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Ramdin looks to new generation

West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin is looking to a new generation of players to stand up and lead his side against Australia as they commence life after Shivnarine Chanderpaul in Dominica.
 
Apart from Ramdin himself, Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo are among the men much will be expected of in a series where a highly ranked but underdone Australia may be vulnerable to pressure applied by the hosts, provided they can post significant first-innings totals.
 
For nearly two decades Chanderpaul was expected to be the bulwark of such tallies, but now Ramdin said others needed to step up, showing the sort of steel associated with the 40-year-old Guyanese before his form tailed off drastically in the recent series against South Africa and England.
Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s team Head Coach Ross Russell has credited the current members of the Team for their dedication and commitment during his first few training sessions since being appointed to lead the team last month.
 
Russell took over the position from Randy Waldrum and has been handed the responsibility of preparing the team for the upcoming Pan American Games in Canada and the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers.
 
“So far things have gone okay but we are working towards improving in different areas. The girls are falling into the momentum that we need as a national team but it is understandable that everything will take a bit of time because they have been without a coach for a while and have not followed a fixed routine. But all in all, we are getting there,” Russell told TTFA Media on Tuesday.
 
Russell has coached the Defence Force Women’s team in the past and aside from his international experience as a player and also as head coach of the T&T Men’s Under 20 team, he has also been assistant coach of the Senior Men’s Team under Russell Latapy and served as goalkeeper coach for several national youth teams.
 
“It is my first time in charge of a Women’s national team but I’ve had the experience of working with the Defence Force Women’s Team so I have a fair understanding of how they think and how the approach the game. For me it’s important to understand and get to know the players better and how the see the game. It’s not difficult because I am always willing to listen to players and get a better idea of how they view things.” 
 
He added  that their drive to get back onto the international stage is a major plus.
 
“They are very eager to get back out there and represent the country. We had a team meeting yesterday which went well where the players were able to express their concerns and talk about their ideas as it relates to the team. There are players with a lot of experience in the team so it’s about trying to put all the right pieces together and focusing on the preparation for the upcoming tournaments,” Russell added.
 
“We are working towards one unit, one team to represent the country in the best possible manner,” Russell concluded.
 
The team trains on Mondays and Thursdays at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and engages in gym sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
 
Trinidad and Tobago  are in Group 2 of the Caribbean Football Union phase of the Olympic qualifiers  from August 21st  to 25th. T&T will open the group against Cayman Islands on August 21st. They will also face St Lucia on August 23rd and Antigua/Barbuda on August 25th. For the Pan Am Games, T&T will face Colombia, Brazil and Ecuador in the group phase.
 

LeBron inspires Cavs to win

LeBron James inspired the Cleveland Cavaliers to an overtime 95-93 victory at Golden State Warriors to level up the NBA finals at one game each.
 
James scored a 'triple-double' - 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
 
But Golden State overturned a three-point deficit in the final quarter to send the game into added time.

Lingmerth wins, Woods finishes last

Sweden's David Lingmerth beat England's Justin Rose in a play-off as Tiger Woods finished last of those who made the cut in the Memorial Tournament.
 
Lingmerth, 27, held his nerve to win his first PGA title at the third extra hole after carding a three-under-par 69 to finish 15-under in his final round.
 
American Jordan Spieth hit a seven-under final-round 65 to tie for third with Italy's Francesco Molinari (71).
 
Woods carded a 74 after the worst round of his career on Saturday in Ohio.

Nadal drops to 10th

Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal has dropped to 10th in the latest world rankings - his lowest position in more than a decade.
 
The Spaniard, 29, has fallen after losing to world number one Novak Djokovic in the French Open quarter-finals last week.
 
It is Nadal's lowest ranking since he was 11th as a teenager in April 2005.

Wawrinka takes French Open title

Stan Wawrinka backed Novak Djokovic to win the French Open one day after beating the Serb in the final at Roland Garros.
 
Wawrinka, seeded eighth, defeated the world number one 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to win his second Grand Slam title.
 
The Swiss, 30, also denied Djokovic the one major title to have eluded him.
Manchester United is the world's most valuable football brand, replacing Bayern Munich, according to a report from consultancy Brand Finance.
 
Despite winning no trophies again last season the Old Trafford club's brand is estimated to be worth $1.2bn (£789m).
 
Six of the top 10 most valuable club brands were English.

The international players for the inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) are arriving. 

Athletes from the USA, Venezuela, Canada, St. Kitts/Nevis and the US Virgin Islands touched down at Piarco over the weekend, with a contingent from Brazil, and players from England and the Caribbean en route to arrive early next week.

The inaugural WPL will feature loads of international talent alongside local players and members of the senior and U20 national teams. 

Speaking at the League hotel in St. Ann’s, USVI midfielder Jessica Adams said, “We’re really excited to be here for the WPL. We’re enjoying the heat and can’t wait to start training and meeting the local girls”.

Apart from the arrivals, the WPL looks forward to other key activities in the coming week such as the Combine on 10 and 11 June featuring all the international and marquee local players displaying their skills to the coaches and the Draft on 12 June, which will assign selected marquee players into the six teams that make up the League. Coaches from Trinidad and Tobago and the CONCACAF region have signed on to work for the WPL. Each head coach will have an assistant, in an effort to give exposure and build capacity in the area of women’s football.

The mission of Women’s Premier League is to “provide a platform, in Trinidad and Tobago, for football that is high-quality, entertaining, promotes social values and encourages the participation of women and girls in sport”. 

SPORTS MINISTER Brent Sancho has called for embattled former football administrator Jack Warner to account for the US$10 million, which was sent to him from FIFA, on behalf of South Africa, to use for its Caribbean diaspora legacy programme.
 
According to documents shown by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in an article yesterday, Warner used the payment for cash withdrawals, personal loans and to launder money. 
 
Sancho, in the same BBC story, said, "he (Warner) must face justice, he must answer all of these questions. Justice has to be served. 

ESPN reporter mugged in Dominica

ESPNcricinfo reporter Daniel Brettig was taken to hospital in Dominica on Saturday night after being mugged by men armed with knives in the capital city Roseau.
 
Brettig was attacked by two men and thrown to the ground after withdrawing cash from an ATM a short walk away from the Australian team hotel, and had his wallet and phones stolen.
 
He was treated at hospital for a cut to the head, a bloody nose and other grazes, but said the incident would not taint his view of the Caribbean.
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