Manchester United, Celtic, and Sevilla all reached the knockout stages of the Europa League on Thursday, with Espanyol joining them thanks to a 6-0 rout of nine-man Ludogorets.
Man United defeated Partizan Belgrade 3-0 while Celtic scored a last-gasp winner to beat Lazio 2-1 away.
Ludogorets had Rafael Forster sent off in the 12th minute and Jacek Góralski followed in the 35th, giving Espanyol a clear path to qualify from Group H.
Basel also advanced by beating Getafe 2-1 at home, and Sevilla won 5-2 at Luxembourg champion Dudelange.
United had struggled to score in the Europa League with just two goals from its first three games, but eased into the next round with its win over a hapless Partizan Belgrade side.
Marcus Rashford eluded five Partizan defenders to set up the 18-year-old Mason Greenwood in the 21st minute, Anthony Martial profited from more sloppy defending in the 33rd, and Rashford rifled in the third goal in the 49th.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side maintained its grip on the game but couldn't take advantage of a number of additional chances it created.
United tops Group L with 10 points, two ahead of AZ Alkmaar, which routed Astana 5-0, with Partizan on four points and Astana bottom with none.
CELTIC WINS IN ITALY
Olivier Ntcham scored deep in injury time for Celtic to complete its come-from-behind win at Lazio.
The French midfielder, who previously played for Lazio's Italian rival Genoa, lifted the ball over goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha after Odsonne Edouard capitalized on a mistake from Valon Berisha to set him up in the 95th minute.
The goal set off wild celebrations among an estimated 9,000 Celtic fans attending the game at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
Police said two traveling fans had been stabbed by Lazio supporters before the game, following a brawl outside a pub, and that five Lazio fans were stopped for possession of dangerous materials such as baseball bats and knives.
With just three points from its opening three games, Lazio needed a win to have any realistic hopes of progressing. The home side took a seventh-minute lead through Ciro Immobile before pushing for more.
But James Forrest equalized with Celtic's first attempt in the 38th and Ntcham's late lob all but ended Lazio's prospects of advancing from Group E.
With two games remaining, Celtic leads with 10 points, one ahead of Romanian side Cluj, which beat Rennes 1-0, and seven ahead of Lazio. Rennes has one point.
Five-time champion Sevilla raced into a four-goal lead in the first 36 minutes, with Munir El Haddadi completing a hat trick in the second half at Dudelange.
APOEL Nicosia defeated Qarabag 2-1 in the other Group A game.
Marcus Thuram scored in the fifth minute of injury time for Borussia Mönchengladbach to beat Roma 2-1 in Group J, and Raul Jimenez's injury-time goal was enough for Wolverhampton Wanderers to beat Slovan Bratislava 1-0 in Group K.
In Group F, Maxime Lestienne scored in injury time for Belgian side Standard Liège to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1.
Filip Kostic could have put the German side into the knockout stages when he only had the goalkeeper to beat in injury time. But Kostic missed the chance, seconds before Lestienne claimed the winner at the other end.
Arsenal, which conceded an injury-time equalizer to draw 1-1 with Vitória in Portugal, tops the group on 10 points, followed by Liège and Frankfurt both with six, then Vitória on one.
There were wins too for Rangers, Gent, Krasnodar, Istanbul Basaksehir, Sporting Lisbon and Austrian side LASK Linz.
Tiger Woods will have an ear piece, a radio and his golf clubs at the Presidents Cup.
Woods created his own slice of history Thursday night by becoming the first Presidents Cup captain to use one of his wild-card selections on himself.
He is the second playing captain in the Presidents Cup. Hale Irwin played in the inaugural matches in 1994 when he qualified for the team. He had Paul Azinger, who was recovering from cancer, as one of his assistants.
Woods was introduced as captain in March 2018, when he was just returning from a fourth surgery on his lower back. He has won three times since then, including his 15th major when he won the Masters in April.
"It's going to be a lot of work, but something I've been looking forward to for a long time," Woods said.
The decision was hardly a surprise. Woods not only is the Masters champion, just two weeks ago he tied the PGA Tour record with his 82nd career victory at the Zozo Championship in Japan. Woods said it was that trip — not just the victory, but the travel — that convinced him he was fully healed from minor knee surgery in August and capable of contributing in Australia.
The Presidents Cup is Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne.
Woods also selected Tony Finau, who finished just outside the top eight who qualified; U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, who is playing on his first U.S. team; and Patrick Reed.
Missing from the American team is Phil Mickelson, who had played in every Presidents Cup since the matches began in 1994. Woods also left off Rickie Fowler, who got married and has not played since the Tour Championship; and Kevin Kisner, who is 16-5-3 in match play, including a victory and runner-up in the last two Dell Match Play events.
And still to be determined is whether PGA champion Brooks Koepka, the No. 1 player in the world, will be ready to go. Koepka had stem cell treatment in his left knee after the Tour Championship, and that injured the knee while bracing himself after he slipped on a wet piece of cement in the CJ Cup.
