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Park chases Open title

The Women's British Open begins at Turnberry on Thursday, with world number one Inbee Park seeking to capture the title for the first time.
 
South Korea's Inbee, 27, won her sixth major last month with a third straight PGA victory, but has a best finish of joint-second in the British event.
 
American Mo Martin defends the title, with Scotland's Catriona Matthew the last British winner in 2009.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel takes on the Jamaica Tallawahs in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Premier League on Thursday night at the Queen's Park Oval.
 
The Red Steel lost to Guyana on Tuesday to drop to third in the table, while the Amazon Warriors jumped into the second semi-final on Saturday.
 
The winner of the Red Steel/Jamaica Tallawahs clash will play the Amazon Warriors on Saturday for a place in the finals against the defending champions the Barbados Tridents.
T&T captain Kenwyne Jones wants the public to know that the driving force behind the current national senior team is the love and belief among players and members of staff.
 
He believes that it is the only way to bring about any kind of positive change whether it be with matters on or off the football field.
 
The Cardiff City player said the country at large could take a page out of his team's approach.
The matchup for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final is set after Jamaica and Mexico won their semi-final matches Wednesday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
 
In the early game, Jamaica took a stunning two-goal lead against the United States and held on for a 2-1 victory to clinch a first-ever berth in the final.
 
The U.S. pulled a goal back early in the second half but resorted to playing long balls as full time approached. 
 
"We had enough chances to put this game away," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, according to Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus. 
 
"Early, later on as well. The luck was not with us, maybe. Maybe we weren't clinical enough."
 
In the nightcap, Mexico needed a controversial late penalty to equalize against Panama. 
 
El Tri then scored in extra time—again from the penalty spot—to claim a contentious win over the Canaleros.
 
The final is set for Sunday in Philadelphia. 
 
The third-place match, between the U.S. and Panama, is scheduled for the day before, also in Philadelphia.
 
Live coverage of the finals and the third-place playoff is on Talk City 91.1FM.
Cleopatra Borel continues to be a dominant force in the region, stamping her class on the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada with a gold medal-winning performance.
 
The Trinidad and Tobago thrower dropped the putt 18.67 metres away from her to get the better of United States athlete Jillian Camarena-Williams, who put up a good fight to end just short at 18.65.
 
Chile's Natalia Duco was a distant third in 18.01.

Women's Premier League returns

The Women's Premier League (WPL) is back today Friday 24 July, after a two week break with a double header. 
 
Top of the table Boom Champions Fuego face off against the development team Petrotrin Oilers from 5:30pm. 
 
The next game at 7:30pm features SCG Dragons who are in the cellar position against Wave FC. 
 
The games will be played at the Edinburgh 500 Ground in Chaguanas.

Gayle to have back surgery

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has said that he will be out of action for "two to three months" to address his long-standing back problem with surgery.
 
Speaking after Jamaica Tallawah's loss 27-run loss to Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel in the Caribbean Premier League, Gayle said: "I have a charity game on the 2nd, but after that I will be out of cricket for two to three months. I am going to do a surgery on my back.
 
"So I need some time for recovery. Maybe December, before I actually get back in cricket as well. 

The Hero Caribbean Premier League is giving fans around the world the chance to take on some of the biggest names in cricket by entering the CPL’s Beach Bat Bouncy Ball Challenge, in association with Loop, the Caribbean’s number one news app and online media partner for CPL.

The challenge is simple – try and bounce a ball on the edge of a cricket bat as many times as you can. Caribbean cricket heroes including Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Desmond Haynes, Shiv Chanderpaul, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy have all got involved so far, however, overseas players from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel dominate the current leaderboard.

Legendary all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, stands in third place with 24, with fellow South African, Cameron Delport, in second on 31. However, in first place, with a score of 32, is Pakistan wicket keeper, Kamran Akmal.

This week, the competition is thrown wide open. The CPL commentators will be getting involved, and fans around the world are invited to film their attempts and submit them on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #InTheLoop.

CPL partner Loop is supporting the Challenge, and will make a charitable donation based on a multiplier of the record set by a CPL player, meaning the higher the score, the larger the donation to a good cause  promoting youth cricket in the Caribbean.

Damien O’Donohoe, CEO, Hero CPL, said: “It’s not often you get the chance to out-hit Chris Gayle or Darren Sammy, but you could do just that with this challenge.  It’s a bit of fun for finals week and we’re looking forward to our fans around the world getting involved.”

