Cox’s Bazar, Mar 13 (UNB) – Sylhet Division clinched the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) crown for the 2nd successive time with all-win record securing full 14 points from straight seven matches of the league that concluded on Wednesday at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium here.
Dhaka Division finished runners-up securing 10 points in the 10th version of the league with the participation of eight divisional teams.
This year’s WNCL reverted to a 50-over-a-side event from last year’s Twenty20 league with the participation of eight divisional teams – Dhaka, Chattogram, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur, Barishal and Mymensingh.
Rumana Ahmed of Khulna Division, who scored 205 runs and grabbed 16 wickets in seven matches, was adjudged the player of the league, Mursheda Khatun Happy of Sylhet Division named as the best batter scoring 414 runs, featuring one century and three half centuries while Rumana Ahmed of Khulna Division and Nahida Akhter of Barisal Division were named as the highest wicket-takers grabbing 16 wickets each.
Shorna, a 14 year-old leg-break bowler of Mymensingh Division, was adjudged the most promising player of the league taking 15 wickets in seven matches.
Dhaka, Mar 13 (UNB) – The Max Group four-day 23rd National Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Championships concluded on Wednesday at Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Mirpur featuring 23 new national records -- six each in the last three days and five in the opening day.
Bangladesh Navy clinched the top slot securing 32 gold, 20 silver and 15 bronze medals, Bangladesh Army finished distant 2nd collecting 10 gold, 19 silver and 17 bronze medals, BKSP were in the 3rd slot earning two silvers and a bronze, Bogura Swimming Centre were in the 4th position with one silver and a bronze, Kushtia Amla Swinning Club bagged three bronze while Isamoti Swimming Club took two bronzes.
President of Bangladesh Swimming Federation and Chief of Bangladesh Navy Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury distributed prizes among the winners as the chief guest.
Banglsadesh-origin British swimmer Junaida Ahmed of Navy emerged the best swimmer of the meet securing nine golds and a silver, featuring eight new national records while Jewel Ahmed emerged as the best men’s swimmer collecting five gold medals, all with national records along side three silver medals.
In the Water Polo, Bangladesh Navy emerged champions beating Bangladesh Navy in the final while Bangloadesh Police finished 3rd in the competition.
In the Diving Championship, Bangladesh Navy earned three golds with national records alongside a silver and a bronze medals, BKSP took two silvers and a bronze while Bangladesh Army won one bronze medal.
Indian Wells, Mar 13 (AP/UNB) — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.
Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.
Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of her career.
"She sort of came out there really aggressive," Osaka said. "She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me."
Since Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she won the U.S and Australian opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.
"It's always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well," Osaka said. "We communicate well, so I think that's a really big plus. I don't think it's going to be difficult."
On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.
The bottom half of the men's draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.
Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.
Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.
"I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn't to be last night," Djokovic said. "Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win."
The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of break points on his serve.
"I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he's such a great returner," Kohlschreiber said. "I know from that point on it's gonna be a very interesting match."
Djokovic was just 1-for-5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.
Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.
Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Djokovic returned about an hour after his loss for their match.
"When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn't happen in singles," he said.
Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.
In women's fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.
"I haven't played that much, so I wanted to make it count," said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. "I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play."
Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.
Indian Wells, Mar 12 (AP/UNB) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world's No. 1 player on track to defend her title.
Collins struggled with her serve throughout the match, committing seven double faults and connecting on just 47 percent of her first serves.
Osaka's first serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points.
Osaka won her first career title at Indian Wells a year ago, propelling her to a career-best year in which she defeated Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title. She began this year winning the Australian Open and moving to the top of the rankings.
Novak Djokovic, the world's top-ranked men's player, had a night match.
Venus Williams is turning back her own clock, moving into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale.
Williams is seeking her 50th career WTA Tour title in the desert, where she has never won the event. And at 38, she's showing vintage form.
"I don't really play that often, so when I do, I need to play well," she said. "It's extra motivation for me to play just a little bit better out there."
Serena, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, retired from her match on Sunday because of a viral illness.
Ranked 36th in the world, Williams endured three sets in her first two matches. She rallied past Andrea Petkovic in the opening round and followed up by outlasting No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova in a third-set tiebreaker.
Kvitova had made the finals in two of her first three tournaments this year.
Williams, who made the semifinals in the desert last year, was playing McHale for the first time. Williams rallied from early breaks down in both sets to win.
"I never played her, so it's also you're out there learning," Williams said.
Karolina Pliskova eased past qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-2. No. 8 Angelique Kerber outlasted qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka defeated 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.
Two seeded women lost: No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova, who retired trailing 5-0 in the first set against No. 21 Anett Kontaveit, and No. 15 Julia Goerges, who lost to Mona Barthel 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
On the men's side, No. 3 Alexander Zverev lost to German countryman Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1.
Playing just his third tournament of the year, Zverev said he's been sick for a week.
"That hasn't changed, unfortunately," he said.
Dominic Thiem, seeded seventh, defeated No. 27 Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1. No. 13 Milos Raonic got a challenge from American qualifier Marcos Giron before winning 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Miomir Kecmanovic, a lucky loser from Serbia, got past No. 30 Laslo Djere 6-2, 7-6 (3).
Dhaka, Mar 11 (UNB)– Bangladesh Navy maintained supremacy on the second day of the four-day Max Group 29th National Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Championships.
The event is being held at the Syed Nazrul Islam National Swimming Complex in Mirpur. The first two days saw 11 national records being made.
In the 18 events held so far, Navy dominated the table with 13 gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals. Bangladesh Army is in the distant second place with five gold, five silver and nine bronze medals. Bogura Swimming Centre is in the third position with a silver medal.
Although the competition started on Sunday, it was inaugurated by Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Dr Mohammad Zafar Uddin on Monday afternoon.
Secretary of the National Sports Council M Masud Karim and Chairman of the meet’s sponsor Max Group and Senior Vice-President of Swimming Federation Golam Mohammad Alamgir were also present on the occasion.
Bangladesh-origin British citizen Junaida Ahmed of Navy dominated the medal table in the women’s group by clinching four individual gold medals featuring three new national records. Jewel Ahmed of Army topped the list in men’s group with three individual gold medals, all with national records.
Junaina earned two gold medals with national marks in the women’s 200-meter freestyle and women’s 200 meter back stroke on Sunday. On the second day, she bagged two individual golds in women’s 400-meter individual medley and 50 meter freestyle. She also shared a gold medal in the 4X200-meter freestyle relay with Sonia Akhter, Sonia Khatun Tumpa and Mahfuza.
Jewel clinched men’s 200-meter back stroke gold with national record on Sunday. On Monday, he earned two more gold medals in the men’s 100 meter back stroke and 400-meter individual medley, both with national marks.
Asif Reza of Bangladesh Navy emerged as the fastest swimmer by clinching the men’s 50-meter freestyle gold medal with national record. Junaina was named the fastest swimmer for clinching women’s 50-meter freestyle gold medal.