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.

Newly crowned 2020 Hero CPL champion Darren Bravo, losing captain Darren Sammy and T20 record-setter Chris Gayle are among 150 players in a pool awaiting selection for the Lankan Premier League set to run from November 14 to December 6.

Shahid Afridi and Trinbago Knight Rider’s Colin Munro are also in the pool for the player auction set for October 1.

Under the rules governing the Sri Lankan T20 league, each franchise can buy up to six international players.

However, according to reports, there are still some loose ends to be tied up before the auction can take place. Among them government approval for a shorter quarantine period for players, officials and broadcast staff.

SLC officials are asking that the quarantine period for those arriving for the tournament be reduced from 14 to seven days.

 

Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson believes joining the London Roar for the 2020 season of the International Swimming League (ISL) will allow her to focus on her strengths.

The 31-year-old Atkinson was among 17 new additions to the 2019 finalists, who will be seeking to go one better this year.  

Swimming for Team Iron that finished fifth in the team standings last season, the team called upon Atkinson to swim strokes, which did not allow her to be at her best for the club. However, she did perform well in her preferred breaststroke events winning the 50m breaststroke in Lewisville and the 50m and 100m breaststroke events in Budapest and London.

She is hopeful that this season London Roar will position her to compete in the discipline where she is strongest.

“I am excited to be a part of London Roar. I think this time will be a little different,” she told Sportsmax.TV this week.

“There was a lot of demand on the last team in respect to me going outside the breaststroke events so I think this time I will be able to focus more on my specialities and hopefully we will be able to make it to the finals.”

That said, she was quick to point out that there is no ill will towards Team Iron, for whom she debuted in the ISL.

“Last year was still a fantastic experience and I wish the best for all the teams, especially with the COVID situation going on, but this time I am staying closer to the green and gold,” she said in reference to the London Roar’s team colours.

The London Roar reached the Las Vegas final last season and finished second behind Energy Standard. It returns a lot of key players in season two, including team captain Adam Peaty and big point scorers Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon. The club is composed primarily of the best British and Australian swimmers, including some of the best swimmers based in the two countries, such as Andreas Vazaios and Anna Hopkin.

The Roar lost key pieces in Canadians Yuri Kisil and Finlay Knox to the Toronto Titans as well as Mireia Belmonte, who has jumped ship to Team Iron.

This year, the competition is expected to be even fiercer with the addition of two new teams - Toronto Titans and Tokyo Frog Kings. The organisers have also brought in new rules for the league that is set to get underway on October 16 in Bucharest, Hungary.

St Lucia Zouks Captain Darren Sammy said his team fell several runs short of what was required to achieve victory against the Trinbago Knight Riders in today’s final of the 2020 Hero CPL.

Kieron Pollard believes the Trinbago Knight Riders were destined to win their fourth Hero CPL title this season.

Ever the inspirational leader, St Lucia Zouks Captain Darren Sammy believes his team has as good a chance to win the 2020 Hero CPL title on Thursday even though they would have to defeat the unbeaten Trinbago Knight Riders to do so.

Trinbago Knight Riders captain Kieron Pollard is confident his team will not be under pressure to maintain their unbeaten record this season when they face first-time finalist, St Lucia Zouks in Thursday’s final of the 2020 Hero CPL season.

Three members of the unbeaten Trinbago Knight Riders were selected among a 2020 Hero CPL team of the tournament announced on Wednesday, the eve of the 2020 finals set for the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago.

A film about West Indies batting icon Brian Lara, featuring rarely seen archive footage and stills, will open TT Film Festival on Wednesday night in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica’s Fraser McConnell recovered from early misfortune to achieve his first podium finish in the Supercar class at the RallyCross Nordic in Denmark on the weekend.

McConnell, the 2019 Americas Rallycross Champion (ARX2), also finished second in the overall standings behind Olsbergs MSE teammate Oliver Erikksson.

Erikksson finished with 111 points to McConnell’s 91. The Jamaican went into the weekend's finale in fourth place with 47 points, Erickson was second with 57.

However, the placings might have been reversed had he not suffered a bit of misfortune in Saturday’s final when he ran into trouble on the very first lap.

“We were third in the start grid, managed to get around second place and was in second place going around into the second corner. It was an around-the-outside move so there was a big slide, which exposed my front wheel to the oncoming competitor. He got me straight, big contact into my front wheel and that broke the drive-shaft,” said McConnell of the incident that took him out of the running in Saturday’s final.

“I was unable to continue driving the car as it (the impact) made it go into rear-wheel drive. With 600HP turbo-charge it is very difficult to drive so it was better to park the car to prevent further damage,” he explained.

Sunday, however, was a much better day for the trail-blazing Jamaican, who capitalized on Erikksson’s misfortune to claim second place.

“On the second day, we were able to come off the first corner, much more reserved with the big picture in mind. We came out the first corner in fifth. We managed to get to fourth immediately in the second corner and the way the race played out we were able to cross the line in second, so not a bad way to end off the year, on the podium,” said McConnell, who expressed delight at his podium finish.

“I can take home some silverware and add it to my collection. It was a great experience and to get second place in the championship was unbelievable so I am very pleased with how the year turned out.”

 

Joshua Da Silva has been one of the standouts in what has otherwise been a dreadful 2020 Hero CPL season for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Windies Women opener Hayley Matthews believes the team should use the upcoming series against England to find redemption for their poor showing at the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup earlier this year.

Andre Russell is perhaps the most destructive batsmen in T20 cricket. Batting in the lower order for whichever team he is playing for, the powerful Jamaican can change the course of a game in just a few overs.

A remarkable collapse of 9/45 in 44 balls, including three sets of two wickets in two balls, saw the Jamaica Tallawahs collapse from 84/0 and fall short of a modest target against a canny St Lucia Zouks side who are making a habit of defending low totals in Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020.

Though he is going in with a bit of a disadvantage, Fraser McConnell is focussed on giving his best show when he lines up for this weekend’s 2020 Nordic Rallycross event in the Supercar Class in Nysumbanen, Denmark.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said he was shocked by the news that emerged on Thursday night that former national player Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson was among three persons shot in Central Kingston on election day.

Reports said the three persons shot were among a group of party supporters gathered near North Street and Foster Lane in Central Kingston about 4:00 pm when a black Honda Accord approached.

Shots were fired from inside the vehicle hitting all three. Johnson was hit multiple times.

He is in the hospital where his condition is described as being stable. Another of the victims is considered serious but stable.

 Ricketts said the news was disturbing.

“It was indeed a big shock to hear of his ordeal,” Ricketts said.

“We hope he will recover fully and be able to continue his long and illustrious career in the game.”

Johnson represented Jamaica at the senior level for many years and was also an ambassador for Jamaica’s football in both England and the United States. The player is registered with Tivoli Gardens Football Club.

The president and the JFF wished him a “full and speedy recovery from his injuries.”

 

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