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.

When Shaunae Miller-Uibo completed her fantastic sprint double at the Back to the Track: Clermont track meet on the weekend, she moved up the ranks in an elite class of athlete – the combined sprinter.

Despite a cramping hamstring Akeem Bloomfield uncorked his fastest ever season opener while winning the 400m at the Back To The Track: Clermont meeting in Florida on Friday.

Elaine Thompson-Herah never lost belief in her abilities even after struggling with an injury that has caused her to miss out on podium finishes at the last two major championships.

The Barbados Tridents will begin the defence of their Hero CPL title when they take on St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on the evening of August 18, as the 2020 season bowls off in Trinidad and Tobago next month.

Relatively healthy again for the first time in two years, Jamaican Olympian Julian Forte said he is finally getting back to his best form.

Usain Bolt’s Olympic exploits have been voted the most stunning of Olympic moments by the Mail Online’s Sportsmail.

Former West Indies opener Wavell Hinds is the new president of the 141-year-old Kensington Cricket Club. Hinds, the president and CEO of the West Indies Players Association was the sole nominee for the post as outgoing president Dave Cameron did not seek re-election.

Hinds was subsequently approved unanimously during the cricket club’s annual general meeting and election exercise at the clubhouse on Thursday, July 23.

Hinds, in his brief remarks following his elevation, urged the members of the club to “protect the assets of the newly upgraded facility.” He also wanted to the club to “continue with its development programs from under 15 all the way to senior”, adding that the club must maintain its core values of integrity, respect and rich in spirit, talent and love.

Hinds also invited with the support of the membership gathered, to appoint Cameron, President Emeritus, which allows him to be a part of the new executive.

Cameron served in the role of president since 2001 and has been a member of the club for just about four decades. In his remarks, he thanked the community, membership and the partners of the club for their support. He succeeded the late Vincent Wong and Noel Silvera.

Cameron is firm in his belief that Kensington can be transformed into a “modern-day sporting organization with a great business partnership aimed at creating world-class players.”

Meanwhile, Hins’ executive that will include  Radcliffe Daley – 1st Vice President;  David Bernard Jr – 2nd Vice President;  Carole Beckford – Secretary;  Guatam Kumaraswamy – Treasurer;   Wayne Lewis – Assistant Secretary;  Marlon Kennedy – Assistant Treasurer;  and Brian Blair – Club Captain.

 Lorna Litchmore, Raymond Smith, Delbert Gayle, Jamie Hay and Ryan Francis will serve as executive members.

During the last three years, the club won three major trophies and are the defending Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) T20 champions. In the incomplete, senior cup competition, the team played four matches this season that was cut short because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick said the West Indies have an opportunity to create history when they take on England in the third and final Test of the #Raisethebat series in Old Trafford tomorrow.

Any possibility of South Africa playing in the West Indies later this year will largely be dependent on the IPL and the lifting of travel restrictions that will allow the team to travel to the Caribbean.

With two Olympic 100m titles, four World Championship 100m titles and a 200m title, and a World Indoor title among 18 global medals, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has had a legendary career. However, it took a trip to the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan to light the flame that propelled her to success.

“I came back home with a fire,” the 33-year-old icon told former Miss Jamaica Universe and Miss Universe runner-up Yendi Phillips on Phillips’ YouTube show Odyssey.

In the video that has so far garnered almost 55,000 views, Fraser-Pryce revealed that when she joined MVP Track Club, she was still not certain that a career in track and field is what she wanted to pursue.

Even when she was selected to be a member of the Jamaican team, she was still uncertain that this was her path in life.

“I only wanted to go, to go. I was so nervous. I was unsure of who I was at the time…still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” she said.

“If anybody had asked me at the time what I wanted to do, I wouldn’t say an athlete. It was just there; an opportunity.”

Her indecision about what path she wanted to follow manifested in how she trained during those early days.

“I got to training late most days, didn’t go to the gym because me did believe me was a go get tough. I went to practise and never completed the workouts. That changed when I went to the World Championships,” she said.

