Sprinter Andre Ewers created history when he became the first Florida State University (FSU) sprinter to win back-to-back sprint doubles at the ACC Championships held at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Virginia from May 9-11.

Legendary West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose has picked the team to make a deep run at the ICC World Cup, which gets under way in England later this month.

The regional team won the first edition of the tournament in 1975 and 1979 and were only narrowly beaten by India in the following edition.  Since then it has been a major barren stretch of sorts having failed to advance to the semi-final stage in seven of the next eight tournaments.  The only exception came in 1996 when the team did manage to make the final four before being narrowly beaten by Australia.  Ambrose, who was a part of that squad, believes the current iteration could at the very least equal that feat.

“Our chances are as good as anybody’s because when you look at cricket in general and like I’ve said to the guys when I was with the team [as a coach], ICC ratings or rankings don’t really count on the field,” Ambrose told the Antigua Observer.

 “In the rankings, you could be one, two or three but it simply means you’re more consistent and you’re winning more games so you get the points to move to the top of the table but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the better team,” he added.

“We have a decent team but of course, people are going to argue about one or two players which will happen from now until eternity, but I feel we have a good enough team to go deeper into the World Cup.

Our problem is the consistency factor where we would win one game handsomely then maybe lose two or three and then win another one and if you’re so inconsistent then you’re never going to go far. As long as we are consistent in this World Cup, we can spring some surprises and go deep but we have to be consistent,” he said.

Following their 1-1 draw with South Africa back in April, the Reggae Girlz will be back in action on Sunday when they take on a strong Panama unit, hoping to exact revenge following their 4-2 penalty shoot-out loss in the World Cup qualifiers last year.

 A bit of the aforementioned recent history seemed very much on the mind of head coach Hue Menzies as he assembled a strong squad to face the Central Americans on home soil.

Veteran attacking player Khadija Shaw will once again lead the line and will be joined by returning attacking AS Roma based midfielder Trudi Carter, who has been out for four months due to injury.

 Menzies is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the World Cup this week, and so he will be looking closely at some players.

 “We are in the last week of selecting our group and some of these players were told to step up if they are to make the cut. We have brought in the technology to test some of these players and so I feel it will come down to a more psychological aspect for some of these girls,” Menzies said.

 The coach had high praises for University of Tennessee graduate Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw who showed excellent physical ability in practice.

 “When you look at the work ethic of someone like ‘Bunny’ it shows that some of the senior players are ready for the task at hand, it is very encouraging heading into our final set of warm-up games,” he added.

 Following the Panama friendly on Sunday, the squad will depart on Monday for a camp in Florida where the likes of players like Jody Brown and Marlo Sweatman are expected to join up with the team.

The Girls will then depart for the United Kingdom for a friendly against Scotland in Edinburgh on May 28.

 

Recently deceased West Indies cricketer, Seymour Nurse will receive an official funeral from his birth nation Barbados on Friday, at the Kensington Oval.

Nurse, who passed away at the age of 85 last week, represented the regional team between 1960 and 1969.  The Barbadian played 29 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 2,523 runs at an average of 47.60 with six centuries and 10 half-centuries and formed part of a strong West Indies middle order for the Caribbean side.

The batsman’s contributions continued long after he left the pitch as he went on to serve as a mentor and coach to many great West Indies players and was also an administrator and selector.  Nurse’s body will lie in repose at Empire Club, Pavilion Road, St Michael, on Wednesday, May 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. and at Cricket Legends of Barbados, Fontabelle, St Michael, on Thursday, May 16, from 4 to 6 p.m.

 

 

Former United States national team boss Bruce Arena has returned to MLS as the new head coach and sporting director of the New England Revolution.

The struggling Eastern Conference side announced the move on Tuesday, less than a week after removing Brad Friedel from the head coaching position and hours after dismissing general manager Michael Burns.

The Revolution said Arena, 67, will take on the sporting director role immediately but an "exact start date" for his return to the sidelines as coach is to be determined.

New England are preparing to host Premier League side Chelsea in a friendly at Gillette Stadium this week.

"Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention," New England owner Robert Kraft said in a release.

Arena added: "Boston is a great sports town with a history of championship teams, and I am looking forward to working with the staff and players to make the Revolution a club that our supporters can be proud of and that can be part of the tradition of success in New England."

Aside from television work, Arena has been away from the game since presiding over the final stages of the United States' unsuccessful 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Commissioner has been informed of the dispute between Cricket West Indies (CWI) and former employees, Courtney Browne and Eldine Baptiste. 

