Brazil still haunted by Pele’s 1970 world beaters

PORT ELIZABETH, (Re-uters) - Brazil’s 1970 World  Cup-winners have a lot to answer for at least as far as the  country’s subsequent national team coaches are concerned .

Spain striker Llorente surprised by praise

POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, (Reuters) - Fernando  Llorente has been surprised by the praise heaped on him after  his match-turning performance in Spain’s 1-0 second round  victory over Portugal on Tuesday .

African soccer waking up to its potential says Cafu

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - An African nation could win  the World Cup in the future if the game continues on the right  path, Brazil’s World Cup-winning captain Cafu said yesterday .

Woods confirms meeting authorities about Canadian doctor

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pennsylvania, (Reuters) - Tiger  Woods has been interviewed by U .

Jackson agrees to return as Lakers coach

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Phil Jackson, who won a  record 11th NBA title last month, has shelved plans to retire  and will stay on as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers for  one more season, the NBA team said yesterday .

Pawn - K4

Pawn – K4

—foreign chess players arrive for battle with locals By Donald DuffOver the next couple of days the National Stadium at Providence will be the venue for a battle of the minds between the top chess players of Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean .

Howard bowled out in ICC role bid

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) - Former Australia Prime  Minister John Howard has failed in his bid to become the next  vice-president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) .

GASA to hold trials for 16th annual Goodwill Games in Suriname

GASA to hold trials for 16th annual Goodwill Games in Suriname

By Tamica GarnettThe Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) is hoping that it can hold trials later this month at the Castellani Swimming Pool to select swimmers for the 16th annual Goodwill Games from August 13 – 15 in Suriname .

Ryan Crawford Memorial Turf Club meet….Over three million dollars at stake Sunday

With over 70 horses registered for eight races and over three million dollars in prizes to be won, Sunday’s Ryan Crawford memorial Turf Club Meet promises to be all excitement .

Three wins in three days for Marian Academy

By Floyd ChristieThe Marian Academy under-18 squad remained undefeated in the National Schools Basketball Festival after  recording  three wins in three days .

Miller and Humphrey take senior singles titles

Miller and Humphrey take senior singles titles

By Tamica GarnettCategory winners of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Open Tennis Tournament were on Monday night presented with their prizes in a closing ceremony held at the tournament venue - GBTI Recreational Centre, Bel Air Park .

GNA to host inaugural U-23 tournament

The Guyana Netball Association (GNA) will be introducing an under-23 category with an inaugural tournament scheduled to begin tomorrow at the National Gymnasium from 5pm .

Simmons shines with cameo in trials

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Trinidadian Lendl Simmons, repeatedly overlooked by West Indies selectors in recent months, warmed up for the regional Twenty20 tournament with a cameo in trials on Tuesday .

President suspends Nigeria national team

ABUJA, (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck  Jonathan has suspended the national soccer team from  international competition for two years following their poor  performance in the World Cup, his office said yesterday .

Berdych ends Federer’s Wimbledon reign

LONDON, (Reuters) - A sense of stunned disbelief  descended over south west London at 3 .

Chin, Sonson remain on collision course

CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC – Richard Chin and Charlie Sonson remained on a collision course as they both secured uncomplicated victories on the second night of competition in the 17th St Lucia Squash Open to remain unbeaten .

Ponting, Clarke, Harris lead Australia to easy win

LONDON, (Reuters) - Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting  and Ryan Harris led Australia to a comfortable 78-run victory  over England in the fourth one-day international at the Oval yesterday .

Benn, Roach make small strides in ICC rankings

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Despite West Indies’ series loss to South Africa in the three-Test series, rookie bowlers Sulieman Benn and Kemar Roach have made strides in the International Cricket Council bowlers rankings .

Gayle brushes off third Test spats

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies captain Chris Gayle has made light of the on-field spats which marred the third and final Test at Kensington Oval this week .

Undisciplined batting leaves Gayle annoyed

BRIDGETOWN, Bridgetown, CMC – West Indies’ wretched batting continues to be source of irritation for skipper Chris Gayle .

The fixtures for the matches are as follows:

Tomorrow: Emanie vs Rim RockerzSaturday:Emanie vs Fearless Flyers All Stars vs .

