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Rajshahi crowned champions of Sheikh Kamal U-20 National Football

Natore correspondent 

Rajshahi division won the title of the inaugural Sheikh Kamal Under-20 National Football Tournament, beating Khulna division 3-1 in the final at the Shankar Gabinda Chowdhury Stadium in Natore yesterday.

Tarek Aziz gave Khulna a flying start, scoring in the fourth minute, but Rajshahi hit back 16 minutes later with a placing shot from inside the box. Shajib gave Rajshahi the lead in the 34th minute before Shihab wrapped up the victory for Rajshahi with the team’s third goal in the 76th minute.

Likhon of Rajshahi was adjudged the best player of the tournament while Shajib of the same team got the top-scorer’s award for his five goals in their campaign, which includes a hattrick.

Tarafder Ruhul Amin, secretary general of Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association, Shafiqul Islam Shimul, lawmaker of Natore-2 constituency, Mohammad Shahreaz,  deputy commissioner (DC) of Natore and other dignitaries witnessed the final.

Nadal falls in Barcelona

AFP

Rafael Nadal shrugged off any suggestion of a French Open crisis of confidence, insisting he had enjoyed a “positive week” in Barcelona despite a dispiriting semifinal exit at a tournament he has won 11 times.

The Spanish great slumped to a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Dominic Thiem on Saturday, just a week after he had been dethroned as Monte Carlo Masters champion by Fabio Fognini, also at the semifinal stage.

With just four weeks to go until the start of Roland Garros, where he is the defending champion and an 11-time winner, 32-year-old Nadal says he has finally come to life on his favourite surface.

“It’s been a very positive week,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said. “I came from a lot of low moments in Monte Carlo. Today was the first day I felt really confident on the clay, it’s my best match on the surface this year. My confidence is back thanks to this week. I really believe that I’ve made improvements. This is a good base to try and achieve my goals for the next couple of weeks.”        

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