DUBAI, UAE (CMC):
Two of the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) most promising cricketers have been awarded with scholarships by Jamaica and West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle.
Sixteen-year-old Shorye Chopra and Kartik Shekar won the Spartan Scholarship based on their outstanding performances for UAE junior team and in domestic tournaments.
The young cricketers will get to use the Spartan bat that both Gayle and Australia captain Michael Clarke use in international cricket. In all, the teenagers each received Spartan cricket equipment worth more than 5,000 UAE Dirham (US$1,300).
They were chosen after Sun and Sand Sport conducted a country-wide search for budding talent.
T&T to host Super50 for three years
ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):
Trinidad and Tobago will host the Regional Super50 Cricket Tournament for the next three years, according to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
The regional body awarded Trinidad & Tobago the 2014 to 2016 tournament after the government, through the Ministry of Tourism, gave a commitment to provide support in the hosting of the limited overs series.
The tournament will feature eight teams and will be televised live throughout the Caribbean.
The 2014 edition of the tournament will be played from January 30 to February 16 in Trinidad and Tobago, with two matches to be played in Tobago. All the other matches will be day/night matches.
World cycling champ for St Lucia
CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):
Top Venezuelan cyclist Daniela Larreal will be the leading participant of a sports and recreational cycling activity to be held in St Lucia on October 6.
The event is being spearheaded by the Embassy of Venezuela, in conjunction with the Embassy of Cuba in St Lucia, the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and the St Lucia Cycling Association.
It is anticipated to be a ride that will promote physical activity and sport, with a wide cross section of the St Lucian public being invited to register and participate.
Larreal has been World, Central American, Pan American and South American champion, as well as winning the ALBA Games in Trinidad and Tobago and Bolivia.
Messi out for 2-3 weeks with injury
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Barcelona's Lionel Messi will be sidelined for two to three weeks with an injury to his right leg, ruling him out of tomorrow's Champions League match at Celtic and two World Cup qualifiers for Argentina.
Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of their squad for the trip to Glasgow.
That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. The little-used Bartra played perhaps his best game for Barcelona in Saturday's 2-0 win at Almeria.
Messi hurt a muscle in his right thigh after scoring in Barcelona's victory.
Raonic wins Thailand Open
Milos Raonic of Canada upset top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-3 to claim his fifth title at the Thailand Open yesterday.
The No. 11-ranked Raonic put up 18 aces to beat his No. 6-ranked opponent in the final at the Impact Arena in one hour, 17 minutes.
In the doubles final, third-seeded Jamie Murray of Great Britain and John Peers of Australia beat fourth-seeded Tomasz Bednarek of Poland and Johan Brunstrom of Sweden 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.
It was Raonic's fifth tour victory, adding to the three in San Jose from 2011-13 and Chennai in 2012. He also improved his unbeaten record over Berdych to 2-0 after also beating the Czech player in the Cincinnati Masters last year.
Monaco level with PSG
Monaco moved level with title rival Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the French league yesterday after drawing 1-1 against an impressive Reims side.
Reims, who had drawn their previous four matches, took a surprise lead in the fourth minute when an unmarked Antoine Devaux headed in a perfect cross from Atila Turan.
Monaco levelled less than 10 minutes later with a fantastic free kick from Moutinho, who curled it in at the near post from 22 metres out. It was the first time a player other than Emmanuel Riviere or Radamel Falcao had scored for Monaco this season.
Roma on a cruise
Roma maintained their perfect start to the season with a 5-0 win over Bologna to return to the top of Serie A (15 points) yesterday while Juventus kept up the pressure on the capital side with a 1-0 victory in a heated derby at city rivals Torino.
Roma are two points clear of Juventus and Napoli, with Inter Milan a further two points behind after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Cagliari.
Elsewhere, Sassuolo picked up a second point, coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 against high-flying Lazio, while striker German Denis tormented former club Udinese as his two goals gave Atalanta a controversial 2-0 win.
Also, it was: Catania 2 Chievo Verona 0 and Hellas Verona 2 Livorno 1.
Impact, Fire in 2-2 draw
BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (AP):
Marco Di Vaio and Maxim Tissot scored goals as the Montreal Impact rallied to a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday night and reignite the Impact's season after consecutive MLS losses.
Di Vaio's league-leading 19th goal had given the Impact a 1-0 lead in the 25th, before Fire forward Mike Magee scored twice in a 16-minute span, putting Chicago ahead 2-1 in the 73rd. Magee spurned his hat-trick opportunity sending a penalty kick off the crossbar.
Tissot salvaged a point for Montreal in the 87th minute, after he was left alone in the penalty area, he took a loose ball and deftly headed it past sprawling goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
Other results: Vancouver 0 Real Salt Lake 1; Toronto 4 D.C. United 1; New England 2 Houston 2.