Trinidad and Tobago National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAATT) president Ephraim Serrette has admitted the loss of sprinter Michelle Lee-Ayhe will be a big blow for the twin island republic heading into this month’s IAAF World Championships.

The 27-year-old Lee-Ayhe, the reigning Commonwealth Games 100m champion, has been on suspension since August 30 after recently being sanctioned for ‘whereabouts’ violations.

“Michelle-Lee is critical for the women’s team. So, it’s up to the rest to make the best of things. There was also the situation with Khalifa St Fort calling off her season early. They have to be prepared for all circumstances,” Serrette told Trinidad and Tobago Express.

With Lee-Ahye absent, Kelly-Ann Baptiste will be the country's’ only representative in the women’s 100m.  Kamaria Durant and Mauricia Prieto will be on duty in the 200m.  Baptiste, will join Prieto, Reyare Thomas and Semoy Hackett for the sprint relay.

Keshorn Walcott has also been named on a team of 15 for the World Championships. The 2012 Olympic men’s javelin champion is one of two throwers.  Portious Warren will compete in the women’s shot put and Andwuelle Wright will take part in the men’s long jump.

Trinidad and Tobago’s 100m champion Michelle Lee Ahye is likely to miss the 2019 IAAF World Championships of Athletics later this month after she was put on a provisional suspension for a violation of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules.

Trinidadian allrounder Kieron Pollard said he is honoured to lead the West Indies One Day International and T20 teams. The 32-year-old Pollard replaces Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite who led the ODI and T20 teams respectively.

Cricket West Indies has officially launched the search for a permanent head coach for the regional side in time for their upcoming away tour against Afghanistan that begins in November.

Trinbago Knight Riders secured their second win of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) with a 22-win over Jamaica Tallawahs despite Andre Russell threatening to pull off another unlikely heist.

Last year, Russell had won a game against the Knight Riders almost single-handedly from a seemingly impossible position with a century for the ages, and for a while here he threatened something similar in a game TKR had otherwise dominated.

The Tallawahs needed 99 from 42 when Russell came to the crease, but he smoked the third ball he faced high and handsome over wide long-on for six. When he muscled the next one down the ground and was dropped by Neesham – the ball rolling into the rope for good measure – a repeat of 2018 looked all too feasible.

Ultimately, though, he had been left just too much to do on this occasion. Despite three more monster maximums and the able assistance of George Worker, who finished with 46 and more than played his part in a thrilling 67-run stand it was instead a maiden Hero CPL half-century for Tion Webster and Sunil Narine’s all-round efforts for the Knight Riders that proved decisive.

Webster batted through the TKR innings for his unbeaten 66, with the Knight Riders given early impetus by Narine’s quick-fire 46 at number three. Kieron Pollard made 33 not out at the back end of the innings to lift the total to 191 for 4 before Narine added figures of 2 for 23 from four overs to his night’s work.

Narine got the first Tallawahs wicket to fall, following his batting exploits with the crucial dismissal of Glenn Phillips. The Kiwi keeper-batsman was the second-highest run-scorer in last season’s tournament but made just 6 in his first outing of the 2019 Hero CPL before being bowled by one that spun through the gate.

Chris Gayle hit back-to-back sixes off Mohammad Hosnain and a huge six down the ground off Ali Khan on his return to Tallawahs colours but fell to the American’s very next ball for 28 as sub fielder Akeal Hosein held a juggling catch at deep midwicket.

Rovman Powell picked out Khary Pierre in the deep to hand Seekkuge Prasanna a wicket in his first over to leave the Tallawahs three down and falling well below the required rate.

The squeeze was on. Narine, Pierre and Prasanna at one stage had combined figures of 2 for 32 from seven overs to leave the Tallawahs limping along below a run a ball at the halfway stage of the innings.

Earlier in the night, the Knight Riders innings had got off to a breathless start and rarely let up. Lendl Simmons set the tone, slashing the very first ball of the night from Oshane Thomas over point for four and adding a Hero Maximum before the over was out.

He fell in the second over, though, deceived by the spin of Christopher Lamont and bowled. That brought Narine to the middle for a whirlwind innings. In the space of his first four balls he had bludgeoned two fours, smashed a six over long-on and sent a steepler down to long-leg that was dropped by Gayle.

