Ruthless Williams avenges loss to Halep in WTA Finals

SINGAPORE, (Reuters) – Serena Williams destroyed Romania’s Simona Halep 6-3 6-0 yesterday to win the WTA Finals championship in Singapore, proving once again why she remains the most formidable force in women’s tennis.

Younus keeps his defence up against Pakistan board

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Senior Pakistan batsman Younus Khan, who capped a memorable test against Australia in Dubai with hundreds in both innings, said he had thought of skipping the two-match series after being dropped from the 50-over squad.

Men’s cycling team wins IGG time trials

-women place second

From Emmerson Campbell in Suriname   Team Guyana’s cycling team aboard their flotilla fizik saddles stormed to victory in the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) men’s team time trial yesterday while the local females snared silver.

Coric loses out while Federer reaches another Basel final

BASEL, (Reuters) – Seventeen-year-old Borna Coric’s Swiss Indoors run ended when he lost to David Goffin in the semi-finals yesterday while Roger Federer beat Ivo Karlovic to reach the tournament final for the 11th time.

T&T lose on penalties after brave display

CHESTER, Pennsylvania, CMC – Trinidad and Tobago missed out on their first chance at automatic qualification for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup when they went down to Costa Rica on penalties in their semi-final of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship here Friday night.

Saving West Indies cricket from itself

AS West Indies cricket teeters on the edge of extinction, with the president of the board, his directors and the players all seemingly unaware of how close they have brought it to the precipice, yet another independent committee has been given the challenging job of trying to save it from itself.

The desperate quest for détente

So the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is in damage control mode once again, this time attempting to mend fences with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) one of the behemoths of International cricket.

Antigua reach highest ever FIFA ranking

-T&T, Haiti also soar

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Antigua and Barbuda are celebrating their highest ever FIFA World ranking after they jumped this week to 70th in the world.

Fudadin hundred glosses over batting collapse

MORATUWA, Sri Lanka, CMC – Opener Assad Fudadin struck his fourth first class hundred but West Indies A’s batting woes continued on the opening day of the third and final four-day “Test” here yesterday.

MSC records first win; Sophia gets first loss

By Delvon Mc Ewan   Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) hammered minnows Sophia Cricket Club by 10 wickets yesterday to win their first match in New Building Society/ Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) second division two-day competition.

Leon Moore two sons among winners on opening night of GBA National Open C/ships

Twenty boxers fought pound-for-pound on the opening night of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) National Open Competi-tion at the East Ruimveldt California Square with Leon Moore two sons, Leon jnr., and Isaiah among the winners Patrons were thrilled as boxers pelted punches that were filled with aggression but was technically and tactically orchestrated during the opening night of GABA’s penultimate statutory competition for 2014.

West Ruimveldt Primary reach quarter-finals

-Petra Organisation/Courts Pee Wee football

Last year’s runners-up West Ruimveldt Primary booked their berth in the quarterfinal round, downing Ketley Primary 2-0 when the round of 16 stage of the Petra Organization/Courts Pee football tourney commenced yesterday at the Thirst Park venue.

Fruta Conquerors, Pele meet in GFA Stag Beer division one final

-Pele holds psychological advantage

Two titans will clash today to decide who will win the Georgetown Football Association (GFA) Stag Beer first division title when league leaders Fruta Conquerors battle second placed side Pele at the Tucville Community Centre ground from 20:00hrs.

Guyana Softball Cup 4 on next weekend

-DCC ground to host finals Sunday

The Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association’s (GFSCA) fourth annual three-day International Softball tournament is all set for next weekend at various venues in Georgetown.

Worried sponsors pile pressure on WICB

(Reuters) The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), reeling from the fallout from the team’s withdrawal from the tour of India, is facing fresh pressure from its worried commercial and broadcast partners.

Guyana Open Golf Cup launched

——LGC pleased with Digicel support

The bigger, better network promises a bigger better tournament. Yesterday, the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) in collaboration with telecommunications provider Digicel launched the 2014 Guyana Open Golf Cup two-day championships and according to officials of the LCG and Digicel, the tournament is expected to be bigger with a higher level of competition when it tees off on November 1 and 2 at the Lusignan Golf Course.

‘We want sports to develop consistently’

- says Suriname’s Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs at IGG Opening Ceremony at the Andre Kamperveen Stadium

From Emmerson Campbell in Suriname   Following an encore performance by the army’s brass band before the start of the XX Inter Guiana Games (IGG) here in Paramaribo, Suriname yesterday, the country’s Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Ismanto Adna trumpeted the importance of the Games and assured its continuity.

Female volleyball team grounded but male team wins

From Emmerson Campbell in Suriname   Guyana’s female volleyball team was grounded by Suriname but the local males defeated their French counterparts in straight sets when action in the second leg of the Inter Guiana Games (IGG) served off here in Paramaribo, Suriname last night.

Monedderlust set to defend title

It will be Berbice against the East Coast of Demerara when defending champs Monedderlust Football Club battles Victoria Kings this evening in the final of the Starlite Generation/Monedderlust Football Club second annual Berbice Cup at the No.

Defending champs face Green Acres in round of 16 encounter

- Petra Organisation/Courts Pee Wee U13 football

With the main contenders surviving the tricky group stages, the business end of the Petra Organization/Courts Pee Wee U13 football tourney will get underway today at the Thirst Park venue with the round of 16 fixtures.

Fudadin, Beaton in WI `A’ team to face Sri Lanka

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Left-handed stroke-maker Jonathan Carter is among four players called up for the West Indies A team’s three-match one-day tour of Sri Lanka starting next month.

Crisis in Caribbean sports governance

—Says Sir Hilary Beckles

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Principal of the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, says there is a crisis in sports governance in the Caribbean which has the potential to detract from the quality performances being exhibited by regional athletes.

Fishermen Masters, Wolf Warriors win

—Ramchand/Rohan Auto Spares softball competition

There were wins for Fishermen Masters and Wolf Warriors in the male competition when the Guyana Floodlight Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) Ramchand/ Rohan Auto Spares softball competition continued recently.