Semi-final battle looms in Women's T20
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC):The battle for supremacy in the West Indies Women's T20 tournament has reached the semi-final stage in Grenada following three preliminary rounds. Barbados will play Trinidad and Tobago in one semi-final, while Jamaica will take on Guyana in the other fixture.
Barbados and Guyana have won all three preliminary-round matches played, while Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have lost one game each. Both matches will be played today, following yesterday's rest day in the tournament that followed the West Indies Women Super 50.
The semi-final games will be played at the Tanteen playing field and the Grenada National Stadium and will be preceded by play-offs between St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica and St Lucia against host country Grenada.
The final will be played on Thursday at the national cricket stadium.
Ramdass wants WI spot
TORONTO, Canada (CMC):Former West Indies opening batsman Ryan Ramdass wants to reclaim his place on the Guyana and West Indies teams after a run spree in the Toronto and District Cricket Association Elite 50-over tournament.
Ramdass, who represented the Caribbean side in a solitary one-day international and Test match, says he is back to full fitness and ready mentally and physically to play at the highest level again.
" I (am) definitely working very hard on my game," said the 30-year-old cricketer who featured in 21 first-class matches for his native country, but picked up a shoulder injury which kept him out of action for the past seven years.
"I just feel I can make a big contribution to Guyana's and West Indies' cricket again, but I know runs are very important, and playing in Canada professionally helps my game and confidence tremendously."
ISTANBUL (AP):Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces at least three months on the sidelines, dealing a blow to the team's early-season hopes. The England international injured his left knee in Arsenal's Premier League opener on Saturday which ended in a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa.
Manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday that Oxlade-Chamberlain has a posterior cruciate problem - "a ligament which is stretched" - but he is not expected to require surgery.
Wenger said Oxlade-Chamberlain was facing at least six weeks out, but the player later said he faced a lay-off twice as long.
"Gutted I'm injured so early in the season," Oxlade-Chamberlain wrote on Twitter. "But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in three months."
Russian female runners: kisses not a protest
MOSCOW (AP):Quick kisses exchanged by four Russian female sprinters, exuberant after winning a relay race at the World Championships in Moscow, have set off a flurry of speculation that they were protesting Russia's new controversial law against gays. But two of the athletes, who appeared to brush lips while kissing each other on the cheek, insisted yesterday that was not the case.
Kseniya Ryzhova, one of the 4x400-metre relay winners, said: "The storm of emotions going through us was incredible. And if we, accidentally, while congratulating each other, touched lips, excuse me. We think the whole fuss is more of a sick fantasy not grounded in anything."
Russian women often kiss one another on the cheek when celebrating a happy occasion or even just in greeting.
Brazilian player criticised for photo of kiss
SAO PAULO (AP):A photo of Corinthians striker Emerson kissing a male friend has caused backlash among fans in Brazil. Emerson was heavily criticised on social media and a group of Corinthians supporters went to the team's training site on Monday carrying a banner condemning the kiss.
The player described the criticism as "foolish" and "unnecessary". He also called football's environment "chauvinistic".
He said the photo, posted on Instagram after a Corinthians' match on Sunday, only reflected a playful moment while he was dining with his girlfriend and friends at a restaurant. He said the man in the photograph is a longtime friend whose wife is nine months pregnant with the couple's third child.
Van Persie tops player poll
LONDON (AP):Robin van Persie held off last year's winner Lionel Messi to be voted player of the week in the first round of The Associated Press global football poll.
Both players scored twice, but Van Persie's acrobatic volley and long-range goal in Manchester United's 4-1 win over Swansea in the Premier League gave the Dutchman the edge over Messi by five points.
Monaco forward Emmanuel Riviere, who scored his first career hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Montpellier in the French league, finished third.
Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas took fourth place after being instrumental in Barcelona's 7-0 thrashing of Levante in the Spanish league. Barcelona won 221 of 230 points to finish in front of United, Chelsea, Juventus and Monaco in the team poll.