However, before the change occurred, Osaka proved to be quite difficult for the then 19-year-old upstart from Wolmer’s Girls. In Japan, she was a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that won the silver medal that year.

However, when she was told that she was running she said she cried because she didn’t want to run. The occasion also unsettled her.

“Separate and apart from that you’re thinking that this is a big thing and I didn’t want to mess it up,” she said.

History will recall that she did not mess things up. Instead, a new reality dawned on her.

“I think what it did for me was that I saw something different. It is almost as if my eyes opened up to a reality that ‘them people ya wuk hard, you nuh’. You see the grit, the glory, you see defeat, you see so many different things, emotions, people crying when they crossed the line.”

It wasn’t all bad though. There were great benefits to being a member of a medal-winning team.

She remembers sitting in the stands cheering teammate Veronica Campbell chasing down the USA’s Tori Edwards but just coming up short at the line. The USA won gold in 41.98 while Jamaica was a mere 0.03s behind in 42.01. Belgium was third.

She happy for what was her first medal but also because “Me inna di money,” she said laughing.

As a member of the relay squad, Fraser-Pryce collected her share of US$40,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots will not have the services of Rassie Van Der Dussen for the Patriots for the 2020 season of the Hero CPL.

Merlene Ottey’s long-standing record over 150m was broken by American Brianna Rollins-McNeal on Monday at the AP Ranch High-Performance Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas.

World-famous reggae singer Maxi Priest has joined the board of directors at Treasure Beach FC, on the south coast of Jamaica.

Treasure Beach FC finished second in the South Central Confederation Super League last season after the club was on an upward trend when the pandemic shut down all football competitions island-wide.

The club started in 1995 in Division 2 and subsequently advanced to Division 1 and then to the Major League competition. It is among the top teams in the Super League in the South Central region.

Priest was formally appointed on July 17 at Lashings Boutique Hotel in Treasure Beach during a meeting that was attended by the President of Jamaican Football Federation Michael Ricketts as well as former JFF President Crenston Boxhill, Patrick ‘Patcha’ Malcolm President of the St Elizabeth FA and Fitzroy Chedda, the Vice President of the St Elizabeth FA. Member of Parliament Floyd Green was also present.

“It’s all change for Treasure Beach FC, with a new highly-skilled, slimmed-down board of directors which will bring a new professionalism to our club,” said TBFC President David Folb. 

“It’s really big news for us that we have attracted such a big name as Maxi Priest to join our board of directors. It all came about after I met him and discovered Maxi’s love of football and I told him that this was the club to join.” 

 Mr Folb credited the passion of fellow board members Carlton Taylor, Garnett Staple, Eric Mullins and Paul Bernard for the club’s continued development.

 "These are the people that can make history here. Too long the sleeping giant has not been able to spread himself, but things are happening here and with new sponsorship and Member of Parliament Floyd Green, who cares about the local community, we can go places.”

TBFC’s Chairman Jason Henzell, owner of Jakes in Treasure Beach said this latest development of the Grammy-Award winner joining the board is another milestone in the development happening in that part of the country.

 “Over the years we have hosted several teams, camps and international sporting personalities. We have also secured scholarships for several former players of Treasure Beach FC to colleges overseas due to hosting the Jonathan Hibbert showcase and saw one of our players transferred to play for a team in Germany,” he said. 

 “We also believe in improving the playing surfaces of fields and have agreed with HEART to offer a horticulture program with a focus on grounds keeping and turf management. Ultimately, we would like our grounds to be associated with the JFF for training and hosting of certain events, including the development of futsal and beach football.” 

Maxi Priest briefly played for a British non-league football club, Southall, and is a well known Manchester United supporter.

 

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will lift the Premier League trophy after their final home match against Chelsea on Wednesday. It will confirm Liverpool as the winner of the Premier League for the very first time. They will be champions of England in 30 years, a lifetime.

Invariably, the conversations have already begun about whether this team will be considered among the great teams and whether they can defend the title, they have waited three decades to win.

