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.
Dhaka, Sept 9 (UNB) – A strong Bangladesh Cricket team led by ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza left the capital for United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sunday evening at 7:30 pm by an Emirates flight to participate in the six-nation Asia Cup Cricket beginning in Dubai on September 15.
Two times Asia Cup finalists Bangladesh put in Group B with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, will play Sri Lanka in the opening match on Sept 15 in Dubai and meet Afghanistan on September 20 in Abu Dhabi in day-night matches with a sweet memory of series win against hosts West Indies.
The ensuing Asia Cup will be held in the new format where six participating teams will initially compete in two groups and later two top teams from each of the groups will play in the super four stage.
Bangladesh team have departed today for participating in Asia Cup UAE 2018. pic.twitter.com/foJC1HtATZ— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 9, 2018
Bangladesh’s Test and T20 captain Shakib Al Hasan is scheduled to reach UAE from USA to join the team on Sunday, denying all the allegation of his poor fitness.
Ahead of the tour, BCB earlier faced an awkward and embarrassing situation over the confusion centring Shakib Al Hasan's fitness for the Asia Cup as he (Shakib) informed media that he was ‘20-30 per cent fit’ for the tournament, adding that the top players cannot play with such low levels of fitness.
However, Shakib included in the 16-man Asia Cup squad as understood that BCB president Nazmul Hassan suggested Shakib to have the surgery after the tournament, skipping him from the Zimbabwe series in October.
Top order batsman Mominul Haque was included in the squad as a backup player if Shakib fails to play.
Reliable all-rounder Mahmudullah Riyad, who returned home after playing the Caribbean Premier League, accompanied the team with light injury grabbed opening batsman Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain Shanta.
But, Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon and chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu failed to accompany the team due to visa-related complexities.
Shujon, who was included in the team as manager in the dying moment, failed to process the visa in time due to late inclusion while Nannu’s visa has been delayed due to personal reasons.
However, both of them are expected to join the team before the opening match on Sept 15.
Meanwhile, Tigers’ ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has pledged to contribute his best for the team in the ensuing Asia Cup.
Addressing a press conference in Mirpur recently, Mashrafe said, “I did not have any specific target in the West Indies tour. This time, I also do not have any specific target, but excepting to contribute my best for the team.”
Two landmarks reckon the Bangladesh captain having 245 wickets in 190 ODIs. He needs three more wickets to overcome Pakistani speed start Shoaib Akhter’s 247 wickets and five more to reach the 250-wicket club in ODI cricket.
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider
Standby: Mominul Haque (back up for Shakib)
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.
New York, Sep 9 (AP/UNB) — The events and the arguing and the booing that would make this a U.S. Open final unlike any other began when Serena Williams' coach made what she insisted was an innocent thumbs-up, but the chair umpire interpreted as a helpful signal.
It was the second game of the second set Saturday, in a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Williams' bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title already was in real trouble because she was being outplayed by first-time major finalist Naomi Osaka.
Chair umpire Carlos Ramos warned Williams for getting coaching during a match, which isn't allowed. She briefly disputed that ruling, saying cheating "is the one thing I've never done, ever." A few games later, Williams received another warning, this time for smashing her racket, and that second violation cost her a point, drawing more arguing. Eventually, Willams called Ramos "a thief," drawing a third violation — and costing her a game.
"I have never cheated in my life!" Williams told Ramos. "You owe me an apology."
Soon, Osaka was finishing off a 6-2, 6-4 victory that made her the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title. That is not, however, what will be remembered about this match.
With jeers bouncing off the arena's closed roof, both players — the champion, Osaka, and the runner-up, Williams — wiped away tears during a trophy ceremony that was awkward for everyone involved.
Williams whispered something to Osaka and wrapped an arm around her shoulders.
"I felt, at one point, bad, because I'm crying and she's crying. You know, she just won. I'm not sure if they were happy tears or they were just sad tears, because of the moment. I felt like, 'Wow, this isn't how I felt when I won my first Grand Slam.' I was like, 'Wow, I definitely don't want her to feel like that,'" said Williams, who missed last year's U.S. Open because her daughter, Olympia, was born during the tournament. "Maybe it was the mom in me that was like, 'Listen, we've got to pull ourselves together here.'"
This was the only the latest in a series of high-profile conflicts with match officials for Williams at Flushing Meadows. It all dates back to 2004, when an incorrect call during a quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati was cited as the main reason for the introduction of replay technology in tennis. Then came Williams' infamous tirade after a foot fault in the 2009 semifinals against Kim Clijsters, and a to-do over a hindrance call in the 2011 final against Sam Stosur.
"It's always something," Williams said.
Osaka is just 20, 16 years younger than Williams — and grew up idolizing the American, even asking her to pose for a selfie together at a tournament just a handful of years ago. Their age difference was the second-widest gap between women's finalists at a Slam in the professional era.
"I know that everyone was cheering for her," Osaka told the crowd, "and I'm sorry it had to end like this."
What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself. Osaka, who happens to be coached by Williams' former hitting partner, hit more aces, 6-3. Osaka hit the match's fastest serve, 119 mph. She had fewer errors, 21-14. She saved five of six break points. And she covered the court better than Williams did.
"She made a lot of shots," Williams said. "She was so focused."
Indeed, that was what might have been most impressive. Osaka never let Williams' back-and-forth with Ramos distract her, never wavered from playing terrific tennis. The one time Osaka did get broken, to trail 3-1 in the second set, she broke back immediately, prompting Williams to smash her racket.
That cost her a point, because of the earlier warning for coaching. Williams' coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, acknowledged afterward that he did try to signal Williams, but didn't think she had seen him — and added that he thinks every player gets coaching during matches.
"I never had any warning in my career for coaching. Strange to do that in a Grand Slam final," Mouratoglou said. "Second, we all know that all the coaches coach at every match, all year long, from the first of January all the way to the 31st of December. We all know it."
When Ramos called both players over to explain the game penalty, which put Osaka ahead 5-3, Williams began laughing, saying: "Are you kidding me?" Then she asked to speak to tournament referee Brian Earley, who walked onto the court along with a Grand Slam supervisor. Williams told them the whole episode "is not fair," and said: "This has happened to me too many times."
"To lose a game for saying that is not fair," Williams said. "There's a lot of men out here that have said a lot of things and because they are men, that doesn't happen."
It was the second Grand Slam final defeat in a row for Williams, after Wimbledon in July. She's appeared in only seven tournaments this season since returning to the tour after having a baby during last year's U.S. Open.
Williams asked what she'll tell her daughter, Olympia, about what happened Saturday.
"I'll tell her, first of all, if she sees it, that, you know, I stood up for what I believed in. I stood up for what was right," Williams replied. "Sometimes, things in life don't happen the way we want them, but always stay gracious and stay humble. I think that's the lesson we can all learn from this."
Benapole, Sept 8 (UNB) – The C&F Bank Eleven clinched the Benapole Gold Cup Football title beating C&F Cargo Eleven by 4-1 goals in tie-breaker as the final match after the two teams locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period at the local Ball Field Ground on Saturday.
Rana of the champion team was adjudged as the best player of the tournament while Salam named the best player of the final.
The tournament was organised by Benapole C&F Agents Staff Association.
President of Benapole C&F Agents Association Alhaj Mofizur Rahman was the chief guest in the final and later he distributed the prizes.