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Sanchez wins Cycling on the Avenue

Dominican Republic and Team Foundation cyclist Norlandy Sanchez captured the main event at the 2015 Beacon Cycling on the Avenue on Ariapita Avenue in Woodbrook on Wednesday.
 
Sanchez was runner-up to Jamaica's Marloe Rodman in the 2015 Tobago International Cycling Classic.
 
He began his evening with a second place finish in the Lifestyle Motors international and invitational 200 metres sprint event and captured the Flow international and invitational two-lap sprint ahead of club-mate Anthony Rodriguez.
Off-spinner Suraj Randiv took 3/33 as the West Indies struggled to 127 for 6 on the opening day of their match against a Sri Lanka Presidents XI at Colombo.
 
Kraigg Braithwaite hit 46, and added 55 with Darren Bravo before the innings was strangled by Randiv and Suranga Lakmal's two wicket haul.
 
Shai Hope is 24 not out with Denesh Ramdin undefeated on 5 going into day two.
 
Meanwhile, Milinda Siriwardana and 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Mendis have been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two-Test series against West Indies.
 
Siriwardana had been expected to make an appearance in the squad, having made an encouraging start to his international career in the limited-overs formats. 
 
Mendis led Sri Lanka's Under-19 team in last year's Youth World Cup. 
 
Both Mendis and Siriwardana are playing in the ongoing three-day practice match against the West Indians.

T&T beach football to Bahamas

Trinidad and Tobago’s national beach soccer team will  take part in the  Bahamas Football Association’s Lucayan Cup Challenge this weekend alongside teams from Mexico and the host country.
 
The event is scheduled to be held from Friday to Sunday at the Beach Soccer Facility at Malcolm Park and will be sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Heineken, Toyota and Bahamas Waste. It is part of Bahamas’ phase of preparations for hosting the FIFA 2017 Beach Soccer World Cup

 “A unique transformation will take place at Malcolm Park this weekend as the Bahamas men’s national beach Soccer team go into action against CONCACAF champion Mexico and CFU Trinidad and Tobago in the Lucayan Cup Challenge,” said the BFA in a press release.

The T&T team has been in training for the last few weeks under head coach Benny Astorga . T&T takes on Mexico on Saturday and Bahamas the following day. Some of the players featuring in the squad include goalkeeper Zane Coker who was recently based in the Swiss League, Kevin Woodley, Kareem Perry, Chad Apoo and Lemuel Lyons.
 
The T&T Beach Soccer Association, which is an arm of the TTFA, wished to thank THA-Division of Education Youth Affairs and Sport, All Sport Promotions and the TDC for supporting the Beach Soca Warriors.
 
T&T Beach Soccer Roster
 
1. Victor Thomas (GK)
2. Zane Coker      (GK)
3. Kevon Woodley
4. Kerwin Stafford
5. Kelvon Charles
6. Ryan Augustine (capt)
7. Lemuel Lyons
8. Kimaual Stafford
9. Hakeem King
10. David McDougall
11. Kareem Perry
12. Chad Appoo
 
Coaching Staff
Head Coach Benyam Astorga
Asst. Coach Anthony Creece
Physio Jason Pilgrim

Soca Warriors beat Panama 2-1

The "Soca Warriors" beat Panama 2-1 on Thursday night at the Estadio Romel Fernandez in Mexico City.
 
Captain Kenwyne Jones put the Warriors ahead in the 40th minute before Radanfah Abu Bakr headed Trinidad and Tobago in a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute.
 
Panama winger Valentin Pimentel pulled a goal back seven minutes later but the Soca Warriors held on for their first win over Panama since 2005. 
 
Trinidad and Tobago lost four of its last six games against Panama before Thursday's win.
 
The Soca Warriors takes on Nicaragua on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, before opening their 2018 World Cup campaign against Guatemala on November 13th.
 
Trinidad and Tobago is bidding to qualify for its first World Cup since Germany 2006. 
New Senior Superintendent Jason Forde has issued a stern warning to criminals in the central division.
 
Forde, an understudy of former Central Division head Johnny Abraham, has now taken charge of the division.
 
Abraham was moved to the Port of Spain division.
 
The new Central leader was speaking with the Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan and the President of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and commerce, Richie Sookhai. 
 
Forde said that criminals have no resting place in central and he promised to hit the ground running to ease the crime woes plaguing the busy central borough.  
 
Senior Superintendent Forde says he is determined to hunt down criminals.
 
In response, Chaguanas Mayor Boodhan said he is going to cooperate with the police and said a meeting with the inter-agency security team is scheduled in the coming days to discuss further security plans for Chaguanas.
 
To this end, President of the Chaguanas Business Chamber, Richie Sookhai said the business community was willing to work alongside the police. 
 
As for the police post which was promised to be constructed in Enterprise, following a spate of murders in the community, this C News understands is still in consideration.
Anthony Young Sing and Curtis Lee Poy emerged winners of the 5th Annual Rotary Club of St Augustine Golf for Life Tournament held on Saturday 10th October at Millennium Lakes Golf & Country Club in Trincity.
 
Young Sing and Lee Poy representing Massy Technologies, won with a tally of 46 Stableford points followed by the team of Rabindra Narine and Ahamad Ali (Second Crossing Hardware) two points back on 44. 
 
In 3rd position was the team of 10-year-old Chris Richards Jr. and Wayne Baptiste (Royal Castle) who also had 44 points but was ranked third on a count back. 
 
Rounding out the top five were Subash Ragbir and George Bleasdell (JS Steel Construction) with 43 points and Richard Lara and Randy Dhalloo (Jadoo’s Trading) with 42. 
 