Liverpool last won the division title in 1990, the same year I began working at the Gleaner and two years before the formation of the Premier League. Since that time, I got married twice and divorced once. I worked at the Gleaner for 14 years before leaving.

I migrated, ran a newspaper in St Maarten and then returned to Jamaica more than a decade ago.  Throw in four years at Sportsmax and you have an idea of how long I have waited to see Liverpool win the Premier League.

I literally shed tears when they fell short by two points in 2014 but by last year when they finished second by a point, I was jaded.

97 points! Those would have won the title in any other year except 2018 and last year. I was honestly beginning to wonder if Liverpool would ever win the league.

Thankfully, this season has been spectacular. Liverpool has scored 93 points with two games to go. Three losses this season, two of them coming after the protracted break caused by the pandemic and one coming after the title was won and there was nothing left to play for.

If Liverpool beat Chelsea and Newcastle, the team will close the season on 99 points, one shy of the remarkable record of 100 set by Manchester City two seasons ago and still, people question the team’s greatness.

Will Liverpool be ranked alongside the Manchester United teams from about 2005 to 2009? No, not yet. I think they will have to win at least one more league title and perhaps an FA Cup before we can have that conversation. Hey, I wouldn’t mind them winning the Champions League for a seventh time, four more than our nearest rivals, Manchester United. Then it would not be a conversation anymore.

Will they be considered as great at the Chelsea champions under Jose Mourinho? One more title and they are right there.

Notwithstanding all that, it is clear that this Liverpool team is already a great team in its own right. This season they became the first English team to hold the Champions League trophy, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League trophy simultaneously.

The team has heart, grit, the stuff of which champions are made.

This is a team that suffered a heart-breaking 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Champions League final of 2018, only to rebound and to win it in 2019. This after, coming back from 3-0 down in a tie against Barcelona in the semi-final. The 4-0 demolition of Barcelona at Anfield in the return leg is already the stuff of legend.

Also in 2019, they lost the league by a single point having amassed an incredible 97 points but again bounced back to win the league and will possibly do so by scoring more points than they did the previous season.

All this while leading last season’s champions, Manchester City, a team many consider to be the greatest Premier League side, by more than 20 points most of the way.

They are one of two teams to score 90-plus points in consecutive seasons. Only Manchester City can boast to have won more points – 100 and 98 in consecutive seasons.

This Liverpool team might not be the greatest Premier League team in history, yet, but give it time.  

Briana Williams ran five races at the AP High-Performance Invitationals 1-5 in Fort Worth, Texas earlier today, a meet at which American Michael Norman ran a world-leading 9.86 in the 100m.

Some of the world’s best athletes, most of them Nike-sponsored, descended on Fort Worth to compete, reportedly in a bid to preserve the value of their professional contracts.

According to sources, under the terms of their contracts, the athletes are obligated to compete in at least 10 sanctioned races for the year. If they do not, they stand to lose money from their multi-million-dollar contracts.

In response, meets were created, the first of which was held today, that will allow the athletes to fulfil those obligations and as a result, save themselves millions of dollars.

Williams, who earlier this year signed a five-year contract with Nike believed to be valued at several million dollars, competed in the 60m, 100m, 150m, 250 and 300m races. She clocked 7.68 for the 60m, 12.43 for the 100m, 18.74 for the 150m, 38.31 over 250 and 46.56 for 300m.

Norman ran 7.96 for the 60m, 9.86 for the 100m, 34.82 for the 250 and 44.90 for 300m. His 100m time puts him in a pantheon of two, the number of athletes who would have run sub-10s, sub-20 for the 200m and sub-44 for the 400m.

Justin Gatlin, the 2017 100m World 100m champion, also competed at the meet setting times of 6.84 for 60m, 10.84 for the 100m, 15.93 for 150m, 32.53 for 250m and 42.32 for 300m.

In the men’s 100m, 400m hurdler Rai Benjamin ran an impressive 10.03 a massive personal best for the World Championship silver medallist. Ronnie Baker of the USA was third in 10.23.

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