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Spin bowler Imran
Khan finished with fig-
ures of 18-4-52-6 yes-
terday helping T&T
bowl out Jamaica for 173
in the first innings.
“It is a very sad case,
I could not believe it
when I got the news”
T&T cricketer Lendl
Simmons speaking on
the death of Phil Sim-
mons who died two
days after being struck
in the neck with a ball.
(Ext: 2213, 2711, 2212,
Major League Soccer has announced
it will again partner with the Caribbean
Football Union to host the second
Caribbean Player Combine on January 2
to 5, 2015, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
The event will feature players age 18-
21 from around the Caribbean who will
compete in front of League scouts for
the opportunity to earn an invitation to
the 2015 adidas MLS Player Combine in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, days later.
Twenty-four players from the region
took part in the inaugural Caribbean
Player Combine in 2014 held in Antigua,
and two moved on to feature in the
MLS Player Combine. This year, the
four-day event will take place at
Bayamon Football Club facilities, and
will include training session and games
against local clubs. “We’re excited to be
returning to the Caribbean with the
prospect of identifying some of the
area’s top young talent,” said MLS
Executive Vice President, Todd Durbin.
“Our league currently features more
than 25 players from the Caribbean
Islands, including Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica,
Martinique, Puerto Rico and T&T.”
MLS, CFU to host Player Combine
USA-based Mikel Thomas failed
to add to T&T’s ten medals at the
22nd Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) Games when
comeptition continued at the Hiberto
Jara Athletic Stadium, Veracruz,
Thomas, who turned 27 on Sunday
last, ended in fifth spot in the men’s
110m hurdles in 13.83, well behind Cuban
duo, Yordan Luis Ofarrill (13.46) and
Jhoanis Carlos Portilla (13.53) and Bar-
badian Greggmar Swift (13.59) and US
Virgin Islands’ Eddie Lovett (13.79).
The other finishers were Mexico’s
Genaro Rodriguez (14.04) and Jamaican
Eric Keddo (14.53) while Haitian Jeffrey
Michael Julmis did not finish.
In the semifinals on Thursday, Thomas
advanced to the men’s 110m hurdles final
carded for 12.55pm today, when he placed
third in semifinal one with a time of
14.08 to trial Cuban Yordan Luis Ofarrill
(13.63) and US Virgin Islands’ Eddie
Lovett (13.82). Fourth placed Jamaican,
Eric Keddo (14.18) qualified as the fastest
loser. The qualifiers for the gold medal
event from semifinal two were Barbadian
Greggmar Swift (13.62), Cuban Jhoanis
Carlos Portilla (13.74), Haitian Jeffrey
Michael Julmis (14.02) and Mexican
Genaro Rodriguez (14.03).
So far T&T has won two gold medals
through Cleopatra Borel (shot put) and
George Bovell III (swimming), while the
nnational men’s hockey team got silver
and Dorian Alexander (taekwondo), Cur-
tis Humphreys/Dexter St Louis (table
tennis), Roger Daniel (shooting), Christo-
pher George (judo), Kwesi Browne
(cycling), Bovell (swimming) and boxer
Michael Alexander added bronze.
Lewis fifth in men’s sailing
Olympic sailor, Andrew Lewis placed
fifth overall in the men’s Opening Series
Race after he was seventh as well in the
tenth and final race for an overall tally
of 49 points, 14 behind bronze medallist
Enrique Arathoon of El Salvador (35)
while Puerto Rico’s Juan Carlos Perdomo
was fourth with 39.
Taking gold was Guatemala’s Juan
Maegli after he secured a five first place
finishes and four runners-up spot for 13
points while US Virgin Islands’ Chris
Thompson got silver with 20 points.
And in the women’s laser radial, Kelly-
Ann Arrindell had a creditable seventh
placed finish in her tenth race to end
ninth overall with 73 points.
The winner overall was Aruban Phillip-
ne Van Aanholt with 17 points while
Venezuela’s Daniela Rivera (25) and
Guatemalan, Andrea Aldana (27) took
silver and bronze.
Beach vball women
stopped in quarters
T&T’s Nancy Joseph and Ayanna
Dyette had their gold medal quest in the
women’s beach volleyball stopped by
Costa Ricans Karen Cope and Natalia
Alfaro 13-21, 13-21 at the Reino Magico
and will now contest the fifth the eighth
On Thursday night in their Women’s
Pool F decdier, Joseph and Dyette were
beaten by host duo and tournament
favourites, Mexicans Bibiana Candelas
and Martha Revuelta 6-21, 13-21.
In their two other pool matches, the
T&T women rallied for a 21-17, 18-21,
15-8 win over Hondurans Marissa Brady
and Christianne Etches, and followed up
by beating Barbadians, Anicia Wood and
Shari Matthews 21-19, 21-17 to seal a
And, in the men’s tournament, Toco-
born duo, Fabien Whitfield and Daneil
Williams won their ninth to 16th spot
quarterfinal against Costa Ricans, Julio
Cesar Alvarez and Diego Armando Alpizar
by default to set up a meeting today with
for ninth to 12th position.
