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FBI investigates Blatter

The FBI is investigating the role played by Fifa president Sepp Blatter in a $100m (£66.2m) bribes scandal, a BBC investigation has discovered.
 
Sports marketing company ISL paid a total of $100m to officials including former Fifa president Joao Havelange and ex-Fifa executive Ricardo Teixeira.
 
In return, ISL was granted lucrative television and marketing rights throughout the 1990s.
 
Blatter denied knowing about the bribes and took no action.
Trinidad and Tobago Women's senior team head coach Randy Waldrum says that the National team will not lose focus and will shift their attention to the second of what was supposed to be two international friendlies with world champions United States on Thursday.
 
Waldrum was speaking on Sunday afternoon following the decision by US Soccer to cancel Sunday's match at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu due to an unfit artificial playing surface.
 
The T&T team trained for 90 minutes on the surface on Saturday.
 
"I think we always have a responsibility to look out for players safety first, so I understand the reason for the cancellation," Waldrum told TTFA Media.
 
" The field had two main areas of concern.  There were some seams in the turf on each end of the field right inside the six yard box.  The turf was coming up around these seams, so with the traffic that would be in these areas it would be a problem," Waldrum explained. 
 
"We trained on the field yesterday for about an hour and a half.
 
As to the general feeling in the camp about the cancellation of Sunday's game which was said to have a sold out attendance of 50,000, Waldrum added " We are disappointed not to get to play here, just as I’m sure the U.S Women's national team are too.  I think however our players understand it and of course support watching out for the safety of the teams first and foremost."
 
The team will move onto San Antonio within the next twenty-four hours to prepare for Thursday's match. 
 
Meantime, another group of T&T women's players and staff members are off to Natal, Brazil for the invitation four-nation tournament where they face hosts Brazil in their opening game on Wednesday.
 
Meanwhile, Trinidad and Tobago U-20 women's were eliminated from  qualification for the World Cup when they went under 2-0 to Honduras on Sunday.
 
The Hondurans got a goal in each half, while Canada whipped Jamaica 7-0 to clinch a semi-final spot.
 
Trinidad and Tobago faces Jamaica in their final match on Tuesday.
THE cricket fraternity was plunged into mourning on Friday evening after Pirtie Ramnarinesingh died suddenly at his home in La Romaine.
 
Ramnarinesingh was the owner/manager of South Championship Division side Valiants.
 
He was also a nominated member of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board and a representative on the National League which organises the top tier of local cricket.
 
On Friday night president of the TTCB, Azim Bassarath, said he was extremely saddened by the news and extended his condolences on behalf of the national cricket organisation to Ramnarinesingh's family.
 
Bassarath said he had earlier on Friday left Ramnarinesingh, a private contractor, at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain where he was on duty for the TTCB on the first day of the regional four-day match between TT and Guyana.
 
"Pirthie was one of a kind, a very likeable fellow who we counted on and relied upon very much. He loved cricket and made great sacrifices for the TTCB and Valiants. He will be greatly missed," said a grieving Bassarath.
 
Ramnarinesingh was also a valuable member of the Movement For Change cricket supporters group and was the head of an organising committee planning its annual end of the year function.
 
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

De La Rosa top North East cricketer

ALLROUNDER Brendon De La Rosa was crowned "Cricketer-of-the-Year" when the North East Zonal Council of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) staged their 2015 prize distribution function at the Guaico Secondary School in Turure on Saturday evening.
 
De La Rosa who captains Dreadnought in the eight-club Senior Division slammed the most runs (566) runs and grabbed the most wickets (29)  in the season to claim the top honours.
 
He was also among the "Top Five Cricketers of the Year" which included Daniel Robinson, and Anderson Richardson, both of Juniors; Gerard Singh of Youth Sports, and Wendell Alleyne of Youth Sports. De La Rosa also scored two centuries (142, 119), the same number as Lavon Montgomery (135, 118) of Montgomery Sports Club.
 
Winners of the Senior Divison were Dreadnought who have been promoted to the East/North East Championship Division; while Guaico/Tamana were second, and Youth Sports placed third.
 
