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.

Bahamian sprint queen, the imperious Shanae Miller-Uibo smashed the 300m world record for the 300m at the 58th Ostrava Golden Spike on Thursday.

Jamaica has named nine debutants and USA seven in their squads for Saturday’s historic meeting at the Mona Bowl, University of West Indies, Kingston (kick-off 3.30pm local time) - which is part of the sport’s international weekend. The match-up between the 14th and 15th world ranked nations will be the first between them on Caribbean soil.

In their previous full meeting, in Jacksonville, Florida, last year, the Reggae Warriors’ triumph saw them qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, joining the final stages of the global tournament for the first time. The Hawks are using the match as preparation for their final WC qualifier in November, when they will face the winners of South Africa and the Cook Islands, who meet in Wentworthville, Sydney on Friday night.

 Caribbean Maritime University duo Kevin Thomas and Chawn Henry are among the Jamaican newcomers, the first representatives from the club, with Adrian Thomas, Mohenjo Thompson, Akeem Murray, Kile Nembhard, Roland Grey, Jenson Morris and  Romario Bartley also in line for their bows.

 Veterans Renaldo Wade and Tyronie Rowe are out of contention and playmaker Adrian Hall is also unavailable after being involved in a serious car accident on his way to training in April.

 “Having defeated the Hawks in the World Cup qualifiers, we are acutely aware that revenge is on the minds of our visitors,” said JRLA head coach and director of rugby Romeo Monteith. “They have assembled a powerful team and we will start as underdogs in this one as we are without the services of any of our professional players. The boys are looking forward to the challenge and will give a good account. It’s been the most difficult preparation for a game we’ve ever had after the sudden passing of national player, Leon Thomas, two weeks ago.”

 USA head coach Sean Rutgerson has included former Thailand captain Charlie Jones in his selection, together with some of the standout performers who won the inaugural Americas 9s in Toronto recently, where they beat Jamaica 18-4 in the group stages.

 Jacksonville’s Khalial Harris who was a standout after only a handful of games is included for the first time with Brooklyn Kings providing the most representatives with six players including debutants Alex Foster and Dane Wilcoxen. Josh Jackson, Kevin Wathen and Randy Porter are the other newcomers.

 “It is getting tough to choose as I am getting better coverage of all players now,” Rutgerson noted. “This is our chance to see guys that have been performing well in the domestic competition step up to the next level so that when we play in November we know who is up to the standard and we’re not guessing.”

 JAMAICA 20 MAN SQUAD:

Chawn Henry, Kevin Thomas (Caribbean Maritime University), Antonio Baker (Cedar Grove Cyclones), Andrew Simpson, Fabion Turner, Jermaine Pinnock, Kenneth Walker, Khamisi Mckain, Marvin Thompson, Ryan Grant (Duhaney Park Red Sharks), Adrian Brown, Chevaughn Bailey, Steve Miller (GC Foster College Lions) Roland Grey (Jamaica Defence Force) Akeem Murray, Romario Bartley (Liguanea Dragons and University of the West Indies) Jenson Morris, Kile Nembhard (University Of Technology), Lawrence Drummond, Mohenjo Thompson (Washington Blvd. Bulls)

 USA 17-MAN SQUAD

Sean Hunt, Nick Newlin (Atlanta Rhinos), Brandon Anderson, Alex Foster, Randy Porter, Jamil Robinson, Dane Wilcoxen, Sterling Wynn (Brooklyn Kings), Khalil Harris, Josh Jackson, Charlie Jones, Jon Purnell, Kevin Wathen (Jacksonville Axemen), Kyle Denham, Tristan Sylk (Philadelphia Fight), Cody Blackwell, Bart Longchamp (Tampa Mayhem).

 

Several Jamaican Olympians were presented with Olympic pins during a special dinner held in their honour at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, June 18.

With the FINA World Championships on the horizon, Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom believes he is ready to overcome the disappointment he experienced at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and finally show the world his true potential.

The championships are set for Gwangju, South Korea, from July 12-20 and the 24-year-old Wisdom, who will compete in the three-metre and one-metre springboard events, has set himself some basic targets, which, if he achieves secures participation at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“My goal for both events is to progress to the final; for three-metre, that would mean an Olympic spot, on the one-metre that would complete a goal of mine ever since my first World Champs in 2013,” said the diver who trains in Scotland. “I guess that’s the outcome goal. My actual focus going into competition is to minimize the mistakes I make, and land upright on all of my dives.”

Those mistakes that cost him a medal at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in 2018. It is something he admits he has struggled to come to terms with.

“This year has been a challenge, trying to rediscover my confidence in competition and learn to trust and believe in my ability. Ever since I finished fourth on the one-metre at Commonwealths I’ve been struggling with that,” he said.

“So this year it’s been a process of improving that. I knew I could do all of my dives and do them well, I just did not believe in it when I got on the board in competition. Now I’m starting to believe it more and more.”

The test of that will come in South Korea where Knight plans to bring the mental and physical together in the hope that success will mean a spot on the podium.

“This World Championships is of high importance. Of course, I have a goal in my head for the Olympics, but to be able to achieve that goal, I have to qualify my spot first, and that is certainly not a given,” he said.

“I need to compete well at Worlds to make the final (top 12) and qualify my spot. So, although I didn’t have qualification criteria for Worlds, it important to be in a good place physically and mentally in the build-up, and I believe I am.”

 

 

National triathlete Llori Sharpe and her Coach Carlton Simmonds left the island on Tuesday for Ecuador where they will participate in a three-week camp where they will prepare for the Pan Am Games in July.

Two goals from forward Dever Orgill and a third from Damion Lowe steered Jamaica to an exciting 3-2 win over Honduras in the historic CONCACAF Gold Cup match at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night.

As expected, Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey will start for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz when they open their historic CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign at the National Stadium in Kingston on Monday night (8:30 pm, 9:30 pm Eastern Caribbean).

Noted broadcaster and coach, Trinidad and Tobago’s Ato Boldon said he is elated to have been entered into the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) Wall of Fame.

Alia Atkinson ended the 2019 Clovis Pro Swim Series on Saturday with an emphatic win in the 50-metre breaststroke.

When Sweden’s Daniel Stahl opened his Diamond League season in Doha with three throws over 70 metres, he might have intimidated many rivals aspiring for a gold medal at this year’s IAAF World Championships at that very venue in late September.

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.

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