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 Jamaica volleyballers denied US visa


Three members of Jamaica's Under-19 beach volleyball teams have been denied United States visas, which would have allowed them to pass through that country en route to Portugal for next month's FIVB World-level Championship.

They are Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan on the boys' team and Tionna Graham on the girls' outfit. The second player making up the girls' team, Lisanne Roofe, already has a US visa. The denial of the US visas came after the agent at the embassy reportedly expressed doubt that a beach volleyball team is made up of only two players, as opposed to six players.

"Travelling through the US would have cost approximately US$2,500 per player, but we will now have to try to source money to pay approximately US$4,000 per player, at best, to take another route," stated Major Warrenton Dixon, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association. "We may also have to apply for two to three more visas and hope that time and decisions work in our favour."

Altidore leads US past Honduras

SANDY, Utah (AP):

Jozy Altidore scored the lone goal to lead the United States past Honduras 1-0 on Tuesday night and a step closer to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. The United States lead the six-team CONCACAF qualifying group with 13 points, ahead of Costa Rica with 11 and Mexico on eight, with four games remaining. Honduras are fourth with seven points.

The top-three teams advance to the World Cup, while the fourth team goes to a play-off with Oceania-winner New Zealand.

After several second-half near misses, the United States got their goal in the 73rd minute when Altidore collected a pass from Fabian Johnson and beat Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

Costa Rica blank Panama

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP):

Goals by Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges put Costa Rica in a stronger position to qualify for next year's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Panama on Tuesday night.

The Costa Ricans have 11 points from six matches with a 3-1-2 record. That trails only the United States (4-1-1), which beat Honduras earlier in the night.

Ruiz opened the scoring on a free kick in the 49th minute and Borges clinched it just about two minutes later from long distance in steady rain at the National Stadium.

Panama have six points on a 1-2-3 record and are fifth of the six teams.

Khan among candidates for PCB chairman


A Pakistan government lawyer says former captain Majid Khan is among three candidates for the post of acting chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Lawyer Irfanullah informed Islamabad High Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddique that commentator Chishtie Mujahid and former chief of the Federal Board of Revenue Mumtaz Haider Rizvi are the other two candidates.

Irfanullah also informed the judge that the names have been forwarded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who will select the winning candidate. Last month, Siddique suspended Zaka Ashraf, terming his election as PCB chairman "polluted" after a petition filed by a former cricket official from Rawalpindi.

Siddique asked the government to appoint a new PCB chairman by end of this week and inform the court on June 24.