And the highest score of the season in the North East Zone was made by Keston Ross (160) of Valencia Sixers.
 
The gala function was overshadowed by the death, one day earlier of TTCB member Pirtie Roopnarinesingh, whose club Valiants, of the South Championship Division comprised numerous players from the North East Zone, and for whom one minute's silence was observed.
 
Among those who attended the function were president of the TTCB Azim Bassarath, who delivered the feature address;  and fellow executive members Patrick Rampersad (third vice-president), Lalman Kowlessar (second vice-president), Sukesh Maniam (treasurer) and Manohar Ramsaran; Tarandath Sammy, chairman of the East Zone and TTCB executive member; Parasram Singh and David Hunte, president and vice-presidents respectively of the Umpires' and Scorers' Association.
 
Chairman of the North-East Zone is Arjoon Ramal, the secretary-general of the TTCB and recently appointed director on the West Indies Cricket Board of Control (WICB). 
 
North East Zone
2015 Honour Roll
Senior Division
1 Fishing Pond
2 Rovers SC
3 Merry Makers
 
Most Runs: 
Joel Guevarra (Fishing Pond) 364 runs
Highest Individual Score: 
Ramdeo Harripaul (Fishing Pond) 129 runs
Most Wickets:
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 36
Beat Allrounder:
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 36 wkts/ 178 runs
Best Bowling:
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 36 wkts/11.92 avg.
 
Centurions:
Ramdeo Harripaul (Fishing Pond) 129
Ravi Jagessar (Fishing Pond) 114 not out
Joel Guevarra (Fishing Pond) 104 not out
Franklyn Mitchell (Merry Makers) 105 not out
Chad Hypolite (Fishing Pond) 102
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 100
 
Senior Divison
1 Dreadnought
2 Guaico/Tamana
3 Youth Sports
 
Individual Awards
Most Runs: 
Brendon De La Rosa (Dreadnought) 556 runs
Most Wickets:
Brendon De La Rosa (Dreadnought) 29
Highest Score:
Keston Ross (Valencia Mizers) 160 not out
Best Bowing Average:
Warren Phillip (Dreadnought) 21 wkts/9.62 avg.
Best Wicketkeeper:
Nicholas Nancoo (Youth Sports) 10 dismissals
Best Allrounder:
Brendon De La Rosa (Dreadnought) 556 runs/29 wkts
 
Centurions:
Brendon De La Rosa (Dreadnought) 142, 119
Lavon Montgomery (Montgomery SC) 135, 118
Richard Doods (Guaico/Tamana) 124
Atephan Pemberton (Dreadnought) 118
Anderson Richardson (Juniors) 114
Keston Ross (Valencia) 160 not out
 
10 Wkts or More:
Christopher Joshua (Dreadnought) 12
Randy Patrick (All Stars) 10
Gerard Singh (Youth Sports) 10
 
Hat-trick:
Akido Simon (Fishing Pond)
"Man-of-the-Match" in Final:
Ravi Khan (Youth Sports) 33 runs/3 wkts for 41
Most Wickets:
Rick Rampersad (Youth Sports) 12 wkts
Most Runs:
Anderson Richardson (Juniors) 180 runs
Highest Individual Score:
Garvin de Verteuil (Youth Sports) 94 runs
 
Sunday League
1 Youth Sports
2 Guaico/Tamana
 
T20 Competition
1 Guaico/Tamana
2 All Stars
 
Five Wkts in Match 
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 4-0-23-6
Akimo Salandy (Rovers) 4-0-23-4
Ryan Baksh (Guaico/Tamana) 4-0-38-5
 
Centuries:
Sherwin Diaz (Unity) 115 not out
 
"Man-of-the-Match" in Final:
Ryan Baksh (Guaico Tamana)
 
Most Wickets:
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 9 wkts
Highest Score:
Serwin Diaz (Unity) 115 not out
Most Runs:
Chris Pattia (All Stars) 142
  
Most Valuable Players
Under-13: Vasant Singh
Under-15: Shondell Simmons
Under-17: Christoph Lewis 
Under-19: Dariel Ramdanie
 
