Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Jhaniele Fowler was perfect from the field as the West Coast Fever rallied from nine points down to defeat the New South Wales Swifts Sunday to advance to the preliminary final of the Suncorp Super Netball League.

It was an epic clash at the USC Stadium between Caribbean shooters, Fowler, who scored 55 goals and Samantha Wallace, who sunk 34 from 35 attempts, as the Fever won 67-62 in what was described as one of the matches of the season.

NSW Swifts got off to a fast start winning the first quarter 17-15. They remained in in control of the match in the second quarter as super shots from Wallace and teammate Helen Housby (10 from 14) saw the Swifts outscore the Fever 19-14 to lead 36-29 at the interval.

The Fever made four changes at the half which seemed to spur the team to life. Through Fowler’s impeccable shooting they rallied to win the quarter 19-12 to tie the score at the end of the third.

Fowler continued her onslaught as the Fever snatched the lead and went on to win the intense counter by five.

Fever shot 94 per cent from the field in victory while the Swifts shooting fell to 88 per cent in the heartbreaking loss.

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce boasts a treasure trove of gold medals from the many global finals she has won since she burst onto the scene at the Beijing Olympics 12 years ago. She has set many records along the way including the first woman to win a sprint treble at a World Championships in Moscow in 2013, or becoming the first Jamaican woman to win Olympic 100m gold in Beijing in 2008.

However, the 33-year-old veteran, in an interview on the Olympic channel, said her greatest victory occurred at the 2019 World Championships in Doha where became the first athlete to win four 100m World titles.

Winning her first world title after giving birth, made it extra special.

 “My greatest win is coming back and having my son and winning that World Championships,” said Fraser Pryce who took home two gold medals from Doha. She was also a member of Jamaica’s winning 4x100m relay team.

“For a lot of times in my life I have been told what I can do, what I cannot do and what is attainable for me; and here I am putting everything to the test, understanding that we are not limited, we are so much more, we are powerful, we are strong.

“Having my son rejuvenated me mentally, spiritually and emotionally.”

The two gold medals Fraser-Pryce won in Doha brought her World Championships gold medal tally to nine.

 

 

 

 

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On many a Sunday, I realize that people have looked at the stories they've seen throughout the week with different lenses. I have my own personal take on some of these issues and I will share them with you. Welcome to #INCASEYOUMISSEDIT

 

  1. Is Courtney Walsh the answer to the Windies women's woes?

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has appointed West Indies bowling legend Courtney Walsh as the new Head Coach of the West Indies Women’s team, at least up until the end of 2022. The retired fast bowler has served as an assistant coach with the Bangladesh men’s team and subsequently worked on a short-term contract with the West Indies Women’s team, including at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2020 held in Australia earlier this year. Despite all this, I strongly believe it will take more than a new coach to help get our Windies women back to winning ways.

Since winning the World T20 title in 2016, the West Indies Women have experienced a steep decline in form. This was reflected in the 5-0 sweep at the hands of England last week.  Apart from the disappointing World Cup performances, they have won just four of 10 series played since and drawn one.  It is key to note that the wins came against Pakistan and Ireland.

 The fitness of the women has been called into question many times and it is evident in the poor fielding and batting performances. Most of the batters lack  the ability to hit with power and run consistently between the wickets.  All-rounder Deandra Dottin was the pick of the batters against England with a total of 185 runs at an average of 37. No other batter scored 100 runs during the series. Captain Stefanie Taylor came closest with 78 runs scored at an average of 26. The rest of the Windies women averaged single digits in the series.

 Despite Courtney Walsh’s expertise, our Windies women need new structure. It is evident that what exists is not working. Our women need opportunities to play more competitive cricket. They also need to work on their fitness and confidence. They need to bat better. We need more of our players averaging in the 20’s. It is clear it will take more than just the Windies bowling legend to get our ladies back to their winning ways.

 

  1. The LA Lakers- a cut above the rest!

Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined one again to give the Los Angeles Lakers a 2-0 series lead over the injury-hit Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Davis posted a double-double and James top-scored in Friday's 124-114 victory against the Heat at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. What is clear is the Lakers have buckled down and they are not taking anything for granted until they finish the job at hand.

