Resting Johnson before Ashes recall ‘insane’ – Hughes

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Former Australia skipper Kim   Hughes has slammed selectors for being ‘too precious’ with   Australia’s bowlers and said resting dropped paceman Mitchell   Johnson before a likely recall for the third Ashes test would   be lunacy.

India firm favourites for 2011 World Cup – Imran

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India will be the overwhelming  favourites to win next year’s World Cup with home advantage and  an ideal build-up on tour in South Africa, Pakistan’s 1992 World  Cup-winning captain Imran Khan said.

Thunder roll over Wolves after late burst

MINNESOTA, (Reuters) – Kevin Durant scored 30 points   and added 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder dug   themselves out of an early hole to stun the Minnesota   Timberwolves 111-103 on Wednesday.

Venezuela F1 driver flies flag for socialist Chavez

CARACAS, (Reuters) – As an admirer and friend of  Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez, new kid on the block Pastor  Maldonado will bring a rare dash of socialism to the  ultra-moneyed world of Formula One next season.

Pakistan facing biggest crisis, says Imran

NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – Pakistan cricket is facing its  biggest crisis and the team stand little chance of winning the  2011 World Cup without fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad  Asif, former captain Imran Khan said yesterday.

Sir Viv opts for `destructive? Sehwag over Gayle

NEW DELHI, India, CMC – West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards has picked Indian stroke-maker Virender Sehwag over West Indies opener Chris Gayle, as the most devastating batsman in world cricket.

Beveney, Velox on target in T&T

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Shawn Beveney of Guyana and veteran Vincentian Kendall Velox were both on target for their respective clubs when the Trinidad and Tobago Pro League resumed on Tuesday night, following a two-week break for the Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals which ended in Martinique on Sunday.

Fletcher half-century fails to stop Dominica push

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – A defiant half-century from West Indies batsman Andre Fletcher was not enough to revive Grenada as Dominica seized control on the second day of their second round Windward Islands Senior Championship match on Wednesday.

Mavs win 10th straight to close on Spurs

DALLAS, (Reuters) – The Dallas Mavericks registered   a 10th consecutive victory with a 105-100 triumph over the   Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, the win lifting the home   team to within a half-game of the Western Conference lead.

Rugby union formally announces suspension of three players

President of the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Kit Nascimento told Stabroek Sport yesterday that it “is yet to be seen” if the suspension of three national rugby players will affect the national team at next February’s International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens Series in the United States.

Castellani pool to be back in operation today

-closure affected swimmers training

The Castellani Swimming Pool which was closed last week Friday after the pump broke down as a result of frequent blackouts will be in operation from today.

RRT Enterprise to sponsor one-day rapid chess tournament

RRT Enterprise is to sponsor a one-day rapid chess tournament this Saturday at the KEI-SHAR’S Sports Club, Hadfield Street.A According to a press release from the Guyana Chess Federation, the tournament will be played according to the Swiss System format and consists of seven rounds featuring a time limit of 40 minutes per game.

Blatter says FIFA not corrupt, England bad losers

ZURICH, (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter has  rejected allegations of corruption at soccer’s governing body  after Russia and Qatar won the right to host the 2018 and 2022  World Cups, calling England “bad losers” for their reaction.

Warner hints at possible Latapy exit

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Football mogul Jack Warner gave the strongest hint yet that Trinidad and Tobago head coach Russell Latapy could be axed, when he said this week that coaches needed to secure positive results in order to preserve their jobs.

Gayle, Chanderpaul slip in Test ratings

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Pugnacious opener Chris Gayle’s poor form since his monumental triple century has seen him plummet five places in the latest ICC Test batting rankings.

Hector, George star on opening day

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Middle order batsman Donwell Hector stroked a century to lead a strong Vincentian batting effort while left-arm spinner Denis George snatched a six-wicket haul for Grenada, on the opening day of the second series of matches in the Windward Islands Senior Championship on Tuesday.