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.

Jabari Narcis has signed a deal to play professional basketball in Spain for the 2020-2021 season, according to reports.

FIFA lodged an appeal today against the decision of the Trinidad and Tobago High Court to proceed with a claim from the former leadership of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) against the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council in March 2020 to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

FIFA is insisting that the only recognised path to resolve the ongoing dispute is the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

On August 13, Justice Carol Gobin ruled that the matter would be heard in the Trinidad High Court of Justice. However, in its notice of appeal, FIFA said the High Court judge erred on several points of law.

Cherie Gopie of Hamel-Smith and Co. who represent FIFA filed the notice of appeal.

Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Jason Jones and Crystal Paul of the New City Chambers represent the TTFA

 

Encouraged by the reaction of fans of the sport, the Jamaica Cricket Association has embraced the use of digital technology as it looks toward the future.

Over the past two years, the JCA has significantly increased its use of a variety of digital and online tools to deliver improved services to its stakeholders.

Of note, was in February of 2019, when for the first time, the JCA streamed the final of its Senior Cup tournament at Sabina Park via its Facebook page – Jamaica Cricket. Over the two days of the final, the online stream attracted more than 40,000 unique viewers who watched for a minimum of two hours.

“We were buoyed by the response of the viewing fans online. The data provided by our marketing team and the Facebook insights signalled that despite low numbers in the stands, interest in the sport was still strong,” said JCA CEO Courtney Francis.

“Traditional media helps us to reach a wide cross-section of cricket lovers, but our social media channels give us an opportunity to get more feedback and interaction. That’s important and the responses we were getting online let us know we had to be more interactive, not only with fans but also with our players, coaches, teams and other stakeholders.”

Against that background, the JCA is making an effort to enhance their digital footprint. This includes training and certification in digital scoring methods for all clubs and parish associations that was facilitated by CWI.

Following the training clubs and parish associations received tablets which were used for scoring in local competitions.

The JCA also secured a three-year commercial contract with CricHQ.com to host player and team statistics online. This facilitates the use of a completely data-driven evaluation of players and teams by the selection panel for national programmes.

They have also employed the increased use of video to share key moments in the JCA’s activities or to provide updates, which may not have been covered in traditional media channels as well as certifying JCA marketing staff in digital marketing and other digital disciplines.

“We took it up a notch in 2020 and the global COVID-19 pandemic really showed us that we were making the right decision. Our meetings migrated online – board, committees, staff and teams. Our players and coaches were using their WhatsApp groups and online meeting platforms to share training methods and holding each other accountable,” Francis said.

“Our staff’s productivity was maintained despite the work-from-home recommendations as part of the government’s response to managing the spread of the coronavirus. It took a bit of adjustment but we are better for it now and so are our coffers.”

Moving forward the JCA plans to relaunch its redesigned and more functional website on August 27 at 12:30 pm. This will be done live on the JCA’s Facebook page – Jamaica Cricket and is open to the public.

It will also host its AGM online via Zoom August 27 at 2:00 pm. This is a first in the organisation’s history and also among local sporting associations as well as deliver online training courses for a wide variety of cricket stakeholders via its new website. Disciplines include financial management, nutrition, fitness and conditioning, rules of the game, media/interview techniques among others.

His love for track and field was the driving force behind Michael Frater’s decision to start his own track club.

The Jamaica Football Federation is denying reports in the British media claiming that veteran coach Sven-Goran Ericksson is set to become coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz.

Christopher Samuda, the President of the Jamaica Olympic Association has been appointed chairman of the Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation (CACSO) Legal Commission.

As the 2020 season of the CPL season bowled off today in Trinidad and Tobago, news has emerged that all 237 members of the league have returned to negative tests in the latest round of COVID-19 tests conducted on Sunday.

Leon Bailey is a talent but that talent is not on display often enough.

That seems to be the view of  Bayer Leverkusen boss Rudi Völler who believes the 23-year-old Jamaican is not consistent enough.

Two seasons ago, Bailey brought his exciting talents to the fore scoring 12 goals to go along with six assists in 32 appearances for Leverkusen. However, since then Bailey has struggled to hold a place in the starting XI and subsequently fell down the pecking order at the club.

The malaise has not gone unnoticed.

"You can see that he's blessed with quality, but he has lacked continuity. It's also clear that he has to do a bit more," said Völler, whose sentiments were echoed by Sporting Director Simon Rolfes.