There are several factors that have contributed to the Lakers success, LeBron James’ inability to slow down combined with Coach Frank Vogel’s wit. The synergy between LeBron and Anthony Davis is impeccable. The experience that this team has is also notable. They have veterans other than James who have also contributed significantly like Rajon Rondo, Danny Green and even JaVale McGee.

 

Two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has targeted breaking the 10.70-second barrier as she goes for an unprecedented third Olympic title in Tokyo next year.

United Soccer League team, the Phoenix Rising has put midfielder Junior Flemmings on administrative leave as an investigation proceeds into allegations that he used a homophobic term against an opposing player during his team’s game against the San Diego Loyal on Wednesday night.

Phoenix Rising has released statement on social media indicating that the Jamaican was sent on leave so that he may fully focus on cooperating with the investigation.

Depending on what the investigation reveals, the Reggae Boyz player could find himself being without a job as the club have made their policy clear.

"Phoenix Rising FC is actively anti-homophobia and anti-racist and has a zero-tolerance policy for actions which run contrary to these core values," the club said in its statement.

During the game on Wednesday, San Diego Loyal midfielder Collin Martin accused Flemmings of hurling an homophobic slur at him. The accusation resulted Loyal players walking off the field in protest even though they were leading 3-1.

Flemmings, who has scored 14 goals in 14 matches for the Phoenix Rising, has denied the accusations.

Lawyers representing United TTFA have applied to the Trinidad and Tobago High Court of Justice seeking permission to withdraw the claims currently before the court regarding their six-month dispute with FIFA.

The move brings to an end William Wallace's case against FIFA in a bid to avoid being suspended from world football by the sports governing body.

The development comes, sources indicate, after there was majority vote against proceeding with the matter before the court, during an informal meeting of the TTFA on Tuesday night. Twenty-one members voted against pursuing the proceedings against FIFA, sources said. Eight voted in favour.

On May 18, lawyers for the William-Wallace executive had filed an application in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court seeking a permanent injunction to prevent FIFA from interfering or seeking to override the “fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or preventing them from removing the executive of duly elected officers from office.”

FIFA filed an appeal that was thrown out by Madame Justice Carol Gobin.

In response, FIFA sent letters to the Normalisation Committee currently in charge of the affairs of the TTFA strongly suggesting that the claims be withdrawn.

Failure to do so by September 23, FIFA said, would result in them initiating proceedings to have the TTFA suspended from international football.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has congratulated Stafanie Taylor on becoming the first West Indies women’s player to score 3,000 runs in T20 Internationals.

 

Stafanie Taylor scored her 3000th run on Wednesday but West Indies Women lost to England by 47 runs at Derby on Wednesday in the second of their five-match T20 Vitality Series.

They also lost the first match on Monday by a similar margin. However, this time the loss unfolded differently.

Chasing 152 for victory, the West Indies Women, with the score at 11, lost Hayley Matthews for three in the third over, caught off a leading edge by Heather Knight from a Katherine Brunt delivery.

However, the West Indies had a glimmer of hope when Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor put together a partnership of 61 in nine overs to have the West Indies well-positioned at 71 for one in the 12th over.

That was also when things began to unravel for the West Indies as their next seven wickets to 32 runs to close at 104 for eight.

It began with the last ball of the 12th over when Dottin adjudged leg before wicket for 38 to Sarah Glenn’s quicker and fuller leg-break.

Six balls later, wicketkeeper Amy Jones, stumped Lee-Ann Kirby for one from a Mady Villiers delivery. 75 for three.

Six balls later, Jones was again in action, stumping Captain Stafanie Taylor - who had earlier scored her 3000th run - for 28 from a Glen delivery wide of the off-stump. 79 for four.

Shermaine Campbelle was the next wicket to fall, for five, after swinging Anya Shrubsole’s delivery to deep square leg where Fran Wilson held onto a running catch. It was then 89 for five.

Six balls later, Chinelle Henry was out lbw to Villiers for seven. 89 for six.

By the time Sophie Ecclestone bowled Britney Cooper for a duck to leave the West Indies were 91 for seven, the Caribbean side had lost six wickets for 19 runs from 33 balls and still needing 61 from the last 16 balls.

Shortly thereafter, Aaliyah Alleyne was trapped lbw by Ecclestone for five at 96 for eight.

It was left to Selman, who remained unbeaten on 6 and Afy Fletcher 4, to get the West Indies past the 100-run mark as the innings came to a close.

