PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Embattled West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been banned from participating in the NAGICO Super50 series to be played in Trinidad and Tobago and StKitts from January, cricket sources in the twin island republic have reported. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has reportedly rejected a request from the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (T&TCB) to allow the off spinner to take part in the tournament. The Guardian newspaper has quoted a source within the T&TCB as saying that the request was turned down because the WICB did not want to go against the findings of the International Cricket Council. He recently failed a test on his bowling action at the Loughborough University testing centre in England. Narine bowled T&T to the Nagico title last season, with figures of six wickets for nine runs.
WITH last year’s winners eliminated, a new champion is set to be crowned as the semi-finals for both the League and Knockout competitions in the 2015-16 Bull Investment Limited-Cable Pro Data Services-sponsored Golden League football competition will be played today at the National Water Commission playing field, Mona.At 3:30 p.m., Harbour View will tackle Kush and Park Rovers will face Nautica in the knockout competition, and at 5 p.m., Kings will play Real Mona and Santos battle Dunn’s All Stars in the league.This competition is for players over 45 years and a few former national players will be competing. The Jermaine Johnson-coached Harbour View will be looking to Ian McNaughton, Neil Stewart, Paul Aiken, Donovan Green and Corey Rowe to get them in the final, while Kush will be looking to player-coach Vincent McGowan, Lance Craig, Mario Hackett, Omar McDermott and Lennox Broderick.Park Rovers, who were the league champions for 2014 and 2015, will be trying to win their first knockout title and will be looking to Woodrow Coleman, Garfield Cooke, Jerome Wilson, Jeffrey James and Donald Broderick. Nautica will look to player-coach Lenworth ‘Teacher’ Hyde, Donovan Lofters, Patrick Williams, Devon Hardware, and Barrington Washington.Santos are favourites to win their fourth Golden League title as they are the only unbeaten team in the competition. All four semi-finalists are from the same preliminary zone, which Santos won by 10 points. Their defence is very mean and has only conceded one goal in 13 matches this season.Coach Lyndon Dawes is expecting them to go all the way and will look to Trevor ‘TC’ Campbell, Bryan Leon, Joseph Henry, Jeffrey Dillion, Clint Reid, and Ian Burnett for victory.Dunn’s All Stars is the only team to defeat Santos as they stopped them 2-0 in the knockout competition in January.However, Santos returned the favour, winning 1-0 in the league’s preliminary round.CONFIDENTCOACHCoach Norris Grant is confident Dunn’s will win again and is looking to former Arnett Gardens striker Denton Shedden, Michael McQueen, Delroy Dixon, Raymond Williams, and Steve Dunn.The other semi-final will see Kings playing Real Mona. Kings’ player-coach David Williams will be looking to Nicholas Ziadie, Gary Peryer, Robert Murray, and Chris Denny, while the Ian Bond-coached Real Mona will look to Christopher Williams, Roger Bishop, Crafton Walker, Chris Green, and the prolific Mark Miller, who still plays for the Jamaica Defence Force in the KSAFA Major League football competition.
Sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole is to start receiving treatment on his injured hamstring during the course of the IAAF World Championships that begins in Beijing this Friday. Bailey-Cole posted on his Facebook page this past weekend that he has withdrawn from Jamaica’s team because of an injury suffered during training last Friday. “Most of the doctors I would be seeing are here,” said Bailey-Cole, who injured both hamstrings while finishing third in the 100 metres at the Sainsbury Anniversary Games in London in a personal best 9.92 seconds. The lanky sprinter – tipped to be the ‘next Usain Bolt’ – was looking for redemption after finishing just outside of the medals in Moscow in 2013. However, it has been a roller-coaster ride for him this season. He was struck down by the Chikungunya virus and as a result ran poorly at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas in May. He returned to competition and had been improving before hamstring injuries started affecting him. Bailey-Cole returned to competition in London, only to suffer injury again while achieving a personal best time. He said it is painful not being able to compete in the 100 metres that begins on Friday. “It hurts really bad that I can’t compete because all that I wanted to do was compete and get a medal,” said Bailey-Cole, whose withdrawal has also impacted Jamaica’s sprint relay team’s shot at a gold medal. “It’s bitter because from last Worlds I kept telling myself that I would medal at the next one.” Now that his chances of getting a medal in Beijing have been dashed, Bailey-Cole said he will focus on healing and is looking forward to the next big event, the Olympics, in Rio, Brazil in 2016. “Everything happens for a reason and maybe God had bigger plans for me next year,” he said. – Leighton Levy
WBA (4-4-2)MYHILL, DAWSON, McAULEY, OLSSON, BRUNT, GARDNER, FLETCHER, YACOB, MORRISON, LAMBERT, BERAHINOCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, HAZARD, FABREGAS, WILLIAN,MATIC, RAMIRES,AZPILICUETA, TERRY, CAHIL, IVANOVIC,COURTOISWhen these teams met in May at The Hawthorns, Chelsea had already been crowned champions of the Barclays Premier League.Albion were able to inflict only a third league defeat of the season on the Blues in an eventful game, winning 3-0, with Saido Berahino opening the scoring, before Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas was sent off for kicking the ball at Chris Brunt.Berahino added a second from the spot after John Terry brought him down within seconds of the restart. And Brunt rounded off the win with an angled shot from a quick corner.The win extended Albion’s run of home games without defeat against Chelsea to four, with the Blues last winning at The Hawthorns in April 2011.Chelsea have started badly with just a point from their opening two games. In last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City, Terry was substituted in a Premier League game for the first time since May 2013 and for the first time under JosÈ Mourinho.It is the first time Chelsea have failed to win their first two Premier League games since 1998-99, when they took four games to record a first win.Albion are still without England goalkeeper Ben Foster, with a serious knee operation, while Serge Gnabry, signed on loan from Arsenal, may be considered for inclusion.
