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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.

Former Jamaica high school star, Christopher, Taylor is back on the track after a hamstring injury had forced him into aborting his season and plans to go to the World Championships later this year.

The 400-metre athlete, who got injured during preparations for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championship, quit school right after and turned pro, before going to the United States to join the Tumbleweed Tack Club in .

Today, Taylor turned up in Belgium and on his first outing back on the track, looked strong, leading his 400-metre event at the Meeting voor Mon Leuven (Flanders Cup) from blocks to tape to win in 45.62 seconds, a season’s best.

Canada’s Graeme Thompson was well beaten, finishing second in 46.43, while France’s Thomas Jordier was third in 47.01.

The field was rounded out by the Netherlands Dobber Jochem (47.14) Spain’s Echeverry Andres (47.38), Canada’s Austin Cole (47.43), France’s Gilles Biron (47.90) and Michael Rossaert (49.43).

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has added the head coach role at the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to his stewardship of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).

Last week it was announced that McCullum, in addition to taking up head coaching duties with the Hero Caribbean Premier League defending champions, TKR, he would be an assistant with parent organization, KKR in the Indian Premier League.

McCullum’s appointments had come just weeks after the former opener announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

According to KKR’s chief executive, Venky Mysore, McCullum is an ideal replacement for Jacques Kallis, former South Africa all-rounder.

"Brendon has been an integral part of the Knight Riders family for a long time," Mysore said.

"His leadership qualities, honesty, positive and aggressive style, combined with his natural ability to bring the best out of the teams he has been a part of makes him ideally suited to lead both KKR and TKR as a head coach."

McCullum believes both organisations have the kind of pedigree that makes it an honour to take on the roles.

"It's a great honour to take on this responsibility," McCullum said. "The Knight Rider franchises in IPL and CPL have become iconic and have set the standard in franchise cricket. We have fantastic squads in both KKR and TKR and I, along with the support staff will be looking to build on the success both franchises have enjoyed," said the aggressive opener.

McCullum ended his international career a few years ago, having scored 6,453 Test runs at an average of 38.64 from 101 matches. He scored 12 centuries and 31 half centuries along the way.

In ODIs, McCullum averaged 30.41, scoring 6,083 runs from 260 games. He would score five centuries and 32 half centuries in that format.

His aggressive style meant he was well suited to the T20 game and in T20 Internationals for New Zealand, he scored 2,140 runs from 71 matches at an average of 35.66. He scored two centuries and had 13 half centuries.

In franchise cricket, McCullum was a veteran of some 370 games, scoring 9,922 runs at an average of 29.97. In those almost 400 games, he scored seven centuries and 55 half centuries.

While Windies skipper Jason Holder has voiced extreme disappointment after his side lost the second One Day International to India by 59 runs, the team’s coach believes the result is something to learn from.

“We had the game in our hand. We bowled well to come back in the end,” said Holder after his team restricted India to 279 despite Virat Kohli’s majestic 120 and Shreyas Iyer’s 71.

In response, the West Indies were coasting along at 179 for four when Nicholas Pooran (42), got out. Earlier, opener Evin Lewis had scored 65 to take the score to 148 for four, but there was an almost inexplicable collapse that cost the West Indies.

“The wickets in the end really cost us. We've got to take responsibility. One of the main things is when you get in, you've got to go deep. I must commend the bowlers. It was very hot and humid, tough conditions to bowl. We've definitely got to take responsibility and ownership as batters,” said Holder.

While in agreement with Holder, West Indies coach, Floyd Reifer, did not express the same disappointment as his skipper, saying the team was showing signs of improvement despite the poor results.

"It's not an uphill task. We're building ourselves again and when you're building your side you get speed bumps along the way. It's [about] how you bounce back from those speed bumps,” said Reifer.

“Very disappointed,” was Holder’s reaction and while Reifer hasn’t voiced the same sentiment, he did single out the batters for being too inconsistent.

"We got to continue to learn from this experience. Guys in the middle-order got to show a little bit more fight, a bit more grit and more determination to build those longer partnerships. Again, we were in front of the game today and we just found a way to give away our wickets. It's just a matter for us now to learn from our mistakes, dig deeper and work harder from the stressful positions we put ourselves in."

Four relays two medals represented the best the Caribbean could produce over the course of the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Beginning on Friday, T&T copped silver in the men’s 4x100 metres before grabbing a bronze in the 4x400 men the following day.

Jamaica, usually a powerhouse with stick in hand, found the going tough and only managed a bronze over the four relay events, 4x100  and 4x400 men and women.

The Jamaicans earned their sole medal with the stick in the 4x400 women.

On Friday, T&T’s team of Keston Bledman, Jerod Elcock, Kyle Greaux, and Akanni Hislop clocked a season’s best 38.46 seconds to finish behind Brazil, who hit the tape in 38.27.

