Caribbean

Thu
19
Oct

Keeping momentum key for Windies Women - Taylor

Stafanie Taylor

Windies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor is determined for the team to keep the momentum gained from a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka in the first round of the ICC Women’s Championship.

The regional team put on a ruthless display to easily dispatch Sri Lanka 3-0 in the just concluded One Day International (ODI) series, combining six and seven wicket wins with a 40-run victory. 

There was precious little momentum to be found earlier this summer as the team put on a wretched display at the Women’s World Cup where the team won two of seven games and were eliminated in the preliminary round.

“Winning all three matches was important,” said Taylor. “They say winning is a habit and success breeds success. This will help our confidence going forward in the Championship. Getting all six Championship points from this series was important and we did it,” she added.

Thu
19
Oct

Horses and haute couture: Bolt to host 2018 Sun Met

Usain Bolt

A busy post track & field career is set to continue for sprint legend Usain Bolt after recently being announced as the host for the 2018 Sun Met.

Run on the last Saturday of January every year, the Met is not only considered the biggest day on South Africa’s horseracing calendar but is also a staple on the country’s social calendar where haute couture is the order of the day. 

 The event typically features appearances from the who’s who of the South African social scene with popular actors, models, TV presenters, sports stars and other A-listers generally in attendance.  The revelation that Bolt would be a patron of this year’s event was made at a function at the Grand Africa Cafe and Beach on Wednesday evening, where the double world record holder told fans via a video, “Watch out – I’m on my way!”

Thu
19
Oct

Timberwolves, 76ers fall in anticipated openers

They may be eyeing the NBA play-offs, but the Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers were beaten.

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers are eyeing the NBA play-offs, but they were downed in their openers on Wednesday.

With the addition of Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, the Timberwolves are confident they can make the play-offs. The Sixers are thinking the same way with Ben Simmons back in the fold, and the New Orleans Pelicans are primed to dominate the paint with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

As good as those additions may make those teams, they did not help them beat the San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards or Memphis Grizzlies. In fact, several teams that made additions this offseason like the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets, all lost. 

It goes to show that tanking for great draft picks (Sixers), or making the big free-agency splash (Timberwolves, Pelicans), does not mean instant success for a team.

Wed
18
Oct

Brown hails 'exceptional' Simmons after 76ers debut

Brett Brown believes Ben Simmons has the world at his feet after posting 18 points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA game.

Philadelphia 76ers fans and the basketball community finally got to see Ben Simmons in the NBA and they liked what they saw, especially head coach Brett Brown.

Simmons marked his long-awaited debut with a double-double in Wednesday's 120-115 loss at the Washington Wizards.

The 21-year-old Australian was taken with the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but his rookie campaign was put on hold due to a fractured fifth metatarsal which forced him to miss the entire season.

However, Simmons showed why he is so highly rated with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Philadelphia's season opener.

"I feel that his first game was really exceptional. Really, really exceptional," Brown told reporters.

Wed
18
Oct

Manning Cup: STATHS, JC, KC advance, Wolmer's out

Football

St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) drew 0-0 with Camperdown High School on Wednesday but advanced to the quarter-final round of the ISSA-Flow Manning Cup on the away-goal rule having scored in a 1-1 draw at Camperdown’s home match.

Earlier, defending champions Jamaica College, Calabar High, and Bridgeport all advanced to the quarter-final round following victories in their respective second-round ties on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Wolmer’s Boys were knocked out when they were beaten by 10-man Bridgeport.

JC, the four-time defending champions, blanked Charlie Smith 3-0 at Stadium East to advance 5-2 on aggregate.

Calabar also advanced 2-1 on aggregate even though they lost 1-0 to Excelsior.

In rural Jamaica, Rusea’s High advanced to the quarter-finals of the daCosta Cup 5-4 on penalties after they rebounded from their 1-0 loss in the first leg of their tie to defeat Brown’s Town 1-0 on Wednesday.

Wed
18
Oct

Is the SportsMax High School Ranking a good thing?

SportsMax revealed the results of its High School Sports Ranking just today. Do you think ranking the schools according to sports is good for the students or for sports?

Wed
18
Oct

Hayward delivers message to Celtics fans from hospital bed

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward delivered a message to fans at TD Garden.

Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome leg injury in the Boston Celtics' opener, but that did not keep him from firing up the fans at TD Garden on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old delivered a message to Celtics fans prior to Boston's home opener.

He spoke from his hospital bed where he is reportedly waiting to undergo surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and fractured left tibia.

"I'm going to be all right," Hayward said.

"It hurt me that I can't be there at the home opener, I want nothing more than to be with my team-mates and walk out on that floor tonight, but I'll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck. Go kill it tonight."

Hayward was injured in the first quarter of the Celtics' 102-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, when he went up for a pass and came down awkwardly on his leg after colliding with LeBron James.

Wed
18
Oct

SSFL: National U20 coach questions future at Fyzabad in the wake of scandal

Brian Williams

After it was revealed that Fyzabad Secondary would be docked nine of their 10 points for fielding two players with fraudulent school transcripts, new head coach Brian Williams doesn’t know if he can continue.

According to Williams, who says he took the coaching job at Fyzabad because he lives near to the school and wanted to give back, isn’t sure the working environment is tenable anymore.

“This is interfering with my reputation,” he said.

Williams has said he knew nothing of the fraud that the Secondary Schools Football League uncovered recently.

“When I came to Fyzabad, I made it clear to the teachers and the staff that I will not take any responsibility for the administrative side. The players I met there are the players I used,” he said.

Wed
18
Oct

We’re not as good as we think – Claudio Reyna

Claudio Reyna

Former USA captain Claudio Reyna has slammed stakeholders of US football calling them arrogant, resistant to change while accusing them of failing to learn from other countries. Reyna’s salvo comes in the wake of the United States failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after losing to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 just over a week ago.

"Our approach and our behaviour to the sport here — to coaching, to everything, is just wrong," Reyna told Goal on Tuesday. "We’re far too arrogant. We’re far too obnoxious. We are egotistical having never won anything or done anything, and that’s not the case around the world.”

Reyna argues that by contrast countries that have accomplished a lot more in football have a much different approach to the game. He also described the experience as a wake-up call.

Wed
18
Oct

SSFL: Player fraud pushes Fyzabad to bottom of the rung

Fyzabad Secondary have lost nine of the 10 points they have earned in this year’s Secondary Schools Football League after they were found to have forged examination transcripts in registering two of their players.

Fyzabad skipper, Dez Jones, and midfielder, Maurice Dick, were registered in the league as lower sixth formers with four Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), but were revealed to have two and one pass respectively.

The SSFL, has since declared that any games involving the duo will not be allowed to keep any of the points it won during those games the two played.

“[The SSFL] will deduct points from games that the boys played in and the table adjustment will go out [today],” SSFL president William Wallace told Wired868. “[Fyzabad] have accepted that and we will follow […] our guidelines.”

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