Medals tableG S B Total1. Kenya 6 4 3 132. Jamaica 6 2 3 113. USA 5 5 6 164. Great Britain 4 1 0 55. Poland 3 1 4 86. Russia 2 1 1 47. Cuba 2 1 0 38. China 1 5 1 79. Canada 1 3 3 79. Germany 1 3 3 711. Ethiopia 1 2 1 412. Netherlands 1 1 1 313. Belarus 1 0 1 213. South Africa 1 0 1 215. Colombia 1 0 0 115. Czech Rep. 1 0 0 115. Eritrea 1 0 0 115. Spain 1 0 0 115. Slovak Rep. 1 0 0 120. Australia 0 2 0 220. Croatia 0 2 0 222. Bahamas 0 1 1 223. Belgium 0 1 0 123. Brazil 0 1 0 123. Egypt 0 1 0 123. Israel 0 1 0 123. Tajikistan 0 1 0 123. Tunisia 0 1 0 129. France 0 0 2 230. Bosnia-Herze. 0 0 1 130. Finland 0 0 1 130. Greece 0 0 1 130. Grenada 0 0 1 130. Japan 0 0 1 130. Kazakhstan 0 0 1 130. Latvia 0 0 1 130. Portugal 0 0 1 130. Serbia 0 0 1 130. Trinidad 0 0 1 130. Uganda 0 0 1 130. Ukraine 0 0 1 1
Former Dunoon Technical goalkeeping hero-turned-coach Gregory Hall said he will be looking to make this season a successful one for the 1998 Manning Cup winners. This follows their 2-1 win over Papine High in the ISSA-Flow Manning Cup football competition yesterday at the Papine High School field in St Andrew.Renaldo Alridge, formerly of Kingston College, sent the home team ahead with a sizzling bicycle kick in the 11th minute.Oneil Williams then drew things level with another outstanding goal which came directly from a corner kick in minute 21 before Marvin Henry clinically dispatched a penalty in the 34th minute to hand Dunoon the 2-1 win.Hall, an All-Manning and national youth goalkeeper, has spent the last three years at his alma mater, taking them to consecutive semi-final appearances in the Under-16 Colts competition.”It was a stout-hearted effort from these youngsters. We deserved this win. Optimistic is the word all the time. We stick to the game plan, we have a brilliant set of guys,” he said.hard work”I am a former Dunoon player, I know what’s it all about to be there, we (Dunoon Technical) won Manning Cup already. Yeah, it’s hard work, it’s dedication and we are gonna put in the work going forward,” he stressed.Hall kept goal in the 1988 Manning Cup final against Charlie Smith, which Dunoon lost. They were, however, winners in 1998.Meanwhile, Papine coach Philip Robinson said: “We played well enough to win the match. In the second half, we basically camped out in their half but we just couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net.””I think we still have a good chance to go through to the second round, even though this result will make it hard,” he admitted.YESTERDAY’S RESULTS:ZONE CInnswood 2, St George’s 1Ardenne 1, Denham Town 1Eltham 4, KTHS 0ZONE BHydel 5, Cumberland 1Haile Selassie 1, Greater Portmore 0Dunoon 2, Papine 1ZONE FJonathan Grant 1, Excelsior 0Vauxhall 0, Norman Manley 0Spanish Town 3, Ascot 0
PARIS (AP): Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed home the winner as Paris Saint-Gemain started the defence of their French Cup title with a scrappy 1-0 win over fourth-tier side Wasquehal yesterday. Playing their first game of 2016 in the northern city of Lille, PSG were in control throughout and created multiple chances, but lacked a cutting edge until the Sweden international connected with Marco Verratti’s long ball on the hour mark. Having opened up a 19-point lead at the top of the French league standings in just 19 games, PSG are looking to reproduce the domestic treble Laurent Blanc’s side achieved last season when they won the league title, the League Cup and the Cup. Among the top-tier teams also advancing to the round of 32 were Lorient, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Montpellier. Lyon’s new coach, Bruno Genesio, who replaced Hubert Fournier during the winter break, celebrated his first game in charge with a 7-0 thrashing of fifth-division Limoges, after Maxwell Cornet and Rachid Ghezzal each scored a brace. Montpellier, which also changed coaches during the festive period and appointed former player Pascal Baills following Rolland Courbis’ resignation, defeated fifth-tier Epernay 1-0. Bordeaux came close to suffering a shock exit at the hands of third-tier Frejus-Saint-Raphael, coming twice from behind, before Diego Rolan sealed a 3-2 win in added time with a fine volley. Nice will host Rennes today.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Current Test players, Shai Hope and Jomel Warrican, will feature for Barbados when a Select XI take on West Indies in two day/night 50-over games today and Friday here this week.The two matches are part of the ongoing West Indies camp which started here last weekend, in preparation for the next month’s Tri-Nations Series against World champions Australia and South Africa.The right-handed Hope has played six Tests with an average of 15, while Warrican, a left-arm spinner, has claimed 11 wickets from four Tests.Left-handed opener Omar Phillips, who played two Tests for West Indies seven years ago, will captain the squad for the second game, scheduled for 3Ws Oval at 2 p.m.The side for today’s first game at Kensington Oval will be led by former West Indies A all-rounder, Kevin Stoute.West Indies will raise the curtain on the June 3-26 next week Friday when they take on South Africa at the Guyana National Stadium.The first leg of the tournament will be played in Guyana, with Warner Park in St Kitts hosting the second leg and Kensington Oval here providing the stage for the climax.The Tri Series will feature West Indies, South Africa and Australia and all matches will be day/night. The series starts in at the Guyana National Stadium (June 3-7), then moves to Warner Park, St Kitts (June 11-15); and concludes at Kensington Oval, Barbados (June 19-26).FULL SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor.
