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More Sports in Brief - Tridents sign off with win

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

BANGALORE, India (CMC): Barbados Tridents defeated Northern Districts by six wickets in their final match of the Champions League Twenty20 Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium yesterday.

Scores: Northern Districts 135-8 off 19 overs (Anton Devcich 47; BJ Watling 29, Ravi Rampaul 3-24, Rayad Emrit 2-26, Dilshan Munaweera 2-10).

Barbados Tridents 138-4 off 18.4/19 overs (James Franklin 33 not out, Jonathan Carter 30, Ish Sodhi 3-18).

4-2 victory for Reggae Girlz

FLORIDA, United States (CMC): Jamaica's senior women's football team recovered to beat Florida Kraze Krush 4-2 in a practice match ahead of the CONCACAF Women's Championship to be staged in the US from October 15 to 26.

The Senior Reggae Girlz, who are participating in a training camp, stormed back with four second-half goals after Florida led 2-0 at the interval at the weekend.

A double from Jodi-Ann McGregor and one goal each from Donna-Kay Henry and Christina Murray helped turn the tide against Florida Kraze Krush, a top-ranked team in the US.

The Jamaica team is set to play another warm-up game today.

Jamaica, drawn in Group B, open their account at the CONCACAF tournament versus Martinique at the Sporting Park in Kansas on October 16, before facing Costa Rica and Mexico.

The top three teams at the championship will automatically qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada.

Nadal dominates in return

BEIJING (AP): Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open yesterday.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced to the second round in vastly different fashion.

The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 20-0 at the China Open with a routine 6-2, 6-1 win over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, while Murray took 21/2 hours to put away Poland's Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-2.

Nadal injured his right wrist while practising on his home island of Majorca in late July, missing the entire North American hard-court season, including the defence of his title at the US Open.

He hadn't played a match since his surprising fourth-round exit at Wimbledon to Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, but the 14-time major winner never looked in trouble against Gasquet, a semi-finalist at the 2013 US Open who has slumped to 22nd in the rankings.

Olympian Phelps says sorry

BALTIMORE (AP): Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps has apologised for his latest brush with the law, saying he is "deeply sorry to everyone I have let down" with an arrest early yesterday on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police charged the 18-time gold medallist after officers said he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when pulled over in his native Baltimore.

This is the second time Phelps has been arrested on drunken-driving charges, the first coming in 2004 after he competed at the Athens Olympics. He also was photographed using a marijuana pipe after the 2008 Beijing Games, which resulted in a three-month suspension from USA Swimming.

Phelps issued a statement saying he understood "the severity of my actions" and took "full responsibility."

He is hoping to compete in his fifth Olympics at Rio de Janeiro.