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Hart not pleased about standoff

With the Concacaf Gold Cup set to kick off in the USA next month, national coach Stephen Hart is not pleased with what is taking place with regards to funding and the ongoing dispute between the T&T Football Association (T&TFA) and the Ministry of Sports.
 
Speaking on the weekend T&TFA president, Raymond Tim Kee stated he was still awaiting money which was promised to him by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to offset the Soca Warriors Gold Cup preparations which is expected to continue next Tuesday with a friendly encounter away to Jordan.
 
But Tim Kee's claims were dismissed by Minister of Sport, Brent Sancho who said the local federation had already spent 90 per cent of the $9 million promised in the Cabinet note which was promised to by acting  Minister of Sport, Ruper Griffith and Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar last November.

Rogers ruled out of 2nd Test

Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers has been formally ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park as he continues to battle what is now a more stubborn case of a concussion than had been expected.
 
Rogers was a peripheral figure at Australia's main training session before the match on Tuesday.
 
Team doctor Peter Brukner said Rogers was yet to return to 100% fitness following a blow to the helmet from Dominican net bowler Anderson Burton leading into the first Test in Roseau.
The owners of IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders have bought a stake in Caribbean Premier League franchise Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel. 
 
It is the first instance of an IPL franchise investing in an overseas Twenty20 league.
 
Co-owner of the Knight Riders, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan said the move was in line with their vision to expand globally. 
 
Khan added that they were thrilled to become part of the cricketing tradition of Trinidad & Tobago.
 
KKR's announcement coincided with Hero Motors, an Indian company, being unveiled as the tournament's title sponsors for 2015. 
 
Hero had been presenting sponsors in 2014 for two of the six CPL teams, champions Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Zouks.

Hammer, 15, qualifies for US Open

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth beware - a 15-year-old American is ready to compete for the US Open title later this month.
 
Cole Hammer, of Houston, will become the third-youngest golfer to play in the event, which takes place from 18-21 June at Chambers Bay.
 
China's Andy Zhang remains the youngest player to play in a US Open - doing so aged 14 in 2012, when he missed the cut at Olympic Club.

Mayweather tops Forbes list

Boxer Floyd Mayweather was the world's highest-paid sportsman of the past 12 months, according to figures from business magazine Forbes.
 
The annual sporting rich-list showed Mayweather, who also topped last year's list, earned US$300m (£194m).
 
Most of that came from his 'super-fight' with Manny Pacquiao, whose $160m (£103.4m) takings made him the second-highest earner.

Zico to run for FIFA president

Brazil legend Zico intends to stand for the presidency of Fifa after admitting the corruption crisis in the sport's governing body has saddened him.
 
The 62-year-old, whose full name is Arthur Antunes Coimbra, said it was his "duty" to stand.
 
Current president Sepp Blatter announced he would stand down just four days after being re-elected last month.
Raymond Tim Kee, president of the T&T Football Association, believes the current Soca Warriors squad is getting a hard deal when it comes to funding from corporate T&T and Government.
 
Tim Kee, who is also the Mayor of Port-of-Spain, sought to further clear the air over statements made on the weekend by Minister of Sport Brent Sancho, with regard to the TTFA spending 90 per cent of $9 million promised by the Government last November.
 
In requesting funding for the senior team's preparations for the Concacaf Gold Cup which begins next month in the USA, Tim Kee said that funding promised by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had not come through as promised so far.
 
The TTFF president added that coach Hart even wrote to him to express his frustration with the whole situation.

Matt Prior retires

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
 
The 33-year-old, who won 79 Test caps, helped England to three Ashes series victories between 2009 and 2013.
 
The Sussex keeper has not played any cricket since July 2014 because of a recurring Achilles tendon injury.

Chris Gayle to return home

Somerset's West Indies star Chris Gayle is to miss the T20 Blast match against Glamorgan on Saturday and return home early because of an "immense workload".
 
Gayle's final game will now be Friday's game against Surrey in Taunton.
 
The 35-year-old has scored 328 runs in three T20 Blast matches for Somerset, including 151 not out against Kent.
Sulieman Benn was named West Indies' Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season in WICB's annual awards function in Kingston on Tuesday. 
 
Benn picked up 28 wickets in five Tests at an average of 25.03 between October 2013 and September 2014 - the period of consideration for these awards.
 
Kraigg Brathwaite was awarded the Test Player of the Year, while Test captain Denesh Ramdin was named ODI Player of the Year. 
 
Jermaine Blackwood was named Emerging Player of the Year and Stafanie Taylor was awarded the Women's Player of the Year.
 
Samuel Badree was named T20I Player of the Year for his 19 wickets in 12 matches during this period, with an average of 12.36 and economy of five runs per over.
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