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T&T Pro League begins today

CEO Dexter Skeene has identified increasing the crowds at Digicel T&T Pro League matches as his number one priority for the 2015-2016 season.
 
The season begins today with Angus Eve's Rangers Fc against former champions Defence Force.
 
Skeene spoke at the official launch of the League season earlier today at the Hasey Crawford Stadium.
 
He outlined several new incentives including increasing the prize money for the team winning each of the three rounds to $50,000, up from $35,000.
 
The winning team pockets a cool TT$1,000,000.
 
Central FC are the defending champions and Club Sando is set to make its League debut on Saturday. 
Swiss prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Sepp Blatter, the head of football's world governing body Fifa.
 
The attorney general's office said he was suspected of criminal mismanagement or misappropriation over a TV rights deal and of a "disloyal payment" to European football chief Michel Platini.
 
Mr Blatter was being questioned, and his office was searched, it added.
 
Fifa said it was co-operating with the investigation.
 
Mr Blatter, 79, has run Fifa since 1998 and has always denied any wrongdoing.

Maradona inspires Pumas

Argentina stood firm against a powerful Tonga in Pool C to take a giant stride towards the World Cup quarter-finals.
 
The Pumas have won two of their three group games and sit in second place behind New Zealand.
 
Argentina captain Agustin Creevy said Diego Maradona's dressing room dance after the victory has inspired his team to push for World Cup glory.
 
Maradona, who won the football World Cup with Argentina in 1986, said he would watch the team again should they reach the semi-finals.

Rosberg aims to overhaul Hamilton

Nico Rosberg says he has not given up hope of beating Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the Formula 1 title going into Sunday's Russian Grand Prix.
 
Rosberg, who finished second to Hamilton last time out in Japan, trails the defending champion by 48 points with five races left this season.
 
Mercedes lead Ferrari by 169 points in the constructors' championship.

Olesen wins Dunhill Championships

Thorbjorn Olesen claimed his third European Tour title with victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews.
 
The Dane carded a one-under-par 71 to finish on 18 under, two strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka, with fellow American Chris Stroud a shot further back.
 
England's Chris Wood tied for fourth thanks to a superb seven-under 65.
India's Twenty20 match against South Africa in Cuttack had to be stopped twice because of crowd trouble.
 
Fans threw bottles onto the field after the home side were all out for 92 in game two of a three-match series.
 
The match was halted for periods of 20 and 25 minutes during the South Africa reply, and English match referee Chris Broad ordered organisers to improve security before it could resume.
 
The touring side reached their victory target in 17.1 overs.

Simmons future in doubt

Phil Simmons' future as West Indies coach hangs in the balance after the disciplinary hearing against him was deferred to next week. 
 
ESPNcricinfo understands that Simmons had been asked to present himself on Saturday in front of a human resources panel from the West Indies Cricket Board. 
 
On September 30, the WICB had indicated that Simmons's future would be sorted in a week.
 
Surprised at the lack of notice period given to him, Simmons' lawyers responded to the WICB, saying Simmons could not make himself available without an advance alert and requested the hearing be rescheduled to next week. 
 
It is learned that the WICB agreed, but no date has been set yet.
Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Jurgen Klopp as they look to replace sacked manager Brendan Rodgers.
 
The former Borussia Dortmund coach is favourite to take over from the Northern Irishman, with ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti a strong contender.
 
German Klopp, 48, is understood to be open to the idea of a move.

Mere hours after a public plea for financial assistance towards this country’s Senior Men’s Team on Friday, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association received a cheque valued at $100,000 from a local football supporter.

Businessman Sham Mohammed answered the call and delivered the cheque to National Team manager William Wallace at the TTFA office on Friday night, two days prior to the team’s departure for Panama City for an international friendly.

At a TTFA Press briefing on Friday afternoon Wallace pleaded for corporate T&T to step forward and assist the “Soca Warriors” as they continued their preparations for the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Wallace indicated that the TTFA were still short of funding for match fees for the recent 3-3 draw with Mexico in Utah and the upcoming friendlies with Panama and Nicaragua as well as other expenses related to the team’s training camps. So far only TSTT has offered further assistance to combine with what the Ministry of Sport has provided.

“We are extremely grateful to Mr Mohammed for stepping forward at this time when we are in serious need of  financial assistance. He indicated that once he heard our call for assistance at the press briefing that he felt a need to assist us in some way. Hopefully this will be a kickstart and other corporate citizens and companies can follow join in and offer support as well. The Ministry of Sport and the Government alone cannot fund our national teams,” Wallace told TTFA Media.

Mohammed indicated that he had been following the  progress of the team with keen interest.

“I know the Association has been under some strain after discussions with the President Raymond Tim Kee and other officials at the TTFA. I have been following their progress and there have been some good things happening.  I went to Argentina last year for the friendly and I have seen the team continuing to improve,” Mohammed stated.

“I believe we have a really good chance in the qualifiers but the team needs all the help it can get and hopefully more support will come its way from here on,” added Mohammed who is the owner of Miscellaneous Marketing Limited and was also appointed the Executive Vice President of South Florida FC which campaigns in the American Soccer Premier League (APSL)

TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee expressed his gratitude to Mohammed and TSTT for their support.

“We are quite pleased that a supporter has come forward to assist at this stage of the journey. This  is part of  ongoing  discussions  and relationship building which the FA has been engaged in over a period of time.  I wish to thank him and TSTT as well as the Ministry of Sport for providing funding to support the FA and the Senior Men’s National Team,” Tim Kee stated.

 

Canada stun Romania 17-15

Romania earned a thrilling late win, scoring 17 points in the final 28 minutes as their powerful pack finally wore down brave Canada resistance.
 
Gordon McRorie's penalty and a Daniel Tailliferrer Hauman van der Merwe try put Canada 8-0 in front at half-time.
 
The lead became 15-0 as Jeff Hassler bounced his way out of some tame tackling to touch down.
 
But number eight Mihai Macovei went over for two late tries and Florin Vlaicu's penalty won it for Romania.
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