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Narine banned from bowling

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after his action was found to be illegal.
An independent assessment revealed that all variations of his deliveries exceeded the 15-degree limit. 
Narine's action was reported earlier this month during the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
West Indies can compete with Australia in the upcoming three-test series if they can exploit the inexperience in the hosts` middle order, captain Jason Holder said on Monday.
Leading an inexperienced squad that suffered a 2-0 humbling in Sri Lanka on October, Holder is widely perceived to be embarking on a `Mission Impossible` over the next seven weeks.
The 24-year-old all-rounder, however, said Australia`s series against New Zealand, which the hosts wrapped up 2-0 in Adelaide on Wednesday night, had revealed some chinks in the armour of the number two side in the world.
"We don't come with just some belief, we come with a lot of belief," Holder told reporters in Brisbane on Monday. "If we don't believe, there's no point being here. We have to play aggressive cricket, we have to play smart cricket. The Australians are the No.2-ranked side in the world. They will come at us pretty hard, as we saw in the Caribbean.
"[In the Australia-New Zealand series] We saw weaknesses where we can exploit. There's some new faces, mixed with some guys who have been in rich veins of form. It's important that we put some pressure on their middle order.
"If we get early wickets with the new ball, we can get guys like Shaun Marsh, guys who are trying to make their way back into this side, put them under some pressure to score. Once we can do that it should be a relatively competitive series. They have some in-form batsmen, David Warner and Steve Smith, so it's just important that we put some pressure on their middle order."
To do so, Holder has a simple plan: move the ball. Swing it, seam it, and test the techniques of Australia's batsmen. The first Test is in Hobart, where cloudy overhead conditions can sometimes help swing bowlers, but it is also often a good pitch on which to bat. Holder watched with interest as Australia piled on the runs on flatter decks in Brisbane and Perth before struggling in Adelaide.
"Not only do we have the pace, we have bowlers with the skill to extract movement," Holder said. "I saw in the first two Test matches there were some pretty flat pitches and the ball didn't do much. The Australian batsmen and the New Zealand batsmen were able to capitalise.
"One of the crucial things in this series will be to extract some movement. I saw what movement did in this last Test match with New Zealand and Australia, with both sides being a bit at fault and being caught out. It's important our bowlers look to do something with the ball."
Equally, the West Indies batsmen must find a way to counter Australia's bowlers in their own conditions. On Tuesday morning, they will find out which bowlers have been picked for the first Test in Hobart, with James Pattinson likely to be in the squad alongside Peter Siddle and Josh Hazlewood, although Hazlewood may be rested at some point in the series.
In the series in the Caribbean earlier this year, no West Indies batsman managed to score a century and Holder himself topped their run list with 116, despite batting at No.8. It is six years since West Indies have visited Australia for Tests and their entire top six has changed in that time, meaning plenty of learning ahead for the batsmen in these three Tests, although Marlon Samuels has played Tests in Australia previously.
"It's one of the biggest challenges," Holder said. "They're a very good side playing at home, it's just important that we learn as quickly as possible and not be intimidated by their bowlers, just be confident. If we make improvements then I'll be quite happy at the end of the series."

Trinidad and Tobago’s hockey team beat Mexico 3-1 to finish third in the Rio Olympics Test Event at Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

Mickell Pierre put Trinidad and Tobago ahead in the 21st minute, before Shaquille Daniel doubled the lead in the 35th minute.

Tariq Marcano put T&T 3-0 ahead from a penalty corner before the Mexicans pulled one back in the 54th minute from the penalty spot.

Brazil beat Chile 3-2 in a shootout after the final ended 2-2 in full time.

Trinidad and Tobago drew their opening game 1-1 with Brazil before losing to Chile 0-2 in their second game.

T&T just failed to get into the final after thrashing Mexico 9-2. 

The top eight players selected from the inaugural Digicel Jumpstart Elite Camp are now preparing for a top class basketball experience in New York City where they will train at NBA facilities, compete against local youth basketball teams in the tri-state area and attend an official NBA game.

Digicel recently inked a broadcasting rights deal with the NBA and is now the League’s official regional partner in the Caribbean which sees basketball fans getting the latest news, updates and games through its 24-hour regional sports channel, Digicel SportsMax that is available in more than 30 Caribbean countries.

The boys were handpicked by NBA coaches during the Jumpstart Clinics programme which took place across eight countries and culminated in the Elite Camp in Trinidad and Tobago in September.

