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Serena Williams remains on course to win a 22nd Grand Slam title after beating Kiki Bertens to set up a French Open final against Garbine Muguruza.
 
The American top seed was well below her best, but beat unseeded Dutch player Bertens 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.
 
Spanish fourth seed Muguruza impressed in a 6-2 6-4 win over former finalist Sam Stosur of Australia.
Usain Bolt could lose one of the three golds he won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
 
Reuters report that the 'A' sample of one of his team-mates in the 4x100m, Nesta Carter, was found to contain the banned substance Methylhexanamine.
 
The news comes after the retesting of 454 samples from the 2008 Games.
 
Carter, who along with his agent has not replied to requests for comment, will face sanctions if his 'B' sample also tests positive for the substance.
 
The 30-year-old ran the first leg for Jamaica's 4x100m relay team in Beijing, which also included Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Bolt.
 
The team took gold in what was then a new world record of 37.10 seconds, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan.

Sri Lanka call up Bandara

Sri Lanka have called up uncapped left-arm seamer Chaminda Bandara, 29, for the third Test with England, to replace the injured Dushmantha Chameera.
 
The tourists have already replaced injured paceman Dhammika Prasad with Kusal Perera, while Shaminda Eranga's bowling action is being investigated.
 
England have already clinched a series victory over Sri Lanka by winning the first two of the three-Test series.
Nottinghamshire have signed West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for their T20 Blast campaign.
 
Russell, 28, was part of the side that won April's World Twenty20 and will be available for four matches in June.
 
Tahir, 37, will then link up for the final seven games and is set to play in six County Championship fixtures.

FIFA reveals more corruption

Former high-ranking Fifa officials Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke and Markus Kattner awarded themselves pay rises and bonuses worth $80m (£55m) over five years, say Fifa lawyers.
 
Football's governing body revealed the contracts of ex-president Blatter, fired ex-secretary general Valcke and sacked former finance director Kattner one day after a Swiss police raid.
 
Its lawyers said there was evidence that the trio made "a coordinated effort" to "enrich themselves" between 2011 and 2015.

China defeat spirited Soca Warriors

The Soca Warriors went under 4-2 to China despite a spirited fightback in Qinhuangdao.
 
China went ahead 3-0 with goals from Jian Ning and a double by Zhang Yuning.
 
Substitute Willis Plaza then got a double to pull Trinidad and Tobago back to 3-2.
 
However, Hu Rentian then restored the two-goal cushion with a powerful drive from just inside the area as China won 4-2.
 
The match ended a three-game away tour in which Trinidad and Tobago also lost 4-0 to Peru and 3-1 to Uruguay.

Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) star batsman Brendon McCullum says that the chance to be a part of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) this summer is an exciting one and one which he is determined to grasp when the tournament begins on 29 June.

McCullum is one of the most devastating batsmen in world cricket. Under his astute captaincy, the Otago man led the Black Caps to the ICC Cricket World Cup Final in 2015 and the integrity, values and skill levels that his side projected has endeared New Zealand globally over the last number of years.

In a phenomenal international career spanning 14 years across three formats, McCullum played 101 Tests (scoring 6,453 runs, including a highest score of 302), 260 ODIs (6,083 runs) and 71 T20 internationals (2,140 runs with a strike rate of 136.21).

In a wide-ranging interview with www.cplt20.com, the New Zealand star spoke candidly about playing for TKR in what will be his debut CPL campaign and also discussed being one part of a small Kiwi colony in Trinidad & Tobago alongside Anton Devcich and Colin Munro.

McCullum also outlined his hopes for his debut CPL season as well as his thoughts on the CPL’s plans to play in the USA and how CPL can help open up and develop a new market for cricket followers across north America.

On playing with Dwayne Bravo: “It’s going to be pretty cool to play on the same team as Dwayne. He’s the King of Trinidad by all accounts, so I’m looking forward to playing with him there and experiencing different cultures. Hopefully we can continue on the winning way that was experienced last year.”

On playing being part of the CPL’s first season in Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill: “It (the USA) has the second most hits on Cricinfo, for a start, outside of India. Cricket isn’t obviously one of the strongest suits there, and we’re going to have to tap into a reasonably small part of the market place… Once we get out there the cricket will be highly competitive and from what I understand about CPL, taking cricket on the road to Fort Lauderdale in Florida is going to be an amazing experience to try and take the carnival-type atmosphere that CPL has and taking it abroad to a country like the States. Hopefully it goes well.”

On playing in Fort Lauderdale for New Zealand back in 2010: “My experience playing there last time was pretty cool. We were there for around two weeks, but unfortunately the training facilities were in their infancy, but I did manage to play around 12 rounds of golf!”

On being part of a Kiwi colony in TKR: “I don’t know what makes us unique, but coming from a small country we like to punch above our weight... If you’re part of an environment or a culture that you’re really enjoying, I think one of the strengths of the New Zealander is that they find a way to get every ounce of talent out of themselves. To have two other Kiwis is going to be good fun…Hopefully with three Kiwis in our (TKR) squad this year we can give it a good shake…”

On CPL attracting the top international stars to the Caribbean this summer: “The introduction of some of the biggest stars, like AB de Villiers, is phenomenal and a huge boost to have those guys partaking in the tournament. A pat on the back to CPL that they can attract some of the biggest names in international cricket to their tournament. It’s been running for a couple of years now and it’s a real coup to see these big names are attracted to the tournament because of the appeal that it’s had and the success it has generated already.”

UNSETTLED weather has forced the postponement of the 2016 North versus South Under-15 Classic which was scheduled to be contested on Friday (June 3) at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

However, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board is optimistic that the Under-17 and Under-19 matches will go ahead on Saturday and Sunday respectively, starting at 2 pm on each day.

Admittance is free.

The 50-overs day-night clashes, which the national selectors are using to finalise the national   squads for upcoming regional competitions in the respective age-groups are sponsored for the second year running by Vasha Foods Limited.

The TTCB said on Thursday that the re-scheduled date for the Under-15 Classic will be announced shortly.

 

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-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

West Indies and St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots batsman Jonathan Carter has spoken exclusively to www.cplt20.com about his hopes for this year’s HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and what makes the biggest party in sport such a special tournament.

Barbados-born Carter, 28, has played 20 CPL matches to date for the Tridents but will be aiming to make an impression for the Patriots. He discusses his CPL experiences, his hopes about playing alongside players of the calibre of Faf du Plessis and Lendl Simmons, why playing CPL matches in Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale is a positive move and how it will be a proud moment for the Carter family both in Barbados and the USA.

Carter also talks about the CPL’s role in developing West Indies U19 talent and the player he is most excited about watching in this year’s CPL, South African superstar AB de Villiers.

Jamaica's Jeffrey Panton and Michael Fennel Jr are the provisional winners of Sol Rally Barbados.
 
It's the second consecutive Sol Rally Barbados win for the Jamaican, who took the title in 2015.
 
The curtains came down on this year's event with a super special at the Vaucluse raceway on Sunday.
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