Reggae Marathon: Early-birdregistration closes July 31As the early-bird registration period to participate in this year’s Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K draws close to its July 31 deadline, runners from Saudia Arabia have registered for the first time, joining others from such countries as United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium and Poland. To date, there has been a 29 per cent increase in registration at this time, compared to last year.According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director for the event, there has been a significant increase in traffic on the event’s updated website, and most of the promotion of the event is being done through several social-media channels.Francis has encouraged local schools, corporate teams and individuals to register on line and take advantage of the discounted rates up to the end of this month.”At the close of the early-bird offer, the prices will increase for both local and international participants, with a further hike in the fees when purchased on site at the event,” he said. The registration site is: http://www.reggaemarathon.com.Guyana Amazon Warriors defeat T&T Red SteelPROVIDENCE, Guyana (CMC):A brilliant half-century from Lendl Simmons catapulted Guyana Amazon Warriors to a seven-wicket victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel in the 30th game of the Caribbean Premier League here on Tuesday.Simmons towered above challenging batting conditions with an outstanding unbeaten 65 as Warriors prevented Red Steel from topping the table and securing a direct entry to the finals of the competition.South African pacer Marchant de Lange shattered the Red Steel top order with a destructive four-wicket haul while Sunil Narine and Devendra Bishoo choked the visitors in the middle overs.Brad Hodge contributed a responsible 33 as Warriors secured victory with 18 balls remaining after restricting Red Steel to 117 for eight in 20 overs at the Providence stadium.The match signalled the end of the league stage of the 2015 CPL season with Amazon Warriors finishing second while Red Steel, who needed a win to finish as leaders with an automatic path to the finals, took third place.The Barbados Tridents have advanced straight to Sunday’s Final, while the Amazon Warriors go through to the Qualifier and the Red Steel must settle for a place in the Eliminator today against the Jamaica Tallawahs.
But Wood was dominant. Throwing 95 mph fastballs and sliders, the 2003 All-Star retired the Mariners in order in the fifth. He struck out Jose Guillen and threw 12 pitches, eight of them strikes. The Cubs’ former ace is trying to come back as a reliever following shoulder surgery on Aug. 31, 2005, that limited him to just four games last season. Lester back on hill Jon Lester pitched in a baseball game Monday. Simple? Perhaps. Special? Absolutely. Barely six months after learning he had cancer and just 2 months after his final chemotherapy session, the Red Sox starter stood on the rubber again. He looked at the catcher, threw a called strike and reclaimed his role – pitcher, not cancer survivor. “Just to get back and be normal again is awesome,” the 23-year-old said. Lester was better than normal after his major league debut last June 10 at Fenway Park. Lester won his last start on Aug. 23 then went on the disabled list Aug. 28 with a 7-2 record and 4.76 ERA. He was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma, a type of cancer in the body’s lymph system. Before the fifth of his six chemotherapy sessions, Lester received the good news: A CT scan showed he was cancer free. He began throwing Dec. 4, received his final treatment Dec. 21 and was in camp in early February, about two weeks before pitchers and catchers were due. Finally … Bobby Murcer is in great spirits and remains determined to return to the Yankees’ YES Network broadcast booth this year after having surgery on Dec. 28 to remove a malignent brain tumor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mark Prior’s return answered his own questions about his arm, but created some about his effectiveness. Kerry Wood’s comeback was far more reassuring to the Cubs. Prior, who missed most of 2006 during a third consecutive season of injuries, started for the first time since August. He allowed three earned runs and got just four outs before Chicago manager Lou Piniella pulled his expected ace from the Cubs’ 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday. “I just wasn’t finishing my pitches,” Prior said, after throwing 41 pitches – 16 chest-high or higher. “The most important thing for me is this is the first time in almost 2 years I wasn’t more worried about my arm than facing batters.”
Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal would have to fork out over £60million for reported target Edinson Cavani, according to talkSPORT’s French football expert Julien Laurens.The forward is thought to be unhappy with his role at current club Paris Saint-German, where he is often forced to play out of position and play second fiddle to star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and is keen on a move away from the French champions.Cavani sealed a £55million switch to PSG last summer following his emphatic goalscoring form at Italian side Napoli, and helped Laurent Blanc’s side win a second successive Ligue 1 title in his debut season.But despite the team’s success, the 27-year-old has gone largely under the radar since his arrival and again he failed to impress during Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.Recently emerged rumours have suggested the Premier League is the wantaway striker’s preferred destination.And while Laurens reveals the likes of United and Chelsea have already held talks with the agent, he admits any team would have to pay over the odds for the out-of-form frontman.“Cavani isn’t happy about his situation at PSG,” Laurens told Kick Off.“He wants to play in his preferred position, but it’s pretty clear that at PSG Ibrahimovic will always be first-choice central player.“He doesn’t want to be stuck on the wing anymore, so his brother – who is also his agent – has been knocking on doors in the Premier League.“He has spoken to Chelsea and Manchester United, who they first talked to back in January, but if PSG were to sell him they probably wouldn’t sell for less than €70million [around £62million].“If a team would be happy to pay that money then I think Cavani would be ready to talk, but such a high figure may put a lot of teams off.”