There were 10 pairs of prizes given out with the champions receiving attractive trophies,TT$5,000.00 in units from Unit Trust Corporation as well as hampers from Angostura.
 
No one was able to win the hole in one prize of a BMW 1 Series sponsored by 21st Century Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers Ltd or the US$250,000.00 prize for a hole in one from 180 yards on the 9th hole but Mohammed Haniff won bragging rights and a hamper for being the closest to the pin in the shootout.
 
The tournament was held to raise funds to support the work of Heartbeat International of Trinidad & Tobago in their efforts to supply pacemakers and defibrillators to needy patients throughout Trinidad and Tobago and a total of 42 teams participated this year.
 
At the prize-giving ceremony, Krishna Boodhai, chairman of the organizing committee, thanked the committee for their efforts in making the event another huge success.
 
He also indicated that some of the proceeds of the event would go toward developing the game of golf in the country through the continued sponsorship of two young promising golfers in the persons of Sarah Ramphal and Dinesh Jackree who received assistance last year and will continue to receive professional training for another year.
 
Gary Williams, President of the Rotary Club of St Augustine, presented the challenge trophy to the champions and congratulated all the other winners. 
 
He also expressed his gratitude to all the sponsors, participants and guests who were also asked to reserve October 1st for next year’s event.
Trinidad and Tobago attacking midfielder Keron Cummings and forward Jonathan Glenn are both committed to making whatever adjustments head coach Stephen Hart is asking of them to suit the general approach of the “Soca Warriors” depending on the type of encounter and opponent before them.
 
Both players spoke of their intentions to fill their roles accordingly following Saturday evening’s training session at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
 
Against Panama Glenn made his first start up front  alongside Kenwyne Jones while Cummings started the game in an outside right position unlike his more customary position in the middle of the attack.
 
T&T head coach Stephen Hart spoke about his decision to explore a new option.
 
“We did a bit of experimenting on how we would play with two strikers up front and Cummings we were hoping would come in from the right side on his left foot. It’s something we said, well okay look, we don’t have a lot of time with the two World Cup games coming up, so let’s see how it looks,” Hart told TTFA Media.
 
“ It didn’t work out especially on the defensive end because we were struggling to get it right down Gavin Hoyte’s side as he was put under too much pressure. But we solved the problem in the second half and we did much better. We created a lot of chances and if we score those chances especially away from home, the crowd would get on the home team and they would feel it a lot more,” Hart told TTFA Media.
 
Hart said the exercise in Panama served its purpose in relation to T&T’s preparation to play in Guatemala City on November 13th.
 
“I thought the referee did let a lot go. Kenwyne Jones was beaten up and really didn’t get any protection but all credit to him as he handled it very well.  There were some instances where elbows were raised .But then again it’s why you go and play away from home.  We played under difficult conditions and we came away with the victory.”
 
Hart made six second half changes against Panama with  Daneil Cyrus, Willis Plaza, Neveal Hackshaw, Kevan George, Aubrey David and Trevin Caesar entering the match.
 
Cummings meantime, added: “We were able to bounce back from the loss from the Gold Cup. We knew we had to come out and work harder in order to get a good result. If it’s one thing you are sure about with this group is it  has character to go out there and fight for each other. Once we put our heads together its something we would go out and do no matter how much pressure we may be under.
 
On his performance, Cummings stated “Sometimes it’s not always about where you want to play but you have to do it for the team. I wasn’t pleased so much with my performance in the first half but I felt I did better in the second half. And we will continue to work on what is best for the overall play of the team going forward.”
 
Glenn who scored in the recent 3-3 draw with Mexico, feels that playing alongside Jones will be a work in progress.
 
“ It’s something new for both of us (alongside Jones) because we are both usually  playing alone up top for our clubs so it took a bit of adjusting, but as professionals it’s something we knew the coach wanted do so we had to go out there and do it to the best of our abilities. 
 
“It was good that we combined for that first goal. We are both physically strong so we were a bit of a handful for the two centre backs. I wish we would have gotten a little more crosses so we could have used our presence more but generally we are happy to have come away with the win and now we will look ahead to the Nicaragua game,” Glenn said on Saturday evening.
 
The team trained twice on Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and will have a final run out at 6pm on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s encounter with Nicaragua which kicks off at 7pm.
 
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U19 hockey finalists list complete

Paragon girls swept aside Petrotrin 5-0 to get into the finals of the National Indoor Hockey U19 finals.
 
They will now face Harvard in the finals, while QPCC and Fatima will contest the Boys U19 finals.
 
QPCC blanked Malvern 2-0, while Fatima overwhelmed Paragon 8-2.

Gordon earns UWI degree

Track athlete Jehue Gordon has graduated with a degree in sports management from the University of the West Indies.
 
The 2013 400m hurdles world champion completed his degree with minors in marketing and human resource management.
 
Gordon is set to graduate on October 23 at UWI SPEC, St Augustine. 
The WICB has named a 13-player West Indies Women's squad for this month's four ODIs and three T20Is against Pakistan Women beginning on October 16 in St Lucia. 
 
Stafanie Taylor will lead the side for the first time after being appointed captain last month, replacing Merissa Aguilleira who had served in the role since the 2009 Women's World Cup.
 
The selectors had named an 18-member training squad last month. 
 
Full squad: Stafanie Taylor (capt), Shakera Selman (vice-capt), Merissa Aguilleira, Shamilia Connell, Britney Cooper, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Stacy-Ann King, Kycia Knight, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Tremayne Smartt
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