Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres just missed the automatic qualification mark for the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics on Saturday in Doha, Qatar but looked every bit like a medal contender. 

Jamaica’s Natoya Goule was the second quickest athlete into the semi-finals of the women’s 800 metres in Doha, Qatar. 

Jamaica’s Tajay Gayle is through to the final of the long jump at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar after only just making the list of 12 who would continue after Friday’s qualification event. 

Tajay Gayle’s third place finish at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich, as well as his win in Shanghai prove one thing, that nothing is impossible in the long jump with the IAAF World Championships of Athletics set to start in Doha Qatar on Friday.

Gayle, a Jamaican, is not expected to figure among the medals, with Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echeverria impressing with a wind-aided 8.92 metres this year, as well as a Pan American title where he leaped to 8.65, and South African Luvo Manyonga, who, while not at his best, has jumped 8.37 metres.

If those two are among the medals, then it is likely that Gayle will have to fight with Mitiadis Tentoglou of Greece, the European champion, and Manyonga’s teammate, Rushwahi Samaai.

Gayle has a personal best of 8.32 metres and could find other challenges for a podium finish in the way of World U20, Asian and World University Games gold medallist Yuki Hashioka, who has the same personal best as the Jamaican this year.

Malick Secondary have finally made a misstep, slipping to their second defeat in as many games in this year’s Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division.

On Wednesday, Malick, promoted to the Premier Division just this season, lost 2-1 to St Mary’s College, the team with the worst record in the league after five games.

While they had lost the week before by the same margin, that was to the defending triple champions Naparima College and no shame can be found in that, however, maybe the pressure of staying consistent with the top teams like Presentation College is a bridge too far.

That result means Malick, on six points, have now been overtaken by Carapichaima East Secondary, who moved to eight points after their 1-0 win over Pleasantville Secondary.

Naparima College (12 points) have continued to hold onto their one-point lead on the table after a 3-2 win over St Augustine Secondary.

Keeping pace with Naps are Presentation College, who beat East Mucurapo Secondary 3-0.

St Anthony’s College have also maintained their third place standing, sitting in striking distance of Presentation and Naparima on 10 points from one game fewer.

Pleasantville Secondary, after their defeat to Carapichaima, lie sixth on the table with six points, the same as Queen’s Royal College, who are seventh.

East Mucurapo’s loss leaves them eighth on five points. Also on five points are Trinity College East, who were hammered 3-0 by St Anthony’s.

San Juan North finally notched three points from a game this season, moving from 14th to 10th. Their jump up the tables was almost as massive as their 5-0 win over Trinity College Moka, who now sit 12th.  

The game between Speyside secondary and Queen’s Royal College was not played with the two lying 11th and seventh respecitively.

 

 

 

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

+-

Pts

1

Naparima College

5

4

1

0

13

5

8

13

2

Presentation College

5

4

0

1

17

2

15

12

3

St Anthony's College

4

3

1

0

13

3

10

10

4

Carapichaima East Secondary

4

2

2

0

6

4

2

8

5

Malik Secondary

4

2

0

2

9

5

4

6

6

Pleasantville Secondary

5

2

0

3

6

7

-1

6

7

Queen's Royal College

4

2

0

2

8

11

-3

6

8

East Mucurapo Secondary

4

1

2

1

9

6

3

5

9

Trinity College East

4

1

2

1

5

7

-2

5

10

San Juan North Secondary

4

1

1

2

7

4

3

4

11

Speyside Secondary

4

1

1

2

5

15

-10

4

12

Trinity College Moka

5

1

1

3

5

16

-11

4

13

St Augustine Secondary

5

0

3

2

8

11

-3

3

14

St Benedict's College

4

1

0

3

5

11

-6

3

15

St Mary's College

5

1

0

4

4

13

-9

3

Waterhouse FC face the uphill task of not just turning over a 2-0 deficit in their CONCACAF League quarterfinal tie against Montagua but doing so away after a defeat at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night. 

The Trinbago Knight Riders have announced that Chris Jordan will be joining the team for the remainder of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Jordan will be replacing Mohammad Hasnain who has returned to Pakistan for domestic and international commitments.

Barbadian born Jordan has played eight Tests, 31 ODIs and 39 T20Is for England, picking up 111 international wickets in those matches.

He has played T20 cricket in the T20 Blast in the UK, the Big Bash in Australia, the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.

