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Manchester United sack Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho set to be named as his replacement.
 
Van Gaal, 64, leaves after two years of a three-year contract and is discussing severance terms.
 
The former Netherlands boss is believed to earn around £6.4m a year.
 
Mourinho's appointment is expected to be confirmed after the 53-year-old Portuguese meets with senior United officials on Tuesday.
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson says the idea of professional boxers at the Olympics is "ridiculous" - because they would lose to amateurs.
 
The Amateur International Boxing Association has said pro boxers will compete in Rio if a constitutional change is agreed next month.
 
But Tyson, 49, a former Junior Olympic winner, said: "Some pro fighters are going to get beat by the amateurs.
 
Tyson won gold at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics.
Olympic medallist Anna Chicherova has vowed to clear her name after learning she is one of 14 Russian athletes to have failed a doping re-test.
 
The high jumper won bronze in 2008 but that result is now in doubt after 454 samples from those Games were retested.
 
"It's the most complete shock," said Chicherova, who went on to win gold at the 2012 Games in London.
Former world number one Lee Westwood says he had doubts about his ability to compete for majors again before his runner-up finish at the Masters.
 
Westwood, 43, tied second with Jordan Spieth last month, three shots behind fellow Englishman Danny Willett.
 
Westwood quit the PGA Tour last year following his divorce, dropping as low as 67th in the world before Augusta.
Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic eased through to the French Open second round with comprehensive victories.
 
Williams, aiming for a 22nd Grand Slam singles title, thrashed Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2 6-0 in just 42 minutes.
 
Djokovic, a defeated finalist in three of the last four years, beat Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-1 6-1.
 
Earlier, Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber was beaten by world number 58 Kiki Bertens.
 
Fifth seed Victoria Azarenka was another high-profile casualty, forced to retire with a thigh injury when trailing Italy's Karin Knapp 4-0 in the third set.
 
But nine-time champion Rafael Nadal advanced at speed and in style, taking only one hour and 20 minutes to overcome Sam Groth 6-1 6-1 6-1.
Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors should have Hughton Hector and Nathan Lewis back for Friday's match against Uruguay at Montevideo.
 
Hector and Daniel Cyrus limped out of Monday's 4-0 loss to Peru, while Lewis is nursing a hamstring strain.
 
Team doctor Terrence Babwah assured that Lewis and Hector would be fit for Friday's encounter.
 
Radanfah Abu Bakr is unavailable for Friday's match after getting a straight red against Peru.
 
Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Men’s Team suffered a 4-0 defeat to Peru in Monday’s International Friendly at the Estadio Nacional in Lima.

THE NORTH/SOUTH cricket classics for Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-19, Under-17 and Under-15 players will be used as a launching pad in an aggressive campaign to reclaim regional titles later this year in the respective age groups.

This was made abundantly clear on Tuesday when the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board launched the 2016 edition of the eagerly awaited three-day 50-Overs a team fiesta which for the second straight year will by sponsored by Vasha Foods Limited of Freeport, central Trinidad.

Present at a media conference to announce details of the classics at the National Cricket Centre at Balmain in Couva were first vice-president of the TTCB Dr Allen Sammy, Chief Executive Officer SurujRagoonath, and Cricket Operations Manager DudnathRamkessoon.

Ragoonath, a former West Indies and national opening batsman, who still plays the game competitively, said that the three matches on June 3, 4, and 5 at the NCC Ground will be day-night affairs and will feature the best young cricket talent currently available to represent Trinidad and Tobago on the regional stage.

In expressing the TTCB’s appreciation to Vasha Foods for their generous sponsorship, Ragoonath said that the North/South Classics usually brings out the best in the cricketers and will serve as the final trial before the national squads are picked for the three regional tournaments.

“The national selectors will be looking at the players with a critical eye in an intense competitive environment especially in the 50-Overs format with an eye also on the ICC World Cup tournament in two years,” said Ragoonath.

He said the Under-15s will get the ball rolling on Friday, June 3; the Under-15s will be up next on Saturday, June 4; with the Under-19s on show on Sunday, June 5.

Trinidad and Tobago will host the regional Under-17 tournament from July 8 to 18, and will be looking to go one step further after finishing runners-up last year, and equate the accomplishment of 2013 when they captured the top prize.

The regional Under-15 competition will be held in Grenada from July 24 to August 4, which the local side ruled supreme in 2010 and 2013, but were set back in the last two years by inclement weather when the tournament was staged in Guyana and Jamaica respectively.

