CHITTAGONG: Rain washed out the fourth day's play in the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Friday. Match officials at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong called off play at 1:25pm. South Africa, who made 248 in the first innings, bowled out Bangladesh for 326 and reached 61-0 in their second knock when bad light forced an early stumps with 24.5 overs left to be bowled on the third day. Openers Stiaan van Zyl and Dean Elgar were on 33 and 28 runs respectively, whittling down Bangladesh's first innings lead to 17. The second and final Test of two-match series will be held in Dhaka from July 30 to August 3.
US to host Brazil
FOXBOROUGH: The United States men’s national soccer team will host five-time World Cup champion Brazil in an international friendly on September 8 at Gillette Stadium, United States Soccer announced on Thursday. The Americans will use the friendly in Foxborough, Massachusetts as a tune-up for a play-off match against either Mexico or Jamaica to determine who will advance to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The United States was relegated to the Confederations Cup play-off after being eliminated from the Gold Cup tournament on Wednesday following a 2-1 loss to Jamaica. The United States has lost 16 of 17 matches all-time against Brazil. It will be the first contest between the two since Brazil beat the Americans 4-1 three years ago in Maryland.
Villatoro shot dead
GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan professional footballer Pablo Villatoro was shot dead on Thursday in a road rage incident, police said. Villatoro, 33, a defender on the Mixco club squad, was killed in the city of Chiquimula, about 200 kilometers east of the capital following a traffic dispute. Police said they are investigating. The footballer had survived a 2007 shooting, when he was shot twice by thieves trying to steal his car. Guatemala is one of Latin America’s most violent nations.