Late surge hands Barbados CNA title

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Leaders Barbados produced a sterling final quarter performance as they beat St Lucia 29-25 in their pivotal final game, to maintain their unbeaten run and capture the Caribbean Netball Association’s Jean Pierre Memorial Junior Championship here Thursday.

Suarez, Messi late-show sinks Atletico after Costa sees red

BARCELONA, (Reuters) – Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title after beating 10-man Atletico Madrid 2-0 in yesterday’s top-of-the-table showdown at the Nou Camp as late strikes by Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi gave the Catalans an 11-point lead at the top of the table.

Who will prevail? GCA finals weekend 

—DCC, GCC in under – 19 final; Everest, GCC in Second D final

Two titanic tussles are slated to highlight this weekend’s Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) fixtures.

BCB to challenge Norton’s appointment of Ombudsman

The Berbice Cricket Board, through its counsel, Attorney-at-Law, Arudranauth Gossai, is expected to challenge Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for Sport, Dr George Norton’s appointment of Stephen Lewis as the Cricket Ombudsman.

Melanie mauls newcomer Stevedore 7-0

—Stag Beer Futsal c/ships

Back Circle, Future Stars, Melanie and Bent Street secured convincing wins when the Stag Beer Futsal Championship resumed on Thursday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.

Naib made Afghanistan ODI captain ahead of World Cup

(Reuters) – Afghanistan replaced long-serving one-day international captain Asghar Afghan with Gulbadin Naib yesterday, less than two months before this year’s 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.

Talisman Russell inspires KKR run chase to topple RCB

BENGALURU, India, CMC – West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell smashed another breathtaking cameo to surpass 200 runs in just four innings this season, as Kolkata Knight Riders moved into second place in the Indian Premier League standings with a convincing five-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore here yesterday.

Beckles says Caribbean coach necessary for World Cup

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – Leading regional academic and noted cricket author, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, believes a head coach of Caribbean origin should preside over West Indies’ campaign at the upcoming ICC World Cup.

Holder eyeing half-century on Northants debut

LONDON, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder was eyeing a half-century on county debut as he made an encouraging start to life in the Championship, helping Northamptonshire bat the entire opening day of their contest against Middlesex here yesterday.

Fantastic Goal!

GFF scores UEFA, Denmark help for local football

Guyana Football Federa-tion [GFF] President Wayne Forde yesterday disclosed that the entity has sealed developmental partnerships with Denmark’s Football Association and Union of European Football Associations [UEFA], with a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] slated to be signed in June.

Under-17 cricket tourney called off after court ruling that GCB illegal

-franchise players may be affected

The ruling in the High Court by Justice Fidela Corbin that the Executive Committee of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) is illegal, has reportedly resulted in the calling off of the scheduled April 6 hosting of the Inter-County Under–17 tournament.

The narrative remains the same – Part 1

March 23rd 2019 will forever be remembered in the annals of Guyana’s sporting history as on that date, the Golden Jaguars sealed their berth to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

England’s Buttler vows never to be “Mankaded” again

(Reuters) – England’s Jos Buttler has vowed to make sure he is never dismissed by a “Mankad” run out again after losing his wicket that way for the second time in his career during an Indian Premier League (IPL) game last week.

Pandya’s focus firmly on World Cup after toughest period

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Hardik Pandya will be a key cog in India’s tilt at the Cricket World Cup this year but the past few months have been a “reality check” for the all-rounder, who has had to deal with injury problems and controversy off the field India has produced a plethora of spin-bowling all-rounders suited to Asian conditions but past tours to Australia, England and South Africa have highlighted the need for a batsman who can turn his arm to fast bowling.

Holder relishes English county opportunity

LONDON, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder said his upcoming stint with English county side Northamptonshire was a big opportunity that he welcomed with open arms.

Pele hospitalised in Paris with urinary infection – friend

PARIS (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer great Pele was hospitalised in Paris with a strong fever but his condition is not life-threatening and he should be released “within a couple of days,” one of his long-time friends said on Wednesday.

Barca seek decisive title blow in Atletico showdown

BARCELONA (Reuters) – After somehow snatching a 4-4 draw at Villarreal in one of the most memorable games in recent La Liga history, Barcelona can practically seal the title when they host nearest challengers Atletico Madrid tomorrow.

Wolves sign striker Jimenez on four-year contract

(Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers have exercised the option to sign on-loan striker Raul Jimenez from Benfica on a permanent deal and the Mexican has penned a four-year contract, the Premier League club said yesterday.

Undefeated B’dos complete double

-defeat Guyana by eight wickets in final round encounter

Barbados completed an undefeated run in the Cricket West Indies T20 Blaze after beating Guyana by eight wickets in the final match of the tournament last evening at the Providence National Stadium.

Tottenham return home with vital win over Palace

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur marked their long-awaited homecoming with a vital 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in the first Premier League game at their new stadium yesterday to revive their faltering top-four hopes.

Augusta National opens doors to women – at least for one day

(Reuters) – When the fight for gender equality in golf is chronicled Augusta National will not be the key battle but it will be remembered as a provocative flashpoint and the site of another small victory this week when the club hosts a women’s tournament.

Reggae Boy Gordon earns late draw for OKC despite Brown’s strike

NEW YORK, CMC – Jamaican Brian Brown netted his fourth goal of the season to help lay the platform for an easy Reno 1868 FC win but fellow countryman Omar Gordon dashed those hopes by setting up one goal and scoring the equaliser in injury time, as OKC Energy FC snatched a dramatic 3-3 draw in the United Soccer League championship last weekend.

Infrastructure development key – says CONCACAF’s Mc Intosh

-lauds government over partnership with GFF for D’urban Park facility

CONCACAF Project Director Howard McIntosh yesterday said that infrastructure development is fundamental to the advancement of football locally adding that the partnership between the GFF and the Government of Guyana is also essential for the discipline’s growth.

Mumbai Indians defeat table-toppers Chennai

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians: 170-5 (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42) defeated Chennai Super Kings: 133-8 (Kedar Jadhav 58, Jason Behrendorff 2-22, Lasith Malinga 3-34, Hardik Pandya 3-20) by 37 runs The Mumbai Indians (MI)  registered their second win of the VIVO IPL 2019 when they defeated table-toppers Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium last evening.

Kohli may ring the changes after RCB’s fourth straight loss

MUMBAI, (Reuters) – Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has hinted at making wholesale changes to his team after Tuesday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) defeat to Rajasthan Royals left them the only winless side in the Twenty20 tournament.