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Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Baptiste pulls out of World Relays

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Top Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Kelly-Ann Baptiste has pulled out of this weekend's IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas for personal reasons, officials here have announced.

Baptiste was part of a 23-athlete T&T contingent for the games, announced by the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA) last week.

A release from the NAAA announcing her withdrawal, dismissed suggestions that it was related to her recently completed 21 month ban for doping.

"Her withdrawal is not related to any prior issue and is merely to allow her to address urgent personal matters," the statement said.

T&T backs Narine

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has expressed support for West Indies spinner Sunil Narine who has been banned from bowling off breaks in matches organised by the BCCI.

The TCCB has dispatched a letter to Narine pledging its support and offering assistance to the spinner whose ban also extends to matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The BCCI has also threatened to suspend Narine if he uses the offbreak again in the ongoing IPL but he is allowed to continue bowling his other deliveries.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board are very supportive of Sunil Narine as he currently embarks on addressing the issues raised by the BCCI concerning his bowling action," said chief executive officer of the TTCB, Suruj Ragoonath.

"We are fully committed to assisting Sunil in whatever way he needs our support. We know it is a trying time and it's difficult but we know Sunil has the necessary resolve to overcome this situation and continue to mesmerise batsmen around the world."

Grenadian player jailed in England

BIRMINGHAM, England (CMC): Grenada international and former Premier League striker Delroy Facey was jailed for two and a half years on Wednesday after being convicted of plotting to bribe lower league players in England.

Facey, 35, who represented Grenada in the Caribbean Cup and also played in England for Bolton, West Bromwich and Hull, was found guilty of conspiracy to bribe non-league players.

However Facey, whose mother was born in Grenada and father is Jamaican, denied any wrong doing during a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown court.

He claimed he thought two corrupt businessmen offering him up to 15,000 pounds for his part in the plot were 'class clowns' whom he decided to 'humour'.