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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.

Jamaica Olympian Alia Atkinson continued to round into form for this summer’s World Championships in Gwangju, Korea, with a season-best performance in the 100-metre breaststroke on Thursday at the 2019 Clovis Pro Swim Series Meet in Clovis, California.

Nine players set to feature for West Indies “A” in their upcoming home series against India “A” next month are among 15 players chosen to attend a Cricket West Indies High-Performance training camp, starting Monday, June 17, aimed at enhancing their red-ball cricket skills.

Shanieka Ricketts was not too disappointed she lost her triple-jump world lead to Caterine Ibarguen at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday. She believes fatigue may have played a part in her not getting a jump better than the mark she produced for third place.

Newcomers West Kingston Hyenas are the seventh club to join the JRLA National Championship, the 15th season of which kicked off this week.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks are to lead West Indies ‘A’ Test squad that will host India ‘A’ in three four-day ‘Tests’ starting next month.

Jamaica’s sprint hurdles queen Brigitte Foster-Hylton has come out in praise of Janeek Brown, who broke her 16-year-old national record on Saturday.

The West Indies will begin their bid to become World Test champions when they host India for five weeks starting in August.

2018 Continental Cup champion Fedrick Dacres won discus gold on Tuesday at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland where two other Caribbean throwers produced podium-worthy performances.

Reggae Girlz forward Kayla McCoy said it is difficult to accept that she will not be able to play for her country in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup that began last Sunday but has committed to try to help her team in any way she can.

The 22-year-old former Duke University star who was drafted by the Houston Dash in February partially tore an ACL when she hyper-extended her knee during the Jamaicans’ last warm-up game against fellow World Cup debutantes Scotland on May 28.

A subsequent MRI revealed the worst possible news for McCoy, just over a week before the start of the tournament.

“It’s definitely disappointing to have come all this way to get injured a week before the competition and it’s difficult not being able to help the team on the field and play,” McCoy told Sportsmax.TV while adding that she is grateful for the chance to remain with the team even though she is unable to play.

“But it really means a lot that my coaches both with Jamaica and back home allowed me to stay on with the team. It has allowed me to still participate in the World Cup experience and be with the team as they compete and make history!”

Now that the tournament has begun, she anticipates that she will be able to contribute in some way to the campaign.

“While I am here I hope to help my team in any way that I can and fully take in the whole experience, and maybe one day I’ll have the chance to get back here.

The Reggae Girlz lost their opening match on Sunday 3-0 to Brazil.

 

At the start of the season Kansas State University triple jumper, Shardia Lawrence set a target of achieving a mark of 14 metres by season’s end. She fell one centimetre short, but it was good enough to win the 2019 NCAA Division 1 title in Texas on Saturday.

Coach Chris Johnson believes Janeek Brown could have gone faster when she won her NCAA sprint hurdles title on the weekend and that she will definitely go faster in the future.

The University of Arkansas will back 2019 NCAA Division 1 100m hurdles champion, Janeek Brown, on her quest to compete at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics in Doha, Qatar come September.

Reggae Girlz star forward Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw has signed a two-year contract with Football Club des Girondinis de Bordeaux, a French professional club based in the city of Bordeaux. The club currently plays in Ligue 1, the first division of French football.

 The signing took place on Thursday, June 6, at the team hotel in France.

 "I am so happy for Khadija on her signing with Bordeaux,” said an elated Reggae Girlz head coach Hue Menzies.

 “She has completed a degree in Communications, her national team is in the World Cup and now she has signed to be a professional footballer, what a year for this young lady, who with great sacrifice and commitment has gone far in achieving her dreams; such an impactful accomplishment for all young people in Jamaica."

 The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) also congratulated Khadija Shaw on the signing.

 

Following the successful defence of his NCAA javelin title on Wednesday, Anderson Peters said he is closer to achieving his goals this season and plans to be on the podium at the IAAF World Championships in Doha in September.

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