Dhaka, Sept 10 (UNB) – Walton Group accorded a reception to Bangladesh U-15 Women’s Football team at the conference room of Bangladesh Football Federation in Motijeel on Monday afternoon for their outstanding performance in the SAFF U-15 Women Championship.
Bangladesh finished runners-up in the last month’s SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship in Bhutan.
BFF member-cum-chairman of Women’s Football Committee Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, BFF member Aminul Islam Babu, BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, Head Coach of Bangladesh Women’s team Golam Rabbani Chotan, Bangladesh captain Maria Manda and Operative Director of Walton Group Iqbal Bin Anwar were also present on the occasion.
Later, Walton Group awarded Bangladesh team members with their home appliances.
Chattogram, Sept 10 (UNB) – Fide Master Mohammad Fahad Rahman of Sonargaon Chess Club emerged champion in the CJKS-Four H Group-Diamond Cement Grandmaster’s Chess Tournament securing seven points that concluded at the auditorium of MA Aziz Stadium here on Sunday.
FM Fahad and IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad of India have secured 7 points each after the 10th round matches, but in tie-breaking system FM Fahad clinched the title with better average rating than that of IM Bala Chandra, who finished runner-up.
Champions FM Fahad and runners-up IM Bala Chandra received US Dollar 1250 each as prize money.
Four players earned 6.5 points each. In tie-breaking system, GM Ziaur Rahman of Saif Sporting Club finished 3rd, GM MR Lalith Babu of India became 4th, GM Mollah Abdullah Al Rakib of Saif Sporting Club finished 5th while GM Niaz Murshed of Bengal Chess Club became 6th.
Four other players earned 6 points each. In tie-breaking system their positions are: 7th-Neelash Saha of India, 8th-IM Mohammad Minhaz Uddin of Bangladesh, 9th-FM M Taibur Rahman of Saif Sporting Club and 10th – FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society.
Besides, GM Dibeyndu Barua of India became 11th, IM Abu Sufian Shakil of Sheikh Russel Chess Club became 12th and FM Sheikh Nasir Ahmed of Bangladesh Navy became 13th securing 5.5 points each.
In the 10th or last round matches Sunday, FM Fahad beat GM Zia, GM Rakib drew with IM Bala Chandra, IM Minhaz drew with GM Lalith Babu, GM Niaz beat Neelash, FM Taibur drew with GM Dibyendu, FM Mahfuz beat FM Mohammad Abdul Malek of Chittagong, FM Kh. Aminul Islam of Bangladesh Navy drew with FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Sheikh Russel Chess Club, FM Nasir beat Anata Choudhury of Golden Sporting Club, IM Shakil beat CM Rajbhandari Rijendra of Nepal, Anustoop Biswas beat CM Chanchal Kumer Ghosh of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society, CM M Sharif Hossain of Bangladesh Navy beat his teammate CM SM Sharon, FM Subramaniam Sumant of Malaysia beat WIM Saheli Barua Dhar, Mainuddin Ahmed of Chittagong drew with Nik Ahmad Farouqi of Malaysia and CM Subrota Biswas of New Nation Chess Club beat WFM Sharmin Sultana Shirin of Sultana Kamal Smrity Pathagar.
The prize-distribution ceremony of the meet was held Sunday evening at the Rajanigandha Hall of Hotel Tower Inn in Chittagong.
Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation and General Secretary of Chittagong District Sports Association Alhaz AJM Nasir Uddin was the chief guest on the occasion and later he distributed prizes among winners.
Mohammad Eliyas Hossain, Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong and President of Chittagong District Sports Association, presided over the ceremony. Gaohor Siraj Jamil Chowdhury, Managing Director of Four H Group, Hakim Ali, Managing Director of Diamond Cement and Nizam Uddin Mahmud Hossain, Deputy Managing Director of CVO Petrochemical Refinery Ltd were present as special guests.
Syed Shahab Uddin Shamim General Secretary of Bangladesh Chess Federation and Additional General Secretary of Chittagong District Sports Association gave host speech in the ceremony. The event was held in 10 round Swiss Legue system.
