Tianjin, Sep 19 (AP/UNB) — Maria Sharapova says she will end her 2018 season early, withdrawing from the China Open in Beijing, the Tianjin Open, and the Kremlin Cup in Moscow due to her recovery from a right shoulder injury.
"I will miss competing at each of these tournaments, but it is important that I allow for proper rest and recovery in the upcoming weeks," Sharapova said in a statement on the WTA website.
Sharapova, ranked 24th in the world, was the defending champion at Tianjin.
Five-time major champion Sharapova lost in the first round at Wimbledon and the fourth round at the U.S. Open.
The WTA said Sharapova expects to start her 2019 season at the Shenzhen Open, which begins Dec. 31 in the southeast China city.
Dhaka, Sept 18 (UNB) – The Polar Ice Cream 25th School Handball Tournament (Boys and Girls), under the auspices of Bangladesh Handball Federation, begins on Thursday at Shaheed Capt (retd) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder will inaugurate the meet at noon. Shah Masud Imam, CEO of the meet’s sponsor Dhaka Ice Cream Industries Ltd (Polar Ice Cream), will be a special guest.
Scholastica Uttara will play Motijheel Govt Girls High School in the opening match of girls section soon after the inaugural ceremony.
A total of 36 schools -- 20 teams in the boys group and 16 teams in the girls group -- will compete in the meet.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Handball Federation Asaduzzaman Kohinoor disclosed the details of the meet at a press conference at the federation office on Tuesday.
Tournament Committee Chairman Golam Habib also spoke on the occasion.
Tournament sponsor will provide Tk 610,500 for the boys competition and Tk 577,600 for girls competition.
Dhaka, Sept 17 (UNB) – Bangladesh National Volleyball Team assured the 2nd round berth of the First Asian Challenge Cup Men’s Volleyball as the Group B champions beating Mongolia by 3-1 sets in Colombo Monday afternoon.
Touring Bangladesh beat Mongolia by 25-22 points in the first set and defeated them again by 25-23 points in the 2nd set, but Mongolia returned to the match beating Bangladesh by 25-23 points in the 3rd set.
Horosit Biswas’ Red-Green Bangladesh team snatched the important victory beating Mongolia by 25-19 points in the 4th set to assure the 2nd round berth of the meet.
Federation (BVF) on Thursday announced a 21-member final squad of Bangladesh team for the 1st Asian Challenge Cup Men’s Volleyball scheduled for September 15-22 in Sri Lanka capital Colombo. Bangladesh team comprises 14 players and seven officials.
Members of Bangladesh team: Rashed Khan Menon, Sazibur Rahman, Mohasin Uddin, Narayon Debnath, Masud Hossain, Abdul Mamin, Sk Ismail Hossan, Al Amin, Nahid Hasan, Ruhul Amin, Sona Miah, Kaysar Hamid, Redowanur Rahman and Horosit Biswas.
Dhaka, Sep 16 (UNB) - Dhaka Knights Chess Club and Shahin Chess Club shared the lead in the Marcel 2nd Division Chess League after the 5th round held at Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Sunday.
Both the leading teams secured matching nine points while Learning Chess Club, Bangladesh Police and Dhaka Chess Club were sharing the 2nd spot with eight points each.
Abdus Sattar Memorial Chess Club and Elegant International Chess Academy shared the 3rd place bagging seven points apiece.
In 5th round games, Dhaka Knights played draw against Shahin Chess by 2-2 game points.
Dhaka, Sept 16 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh Deaf Cricket team keep their final hope alive in the Tri-Nation T20 Deaf Cricket after making a tie with defending champions India in their 2nd match at the Khan Saheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah on Sunday.
Winning the toss, hosts’ captain Emon opted to bat first and scored 85 runs for 9 in stipulated 20 overs with Setu making 24 and Saidur 13 runs.
Fahimuddin of India grabbed four wickets.
Chasing an easy target of 86 runs, India needed just six runs with four wickets in hand in the last over and required one run in last ball, but failed to achieve their target as their highest scorer Shanti (47 runs off 57 ball) fell victim of run out to settle for a tie.
Both the team shared one point each as there is no provision for super over in the tournament.
Dip of Bangladesh claimed three wickets for seven runs and was adjudged man of the match.
Earlier, Bangladesh conceded 38 runs defeat against Pakistan while India suffered 101-run defeat against their traditional rival Pakistan.
Bangladesh will play Pakistan on Monday.