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.

Sunil Narine has been cleared of having a suspect bowling action and has been taken off the warning list, the IPL said Sunday.

Justin Burrowes shot a two under-par 68 to lead at the end of Saturday’s opening day of the JGA Heroes Weekend Golf Classic at the Constant Spring Golf Club.

Burrowes’ score would have been even more impressive had he not had two bogies on the back nine after logging four birdies in the first nine holes.

"The day was good.  I started really well. The course is in very good shape.  I am just happy with the way I played and I just hope that I can just finish off tomorrow with another good round," he said.

Sean Morris was five shots back having shot a 73 while John O'Donaghue sits in third on 78.

The female leader, Jodi Munn-Barrow shot a 74 but said she was happy with the day’s play even though she was four over par. "Overall, I am happy with today's game.  I just have to put down my head again tomorrow and see if I can through with another good score."

Sebastian Azan shot an 84 to lead the 14-15 age group while Ryan Lue’s 86 leads the Boys 11-13.   Samantha Azan shot an 85.

Philip Gooden leads the Men & Men Senior 7-12 handicap with a 74 ahead of Tommy Lee (80) and Bruce Lopez (87).

Dr. Guyan Arscott (81), Carlyle Husdon (82) and Wayne Chai Chong (86) make up the top three in the Men Super Senior 0-12 category.

Play resumed today at 8:00 am.

It was disappointment for Jhaniele Fowler but joy for Kadie-Ann Dehaney as the Melbourne Vixens edged the West Coast Fever 66-64 to win the 2020 Suncorp Super League Netball title on Sunday.

Injury, concerns over safety and a need for a clear head are the reasons behind Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell’s decisions not to accept invitations to join the West Indies’ tour of New Zealand starting next month.

The West Indies on Friday named a 14-man squad that is expected to play three T20 Internationals in New Zealand later this year that included Andre Fletcher who was making a return to the squad after a two-year absence as well as Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo. However, it was noticeable that Russell, Lewis and Simmons were absent.

Chief selector Roger Harper explained during a press conference Friday morning that the three batsman gave different reasons why they opted out.

Simmons, he said, decided against travelling after discussions with his family. Lewis, he said, also discussed the issue with family but was also concerned about a injury that needed more time to heal.

Russell, who is currently playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, said he needed time to clear his head after being in quarantine situations in the Caribbean Premier League and IPL competitions.

“Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell are two very experienced T20 players who performed very well on the last tour of Sri Lanka and their absence will surely be noted,” Harper said in a release from CWI.

However, the respective decisions to decline the invitations to tour will not factor in the selection process to future teams, CWI said.

 

West Indies lead selector Roger Harper said West Indies head coach Phil Simmons and coaches in Barbados are to design a programme that they hope will help Shai Hope rediscover his form and live up to his potential.

Jason Holder and Kieron Pollard are to captain West Indies Test and T20 teams, respectively, while Shai Hope has been dropped for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Andre Russell, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis have declined invitations to the T20 squad that has been selected for the tour.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced a short while ago, the two squads for the proposed tour of New Zealand which will feature three T20 Internationals and two Test matches from November 27 to December 15.

Details of the tour were ratified by CWI’s Board of Directors during a teleconference on Thursday. The Board agreed to the tour in principle, subject to final details on medical and logistical protocols of CWI, New Zealand Cricket and Government of New Zealand.

Left-handed batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer have been recalled to the Test team, as well as all-rounder Keemo Paul. Bravo’s highest Test score of 218 came at the University Oval in Dunedin in 2013.

“The return of Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul will bolster the team, I expect that Darren will solidify the top-order, hopefully making it more productive, while Shimron gives the squad more options in the middle-order and it is another opportunity for him to show how good a player he is.  Keemo provides another wicket taking seam option,” said Chief Selector Roger Harper.

“The Test team has an opportunity to put into practice the learnings from the tour of England earlier this year.  The team has good all-round depth and I expect them be very competitive. New Zealand is a very good team especially in New Zealand, so we need to be on the top of our game.”

A group of reserves will also travel to help prepare the Test squad during the quarantine period and training camp as well as cover for injuries.

Meanwhile, Andre Fletcher, the experienced wicket-keeper/batsman has been named in the T20I squad for the first time since 2018. There is also a maiden call-up in this format for Kyle Mayers, the all-rounder, who performed well in last month’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

“Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell are two very experienced T20 players who performed very well on the last tour of Sri Lanka and their absence will surely be noted.  However, Andre Fletcher has another opportunity to show us what he can do and what he brings to the table,” Harper said.