Roach makes a fight of it before WI succumbs

Bridgetown, Barbados – It was not a casual trot, but South Africa eventually closed the Third Digicel Test with a seven wicket victory against West Indies and earned themselves a day and two full sessions  rest as they ended their four month Caribbean trip with a 2-0 Digicel Series triumph .

GFF withdraws Lady Jaguars from CAC Games due to lack of funds

GFF withdraws Lady Jaguars from CAC Games due to lack of funds

By Marlon MunroeThe executives of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) at a recent emergency meeting decided to withdraw the Lady Jaguars team from the July 22-31 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, mainly because of financial constraints .

Edwards smashes century but Windies A lose

NORTHAMPTON, England, CMC – A magnificent century from batsman Kirk Edwards was not enough, as West Indies slipped to a five-wicket defeat to England Lions in their second match of the Tri-Nations Limited Overs series yesterday .

Kwakwani outshines Silver City on day two of NSBF

Kwakwani outshines Silver City on day two of NSBF

By Floyd ChristieThe out-of-towners highlighted day two of the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) when they went head-to-head on Monday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in a match-up that saw Kwakwani Secondary outshining New Silver City 29-27 .

Can Guyana qualify for 2014 World Cup?

Can Guyana qualify for 2014 World Cup?

—asks Donald Duff A friend of mine once told me that he did not anticipate Guyana qualifying for the World Cup finals in his lifetime .

National Rugby Squad to be encamped from July 18-21

National Rugby Squad to be encamped from July 18-21

By Floyd ChristieThe 19-man rugby squad named after recent trials at the National Stadium will be reduced to the final 12-man team to represent Guyana at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Rugby Games after a period of encampment at the Splashmins Resort .

Practice match washed out

The second practice match between the national under-19 team and a Rest Team XI  at Eve Leary ground was washed out by early morning rains after the first day .

Spain and Paraguay in quarters, FIFA sorry

JOHANNESBURG,  (Reuters) - Spain and Paraguay  squeezed into the World Cup quarter-finals yesterday while FIFA  boss Sepp Blatter apologised for two colossal refereeing  blunders that have created the tournament’s biggest controversy .

Serena holds firm as Clijsters, Venus shown exit

LONDON,  (Reuters) - Serena Williams was left all  alone trying to crush an unlikely uprising on Wimbledon’s  hallowed lawns yesterday as sister Venus and Kim Clijsters  suffered shock defeats in the women’s quarter-finals .

Samba Power!

-Brazilians turn on class to crush old victims Chile JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) - The Netherlands clinically  ended Slovakia’s giantkilling run at the World Cup yesterday  while Brazil finally turned on the style to crush Chile and set  up an enticing clash with the Dutch in the quarter-finals .

Today’s World Cup fixtures

Paraguay vs .

Saints open with win at NSBF jump off

Saints open with win at NSBF jump off

By Floyd ChristieAfter much anticipation and a brief opening ceremony the National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) jumped off at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall yesterday with Saint Stanislaus College grabbing the first win of the tournament over Plaisance Secondary in their under-16 contest which ended 27-22 at the final buzzer .

G/T Flex Text record easy wins to reach semis

G/T Flex Text record easy wins to reach semis

Georgetown Flex Text breezed through the Super Sixes stage and into the semi-finals of the Digicel Summer Smash 20/20 competition over the weekend with two easy victories over New Amsterdam Free Credit and South Essequibo Storm .

Miller captures two titles, misses third

Miller captures two titles, misses third

By Tamica GarnettNumber-two seed Jeremy Miller recorded his first men’s singles victory when he whipped Kijana Lewis 6 – 0, 6 – 1 on Saturday in the final of that category of the Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) lawn tennis tournament held at the GBTI Recreational Centre, Bel Air Park .

AAG to give priority to South American Youth Championships over CAC Juniors

AAG to give priority to South American Youth Championships over CAC Juniors

By Tamica GarnettThe Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) will be foregoing the upcoming Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships in favour of the South American Youth Championships .

GASA Olympic Day

GASA Olympic Day

50 swimmers participate in four events The Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) said “participation was excellent” and it accomplished all its goals at its recent Olympic Day activity hosted at the Colgrain Swimming Pool .

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