Woods said Koepka told him he was rehabbing the knee and that the focus now was on the 12 players who will try to win the Presidents Cup for the eighth straight time.
Woods did not say what kind of contingency plan he had if Koepka couldn't make it. He also left open the option of adding an assistant captain now that he'll be playing. He currently has Fred Couples, Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson.
Woods said those three had strong thoughts on him playing, especially Couples.
"Freddie was pretty ardent. 'You're on the team, quit being stupid.' At the time, I haven't even swung a club," Woods said. "I got back to him after Japan."
Everyone is required to play in at least one match ahead of the Sunday singles, meaning Woods only has to play twice. He said he could play more depending on what the team needs.
The rest of the U.S. team is Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson. Cantlay, Schauffele and Woodland are the only players who have never competed in a Presidents Cup or Ryder Cup.
International captain Ernie Els filled out his team Wednesday, adding two rookies (Sungjae Im and Joaquin Niemann) to a team that already had four Presidents Cup newcomers.
Royal Melbourne is where the International team had its only victory in 1998. The Americans won in 2011 at Royal Melbourne with Woods — a captain's pick — delivering the winning point.
Woods announced himself with his fourth and final pick.
"As captain, I'm going to choose Tiger Woods as the last player on the team," he said. "He's made ... nine Cups and he's played in Australia twice in the Presidents Cup, so this will be his third appearance as a player. And I find it interesting talking in the third person."
Even more interesting will be his week in Australia — at times in a cart, at times standing over a key putt, all the while thinking about pairings and what it takes to win.
World No. 1 Ash Barty will play Caroline Garcia of France in the Fed Cup final while Ajla Tomljanovic will make her debut for Australia playing the opening singles match Saturday against Kristina Mladenovic.
Barty will play Mladenovic in the first reverse singles on Sunday, followed by Tomljanovic taking on Garcia, although late changes can be made by the team captains. The final is being played on hard outdoor courts at Perth Arena.
The reverse singles will be followed by a potential deciding doubles match. Barty and Samantha Stosur will play doubles for Australia against Mladenovic and Garcia.
Both Barty, who won last weekend's WTA Finals in China, and Stosur and Mladenovic/Garcia won three-set live fifth doubles matches in April's semifinals to send their countries to the final. Australia beat Belarus in the semifinals and France defeated Romania.
Just before Friday's draw, Australia team captain Alicia Molik chose No. 51-ranked Tomljanovic over Stosur as Australia's second singles player behind Barty. Stosur won the 2011 U.S. Open and was once ranked No. 4 in singles, but has fallen to No. 96 and often doesn't play well before home crowds.
Australia has played France six times in Fed Cup history and has a 5-1 edge, but lost when the teams last played in France in 2000.
It will be Australia's first Fed Cup final since 1993. Australia last won the event, previously known as the Federation Cup, in Italy in 1974, with Evonne Goolagong, Dianne Fromholtz and Janet Young defeating the United States 2-1.
Mohammad Liton Mondal of Kurmitola Golf Club clinched the sixth Faldo Series Asia Bangladesh Championship Golf title that concluded on Thursday (Nov 7) at the Kurmitola Golf Course here.
Mohammad Rifat of Bhatiary Golf and Country Club clinched the Boys Under-16 crown, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan won the Boys Under-18 title, Liton Mondal lifted Boys U-21 title while Sonia Akhter clinched Girls Under-21 title.
Senior Vice President of Bangladesh Golf Federation Major General Enayetullah was present as the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later distributed the prizes.
The 5th edition of South Asian Karate Championship, under the auspices of Bangladesh Karate Federation, begins on Friday (November 8) at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium here.
A total of 245 karatekas from five South Asian countries -- India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and hosts Bangladesh-- will take part in the two-day regional meet.
Leading karatekas, split in four groups --Cadet, Junior, Under-21 and Senior—will lock-horn in the 60 events of the meet.
Bangladesh Karate Federation (BKF) president and commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission, Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan will inaugurate the meet at 10am on Friday while Minister of Foreign Affairs AK Abdul Momen, MP will distribute the prizes among the winners at the closing ceremony on Saturday.
Of the total budget of Tk 1,661,000, Karate Federation managed a sponsor of Tk 450,000 till date.
BKF President Dr Md Mozammel Haque Khan disclosed these at a press conference at the conference room of National Sports Council (NSC) here on Thursday.
Secretary of NSC Md Masud Karim, General Secretary of South Asian Karate Do Federation (SAKF) Moazzem Hossain Sentu, BKF Joint Secretary Mostafizur Rahman were also present on the occasion.
Mozammel Haque Khan said, “Despite the scarcity of the venue, Karate Federation has arranged the international competition to uphold the country’s image as well as to prepare our players for South Asian (SA) Games.”
Some 30 karatekas, including 10 women will participate in the upcoming South Asian Games in December in Nepal.