Windies all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall has once again launched a bid to improve upon his fitness, generally regarded as a major stumbling block to this inclusion in the senior team.

The 26-year Antiguan native is yet to receive a call to Windies squad, despite consistently performing well at both the regional and Windies A level.  In the most recent Regional Super50 competition, Cornwall took 54 wickets in nine matches at 17.68 apiece to be crowned the competition’s top bowler. 

The Leeward Islands Hurricanes talisman has also dominated at the West Indies A level on both home and overseas tours and currently boasts 256 first-class wickets at an average of 23.

Standing at an estimated 6’5 tall and close to 300 pounds, Cornwall has made several attempts to improve on his overall fitness but is seemingly yet to make any significant progress on achieving the required fitness level.  Cornwall is, however, hoping his latest stint with noted trainer Ronald Rogers will pay dividends.

“Training-wise, I am trying to get as fit as I can because I think I am preparing for India,” Cornwall told the Antigua Observer.

“It’s nothing in terms of getting to a particular weight but just to see how far I can get as quickly as possible between now and June,” he added.

The Windies are expected to host India during a full tour scheduled for June.

“It is something that I am up for and something I am happy about so it’s just up to me now to put in the work.”

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce fancies Jamaica’s chances in the 4x200m relay at this weekend’s IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan.

Cricket West Indies has expressed sadness at the passing of Seymour Nurse, the outstanding batsman from Barbados, who represented the West Indies between 1960 and 1969.

Courtney Browne and Eldine Baptiste have filed suit against Cricket West Indies citing unfair dismissal from their jobs as West Indies selectors effective March 31, 2019.

Shai Hope and Chris Gayle have been named as the vice-captains of West Indies team for the Ireland Tri-Nation Series and ICC Cricket World Cup, respectively.

Josef Martinez kick-started his MLS campaign with a brace in Atlanta United's 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Martinez – coming off a 35-goal MLS season last year – struck twice as defending champions Atlanta climbed up to ninth in the Eastern Conference.

The Venezuela international moved onto four league goals for the season, while Ezequiel Barco also netted for the visitors in Kansas.

Martinez bravely opened the scoring for Frank de Boer's men six minutes before half-time.

Barco's powerful strike was spilled by Tim Melia, Martinez on hand to tuck away the rebound as the Sporting goalkeeper dived at his feet.

Having already warned Sporting, Barco doubled the lead from 25 yards early in the second half, firing into the bottom corner.

Martinez's clinical finish – again set up by Barco – sealed Atlanta's win and left Sporting in 10th in the Western Conference.

Jamaica’s young Reggae Boyz secured their first win of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, following a 4-2 win over Bermuda at the IMG Academy on Sunday.

On the back of losses to Mexico and perennial rivals Trinidad and Tobago, the Jamaicans were powered to their first points of the season courtesy of a hat-trick from Rajay Wright.  It was, however, his strike partner Revaldo Mitchell who got the ball after hitting the back of the net in the 4th minute.  Wright scored the first of his three goals five minutes later, before adding another on the 15-minute mark.

Bermuda, however, showed signs of life after getting on the scoresheet two minutes after the teams resumed play for the second half.  It was Jayce Basden who found the back of the net on that occasion, but much to the team’s disappointment Wright completed his hat-trick four minutes later.  The team captain Arnezha Astwood pulled another goal back for the Bermudans from the spot in the 64th minute, but it proved to be a consolation effort.

The Trinidad and Tobago U-17s received a blot on their perfect start to the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship, following a 5-0 loss to Mexico, at the IMG Academy on Sunday.

Following wins over Bermuda and perennials rivals Jamaica, the young twin-island republic players eyed moving to the top of Group E with a potential win over Mexico.  El Tri, however, had other ideas. 

Midfielder Bryan Gonzales gave Mexico the lead with an 8th-minute header, with Santiago Munoz doubling the lead with another goal 20 minutes later. 

The goal was one of three for Munoz who scored again in the 35th minute before completing his hat-trick in the 88th.  Efran Alvarez added the team’s other goal in the 59th minute.

Prior to the defeat, Trinidad and Tobago scored a 3-1 win over Bermuda and a 3-2 win over Jamaica.  The performances brought a deserving win for the Stern John-coached outfit who secured their place in the second-round knockout phase.

Shai Hope and John Campbell tormented Ireland with a record-breaking stand as West Indies started the Tri-Nation Series with a crushing 196-run win on Sunday.