Earlier in the round-robin Pool A
matches, Whitfield and Williams suffered
a key loss to El Salvadoreans David Vargas
and Carlos Escobar 16-21, 21-16, 12-15
before by beating Jamaicans Ryck Webb-
Mc Kenzie and Christopher Walters 21-
10, 21-11 in their second match.
However, they then went under 15-21,
9-21 to Puerto Rico’s Roberto Rodriguez
and Erick Haddock 9-21, 6-21 to miss
Ruggermen rough up
Venezuela, Costa Rica
At the High Performance Centre,
Joseph Quashie and Jesse Richards scored
a try each while Christopher Hudson
made both conversions as the T&T rug-
germen stopped Venezuela 14-5 after
being ahead 5-0 at the interval in their
Pool A round-robin opener.
The local men then followed up with
a more offensive display in beating Costa
Rica 27-10 with Wayne kelly scoring two
The trio of James Phillip, Quashie and
Darrel Scott added one each for the win-
ners who held a 12-5 advantage at the
half, while Keishon Walker scored on a
conversion. Last night, T&T faced Mexico
ahead of today’s start of the knockout
matches involving all eigtht countries.
In the women’s competition, T&T
women were drubbed by Colombia 5-36
with Nicolette Panthor scoring the lone
try after trailing 5-19 at the half.
Nicole Acevedo had two tries for the
South Americans while Sharon Acevdeo,
Guadalupe Lopez, Cindy Delgado and
Claudia Betancur scored one try each,
while Maria Lopera added two conver-
sions and Betancur, one.
However, in their, T&T women showed
more grit and rallied from 0-5 down at
the half to earn a 10-10 draw with
This was thanks to tries from Panthor
and Dalia Jordan-Brown. For the
Jamaicans Wendy Parchment and Sasha-
Gay Green scored the tries.
T&T faced Mexico women last night
and today with meet Cayman Islands
and Venezuela in their remaing round-
robin matches at the end of which, the
top two will contest the gold medal match
and third and fourth play for bronze.
At the Racquet Centre, T&T ended
with a 1-1 record in Men’s Pool A Team
squash competition following a 0-3 loss
to Mexico and faced Guatemala in the
quarterfinals last night.
For the host, Cesar Orlando Salazar
defeated T&T’s Colin Ramasra 11-3, 11-
5, 11-3, Arturo Isreal Salazar dumped
Kale Wilson 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 and Alfredo
Manuel Avila overcame N’Ku Patrick 11-
2, 11-3, 11-7.
On Thursday in their opener, T&T
defeated regional rival Barbados 2-1 in
their Men’s Pool A Squad Team battle.
Ramasra got T&T off to a good start
beating Gavin Cumberbatch 11-6, 11-4,
11-2 but Rhett Cumberbatch drew the
Bajans level via his 11-9, 13-11, 11-1 win
over Wilson, before Patrick won by
default from Shawn Simpson.
Water Polo: Mexico hands T&T fifth
T&T’s Russell Ferreira scored a second
staright hat-trick but it was not enought
as the national water polo men’s team
went under 10-19 to host Mexico At the
Leyes de Reforma Aquatic Centre
T&T which held a shock 6-5 half-time
lead after the first period ended 3-3 also
got two goals each from Matthew George
and Daniel Abraham while Christopher
Forte, Stanley John Littlepage, and Justin
Bodden added the others. Mexico, mean-
while got trebles from Armando Gibert,
Antonio Avalos, Oliver Alvarez and Perseo
Ponce in the win which was powered by
its 14-4 second-half outscoring of T&T.
Hermes Ponce found the goal twice
while the quintet of Andres Oneto, Fausto
Vazquez, Jorge Perez, Armando Garcia
and Israel Perez chipped in with one each.
Last night in their final round-robin
fixture, T&T faced fellow winless team,
Guatemala in a preview to their fifth to
sixth placed playoff today.
vball men Indoor play for fifth
Today the Calypso Spikemen who
ended round-robin Pool A play with a
0-3 mark after losing to Mexico, Colombi
and Dominican Republic go after a first
win in their fifth to eighth spot playoff
at the Arena Cordoba from 4pm.
The Gideon Dickson-coached T&T
men will face the losers of one of last
Mexico/Venezuela, and Cuba/Colombia.
Already through to today’s main draw
semifinal are pool winners, Puerto Rico
and Dominican Republic who will meet
the winners of the quarterfinals.
Thomas fifth in CAC
men’s 110m hurdles
Mikel Thomas runs 13:83 seconds.
PHOTO: PAUL VOISIN
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