"You get the feeling with him that he wants to force things. He doesn't seem to be playing with the same looseness, freedom and intuitive as in his first season," Rolfes said.

The Jamaican international, whose contract expires in 2023, scored seven goals and made three assists in 33 games for Leverkusen in the 2019/20 season.

He has been linked with a move to the English Premier League.

 

 

 

Krish Persaud and Manish Patel, the American-based owners of Jamaica Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents, respectively, have purchased franchises in a T20 competition in the United States.

Had it not been for the pandemic, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would have been done and dusted 10 days ago and sports fans across the world would still be gathering around water coolers and office enclosures buzzing about the spectacular show put on by the world’s greatest athletes.

Cricket West Indies President Ricky Skerritt said he is committing to effect the changes to the board’s governance structure as recommended by the Wehby Report that has now been shared with stakeholders.

World championship silver medallist Danniel Thomas Dodd won the shot put over an unlikely opponent at the American Track League meeting in Marietta, Georgia on Sunday.

Thomas-Dodd who lost the World Championship gold medal to China’s Gong Lijiao in Doha by just 8cm on October 3, 2019, 19.47 to 19.55), uncorked a 19.18m throw to win at the meet held at Life University.

The mark was the fourth-best throw in the world this year.

It was a lopsided affair as he opponent was World Championship 400m silver medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo. The Bahamian produced a best mark of 11.70m.

Meanwhile, Miller-Uibo’s former roommate at the University of Georgia, Chanice Porter jumped 6.35m in the long jump. She was the lone competitor.

In the women’s 200m former Holmwood Technical sprinter, Chrisann Gordon-Powell was second in the 200m in 24.38s. Gordon-Powell was beaten by the USA’s Jessica Beard who clocked 23.52 for the win.

The standout performance of the meet came from 18-year-old Justin Robinson, who outran a talented field to win the 400m in 44.91s. Michael Cherry, 44.98, and Matthew Hudson-Smith 45.58 were second and third, respectively.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio was fifth in 46.71.

 

Two-time Jamaican Olympian Shevon Nieto and her husband Jamie have announced the birth of their first child, a son, Jaysha King Nieto, who was born on August 10.

"On August 10, 2020, we welcomed the birth of our baby boy, Jaysha King Nieto. My world has now been made complete with this precious gift from God and the most amazing husband and now father @jamienieto," Shevon posted on her Facebook page late Thursday night.

Nieto, 37, represented Jamaica in the 400m hurdles at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.

 Shevon Stoddart married USA high jumper Jamie Nieto in 2017. Jamie suffered a spinal injury in 2016 which left him paralyzed.

Earlier this year, Nieto, who is now pursuing a career as a singer entered the talent show America's Got Talent singing her song Through the Good and the Bad, that was dedicated to her husband. Her performance was praised by the judges including the world-famous Simon Cowell. She was four months' pregnant at the time.

However, she eventually withdrew from the competition after concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus caused a delay in production as well as concern for the safety of her unborn child.

"After the first round, which was pretty amazing. It was one of the best moments of my life. I was definitely looking forward to the next round. Even though Covid was there we waited to see what would happen, but when we realized that the virus was getting worse...the producers, they knew that that would be a concern. They wanted to make sure that I was also safe and I was also comfortable. It was bitter-sweet. I really appreciate the opportunity to being on the show."

 

 

 

 

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has offered its congratulations to Reggae Boyz Captain Andre Blake for having won the Golden Glove Award for the just-concluded MLS IS BACK Tournament.

 The Trinidad and Tobago High Court of Justice delivered a blow to FIFA on Thursday when it denied football’s world governing body’s application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to adjudicate the dispute between the parties.

Both sides had submitted arguments before Justice Carol Gobin on July 29.

The TTFA and FIFA have been in dispute since March when FIFA dissolved the association’s administration who were in office four months and installed a normalization committee to oversee the affairs of the debt-ridden association.

TTFA took the matter to the CAS but later withdrew citing fears of institutional bias.

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.

The TTFA was represented ly Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Jason Jones and Crystal Paul of the New City Chambers while Fifa was represented Christopher Hamel-Smith SC, Jonathan Walker and Cherie Gopie from M Hamel-Smith and Co.

FIFA now has 21 days to file a defence against an application for an injunction filed by the ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA). FIFA has also been ordered to pay costs.

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