The Under-19s will take centre stage at the regional level in St Vincent and the Grenadines from July 24 to August 20. In the competition last year staged in Jamaica, the Trinidad and Tobago boys placed third.

Ragoonath urged cricket fans to turn up in their large numbers at the NCC next weekend and support the young stars in action as admittance to the venue is free with all matches timed to start at 2 pm.

Last year North made a historic clean sweep of the three classics,and will be depending heavily on the East Zone representatives in the squad to repeatin 2016 after capturing all three TTCB inter-zone age-group titles so far this year.

West Indies ICC World Under-19 Championship winner KirstanKallicharan has been named captain of the North Under-19 and Under-17 squads, while Leonardo Julien will skipper the Under-15s.

Tariq Mohammed is at the helm of the South Under-15s, while Cephas Cooper will lead the Under-17s, and SaibaBatoosingh will wear the captain’s armband of the Under-19s.

 

Under-19 Squads

NORTH: KirstanKallicharan (Captain), Keagan Simmons, Nathaniel McDavid, Jordan Warner, Brandon Maharaj, Sachin Seecharan, Joshua De Silva, Joey Samuel, Jean-Paul Rocke, Jonathan Bootan, Joshua James, Kristoff Lewis, Jerome Gibbs

 

SOUTH: SaibaBatoosingh (Captain), Adrian Paharry, Dejourn Charles, ShatrughanRambaran, Negus Smith, Cephas Cooper, EmiloGopaul, Bryan Boodram, Daniel Williams, JalanieSeales, Jabarie Mills, Shaaron Lewis, Ronnie Goddard

 

Under-17 Squads

SOUTH: Cephas Cooper (Captain), Christian Thurton, Matthew Patrick, Brandon Ali, Darius Gopaul, Rohan Singh, Jayden Seales, Jarrod Samaroo, Brandon Singh, Kyle Madoo, Fiaz John, Justyn Gangoo, AvinashMahabirsingh, Amit Gopaul

 

NORTH: KirstanKalicharran (Captain), Gereeb Lewis, Michael Ambard, NavinBedassie, Joshua James, Leonardo Francis, Nathaniel McDavid, Leonardo Julien, Shaundel Emmons, Te-Shaun Allen, Ronaldo Forester, Sameer Ali, TeronJadoo, RickashBoodram

 

Under-15 Squads

NORTH: Leonardo Julien (Captain), Samir Ali, RivaldoRamlogan, Geovanni Gajadar, Aryan Sammy, Mikal James, Orlando James, Sion Hackett, ChadeonRaymona, Andre Seetaram, Leon Bassano, Andrew Rambaran, Anderson Mahase

 

SOUTH: Tariq Mohammed (Captain), Antonio Gomez, Kyle Roopchand, Darren Samlal, Vanir Maharaj, Jayden Seales,Rahul Pitiram, Shiva Sankar, David Arjoon, Nicholas Ali, AmritMaharaj, Brandon Dookieran, KeironRampersad

Windies play Barbados Select XI

Current Test players Shai Hope and Jomel Warrican will feature for Barbados when a Select XI takes on the West Indies in two day/night 50-over games today and Friday in Barbados.
 
The two matches are part of the ongoing West Indies camp which started here last weekend, in preparation for the next month's Tri-Nations Series against World champions, Australia, and South Africa.
 
West Indies will raise the curtain on the June 3-26 next week Friday when they take on South Africa at the Guyana National Stadium.
 
The first leg of the tournament will be played in Guyana, with Warner Park in St Kitts hosting the second leg and Kensington Oval here providing the stage for the climax.
The National Cycling Velodrome has been handed over to the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago.
 
The Balmain facility was handed over on Tuesday after stringent checks were made on all competition surfaces.
 
The facility which sits next to the Aquatic Centre and the Ato Boldon Stadium has been outfitted with all the modern requirements for elite cycling and is expected to attract a number of foreign interests.
 
The inner parts of the facility can be used for other sports such as basketball, futsal, badminton, hockey and volleyball.
 
The National Aquatic Center is to be completed next, with the National Tennis center the last to be handed over to SPORTT.
Top seeds Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic finally made it through to the quarter-finals as the rain abated at the French Open.
 
Williams wasted little time in beating Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-1 in their rain-delayed fourth-round match
 
Djokovic completed a 3-6 6-4 6-1 7-5 win over Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, having resumed in the third set.
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