Villiers was the pick of the England bowlers taking 2 for 10 from three overs. Ecclestone (2 for 19) and Glenn (2 for 24) did their part to dismantling the West Indies batting line-up.

Earlier, England had smashed 52 runs off their last five overs to wrest control of the match from the West Indies, who had up to then, kept England’s batters reined in.

Having had England at 96 for six in the 15th over, Sarah Glen and Katherine Brunt attacked the bowling with great success. Together the pair added 46 runs before Selman bowled Brunt for 18 in the final over.

England had already taken full advantage of Shamilia Connell, whose last over, the 19th, went for 19 runs. Glenn slapped her for four over deep backward point and then followed up with a shot over the covers for three.

Brunt followed suit the next ball that yielded two runs. She then smashed the flustered Connell out to the deep extra cover boundary for four.

By the time Glen was run out for 26 off the last ball of the innings, the damage had already been done with England once again getting beyond 150 runs that once again proved to be more than enough.

It was a welcome fightback from England, who after 15 overs didn’t look likely to score 150.

As they did in the first match on Monday, England had a good start scoring 34 from the first four overs before Selman had Tammy Beaumont caught by Chinelle Henry for 21.

At 44 for one Danni Wyatt was run out for 14.

By then Stafanie Taylor (2 for 12) and Selman (2 for 32) had begun to squeeze the life out of the England batting.

However, Jones who scored 25 from just 20 balls sparked England’s revival that ultimately proved to be too much for the West Indies.

 

 

 

 

West Indies Women’s captain, Stafanie Taylor believes a failure to adapt to the playing surface resulted in their downfall against England at Derby on Monday.

Taylor’s side managed 116 for 6 in their 20 overs chasing an England total of 163 for 8 set by the hosts who took first strike. England’s match-winning total was due largely to the innings of Player of the Match Tammy Beaumont who scored 62 from 49 balls aided by some wayward bowling from the Caribbean women.

Deandra Dottin led the scoring for the West Indies with a 59-ball 69 but no other made double figures as the West Indies struggled to keep pace with the required rate of just over eight runs an over.

Taylor was not happy with the performances.

“It's not one of our best [performances]. We didn't adapt well to the pitch,” she said.

 Tammy batted really well and set the game up nicely for them. Looking back at that, we thought we were always behind and had to gain some momentum going into the batting.”

Taylor conceded that the bowlers and the batters let the team down.

“Some bowlers bowled well in patches but... not the best, really. Deandra batted well, but she needed someone to stay there with her,” said the despondent Windies captain.

“We thought too many dot balls strangled us a bit. We needed to go back to the footage and assess it and see areas we can improve on. We have a training day tomorrow just to fine-tune for Wednesday's game.”

The next match in the five-match series bowls off on Wednesday.

The West Indies lost to England by 47 runs at Derby on Monday despite a valiant half-century from Deandra Dottin, her highest score ever against England.

FIFA has lifted financial restrictions imposed on the Jamaica Football Federation last year.

After a disastrous World Cup earlier this year when none of their batters lived up to expectation, West Indies women's interim head coach Andre Coley has called upon them to step up during their five-match T20 series that begins on Monday.

"White-ball cricket, and T20 cricket specifically, is about scoring runs," Coley said. "If you watch the history of our cricket, our bowling department has always held its own, done well and been competitive.

"[But] we'll need to post challenging totals and be able to chase them as well. We need to be clear in our roles for each player, and how we want to go about the batting, and we should be okay."

Coley said he was happy with the fact that during the two intra-squad warm-up matches they played in the past few days, the batters did fairly will Captain Stafanie Taylor and Lee-Ann Kirby being the standouts with scores of 71 and 85, respectively.

"It's very good that in all innings that were played, we batted the full complement of overs," Coley said. "And there were individual performances as well as partnerships throughout. It was good for everyone to have had some time out in the middle in a competitive environment, which we haven't had for a while.

Ashinia Miller said he enjoyed competing in the shot put at the Klando Hazi A Klandenski Memorial meeting in the Czech Republic last Thursday.

Two international friendlies that had been scheduled for Jamaica in the United States next month, have been cancelled because of the rise in the number of Covid-19 infections.

Samantha Wallace, Jhaniele Fowler and Romelda Aiken were all winners in Round 13 of the Suncorp Super Netball League on the weekend.

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