Triple Olympic silver medallist Richard Thompson and National sprint queen Kelly-Ann Baptiste opened their 2016 season with second place finishes at the LSU Performance Meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Saturday. Thompson was second in the men’s 60m dash in 6.74 seconds. The national 100m record holder was beaten to the line by Gabriel Mvumvure of Zimbabwe (6.69) with another local sprinter Shermund Allsop in sixth (6.89).

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago goal scorer Tasha St Louis (left) and teammate Karyn Forbes (right) celebrate during their 2-1 Rio Olympic qualifying win over Guatemala last night in Houston. (Courtesy CONCACAF)

A gutsy Kennya “Yaya” Cordner item and a stunning strike from playmaker Tasha St Louis propelled Trinidad and Tobago to a hard-fought 2-1 triumph last night over Guatemala in their opening CONCACAF 2016 Olympic Group B contest in Houston, Texas.

Randy Harris . . . the man in his kingdom

KEIR RADNEDGE in BRIDGETOWN —- They just don’t get it, so many politicians and officials, fans and media – especially, sometimes, the media – from among football’s elite nations when it comes to pondering whether FIFA lives or dies.

Overseas-based University of T&T and national women's team volleyballers, Sinead Jack, left, Channon Thompson and Krystle Esdelle.

European-based T&T senior professional volleyball quartet, Krystle Esdelle, Channon Thompson, Sinead Jack and Marc-Anthony Honore will be the marquee players when the Flow-sponsored T&T Volleyball Federation Premier League serves off next week.

Claudia Pechstein, a German speedskater, is challenging the fairness of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a move that could invalidate mandatory arbitration to settle international disputes. SERGEI ILNITSKY / EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has for decades served as the final arbiter on sports disputes throughout the world, ruling on thousands of cases ranging from trifling to momentous. The court enabled Oscar Pistorius to run against able-bodied athletes, upheld the cyclist Floyd Landis’s doping suspension and prevented Luis Suárez from overturning his suspension from soccer for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup.

Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad ran out Australia's Bill Brown at the non-striker's end and gave his name to cricket's most controversial dismissal ©Getty Images

My insidethegames colleague Nick Butler is a decent sort, but he had me squirming this week with his column on cheating and the form of cricketing dismissal known as the “Mankad”.