NBA Senior Vice President for Latin America, Philippe Moggio, said; “Having made it through the intense training at the Jumpstart Clinics and the Elite Camp, we are excited to welcome them to New York City for the final phase of the programme. We are delighted that the Jumpstart programme has given these boys such an amazing opportunity to get first-hand training from highly qualified coaches as well as showcase what they have learned through exhibition games.”

Digicel Group Marketing Operations Director, Kieran Foley, said; “These boys are going to take basketball fans from the Caribbean on a journey which will see them developing their talents though their Jumpstart NBA experience. As a continuation of the programme, the top eight youth basketball players selected from the Elite Camp will now travel to the United States where they will enjoy the sights and sounds of New York City, get first hand training with NBA-certified coaches and attend an NBA game between the Brooklyn Nets and the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The boys will take basketball fans back home with them on their journey as they share memorable moments on social media as well as on Digicel SportsMax – the Caribbean’s regional broadcaster of all things NBA.”

The Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Basketball programme was launched with the hosting of the clinics in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The players who emerged as the top performing athletes out of those clinics attended the Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp which was held in Trinidad and Tobago where they trained with former NBA players, Adonal Foyle and Muggsy Bogues and former NBA coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Crime of Passion will face Big Man in Town on Saturday in the Stewards Cup at Santa Rosa Park.
The John O'Brien-trained sprinter broke the 1250 meter track record in mid-November and will challenge for the 1200 meter race.
The race also includes Holy Man and Control Unit.
Matthew Hagley won the National Cross Country Champion on Sunday at the Queen's Park Savannah.
The Defence Force runner finished second overall to Guyana national Kelvin Johnson, and finished in a time of 28:31. 
Tonya Nero won the women's 6km in 24:15, ahead of Dawnel Collymore and April Francis.
SAIBA BATOOSINGH, the outstanding young Preysal Sports Club allrounder was adjudged “Youth Cricketer of the Year” when the Central Zone of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) staged their 2015 prize distribution function on Sunday evening.
The former national Under-15 player was the popular choice andtoppedthe impressive field of the “Five Youth Cricketers of the Year” which also included ZameerBaksh, Patrick Matthew, Christian Thurton, and VarindraJagrup.
The gala function organized by the revamped Central Zone, headed by interim chairman Manohar Ramsaran, was staged at the Passage to Asia Restaurant on St Ives Street in Chaguanas.
Top club honours were handed to Orange Field Sports Club, triple-crowned champions who copped the main Division One crown and were promoted to the Championship Division in 2016.
They were also impressive winners of the Twenty20, and 40-Overs competition.
Their star player Devindra Krishna was crowned “Cricketer of the Year” and was among the top five performers in Division One which also included Shazad Mohammed, Princely Richardson, RamdeenBedassie and AvinashSuraj.
National Under-19 captain Jagrup was asked to deliver a short address on combining sports and academics to the young cricketers present as he was exceptionally qualified to do so.
The former Presentation College inChaguanas student recently earned an Additional National Scholarship in Business Studies and was also on the Merit List for Accounting Unit II after placing 10th overall in the Caribbean.
The 2015 NGC/TTCB Cricket Academy graduate is currently pursuing studies to become a chartered accountant.
Jagrup said that young cricketers seeking to maintain a balance between classroom  workand the cricket field face many challenges and pointed to the role that parental guidance plays in accomplishing this goal.
“Our parents seek our interests at all times and in our times of uncertainty which we all experience especially between the years 13 to 19, we should free to approach them to help sort out the difficulties we face,” Jagrup said.
He called out to his peers to always maintain a right attitude towards the game and their school work while cultivating confidence in their own ability to continually progress in both endeavours.
However Jagrup warned that the young scholar/cricketers must be prepared to make sacrifices along the way as the lure of extra-curricular activities may be hard to ignore. “However it is worth noting that when you make the sacrifices now, you can enjoy the benefits later,” he said.
The youngster said that from his personal experience, it has been hard sometimes after being physically and mentally drained after playing cricket to concentrate on his studies and he advised when faced with those situationshe found it useful to take a much-needed break.
“With a fresh mind you will discover that you are better able to focus and retain what you are studying. Proper planning and focus is the key,” Jagrup said.
Central Zone 
Honour Roll
League Division Two
1 Caroni Conquerors
2 Exchange Sports Cub
3 Valley Boys
4 Perseverance 
Twenty20 Competition
Chickland, Supersonics
1 Orange Field
40-Overs Competition
Supersonics, BFL
1 Orange Field
2 Spoilers
Division One
1 Orange Field
3 Brickfield
Special Awards:
Farouk Hosein (Umpiring)
David Nanan (Club Development, Administration)
Naushad Mohammed (Administration)
LalmanKowlessar (Leadership, Umpiring)
Richard Sieuchan (TT and Zonal cricket)
DeonarineDeyal (TT and Zonal cricket)
Five Youth Cricketers of the Year:
Patrick Matthew
Christian Thurton
Cricketer of the Year: SaibaBatoosingh
Senior Division Cricketers of the Year: 
Devindra Krishna (Orange Field)
Shazad Mohammed (Caroni Conquerors)
Princely Richardson (Supersonics)
RamdeenBedassie (Exchange SC)
AvinashSuruj (Brickfield SC)
Cricketer of the Year: Devindra Krishna (Orange Field SC)
Club of the Year: Orange Field SC
Nathan Coulter-Nile and Scott Boland could make Test debuts against the West Indies as Australia's pace depth continues to be stretched.
Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson have been included in a 12-man squad for the clash in Hobart that starts on 10 December. 
Boland is on standby and will travel to Tasmania this weekend if any of the four pacemen in the squad are not going to be fit enough for the game.
A Jared Dass double handed Naparima College a 2-0 win in the National Intercol Finals on Monday at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.
Dass punished St Anthony's with a close-range finish just after the half-time break and then added a second 10 minutes later.
Naparima won the SSFL Premiership and South Intercol titles earlier in the season.
The San Fernando school also won the inaugural edition of the SSFL Premiership in 2014.
Naparima College is coached by former national midfielder Angus Eve and assisted by another former international Travis Mulraine.

