Sancho responds to TTFA

In an immediate response to the suggestion of "systematically bullying" by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA) Brent Sancho responded for the first time out in the open regarding the ongoing feud between his ministry and the local football governing body.
Sancho called an impromptu press confrerence yesterday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, where he made it clear that until the TTFA can become more transparent with their financial dealings, the government will no longer fund them.
The TTFA released a statement to the media on Sunday that included the specifics of their expenditure, which was said to be US$71,000. However, yesterday, the sum was said to be US$100,000 by the minister, and was set to be received at the end of July from CONCACAF.

Two IPL teams suspended

A panel appointed by India's Supreme Court has suspended two top Indian Premier League teams for two years over a corruption scandal.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe.
The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life.

New stand for CPL at Oval

Due to the huge demand for tickets for the Hero CPL matches in Trinidad and Tobago, the Hero CPL has announced that it is putting an additional stand in place with ticket packages going on sale from yesterday, Monday.
CPL has teamed up with local sponsors, Kallco to create the Kallco House of Bacchanal Stand which will increase the available capacity at the Queen's Park Oval.
 Tickets for the new Kallco House of Bacchanal Stand are available as a package of four Red Steel home games plus the Grand Final at TTD$1800. 
Trindad and Tobago Red Steel take on the St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League on Tuesday evening at the Queen's Park Oval.
The Red Steel are at the bottom of the table despite a win in their last match against the St Kitts Nevis Patriots.
The Zouks are in 4th place but have lost their last two games and are in danger of missing out on a playoff place if they lose to the Red Steel. 
The match bowls off at 6pm at the Oval.
Tour de France leader Chris Froome wants more respect after again stressing he is a "clean rider" following a dominant stage-10 victory.
Team Sky claimed on Monday their computers had been hacked by critics convinced 30-year-old Froome is using performance-enhancing drugs.
Briton Froome said he "understood" why there are doubts because of the "history of the sport".

The Trinidad & Tobago Powerlifting Federation (TTPF)participated at the 13th North American Powerlifting Championship held at the Heritage Inn, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada during 7th to 12th July 2015.  

Lead by Team Manager and fellow Powerlifter Adrian Brown, a team of five (5) Powerlifters though small in comparison to their counterparts flew the flag of Trinidad & Tobago with some aplomb. Competing at their first international championship Josh Bahadur, Kareem Browne, Krystan Hosein and Douane Hamilton represented T&T in the Unequipped (RAW) and Open Divisions of the championship. 

National Junior Champion Josh Bahadur won the Gold Medal in the Men Junior 105kg Unequipped division recording lifts of Squat (192.5kg) Bench Press (97.5kg) Deadlift (245kg) Total (535kg), Breaking all four (4) National Records and brings home the 3rd place Overall Men Junior Team Trophy for T&T. 

Kareem Browne won two (2) silver medals in the 74kg Men Open and Men Raw Categories breaking the National Deadlift record with a lift of (265kg).  His fellow team mate Krystan Hosein was not to be left out as he lifted a total of 565 kg to capture the bronze and silver medals in the Men Open and Raw 83kg Categories respectively

Debutant, Douane Hamilton who lifted in the 93 kg Weight Class won the Silver medal as he broke the Deadlift North American Raw record twice and the National Open with a lift of 295kg.

In full gear and with the true poise of a champion, National Raw Champion Adrian Brown competed in the Masters 1 Equipped Category for the first time, winning the Gold medal in the 105kg Weight Class.  Recording lifts of; Squat (327.5kg) Bench Press (190kg) and Deadlift (307.5kg), Brown broke all four National Records, the North American Squat record and the Commonwealth Deadlift Record in this division.  In the Men Open Division he won the Silver medal. 