A total of 30 players from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Nepal including 5 grandmasters, 3 international masters and one woman international masters took part in the 10-round Swiss League system event.
A total of 5,000 US dollars cash prizes distributed among the winners.
New York, Sep 10 (AP/UNB)— The U.S. Open final suddenly appeared to be slipping away from Novak Djokovic. He dropped three consecutive games. He was barking at himself, at his entourage, at a crowd vocally supporting his opponent, Juan Martin del Potro. He was, in short, out of sorts.
And then came Sunday's pivotal game, a 20-minute, 22-point epic. Three times, del Potro was a point from breaking and earning the right to serve to make it a set apiece. Three times, Djokovic steeled himself. Eventually, he seized that game — and del Potro's best chance to make a match of it.
A year after missing the U.S. Open because of an injured right elbow that would require surgery, Djokovic showed that he is unquestionably back at his best and back at the top of tennis. His returns and defense-to-offense skills as impeccable as ever, Djokovic collected his 14th Grand Slam title and second in a row by getting through every crucial moment for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over 2009 champion del Potro at Flushing Meadows.
"There was always part of me that imagined and believed and hoped that I can get back (to) the desired level of tennis very soon," said Djokovic, whose operation was in February. "But at the same time, life showed me that it takes time for good things, it takes time to really build them, for things to fall into place, so you can center yourself, balance yourself and thrive. The last two months have been terrific."
This was Djokovic's third championship in New York, along with those in 2011 and 2015. Add in the trophies he has earned at six Australian Opens, one French Open and four Wimbledons, most recently in July, and the 31-year-old Serb pulled even with Pete Sampras for the third-most majors among men, trailing only Roger Federer's 20 and Rafael Nadal's 17.
""He's my idol. Pete, I love you," Djokovic said.
Federer lost in the fourth round in New York, while Nadal retired from his semifinal against del Potro because of a bad right knee. That put the 29-year-old Argentine back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since his breakthrough nine years ago, a comeback for a guy who had four wrist operations in the interim.
"I believe he'll be here again with the champion's trophy. I really do," said Djokovic, who gave his pal a hug at the net, and then went over to console del Potro as he wiped away tears at his sideline seat.
Del Potro spoke this week about the low point, in 2015, when he considered quitting the sport. But supported by a dozen or so friends from back home, whose "Ole!" choruses rang around the arena, he climbed up the rankings to a career-high No. 3 by thundering his 100 mph (160 kph) forehands and 135 mph (215 kph) serves.
Those produce free points against so many foes. Not against Djokovic, who always seemed to have all the answers — and who said he convinced himself that all of those "Oles" were actually people calling out his own nickname, "Nole."
Djokovic was better than del Potro on their many lengthy exchanges, using his trademark body-twisting, limb-splaying court coverage to get to nearly every ball, sneakers squeaking around the blue court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the roof was closed because of rain.
"I was playing almost at the limit, all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn't make it," del Potro said, "because Novak (was) there every time."
Never was that more apparent than the game that stood out on this evening, with Djokovic serving while down 4-3 in the second set. They went back and forth, through eight deuces and all those break opportunities for del Potro, until he slapped one forehand into the net, and another sailed wide.
Those were high-risk shots, but, as del Potro put it: "It's the only way to beat these kind of players."
Djokovic's coach, Marian Vajda, called that moment the match's "turning point, obviously."
When it ended, with Djokovic holding to 4-all, spectators began leaving their seats, perhaps thinking it was time for a changeover, even though it wasn't. That prompted to chair umpire Alison Hughes to chastise them.
It was a brief request, though, unlike her many other pleas for quiet, mainly as fans were shouting and chanting and clapping in support of del Potro. It all bothered Djokovic, who started yelling and gesturing toward the seats. At one moment, he pressed his right index finger to his lips, as if to say, "Shhhhhhh!" Later, after winning a point, Djokovic put that finger to his ear, as if to say, "Who are you cheering for now?!"
The tiebreaker was resolved thanks to more del Potro miscues on his forehand side, as he looked more and more fatigued. He made one last stand by breaking and holding for 3-all. But that was that.
