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T&T lose Cooper to Bangladesh

PORT OF SPAIN – Trinidad and Tobago will be without the services of all-rounder Kevon Cooper for the remainder of their Caribbean Twenty20 Cricket Championships.

The medium-pacer has left for Bangladesh to link up with the Chittagong Kings for the second season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty competition, which bowls off on Friday.

Cooper will line up with Chittagong Kings for the BPL, and his absence from the T&T squad for their remaining CT20 fixtures is a big blow to the defending champions’ bowing attack, which is already strained with the absence of key fast bowler Ravi Rampaul who is on the injured list.

Cooper said he was excited to be heading back to Bangladesh for a second stint with Chittagong Kings, but insisted that it was a bitter-sweet feeling for him leaving the T&T camp in the middle of their Caribbean T20 campaign.†


McIlroy Nike’s new spokesman

Rory McIlroy

LONDON – Golfer Rory McIlroy has been unveiled as Nike’s new brand ambassador in Abu Dhabi, making him one of the highest paid sports stars in the world.

The exact detail of the sponsorship may never be revealed, but it has been reported to be worth around $100m (62m) to $125m (77m) over five years.That could earn the County Down golfer around $50,000 (31,000) a day.

Tiger Woods has been Nike’s standard-bearer for 16 years, but the world number one will be paid even more.

“I chose Nike for a number of reasons,” said McIlroy. “They are committed to being the best, as am I. Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”

The 23-year-old from Holywood, County Down, earned over $13m in prize money last season, and about $12m-$15m in endorsements and appearance money.†


Football mediation ‘the model for WICB’

GEORGETOWN – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony has expressed his satisfaction over the mediation process between the Guyana Football Federation and the Georgetown Football Association that seemingly brought an end to the long-standing impasse between the two factions. And he has suggested that there are lessons to be learnt by the West Indies Cricket Board and the way mediation processes are handled in cricket.

The world football governing body FIFA and CONCACAF contributed to the resolution of the impasse.

According to Anthony the intervention of CONCACAF and FIFA in a domestic matter gave the rest of the region a good example of how international bodies ought to operate. He said he hoped the West Indies Cricket Board paid keen attention to what was considered mediation, attempting to draw a parallel with the current cricket imbroglio involving the GCB and the Government-linked Interim Management Committee that has seen Guyana’s cricket administration become fractured.

During private meetings held at the Pegasus Hotel last week, officials representing the GFF and the GFA, CONCACAF and FIFA agreed to a set of statutes that should see an end to the long-standing dispute that engulfed the GFF and GFA for the last two years.

Mainly among the Agreement was the GFA’s permanent withdrawal of all legal actions lodged before the Courts of Guyana against the GFF by 14 January 2013; and GFF’s immediate reinstatement of all membership rights to the GFA upon withdrawal of all aforementioned legal actions, which has to include GFA’s right to vote at the GFF elections.

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