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Published:Tuesday | July 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Volleyballers preparing for Caribbean champs

Preparations for the Caribbean Volleyball Championship are in high gear as the national senior male and female squads began their training camp yesterday. From a squad of 40 players, 24 will be chosen - 12 males and 12 females. Fresh from the World Championship qualifiers, the women's team - which won third place and saw Sasha-Lee Wallen and Lecia Brown securing best blocker awards, and Simone Asque securing best server of the tournament - is expected to dominate.

Nine overseas players are vying for spots on the teams: five women and four men. The women are Sasha-Lee Wallen, Lecia Brown, Gillian Asque, Simone Asque and Karensa Beckford. The men are Jamion Hartley, Jordan Darlington, Joel Miller and Nathan Murdock.

Sammy for Big Bash

TASMANIA, Australia (CMC):

West Indies T20 captain Darren Sammy is to make his debut in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) this summer after signing with the Hobart Hurricanes.

"With players like George Bailey, Alex Hales and Ben Dunk, there is a lot of exciting talent in the team already," Sammy said. "I am really looking forward to coming to Tasmania and taking part in the Big Bash League."

Sammy is expected to represent Hobart in the first six matches of the tournament before joining West Indies for their training camp ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Rodriguez headed for Madrid


James Rodriguez, the Colombia striker who was the top scorer at the World Cup, is closing in on a deal with Real Madrid. The 23-year-old Monaco forward scored six goals in Brazil, including a spectacular volley against Uruguay in the second round.

Spanish sports newspaper As said yesterday that Monaco had agreed terms with Madrid, whose president Florentino Perez had delayed his flight to Los Angeles where the club's squad has some preseason training.

Marca and As said Madrid had agreed with Monaco on a price of 80 million euros ($108 million) for Rodriguez and that the player would join the squad on the first day of August.