Jamaica finished fifth in 39.01 seconds.

On Saturday, Jamaica did a little better, crossing the tape in women’s 4x400 metres in 3:27.61 to finish behind the United States, 3:26.46, and Canada, 3:27.01.

The T&T men would match the exploits of the Jamaicans, earning a bronze medal in a time of 3:02.25.

They would finish behind Colombia, 3:01.41, and the United States, 3:01.72.

 

Grenada’s Anderson Peters won a major battle against fellow Caribbean javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Saturday.

Peters would eventually throw 87.31 metres, breaking Cuba’s Guillermo Martinez’s eight-year-old Pan Am Games record to claim the win against Trinidad and Tobago’s Walcott, whose implement landed 83.55 metres away at its furthest.

Peters reached the mark with his first throw, finding his second best effort coming with his fourth throw, an 85.90 monster that would have won him the title anyway.

Walcott’s first throw was also his best, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic champion finding trouble with getting back to his lofty 90-metre best.
St Lucia’s Albert Reynolds threw a personal best, 82.19 metres for third.

Fourth place went to the United States’ Michael Shuey, the only other thrower over 80 metres, with his 80.72.

There were two other Caribbean athletes in the event, with Grenada’s Markim Felix, 77.18, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe, 76.15, finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

Barbados’ Shane Brathwaite is the Pan American 110-metre hurdles champion after his exploits on Saturday in Lima, Peru.

Brathwaite, no stranger to big competition, stayed steady at the end of a tight race to get the better of the United States’ Freddie Crittenden III. The two went through the tape together, registering 13.31 and 13.32 seconds.

The American and the Barbadian separated themselves from the field with Brazil’s Eduardo Dos Santos Rodrigue, 13.48, taking him closest.

Another Barbadian, Greggmar Swift, was just short of a place on the podium, finishing in 13.51 for fourth.

The race wasn’t clean and the United States’ Jarret Eaton, as well as Brazil’s Gabriel Oliveira Constantin failed to finish, while Colombia’s Fanor Escobar and Cuba’s Roger Iribarne were disqualified.

There will be no St Lucia Stars in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League after a split between the owners of the franchise and the competition’s organisors.

Royal Sports Club, LLC had a contract with the CPL which was terminated, meaning they no longer have the rights to operate a franchise in the competition. Royal Sports Club owns the St Lucia Stars.

While the Stars can no longer play in the CPL, St Lucia is not expected to be without a franchise, as the CPL announced recently, it would be ‘establishing and operating’ a new franchise based on the island.

 

Former New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum, will be the next head coach of the Trinbago Knight Riders when the new season begins in just over a month.

McCullum, who retired from all forms of cricket earlier this week, will also join the Kolkata Knight Riders as the organisation’s assistant coach.

McCullum was supposed to play for the Glasgow Giants at the end of August in the Euro T20 Slam, but announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in the middle of the Global T20 Canada League last week.

McCullum, who may have still wanted to play in the Euro T20 Slam had to put that off because the CPL begins September 5, creating a clash for the new head coach.

"I owe it to myself and the teams I represent to close that chapter rather than just plough on regardless of what I know to be true," McCullum had wrote on Instagram.

"In T20 cricket, I've enjoyed so many varied challenges, I can leave the game knowing I left no stone unturned," he said.

Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts required a personal best to get anywhere near the dominance of Venezuela’s Yulimar Ojas in the women's triple jump at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday. 

Jamaica have proven they are still a force to be reckoned with at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, with Aisha Praught-Leer giving the country another feather in its cap.

Praught-Leer, running in the women’s 1500 metres, managed a silver medal, coming through the taoe in 4:08.26 seconds.

The Jamaican finished behind the run of the United States’ Dominique Hiltz, who clocked 4:07.14 seconds for her gold medal.

Praught-Leer, in fact, split two Americans as Alexa Efraimson finished third in 4:08.63.

Of course, there were no other Caribbean athletes in the even save for Cuba’s Rose Mary Amanza Blanco, who finished seventh in 4:14.81

Trinidad and Tobago sprinter, Jereem Richards, has put his country on the podium yet again with a silver medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Friday.

Running in the 200 metres, Richards had to work hard for 20.38 seconds, which was only good enougn for second behind the powerful finish of Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez, who hit the tape in 20.27.

The Dominican Republic’s Yancarlos Martinez was next, finishing in 20.44.

The three were better than Panama’s Reno Edward, who clocked 20.55 for fourth and Cuba’s Reynier Mena, who was fifth in 20.62.

The other Caribbean entrants, Roberto Skyers of Cuba, and Andre Ewers of Jamaica, were seventh and eighth respectively.