Trinidad and Tobago Senior Women’s Team Head Coach Randy Waldrum has announced the final squad for the two International Friendlies with United States on December 6th and December 10th.

The home-based players departing Port of Spain on December 4th and will be joined by Waldrum and the overseas-based players later that day in Hawaii.

Included in the team is forward Kennya Cordner along with regulars from the previous team that participated in the World Cup qualifiers such as defender Arin King, Janine Francois, goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, Ahkeela Mollon, Khadidra Debessette, Karyn Forbes and Mariah Shade.

Waldrum spoke about the two upcoming matches, describing it as an excellent opportunity for the team to face the World champions, but he did express concern about the lack of preparations leading up to the two meeting.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to play the reigning world champions,” Waldrum told TTFA Media on Monday.

“ Top level international games such as these two are exactly what we need to prepare for the Olympic Qualifiers, and for the future growth of our team. However I’m very concerned as the preparation for these games have been very poor. The team itself has not been together so for many the first game will be the first time the players have even played together,” he added.

Looking at the composition of his selection, Waldrum said while he has included players that made up the squad from the 2015 World Cup qualifiers, he has included some new faces.

“I am bringing in some new players which I wanted to look at as far back as the World Cup Qualifiers and for different reasons was not able too. We’ll have the core of the team there with some question marks on a few such as Mariah Shade and Patrice Superville who are nursing injuries.”

Waldrum is optimistic about the team’s chances in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Final Round next February, saying he hopes this level of preparation with games such as the ones against the US can become a regular occurrence.A in 2014

“As I said earlier, these are the kind of competitions we need for all of our national teams. Our preparation for the World Cup last year only included a local men’s team, a local youth boys team, and a youth girls team in Dallas. That is not the way our national teams should prepare. So these games are huge for us, not in terms of the results but simply in terms of the experience of playing top competition. I just wish we would have had time to actually train before the games with all of our players. We would have gotten so much more out of these games if we had.

Waldrum who was in Trinidad recently, will team up with fellow staff members Sharon O’Brien (Manager), Ben Waldrum (Assistant Coach), Anthony Creece (Assistant Coach), Benyam Astorga (Trainer), Claire George (Kit manager), Clayton Ince (Goalkeeper coach) and Michael Taylor (Physio).

The first of the two friendlies which is part of the US Victory tour, will be played on December 6th Aloha Stadium in Honolulu at 3 p.m. local/8 p.m. ET and will be aired on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO).The Second match in Texas on December 10th will kick off at 8 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

T&T Squad for USA matches.

Baron, Saundra
Cordner, Kennya
Forbes, Karyn
Forbes, Kimika
Francois, Janine
Hutchinson, Lauryn
King, Arin
Mollon, Ahkeela
Tasha St. Louis
Khadidra Debessette
Danielle Blair
Annalis Cummings
Vicky Swift
Mariah Shade
Patrice Superville
Janice Johnson
Liana Hinds
Brianna Ryce
Amira Walcott
Nia Walcott

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