Primary Schools
Male: Christopher Roscoe (Cunaripo Presbyterian)
Female: Aliyah Boodram (Cunaripo Presbyterian)
 
Secondary Schools
Male: Tishan Ramroop
Female: Eleanour Nixon
 
"Cricketers-of-the-Year"
Daniel Robinson (Juniors) 412 runs/23 wkts
Anderson Richardson (Juniors) 587 runs/18 wkts
Gerard Singh (Youth Sports) 247 runs/36 wkts
Wendell Alleyne (Fishing Pond) 255 runs/51 wkts
Brendon De La Rosa (Fishing Pond) 566 runs/29 wkts
 
"Cricketer-of-the-Year"
Brendon De La Rosa
 
Top Coach: Mitra Ragoonanan
Top Club: Fishing Pond
Top Administrator: Hasra Rampersad
Special Award (Academcs): Aarti Ramroop
 
Special Awards
James Singh (Umpire)
Davis Parey (Batsman)
Matthew Joseph (Batsma))
Toolsie Deonan (Bowler)

Guyana takes control

Guyana took control of their Regional 4-day match against Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday at the Oval.
 
Guyana scored 475 all out with Assad Fudadin scoring 102, while their were half-centuries for Leon Johnson, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Raymon Reifer and Christopher Barnwell.
 
Trinidad and Tobago closed day three on 51/2, still 265 runs behind. 
 
 Trinidad & Tobago 1st inningsRMB4s6sSR
  JL Solozano c †Bramble b Reifer 10 36 30 1 0 33.33
  KA Hope lbw b Barnwell 11 59 35 1 0 31.42
  Y Cariah c Hetmyer b Barnwell 6 34 23 1 0 26.08
  N Deonarine c Johnson b Barnwell 9 40 29 2 0 31.03
  JN Mohammed* c Johnson b Permaul 33 92 59 4 0 55.93
  KYG Ottley b Barnwell 8 21 15 2 0 53.33
  S Katwaroo lbw b Permaul 8 50 44 1 0 18.18
  I Khan c Permaul b Barnwell 10 23 13 1 0 76.92
  MKA Richards c Barnwell b Beaton 53 126 116 3 0 45.68
  Uthman Muhammad c Moti-Kanhai b Permaul 53 116 82 6 2 64.63
  K Kantasingh not out 0 5 3 0 0 0.00
  Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 1, nb 3) 9          
  Total (all out; 74.2 overs) 210 (2.82 runs per over)
 BowlingOMRWEcon 
  RR Beaton 17 4 39 1 2.29 (3nb)
  RA Reifer 14 5 35 1 2.50  
  V Permaul 19.2 4 59 3 3.05  
  CD Barnwell 12 4 32 5 2.66 (1w)
  G Moti-Kanhai 9 1 29 0 3.22  
  LR Johnson 3 0 11 0 3.66  
 Guyana 1st inningsRMB4s6sSR
  SO Hetmyer lbw b Richards 7 39 40 1 0 17.50
  AB Fudadin c †Katwaroo b Uthman Muhammad 102 39 257 7 2 39.68
  LR Johnson* b Deonarine 92 138 132 7 5 69.69
  VA Singh run out (Uthman Muhammad) 16 64 50 2 0 32.00
  S Chanderpaul lbw b Khan 82 195 182 7 0 45.05
  RA Reifer st †Katwaroo b Deonarine 64 230 184 5 0 34.78
  CD Barnwell c sub b Ottley 79 124 98 11 0 80.61
  A Bramble c Hope b Ottley 0 7 5 0 0 0.00
  V Permaul c Mohammed b Khan 10 29 19 1 0 52.63
  RR Beaton c Uthman Muhammad b Ottley 2 11 14 0 0 14.28
  G Moti-Kanhai not out 15 9 10 3 0 150.00
  Extras (b 1, lb 5) 6          
  Total (all out; 165.1 overs) 475 (2.87 runs per over)
 BowlingOMRWEcon
  MKA Richards 23 6 68 1 2.95
  Uthman Muhammad 21 7 65 1 3.09
  JN Mohammed 17 7 29 0 1.70
  N Deonarine 33 8 80 2 2.42
  I Khan 29.1 0 114 2 3.90
  K Kantasingh 31 5 81 0 2.61
  Y Cariah 4 1 15 0 3.75
  KYG Ottley 7 4 17 3 2.42
 Trinidad & Tobago 2nd inningsRB4s6sSR
  JL Solozano lbw b Reifer 1 4 0 0 25.00
  KA Hope not out 22 59 3 0 37.28
  Y Cariah c Hetmyer b Permaul 16 24 4 0 66.66
  N Deonarine not out 10 27 1 0 37.03
  Extras (lb 2) 2        
  Total (2 wickets; 19 overs) 51 (2.68 runs per over)
 BowlingOMRWEcon
  RR Beaton 6 2 22 0 3.66
  RA Reifer 4 2 10 1 2.50
  V Permaul 6 3 6 1 1.00
  G Moti-Kanhai 3 0 11 0 3.66

