Caribbean

Tue
20
Feb

Rawl Lewis is Windies team manager as CWI rings changes

Jimmy Adams

Former West Indies cricketer Rawl Lewis has been appointed team manager of the Windies senior team as Cricket West Indies announced changes to the coaching and support teams for the current WINDIES squads.

The changes have come, CWI said, as they increase focus on ensuring that the WINDIES qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019 and defend the ICC Women’s World T20 title. 

The confirmed coaching and support teams have seen the appointment of a number of persons in specific posts that include direct and full-time employment, mixed with supplementary and support services while on tour.

“Rawl Lewis has been promoted to be the team manager and Floyd Reifer steps up from his former U15s coaching role,” said CWI Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams.

“I’m delighted that we’re promoting from within the CWI coaching and management set up.

Tue
20
Feb

USA cricket combines will unveil next generation claims Ricardo Powell

Ricardo Powell

Former West Indies batsman Ricardo Powell has announced the return of regional selection player combines in a bid to identify the best talent in the Americas region.

 Despite being a common feature of other USA sports, combines, where athletes are given various exercises to prove their speed strength and skill, are not a common feature of cricket.  The last such event was held in 2016.  The combines will be held in eight different locations across the United States, with leagues permitted to put forward up to four players in each of the three categories - senior men, senior women and under-19 - even though individual player applications will also be considered.

The combines are again slated to be held in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and for the first time, a junior-combine will be held in North Carolina.

Tue
20
Feb

Cornwall & Warrican star as Windies ‘A’ thump Lions by innings and 17 runs

Rahkeem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican

Rahkeem Cornwall and Jomel Warrican each enjoyed four-wicket hauls on Tuesday as the Windies ‘A’ completed a comprehensive innings and 17-run victory over the England Lions at Sabina Park.

Cornwall had figures of 4 for 88 and Warrican 4 for 69 as England Lions were dismissed for 260 runs in their second innings.

The only real effort of resistance came during a sixth-wicket partnership of 83 between top-scorer Liam Livingstone, who got 48 and Paul Coughlin, 47, but the Lions still lost the battle of attrition having held out for 100 overs before they finally yielded.

It was Cornwall who broke the stand when he dismissed Livingstone exposing the England lower order.

Tue
20
Feb

Warner extradition appeal put off for another nine months

Jack Warner

Embattled former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has succeeded in having extradition proceedings against him put off for another nine months.

Warner, who remains a prominent figure in the FIFA corruption scandal which saw several high profile officials indicted by the US courts in 2015, received a blow in his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he will face corruption charges.  In November of last year, a Trinidad and Tobago court threw out an appeal filed on behalf of Warner that challenged the legality of the extradition order.

Tue
20
Feb

Omar McLeod, Elaine Thompson lead strong Jamaica squad to World Indoors

Defending World 60-metre champion Omar McLeod and Elaine Thompson, lead a strong 31-member Jamaican team named for the World Indoor Championships to be held in Birmingham, England, from March 1-4.

The team also includes 2017 World Indoor Tour 60-metre champion Gayon Evans, who has a bye to the championships, and Remona Burchell, whose 7.13s run in France earlier this month makes her the fastest Jamaican woman in the event this year.

Also, included in the women’s team are the national shot put record holder Danniel Thomas-Dodd and newly minted Jamaican indoor 3000m record holder Aisha Praught Leer.

Natoya Goule, Rushell Burton, Janieve Russell, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anastasia Leroy, Tiffany James, Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williams, Jeanine Williams, Tovea Jenkins, and Dominique Blake make up the remainder of the 17-woman squad.

Tue
20
Feb

Loose bolts threaten to derail Jamaica's bobsled campaign

Loose bolts on Jamaica's sled are believed to be responsible for the team’s underwhelming performance in their first two heats of the women’s bobsled competition at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea on Tuesday.

The Jamaicans clocked times of 51.29s and 51.50s in Heats 1 and 2, respectively, to be 19th overall and on the brink of elimination from the competition. The team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell now need to finish in the top 10 in tomorrow’s Heat 3 to be assured of advancing to the medal round, Heat 4. 

Tue
20
Feb

Slow start for women's bobsled team on Olympic debut

Jamaica bobsled

Jamaica women’s bobsleigh team had a tough time on its Olympic debut finishing 17th and 19th out of 20 sleds in heats 1 and 2 at the Olympic Sliding Centre on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, the result was of historic significance for the Caribbean island as the two-man team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell returned to the Games thirty years after the Jamaicans made their debut in Calgary.  The duo was also the first women to represent the country in the sport.

On the ice track, Fenaltor-Victorian and Russell registered a run of 51.29 in Heat 1 despite getting off to the 10th best start.  The time was +77 behind the leaders United States who clocked 50.52.  In heat 2 the team was not only a little slower away but had a much less impressive run after posting 52.55 for 19th place, which was +1.83 off leaders Germany who took the heat 2 in 50.72.

Mon
19
Feb

Chambers, Finegan top Sigma Corporate Run

Ryon Chambers (right) and Ann-Marie Finegan.

Ryon Chambers, 38, and Ann-Marie Finegan, 26, came out as the overall winners in the male and female open run category of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run on Sunday.

The annual run, walk and wheelchair 5K race held in New Kingston celebrated its 20th anniversary and saw a record breaking turnout of more than 26,500 participants.

The open run and walk categories are based on the best gun time and includes all registered runners and walkers. Chambers completed the race in 18:28, while Finegan clocked a time of 23:27. 

Coming in second and third for the male open run categories were Dario Grandison, from Barbados and Keroy Benjamin with times of 19:19 and 19:40 respectively. Karlene Blagrove and Krishna Tully were the second and third place winners of the female open race category with times of 24:09 and 24:37.

Mon
19
Feb

Zone Blitz: Is the doping violation for a Russian athlete at Winter Olympics harmful to the Games, the country, clean athletes?

he Russian delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics has announced that one of its athletes has failed a drug test. What does that mean for Russia's reinstatement?

Mon
19
Feb

New 60-metre WR holder Coleman can go faster - Maurice Greene

Maurice Greene, the man who held the world record for the 60m dash for two decades before it was broken by 20-year-old Christian Coleman on Sunday, believes the new record holder can go even faster.

Coleman clocked 6.34s at high altitude in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday to break Greene’s record and establish the young sprinter as a legitimate heir to the throne of world fastest man.

The time sliced 0.05 seconds off Greene’s record and came a month after Coleman had run 6.37 in a South Carolina meeting that was not ratified because of the absence of electronic starting blocks.

Greene, in an interview with Reuters, said he is certain the young American can go faster.

“He might be able to knock off a couple (of hundredths), maybe (run) 6.32, 31,” Greene said.

“I was very impressed how he picked it up after the start. He didn’t get that good of a start, but he really accelerated and went for it.”

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