St. Louis, OCT 18 (AP/UNB) — Josh Leivo scored the lone shootout goal in the sixth round and Thatcher Demko stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime as the Vancouver Canucks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Thursday night.
Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller and Micheal Ferland scored for the Canucks, who won for the first time on the road in three tries this season.
Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Robby Fabbri scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have dropped three straight.
Leivo lifted a shot over Jordan Binnington in the bottom half of the sixth shootout round after the first 11 shooters came up empty.
Hovath jammed the puck in off a scramble in front of the net to tie the game at 3-3 with 7:55 left in the third period.
Tarasenko and Pietrangelo scored 47 seconds apart in the second period to give the Blues a 3-1 lead.
Pietrangelo ripped a one-timer from the top of the faceoff circle off a pass from Oskar Sundqvist at 2:47. Tarasenko then jumped on the rebound of a shot from Jaden Schwartz for his second goal in as many games.
Ferland tied the game 1-1 on the rebound of shot by Brandon Sutter. Pietrangelo answered 42 seconds later
St. Louis has points in six of seven games this season.
NOTES: The Blues visited the White House on Tuesday. Since 2007, teams are 7-2-2 in their first game after visiting the White House. ... Vancouver G Jakob Markstrom is not with the team because of a family emergency. He has missed the last two games. ... St. Louis C Brayden Schenn had a five-game goal streak snapped. ... Blues RW Robert Thomas returned to the lineup after missing the past five games with an upper-body injury that was not related to his left wrist injury that required offseason surgery. ... St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina were in attendance, two days after they were eliminated from the playoffs by the Washington Nationals.
Dhaka, Oct 17 (UNB) – Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football runners-up Dhaka Abahani Limited have surprisingly withdrawn from the ensuing Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup Football Tournament in the dying moment.
The 3rd version of the Sheikh Kamal International Football Tournament begins on Saturday (Oct 19) at the MA Aziz Stadium in the port city of Chattogram.
Dhaka Abahani Ltd in written informed it to the tournament committee on Wednesday, Abahani Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu told UNB on Thursday.
Tournament organiser Shakil Mahmud Chowdhury said they are trying to include Gokulam Kerala FC of India in place of Dhaka Abahani Ltd.
Hosts Chattogram Abahani Limited will play defending champions TC Sports Club of the Maldives in the opening match which will kick off at 7pm on Saturday.
On the following day (Sunday), Kolkata Mohun Bagan Club will play Young Elephants FC of Laos also at 7pm at the same venue.
The two semifinals will be held on October 27 and 28 while the final match is scheduled for October 30.
Earlier, BPL champions Basundhara Kings and league runners-up Dhaka Abahani Limited have been placed in the four-team Group B with Chennaiyin FC of India and Terengganu FC of Malaysia.
The Group A team comprises of Mohun Bagan AC of India, TC Sports of the Maldives, Young Elephants FC of Laos and hosts Chattogram Abahani Ltd.
The grouping of the eight-team was held in a draw ceremony at Le Meridien Hotel here on Friday last.
The Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, a biennial soccer event, was held twice in Chattogram in 2015 and 2017.
Chattogram Abahani Ltd emerged champions of the first edition of the tournament in 2015 beating East Bengal FC of India by 3-1 goals in the final while TC Sports Club of the Maldives emerged champions in the second edition in 2017 beating Pocheon Citizen FC of South Korea by 4-2 goals
Chattogram Abahani Ltd organises the tournament on regular basis in memory of Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Each team will get US$ 10,000 as participation money while the champions will be awarded US$ 50,000 and the runners-up US$ 25,000.
Berlin, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — Borussia Mönchengladbach's gamble on a new coach appears to be paying off.
Former Salzburg coach Marco Rose has led the team to the top of the Bundesliga even though his ideas are only just beginning to take hold.
Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl announced in April the club would not be continuing with the experienced Dieter Hecking as coach beyond the end of the season, saying he was looking for a change in direction after steady but unspectacular progress.
Eberl convinced the then-42-year-old Rose, a former Mainz defender, to take over. Rose had led Salzburg to the Austrian title and semifinals of the Europa League the season before, and he followed up by guiding it to another league title last season.
Last week, Rose celebrated his 100th day in charge at Gladbach. They could hardly have gone any better.
"Leading the standings is a nice snapshot in time that we're very happy about. The 16 points from the first seven games are far more important, however," Eberl said. "We decided before the season to change our way of playing. Every point at the beginning of this new way does us good."
Eberl acknowledged that the team's performances were "not yet consistently very good," but pointed to the latest win, a 5-1 rout of Augsburg, as a step in the right direction.
It was Gladbach's fourth straight league win, but the first game under Rose in which the team really excelled.