“The T20I Team is now getting back into the groove after a nine-month absence from international competition. Fortunately, a number of players have been involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and before that the CPL, so they have had some competitive cricket leading up to this tour. The structure of the tour with the COVID-19 quarantine period, does not give the team any real opportunity for match practice as a team but there are a number of experienced players in the team so, hopefully, they can adapt quickly. 

“In the build-up to the ICC T20 World Cup, every T20I series is an important opportunity to fine tune the team, to get our personnel, our compositions and combinations right. For our players to become more attuned to their roles and the team to have a greater understanding of what works best in each situation. So, this is a very important series for us from that perspective and also in an effort to improve our rankings.”

The T20Is will be the start of an 11-month schedule of matches building up to the ICC T20 World Cup, rescheduled for October 2021 in India. The proposed schedule for this tour of New Zealand has the defending T20 World Cup champions starting at Eden Park in Auckland under lights.

The CWI Selection Panel indicated that this upcoming series will form part of the overall planning towards defending the ICC World T20 title. The panel outlined that they will continue to monitor closely the progress of spin bowler Sunil Narine and all other players in the lead-up to the global event.

 Test Squad:

Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Chemar Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach.

 Test Reserves:

Nkrumah Bonner, Joshua DaSilva, Preston McSween, Shayne Moseley, Raymon Reifer, and Jayden Seales.

 T20 International Squad:

Kieron Pollard (captain), Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, and Kesrick Williams.

Chris Gayle said he was not nervous in making his season debut for the Kings XI Punjab on Thursday.

The Jamaica Football Federation has expresses its condolences to the players, administrators of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association at the passing of the of Technical Director Ralston ‘Debu’ Williams.

Williams, 55, was the Technical Director of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) since 2015.

 “We have maintained a great relationship with this particular Federation over the years,” said President Michael Ricketts.

“These are tough times indeed and we pray that everybody who was touched by Mr Williams will stay strong. May his soul Rest in Peace.”

Williams died on Wednesday morning after going into hospital on Friday to undergo tests and await results, said ABFA President Everton Gonsalves, who hailed the late technical director for his contribution to the national football programme.

Debu, as he was called, had been ailing for some time but he never stopped working, Gonsalves said. He immersed himself in work, developing coaching education, women’s football and school football programmes in keeping with the strategic plans of the association that had just moved into its brand new offices.

The president said Williams complained of not feeling well on Friday last and went into hospital where things took a turn for the worse.

Williams was coach of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team in 2004 and was also head coach of the Parham FC. He also worked with Antigua and Barbuda women's national football team as well as the U20 and U17 teams.

In November 2012, he again became of the head coach of the Antigua and Barbuda team.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

 

 

 

Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shaunae Miller-Uibo ended their respective seasons with the number-one rankings in the 100m and 200m, respectively in what was a track season like no other.

The 2019/2020 track season was characterized by meet cancellations and the introduction of virtual formats because the pandemic that has been sweeping the globe since March. However, meets gradually returned largely before empty stadia but many athletes still managed to deliver world-class performances.

Among them was the 2016 double Olympic champion who was fastest in the world over 100m for 2020.

Thompson Herah’s 10.85 set in Rome on September 17 beat out her compatriot and rival Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who ended her year ranked second by virtue of the 10.86s run at the Velocity Fest meeting in Kingston’s National Stadium on August 22.

Rising star Sha’ Carri Richardson, in her first full season as a professional, was third fastest with 10.95.

The Bahamian sprint queen was equally impressive in the year in which she set a personal best of 10.98s in the 100m and the world’s best time of 21.98 in the 200m at the Back to the Track Meeting in Clermont, Florida on July 25.

Richardson capped her great year with a personal best 22.00 that was the second fastest for 2020 while Thompson Herah’s 22.19 ranked her third in the world for the year.

Miller-Uibo, who last year set 48.37 the sixth fastest time in history over the 400m was only second best for 2020 with 50.52 set in Monteverde, Florida on July 4. That time was only bettered by Lynna Irby’s 50.50, the fastest time in the world this year.

Lieke Klaver of the Netherlands clocked 50.98, which made her third best in the world for the year.

Jamaica’s preparation for the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar will get underway when the Reggae Boyz play The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in two international friendlies next month.  

Both games will be played at the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Stadium in Riyadh on November 14 and 17, respectively. The JFF said an added benefit of playing these matches is that the squad will get a chance to play in conditions identical to those under which the World Cup will be played in 2022.

The matches will also prove to be a timely replacement for two international friendlies against the United States and a "top Central American team" set for this month but which were cancelled because of the spike in the number of COVID-19 infections in the United States.