Men Open

74 kg     Kareem Browne      -   2nd Place - Silver Medal

83 kg     Krystan Hosein     -    3rd Place - Bronze Medal

93 kg     Douane Hamilton   -   5thPlace

105 kg   Adrian Brown         -   2nd Place - Silver Medal 
105 kg   Josh Bahadur                      -   5th Place


Men Junior

105 kg   Josh Bahadur                      -   1st Place - Gold Medal


Men Masters 1

105 kg   Adrian Brown           -   1st Place - Gold Medal


Men Raw

74 kg     Kareem Browne      -   2nd Place - Silver Medal

83 kg     Krystan Hosein      -   2nd Place - Silver Medal

93 kg     Douane Hamilton    -   2nd Place - Silver Medal

105 kg   Josh Bahadur                      -   5th Place


Men Junior Raw

105 kg   Josh Bahadur            -   2nd Place - Silver Medal




Junior Team - 3rd Place - Trophy

Open Team - 3rd Place - Trophy



Total: Nine (9) – two (2) Gold, six (6) Silver and One (1) Bronze

Raheem Sterling says he is relieved to have completed his protracted £49m move from Liverpool to Manchester City and is ready to consistently challenge for major honours.
The England winger, 20, believes that he will improve as a player at Etihad Stadium after becoming his country's most expensive footballer ever.
Sterling had been under contract at Liverpool until 2017 but turned down a £100,000-a-week deal to extend his five-year stay at Anfield.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior footballers will be looking to maintain momentum when they contest Mexico in their closing Group C match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Bank American Stadium in Charlotte from 830pm on Wednesday.

A draw for the Soca Warriors will see them top the group but Mexico will be gunning for three points after their 0-0 draw with Guatemala on Sunday. And while T&T are already assured of a quarter-final place, head coach Stephen Hart does not intend to give Mexico an easy time.

“It’s still an important match for us because of the fact that we don’t get to play teams of Mexico’s quality very often so when matches like these come around, we have to make use of it and by that I mean we will test our ability and also use this as an opportunity to prepare against a top team from our region for what’s to come later down the road in the World Cup qualification,” “ Hart told TTFA Media.

“Additionally, nobody wants to lose a match and we have a good momentum going which we want to keep. Of course our focus now is the quarter finals and getting into the last four,” Hart added.

“The main thing is for us to stay focus on what we want to achieve. Our first objective was to get out of the group stage and we’ve done that. Now we’ll focus on the next match and also prepare for the quarter final stage. Despite whatever else is happening off the field, we will remain positive and credit to the players also for being very professional and not letting anything distract them from their focus out here,” Hart added.

T&T will be without goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams who has sustained a grade one hamstring strain and is unlikely to see further action in the tournament. A scan in Charlotte confirmed this on Tuesday morning. Midfielder Andre Boucaud will also sit out the game on two yellow cards.

Defender Sheldon Bateau is confident T&T can end the group on a strong note.

“I’m a bit overwhelmed with my performance and that of the team so far. Especially as a defender your first job is just to keep the clean sheet but to score two in two is a great feeling,” Bateau told TTFA Media.

“We are confident at the moment but now going into the Mexico with this cushion is quite good for us.  Mexico is always a big match and a strong opponent but  the group is ready for the test and we’ll be looking to keep our form and get another positive result to finish the group stage,” added the Belgium-based player.

Bateau looked at the performances of the other teams so far and he believes T&T can go beyond the quarter finals in this tournament.

“I think when you look at how we’ve grown as a team and you look at the others here, you can see that we are capable of matching them and getting good results. With a good amount of time together, good preparation and the right belief, we have demonstrated what we are capable of and this is good for us looking ahead to the World Cup qualifiers later this year,” Bateau said.

The team trained for 80 minutes at the Davidson College training facility on Tuesday morning and was also scheduled to have a light session at the match venue from 9pm on Tuesday. The conditions here are much cooler than Phoenix with temperatures averaging 30 degrees Celsius. There was some rain during T&T’s session on Tuesday morning.

T&T lost 1-0 to Mexico in the 2013 Gold Cup at the quarter final stage and also previously lost 4-0 in their opening game in 2000 and 4-2 in 1998.

The Bank of America Stadium seats just over 74,000 and is the home facility of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise.

St Lucia Zouks claim last-ball win

A brilliant all-round display from, South African legend, Jacques Kallis was not enough see the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel home against the St Lucia Zouks in a shortened game in the Hero Caribbean Premier League. Persistent rain and a wet outfield meant that the match was reduced to just nine overs a side but they eventually got underway. Kallis top scored for the Red Steel with the bat and claimed three wickets, but the Zouks got home off the last ball in a thrilling finish at Queen’s Park Oval.

