Nadal leads early charge of top seeds Down Under

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal struck a blow  for the old establishment, overwhelming Lukas Lacko to become  the first man into the Australian Open’s last 16 last night,  before Caroline Wozniacki’s reign as world number one survived  with a win over Romania’s Monica Niculescu.

Reigning kings T&T reach semi-finals

-Barath dismissed via new obstructing the field rule

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Reigning champions Trinidad & Tobago marched into the semi-finals of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, after steady fast-medium bowling from Ravi Rampaul and Dwayne Bravo helped them clinch an eight-wicket victory over Canada under the Duckworth-Lewis Method last evening.

Pakistan’s Afridi top prize in Bangladesh T20

DHAKA,  (Reuters) – Former Pakistan captain Shahid  Afridi was the hottest property in an auction held for the  inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 tournament yesterday, but English spinner Monty Panesar failed to attract a  bid.

Best, Edwards fire Barbados to victory

Speedster Tino Best bent his back to let his deliveries rip through Sussex to finish with 3-11.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) Ruthless fast bowling from Tino Best and Fidel Edwards positioned them and wonky batting ushered Barbados to an eight-wicket victory over Sussex Sharks on Wednesday, virtually sewing up a place in the semi-finals of the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament.

AAG Coach of the Year looking forward to synthetic track

-likely in line for NSC award, lauds Winston George

Lyndon Wilson

Coach of the Police Youth Club and the Guyana Police Force, Lyndon Wilson, has made a case for being  named National Sports Commission Coach-of-the-Year when the award ceremony comes up in March, following  his recent accomplishment in securing his second Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Coach-of-the-Year award.

Rafa’s knee passes test amid controversy

Rafa Nadal

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal’s creaky  knee, Alejandro Falla’s leg cramps and Andreas Beck’s bad back  created discussion and a sniff of controversy as most of the  main contenders safely reached the Australian Open third round  on Wednesday.