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Published:Wednesday | January 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WICB seeks ICC assistance

ST JOHN'S, Antigua:

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) communicated its intent yesterday to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to find a workable solution for the premature end of the West Indies tour of India in October 2014.

WICB president Dave Cameron met with some of the directors of Internation Cricket Council and sought their assistance in resolving the issue. Their support is much appreciated and welcomed by the WICB.

The WICB is hopeful of finding a workable solution and to this end will send a delegation to meet with the BCCI in the coming weeks.

Indian garment company to sponsor WI

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Yepme, an online shopping company based in India, will be the West Indies team sponsor for the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next month, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced yesterday.

"We welcome Yepme to the West Indies cricket family of sponsors and partners for the world's premier cricket event - the ICC Cricket World Cup," WICB commercial manager Nelecia Yeates said. "We look forward to a mutually beneficial association as the West Indies team remains one of the most attractive cricket teams in the world and will be one of the favourite teams in the World Cup."

Yepme, established in April 2011, is headquartered in the north Indian state of Haryana and specialises in online retailing of men and women's garments and accessories.

"We are very excited about this sponsorship with West Indies team in the ICC World Cup. Being the third-largest sports tournament in the world, which will be seen in more than 182 countries, it's a huge opportunity for Yepme to strengthen its vision as a global brand," said Sandeep Sharma, founder and chief operations officer of Yepme.

Chelsea reach final

LONDON (AP):

Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea into the League Cup final with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool yesterday, settling an enthralling semi-final in extra-time. After a 1-1 draw in the first leg, Ivanovic rose to meet Willian's free-kick in the 94th minute at Stamford Bridge to secure Chelsea's progress.

The Premier League leaders were fortunate to complete the heated and compelling game with 11 men after Diego Costa avoided punishment for stamping on Liverpool duo Emre Can and Martin Skrtel. Chelsea, which won the competition in 2005 and 2007 under Mourinho, will discover their opponents for the March 1 final at Wembley Stadium today. Tottenham lead Sheffield United 1-0 heading to Bramall Lane.

Atletico, Barcelona in titanic clash

MADRID (AP):

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona fittingly have today in Spanish football all to themselves for the return leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final. All eyes will be on Vicente Calderon Stadium, where visiting Barcelona bring a 1-0 advantage. The other three return legs are tomorrow, when Espanyol take a 3-1 lead into Sevilla, Villarreal go to Getafe 1-0 up and Athletic Bilbao and Malaga start without a goal.