After the lengthy rain delay, the Red Steel batted first with Kallis opening the batting with, fellow South African, Cameron Delport. Nathan McCullum opened the bowling with the Zouks feeling that the spinner would do best with the ball still dry.

It was the quick man, Fidel Edwards, that got the first breakthrough when he bowled Delport with a perfect yorker that dismissed the opener for just nine runs.  Edwards should have got the wicket of William Perkins two balls later when an LBW shout that looked very out was turned down by Umpire Mick Martell.  Perkins did not make the most of his good fortune, he was out caught behind off the bowling of Delorn Johnson for a three ball duck.

It was Kallis who did the most of the damage for the Red Steel, the veteran all-rounder making 38 runs off 19 balls as his side made it to 90-4 off their nine overs. Javon Searles departed when he top edged a hook off Johnson for just six runs, as the Red Steel struggled to put together a really telling partnership.

Kallis couldn’t carry his bat, falling to the leg spin of Keron Cottoy when he skied a ball that was well caught by Kevin Pietersen.

The wicket of Kallis brought Darren and Dwayne Bravo together and the brothers finished off the innings with a flourish as they added 35 runs off 16 balls. It should have been far fewer, Andre Fletcher had the chance to dismiss Darren Bravo when the elegant left-hander was on one but he missed a simple stumping off Cottoy.

The Zouks chase got off to the worst possible start when they lost their leading run scorer for just three runs in the second over when Andre Fletcher was caught in the deep off the bowling of Kallis.

After Fletcher departed, Pietersen and Johnson Charles were keeping up with the required rate until an over for Sulieman Benn put them under real pressure. The tall left arm spinner conceded just two runs off the fourth over and that pressure told when Pietersen was dismissed going for a big shot off Kevon Cooper.

Benn was just as miserly in the first five balls of his second over having conceded just four runs when Henry Davids crashed a huge six off the last delivery to put the Zouks right back in the match. Davids departed for nine off six balls but Charles hung around to leave his side needing 24 runs off the last two overs.

Charles could not see his side home, dismissed by a brilliant Kallis yorker than uprooted his off stump. In a see-saw affair it looked as if the Red Steel were in front only for a Kyle Mayers six to bring the Zouks back into things. Mayers tried for another big one off Kallis and was caught on the boundary as Kallis finished with 3-15 off his two overs.

That left the Zouks needing 17 off the last over with Nathan McCullum and Ross Taylor at the crease. Two edged fours and a scrambled two left seven needed off three balls. McCullum tried to draw the scores level with a six but only managed to clip the ball to Searles off a Dwayne Bravo slower ball.

The Zouks needed seven from two with Taylor on strike. The New Zealander smashed the fifth ball of the final over for six to leave the St Lucian side requiring one to win off the final ball. Taylor made no mistake as he bunted the ball into the leg side to jog through for one run.

This last gasp win for the Zouks takes them to second in the table but they only have one match left to play. For the Red Steel the defeat means that they remain rooted to the foot of the table but they still have four matches to play, three of them at home. A sustained run of success in those matches could still see them qualify for the knock-out stages with relative ease. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel take on defending champions Barbados Tridents at the Queen's Park Oval on Thursday afternoon, needing a win in the worst possible way.

The Red Steel lost to the St Lucia Zouks on Tuesday and are now rooted to the bottom of the table on five points.

The Tridents, led by Trinidadian Kieron Pollard, won their last game against the Jamaica Tallawahs and play their penultimate preliminary match against the Red Steel.

Meanwhile, persistent rain caused the match between the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Appleton Estate Jamaica Tallawahs to be abandoned in the Hero Caribbean Premier League.

 Despite the sterling efforts of the Providence ground staff there was never a break in the weather that was long enough to get cricket underway. 

A six over match was scheduled to begin at 9.15pm local time but yet another rain shower made that impossible.

A “no result” means that the teams get one point each pushing the Tallawahs up to second, ahead of the St Lucia Zouks on net run rate. 

The Jamaican side have just one match remaining in the group stages so can now garner a maximum of 11 points.

Whether they finish in the top four will depend on the results of others.

The Amazon Warriors remain in 5th place but, with three games in hand, they can still progress but they will need to win at least two of those remaining matches to be confident of competing in the knockout stages.

If they win all three there is a theoretical chance they could finish top of the league and qualify automatically for the final, but that too would depend on how results go for the other teams. 

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