Uninspiring Man United still seek a spark

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney was largely ineffective yesterday.

MARSEILLE, France, (Reuters) – Manchester United  gained a valuable 0-0 draw at Olympique Marseille in the  Champions League yesterday but their uninspired display will  not have had the likes of Barcelona quaking in their boots. 0

Tried but not proven

Keiron Pollard ponders his One-Day future as he enters his second World Cup competition. (

By Tony CozierAt the ICC World CupIn DELHI No cricketer’s life has changed more dramatically than Kieron Pollard’s since he first appeared in West Indies colours in one match in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean. 0

Afridi takes five as Pakistan avoid mishaps

TWIN JOYS! Shahid Afridi and the Pakistan team celebrate Afridi’s five fer and Pakistan’s 205-run win.

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, (Reuters) – Pakistan launched  their World Cup with captain Shahid Afridi back leading from the  front with his first ever five-wicket haul in the event to crush a very sloppy Kenya by 205 runs in Group A yesterday. 0

Shafiul’s butterflies could sting Ireland

Shafiul Islam

DHAKA, (Reuters) – A delivery that flies through the  air “like a butterfly” could turn out to be paceman Shafiul  Islam’s secret weapon when Bangladesh look to restore dented  pride in their World Cup match against Ireland. 0

TV basher Ponting muted by ICC rap

Ricky Ponting

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – A bizarre episode at the World  Cup was finally closed yesterday when Australian Ricky Ponting paid the price for damaging a dressing room television in pique and was reprimanded by the game’s governing body. 0

Here WI come!

-Sammy aiming to upset “the big boys”

Head Coach Ottis Gibson seated centre, talks to the team at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium — photo.

DELHI, India, CMC – Darren Sammy believes West Indies can overturn an abysmal, recent One-day International record against Test-playing nations, and upset a few teams in the World Cup. 0

It’s an uphill battle – Carto

David Carto

Newly-elected president of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA), David Carto has referred to efforts to revive basketball in Georgetown as “an uphill battle.” He added that members of his administration, all of whom are also newly-elected GABA executives, are working towards bouncing off a basketball tournament next month. 0

Dutch make England sweat for opening win

Ryan ten Doeschate

NAGPUR, India, (Reuters) – England laboured to a  thrilling six-wicket victory completed with eight balls to spare  over the Netherlands in a Group B match to avert what would have  been the first upset of the World Cup yesterday. 0