Windies talisman Chris Gayle is known for setting records but the big left-hander could be heading for one he may not want when he makes his appearance later this month at the ICC World Cup.

The 39-year-old batsman is expected to earn his 290th ODI cap as a Windies opener, having scored 10,151 runs.  The appearance will also be the player’s fifth at a World Cup.

 If the Windies do not win the tournament and with the player already slated to retire immediately after it, Gayle would join a select group of players to have played the most World Cup without winning.  The big left-hander is in danger of being the ninth player to have accomplished this unwanted record.  Some of the most notable names include the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Shahid Afridi and Jacques Kallis.  Regionally Gayle will join legends Brian Lara and Curtly Ambrose. 

Ambrose played in 17 World Cup games across three editions from 1992 to 1999 and had 24 wickets at just 20.79, conceding a miserly 3.03 runs per over.  Lara is the third highest run-scorer in World Cups with 1225 runs from 34 matches spread across 5 editions, starting from 1992.

Former West Indies coach Phil Simmons has announced his intention to step down as the coach of the Afghanistan team following this month’s ICC World Cup.

The 56-year-old took up the job as manager of the Asian team in 2017, one year after leaving the post of manager of the Caribbean team.  The former all-rounder is credited with playing a crucial role in guiding the team back to the ICC World Cup and was such was a prime candidate for a contract renewal.

Simmons has, however, revealed that he believes the time is right to try something new.

"I have thought about it and I have actually given the ACB my notice that I will not be renewing my contract," Simmons told ESPNcricinfo.

 "I will move on to something different once my contract expires on July 15.

 "I signed up originally for 18 months and I think I have done a lot in this period. It is time for me to move on to something else now. To want to get to the World Cup - that was ACB's goal at the time they appointed me. My goal is always to leave things better than when I joined: the way we practice, the way we think about the game, the way we assess other teams. I've tried to help the players in all those areas."

While speculation has been rife that the move coincides with leadership changes made by the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB), without the knowledge of the coach, it also lines up with recent changes made in the leadership of Cricket West Indies (CWI).

With Ricky Skerritt replacing Dave Cameron as CWI boss the administration made several changes, including the appointment of Floyd Reifer as interim coach.  It is believed the new administration could have Simmons in mind for the long term post, an idea to which he has not objected to.

Wayne Rooney scored but DC United were beaten in MLS as record-breaker Chris Wondolowski stole the show on Saturday.

Rooney netted his seventh goal of the campaign in DC's 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The former Manchester United and England captain tapped in an Ulises Segura cross in the 46th minute.

However, DC fell behind in the space of two minutes after goals from Memo Rodriguez and Tommy McNamara.

Rodriguez equalised with a fine individual effort before McNamara scrambled in an Adam Lundqvist cross at the back post.

Paul Arriola was sent off late on for DC, who are second to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference after Union drew 0-0 at home to the Seattle Sounders.

In San Jose, Wondolowski was the star with a four-goal haul in the Earthquakes' 4-1 win over Chicago Fire.

He went past Landon Donovan for most goals in MLS history, moving onto 148.

Wondolowski tapped in a Shea Salinas pass for the opener before breaking Donovan's record when he capitalised on an error from Chicago goalkeeper David Ousted.

But there was more to come, completing his hat-trick and adding a fourth before Aleksandar Katai's consolation goal for the Fire.

San Jose are eighth in the Western Conference, while Chicago are in the same position in the east.

Elsewhere, Minnesota United edged Columbus Crew 1-0 and Real Salt Lake recorded a 3-0 win over a 10-man Toronto.

Montreal Impact and New England Revolution drew 0-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps struck late to hold Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw.

The West Indies selectors have rewarded Sunil Ambris and John Campbell for the good work they did during the Walton Tri-Series in Ireland which concluded on Friday. 

Former Windies skipper Darren Sammy believes the regional team will be crowned ICC World Cup champions but has a particularly interesting reason for coming to that conclusion.

The 12th edition of the tournament will mark 40 years since the West Indies won the tournament in 1979.  However, far from those days and despite a strong showing against the world number one-ranked team England recently, the Caribbean unit, who struggled to make the tournament in the first place, will not be most experts pick to win it all.

Sammy, the former T20 World Cup champion believes different forces could be at play.  Despite the fact that team will be one of the lowest ranked heading into the tournament, Sammy believes the number 40 could hold a charm for the team, based on its religious and symbolic significance.

 The tournament will also be the last for the arguably the region’s biggest star, Chris Gayle, who is expected to retire following the tournament and the motivation could be high to give him a proper send off.

“West Indies will win the World Cup. With Chris Gayle retiring, the ‘Universe Boss’ will want to leave with a bang. I just have a strong feeling. It’s been 40 years since we last won the World Cup. I’m a biblical man and the number 40 comes up a lot in the bible… I think it’s our time to rise up,” Sammy was quoted as saying by metro.co.uk.

More than 800 female footballers from 22 schools will be among the expected thousands of patrons at Jamaica’s National Stadium on Sunday cheering on the Reggae Girlz in their final home match before they depart before they begin their FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in June.

Jamaica will be playing Panama the team they beat 4-2 on penalties last October to qualify for their very first berth in the Women’s World Cup.