A power struggle for leadership of Venezuela that threatens to further destabilize the country has impacted the Gold Cup preparations of Trinidad and Tobago.

T&T were to have played in a friendly against the rising South American footballing power in a friendly on May 29 in Caracas that would have served as part of the twin-island republic’s preparation for the June 15 - July 7 CONCACAF flagship event.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on April 30 had led a failed military uprising in a bid to oust Nicolás Maduro.

On Saturday Guaidó said he's instructed his political envoy in Washington to immediately open relations with the U.S. military in a bid to bring more pressure on President Maduro to resign.

A once-wealthy oil nation, Venezuela has sunk into economic and social collapse marked by soaring inflation and a scarcity of basic goods that has sent an estimated 3.7 million of its citizens to emigrate.

Fortunately for the Soca Warriors, the game was just one of two friendlies, with the integrity of a game against Japan in Osaka on June 5 still in tact.

Trinidad and Tobago are in Group D of the Gold Cup’s preliminary round and take on Panama first up, before the United States and first-time qualifiers, Guyana.

University of Arkansas sophomore Janeek Brown plans to vie for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September. Based on what she has managed to do so far this season, that spot seems all but assured.

Mustafizur Rahman led a disciplined bowling display from Bangladesh in a five-wicket win over West Indies that ensured they will meet again in the Tri-Nation Series final.

Hosts Ireland were eliminated after the Tigers beat the Windies for the second time in the tournament in Malahide on Monday.

The in-form Shai Hope made 87 and captain Jason Holder 62, but West Indies could only post 247-9 after winning the toss.

Mustafizur was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-43 with support from Mashrafe Mortaza (3-60), Shakib Al Hasan (1-27) and Mehidy Hasan (1-41).

Half-centuries from Mushfiqur Rahim (63) and Soumya Sarkar (54) set Bangladesh well on their way and Mahmudullah was unbeaten on 30 when they got home with 16 balls to spare.

Darren Bravo fell cheaply again and the Windies were 99-4 in the 24th over when captain Holder joined Hope at the crease.

The pair put on 100 for the fifth wicket to give West Indies a chance of posting a challenging total, Hope in great touch again before falling 13 short of a third century of the series. 

Holder soon followed after hitting a six and three fours, then Mustafizur snared Ashley Nurse and Raymon Reifer as West Indies failed to produce late fireworks.

Nurse (3-53) ended a 54-run opening stand by bowling Tamim Iqbal and struck for a third time to dismiss Sarkar, who cleared the ropes twice in an assured knock.

Mustafizur and Mohammad Mithun (43) put on 83 for the fourth wicket and Mahmudullah played with confidence before a wide from Sheldon Cottrell consigned the Windies to defeat.

The talent in the Caribbean at the under-19 level has impressed Windies under-19 coach Graeme West. 

Mustafizur Rahman and Mashrafe Mortaza have continued to pose problems for the Windies, restricting the visitors playing in the Walton Tri-Series to just 247-9 in their 50 overs earlier on Monday in Dublin Ireland. 

Capoise of Haiti rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw with Jamaica’s Waterhouse FC in their opening match of the 2019 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships at the Stadium East in Kingston on Sunday night.

Andre Fletcher had put the Red Stripe Premier League runners up ahead in the 23rd minute. Keithy Simpson doubled the lead five minutes later to give the home side a comfortable buffer.

Capoise remained undeterred and mounted a spirited fightback in the second half.

Ivenet Noel scored the Haitians’ first goal in the minute 56 and less than two minutes later Frantz Moise levelled the scores.

The teams battled for a winner but in the end, were forced to share the points.

Waterhouse will take on Real Hope on Tuesday, while Capoise will face the RSPL champions Portmore United.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors have signed Trinidadian batsman Nicholas Pooran as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League set for September 4 to October 12.

Atlanta United continued their good run of form in MLS, while DC United recorded a narrow win on Sunday.

Gonzalo Martinez's goal was enough for Atlanta to claim a fourth straight victory by beating Orlando City 1-0 in Georgia.

Former River Plate midfielder Martinez scored his first goal for the club in the 14th minute, brilliantly curling Hector Villalba's pass into the top corner.

Frank de Boer's men climbed into fifth in the Eastern Conference, six points behind the top two in Philadelphia Union and DC United.

DC joined Philadelphia on 23 points thanks to a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at Audi Field.

Paul Arriola received Wayne Rooney's pass before curling an effort past Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia from the edge of the area.

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