'Panama squarely in T&T's sights'
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC):
Even though Trinidad and Tobago are eyeing wins in both upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the space of five days, midfielder Kevan George said they will be fully concentrated on the first assignment against Panama today.
"Right now it's not an option," said the 27-year-old, who plies his trade in the North American Soccer League.
"We have to come together as a unit and get a result on Friday."
T&T face a tricky double-header, with CONCACAF giants Mexico the next opponents next Tuesday. After suffering defeats in their opening games of the confederation qualifying final round last November, the hosts know that only two positive results will revive their flagging campaign.
Panama and Mexico are yet to lose in the competition, with both winning one and drawing one to sit third and second, respectively, on four points.
Sarfraz: WI series vital for morale
KARACHI, Pakistan, (CMC):
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes positive results on the tour of West Indies starting this weekend will be important in boosting team morale in the wake of yet another cricket corruption scandal.
Five players were recently suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board on charges related to spot-fixing during the just-concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), casting a dark shadow once again over Pakistan cricket.
Two of the players Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were members of the limited overs side and will now miss the Twenty20 and one-day series against West Indies.
"I don't want to comment on the PSL issue, but yes, we are going through tough times, and we need to do well in the upcoming series to boost our people," Sarfraz said prior to the team's departure for the Caribbean on Tuesday.
Pakistan face West Indies on Sunday in the first Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval in Barbados before contesting the remaining three games of the series at Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad.
English FA condemns 'insulting' fan chants at Germany game
LONDON, England (AP):
The English Football Association has condemned "insulting" chants by fans at Wednesday's game against Germany, referencing past wars between the countries.
Before the 1-0 loss on Wednesday, England fans booed the Germany anthem and sang distasteful songs referencing the First and Second World Wars.
FA chairman Greg Clarke said yesterday that "the behaviour of a section of the England support in Dortmund last night was inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing."
Clarke expressed frustration that supporters chanted "songs that could be regarded as insulting to others" and said the FA is trying to address the problem with fan groups.