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Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

T&T U-17s lose to Panama


Trinidad and Tobago's Under-17 football team suffered a 4-0 loss to Panama in their opening warm-up match of a two game series in Panama City Monday night.

The training matches are part of T&T's preparations for the CONCACAF final round of World Cup qualification starting next weekend.

Coach Shawn Cooper said the game proved to be a firm test for the young Trinidadians, but dismissed the scoreline as not particularly significant.

"It was a very good exercise for us. The scoreline was not what we would have wanted, but that's not the most important thing for us at the moment," Cooper explained.

Their opening match in the qualifiers in Honduras is against Guatemala at the Francisco Morazan Stadium, San Pedro Sula on February 27.

TTCB to meet with coach Logie

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Coach of the struggling Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, Gus Logie, is to be called into a meeting with the country's cricket authorities to discuss their participation in the current WICB Professional League.

Red Force are languishing almost at the bottom of the table, and the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) says it wants to meet with Logie to discuss the team's poor performance.

"The thing is we haven't had a formal meeting with him in the last few weeks," said Patrick Rampersad, third vice-president of the TTCB.

"We had a meeting with him prior to the commencement of the (Four-Day) Tournament. We were all on the same page as to what we want to achieve and all those things."

The Red Force have suffered heavy defeats away to the Windward Islands Volcanoes and the Barbados Pride, following home losses to the Jamaica Franchise and the Guyana Jaguars.

Raonic upset by Italy's Bolelli


Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada was knocked out of the Open 13 in his first match yesterday after a shock 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) second-round loss to Simone Bolelli.

It was the Italian's first victory over a top-10 player following 35 defeats.

Raonic, who had a first-round bye, hit 21 aces to Bolelli's seven, but converted just one of eight break-point opportunities.

Bolelli faces seventh-seeded Gael Monfils of France in the quarter-finals.

Another seeded player, No. 6 David Goffin of Belgium, retired with a rib injury when losing 5-1 to Austria's Dominic Thiem.

The 21-year-old Thiem next plays Roberto Bautista-Agut.