Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – The Cool-BSJA Media Cup Football Tournament 2019, organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) will begin on Tuesday at the BFF artificial turf in Motijheel.
Head of Marketing of the meet’s sponsor Square Toiletries Limited Dr Jesmin Zaman will be present at the opening ceremony as the special guest.
Deepto TV will face Bangla Vision in the opening match at 9:30 am while seven other matches will also be held on the opening day (Tuesday).
A total of 24 media teams of different newspapers, news agencies, electronics and online media, split into eight groups, will initially compete on the league basis matches from October 1-3.
Later, the group champions will play in the quarterfinals on October 4 and the two semifinals and final match will be held on October 5.
BSJA President Motahar Hossain Masum disclosed the details of the meet at a press conference in the National Sports Council (NSC) on Monday afternoon.
Head of Marketing of the meet’s sponsor Square Toiletries Limited Dr Jesmin Zaman, BSJA general secretary Raihan Al Mogni, Tournament Committee convener Rakibul Hasan and Tournament Committee member secretary Arafat Jubair also spoke at the briefing.
The ceremonial draw, trophies and jersey unveiling ceremony of the tournament were also held on the occasion.
Participating teams are: Group A – Bangladesh Pratidin, Jugantor and Gazi TV
Group B – Jagonews 24.com, Bangla Tribune and News24
Group C- The Daily Star, Kaler Kantho and DBC TV
Group D – Channel 24, Channel i and Daily Ittefaq
Group E – Dhaka Tribune, Dainik Sangbad, Maasranga TV
Group F – Ekushey TV, BSS and Boishakhi TV.
Group G – Deepto TV, The Independent and Bangla Vision
Group H – Samakal, Naya Diganta and Somoy TV.
Doha, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — This has almost become nothing but a formality: Crowning Christian Taylor as the world triple-jump champion.
Taylor captured his third straight title Sunday night at the world championships. But the American standout certainly made this one entertaining.
Fouling on his first two attempts and staring at elimination, he turned back into the Taylor of old to win the event over teammate and good friend Will Claye in a back-and-forth contest. Taylor's winning leap was 17.92 meters, with Claye just 0.18 meters behind.
Taylor may be going for another three-peat next summer in Tokyo as he chases his third straight Olympic gold medal.
"Really my goal was to be a one-time world champion, one-time Olympic champ," said Taylor, who's now won four of the last five world titles. "Everything else is icing on the cake. Now four times — it makes me feel old that I've been doing this for so long."
It was just business as usual for Taylor in an event where the competitor tries to jump as far as possible by performing a hop, step, and a jump from a running start.
All he needed was a little pep talk Sunday to get back on track.
"I said, 'You belong here. Just slow down, relax and don't touch the board and get to the final,'" Taylor recounted.
He took his own advice to heart. On his fifth attempt of six, he turned in his best jump of the evening.
Was that drama enough?
He said he's heard whispers about possibly taking the event off the Diamond League competition schedule, just to make the program more condensed.
"This is what we need to keep the triple-jump alive," Taylor said. "Hopefully the IAAF saw this, recognized that it was good for the fans. Hopefully, we had a big enough bang that that IAAF says, 'We'll keep you guys.'"
Just don't ask him if winning ever gets old.
"No. No, no, no, no," the 29-year-old Taylor said. "It's not boring for me. Having those two fouls, I tried to play it cool. But my heart was racing."
It had to be the spikes. His new pair of custom-made Nikes was made in honor of NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Remember when Beckham did his triple-jump celebration after scoring a 75-yard touchdown for the News York Giants in 2016?
Taylor sure does.
Taylor had "CDT" on one side of the spikes — an ode to "OBJ" — and Beckham's No. 13 on the other.
"I'm a big fan of his," said Taylor, who pointed out that he won on a night when Beckham's new team, the Cleveland Browns, played, and routed, Baltimore. "The play, the attitude, the swagger."
Fitting, the design on the spikes was in gold.
One of the first to congratulate him was Claye. They're fierce rivals on game days — they were teammates at the University of Florida — but fast friends away from the track.
"We've gone through the ranks together, trained together, been through the mud together," Claye explained. "This right here is another stop along the way. We'll always have that great relationship. We always have a mutual respect and love for each other."
Without Taylor in his way, Claye could have a lot more hardware. Claye finished runner-up to Taylor at the last two Olympic Games.
"But if he wasn't around, I'm probably not doing track," Claye countered. "If I won those golds, I'd be like, 'I got everything I wanted from the sport.' I'd probably be doing something else now. The chip on my shoulder that's growing each and every year is going to amount to something very special."
Doha, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — Only moments after Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce zoomed past the finish line Sunday night, she scooped up something more precious than gold.
Her 2-year-old son Zyon came down to the track to join her for the victory lap. What a fitting way to celebrate the Jamaican speedster's fourth and hardest-earned 100-meter title at world championships.
"A victory for motherhood!" Fraser-Pryce said.
Sure is. And if 2019 has been the Year of the Mother in track and field, then Sunday was Mother's Day.
Only moments before Fraser-Pryce — this time with her long hair arranged in a rainbow-pastel pastiche — blasted past the field in a season-best 10.71 seconds , new mom Allyson Felix surpassed none other than Usain Bolt with her record 12th gold medal at worlds. This one came in the brand new mixed relay, in which two men and two women team up for four trips around the track.
Felix was among the Americans who banded together in protest this summer , getting Nike to change a long-standing policy that stopped payments to pregnant athletes in this sport. Her 10-month-old daughter, Camryn, was with her at the stadium. Felix said she got goose bumps watching Fraser-Pryce cross the finish line first .12 seconds ahead of Dina Asher-Smith of Britain.