When it comes to the triple jump there were two women who stood head and shoulders over everybody, now there are three.

Shanieka Ricketts has emerged this season as a serious medal contender in the triple jump and should be one of the three to take home silverware from Doha in Qatar.

This season, Ricketts has taken her personal best from 14.61 metres to 14.93 metres when she won the Diamond League trophy last month.

But more than just having those one-off leaps, Ricketts has maintained a level of consistency she hasn’t in seasons past, landing in the sand at more than 14.5 metres with some regularity.

That movement means Ricketts can challenge the relative dominance of Yulimar Rojas and the potential comeback of Caterine Ibarguen.

In truth, Rojas stands on her own if she’s really feeling it.

Only one woman, world record-holder Inessa Kravets, has ever triple jumped farther. Considering the company the 23-year-old Venezuelan is now keeping on the world all-time list, she'll be difficult to stop as she seeks to successfully defend her title and join Caterine Ibarguen, Yargelis Savigne and Tatyana Lebedeva as a two-time (and back-to-back) world champion.

Rojas has won six of her eight outdoor competitions this year, sailing beyond 15 metres in half of them. Her most impressive performance came in her most recent outing when she bound to 15.41m in Andujar, Spain, on 6 September, the second farthest leap of all time. She went beyond 15 metres twice in that competition, shaking out the rust out with a 15.03m effort in the second round.

Rojas has struggled with her consistency in the past, but has improved on that front as well this season, adding to the difficulty her competitors can expect in Doha.

She has lost twice this season, once to Ibarguen, whom she succeeded as world champion in London two years ago, and to Jamaican champion Shanieka Ricketts at the IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich. Both have the capabilities to throw serious challenges at the Venezuelan.

Ibarguen, the 2018 World Athlete of the Year, has competed sparingly, choosing to divide her attentions between the long and triple jumps, competing four times in each. She reached 14.79m in Oslo and a season's best of 14.89m in Lausanne to secure a pair of Diamond League circuit victories, but she hasn't contested the triple jump since 11 July when she finished a distant sixth in the port-side competition in Monaco, reaching just 14.33m. But considering her war chest of medals, we can expect she'll arrive in Doha ready.

After the season's big three, others will have to spring a fairly big surprise to figure in the medal hunt.

Leading that charge is rising Cuban star Liadagmis Povea who improved her lifetime best to 14.77m to finish third in Lausanne. She also finished second in Monaco with 14.71m and third at the Pan-American Games and the Diamond League final.

US champion Keturah Orji improved her career best to 14.72m to finish third in Paris but more recently was a distant fourth in Zurich.

Spain's world indoor bronze medallist Ana Peleteiro leads the European charge. But the 23-year-old will need to do considerably better than her 14.59m season's best to challenge for the podium. Likewise for Jamaican Kimberly Williams, the world indoor silver medallist and finalist at this championships in 2013, 2015 and 2017, who has reached 14.56m this season.

Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd is one of the three best shot putters in the world but this season she has struggled for consistency.

The same cannot be said of the two women who are likely to battle for the number-one spot in Doha, Qatar this weekend.

Gong Lijiao of China has been on top of almost every podium this season, only failing once, when United States star, Chase Ealy usurped her on debut in the 2019 Diamond League.

That blip meant Gong won 12 of her 13 competitions in 2019, producing the four best throws this year, capped by her 20.31m effort to win another IAAF Diamond League title, her third straight, in Zurich last month.

With a gap of more than 60 centimetres on her nearest competitor, Gong will start as one of the heaviest favourites at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics. A medal of any kind will be her sixth at the World Championships, a record for the event.

Thomas-Dodd, on the other hand, despite throwing 19.48 metres in April, a national record, before erasing the mark in August with 19.55, cannot say she has been in the best form heading into the championships.

Ealy’s statistics puts her ahead of Dodd, the World Indoor silver medallist, after she blasted onto the scene in April this year, throwing 19.67 metres and going on to show it was no fluke with nine of her next 12 competitive marks going over the 19-metre mark. Her best this season and over the course of her career, came in Zurich during the Diamond League final, which suggests she’s peaking at the right time. She threw 19.68 metres for second at the Diamond League final.

Behind that trio, the picture is less clear. Five other women have thrown beyond 19 metres outdoors this season, Maggie Ewen, another US thrower on the rise, the most recent. The 25-year-old produced the best throw of her career, 19.48m, to win the US-Europe match on 10 September. But that was the only 19-metre-plus effort of the season for the multi-talented thrower who won NCAA titles in the shot put, discus and hammer during her collegiate career.

