Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) - The Dhaka Hockey United earned a comprehensive 8-1 goals victory over Shantinagar Club in the Green Delta Insurance First Division Hockey League at Maulana Bhashani National Stadium here on Saturday.
Imran Ahmed Sohel struck four goals in the 14th, 20th, 46th and 53rd minutes and
Arafat Hossain Pial scored two in the 10th and 26th minutes while Raju Ahmed Tapu scored the remaining two goals in the 23rd and 50th minutes respectively.
Shahed Hasan scored the consolation goal for Shantinagar Club in the 52nd minute.
In the day’s other match, Bachelors Sporting Club beat Mukta Bihanga Tarun Sangha by 4-2 goals at the same venue.
Rashedul Islam, Kayes Ahmed Papon, Meheruzzaman, Mohammad Rabbi contributed one each for the winners while Al Islam Rubel and Tuhin Hossain scored for the losers.
Melbourne, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — So close to the victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too.
She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor's pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between sets with a towel draped over her head.
And then, after returning to the court, Osaka turned it all around just as quickly as she had dropped 23 of 27 points. Regrouping and reasserting herself, Osaka edged Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday night to win the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title.
On top of that, Osaka will rise to No. 1 in the rankings.
Almost didn't happen, though, against two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova.
Osaka held three match points in the second set at 5-3, love-40 as Kvitova served. But Osaka couldn't close it out. Instead, she completely lost her way.
That allowed Kvitova to come back and make a match of it, reeling off five games in a row to take the second set and go up 1-0 in the third.
Hard as it must have been, Osaka recovered. She also got her powerful shots going again. After Kvitova double-faulted to offer up a break point at 1-all, Osaka converted it with a cross-court backhand winner. There was still more work to be done, of course, and some additional drama when it began raining at the changeover right before Osaka tried to serve for the match at 5-4 in the third set.
This time, Osaka would not falter. She would not let this lead disappear.
Osaka added the Australian Open trophy to the one she collected in a U.S. Open final last September that forever will be remembered for the way runner-up Serena Williams was docked a game after arguing with the chair umpire.
Unlike that day, there was no jeering from the confused crowd. No controversy. No chaos. No sharing the spotlight.
Clearly marking herself as tennis' bright new star, Osaka is the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15.
Osaka was born in Japan — her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian — and she moved to New York at age 3. Now she's based in Florida and has dual citizenship. Osaka already was the first player representing Japan — female or male — to win a Grand Slam singles title. Now she also is the first to top the WTA or ATP rankings.
At 21, Osaka is the youngest No. 1 in nearly a decade; Caroline Wozniacki was 20 when she first ascended to that spot in 2010.
And to think, a year ago, Osaka was ranked 72nd.
What a climb. What a quick climb.
Kvitova was playing in her first Grand Slam final since winning Wimbledon five years ago — and the first since she was stabbed in the hand by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic a little more than two years ago.
"You've been through so much," Osaka told Kvitova during the trophy ceremony. "I'm really honored to have played you in the final of a Grand Slam."
On a somewhat cloudy, rather comfortable evening, with only a slight breeze and the temperature around 75 degrees (25 Celsius), both women hit the ball as hard as can be. Exchanges were mostly at the baseline and filled with flat, powerful groundstrokes that barely cleared the net and made retrieving and replying as much about reflexes as anything.
Here's one measure of how even it was: Each finished with 33 winners.
Points were swift and blunt; of 86 in the first set, only four lasted nine strokes or more. There was plenty of strong serving, clean hitting and good movement.
It was Osaka who was the first to get ahead, tearing through the tiebreaker by grabbing five points in a row — four via winners — to go up 5-1. When Kvitova sailed a backhand wide moments later, ceding a set for the first time all tournament, Osaka pumped her fist and screamed, "Come on!"
How pivotal was that moment? Kvitova had won her last 22 Grand Slam matches after winning the first set. Osaka, meanwhile, entered the day having won 59 matches anywhere after going up by a set.
When Osaka broke to lead 3-2 in the second set, and then got to 5-3, the outcome seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Turned out, that wasn't the case. Not at all.
Dhaka, Jan 26 (UNB) – Major Syed Abu Arif Md Hasan Akhter (retd) clinched Mobil Cup Golf Tournament that concluded at Kurmitola Golf Course in Dhaka Cantonment on Friday.
Brigadier General Md Ahsanul Haque Miah (retd) finished runner-up while Kim Hee Soon became ladies winner of the meet.
Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Mohammad Shamsul Haque was the chief at the closing ceremony of the three-day meet on Friday night and later distributed the prizes among the winners.
Managing Director of the meet’s sponsor Mobil Jamuna Lubricants Bangladesh Limited Azam J Chowdhury was also present on the occasion as special guest.
Minsk, Jan 26 (AP/UNB) — Sofia Samodurova stormed past fellow Russian and Olympic champion Alina Zagitova to win the European figure skating title on Friday.
Samodurova's clean free skate included seven triple jumps and scored a personal best 140.96 for a total of 213.84, 15.50 points ahead of Zagitova in the duel of the two 16-year-olds.
Zagitova, who led after the short program, fell on a triple toe loop and put her hand down on a triple lutz. She was tearful when receiving her marks.
"I was just focused on my skate and getting it clean," Samodurova said. "My work bore fruit."
Zagitova was unbeaten at senior level when she beat Evgenia Medvedeva to Olympic gold in Pyeongchang a year ago, but since then she's struggled to match that form.
Fifth place at last season's world championships was followed by two Grand Prix wins, but she then finished second at last month's Grand Prix Final to Japan's Rika Kihira and was a disappointing fifth at the Russian nationals.
Finland earned its first European medal since 2012 when Viveca Lindfors claimed bronze on 194.40. After a weak short program, Stanislava Konstantinova came back strong in the free skate as she tried to give Russia its third European women's podium sweep in five years, but ultimately fell short on 189.72.
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France closed in on a fifth consecutive European ice dance title with first place in the opening rhythm section.
Last year's Olympic silver medalists tangoed to a score of 84.79 points, beating Russia's Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin into second place on 81.37. Italian duo Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were third on 79.05.
Experienced Russians Viktoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov hope to challenge for medals but dropped to fifth after Katsalapov fell.
The competition finishes on Saturday with the free dance.
Dhaka, Jan 24 (UNB)- Joynul Abedin House emerged champions in the annual sports competition of the Adamjee Cantonment Public School securing 97 points that concluded on Thursday at the school premises in Dhaka Cantonment.
Kaikobad House finished runners-up securing 68 points.
Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen M Shamsul Haque was the chief guest and Mrs Roselin Talukder was present as the special guest at the closing function and later they distributed prizes among the winners. Commander of the 46th Independent Infantry Brigade Brig Gen Ferdous Hasan Salim presided over the closing function.
Some 3,000 students of the school took part in 65 events of the sports competition.