Skyers ended in 20.67, while Ewers could only manage 20.91.

Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd has continued to do her country proud in the unusual area of the shot put, throwing the implement out to 19.55 metres to break the 36-year-old record of Cuba’s Maria Sarria.

Thomas-Dodd was well better than the field, with the best throw behind her coming from Canada’s Brittany Crew, who’s personal best is now 19.07 metres long.

The United States’ Jessica Ramsey finished third in a season’s best, 19.01 metres.

Another US athlete, Damiella Hill, finished outside of the medals with 18.06 fpr fourth.

From the Caribbean, Cuba’s Yaniuvis Lopez Sago was fifth with 17.99 metres, while the pair of Trinidad and Tobago athletes, Ckeopatra Borel and Portious Warren were eighth and ninth respectively with throws of 17.37 and 16.55 metres.

Borel, a veteran of nearly 20 years, was the Pan American champion in 2015 and as late as last year, won the Central and Caribbean Games.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has continued the dominance of women sprinters in the country by walking away with the half-lap event at the Pan Americans Games in Lima, Peru on Friday.

Fraser-Pryce raced to 22.43, removing the 22.45 seconds set by the United States’ Evelyn Ashford all the way back in 1979.

Fraser-Pryce ran a controlled race, gaining on the Bahamas Tania Gaither all the time.

She would circle her towards the end of the top of the corner and would come off it in front with a slight lead.

She would maintain that lead throughout the last hundred, finishing in front of Vitoria Cristina Silva Rosa, who crossed the tape in 22.64, a personal best for her.

Gaither would finish third in 22.76.

The event was Caribbean strong with Canada’s Crystak Emanuel finishing among the mix, ending fourth in 22.89, a season’s best.

Fifth was the Bahamas’ Anthonique Strachan, in 22.97, while Ecuador’s Angelina Tenorio Mocolta finished sixth in 23.08.

Seventh and eighth were completed by Dominica’s Marileidy Paulino, 23.29, and Trinidad and Tobago’s Semoy Hackett, 23.62.

Rushell Clayton and Kemar Mowatt brought Jamaica’s tally of medals at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday to six.

Beginning the day with the high jump, Jamaica notched their first mark with Kimberley Spencer’s bronze in the high jump, before Megan Simmonds-Tapper did the same in the 100 hurdles. Shericka Jackson would bring the only gold medal in the women’s 400 metres, while Demish Gaye earned a silver all before the one-lap hurdles events began.

And as if spurred on by the earlier successes, Clayton, 55.53 seconds, ran a brave race to finish just behind the United States’ Ann Cockrell, 55.50.

Cuba’s Zurian Hechevarria Marten brought more silverware for the Caribbean with a third place finish in 55.85.

Barbados’ Tia-Adana Belle finished just outside of the medal placings with her 55.85 clocking, while another Jamaican, Ronda Whyte, running out of lane eight, found the pace too tough and finished seventh in 57.42.

Among the men, Mowatt ran a steady race and looked in clear position to land a bronze medal when all hell broke loose down the final stretch.

Running stride for stride ahead of Mowatt were Brazil’s Alison Alves Dos Santos and Dominica’s Juander Santos Aquino until the latter hit the second-to-last hurdle and went crashing out of the race, leaving the former clear to come home alone in a personal best 48.45 seconds.

But the silver medal that should now have gone to Mowatt wasn’t to be either, as the United States, Amere Lattin, coming off the final hurdle in third surged to finish in 48.98. Mowatt, who finished in 49.09 had no answer.

The other Caribbean finalists finished down the track with the Bahamas’ Jeffery Gibson fourth in a season’s best 49.53 and Cuba’s Leandro Zamora, seventh in 50.29.

Jamaica’s Demish Gaye stayed strong for 390 metres but had to settle for a silver medal in the 400 metres at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on Thursday.

Gaye would cross the line in a respectable 44.94 seconds but was bested by the 44.83 from Colombia’s Anthony Zambrano de la Cru.

The United States’ Justin Robinson was third in 45.07.

After the race, Gaye was a happy and said, despite not winning, his objective was achieved.

“I came out here with the intention to grab one of the medals and I did that,” he said.

In the final 100 metres of the race, Gaye said his only goal was to drive his arms, stay strong and get to the tape.

Jamaica have been doing well over the last few days on both the track and in the field and Gaye believes the pride that comes with putting on the national colours has something to do with that.

“It’s a great feeling, everytime I put on the national gears it’s a great feeling,” he said.

In addition, Gaye says the mood in the Jamaica camp has been relaxed.

“Everyone has been doing great. They’re always laughing,” he said about his teammates.

Barbados’ Jonathan Jones was another Caribbean man in the final but could only manage fifth with his 45.35, while Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, a man with immense potential was disappointingly last in 46.01.

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