A career best batting performance from Darren Bravo helped the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel recover from a poor start to secure victory over the Appleton Estate Jamaica Tallawahs in the first playoff game in the Hero Caribbean Premier League. 

Chasing 153 to win, the Tallawahs lost captain Chris Gayle early and never really recovered as Dwayne Bravo extended his lead at the top of the tournament’s wicket taking charts with figures of 5-23. This win means that the Red Steel will face the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Saturday’s eliminator for a place in the final against the Barbados Tridents.

Having won the toss and elected to bat, the Red Steel got off to the worst possible start. Krishmar Santokie began proceedings with the wicket of Cameron Delport who was bowled by a brilliant slower ball. 

In the second over Jerome Taylor looked to have dismissed the in-form Jacques Kallis but Nikita Miller dropped a simple chance at third man.

That could have been a hugely expensive moment, but Miller had his blushes saved when Taylor induced another false shot the very next ball, Kallis chipping the ball to mid-off to leave the Red Steel 7-2. That became 18-3 when Kamran Akmal mistimed a shot off a Taylor yorker that was easily caught at mid-wicket leaving the Red Steel in very bad shape.

It took time for the innings to recover, but 15 runs off the 10th over took the Red Steel to 58-3 at the halfway stage, well placed to push on to set a competitive target. Not for the first time in this year’s Hero CPL it was Darren Bravo that was doing the business for the Red Steel. After a slow start he pushed on to his second half century for this tournament.

In a partnership of 81 with Jason Mohammed, Bravo rebuilt the flagging Red Steel effort. When Mohammed fell for an important 28, off the bowling of Narsingh Deonarine, Bravo was joined by his brother Dwayne. While Darren continued in impressive fashion Dwayne couldn’t get going, holing out on the boundary for just five.

Darren Bravo’s innings was remarkable, taking his team from potential disaster to set a total that would take something special to chase. He finished on a career best 86 not out with the Red Steel finishing on 152-6.

There was a change of approach for the Tallawahs at the top of the innings, with Sri Lankan great, Mahela Jayawardene, opening the batting with Chris Gayle.

Gayle looked to be continuing his stellar T20 form, hitting three huge Hero Maximums on his way to 30 from 21 balls. Just as he looked to be getting into full flow he top edged a slog sweep off Johan Botha which was well caught by the bowler.

The Tallawahs have been hugely reliant on Gayle and his runs, only winning this season when he has passed fifty.

Jayawardene made his highest score of the year, but it was not a significant one. He departed for 15 but he was unlucky, adjudged to have edged the ball through to the keeper when it came off his forearm. 

Chadwick Walton and Jermaine Blackwood settled things down after the loss of the experienced openers. They looked to be going well in a partnership worth 31 but Dwayne Bravo, was brought back into the attack and dismissed Blackwood for 23 sparking a batting collapse.

At this same stage of last year’s competition these same two teams met and the Red Steel looked to be winning the game before a brilliant 27 ball 62 from Andre Russell won the match for the Tallawahs. The Tallawahs would have been hoping for the same when Russell was sent in at five, but there was no repeat this year as Dwayne Bravo bowled him for six.

Chadwick Walton had made his way to 31 from 29 balls but his team needed him to bat through the innings to ensure victory. When he was bowled by Kevon Cooper it left the Tallawahs needing 12 an over with two new batsmen at the crease.  Two balls later Cooper repeated the trick to bowl Chris Lynn to effectively end this game as a contest.

Dwayne Bravo cleaned up the tail as he secured his first T20 five wicket haul as his side claimed victory by 27 runs with the Tallawahs losing eight wickets for 28 runs at the end of their innings.  

Andy Mitchell won the 2015 Derek Lutchman Memorial Tournament played at the Chaguaramas Golf Course on Sunday.

Mitchell scored 36 points to win ahead of Khalil Nabbie on 34 and Noel Lutchman in third on 33 points.

National junior golfer Brandon Matabadal finished in 8th place at the tournament held in honor of the late former national golfer.

 

Results of Lutchman Memorial Tournament

 

1st Andy Mitchell 36pts

2nd Khalil Nabbie 34 pts

3rd Noel Lutchman 33 pts

4th Neal Lutchmansingh 33 pts

5th Michael Edwards 33 pts

Nearest the pin: 12th Hole Joseph Renee.

Nearest the pin: 16th Hole Michael (Jack) Commissiong

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