Cricket West Indies President Dave Cameron is to host a town hall meeting at Sabina Park on March 21, in what, he says, is an effort to further enfranchise West Indies cricket fans and stakeholders.

A brace from talismanic Reggae Girl, Khadija Shaw helped Jamaica to a 3-2 win over Chile in the second of two friendlies between the teams at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James on Sunday. 

Surging Portmore United registered a fifth straight Red Stripe Premier League win, following a 1-0 triumph over UWI, despite going down to 10-men in the encounter on Sunday.

The defending champions looked to have found themselves in a tight spot after Damano Thomas received a straight red card in the 68th minute.  Their nerves were soon settled, however, after striker Javon East converted a 76th-minute penalty to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points.

The race to avoid the drop tightened at the other end of the table, when Leslie St Fleur netted a crucial late goal for Montego Bay United for a 2-1 win over Reno. In the relegation six pointer, Dwayne Ambusley put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute but Donovan Brown brought Reno back on level terms in the 59th minute.

The result moved Montego Bay, who are currently in the relegation zone with Reno to within one of Harbour View.  The Stars of the East saw the distance between themselves and the relegation zone lessen following a 1-1 draw with Tivoli.  Tevin Scott gave Habour View the start they dreamt of after just three minutes but Tivoli pegged things back nine minutes later when Colorado Murray brought the visitors on level terms. 

Promoted Dunbeholden also failed to add to their buffer and remain just one point above Harbour View following a 1-1 draw with Cavalier.  In a hot-tempered affair, Nicholas Hamilton and Dunbeholden’s Kemo Gayle were both ejected from the pitch 30 minutes into the encounter.  Luke Rankine then put host Cavalier ahead in the 41st minute but Dunbeholder struck back early in the first half through Lorenzo Dubidad.  Despite Jeremy Nelson receiving a second yellow card in the 63rd minute to leave Cavalier down to nine men, Dunbeholden failed to press home the advantage.  Elsewhere, Mount Pleasant registered a 1-0 over Humble Lion.

Incumbent Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven easily survived a challenge from Mark Neita to return to the top post for another two years.

Heaven, who will now serve a third term, recorded a comfortable 62 to 37 win during the association’s General Meeting on Thursday.  In a resounding victory, a breakdown of the vote showed that Heaven was triumphant in three of the four divisions.  The incumbent won division 2, 21-5, division 3, 16-6 and division 4, 15-9 with Neita scoring a 17-10 victory in division 1.

The rest of his Heaven’s slate was also highly successful.  In the race for second vice president, Fitz Harris defeated Nehemiah Perry 64-34.  Diann Campbell secured the post of honorary secretary after defeating Neil Reese 73-25.  Clinton Clarke defeated Major Aubyn Sibbles 71-26 to claim the post of assistant secretary.  Kerry Scott defeated Nigel Logan 75-23 to claim the position of treasurer, with Michael Atterbury securing the nod over Errol Moodie via a 68-29 margin for the post assistant treasurer. 

Dr Donovan Bennet will serve as first vice president after securing the nomination to the post unopposed.  He will replace Neita who held the post in the previous administration.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) have both issued statements offering messages of condolence to the family of veteran cricket writer Tony Becca who died in hospital on Thursday.

Jamaica has named a 30-member swim team for the 2019 Carifta Swimming Championships to be held at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Bridgetown Barbados from April 20-23.

Emerging youth talent Shamar Nicholas has hailed the crucial role of former national players Ricardo Gardner and  Altimont Butler in his development to date.

The 21-year-old is currently adjusting well to life in Slovenia having signed for Premier League club NK Domžale in 2017.  Prior to the move to Europe, the young forward plied his trade with Jamaican Premier League team Boy’s Town and played with the Jamaica Under-20 and senior team.  It was during his stints with the national team that he interacted with Gardner and Butler, who both coached the unit.  Having played at the highest level, in the English Premier League (EPL) for Bolton Wanderers, Nicholas has found Gardner’s advice particularly useful.

“Ricardo Gardner helped me a lot. He was my manager in the Jamaican under-20 team. He had experience playing in the Premier League for Bolton Wanderers,” Nicholson said in a recent interview with worldfootballindex.com.

“He always told me that I have got what it takes to be one of the best strikers in the world and that it will still take a lot of hard work and dedication,” he added.

“I must also mention alongside him, Altimont Butler, who worked with him in the Jamaican under-20 setup.  I must not forget Andrew Price and Leon Hardware. They are the two coaches that I had at Boys Town FC in the youth team and they really helped me to develop, especially in the way they gave me instructions.”

United States track and field legend Carl Lewis has insisted that it would be foolish not to question the records set by recently retired Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt but claims it was never anything personal.

The 57-year-old Lewis, a nine-time Olympic gold medallist, sparked a firestorm in 2008 when he suggested that the spectacular feats accomplished by Bolt might have been with the aim of performance-enhancing drugs.  Lewis pointed to major reductions in the sprinter’s times over 100m an event he first competed in, in 2007.  In his youth, Bolt became the first junior sprinter to run the 200m in under twenty seconds.

