Dhaka, July 20 (UNB)- Bangladesh National Hockey team finished 7th among 10 nations in the 8th AHF Men's Asian Indoor Hockey 2019, crushing Chinese Taipei by 9-0 goals in the place-deciding match at Chonburi in Thailand on Saturday.
Ashraful Islam, Md Milon Hossain and captain Farhad Ahmed Shitul scored two goals each while Rasel Mahmud Jimi, Mainul Islam Koushik and Khorshedur Rahman netted one goal each for Bangladesh.
Ashraful opened the account for Bangladesh converting a penalty corner correctly in the 5th minute (1-0).
In the 15th minute, Milon put Bangladesh ahead of the opponents netting a field goal (2-0) while Ashraful widened the margin converting his second penalty corner in the 18th minute (3-0).
Just before the half time, Milon and Jimi consecutively bagged two more goals for the Bangladeshi side in the 20th minute (5-0).
Bangladesh continued their domination over Chinese Taipei within the opening minute of the second half.
In the 26th minute, captain Shitul raised the margin with a field goal for Bangladesh scoring his first goal of the tournament (6-0).
Then, Mainul Islam Koushik, who made double hat-trick against the Philippines on Wednesday, scored his eighth goal of the tournament in the 28th minute (7-0).
Shitul netted his second goal converting a penalty corner in the 32nd minute (8-0) while Khorshedur Rahman sealed the fate of the match scoring the 9th goal of the match in the 33rd minute (9-0).
Earlier, Bangladesh finished 4th in the 5-team Pool A securing 3 points from four matches with one win and three defeats.
They posted their first win in the tournament beating the Philippines by 9-0 goals on July 17 while suffered 0-6 goals defeat to Malaysia on July 15, 0-8 goals defeat to holders Iran on July 16 and 1-3 goal defeat to hosts Thailand on July 18.
The team are expected to return home on Monday (July 22).
Top Bangladeshi scorers: Mainul Islam Koushik (8), Ashraful Islam (3), Rasel Mahmud Jimi (3), Md Milon Hossain (2), Farhad Ahmed Shitul (2), Khorshedur Rahman (1).
Bangladesh Squad: Rasel Mahmud Jimi, Mainul Islam Koushik, Fazle Rabbi Hossain, Ashim Gope (GK), Imran Hasan Pintu, Ashraful Islam, Farhad Ahmed Shitul (C), Khorshedur Rahman, Sarwar Hossain, Roman Sarkar, Milon Hossain, Abu Sayed Nippon (GK).
Gwangju, Jul 20 (AP/UNB) — Matthew Carter and Maddison Keeney of Australia won mixed 3-meter synchronized springboard diving at the world championships, with China scratching after winning gold in the first 11 events.
Carter and Keeney totaled 304.86 points in Saturday night's final in Gwangju. They edged Francois Imbeau-Dulac and Jennifer Abel of Canada, who finished 0.78 points behind for silver.
Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel of Germany took bronze at 301.62.
It was Keeney's second medal of the competition. She finished third in women's 3-meter springboard Friday.
Tom Daley and Grace Reid of Britain were fourth, two years after they earned silver in the event.
The American duo of Briadam Herrera and Maria Coburn was fifth.
China has a chance to win a 12th gold later Saturday in men's 10-meter platform, the final event of the meet.
Portrush, Jul 20 (AP/UNB) — Royal Portrush had all of Saturday morning to recover from the reality that Rory McIlroy is no longer part of this British Open.
In a second round so packed with emotion that it felt like Sunday, McIlroy nearly recovered from his opening 79 by coming up one birdie short of making it to the weekend. McIlroy, one of three players from Northern Ireland celebrating the return of the Open after a 68-year absence, says he has never felt such support.
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Shane Lowry of Ireland and J.B. Holmes were tied for the lead at 8-under 134, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood. Among those within three shots of the lead were Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth.
Pau, July 19 (AP/UNB) — There is nothing bigger for male riders than victory at the Tour de France. It's the pinnacle of cycling. But there is no such prize for female riders.
Despite calls from cycling's governing body UCI for the creation of a women's Tour, organizers of cycling's marquee race have yet to come up with plans for an equivalent.
All they offer in July is a one day-race, La Course, that was held on the margins of the Tour de France on Friday in Pau and won by Dutch rider Marianne Vos.