DUBAI, UAE, CMC:West Indies arrived here yesterday full of confidence ahead of their three-match Twenty20 International series against Pakistan, with captain Carlos Brathwaite urging his side to adapt quickly to conditions.The Caribbean side will open the tour with a warm-up game against a Emirates Cricket Board XI at the ICC Academy next Tuesday before facing Pakistan in the opening T20 International three days later at the Dubai International Stadium.With temperatures expected to soar to nearly 39 degrees Celsius at the weekend, Brathwaite said it was important West Indies focused intensely on their preparation so they could execute when required.”It wasn’t as hot earlier in the year but apparently we’re smack dab in the middle of their summer [now] so it can get very, very hot,” Brathwaite said, referencing the Windies T20 World Cup training camp staged here earlier in the year.”It is for the players to prepare well, manage themselves well off the field – rehydration wise, getting enough rest.”FANTASTIC BOOSTWest Indies start the series as favourites, especially after crowning themselves World champions six months ago in India. In their only games since then, they beat powerhouses India, 1-0, in a two-match series in Fort Lauderdale, United States last month, and Brathwaite said it was key the side built on that success.”I think this is another important series. We just defeated India and it would be a fantastic boost for the Caribbean people for us to come to Dubai, which has been Pakistan’s home for the last few years, come into their backyard and get a series victory against them as well,” the all-rounder noted.”It would say a lot about us as a team – going overseas and contesting a three-game series and coming out on top.”West Indies underwent a light gym and pool session yesterday and will have their first full training session at the ICC Academy today.Their tour was throw into upheaval just before their departure from the Caribbean on Tuesday when head coach Phil Simmons sacked by the West Indies Cricket Board.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board has refused to confirm whether marquee batsman Darren Bravo was offered a lower level Grade C central contract for the upcoming year. The Trinidad NewsDay reported yesterday that the 27-year-old leader of the West Indies batting group had been overlooked for a top tier retainer, and given a Grade C contract worth US$100,000. Earlier this week, the WICB disclosed that Bravo had declined a retainer contract, along with veteran batsman Marlon Samuels and Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite. WICB communications manager, Carole Beckford, subsequently told the NewsDay the board did not have a policy of releasing information on player contract scales. “No we wouldn’t give that information. If the players want to reveal their scales that’s fine but we don’t,” she was quoted as saying. “We have supplied the ranges in the last press release and we thought that was sufficient.” She continued: “I don’t think it’s important or necessary to give the scale. We have decided that we’re not giving the scale, that the range is sufficient. “You can assume, or you may [ask the player], if the players want to give what their salaries are specifically (that’s their choice].” Apart from Samuels, the left-handed Bravo is the most experienced member of the Windies batting line-up, having played 49 Tests and scored 3,400 runs at an average of 40. He is also a treasured member of the one-day team where he has played 94 games and averages 32. According to the newspaper report, Bravo would have joined the likes of Test novices Jomel Warrican and Alzarri Joseph as players with Grade C contracts. Grade A is the highest level contract on offer and is worth US$150, 000, with Grade B valued at $125,000 and Grade C, $100,000. Twenty-three year-old opener Kraigg Brathwaite was given a Grade A contract while Test and one-day captain Jason Holder secured a Grade B, the NewsDay reported. The WICB earlier this week said that the new contracts were “based on performances from October 1, 2015 to September 2016”. During that period in Tests, Bravo struck two half-centuries on the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, scored a century and a half-century on the three-Test tour of Australia before struggling against India this year when he managed just 139 runs at an average of 19.0. In ODIs, he scored 295 runs at an average of 29.5 during the period under review.