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Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2015 | 7:00 AM
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Warriors defender

says sorry

NEW JERSEY, United States (CMC):

Trinidad and Tobago defender Daniel Cyrus has apologised to teammates and his country for squandering a penalty that would have taken them into the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Soca Warriors lost a dramatic penalty shootout against Panama in Sunday's quarter-finals, on the hunt for their first Gold Cup semi-final berth in 15 years.

Cyrus and Lester Peltier missed crucial spot kicks as Trinidad and Tobago tumbled out of the tournament.

"I am sorry," the Vietnam-based defender said.

"I want to apologise to the nation and my team for that miss".

Panama prevailed 6-5 on penalties after the game remained deadlocked at 1-1 after full time and added extra time.

Bairstow in for Ballance

LONDON (AP):

Gary Ballance has paid the price for England's misfiring top order and will be replaced by Jonny Bairstow in the team to face Australia in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston next week.

Ballance, who has a career average of nearly 48, has averaged 16.75 in his last eight innings against Australia and New Zealand. He made 23 and 14 in the 405-run defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord's, which levelled the series at 1-1, and was the only change in the squad yesterday.

Despite scoring more runs, 98 in the series so far, than Adam Lyth, 50, or Ian Bell, 73, the latter two were spared.

The third Test begins on July 29.

England: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.

Sterling on target for City

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):

Raheem Sterling took less than three minutes to score his first goal in a Manchester City shirt as the English club beat Roma 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw yesterday in a preseason friendly.

Sterling, who moved from Liverpool to City last week in a £49 million ($76 million) deal that made him the most expensive English signing ever, scored after running on to a lofted pass from Kelechi Iheanacho.

Roma equalised five

minutes later when Miralem Pjanic scored with a powerful strike from outside the box at the end of a deft combination involving Daniele De Rossi, Francesco Totti and Gervinho.

Iheanacho restored the lead for City six minutes into the second half when he swooped on a wayward Roma back pass by second-half substitute Ashley Cole and sent the ball into the top right of the net from the

centre of the box. But Roma

levelled again in the 87th minute from a free kick by Adem Llajic after Seydou Doumbia was brought down by Yaya Toure at the edge of the box.