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Mayweather stripped of WBO title

Five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather has been stripped of the WBO welterweight belt won from Manny Pacquiao in May.
 
The 38-year-old failed to pay the WBO a US$200,000 fee to administer the fight by the 3 July deadline.
 
Mayweather had been expected to relinquish the title by now, saying he planned to do so following his points victory over Pacquiao.

Froome loses Tour de France lead

Britain's Chris Froome has lost the lead in the Tour de France to Tony Martin after the German won stage four from Seraing to Cambrai.
 
Etixx - Quick-Step's Martin made a decisive break to take a nine second lead at the end of a tricky stage including seven sections of cobbles.
 
Team Sky's Froome, 30, finished in the chasing pack and stays in contention.
Trinidad and Tobago's national junior golf team begin their quest for the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship today in St Croix.
 
The team of 14 is in battle today at the Carambola Course, in the US Virgin Islands, hoping to better their third place finish in 2014.
 
T&T's juniors played a practice round at the St Croix course on Monday after arriving in the US Virgin Islands on Sunday night.
Minister of Sport Brent Sancho says the threat by some T&T senior women's team players not to board a flight bound for Canada yesterday would have been realised had it not been for his intervention.
 
In a telephone interview, Sancho said he convinced the players to take the flight after giving them the assurance that he would look into issues.
 
Some of these issues were made public by one of the players, Kennya Cordner, who took to social media over the weekend in a critical post directed to the T&T Football Association (TTFA).
Pakistan completed their highest ever run chase in Test cricket and the sixth-highest of all time to secure a 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka.
 
The tourists finished on 382-3 in Pallekele to claim a seven-wicket win in the final and decisive Test.
 
Chasing 377, Pakistan were 13-2 before Younis Khan and Shan Masood put on 242 for the third wicket.
 
Masood was out for 125 but Khan was 171 not out as Pakistan reached the target to move to third in the Test rankings.

T&T footballers off to Pan Am Games

Trinidad and Tobago’s Two representative National Football Teams for the Pan American Games left Port of Spain for Toronto earlier today.

The Men’s Under 23 team and the Women’s Senior Team led by head coaches Zoran Vranes and Ross Russell departed Piarco International Airport bound for the Canada.

T&T’s Men’s team will take on Uruguay on Monday in its opening game and Vranes is expecting his troops to give their best account against the  South Americans.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for the team to get some very good games against these teams that are traditionally strong,” Vranes told TTFA Media before arriving at the team’s base at the Mc Master University in Ontario on Monday evening.

“We got a good result against Puerto Rico in our last game and okay we are out of the Olympics and that is a big disappointment but now maybe we can out our heads down again and try to stay positive and get in a good performance in these games in Toronto,” Vranes added.

T&T also faces Paraguay on July 17th and Mexico on July 21st.

T&T 18-man squad

 

First Name

Surname

DOB

Team

Position

Aaron

Enil

4/6/95

Jabloteh

GK

Shannon

Gomez

5/10/96

W.Connection

Def

Maurice

Ford

6/9/96

W.Connection

Def

Alvin

Jones

9/7/94

W.Connection

Def

Jesus

Perez

11/9/95

N.E.Stars

Def

Neveal

Hackshaw

21-9-95

N.E.Stars

Mid

Jomal

Williams

28-4-94

W.Connection

Fwd

Tristan

Hodge

9/10/94

W.Connection

Mid

Nathaniel

Garcia

24-4-93

Central FC

Mid

Duane

Muckette

1/7/95

South FL

Mid

Shakeil

Henry

2/4/94

Pt. Fortin CC

Fwd

Xavier

Rajpaul

26-9-94

College of Charleston

Mid

Ricardo

John

10/4/95

Virginia Tech

Fwd

Jelani

Felix

22-11-93

Defence F.

Mid

Neil

Benjamin

20.8.94

W.Connection

Mid

Dario

Holmes

9/2/94

Jabloteh

Def

Aikim

Andrews

20-6-96

W. Connection

Mid

Jovan

Sample

13-4-95

Central FC

GK

 

The T&T Women’s Team open their campaign against Argentina on Saturday. The team which includes several experienced players will be looking to return to good form following their strong showing at the World Cup qualifiers last year. They also square off against  Colombia on July 14th and Mexico on July 18th   at the Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.

Russell is expecting a similar show of grit and passion from his players.

“They are very eager to get out there and do well. The disappointment of missing out on the World Cup is not something that goes away easily but they are excited and hungry to get out on the international stage again. And I expect to see them show that out on the pitch. They know they will be up against strong teams but these ladies know how to stand up against big teams and show that they are no push overs,” Russell said.

T&T Women’s Team for Pan Am Games : Kimika Forbes, Karyn Forbes, , Maylee Attin-Johnson, Rhea Belgrave, Janine Francois, Arin King, Patrice Superville, Dernelle Mascall, Mariah Shade, Khadidra Debesette, Ayanna Russell, Ahkeela Mollon, Brianna Ryce, Shalette Alexander, Lauryn Hutchinson, Shenelle Henry, Kennya Cordner and Tasha St Louis.

 

The Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Team is in Chicago ahead of its opening 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup opening match against Guatemala on Thursday July 9th at Soldier Field.

Head Coach Stephen Hart is expected to conduct a light session on Tuesday evening at a nearby training field before the “Soca Warriors” runs out for a one-hour training session at the match venue the following day.

Skipper Kenwyne Jones and his team will be hoping to see evidence of support for the team in the stadiums for the games and already one person has guaranteed this for the game against Cuba in Phoenix.

