Krul shootout saves send Dutch into semis

SALVADOR, Brazil, (Reuters) – The Netherlands advanced to a World Cup semi-final with Argentina by beating Costa Rica on penalties after a cagey, tactical last-eight battle finished 0-0 after extra-time today. Substitute goalkeeper goalkeeper Tim Krul, introduced just for the shootout, saved from Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana as the Netherlands triumphed 4-3. Costa Rica defended deeply from the start and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, whose performances have played a large part in his country’s run to the quarter-finals for the first time, was again in sharp form with a series of saves, while Wesley Sneijder hit a post with an 81st-minute free kick and Robin van Persie had a scrambled shot cleared off the line in stoppage time of normal time. The game blew wide open in extra time as Marcos Urena had a chance to win it for Costa Rica but had a shot well saved by Jasper Cillessen, while Sneijder hit the bar two minutes from the end.

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WI fight back after Cook plunders 243

BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – Rain halted a promising West Indies fightback after opener Alistair Cook struck his third career double hundred, to put England in command of the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston here Friday.

Sammy sacked over Stars losing streak

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Darren Sammy has been sacked as captain of St Lucia Stars, paying the price for the franchise’s woeful start to the Caribbean Premier League.

Pacesetters crush Knights 131 – 59

Pacesetters crushed Knights 131-59 in their Open Divisional fixture, when the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) League Championship continued on Thursday, at the Burnham Court at Carmichael and Middle streets.

Rising Stars hammer Strikers 4-0

Rising Stars continued their unbeaten run in the Bartica Zone of the NAMILCO under-17 League, trouncing Strikers by a 4-0 scoreline on Thursday, at the Bartica Secondary School ground.

Warriors face Knightriders in must-win showdown

The Guyana Amazon Warriors will take on top of the table Trinbago Knightriders in a must-win encounter today, in front of an anticipated capacity crowd, following their crushing loss to the Jamaica Tallawahs on Thursday night at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.

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