Two wickets in two overs seemed set to check the Knight Riders’ progress as Narine holed out to Walton at long-on off Shamar Springer for a thrilling shot-a-ball 46 from 22 and Neesham, man of the match two nights ago in the tournament opener, chipped a return catch to Steven Jacobs for just 6.

Instead, Webster simply took up the challenge. Having been content to be the silent partner during Narine’s fun, he smashed 14 in three balls off Springer to start the 11th over and send TKR screeching past 100.

 

The Trinbago Knight Riders have appointed Kieron Pollard captain for the 2019 Hero CPL season. They came to the decision after Dwayne Bravo injured his finger during practice and could miss a significant part of the season.

Barbados and Suriname will contest the final of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Boys' Under-19 Championships recording identical 3-1 victories over United States Virgin Island (USVI) and Jamaica, respectively, on Thursday at GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport.

Jamaica won a silver and two bronze medals in the individual age-group competition at the 2019 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago.

WhosWhoLegal has selected Trinidadian/Canadian attorney, Dr. Emir Crowne, as one of the best sports lawyers in the world. He is the first Caribbean sports lawyer to be recognised in this manner.

Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye is claiming that she is “saddened” by the circumstances under which she and her wife Chelsea have parted ways but insists that she was not charged in relation to allegations that she abused the woman she married in May 2018.

Eleven teams comprised of more than 200 players and officials from six counties are expected in Jamaica later this month for the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Under-19 and Under-18 Championships at GC Foster College.

Jamaica’s National U-17 male team departs the island on Thursday, July 4, for Trinidad and Tobago where they will participate in the CWI Regional U-17 Championship from July  6 – 14.

Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago played to a 1-1 draw at Children’s Mercy Park on Wednesday night in a Caribbean derby in Kansas City in which Guyana picked up a historical first ever point in a Gold Cup. 

Defending champions the United States advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals after routing Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in Group D on Saturday.

USA infamously lost to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017 as they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but Gregg Berhalter's men exacted some revenge against the Soca Warriors in Cleveland.

Aaron Long headed home a 41st-minute opener before a five-goal second half, with Gyasi Zardes' quick-fire brace, and Christian Pulisic, Paul Arriola and the former leading to the USA to back-to-back wins following their 4-0 demolition of Guyana.

USA started the match with pace and purpose, but they were unable to create any real clear-cut chances in the first 30 minutes.

But after Khaleem Hyland's warning shot for Trinidad and Tobago on the counter, Zardes' header across the six-yard box almost picked out Arriola.

In control for much of an end-to-end opening half, New York Red Bulls defender Long did break the deadlock four minutes prior to the interval after being picked out by Pulisic's teasing cross.

USA pushed forward and peppered the Trinidad and Tobago goal without success, while their opponents managed to keep Zack Steffen relatively busy in a high-octane second half.

After Marvin Phillip produced a stunning save to thwart Arriola from point-blank range, Zardes popped up to all but extinguish Trinidad and Tobago's hopes in the 66th minute when he finished a simple tap in from Nick Lima's cushioned header.

Zardes was at it again three minutes later after curling home his second thanks to Pulisic, who drifted past two defenders and slid in his team-mates, and the Columbus Crew forward nearly had his hat-trick but was denied by the woodwork and Philipp.

Trinidad and Tobago capitulated during the closing stages as Morris teed up Pulisic and Arriola to put an exclamation mark on the result, while Long added a sixth at the death.

 

What does it mean? USA into quarters

The United States' title defence is firmly on track. With 10 goals in two games and back-to-back clean sheets, a second successive Gold Cup trophy does not look out of reach.

Chelsea-bound Pulisic dazzles

Pulisic showed by Chelsea splashed the cash to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund. The 20-year-old attacker was lively throughout, scoring a goal and setting up two others.

Soca Warriors lose their way

Trinidad and Tobago went toe-to-toe with USA up until the hour mark. After that point, they were put to the sword by a merciless opponent, who could have won by more.

What's next?

USA close out their group-stage campaign against Panama in Kansas City on Wednesday, while Trinidad and Tobago face Guyana on the same day.

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