Same time final round kick-off
All three matches on the last day of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in CONCACAF will kick off simultaneously, officials announced over the weekend. The host teams have agreed that the October 15 fixtures will start at 9:00 p.m. ET, since each of the encounters is expected to have bearing on qualification and the final table.
Panama play United States, Jamaica take on Honduras and Costa Rica and Mexico will do battle.
Astwood CAREBACO president
Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) officer, Audley Astwood, was elected president of the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) at its annual general meeting and election last Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The full slate of executive members elected are: president, Audley Astwood (Jamaica); vice-president, Dr. Generoso Castillo (Dominican Republic); secretary, Gokarn Ramdhani (Guyana); treasurer, Dionne Haynes (Barbados); and floor members - Zeudi Mack (Trinidad & Tobago), Redon Coulor (Suriname) and Gloria Chung (Barbados).
At the AGM, Jamaica was offered to host the 2014 CARBECAO Championships, a tournament that is contested in five age groups, as well as an open international event.
Jamaica finished with a medal haul of 21 - a breakdown of six gold, five silver and 10 bronze - at the championships that was held from September 8-14 in San Juan Puerto Rico.
Bach resigns from German body
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP):
Thomas Bach has resigned as head of Germany's national sports body to assume his new role as president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The German Olympic Sports Confederation, or DOSB, announced Bach's official resignation yesterday, with Hans-Peter Kraemer taking over on an interim basis.
Bach was elected IOC president last week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, succeeding Jacques Rogge.
Bach informed the DOSB that he is also resigning as president of the Ghorfa Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Some Jewish groups claimed the group is anti-Israeli.
Bach is also relinquishing his position on the court of appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He will visit his new offices at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, today.
Cilic suspended for doping violation
The International Tennis Federation says Croatian player Marin Cilic has been suspended for nine months for a doping violation. The suspension was back dated to May 1, so Cilic will be able to return to the tennis circuit on January 31.
Cilic tested positive for nikethamide, a stimulant, in Munich.
The ITF says an independent tribunal found that Cilic "ingested the nikethamide inadvertently as a result of taking the Coramine glucose tablets, and did not intend to enhance his performance in doing so."