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ST JOHN'S--Seasoned left-arm spinner
Nikita Miller has been named to replace
Sunil Narine in the West Indies World
The 32-year-old Jamaican has not played
for West Indies in nearly a year but has the
experience of 45 One-Day Internationals,
where he has taken 40 wickets.
In the recent Super50 tournament, Miller
took just six wickets at an average of 15, as
Jamaica went out in the semi-finals.
Narine was named in the World Cup
squad earlier this month but pulled out on
Tuesday, citing the need to continue work
on his bowling.
The champion off-spinner has been doing
remedial work on his bowling ever since
being reported for having a suspected illegal
action during the Champions League Twen-
ty20 in September last year.
West Indies are currently en route from
South Africa to the World Cup, which is
set to bowl off in Australia and New Zealand
They have been installed in Group B
which includes Ireland, Pakistan, Zimbabwe,
South Africa, India and United Arab Emi-
The World Cup runs from February 14th
to March 29th.
Meanwhile, the West Indies have been
slapped with a fine by the International
Cricket Council, for their slow over rate
during Wednesday's loss to South Africa in
the fifth and final One-Day International.
Match referee Chris Broad found that the
Caribbean side were two overs short of their
target at the cut off time for the innings at
While the players were slapped with a
20 per cent fine of their match fee, new
captain Jason Holder will have to part with
40 per cent.
According to ICC regulations, players are
fined 10 per cent of their match fee for
every over their side fails to bowl in the
allotted time. The captain is fined double.
West Indies went down by 131 runs in
the game which was reduced to 42 overs
per side because of rain which delayed the
South Africa won the series 4-1.
The National Association of
(NAAA) has confirmed that the
Kelly-Ann Baptiste case has
been resolved before the Court
of Arbitration for Sport
("CAS"), based in Lausanne,
Further to the confidentiality
provisions applicable to the pro-
ceedings, the award of the CAS
will not be made public. How-
ever, the NAAA confirmed that
Baptiste is free to return to com-
petition with immediate effect.
The NAAA reiterated its
commitment to the promo-
tion of drug-free sport and
stated that in view of the new
World Anti-Doping Code
which came into effect on
January 1, it was looking for-
ward to partnerships with
other stakeholders in fostering
an environment of clean and
fair sport in T&T.
Baptiste tested positive for
a banned substance at the
IAAF World Championships,
in Moscow, Russia in 2013.
She withdrew from the
Last August, after 16 months
off the track, it seemed Baptiste
would finally be allowed to com-
pete again after the NAAA dis-
ciplinary panel lifted her ban.
However, a week later, the
NAAA was notified that the IAAF
(International Association of Ath-
letics Federations) had appealed
the decision of the disciplinary
panel to the CAS in Lausanne,
Switzerland, and in so doing,
reinstated Baptiste's ban.
1-0 at Getafe to advance to a
Copa del Rey semifinal against
Barcelona on a 2-0 aggregate
Athletic Bilbao will meet
Espanyol in the other semifi-
Villarreal entered with a 1-0
lead from the opening leg and
held Getafe in check until striker
Gerard Moreno sealed its place
among the final four teams with
a goal in the 78th minute.
Barcelona knocked out Atleti-
co Madrid on Wednesday. The
Catalan club will host Villarreal
at Camp Nou on February 11.
"We have reached the semi-
finals for the first time in the
history of Villarreal," coach
Marcelino Garcia said. "We are
now two games from the final
and face a very difficult rival,
who is maybe playing at its
best. But nobody can take away
Joel Campbell debuted for
Villarreal after his arrival from
Arsenal on loan.
Bilbao eliminated Malaga
thanks to Aritz Aduriz's goal
three minutes after halftime for
a 1-0 victory after they drew
without goals in the opening
leg. Aduriz tapped in Markel
Susaeta's pass to cap a quick
attack started from a goalkick.
Espanyol moved on despite a
1-0 loss at Sevilla, advancing 3-
2 over both legs.
Espanyol left back Anaitz
Arbilla curled a free kick off the
crossbar for Espanyol's best
scoring chance just two minutes
The Barcelona-based side
then withstood Sevilla's constant
push until substitute Diogo
Figueras struck with a long-
range shot two minutes from
Miller to replace
Narine for World Cup
Nikita Miller is
wicket of Jason
during the Nagico
ended last week.
Baptiste case resolved says NAAAs
Thirty members of the National Men s
Under 17 team underwent medical screenings
on Tuesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium as
they continued their build up to the Concacaf
Under 17 Championship and Final round of
World Cup qualifiers in Honduras next
The Healthnet/MyCard Sport medical team
conducted a doctor's fitness examination,
blood pressure, body mass index, vision screen-
ing, fasting blood glucose, cholesterol, blood
and iron count, ECG heart test and Spirometry
lung capacity testing. All tests were conducted
on-site using Healthnet's Medical Mobile unit
at the Couva venue. This is all part of the
relationship between Healthnet and the TTFA
which started last August when Healthnet
agreed to a deal worth over $3 million in the
next four years to cover medical screening for
all national teams.
Every player and member of staff passed
the medical tests and were presented with
their Healthnet/TTFA My Cards which will
afford them benefits at several health shops,
restaurants and other merchants in T&T.
T&T's opening game in Honduras is against
Guatemala at the Francisco Morazan Stadium,
San Pedro Sula on February 27.
T&T, which qualified as the best third placed
team from the Caribbean, will also face host
Honduras, Jamaica, USA and Cuba, in Group
A. Group B includes Canada, Haiti, Panama,
Mexico, St Lucia and Costa Rica.
Coach Shawn Cooper said he expects to
finalise his team for the tournament next week
and is already planning his approach for the
opening match against the Guatemalans.
"This will be the third time we are playing
Guatemala in a Concacaf Final at this level.
We won the last time but they defeated us 3-
0 in 2009. We know we have what it takes
to get the win over them," Cooper told TTFA
"We are leaving no stone unturned. We
know the team that went to Haiti was not
our best team and one that would be able to
compete at the Concacaf. As such, we have
made some adjustments and we've also looked
at a couple new players from North America
that will bring a lot of value to the current
squad and what you will see now is a more
balanced and technically better team than the
one that played in the previous round in Haiti,"
This year, a new format favoring develop-
ment and competition will be introduced to
the Under-17 Championship. The twelve qual-
ifying teams will be divided into two groups
of six, to play a round-robin format on the
first five match days. The resulting top team
from each group will earn a direct berth to
the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile and a
place in the championship match on the final
The second- and third-place teams from
each group will be re-seeded into a four-team
table, based on points obtained during group
play. The top team from that table will play
the fourth-ranked team, and the second-
ranked team will face off against the third-
ranked nation in a pair of one-off matches,
with the winners of each of those two final-
day games securing one of the two remaining
tickets on offer to the Fifa Under-17 World
Clean bill of
Villarreal to meet Barca in Copa semis
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