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Djokovic wins ATP World Tour finals

Novak Djokovic capped a remarkable season with victory over Roger Federer to claim a record fourth straight ATP World Tour Finals title.
 
The world number one from Serbia broke serve three times to win 6-3 6-4 in 80 minutes at London's O2 Arena.
 
Djokovic also made amends for defeat by six-time champion Federer in the group stage on Tuesday.
Suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini could face seven-year bans from football if found guilty of corruption claims.
 
Fifa ethics investigators are likely to have recommended the sanctions over a "disloyal payment" that saw Platini, 60, receive £1.35m from Blatter, 79.
 
There was no written contract for the consultation-work payment, which Platini received nine years later.

Bateau, Abu Bakr excel at Gold Cup

DEFENDER Sheldon Bateau was Trinidad and Tobago's most outstanding player and fellow defender Radanfah Abu Bakr excelled according to he technical report on the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup which was held in the United States in July.
 
T&T topped their group, beating Guatemala (3-1), Cuba (2-0) and holding Mexico to a thrilling 4-4 draw, described as the best game ever in Gold Cup history.
 
The technical committee felt that Trinidad and Tobago played very well, even surpassing Mexico, the eventual tournament winners, at the group stage.
Jamaica took the advantage going into the final day's play against Trinidad and Tobago at the Queen's Park Oval.
 
Jamaica overhauled Trinidad and Tobago's first innings total of 271, which included a maiden first-class hundred for Jeremy Solozano.
 
Imran Khan took 7/90 but Andre McCarthy's maiden regional hundred took Jamaica past the T&T total to earn a slender first innings lead of 20.
 
Trinidad and Tobago closed on 87/4, leading by 107 runs.
 
Summarized scores: Trinidad & T 271 & 87/4 (41 ov) Jamaica 291
 
In other matches on the weekend, Windward Islands beat the Leeward Islands by eight wickets at Roseau.
 
Windward Islands 140 (Theophile 62, Joseph 7-46) and 56 for 2 beat Leeward Islands 24 for 7 dec and 170 (Bonner 64, Sebastian 5-76) by eight wickets
 
At Providence, Barbados battled back to 166/3 after conceding a 233 run first innings deficit against defending champions Guyana.
 
Summarized scores: Guyana 337 Barbados 104 & 166/3 (81 ov) (f/o)

Platini facing life ban

Fifa vice-president Michel Platini could be facing a life ban from football, according to his lawyer.
 
The suspended Uefa chief is serving a 90-day suspension on corruption charges alongside outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter, while Fifa's adjudicatory committee considers its verdict.
 
Platini's lawyer Thibaud d'Ales said the ethics investigators' "excessive" recommendations are a "scandal".

T&T U17 women clinch CFU 3rd place

Trinidad and Tobago Under 17 Women’s Team clinched third place in the Caribbean Football Union Championship with a 3-0 victory over Cuba on Sunday in Puerto Rico.

Following their 1-0 defeat to Jamaica in the semi-finals on Friday, the T&T girls lifted themselves to finish on top in their final encounter of the series.

T&T got goals from Laurelle Theodore in the 25th minute and 76th minutes and Shenieka Paul in the 69th.

The win was however not enough to secure a place in the CONCACAF Finals in Grenada next March as only the two finalists Jamaica and Haiti progressed along with hosts Grenada as the Caribbean’s three representatives in the 8-team tournament.

T&T lost to Jamaica 1-0 on Friday after conceding an 83rd minute goal.

The team will return to Port of Spain on Monday evening.

CORPORATE sponsors National Gas Company (NGC) and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board are working in partnership to take cricket development into every community in the nation and parents have been urged to take advantage of the opportunities offered to their children.
 
This was stated by Kumar Rampat, a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Territorial Development Officer (TDO) at the official launch of the NGC sponsored Grassroots and Under-15 programme on Saturday at the National Cricket Centre at Balmain, Couva.
 