Christina Schwanitz, the 2015 world champion, is still showing solid form, and can't be discounted in the chase for podium spots. The 33-year-old German has reached 19.37m this season.

Brittany Crew (19.28m) of Canada, Aliona Dubitskaya (19.21m) and Sweden's Fanny Roos (19.06m) have also breached 19 metres this season but will have to produce breakout performances to be a factor.

Others to watch include Hungary's world indoor champion Anita Marton, European champion Paulina Guba of Poland, and Olympic champion Michelle Carter of the US.

Naparima College locked into the top position on the Secondary Schools Football League Premier Division after a 2-1 win over high-riding newcomers Malick Secondary on Saturday. 

Former world heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson, is in Antigua and Barbuda in the hopes that a partnership involving the government and his marijuana farm, will reap massive rewards.

Tyson, who became the heavyweight champion of the world in xxx before losing his crown and his fortune after a string of life-changing mishaps, has the backing of Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne.

Browne told a press conference that Tyson’s investment went further than marijuana, extending to entertainment, leisure, and accommodation.

“Their interest goes beyond marijuana products or hemp products; they are also looking at the whole area of entertainment and leisure and one of the most exciting projects that they will establish within the next nine months is the establishment of an annual marijuana conference here in Antigua,” said Browne.

“It will be like the Davos of cannabis; it will take place on an annual basis and will bring stakeholders from throughout the globe for that matter right here on Antigua to discuss various opportunities within the industry. So, we are very excited about that. They are also interested in establishing a hotel accommodation property and they will be looking at a number of sites to determine suitability.”

Tyson believes the association will turn his marijuana farm, Tyson Ranch, into a powerhouse.

Tyson Farm is just one arm of the larger Tyson holistic holdings which sells marijuana strains, edibles and merchandise.

Reggae Boy Leon Bailey will not play for the country when it takes on a pair of games against Aruba in October.

The Reggae Boyz begin their CONCACAF Nations League tie against Aruba at the National Stadium in Kingston on October 12 but then move on to Curacao for the away leg two days later.

Bailey’s unavailability was confirmed when scans showed a muscular tear following Bayer Leverkusen's UEFA Champions League game against Locomotiv Moscow.

Bailey has proved a little underwhelming, since coming into the Reggae Boyz line up for, first the Gold Cup, and now the CNL, but managed to score his first goal for the outfit earlier this month as the side crushed Antigua & Barbuda 6-0.

Bailey will be absent for about a month and won’t be available until November 15 and 18 when the Reggae Boyz take on Antigua & Barbuda and Guyana.

Jamaica were to have their next CONCACAF Nations League away game against Aruba on October 15 but that has been changed to a fixture in Curacao.

According to reports, Aruba’s home field, did not meet the FIFA and CONCACAF standards to host international fixtures.

The Reggae Boyz have played at the Ergilio Hato Stadium before when they visited Bonaire in Nations League action from last year.

It has been 22 years since the Reggae Boyz last played Aruba in a 6-0 affair and based on the start the team has had, that kind of result could be on the cards for the tiny island nation.

The Reggae Boyz started League ‘B’ positively, winning their first two games against Antigua & Barbuda and Guyana, 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

Aruba, on the other hand, have found the league’s Group C a rough place to be, losing their games to remain rooted to the foot of the table without a point. Aruba lost to Antigua & Barbuda 2-1, before suffering a 1-0 loss to Guyana.

The tie between the teams could be well and truly over with the Reggae Boyz first facing them in a home game at the National Stadium in Jamaica on October 12.

Defending Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) Premier Division champions Naparima College got back to winning ways on Wednesday in impressive fashion. 

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girlz have been asked to brave the cold of England in January for the inaugural Netball Nations League in 2020. 

The Sunshine Girlz will find themselves among four teams in the tournament with New Zealand and South Africa joining the hosts from January 19-26.

According to reports, Australia were also invited but had prior obligations and will not be able to participate.

The teams are scheduled to play each other in a round-robin format from which the top two teams will make it to the final, while the bottom two play off for third.

The Jamaicans will be privy to seeing just where they are with the challenge of South Africa on January 19. England will mark the final game of the group stage, on January 25, while the third-place playoff and final will be played on the following day.

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