Lewis’ criticism sparked the ire of fans worldwide, many turning to accused him of envy.  The American’s cynical point of view did not escape Bolt himself who insisted he had lost all respect for the former sprinter. 

In a recent interview on ‘Undeniable with Dan Patrick’, however, Lewis stood by the controversial comments but insists the issue was never personal and spoke to the integrity of the sport.

“My thing was I didn’t accuse anyone of anything but what I said is that you have to question if someone drops that fast like that.  If you don’t then you are crazy or a fool or something, whatever I said,” Lewis said in the interview to be aired on A&T Audience Network.

“My issue with drugs has always been the brand.  Being a sport that people think is on drugs is bad for the brand.  I didn’t trust it (Bolt’s times) so I put it out there.  People asked me, ‘What are you saying?’, I already said what I said and there is nothing to change. I stand by it,” he added.

The 32-year-old Bolt still holds the world records for both the 100m and 200m sprints, blistering marks of 9.58 and 19.19 set in 2009 that have seemed untouchable for the past several years.

“Of course, I questioned that.  It doesn’t mean I’m saying he is on it (drugs) but we should question it…they should question anyone that does that kind of drop.  I didn’t say anywhere that he was on it.  I said we should question it because if you don’t it’s ridiculous.”

Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) has entered into a historic partnership agreement with the North-America based Monarch Group who will receive and market content from Caymanas Park’s race days.

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz are continuing to look for their best squad ahead of their FIFA Women’s World Cup bow, electing to field six newcomers ahead of two-game friendly series against Chile. 

Portmore United extend its lead atop the Red Stripe Premier League following a comfortable 3-0 win over Arnett Gardens on Sunday.

At the other end of the table, however, former champions Harbour View United slipped to within three points of the relegation zone following a 2-1 loss to Mount Pleasant. The promoted team were powered to victory courtesy of a brace from Kemar Beckford, who put the hosts ahead in the 7th minute.  Jorginho James got the Stars of the East back on level terms in the 15th minute but Beckford struck again ten minutes later to seal the points for the home team. 

At Spanish Town Prison Oval, it was a late show of sorts from the defending champions Portmore, who took the lead through Emelio Rousseau in the 55th minute.  Andre Lewis, however, made the points safe in the 85th minute before an insurance goal was added by Cleon Pryce in time added on.

Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Montego United kept their fading hopes of escaping relegation alive, after coming from behind to beat Cavalier 2-1.  Kaheem Paris put Cavalier in the lead after just two minutes, but Nazime Grant equalised in first-half time added on before Dino Williams gave the team all three points with a goal in the 62nd minute.  Relegation-threatened Dunbeholden also managed to secure a crucial three points after registering a 2-1 win over Humble Lion.  Richard Orette got both goals for the promoted team, first getting on the scoresheet in the 37th minute and sealing the crucial points with a goal in the 63rd minute.  Gregory Morgan got what proved to be a consolation goal for Humble Lion in the 54th minute. 

Elsewhere, UWI score a 1-0 win over Tivoli courtesy of a Ryan Miller penalty.

Jamaica national representative Danielle Dowie and former Cayman Islands sprint star Cydonie Mothersille, will lend their expertise to an already knowledgeable SportsMax panel put together for this weekend’s Gibson McCook Relays.

 Mothersille, who represented the Cayman Islands at four Olympic Games and six World Championships, will bring plenty of experience to the table.  As one of the region’s most recognized names for many years, the athlete specialized in the 100 and 200m sprints.  Mothersille, who was born in Jamaica, can also boast about plenty of relay know-how as a one-time member of the Clemson University 4x100 and 4x400m relays teams, which received All-American honours in 2001.

The 27-year-old Dowie, who remains an active competitor and a member of the famous MVP track club, is best known as a 400m hurdles specialist who represented Jamaica at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.

 Like Mothersill, however, she has plenty of experience getting the stick around the track.  Dowie was part of 4x400m relay that claimed a bronze medal at North America-Central America and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships and prior to that was a part of relay teams at the CARIFTA Games and 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships. 

As an alumnus of Texas University, Dowie gained All-America honours at the NCAA Championships as a member of the school’s 4x400m relay team.

  The athletes will be joined on the panel by an experienced coach and long-time track and field analyst Raymond ‘KC’ Graham.  The Gibson McCook relays will be broadcast live on SportsMax beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

 

Regional broadcast giants SportsMax has announced comprehensive coverage plans for the 45th renewal of the Gibson McCook Relays, which will run off at the National Stadium on Saturday. 

Cavalier registered yet another win over Waterhouse courtesy of a goal from Nicholas Hamilton.  Waterhouse have not beaten Cavalier in four years.

As they intensify their preparations for this summer’s FIFA Women's World Cup, Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz host Chile for two matches on February 28 and March 3.

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