Fresh from winning four stages at the 10-day Giro Rosa in Italy, Vos added another trophy to her large collection in the southwestern city of Pau, but victory in France did not taste the same.
"It was an incredible feeling to win four stages at the Giro, at the highest level," said Vos, a three-time world champion. "Here at La Course, it was really nice to show this form."
Tour organizers ASO have been holding the event since 2014 and say it's not possible for them to operate a longer race, for logistical and security reasons.
"We are not capable of organizing another event during the Tour," Tour director Christian Prudhomme told The Associated Press. "About 29,000 police forces are mobilized for three weeks. France has been struck by attacks, there were the yellow vests (protesters). It's impossible to have even just one extra security staff during the Tour."
To Prudhomme's credit, ASO has been showing interest in running women's equivalents of one-day classics Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The company also organizes a women's mini Tour of Yorkshire over two days.
UCI president David Lappartient said this week he has been holding discussions with Tour organizers aiming at boosting women's cycling exposure.
"One day of racing is clearly not enough for women," Lappartient told the BBC. "If we want a women's Tour de France, we can (have it). For women's cycling we can continue to push."
A women's Tour de France was held during the 1980s alongside the men's race. Frenchwoman Jeannie Longo won it three times but the race never fueled real media interest.
Cycling enjoyed great success at the 2012 London Olympics. Vos was among a group of riders, including former time trial world champion Emma Pooley, which campaigned for the creation of a proper women's Tour. Their petition was called Le Tour Entier — An Entire Tour — and aimed at having women on the starting line of the 2014 Tour. Vos acknowledged Tour organizers' efforts in setting up La Course that year.
"For us it's one moment in the year, like the world championships, when the whole world is watching," Vos said. "Of course it's a big plus for women's cycling. We maybe need to change the calendar a bit and add more races, because you want the best teams in the best places in the world."
Portrush, July 19 (AP/UNB) — Lee Westwood is back for another shot at erasing his "nearly man" tag in the majors.
This time at 46.
And this time with his girlfriend on the bag.
Westwood was tied for third at his 25th British Open after shooting a bogey-free, 4-under 67 in the second round on Friday to get to 7 under.
He's been in this situation before in the biggest events in golf. So many times, in fact, that he will take a nonchalant approach to the weekend.
"I literally don't care anymore," he said, standing with his hands on his hips.
It's an attitude borne out of a decade of frustration and near misses at the majors. The most agonizing have come when the claret jug was in his sights.
At Muirfield in 2013, Westwood started the final round with a two-stroke lead and shot 4-over 75 to finish four behind Phil Mickelson. He three-putted the 72nd hole to miss out on a playoff at Turnberry in 2009. At the 2010 Masters, he led after 54 holes.
Westwood has 18 top-10 finishes in his 81 appearances in the majors, and nine in the top three.
Still no major, though. And that's what he needs to cap a resume that includes rising to No. 1 in the world — he replaced Tiger Woods as the top-ranked player in 2010 — and winning the Ryder Cup seven times.
He's high on the list of the best players to have never won a major.
"I just go out there and have fun," Westwood said, downplaying any expectations. "I'm 46 years old and still competing with these young lads. Won last year. There is no pressure on me."
He would be the second-oldest British Open champion after Old Tom Morris, who was 46 years, 3 months, 9 days when he lifted the claret jug in 1867. Westwood will be 46 years, 2 months, 28 days on Sunday.
What's new this year for Westwood is the sight of girlfriend Helen on the bag for the first time at a major. A gym instructor, she took over as Westwood's caddie on a permanent basis following his win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge last year.
Westwood said she "doesn't know too much about golf" but knew a lot about how his mind works.
"There's more to caddying," Westwood said, "than counting and getting the wind direction."
It means their conversations on the course range from what they are having for dinner later, to where they will go on vacation and, Westwood quipped, if there was a nail file in the bag.
"I enjoy doing it all myself, there's no questions then," Westwood said. "Get the yardage, pull the club, get the wind. It's all my responsibility. I'm 100% clear in my own mind what I'm doing."
Look where it has got him this week.
He has birdied the tough par-3 16th hole both times he has played it, and is 4 under for the last three holes — a closing stretch where many have struggled.
On Friday, he was bogey-free for only the second time in 86 career rounds at the British Open.
With his new care-free attitude, he could yet get that elusive major just when many thought the chance had passed him by.
"It's the attitude I'm going to go with," he said, looking ahead to the weekend. "Let's see how it works out."