“Engaging your child in beneficial leisure-time activity is most essential at this time in our country,” said Rampat at the function which was attended by NGC Community Relations Officer Alister Narinesingh; Tarandath Sammy, chairman of the TTCB Youth Development Committee; Suruj Ragoonath and Dudnath Ramkeesoon, CEO, and Cricket Operations Officer of the TTCB respectively. 
 
In the presence of scores of young budding cricketers from throughout Trinidad and Tobago, parents, teachers and coaches, Rampat said that the Grassroots programme caters to Under-13 and under-15 boys and girls in each of the eight zones affiliated to the TTCB.
 
He said the total number of participants in the programme number more than 300, with 24 youngsters in each age group who receive tutoring at 14 centres from coaches of the highest caliber, with Level III certification at six of the eight zones.
 
Also involved in the programme in the majority of zones are coaches who have experience at the highest level having represented Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies in cricket.
 
Rampat said that initial plan of the programme was to start with two centres in each TTCB affiliated zones which will then be increased as it builds its integrity and popularity and he called on parents to play their part in accessing the opportunities now presented at their doorstep.
 
“With high-quality coaches and centres within easy reach, the general public should be eager to be part of it and we are prepared to embrace the growth in participation from all corners of the country,” said Rampat.
 
He said that the Under-12 programme is conducted along the same format of the Grassroots initiative but also seeks to engage the youngest children attending primary schools, and impacts the lives of over 200 participants with each centre in every education district catering for 30 youngsters. 
 
Rampat observed that only about one quarter of the more than four hundred primary schools are involved in the cricket competitions of the National Primary Schools Cricket League (NPSCL).
 
“There is absolutely no doubt that there are hundreds of other excellent budding cricketers who are not reached by the NPSCL initiatives. This Under-12 NGC/TTCB programme will not only cater for those who are already engaged in the regular schools competition but scores of others who are not,” said Rampat.
 
He aid the objective of the Under-12 initiative is to absorb 30 of the best youngsters in each zone and offer them a system of training to accelerate their physical, social and intellectual development.
 
“It is also hoped that this resource bank will provide te backbone of the recently revived Inter-District Competition administered by the NPSCL. With a significant number of hours training by competent and qualified coaches, the participants will have ample opportunities to advance and hone their skills.
 
“The corollary to this training and development is the enhancement of the character and credibility of the inter-district competitions in the earlier phase of development, and the age-group zonal matches in the latter stage,” said Rampat.
He said the programme is designed to inspire and lead the young budding cricketers to greater heights, originally thought to be unreachable. He said parents must seize this opportunity and not confine themselves to bringing their children to the venue.
 
“Engage the coaches, probe to uncover what plans they have for your child, share what your plans are and create the atmosphere for mutual co-operation. Your child will definitely flourish in this learning environment,” Rampat said. 
 
In his short address, NGC’s Narinesingh said that the Grassroots and Under-12 programmes co-ordinated by the TT Cricket Board were a perfect fit for the fulfillment of the Pt Lisas, Couva based company’s portfolio as responsible corporate citizens.
 
“The programes are thoughtful and impacts in a significant way on the lives of the young cricketers who learn the basics of the game and gain valuable experience as they are moulded into stars of the future,” said Narinesingh.
 
He also reiterated NGC’s commitment to supporting initiatives like the Grassroots and Under-12 programmes, and the soon to be introduced initiative along the same lines for young girls, and for youngsters in the sister island of Tobago. 
 
Also making a contribution at the launch was Jezron Ramjagessar, a third form student of St Stephen’s College in Princes Town who spoke on the positive impact that the NGC/TTCB Grassroots programme has had on his studies, health, extra-curricular activities and cricket development.
 
All around he said the cricket programme has ensured that he kept good grades in school, lost some weight to maintain his health and improve his competitiveness, and the holistic development as a student-athlete who also plays a musical instrument.
 
Trinidad and Tobago's Senior Women’s Team will face Guatemala in their opening match of the CONCACAF Final Round of Olympic qualification at the BBVA Compass Ground in Houston on February 11th, 2016.
 
T&T have been placed in Group B with Canada, Guyana and Guatemala following the  draw for the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, at the InterContinental Doral in greater Miami today.
 
