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EMILE ABRAHAM won
the Most Outstanding
Cyclist award at the
T&T Cycling Federation
awards on Friday night.
"To be honest, I am
fed up of the rubbish
of a Federation we've
had and I think players
have always been
footballer KELVIN JACK
believes he will bring a
positive change if given
the opportunity to lead
the T&T Football
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Barcelona club president Jose
Nunez has started his two years
and two months prison sentence
yesterday after being convicted
of bribing tax inspectors.
Antena3 television showed a
car carrying Nunez arrive at the
Quatre Camins prison near
On November 6, a judge gave
the 83-year-old Nunez 10 days to
enter prison after he lost his final
Nunez was found guilty of
having bribed tax inspectors by a
court in 2011.
The case did not involve
Barcelona football club.
His original sentence of six
years was later reduced.
Nunez, owner of a construction
company, was president of
Barcelona from 1978-2000.
Ex-Barcelona president enters jail for bribery
outclassed Latvia in a morale-boost-
ing 6-0 win yesterday that eased
pressure on coach Guus Hiddink after
four defeats in his first five match-
es.Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Hunte-
laar both scored twice while Robin
van Persie and Jeffrey Bruma also
found the net as the Dutch got their
European Championship Group A
qualifying campaign back on track.
After losing three of his first four
matches in charge, Hiddink suggested
last week that he would quit if the
Netherlands failed to beat Latvia. His
team also lost Wednesday to Mexico
in a friendly to make it four defeats
out of five matches since finishing
third at the World Cup in Brazil under
Louis van Gaal.
He never looked likely to lose his
job. And Hiddink was safe by half time
as his front three of Van Persie, Robben
and Huntelaar gave him a comfortable
3-0 cushion at the break.
"It s not important," Hiddink said
of his threat to quit. "What is impor-
tant is we played well tonight in a cru-
Van Persie opened the scoring, rising
to head home a Robben cross in just
the 6th minute.
Robben---the Netherlands most
dangerous player---doubled the lead
in the 35th when he sent a trademark
curling left-foot shot over goalkeeper
Aleksandrs Kolinko despite being sur-
rounded by four Latvia defenders.
Huntelaar made it three in the 42nd
when he sprinted to the near post to
slide in a low cross from the left by
Van Persie admitted the poor string
of results had been getting to him.
"There was a lot of pressure from
all sides," he said. "I was more nervous
than usual. We re only human."
Latvia defended better in the second
half, but eventually crumbled as the
Netherlands poured forward and
scored three times in the last 12 min-
Defender Jeffrey Bruma scored his
first international goal when he turned
in a corner that had been flicked on
by Van Persie.
Robben grabbed his second with
another left-foot shot and Huntelaar
doubled his tally in the 89th, turning
smartly and drilling a low shot under
Kolinko s outstretched hand.
Group A leader Iceland, which has
yet to concede a goal in qualifying,
was taking on the second-placed
Czech Republic later yesterday in a
match between two teams that have
won all three of their matches so far.
In the other group match, last-
placed Turkey was taking on second-
from-bottom Kazakhstan, with both
teams seeking their first win.
In bad news for Manchester United,
midfielder Daley Blind limped off in
just the 20th minute against Latvia
after injuring his knee and Hiddink
said it looks serious.
Blind was to undergo an MRI scan
"I m rather negative," Hiddink said.
"I think it s a medial ligament that is
twisted. It might be a rupture." (AP)
Netherlands' Jeffrey Bruma, right, is congratulated by Netherlands' Robin van
Persie after Bruma scored his team's fourth goal during the Euro 2016 group A
qualifying round soccer match between the Netherlands and Latvia at ArenA
stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, yesterday.
....as Dutch blasts Latvia 6-0
Netherlands head coach
Guus Hiddink gives
directions to his players
during the Euro 2016
group A qualifying round
soccer match between
the Netherlands and
Latvia at ArenA stadium
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