FIFA World Cup Squads: Group E

Group E Brazil Coach: Tite Star player: Neymar World Cup best: Winners 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 How they got here: The five-time champions were the first team other than hosts Russia to qualify for the tournament after a very impressive campaign. Brazil have not made a World Cup final since their last title in 2002. Squad news: Goalkeepers:…

Frank Lampard appointed manager of Championship side Derby County

Championship club Derby County have confirmed the appointment of Frank Lampard, as the Chelsea legend takes his first managerial role. It was announced that Lampard had signed a three-year contract with the club, after several days of speculation about his appointment to replace Gary Rowett. Lampard told the club’s official website: ” I’ve always wanted to…

Narine wins FACC Independence 40-miles cycle road race

The Flying Ace Cycling Club (FACC) of Berbice staged a successful 10-lap, 40- mile cycle road race around the Ancient County town of New Amsterdam as part of Guyana’s Independence anniversary celebrations. With a time of 1h40m, Balram Narine was crowned the winner, with Clement Doris coming in second. Other top finishers included Syborne Fernandes…

3 Guyanese in CWI President’s XI Squad

Guyanese Chandrapaul Hemraj, Keon Joseph and Vishual Singh were named in the Windies 13-member Cricket West Indies (CWI) President’s XI squad to face the Sri Lankans in a three-Day Tour Match. The match, which bowls off today, Wednesday, May 30, at the Brian Lara Cricket Ground in Trinidad and Tobago, features a strong Windies team…

FIFA World Cup Squads: Group D

Group D Argentina Coach: Jorge Sampaoli Star player: Lionel Messi World Cup best: Winners 1978, 1986 How they got here: A nervy qualification campaign saw one of world football’s great powers book their place at the last opportunity with victory over Ecuador but the losing finalists in 2014 will be looking to go one better. Squad news:  Goalkeepers: Sergio…

FIFA World Cup Squads: Group C

Group C France Coach: Didier Deschamps Star player: Antoine Griezmann World Cup best: Winners 1998 How they got here: Knocked out in the quarter-finals in 2014, France have built a hugely impressive squad and will hope to make up for their near miss on home soil in Euro 2016, when they lost in the final to Portugal. Squad news: …

FIFA World Cup Squads: Group B

Group B Portugal Coach: Fernando Santos Star player: Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup best: Third place 1966 How they got here: Portugal enjoyed a real battle with Switzerland for automatic qualification but came out on top. Looking to continue their unbeaten run at tournaments after winning their first major title at Euro 2016. Squad news:  Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyonnais), Beto…

FIFA World Cup Squads: Group A

Group A Russia Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov Star player: Fyodor Smolov World Cup best: First round 1994, 2002, 2014 (Soviet Union finished fourth in 1966) How they got here: Russia qualified automatically as hosts and will be desperate to improve their poor recent record at major tournaments. They have not won a match since Euro 2012 and, since the break…

With a push, Durant gets Warriors over the line

HOUSTON — Kevin Durant waited for the ball to come his way and it never reached his outstretched hand. James Harden knew where Draymond Green wanted to go with the ball, jumped the pass, knocked the ball ahead and scooped it up for an emphatic, one-handed jam that put the Houston Rockets up 15 points…

Afghanistan pick four spinners for inaugural Test

Afghanistan have picked four spinners – fingerspinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Amir Hamza and wristspinners Rashid Khan and Zahir Khan – in their 16-man squad for their inaugural Test, against India in Bengaluru from June 14. While Mujeeb and Rashid are coming off successful IPL stints with Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, left-arm…