When it ended, thanks to a three-game closing run by Djokovic, he flung his racket away and landed on his back, arms and legs spread wide.
He had hit his peak, Vajda said, at "just at the right time."
Djokovic had never gone through an extended absence until 2017, when he sat out the second half of the season because of elbow pain that had plagued him for more than a year. He tried to return at the start of this season, but couldn't, and opted for surgery.
It took him some time to find the right form, as evidenced by his quarterfinal loss at the French Open to a guy who was ranked 72nd and had never won a Grand Slam match until that tournament.
"I was very, very disappointed with my performance that day," Djokovic recalled Sunday, explaining that he went hiking in the mountains in France to clear his head after that setback.
Djokovic then got right back to work, and announced that he was, once more, himself by winning Wimbledon.
Now he's backed that up at the U.S. Open, the fourth time in his career he won multiple majors in a season.
"Difficult times, but you learn through adversity," Djokovic said. "I try to take the best out of myself in those moments."
Dhaka, Sept 09 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ansar emerged the champions of the 25th National Karate Championship securing eight gold, two silver and five bronze medals that concluded at the Shaheed Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday.
Bangladesh Army finished close runners-up collecting eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals while Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was placed distant 3rd with one gold, one silver and three bronzes.
Chairman of the Chattogram Hill Tracts Development Board Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura distributed the prizes among the winners as the chief guest in the closing ceremony.
President of the Bangladesh Karate Federation and Commissioner of Anti-corruption Commission Dr M Mozammel Haque Khan presided over the function.
New York, Sep 9 (AP/UNB) — Naomi Osaka walked to the net, the excitement of being a Grand Slam champion mixed with a bit of sadness.
She grew up rooting for Serena Williams, even did a report on her way back in third grade. Her dream was to play her idol at the U.S. Open.
So when she had actually done it, beating Williams 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday night to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan, why was it so difficult?
"Because I know that, like, she really wanted to have the 24th Grand Slam, right?" Osaka said. "Everyone knows this. It's on the commercials, it's everywhere.
"When I step onto the court, I feel like a different person, right? I'm not a Serena fan. I'm just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But then when I hugged her at the net ... I felt like a little kid again."
Osaka teared up as she was finishing her answer, still overwhelmed as she juggled the idea of her winning and Williams losing.
Though her nerves on the tennis court don't show it, it was a reminder of just how youthful the 20-year-old Osaka is. Not since Maria Sharapova was 19 in 2006 has the U.S. Open had a younger women's champion.
The way Williams lost, of course, was what stood out most in the match. The arguments with chair umpire Carlos Ramos and the three code violations — one that gave Osaka a game for a 5-3 lead in the second set when Williams was trying to rally — will be what was most remembered.
But not for Osaka, who claimed to not even hear the interactions between Williams and Ramos. What will stay with her is the hug at the net afterward, and Williams' kind words during the trophy presentation, when she asked a booing crowd to focus its intention on Osaka's moment.
"So for me, I'm always going to remember the Serena that I love," Osaka said. "It doesn't change anything for me. She was really nice to me, like, at the net and on the podium. I don't really see what would change."
Osaka was nervous Saturday, making a few phone calls to her sister in Paris to calm her down. Even during the match, whenever she was faced with a tough spot, she kept telling herself to try to do what Williams would do.
Williams was certainly impressed.
"She was so focused," the 36-year-old Williams said. "I think, you know, whenever I had a break point, she came up with some great serve. Honestly, there's a lot I can learn from her from this match. I hope to learn a lot from that."
It was that way throughout the tournament for Osaka, who won the second title of her career. She was mostly dominant, dropping only one set in her seven matches, and she saved 5 of 6 break points against Williams after erasing all 13 in the semifinals against Madison Keys.
That's the kind of toughness Williams has so often shown in winning 23 Grand Slam singles titles, one shy of the record. It's one of the things Osaka always admired about Williams, made her choose her as the topic of that report years ago.
"I colored it and everything," Osaka said. "I said, 'I want to be like her.'"
On Saturday, she was better.