On the eve of the 109th staging of the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships, title sponsor GraceKennedy has released a statement condemning the recent incident in which a teacher claimed he was assaulted by two of Calabar High School’s star athletes on December 15, 2018.

A pair of second-half penalties kept Mount Pleasant and UWI on even terms, following a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday.

The UWI took command of the encounter early on and took a 21st-minute lead when midfielder Ramoun Reid drifted into the area to dispatch a powerful header into the back of the net.

Mount Pleasant were kept out the match for long spells but found themselves back on level terms when Sue-Lae McCalla found a powerful header of his own in the 60th minute, after arriving.  Their lead did not last long, however, as UWI were awarded a 68th-minute penalty after defender Ricardo Campbell was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.  Ryan Miller converted coolly from the spot to restore UWI’s advantage.

Mount Pleasant would be awarded a spot kick of their own when Xavian Virgo was brought down in the area, after cutting in from the right flank.  The promoted team forward Francios Swaby held his nerve to once again bring his team level with a well-taken penalty.

 

 

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz were handed a shock 2-0 by El Salvador in the CONCACAF Nation’s League on Saturday, the team’s first loss of the competition this season.

The Jamaican’s found themselves on the backfoot after uncharacteristically sloppy play from custodian Andre Blake.  The hosts took the lead in the 49th minute after Blake coughed up a routine cross into the area from a set-piece unto the boot of Nelson Wilfredo, who tapped home from two yards out.

The night got even stranger for the Jamaicans. They found themselves two goals behind, in the 85th minute, after what appeared to be an attempted header back to Blake, from defender Andre Lowe, bounced wide of the custodian and ended up in the back of the net.   To add insult to injury, the visitors were reduced to 10-men when striker Darren Mattocks was sent off in time added on.

In other results,  Dominica topped Bahamas 4-0 on the strength of goals from Julian Wade (24’, 35’), Travist Joseph (30’) and Briel Thomas (85’).  That was followed by a breathtaking encounter between neighbours Sint Maarten and Saint Martin in which the Dutch side of the island emerged victorious 4-3.

 A Danilo Cocks own goal (10’) plus scores from Smally Lake (23’) and Remsley Boelijn (30’) via penalty countered an Akim Arrondell goal (11’) to give Sint Maarten a 3-1 halftime lead. Cocks made up for his earlier miscue in the 52’ to make it 3-2, only for Lake to score his second (59’). Wrubens Dupalus’ penalty conversion in the 80’ cut the deficit to 4-3 but Sint Maarten would hang on for the win.

 Guyana edged Belize 2-1 with goals from Neil Danns (16’) and Emery Welshman (43’), offsetting a score from Elroy Kuyen (25’) to collect the three points and move to sixth place in the 34-team table.

Antigua and Barbuda then stunned first-place Curacao with a resounding 2-1 home win.  Suriname put itself in the Gold Cup mix with a big 2-0 win over Saint Kitts and Nevis. Stefano Rijssel (38’) and Ivenzo Comvalius (71’) did the damage against the Sugar Boys.

Former West Indies Cricket team manager Ricky Skerritt has been appointed as the new president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) after securing the necessary votes at the association’s Annual General Meeting, at the Jamaica Pegasus on Sunday.

By the official count, Skerritt and his running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated incumbents Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron and Emmanuel Nanthan by an 8-4 margin.  Unofficially, it is reported that Skerritt and Shallow managed to secure the support of Trinidad and Tobago, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Camron’s home nation Jamaica.  The incumbents Cameron and Nantan are believed to have received the support of Barbados and Guyana.

The result ended a three-term spell for the Jamaican, which spanned a six-year period.  Cameron was first elected to the office in 2013 when he toppled former St Lucian diplomat Julian Hunte, to whom he had served as vice-president from 2007 until he took office.  During his tenure, Cameron has been credited with implementing improved retainer contracts for players and officials, restructuring the regional competitions and improved relations with the West Indies Player’s Association (WIPA).  On his watch, the Windies team while struggling in the world rankings, claimed two T20 world titles, and the women’s and youth titles. 

Heading into the election the Kittitian Skerritt had painted the incumbent as not having enough of a pro-cricket stance with his governance and failing to commit to the establishment of term limits.   

Jamaica has won the right to host the third Carifta Triathlon, Aquathlon and Mixed Relay Championships set for August 17 and 18 and Jewels Resorts in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, has described as “a great display” the performance by Jamaica’s team to the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.

Two-time Hero CPL champions, the Jamaica Tallawahs are to remain in Jamaica, sources close to the franchise have told Sportsmax.TV.

National Under-20 standout for Jamaica, Nicque Daley, is now a Charleston Battery player after signing a four-year deal with the United States Soccer League outfit. 

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have both expressed regret at the passing of former Jamaica player William Haye.

A mammoth score and centuries from Shemaine Campbelle and Stafanie Taylor and a record score highlighted the second round of the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 Cup on Tuesday.

Striker Dever Orgill is among 17 overseas-based players called to a 23-man Reggae Boyz squad for the Nations Cup match against El Salvador on March 23, and an international friendly against Costa Rica on March 26.

Budding Jamaica-born Bundesliga star Leon Bailey scored a sensational free-kick but witnessed Bayer Leverkusen’s Champions League hopes take a big hit following a 3-1 loss to Werder Bremen.

The 21-year-old winger dragged Leverkusen back into the game with a fierce 75th-minute strike, which fizzed over the wall before flying past Bremen goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecky.

Earlier, Bremen had stormed into the lead on the back of goals from Max Kruse and Milot Raschida.  Kruse, however, returned to finish off the job when he struck in time added on.  Ironically, the fluid counter-attacking move came after the Jamaican looked in line for another special moment.  After ghosting past four defenders on the right flank, Bailey was, however, disposed, with Leverkusen officially killing the game off on the resulting counter-attack.

A few weeks ago a surging Leverkusen had pulled into the Champions League places (fourth spot).  Now, however, having lost two of their last five matches the team sits in sixth position on 42 points, two points behind Eintracht and five places outside of the Champions League spots.  Borussia Monchengladbach are currently in the fourth and final qualification spot.  The goal was Bailey’s 6th of the season.

  

Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica notched wins on Sunday’s opening day of the Windies Women’s Championships being held in Guyana.

2015 champions Montego Bay United are now on the brink of relegation from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) following the penultimate round of regular season matches on Sunday.

Jamaica’s athletic bosses have written to the head of the Local Organising Committee in Qatar, hoping they can provide their athletes with a suitable training site in the weeks leading up to the IAAF World Championships set for Doha in September.

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