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MAUI, Hawaii---Bermudian triathlete
Flora Duffy's dream of a world title has come
true after she stormed to victory on Sun-
day---despite a nasty bike crash.
Duffy, 27, won the Xterra World Champi-
onships in Maui, Hawaii, defeating the world
champion in the process.
Having been a top 10 finisher in this year's
Commonwealth Games triathlon in Scot-
land, Duffy went into Sunday's event with
high hopes -- and promptly delivered.
She completed the 1.5-kilometre rough
water swim, 30.4-kilometre mountain bike
and 9.5-kilometre trail run in a time of two
hours and 48 minutes.
Chile's Barbara Riveros was second in
2:50:05, while defending champion Nicky
Samuels of New Zealand came third in
"The win was my goal for 2014 and to
achieve it is pretty special," said Duffy
after the race.
"I've always dreamed of being a world
champion and to do that today is pretty cool.
had to be at my best to cross the line first.
"I led for pretty much most of the race and
didn't really know where everyone else was.
I was kind of racing blind and just pushing
myself as hard as I could." (CMC)
Bermudian Duffy savours world title in Hawaii
Top scorer for T&T at the recently concluded Concacaf
Women s Championship, Kennya "Yaya" Cordner, was named
in an All-star XI among the best four midfielders of the tour-
Cordner, who scored three goals, all of which were headers
assisted by Ahkeela Mollon, was identified as the "best right
Cordner scored the lone goal in T&T s win over Haiti and
the first goal in the 2-1 win over Guatemala, both in the group
stage, where the team placed second behind eventual tournament
She then scored her third goal, an equalising item in the 57th
minute on Sunday in the extra-time 4-2 loss to Mexico.
The USA won the tournament with a 6-0 drubbing of Costa
Rica and dominated the All-star team with seven of 11 players
making the list. Hope Solo (goalkeeper), Christie Rampone,
Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg (defenders), Carli Lloyd,
Christen Press (midfielders) and 2012 Fifa World Player of the
Year, Abby Wamback (forward), represented the USA on the
Costa Rican full-back Diana Saenz and midfielder Shirley
Cruz Trana, along with one Mexican, forward Charlyn Corral,
completed the list.
Lloyd won the Golden Ball, Wambach the Golden Boot and
Solo the Golden Glove. Costa Rica won the Fair Play award.
In total, T&T scored six goals in the tournament. Apart from
Cordner, the other goals came from captain Maylee Attin
Johnson, defender Lauryn Hutchinson and forward Mariah
Shade, all of whom scored one each.
USA, Costa Rica and Mexico all qualified for the next year s
Fifa World Cup Canada, while T&T, which finished fourth
earned an intercontinental two match playoff spot against
'Yaya' named in Concacaf
women's all-star XI
Last season s Digicel Pro League winners
W Connection and runners-up Central FC
will shift their focus to the 2014-2015 cham-
pionship today when both Couva clubs clash
in a rescheduled Round One Match Day Two
fixture from 7 pm at the Ato Boldon Stadi-
The head-to-head of seven meetings between
Connection and Central last season stood at
a deadlock of 3 wins and 1 draw each, but
already this season Connection holds the lead
with a 1-0 win over the "Couva Sharks" in the
2014 Digicel Charity Shield on September 20.
"No two games are the same and I don t
think that (1-0 win) will give us any advantage
heading into Tuesday s game," said W Con-
nection head coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier.
Connection are coming off back to back
defeats (2-0 against San Juan Jabloteh in the
quarterfinal round of the FCC on October 17
and 1-0 against North East Stars in Round One
Match Day Three on October 21) since edging
Central just over a month ago.
"It s very important for us to get a victory
on Tuesday because we are not yet off the
ground," added Charles-Fevrier.
The Connection coach said that his team
was unfortunate against North East Stars with
a direct red sending off of substitute Yefer
"We had a player sent off wrongfully," he
said. "The video evidence doesn t suggest any
wrongdoing. It really hurt us in that game and
we are now hoping we are not as unlucky on
Charles-Fevrier said that Central, like other
teams, have played more often than the "Savon-
netta Boys" and it serves as a plus to his oppo-
nents but he isn t too worried.
Central meanwhile are also preparing for Fri-
day s First Citizens Cup (FCC) Final against
North East Stars at the same venue, for a title
they are defending, but should seek revenge
against Connection after missing out on the
In September a first half strike by Connection
attacker Hashim Arcia separated the Couva
clubs before the break and lasted till the final
blow of referee Rodphin Harris whistle, earning
the 2012 and 2013 Charity Shield winners the
title a third consecutive time.
Now as much as Central FC head coach
Zoran Vranes welcomes the clash against Con-
nection, the 64-year-old Serbian said the timing
of the match puts his side at a disadvantage
(coming off last Friday s 3-1 penalty win in the
FCC semi-final round following a 0-0 draw),
although his players are confident that they
can perform well.
He added, "We will try to have good result
but they (Connection) have the advantage
because they are rested (having not reached
the semi-final round of the FCC) and it s not
fair to us at all in such a (clash). We would
prefer a fair opportunity to every team.
"We see the game against W Connection as
very important to our league ambition but the
(FCC) Final on Friday is more important to us
at this stage. We will try to prepare in the best
possible way for both games and try to have
a good balance in selection of players," ended
the Central FC coach.
Kennya "Yaya" Cordner, centre, was named in an
All-star XI among the best four midfielders of the
Central, Connection in
derby clash today
W Connection and
Central FC will clash
today from 7 pm at
the Ato Boldon
T&T women s foot-
named in the All Star
team at the recently
Women s Champi-
"I had to play
tennis and just do
what I do best."
changing her style to
win the women s sin-
gles at the WTA Finals
in Singapore, on Sun-
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