Dhaka, Mar 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh U-23 National Football team, in a 10-day intensive training camp in Qatar, maintained their unbeaten record after playing a 1-1 draw with local Al Arabi Club in their 2nd practice match in Doha Tuesday night.
Rocky scored lone goal for Bangladesh in the 61st minute while Hasan Dad scored for the Al Arabi Club in the 37th minute from a penalty,
Bangladesh Youth team have been training in Qatar ahead of the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers beginning in Bahrain on March 22.
Touring Bangladesh team came to limelight beating Al Shahania Club of Qatar by 1-0 goal in their first practice match last Friday by the goal scored by Ashraful Islam after beating hosts Cambodia, also by 1-0 in the FIFA International Friendly in Phnom Penh recently.
Bangladesh team schedule to fly for Bahrain on Wednesday (March 20) to play the Group B matches of the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.
Bangladesh, which were placed in the four–team AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers along with hosts Bahrain, Palestine and Sri Lanka, will play hosts Bahrain in the opening match on March 22, Palestine on March 24 and Sri Lanka on March 26.
Cape Town, Mar 20 (AP/UNB) — South Africa beat Sri Lanka in a Super Over to decide a frantic and often farcical first Twenty20 at Newlands on Wednesday.
The teams finish tied in a helter-skelter end to the regulation 20 overs a side after South Africa collapsed from a position where victory seemed certain and had to scramble a single off the last ball of its chase to tie the scores.
As the South African tailenders sneaked through for that tying run, Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella missed a straightforward throw at the stumps that would have given Sri Lanka victory.
South Africa clawed its way to 134-8 to force the Super Over after Sri Lanka had earlier posted 134-7.
South Africa batted first in the Super Over and made 14, with David Miller cracking a six and a four off Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga.
South Africa chose legspinner Imran Tahir to bowl Sri Lanka's Super Over and he conceded just five — although that still included two dropped catches and two wides.
That was only half the story of a thrilling match.
South Africa threw away its winning position and only just managed to tie and Tahir was the savior for the home team then, too.
He came in to bat with South Africa needing two to win and one to tie.
He inside edged straight to Dickwella behind the stumps but Tahir and Dale Steyn still scuttled through for the tying run. Dickwella's throw from close range missed the stumps and the ball also then hit Tahir, who was sprinting down the pitch to complete the run.
South Africa should have won comfortably much earlier after Miller (41) and Rassie van der Dussen (34) put the pedal down in the 15th over of the run chase, with Miller cracking three fours and a six and taking 20 runs off the over by Isuru Udana.
Van der Dussen hit a six and a four in the next over and South Africa needed just 18 runs from 24 balls after that.
Malinga brought himself on to bowl and that sparked South Africa's collapse.
Van der Dussen was caught and Miller ran himself out going for a needless second run in the space of two balls of Malinga's over. South Africa went on to lose five wickets for 15 runs, two of them run outs.
Even when South Africa needed six runs off the last two overs, and four off the last over, it still couldn't do it.
Malinga bowled brilliantly, conceding just one run and bowling Kagiso Rabada in the penultimate over.
Needing three off two balls, JP Duminy was run out going for a crazy second run to set up the last-ball scramble.
After he and Tahir managed to tie the scores, Steyn smiled and shook his head, summing up the game.
Nyon, Mar 20 (AP/UNB) — Paris Saint-Germain won an initial legal battle with UEFA on Tuesday over the monitoring of its spending on player transfers and wages, and sponsorship deals linked to the club's Qatari owner.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld PSG's appeal against an attempt by UEFA investigators to reopen a previously closed investigation.
The judgment in favor of PSG is separate from another UEFA investigation of its finances in the 2017-18 season when the French champions, backed by Qatari sovereign wealth, signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The most severe punishment in that ongoing probe could see UEFA ban PSG from the Champions League. World soccer's most coveted club competition is key to building the club's global appeal and paid the French club 62 million euros ($70 million) last season in prize money alone.
The appeal judgment Tuesday from CAS related to UEFA's club finance monitoring panel wanting to review its own decision that declared PSG's accounts through June 2017 compliant with "Financial Fair Play" rules.
The court said UEFA's panel of independent investigators and judges missed the deadline to challenge their own previous decision.
"The challenged decision was untimely and must be annulled," CAS said in a statement, announcing the ruling while PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi attended talks at UEFA headquarters about future changes to the Champions League.
