NAN Sports Editor
Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 17, 2018: Here are the top stories making Caribbean sports news for the week
ending, May 17, 2019:
VINCENT’S NFL STAR’S SWEET DEAL
New England Patriots first-round pick, St. Vincent and
the Grenadines born N’Keal Harry, has agreed to a sweet four-year deal worth
$10.1 million with the team.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the New
England Patriots and first-round pick has agreed to terms on a four-year deal
worth $10.1 million with a $5.3 million signing bonus.
The deal also includes a fifth-year team option, which
is the benefit of drafting Harry at No. 32 in the first round rather than
hoping he slipped to the second round.
ALL EYES ON
IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE SHANGHAI
The tenth anniversary season of the IAAF Diamond
League continues with the Diamond League Shanghai meeting tomorrow, Saturday
The attention in the women’s 100m will focus on double
Jamaican-born, Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, who’s back in action in her
specialty after a subpar 2018 campaign.
The Jamaican knows the Shanghai Stadium track well,
winning there in 2017 after flying to an impressive 10.78 performance. Thompson
is also scheduled for the Rome IAAF Diamond League on June 6th.
From Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow, Jareem Richards will compete in the men’s 200-m tomorrow in Shanghai while from Jamaica, Natoya Goule will race in the women’s 800-m; Danielle Williams, in the women’s 100-m hurdles and Janieve Russell in the women’s 400-m hurdles.
Meanwhile, the IAAF has confirmed that Bahamas-born Olympic
400m champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, will compete at the 2017 IAAF World
Championships in Monaco on July 12th. Miller-Uibo won the 400m in
Monaco last year, clocking an IAAF Diamond League record of 48.97.
West Indies Eager To Stop Bangladesh
The West Indies cricket team, which has now lost twice
to Bangladesh in the Tri-Nation Series, are looking to upset the Asian side’s
push to win the tourney title by winning their last match at The Village,
Malahide in Dublin today.
Shai Hope has been the West Indies most consistent
playing, scoring two hundreds and 87 in three of his last four outings and he will
once again be the key for West Indies.
West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse said Monday’s
defeat to Bangladesh had not dented the team’s confidence, and they are now
fully focused on winning today’s final of the Tri-Nations ODI Series.
The probable side to face Bangladesh today are: Jason
Holder (captain), Shai Hope
(wicketkeeper), Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Jonathan Carter,
Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell.
Usain Bolt Says About The Caster Semenya Issue
Jamaican Olympian, retired star, Usain Bolt, has
weighed in on the controversial case of South Africa’s Caster Semenya.
In an interview with the AFP, Bolt says Semenya should
accept the new rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) on testosterone levels.
“I heard about her story without following it very
closely. For me it’s just the rules. I don’t make the rules, but I enforce
them,” said the eight-time Olympic champion.
He added that, in the business world you talk less and
take more strategic decisions based on rules and regulations set. “When there
is a regulation I never discuss it, I just bend over and move on.”
Table Tennis Player Dead At 51
Trinidad and Tobago-born table tennis champion and
two-time Olympic qualifier, Dexter St. Louis, has died at age 51.
St. Louis first represented Trinidad and Tobago in
Table Tennis in 1983, at the age of 15. In the early 1990’s, after defeating
France based players and winning the tournament in Martinique, he received his
first full professional contract to play with a club in France. St. Louis
continued to represent his country proudly, most recently at the 2018
Commonwealth Games in Australia. He notably qualified for the 1996 Atlanta, and
2008 Beijing, Olympics, the only Trinidad and Tobago Table Tennis player to
ever qualify for the Olympics.
Reports indicate he died after a short illness on
Thursday May 16, 2019 in Bordeaux, France, surrounded by his wife, Jeromaine
and two daughters, Rheann (Chung) and Axelle.