The draw, which determined the groups and match schedule for the tournament that kicks off on February 10, 2016, in Frisco, TX, was opened with a welcoming address from FIFA and CONCACAF Executive Committee Member Sonia Bien-Aime. The event was conducted with the assistance of former US Women’s National Team players Cat Whitehill and Tiffany Roberts.
 
The draw sorted the eight qualified national teams into two groups of four. Defending Olympic and CONCACAF Champion United States was sorted into Group A along with Puerto Rico, Mexico and Costa Rica, while Group B will contain Canada, Guatemala, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana.
 
The Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX will host all group matches for Group A, while the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX will host all of the Group B matches, the semifinals and final.
 
The two finalists at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2016 will qualify directly to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
 
T&T Senior team manager Sharon O’Brien attended the draw on behalf of the TTFA.
 
T&T will play the US in two international friendlies in December ahead of the tournament. The Women “Soca Warriors” topped the Caribbean leg of qualification with a 1-0 win over Puerto Rico on Friday in the CFU Final at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
 
CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2016 Groups
Group A
USA
Puerto Rico
Mexico
Costa Rica
 
Group B
Canada
Guatemala
Trinidad & Tobago
Guyana
 
CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship 2016 Schedule 
*ET (Local Time)
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 – Toyota Stadium
6:00pm (5:00pm) Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
8:30pm (7:30pm) USA vs. Costa Rica
 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium
6:00pm (5:00pm)  Guatemala vs. Trinidad & Tobago
8:30pm (7:30pm) Canada vs. Guyana
 
Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Toyota Stadium
1:30pm (12:30pm) Costa Rica vs. Puerto Rico
4:00pm (3:00pm) Mexico vs. USA
 
Sunday, February 14, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium
1:30pm (12:30pm) Guyana vs. Guatemala
4:00pm (3:00pm) Trinidad & Tobago vs. Canada
 
Monday, February 15, 2016 – Toyota Stadium
6:00pm (5:00pm) Mexico vs. Costa Rica
8:30pm (7:30pm) USA vs. Puerto Rico
 
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium
6:00pm (5:00pm) Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guyana
8:30pm (7:30pm) Canada vs. Guatemala
 
Friday, February 19, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium
5:30pm (4:30pm) 1B vs. 2A
8:30pm (7:30pm) 1A vs. 2B
 
Sunday, February 21, 2016 – BBVA Compass Stadium
5:00pm (4:00pm) Winner SF1 vs. Winner SF2

Trinidad and Tobago fell to third place in the WICB Regional 4-day tournament points table after defeat by Jamaica on Monday at the Queen's Park Oval.

The Jamaicans won by six wickets and jump to 34 points and second place in the 2015-2016 tournament.

Off-spinner John Campbell took a career-best haul of 8/93 and scored 83 as Jamaica chased down 156 for victory.

Trinidad and Tobago is now on 28 points, level with the Barbados team which lost to Guyana yesterday.

Trinidad and Tobago takes on leaders and defending champions Guyana in the fourth round beginning on December 4th at the Oval.

Jamaica 291 (McCarthy 121, Imran 7-90) and 156 for 4 (Campbell 83*, Kantasingh 3-51) beat Trinidad & Tobago 271 (Solozano 110, Bernard 3-25) and 175 (Campbell 7-73) by six wickets 

At Providence, a first-innings century from Vishaul Singh, and a nine-wicket match haul from left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie were the cornerstones of Guyana's nine-wicket win against Barbados at the Providence Stadium.

Guyana 337 (Vishaul 121, Johnson 74, Stoute 3-40) and 43 for 1 beat Barbados104 (Motie 3-19, Permaul 3-41) and 272 (Carter 89, Motie 6-79) by nine wickets 

Action in the 2015 Atlantic National Primary Schools Football League finals begins tomorrow at 9am, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
 
In the Under 15 girls, St. Agnes Anglican takes on Bon Accord Government school, while in the Under 15 boys final, Bon Accord Government plays Couva South Government.
 
The Under 12 boys final features San Fernando Boys RC against Enterprise Government school. 
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