The JFF had said then that it would continue to seek opportunities to play games in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers which start in June next year. 

Jamaica last played Saudi Arabia on October 17, 2017 when the hosts ran out 5-2 victors over the Reggae Boyz. As such, the JFF said it will looking to assemble its best squad in the hope of reversing that result.

The Trinidad and Tobago High Court of Justice has ruled that FIFA’s removal of the executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) is illegal, null and void and of no effect. The High Court also ruled that the decision was made in bad faith and was for an improper and illegal motive.

In the decision that High Court Justice Carol Gobin handed the decision down on Tuesday night, the judge also ruled that the appointment of a normalization committee to interfere in the affairs of the TTFA is null and void and of no effect and that FIFA statute 8(2) is inconsistent with the provisions of the TTFA Act no. 17 of 1982.

The decision is a blow to the football world’s governing body, who has suspended the TTFA indefinitely, a move that has put Trinidad and Tobago’s chances of participating in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in jeopardy.

In March, FIFA effectively dissolved the executive of the TTFA that was elected to office in November 2019 and appointed a normalization committee to oversee the affairs of the association. Since then, the ousted executive led by William Wallace has been at loggerheads with FIFA as the two parties strive for a mutually agreeable outcome.

Sportsmax.tv will have more on this story on Wednesday.

 

 

Double World U20 champion, Pan Am Games U20 champion, NACAC U18 champion and world-record holder are just some of the titles owned by Jamaica’s rising track star Briana Williams.

She has now added a new title; homeowner.

The 18-year-old university student acquired the keys to her home in Florida and she couldn’t be happier. She showed off her new home on social media saying “Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”

The excitement was still palpable when she spoke with Sportsmax.TV

“Purchasing my first house was a dream come true for me, especially at 18 you don’t see that much,” she said.

“I’m so happy and excited about this big step I took. This is what I couldn’t wait for! It was a long process but I enjoyed and learned a lot from it.”

After an outstanding year in 2019, when she won many titles and set a new Jamaica U20 record, Williams signed a multi-year deal with Nike in January. She has recently began training in anticipation of making Jamaica’s team to the Tokyo, Olympics in Japan next summer.

 

Shimron Hetmyer has revealed that he has working on perfecting a certain shot with Australian cricket icon Ricky Ponting.

Chris Gayle is over his stomach infection and should be available for Kings XI Punjab’s nest match that comes up on Thursday.

KXIP made the announcement on their website that will be sure to please their many fans and those of the Universe Boss.

“Chris Gayle is back on the training ground, having recovered from his stomach bug. Chris Gayle was spotted back on the training ground on Monday, October 12, and in all likelihood should now be fit for Kings XI Punjab’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, October 15,” the club said.

Gayle has not played this season for the franchise that has won only one of its seven matches this season. He had been expected to play last week against Sunrisers Hyderabad but was unable to play because of the stomach infection that eventually caused him to be hospitalized on Saturday.

Following another outstanding shooting performance against the Sunshine Coast Lightning on Sunday, Jamaica’s Jhaniele Fowler has once again topped the scoring charts in the Suncorp Super Netball League.

Fowler, 31, has scored more goals than any other player in the league by some way, having sunk 910 goals from a league leading 967 attempts so far this season. It is the third consecutive season that the towering Jamaican shooter was dominating in the number of goals scored. She also had 66 offensive rebounds, second to Romelda Aiken's 110.

Aiken, who plays for the Queensland Firebirds, was some distance behind with 583 goals as Caribbean athletes asserted their dominance in this category. Trinidad and Tobago’s Samantha Wallace of the dethroned champions New South Wales Swifts, was third in the standings with 522 goals.

Fowler was also heads and shoulders above the rest in net points, the definitive measurement of player performance.

Every time someone scores a goal, blocks a pass, gets a defensive rebound, they get points. The bigger the impact, the bigger the points. If players make mistakes or cause turnovers, they lose points. At the end of the game, each player receives an individual net points score, which represents their contribution to the match.

During the season, Fowler accumulated 1740 net points, more than 500 more than compatriot Shamera Sterling of the Adelaide Thunderbirds, who amassed 1174 net points. Kate Moloney of the finalists, Melbourne Vixens was 700 points back with 1040.

Sterling, who led defensive rebounds with 37 also had the third-best number of intercepts with 37, trailing Kate Pretorius of the Sun Coast Lightning, who had 43 and Courtney Bruce of the West Coast Fever with 42.

Sterling compatriot Jodi-Ann Ward was fifth with 29.

Sterling also had 104 deflections, second most in the league.

 

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