First ODI abandoned
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
The first one-day international between West Indies Women and England Women was abandoned yesterday because of persistent rain.
The start of play was initially delayed until 2 p.m. Eastern Caribbean time because of sporadic showers which forced groundsmen at the Queen's Park Oval to keep the covers on for most of the scheduled morning session.
Between the scheduled start and the actual start, there were two rare moments of hope.
The rain poured constantly except for two brief periods when the groundsmen were allowed to work on the pitch.
Murray for Dream Cup
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will headline Barbados' Dream Cup opening next month.
Organisers say the Dream Cup, into its third year, was organised to promote opportunities for young, aspiring Barbadians, through the creation of a world-class tennis event.
The November 28 to December 1 tournament will be covered live by ESPN while the Trinidad-based media partner Toute Bagai Publishing Company, producers of MACO publications, will promote the event to neighbouring islands and to the diaspora through their travel portal macocaribbean.com.
The 26-year-old Scotland-born Murray, who has agreed to be part of the 2013 event, has been playing for Britain since the age of 12 and is currently ranked number three in the world.
PCB chairman suspended then restored
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) interim chairman Najam Sethi was suspended by a judge on Monday but two hours later an appeals bench issued a stay against the decision.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Sidiqui suspended Sethi for not complying with his earlier order to hold new election for chairman by October 18.
The judge also asked retired judge Munir A. Sheikh to conduct a fresh election by the third week of November.
But within hours, a two-member appeals bench in the IHC issued a stay order against Aziz's decision until November 4 on an application already filed by the PCB.
Rest for captain Cook
PERTH, Australia (AP):
England skipper Alastair Cook sat out a practice game yesterday to receive treatment to his back and could miss a three-day tour match beginning tomorrow against a Western Australia Chairman's XI.
Cook, who averaged 127 during his last Ashes series in Australia, is expected to be fit for the first Test beginning November 21 in Brisbane.
England batsman Ian Bell says, "I'm sure he'll be fine ... . Obviously a long flight isn't always easy. He'll be right in the next week or so."
Bell played a key role in England's 3-0 series triumph over Australia earlier this year, scoring three centuries at an average of 62.4.
ISSA netball second round starts Friday
The ISSA/Digicel Corporate Area schoolgirls netball competition will move into second-round action on Friday at the Leila Robinson Courts.
There will be two groups in both the junior and senior sections. Defending junior champions,The Queen's School, are placed in Group Two along with Hydel, Bridgeport, Meadowbrook, Tarrant, and St Jago High. Group One will see former champions St Hugh's High leading the way. Also in this group are Norman Manley High, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), St Catherine High, Gaynstead High, and Camperdown High.
Queen's, who are also the defending champions among the seniors, are placed in Group Two along with St Hugh's, Alpha, St Catherine, Excelsior, and St Jago. Friday's matches: Queen's vs Tarrant (juniors) at 2:00 and Queen's vs Excelsior (seniors) immediately after the opening game.
All other teams will be in action next Tuesday starting at 2 p.m.
Juniors: Camperdown vs Norman Manley, St Hugh's vs Alpha, St Catherine vs Gaynstead, St Jago High vs Hydel, and Bridgeport vs Meadowbrook.
Seniors: Camperdown vs Norman Manley, St Jago vs St Hugh's, Alpha vs St Catherine, Ardenne vs St Andrew, and Holy Childhood vs Mona High.
Gasquet beats Verdasco
Richard Gasquet beat Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3 yesterday in the second round of the Paris Masters to stay in the race for a World Tour Finals spot.
The ninth-seeded Frenchman converted his fifth match point when Verdasco sent a backhand long.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Juan Martin del Potro, and Tomas Berdych have already qualified for the tournament in London next week. There are still three spots up for grabs as Andy Murray withdrew from the season-ending event to recover from back surgery.
In first-round matches, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria rallied past two-time semi-finalist Michael Llodra of France 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, and Spanish lucky loser Pablo Andujar overcame Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Bangladesh win first ODI
MIRPUR, Bangladesh (AP):
Fast bowler Rubel Hossain took a hat-trick and a career-best 6-26 to help Bangladesh win the rain-affected first one-day international against New Zealand by 43 runs yesterday.
New Zealand were 82-3 after 20 overs when unexpected rain delayed the match for 105 minutes. Given a revised, tougher target of 206 off 33 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method, the Kiwis were all out for 162 in 29.5 overs at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Kane Williamson, who bowled without taking a wicket, did not bat because he was hurt.
Bangladesh was dismissed in 49.5 overs for 265, their highest score against New Zealand. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 90 and Naeem Islam made 84.
Costa picks Spain
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa sent a letter to the Brazilian football federation yesterday saying his intention is to play for his adopted country, Spain.
The Spanish federation said on its website that Diego Costa had written to the secretary general of the Brazilian football federation, Julio Cesar Avelleda, indicating his "desire to be at the disposal of (Spanish) national coach Vicente del Bosque".
Diego Costa had already said that he was willing to play for Spain. The letter comes after Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari responded by saying that he planned to select the in-form forward this Thursday for friendlies against Chile and Honduras in November.
In March, Scolari picked Diego Costa for friendlies. But he spent only a few minutes on the field when Brazil faced Russia and Italy. Diego Costa is still eligible to play for Spain because the friendlies are not considered official matches.