Al Khelaifi, who is also a member of UEFA's executive committee representing European clubs, declined to comment to The Associated Press.
PSG's victory was expected after Turkish club Galatasaray won a similar CAS ruling against UEFA last month.
"The CAS decision does not put in doubt the objectives of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play system," UEFA said, repeating its statement issued in the Galatasaray case.
UEFA said its lawyers will analyze the CAS judgment and make "any clarifications or amendments to its rules" required.
PSG has long been a major target of UEFA's FFP project since the launch in 2011. It requires clubs to approach break-even business on soccer, such as on player transfers and wages, and also assesses the fair market value of sponsorship deals.
"The club emphasizes it has always respected the rules and always striven to reply calmly and transparently to repeated requests from UEFA and its club finance panel," PSG said in a statement Tuesday.
Critics say FFP protects storied clubs from being challenged by ambitious rivals with wealthy owners, though UEFA insists it aims to control club debts and over-inflation of the soccer market.
Since being bought by its Qatari owners in 2011, PSG has been suspected of using overvalued sponsor deals from the gas-rich emirate to balance its accounts and comply with UEFA rules.
The club forfeited 20 million euros ($22.8 million) of Champions League prize money in a 2014 settlement that avoided a more high-stakes legal fight. Manchester City, which is owned by Abu Dhabi's ruling family, got the same deal from UEFA.
In April 2017, UEFA released PSG and Man City from their settlement agreements for complying with three years of stricter monitoring.
PSG then spent heavily in that offseason, breaking soccer's transfer record to buy Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros (about $250 million). A loan deal was agreed with Monaco for Mbappe that became a 180 million euro ($205 million) purchase last year.
UEFA opened an investigation soon after the loan for Mbappe was completed in August 2017.
Miami Gardens, Mar 20 (AP/UNB) — When John Isner first got to town for his Miami Open title defense, he went for a practice session at the old tournament site in Key Biscayne instead of the new location at the stadium used by the NFL's Dolphins.
It wasn't that he wasn't sure where to go, of course. Nor was he trying to soak up the good vibes at the place where he won an ATP Masters 1000 trophy for the first time.
"It was just about convenience. Close to my hotel. I just wanted to break a sweat and went out there. It was pretty weird, actually. Kind of quiet. The place still has its allure to it, but it definitely seems different," Isner said Tuesday. "We're all used to pulling into that parking lot and the place is bustling. Wasn't like that."
There wasn't much bustle at the new-look Miami Open on the initial day of scheduled main-draw play, which was completely wiped out because of rain throughout Tuesday.
They'll try again to get started Wednesday; No. 9 Isner and other seeded men such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer won't play before Friday thanks to first-round byes.
Isner, 10-6 this season, arrived at the hard-court tournament in 2018 with a 1-6 mark. He proceeded to win six matches in a row, three against men ranked in the top six.
"I do know that, look, odds are, I probably won't defend this title," he said with a chuckle after touring the Humane Society of Greater Miami with Alexander Zverev, the runner-up at the Miami Open a year ago. "At the same time, it is cool coming back as the defending champion of a tournament of this magnitude. Never been in this situation before. Just looking forward to it. No pressure. I don't look at it as, 'Oh, I'm going to lose a bunch of points.' You can't look at it like that. It's just another tournament you want to do well in."
Isner says his performance in Florida gave him a boost that helped him later in the season, including his semifinal showing at Wimbledon in July, the best he'd ever done at a Grand Slam tournament.
So did that carry over into this season, too?
"Unfortunately, I feel like it has a shelf life," said Isner, who lost to Reilly Opelka in an all-American matchup in the first round of the Australian Open in January. "Every player is different, but I feel like, for me, when you start the new year, everything is reset. Even if you played fantastic at the end of the year last year, you have two months off, and everything resets."
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – Willes Little Flower School and College retained Dhaka Metropolis title of the Prime Bank School Cricket Tournament on Tuesday.
They beat Ahmedbagh Adrasha High School by eight wickets in the final at Zahurul Haque Hall ground of Dhaka University.
Sent to bat first, Ahmedbagh were bundled out for 67 runs with Emon Khan making 20 and Labib 11 runs.
Joytu Barua grabbed three wickets while Hridoy and Afnan took two wickets each.
In reply, former national school champions Wills Little Flower chased down the target losing only two wickets with Afnan Islam making unbeaten 36 and Shams Shahadat unbeaten 22 runs.
Afnan, the younger brother national cricketer Shadman Islam, was adjudged the match of the match.