"What she's done is amazing," Felix said. "She's had a hard road, too. She keeps encouraging me. Her first year wasn't the best, but her second year, she's better than ever. Women are amazing and she's leading the way."
Fraser-Pryce said she sat on her bed and cried the day she found out she was pregnant. Not too much after that, she heard people saying it might be time to quit.
"Everyone's entitled to their opinion," she said. "I knew how I felt and I knew I wasn't ready to go. I had something left to do, and I stayed focused on the goal."
And that, in many ways, has been the point of this year for her, for Felix, for any woman who has ever been told it's over once she decides to start having kids.
Felix spent more than a decade cultivating a reputation as a classy champion, but a very private person. When she went public with her issues with Nike, it served as a tipping point to the movement begun earlier in the summer by Alysia Montano in track, and members of the U.S. women's soccer team, who were fighting a similar battle on different turf for equal pay during their run to a World Cup victory.
All of it eventually made a difference — not only in the terms Nike was willing to rework in its endorsement contracts for elite athletes, but in the message it sent about equality.
"I think everything I went through this year ... it just brings it all back that it's so much bigger than myself," Felix said.
There were others competing in the quarter-full stadium Sunday night, including Christian Taylor, who won his third straight triple-jump world championship .
And pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia, who cleared 4.95 meters to beat American Sandi Morris for the gold. Sidorova is competing as a neutral athlete because of Russia's doping problems and will receive her medal Monday night with the IAAF's "anthem," not Russia's, playing in the background.
Another mother won gold in the women's 20-kilometer walk early Monday morning. Liu Hong of China took the 2017 and 2018 seasons off to have a child before returning triumphantly in 2019. She led a Chinese podium sweep.
Another gold medalist was Courtney Okolo — Felix's 25-year-old relay teammate.
"It's definitely an inspiration to all women," Okolo said of the 33-year-old Felix. "You see the journey she's been on this year, and now you're seeing a lot of women can do that and come back successfully. I know that when the time comes for me to have kids, it's something I can do, as well."
Between them, Fraser-Pryce and Felix have piled up a combined 27 medals at world championships over the past 14 years. They are, by almost any measure, the two most dominating sprinters of their time.
Even so, these two golds are destined to stand out for them, mainly for the work they put in simply to make it back to the track.
On top of the normal stresses of pregnancy, both women delivered via cesarean sections that ravage the core muscles critical for sprinters trying to burst out of the blocks.
"For 10 weeks, I couldn't lift weights (while lying) on my back," Fraser-Pryce said. "And mentally, it's even harder because you're 30, you're having a baby, the females are out there running fast. You wonder if you can come back. For me, I just worked really hard."
Felix's baby came two months prematurely and spent around a month in the neonatal intensive-care unit.
"It puts things in perspective," Felix said.
Any doubts about what this night was all about were more than put to rest as Fraser-Pryce circled the track, with Zyon resting his head on her shoulder.
So many Jamaican victory laps in the past — whether by Bolt or Fraser-Pryce, who now has a total of eight world golds to go with two from the Olympics — have been topped off with Bob Marley tunes to fuel up a crowd on its way to a party.
This time, it was a selection from "The Lion King" playing over the PA system as the sprinter they're now calling the "Mommy Rocket" exited stage right with her son in her arms.
The song: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"
Dhaka, Sept 29 (UNB) — Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team beat New Zealand U-19 team by six wickets in the first match of the five-match Youth ODI series at Lincoln on Sunday.
New Zealand batted first after winning the toss and tumbled for 176 in 48 overs. Bangladesh chased the target of 178 with six wickets in hand in 38.4 overs, finishing on 180 for 4.
Batting first, New Zealand lost five wickets for 100 runs. They were heavily troubled by two Bangladesh left-arm pace-bowlerShoriful Islam and MrittunjoyChowdhury as both bagged three wickets each.
Shoriful conceded 44 runs in nine overs to take three wickets while Mrittunjoy conceded only 21 runs in nine overs to bag as many wickets.
Ben Pomare, the wicketkeeper-batsman of New Zealand, who came to bat at number seven, posted 40- the highest individual score by a Kiwi in the match while Ollie White was the second-highest runs scorer hitting 30.
For Bangladesh, ShamimHossain bagged two wickets while TanzmimHasanSakib and RakibulHasan took one wicket each, aprtm from Shoriful and Mrittunjoy.
In reply, Bangladesh lost four wickets before passing 100-run mark. Parvez Hossain Emon was the first batsman to get dismissed as Bangladesh were batting at 11 in 3.1 overs. In the second wicket stand, Tanzid Hasan and Mahmudul Hasan Joy added 30 runs.
Both of them scored 28 each before getting dismissed. However, Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali hit unbeaten 65 to bring the team to win with six wickets in hand.
Along the way, Akbar and Shahadat Hossain added 81 runs in the fifth wicket stand.
Before the first game of the series, Bangladesh won the only practice game by a big margin of 146 runs against Canterbury Invitation XI on September 27. TanzidHasan hit a century in the practice game.
The remaining matches of the series will take place on October 2, 6, 9 and 13 at the same venue.
Dhaka, Sept 28 (UNB) - Three services teams—Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force -–won their respective matches in the 16th Premier Division Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium here on Saturday.
Bangladesh Army beat Dhaka Wanderers Club by 48-23 points, Bangladesh Navy outplayed Fire Service by 28-17 points while Bangladesh Air Force defeated Azad Sporting Club by 39-24 points.