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.

The Jamaica Tallawahs and the Government of Jamaica have done away with their back and forth over support for the franchise in place of a long-term agreement.

The 2019 edition of the Racers Grand Prix will be held, as usual, on the second Saturday in June at Jamaica’s National Stadium in Kingston. 

Portmore United are the Red Stripe Premier League champions for the second time in a row, though the night at the National Stadium in Kingston was marred by a couple of alarming stoppages. 

Cavalier SC midfielder Alex Marshall, despite a sublime schoolboy football career, is really yet to show up at the level many were expecting his prodigious talent to put him. 

One of the West Indies’ biggest weapons heading into the ICC World Cup in England is undoubtedly their inspirational captain, Jason Holder.

Holder has led the team from the front with both bat and ball and in the field has inspired his teammates to achievements many in the region thought beyond them.

But now, with the World Cup a month away, Holder, and by extension, the West Indies may have a problem.

Playing in the London Royal Cup for Northhamptonshire last Wednesday, Holder struck 72, his third half-century in four innings, but was treated for an injury early in the knock.

Holder did not come out to field on account of the injury to his left leg and has since been replaced in the Northants line-up.

There has not been word on the seriousness of the injury just yet, but Holder is supposed to lead the West Indies in a Tri-nation series against Bangladesh and hosts Ireland from May 5-17.

On Friday, Holder’s Northants lost by 20 runs to Worcestershire without the all-rounder’s late-order batting.

The West Indies now have a nervous wait to see of their leader will shrug this one off.

Shaunae Miller-Uibo is in exquisite form despite it being very early in a season where the IAAF World Championships of Athletics is still five months away. 

Former Wolmer’s Girl, Janeek Brown, achieved a feat on Friday evening rarely seen anywhere in the world, and certainly not at the level that she did.

Running at the Arkansas National Relay Championships, the sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica earned double gold, but not in the traditional sprints – she managed it in the 100-metre hurdles and the 200 metres.

To start, Brown now leads the world over the sprint hurdles, running to 12.57 seconds to smash the facility record of 12.84 and the Arkansas programme record of 12.80.

An hour later, Brown became the fastest in the South Eastern Conference this season, when she stormed to 22.67, putting her third on the Arkansas all-time list. Only Olympians, Veronica Campbell-Brown (22.41), and Taylor Ellis-Watson (22.48) have ever gone faster.

Brown, as a Freshman, was an All American both indoors and outdoors and so her head coach Lance Harter expects great things from her, but was still stunned at the achievement.

“What she did today was absolutely phenomenal! For her to post the leading time in the 200-meters in the SEC where it’s a ‘Who’s Who’ of sprinting talent and to do it as a hurdler, is a tribute to Chris Johnson’s training and the job he’s done in recruiting and developing these sprinters,” said Harter.

To put the achievement into greater context, in the history of track and field, there has only ever been one double in those events that has been quicker.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee has gone faster, the youngster from Arkansas now putting her name in rarified air.

The Windies have a plan to manage the workload of Andre Russell at the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales next month. 

Jamaica’s team of Shericka Jackson, Janieve Russell, Christine day and Stephenie McPherson only had their compatriots for company as they easily claimed 4x400 women’s honours at the 125th staging of the Penn Relays at the Franklin Field Stadium. 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is getting in as many races as possible as she seeks to get back to her very best ahead of the 2019 World Championships of Athletics. 

Jamaica Scorpions have picked up wicketkeeper/batsman Denis Smith at the 2019-20 Player Draft for the West Indies domestic professional season on Friday in Antigua. 

Holmwood Technical High School upstaged Hydel High on a rainy day to win the High School Girls' 4x400 Championship of America title on the second day of the 125th Penn Relays Carnival at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on Friday.

The Manchester-based school with Danaille Brissett (54.3), Daniella Deer (54.2), Rickiann Russell (55.07), and Kavia Francis (53.61) came home in 3:37.20 to win the event for the first time since 2010.

Hydel, which were were highly fancied to win the race for the third consecutive year, had to settle for second in 3:38.01. Oneika McAnnuff (54.3), Garriel White (55.4), Tafarra Rose (56.21) and Charokee Young (52.08) were members of the Hydel team.

Jamaican high school teams occupied the first three spots as Spalding High were well beaten into third place. The quartet of Ramonia Clarke, Kimone Campbell, Cheriece Cope (56.63) and Annie-lie Waite (56.70) clocked 3:43.83.

Former Windies women captain, Merissa Aguilleira has come in for praise from the International Cricket Council (ICC) following her retirement from the international game earlier this week. 

There will be no games in the United States during this year’s Caribbean Premier League, according to the organisation’s chief operating officer (COO), Pete Russell. 

Mystery spinner, Sunil Narine, who was recently left out of the Windies’ provisional 15-man squad to the World Cup in England next month, is insistent that he is not done with the regional team.

Narine has turned down a number of invitations from Cricket West Indies to be part of Windies One Day International teams for a variety of reasons.

The spinner, who was sidelined from cricket on two occasions because of an illegal action, had once said he wasn’t confident he could bowl 10 overs because of his revamped action.

Narine’s various issues have meant he hasn’t played an ODI for almost three years, dating back to October 2016, and his most recent comments about an injury ruling him out have been met with, scepticism.

That scepticism comes from the fact that Narine is, at the moment, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, but the spinner claims he cannot manage more than that.

Narine sustained a torn ligament in his right middle finger a few months ago and has since been restricted in the type of deliveries and the number of them, he can bowl.

“I would have loved to play in the World Cup,” said Narine during an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

“I have missed international cricket and I’ve missed representing West Indies. It’s where my heart lies,” he said.

According to Narine, even playing T20 cricket has put a strain on the injury and he can’t get through four overs without work from the physiotherapist.

“I don't feel my finger is quite ready for ODI cricket. I can get through a T20 where I bowl just four overs. But even that isn't easy and I need help from the physio. It's holding me back from playing international cricket. I wouldn't be able to do myself or the team justice,” he said.

Narine believes that despite the scepticism from people in the Caribbean, the selectors and, in essence, Cricket West Indies, are sympathetic to his situation and the entities are well on their way, in terms of an improved relationship.

"I'm really happy that the selectors considered me," said Narine.

"It shows they have faith in me. I haven't played international cricket in so long and this shows how much they want me to come back. It was good to have some conversations with them and I feel we're all on the same page going forward."

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