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…

Liverpool sign Brazilian Fabinho

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Fabinho from AS Monaco, the Premier League club said on Monday. British newspapers reported that Liverpool will pay about £40 million for the 24-year-old who will move to Anfield on July 1. “I am really excited about this move,” Fabinho told the Liverpool website. “This is…

Guyana’s Sachia Vickery suffers 1st round defeat

French Open Sachia Vickery’s campaign in the 2018 French Open unfortunately came to a swift end, as she lost in the opening round on Monday at Roland Garros. The USA-based Guyanese lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, to USA’s Madison Keys, the World Tennis Association’s (WTA) 13th ranked female player. Despite the defeat, Vickery gained…

Golden Jags captain is UEFA ‘A’ Licence certified

Captain of Guyana’s senior men’s national team the Golden Jaguars, Samuel Peter Cox, has completed his Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) ‘A’ Licence course. In doing so, he has become the youngest Guyanese with a UEFA ‘A’ Licence. A UEFA ‘A’ Licence is a coaching licence mandated by UEFA, the official governing body of European…

Anna Regina thrash Abram Zuil by 10 wickets to retain title

MOE /GCB/GTM Inter-Secondary School Under-17 Cricket Championship League Anna Regina Secondary regained their Championship crown by thrashing Abram Zuil Secondary by 10 wickets in last Wednesday’s final of the Inter-Secondary School Under-17 Cricket Championships sponsored by the Ministry of Education, the Guyana Cricket Board and the Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Insurance Company Limited. In the…