Hope and Campbell combined for the highest one-day international opening partnership of 365 at Clontarf, where the Windies posted a mammoth 381-3 just under four weeks before their Cricket World Cup opener against Pakistan.

Their opening pair shattered the previous best of 304 and only just missed out on the biggest for any wicket in an ODI, which fellow West Indians Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels set with 372 against Zimbabwe in 2015.

Campbell smashed 179 from 137 balls - his maiden ODI hundred - and the classy Hope made 170 off 152 deliveries on a miserable afternoon for the Ireland bowlers, two days after they gave England a scare.

Barry McCarthy finally got the breakthrough by removing Campbell, who struck six sixes and 15 fours, and he also saw the back of Hope after the wicketkeeper-batsman had found the ropes 22 times and cleared the boundary twice.

Ireland were in the mire on 21-3 after Kemar Roach (2-28) struck twice in a lively early burst and Lorcan Tucker was pinned lbw.

Kevin O'Brien made 68, but Ashley Nurse took 4-51 and Shannon Gabriel claimed 3-44 as the Windies coasted to a second-biggest win against a full ICC member.

Windies top order batsmen Shai Hope and John Campbell set a new world record for an opening partnership, after amassing a jaw-dropping 369 in the first One Day International (ODI) against Ireland, in Dublin, on Sunday.

Campbell, who was recording his maiden ODI century after six appearances, stroked a majestic 179 off 137 balls.  Hope, who was recording a 5th century coming from 50 ODI matches, made seven runs less runs off 152 balls.

The new mark replaced the previous best of 304 set by Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan against Zimbabwe in 2018.  The previous best by a West Indian opening pair was 200, set by Stuart Williams and Shivnarine Chanderpaul against India in 1997.  Overall, the total is the second highest ODI runs partnership for any batting pair, just behind the 372 set by Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle against Zimbabwe in 2015.

The record partnership put the regional team in a strong position against Ireland, after ending the innings with a total of 381 for 3.  The score was also the second highest ODI total posted by the West Indies, just below the 389 set by the regional team against England at the National Stadium in Grenada earlier this year.

With the West Indies allowing a number of its players in the Indian Premier League to remain during a tour of Ireland for a tri-nation series involving Bangladesh, there is a rare opportunity for places at the ICC Cricket World Cup. 

Sprinting legend Veronica Campbell-Brown is no longer the fastest junior to ever grace a Jamaican track after former Convent of Mercy Academy student Kiara Grant, shaved one-hundredth of a second from her national junior record on Saturday.

Running at the MEAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at North Carolina A&T in Greenboro for Norfolk State University, Grant, a sophomore was a creditable second in the women’s 100 metre.

The former Alpha girl clocked 11.11 seconds to eclipse Campbell-Brown’s 11.12-second record set in 2000 but had to settle for second behind North Carolina senior, Kayla White, who dipped below the 11-second barrier to win in 10.96.

Grant split the major places with North Carolina freshman, Cambrea Sturgis finishing third in 11.22.

The time puts Grant in rarified air, alongside Double World Under-20 sprint champion, Briana Williams, who has gone as quick as 11.13 seconds in her lifetime, and Edwin Allen sprint sensation, Kevona Davis.

Davis’, a World U18 Championships bronze medallist, quickest time to date has been 11.16 seconds.

The three mark the seriousness of the sprinting talent among the women in Jamaica, all showing signs of continuing the legacy of the country over the shortest distance on the world stage.

Country House won the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security was stunningly disqualified on Saturday.

Maximum Security won the event running away, but soon after the race was over, an objection was made.

After a lengthy review, Country House – an outsider – was declared the winner.

The loss was the first of Maximum Security's career.

Rain and wet grounds played a massive factor as mud and water were flying everywhere throughout the run, but Maximum Security was in the lead early.

But when he started to make the final turn, a loud roar went up from the crowd potentially causing him to go off his line.

He got into two other horses and might have impeded Country House's path as well, leading to the disqualification.

Code of Honor finished second as a result of the DQ while Tacitus was third.

This is the first time a race winner has been disqualified in the history of the Kentucky Derby.

It was also the first time in seven years the race favourite has not won.

Early-race favourite Omaha Beach was scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis during the week which opened up the field considerably.

Country will now look to the Preakness on May 18 to win the second leg of the Triple Crown.

While there was a long drought between Triple Crown winners, two of the last four years have featured a single horse winning all three races (American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018).

The Jamaica Tallawahs and the Government of Jamaica have done away with their back and forth over support for the franchise in place of a long-term agreement.

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