"There was a lot there in the type of soccer we want to see," Eberl said. "The team now knows that the coach and his staff's ideas work."
Hecking had placed his faith in possession-based soccer, while Rose favors a fast-paced high-pressure game, switching quickly from defense to attack. It hadn't worked until Augsburg came along, even if the results had been going Gladbach's way.
"I know how to look at things objectively. We still have a lot, a lot of work ahead of us," Rose said.
The win - and the nature of the performance - led to an impromptu party despite teeming rain at Borussia-Park, where home supporters sang somewhat prematurely that Gladbach would be Bundesliga champions.
"If I were a fan I'd also grab a beer. Or five of them - one for each goal," Gladbach defender Tony Jantschke joked.
World Cup winner Christoph Kramer was happy with his team's position in the league.
"I've been here a long time and I've never been at the top of the Bundesliga," the Gladbach midfielder said. "I'll be looking at the standings more often now."
The club's new found optimism will be put to the test on Saturday at Borussia Dortmund, which is desperate for a win after falling four points off the pace after three straight 2-2 draws.
The visitors will be confronted by two familiar faces in Dortmund coach Lucien Favre and captain Marco Reus. Both were at Gladbach when it was last leading the Bundesliga, on Aug. 26, 2011.
Colombo, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — Lasith Malinga will return to lead Sri Lanka in a three-match Twenty20 cricket series against Australia but many players from the young team that performed well on the tour of Pakistan have retained their places.
Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella were the other senior players included in a 16-man squad announced by Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday.
Sri Lanka sent a second-string team to Pakistan to play ODI and Twenty20 series after several withdrawals over security concerns. Sri Lanka lost the ODI series but stunned Pakistan with a 3-0 series sweep in the T20s without pacer Malinga, who has already retired from ODIs.
It was the first long tour to Pakistan by a Sri Lankan national team since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus that killed eight people and injured some players.
International teams have avoided playing cricket in Pakistan for the past decade except for a few short series involving Zimbabwe, a World XI and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka gave players a choice over whether to tour Pakistan, and a majority of regular players opted out.
Pakistan provided what it called presidential-level security for the touring Sri Lanka team.
The first T20 against Australia is at Adelaide on Oct. 27.
Lasith Malinga (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha.
Madrid, Oct 17 (AP/UNB) — A 16-year-old forward born in Guinea-Bissau has become the next promising soccer star in Spain.
Ansu Fati, who made his debut with Barcelona this season, has quickly attracted everyone's attention and is already touted by many as the next big thing for the Spanish national team.
Fati played his first match with Spain's under-21 squad on Tuesday and the next day shared front-page headlines with the senior squad, which had sealed its place in the 2020 European Championship on the same night.
"I'll never forget this moment," said Fati, who recently gained his Spanish citizenship. "I truly enjoyed it."
There is already talk he could be part of the main Spain squad at Euro 2020, or at least make it to the Olympic team for the Tokyo Games.
"It's extraordinary what has been happening to this kid at this age," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "We are all thrilled with him."
The Spanish soccer federation moved quickly to make sure Fati was eligible to play for Spain following his rapid rise with the Catalan club. He has been living in Spain since a young age but reportedly also could have chosen to play for Portugal.
Fati played his first professional match less than two months ago, coming off the bench in Barcelona's 5-2 victory over Real Betis in the Spanish league. In his following game, Fati became the club's youngest player to score in the Spanish league, and then was also the youngest to score at Camp Nou. Fati later played in the Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund, becoming Barcelona's youngest player to appear in a UEFA competition.
Fati has racked up nearly 240 minutes in six appearances with the Catalan club so far, most of them coming off the bench.
He was brought up from Barcelona's academy to the main team after a wave of injuries to players in the senior squad at the beginning of the season, including Lionel Messi.
"Ansu Fati caught my attention the first time I saw him practicing," Messi said. "But this takes time, he is only 16 and shouldn't be taking on the responsibility that people want him to have. He has the potential to become a very important player, but it takes time and he needs help."
Fati has great skills and moves that make him especially dangerous in one-on-one situations. The speedy forward has impressed the most with his maturity on the field, though, not showing signs he has been affected by the pressure to which he has been exposed to since starting to play professionally.
Fati, whose full name is Anssumane Fati Vieira, moved to Spain with his family at an early age and joined Barcelona's academy when he was 10. There he was a teammate of Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo, who is playing for Mallorca on a loan from Real Madrid.
Fati played only about 10 minutes off the bench in Spain's 2-0 win over Montenegro in qualifying for the 2021 Under-21 European Championship on Tuesday, but it was enough for him to get a glimpse of what could lie ahead.
"It's time to keep working so I can keep having more opportunities," he said on Instagram, where he has already gained nearly 1.8 million followers in the few months since his professional debut.