Dr. Anil Ramnanan,Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago of Miami, visited the team during its training camp in Fort Lauderdale and looked on at the 1-0 victory over Haiti at the Central Broward Regional Park.   Ramnanan revealed that there will be buses takings T&T nationals from Florida to Phoenix to support the team on July 12th.

“It’s been a pleasure seeing any national team play up here. We are very happy to welcome this national football team as they move on to play their first game in Chicago, North Carolina and Charlotte thereafter,” Ramnanan told TTFA Media after meeting the members of the team.

“We feel with the institutional success of T&T football over the decades, the tenacity and hard work, the innate talent and skill the coaching and the effort these guys have put in, we must show our appreciation to the team.  We want to say that the T&T nationals abroad are here to support our national team and we will see them as we travel on the road in large numbers as we offer our support them. We have already purchased block tickets and will be going there in numbers to show our support to the boys

“There is a burning desire for people to see their national teams participating out there. With football being the most popular sport in the world and gaining so much popularity here in the US and it’s even more welcoming and heartening to see our national team here.  The United States is looking forward to Trinidad and Tobago success over here,” Ramnanan said.

Meantime, goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams is focusing on the Guatemala affair.

“The training camp here in Fort Lauderdale had its benefits for us. We have been growing in confidence. The players have been coming together and really focusing now on what is ahead of us. The level of preparation before this camp was not perfect but now we have had some valuable time together. The vibe and atmosphere in the camp has gotten better. There are lots of competitions for places in the team and that is always good heading into matches like the ones we are preparing for,”Wiliams said.

A superb spell of bowling from South African wrist spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, helped the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeat the Barbados Tridents in the Hero Caribbean Premier League. Shamsi finished with figures of 4-10 as he combined with Shahid Afridi  to restrict the Tridents to 135-8. A partnership of 85 from Martin Guptill and Marlon Samuels made the chase look very straight forward as the Patriots cruised home with almost three overs to spare. Samuels made 71 not out, screaming with joy as he hit the winning runs.

It took four overs for the Tridents innings to get going but once Dwayne Smith and Dilshan Munaweera got settled they accelerated quickly taking 14 runs of a Sheldon Cottrell over as the big fast bowler struggled to keep things tight. At the end of the Powerplay the Tridents openers had taken the score to 46-0 but as soon as the fielding restrictions were lifted the Patriots got their first breakthrough as the introduction of spin proved telling.

Munaweera `attempted to work a ball from Shahid Afridi down to third man only to chop the ball onto his stumps. It was another spinner that picked up wicket number two when Tabraiz Shamsi bowled Smith when the Barbados opener missed a swipe across the line.

It became very clear that spin bowling would be the most potent weapon on this surface as both Afridi and Shamsi got the batsmen playing and missing. By the halfway stage the Tridents had reached 62-2 and they were in need of finding a way to up the rate. A big six by Jason Holder got things moving again but the West Indies limited overs captain holed out in the next over off Shamsi trying to repeat the trick.

Shamsi picked up his third victim but Carlos Brathwaite deserved most of the credit. Shai Hope hit the ball to long-on and Brathwaite took a diving catch one handed with the ball just inches off the ground. The South African wrist spinner picked up his fourth wicket when he bowled Jonathan Carter, his second four wicket haul in two matches, and the Tridents innings was in tatters at 76-5 after 14 overs.

Pollard managed to hang around and finally got his strike rate up over 100 with gusto, hitting four sixes at the end of the innings as he top scored for the Tridents with 49 off 33 balls to give his side a chance, albeit a slim one.

The Tridents were always going to struggle to defend a below par total and their task was made all the harder when Munaweera dropped Martin Guptill off Ravi Rampaul at wide slip. The New Zealander was on six at the time and as he went on to 45 it proved a telling moment in the game.

When the first wicket came it was from an unlikely source. Dwayne Smith was brought on for his first bowl of the tournament and he dismissed Evin Lewis for 10, caught at mid-off by Pollard.

With both Shoaib Malik and Jeevan Mendis called up for their national squads, the Tridents had diminished spin options so there was a huge amount of emphasis on Robin Peterson’s overs. He was held back until the 15th over at which stage the Patriots were 108-1 and well on their way to victory.

The introduction of spin brought the second wicket, although it was a run out as Guptill was short of his ground going for a single off Peterson. It was too little too late as Samuels went on to his third half century of this year’s CPL as the Patriots captain led from the front once again.

Ashley Nurse was brought into the attack and his first over went for 18 runs as Samuels blasted his side home. The Tridents night was summed up when Carter dropped a simple chance to dismiss Brathwaite on the boundary off Peterson.

As the victory target was reached, Samuels was pumping up the packed Warner Park as the home crowd were delighted to see such as massive win for their team.

The Tridents remain at the top of the table but they have now lost three of their last four matches. The Patriots are now sitting pretty at third in the table with real momentum going forward. 

German Andre Greipel has won Stage 5 of the Tour de France in a sprint finish.
 
Greipel, who is known as the Gorilla, won ahead of Peter Sagan in second with Mark Cavendish third.
 
There is no change at the top of the general classification, so Tony Martin remains in yellow, with Chris Froome 12 seconds behind him.
Trinidad and Tobago's junior golfers had a tough opening day at the 2015 Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships at the Carambola Course in St Croix on Tuesday.
 
Four local golfers hold third place after day one: Zoe Correia in the Girls 11-13 category, Serena McKenzie in the Girls 15 and Under, Ryan Peters in the Boys 15 and under category and Varun Singh in the Boys 16 and over flight.
 
Overall the Dominican Republic leads four of the six categories, with Puerto Rico leading the other two. 
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