – Defending champions Bangladesh Navy will play Bangladesh Police
in the opening match of the SIBL Victory Day Hockey Tournament at 3 pm on Tuesday at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Tuesday.
Bangladesh Army will meet Bangladesh Air Force in the other opening day’s fixture at 5:30 pm on Tuesday at the same venue.
On the following day (Wednesday), BKSP will play Bangladesh Air Force at 3pm while Bangladesh Army will encounter Bangladesh Police at 5:30 pm at the same venue.
Five teams—Bangladesh Navy, Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Air Force, Bangladesh Police and BKSP --will initially compete in the meet initially on league basis matches from November 27 to December 3. Later, two top teams of the league will play in the final December 5 at 3 pm at the same venue.
Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) and Tournament’s Co –Ordinator Mahbubul Ehsan Rana disclosed the details of the tournament at a press conference at the Hockey Federation office Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Managing Director of the meet’s sponsor Social Islami Bangladesh Limited (SIBL) Abu Naser Chowdhoury and BHF media partner ATN Bangla Meer Motahar Hossain also spoke on the occasion.
The champion team will get prize money of Tk 50,000, runners-up team Tk 30,000 while highest scorer will received prize money of Tk 10,000.
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.