MATCH DETAILS


Toss - Trinidad & Tobago, who chose to bat
First-class debut - Uthman Muhammad (Trinidad & Tobago)
Umpires - PA Gustard and JS Wilson
Match referee - M Ragoonath
Reserve umpire - K Kowlessar
Close of play
  • Fri, 4 Dec - day 1 - Guyana 1st innings 9/0 (SO Hetmyer 7*, AB Fudadin 2*, 8 ov)
  • Sat, 5 Dec - day 2 - Guyana 1st innings 233/3 (AB Fudadin 94*, S Chanderpaul 22*, 89 ov)
  • Sun, 6 Dec - day 3 - Trinidad & Tobago 2nd innings 51/2 (KA Hope 22*, N Deonarine 10*, 19 ov)

Roach happy with Hobart pitch

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach says he is excited to see a green top at Hobart for the first Test against Australia.

The match begins on Wednesday night at Bellerive Oval and Roach believes that the West Indies can trouble Australia on the track.

"Of course, there aren't many wickets in the world like that, so it's good to see that for a change. I'm pretty excited to get a go on Thursday," Roach said of the pitch. "Yeah I think so [it will still be green on Thursday]. I know Australians play very hard cricket and they believe in what they do, so that's what they give us, and that's what we're going to take.

"There's some very good fast bowlers in our group, our job is to go out there and give it our best shot. Jerome Taylor has been leading the attack very well, he's in good form, one of the fastest bowlers in the world Shannon Gabriel, and then myself. And Jason Holder the captain has been good as well. I think we can give the Australians some trouble."

The Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s Team is scheduled to arrive in San Antonio on Monday evening ahead of Thursday’s International Friendly with the United States at the Alamadome.

The T&T team, under head coach Randy Waldrum, left Honolulu, Hawaii at 2pm.

With the game on Sunday being cancelled due to unfit field conditions, Waldrum conducted a session with the players on the beach before the team engaged in some light sight seeing during the evening period.

“We were able to have a session on the beach just to keep the players active with the game being off and then we head over to San Antonio where we will resume the full program in relation to preparing for Thursday’s game,” Waldrum told TTFA Media.

IAAF reopens bidding process

The IAAF has reopened the bidding to find alternative hosts for two events, following Russia's suspension from international athletics competition.
 
The country's athletics federation was banned after a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission alleged "state-sponsored doping".
 
Russia was due to host the World Race Walking Team Championships and the World Junior Championships in 2016.

Pistorious granted bail

South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he awaits sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
 
Judges changed his conviction from manslaughter to murder last week. He has already served one year in prison.
 
Pistorius now faces a minimum sentence of 15 years' imprisonment - to be set after a hearing on 18 April 2016.

Neymar wins La Liga award...finally

Neymar has been named player of the month for November in Spain's La Liga - the first Barcelona player to win the award.
 
The award began in September 2013, with Barca having won 68 La Liga games - and the 2014-15 title - since then.
 
It took the Brazil forward's tally of five goals in three games last month to finally persuade the panel to reward a Barca player at the 21st opportunity.
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