Tickets were possible for the girls, who play in the ISSA Schoolgirl Football Competition, by Winsynco through their bottled-water brand WATA, one of the sponsors of the Reggae Girlz.

“The WATA Football Showcase is all about Girl Power! We are celebrating the achievements of our Reggae Girlz and the dedication of our ISSA Schoolgirls football teams to sports,” said Tamara Ward, Wisynco’s Senior Marketing and Public Relations Manager.

“Our hope is to inspire these ladies through a fun and healthy social interaction among their peers that build confidence, team spirit, motivates them to make the right decisions and find balance in their nutrition habits.

“We are thrilled to have made this experience possible for forty-five teams or over eight hundred young girls."

In addition to match tickets, the players will also get a presentation about nutrition by fitness expert Kamila McDonald as well as an inspirational presentation by a member of the Reggae Girlz team.

They will also to take team photos to commemorate the day and get football gear and lunch.

Additionally, WATA ambassador Wayne Marshall will perform for them.

Red Stripe Premier League Champions Portmore United qualified for the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday night when they drew 1-1 with Waterhouse FC in the final of the Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship played at Stadium East in Kingston.

Bangladesh won their first one-day tournament final as they put in a clinical batting display to beat West Indies in the tri-nation series at Malahide.

With West Indies' promising innings disrupted by rain, the match was cut to 24 overs per-side when play eventually resumed at 17:30 local time.

Shai Hope (74) and Sunil Ambris (69 not out) had been in the middle of an impressive partnership, but the break seemed to serve Bangladesh – without the injured Shakib Al Hasan – well, as they came out with renewed vigour.

Set a revised target of 210, Bangladesh stepped up the tempo with the bat – Soumya Sarkar (66) and Mosaddek Hossain (52no) both hitting half-centuries - as they reached their target with seven balls and five wickets remaining.

Put into bat, West Indies looked set to be heading for a high total before rain stopped play 20 overs into proceedings, Hope and Ambris having shared a century opening stand.

The Windies came back after a lengthy delay at 131-0, but lost Hope when he picked out Mosaddek off Mehidy Hasan’s bowling.

West Indies finished up on 152-1, but Bangladesh's target was upped based on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Sarkar cruised to a half-century in 27 balls before succumbing to Raymon Reifer on 66, having hit nine fours and three sixes during his stint at the crease.

Sabbir Rahman's two-ball duck put the Windies in the ascendancy, but a measured 36 from Mushfiqur Rahim put Bangladesh back in contention.

Mosaddek took full advantage, smashing five sixes as he raced to 52 from just 24 balls before Mahmudullah hit a precise cover drive for four to secure a historic victory ahead of the Cricket World Cup.

Jamaica’s new long-distance queen Aisha Praught-Leer set a new national record for the 5000m at the USATF Distance Class held at the Jack Kemp Stadium in Los Angeles on Thursday.

This week, the exciting US import Stranger Danger hit the track again at Caymanas Park as a heavy favourite at 1-9 under ex-champion jockey Omar Walker for trainer Wayne DaCosta.

When Julien Alfred crossed the line in the 200m at the Big 12 Championships at the John Jacobs Complex in Oklahoma this past weekend she was third in 22.90 behind her Texas teammates Teahna Daniels and Kynnedy Flannel who were both given 22.71 for first and second, respectively.

Windies legend Curtly Ambrose has admitted to being concerned by the form of top-order batsman Darren Bravo, heading into the ICC World Cup later this month.

The 30-year-old Bravo, who only recently rejoined the team following a two-year break, showed plenty of grit in a surprise Test series win for the Windies against England two months ago.  The batsman also made a decent contribution in the preceding ODI series averaging 31.5, including one half-century in two games.

The Trinidad and Tobago national has, however, struggled to continue that traction in the current tri-nation series.  In four matches so far the batsman’s highest score has been 17.  It is those statistics that have Ambrose concerned.

“We must really be concerned about his form because we need him to really come to the party and produce the runs that we know he is capable of doing,” Ambrose said.

“Because as we go deep into this World Cup and in order to get out of the group stages, we can’t rely on one, two or three players. We need a whole team to click or most of the team to click, for us to get out of the group stages,” he added.

“So I am concerned about Darren Bravo’s form but I feel that he’s good enough to get out of that slump and produce the runs for us.”

Atlanta United made it five straight wins in MLS on Wednesday, while the Seattle Sounders closed the gap atop the Western Conference.

Frank de Boer's Atlanta have found form and recorded a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium.

Josef Martinez's first-half penalty was all they needed to stretch their winning run to five and climb into third in the Eastern Conference.

Incredibly, Atlanta have not conceded once during their five-game streak.

The Sounders jumped to second in the Western Conference after a 2-1 win at home to Orlando City.

Raul Ruidiaz tapped in a Brad Smith cross for the opener before Handwalla Bwana put away Nicolas Lodeiro's delivery in the second half.

Chris Mueller's fine 20-yard effort pulled one back for Orlando, but they were unable to find an equaliser.

Seattle moved above the LA Galaxy and are now just two points behind conference leaders Los Angeles FC.

Eastern Conference leaders DC United were held to a 0-0 draw by Toronto at BMO Field, while Houston Dynamo and the Portland Timbers drew 1-1.

Jamaica’s high school prodigy Christopher Taylor is reportedly joining the camp of respected track and field coach Rana Reider at his base in Florida.

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