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. 

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Three standout Jamaicans will receive awards from President of the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association, Professor Victor Lopez, during the annual Gibson McCook Relays set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said he has hopes of arranging a match between the Reggae Boyz and two-time World Cup champions Argentina in the near future.

Jason Roy and Joe Root both struck centuries as England completed a record run chase to win the first one-day international against West Indies in Barbados.

Set 361 to win after Chris Gayle's 24th ODI hundred had helped West Indies to 360-8 from their 50 overs, Roy and Root starred in Bridgetown.

Gayle had thrilled a packed Kensington Oval as he marked his return to ODIs in style, but his 135 off 129 balls was ultimately in vain.

After Roy's superb knock at the top of the order, Root (102) guided the tourists to a six-wicket victory with eight balls to spare – becoming the fastest Englishman to 5,000 ODI runs in the process.

The victory marked England's biggest successful run chase in ODIs, eclipsing the 350 they managed against New Zealand in June 2015.

In his first ODI since July, Gayle made a sluggish start and had just nine runs off 32 balls when he was dropped by Roy.

That proved costly as the flamboyant opener made England pay with a sensational display of hitting.

Aided by fine knocks from Shai Hope (64) and Shimron Hetmyer (20), Gayle pushed the Windies towards a huge total as he cleared the rope on 12 occasions.

Those maximums helped the hosts set a record of 23 in a single innings, while also giving Gayle the most individual sixes in international cricket – moving past Shahid Afridi.

Despite his slow start, Gayle reached three figures off 100 balls and continued to bludgeon England's bowling until he was dismissed by a slower ball from Ben Stokes.

Darren Bravo (40) and Ashley Nurse (25 not out) pushed the Windies up to 360-8, the latter hitting a six off the last ball of the innings to eclipse New Zealand's mark for most maximums in an innings.

A target of 361 could have been daunting for England but they showed why they are the number one side in the world and Cricket World Cup favourites with a successful run chase.

Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave them a solid foundation with an opening partnership of 91, before the former took the lead in a 114-run stand with Root.

Like Gayle before him, Roy pierced the field with unerring regularity, finding the boundary on 15 occasions and clearing it a further three.

While Root anchored one end, Roy motored to his seventh hundred, brought up off just 65 balls as England made light work of their challenge.

They were helped by some sloppy fielding from the Windies with Oshane Thomas, Bravo and Nurse all dropping catches that allowed England to build momentum.

Even after Roy's departure for 123, the tourists continued to keep the scoreboard ticking over as Root and captain Eoin Morgan frustrated the Windies with a 116-run partnership.

Morgan perished for 65 but Root went on to reach three figures to give his side a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Legendary West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has backed the regional team to spring a few surprises at this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup. 

The Windies only just secured a spot in the final, having qualified from the ICC World Cup qualifiers last year.  Since then, however, the team has shown signs of improvement under the leadership of current skipper Jason Holder.

Lloyd, who won the tournament as the captain in 1974 and ’78, is confident the team has the ability but is yet to find a level of consistency.

 “I think they can be the surprise package,” Lloyd said of the team’s chances.

“The West Indies had a very good one day side four years running but you can never get the same guys playing.  They go off to the IPL or somewhere else. But when you have them they gel together,” he added.

“They were quite a formidable side. If they have the right combination here they will be a force to be reckoned with in this competition.”

The Windies will play their first match of the tournament against Pakistan on May 31st.  The top four teams from the group will progress to the knockout stage

 

Still smarting from their loss to the Guyana Jaguars a fortnight ago, the Jamaica Scorpions have revenge on their mind when they host the table-topping side at Sabina Park February 21 to 24 in the Windies Championships.

Universe boss Chris Gayle described his last innings at Kensington Oval on Wednesday as one of his best.

West Indies hit a record 23 sixes against England on Wednesday as Chris Gayle fired the hosts to 360-8 in the opening ODI. 

Veteran opener, Christopher Henry Gayle, now has 24 centuries under his belt after smashing 135 off 128 deliveries to lead the Windies to 360 for 8 in the first One Day International of series against England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. 

Coach Irfan Ansari has been banned from all cricket for 10 years for breaching three counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Sarfraz Ahmed reported Ansari after he approached the Pakistan captain during a series against Sri Lanka in October 2017, with a view to soliciting information from him.

Ansari, a coach of two teams that play domestic matches in the United Arab Emirates, has been banned for a decade by the governing body - a punishment that was compounded by his failure to cooperate with its investigation.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – ACU said: "I'd like to place on record my thanks to Sarfaraz Ahmed, who showed true leadership and professionalism from the moment he reported this approach.

"He recognised it for what it was, rejected it and reported it. He then supported our investigation and subsequent tribunal.

"This is the first time we have prosecuted for failure to cooperate with an investigation since the new rules enabling us to demand the participants hand over their phone for examination and the sanction reflects the seriousness of the offence.

"It is an important tool to aid our investigations and continue in our efforts to rid the sport of these corrupters."

Toronto FC's CONCACAF Champions League hopes were left in tatters following their 4-0 first-leg demolition at the hands of Independiente in the last 16.

Last year's finalists Toronto missed a penalty and conceded three goals in the second half as the MLS team were left with a mountain to climb on Tuesday.

Toronto were playing their first competitive match since selling star attacker Sebastian Giovinco to Saudi Arabian giants Al-Hilal last month - United States international Jozy Altidore's future is also uncertain.

And Toronto were put the sword by Panamanian hosts Independiente, who opened the scoring via Abdiel Ayarza in the ninth minute.

Toronto debutant Terrence Boyd, who arrived from Darmstadt in Germany, had the chance to equalise before half-time but he sent his penalty over the crossbar.

Independiente punished the visitors after the break, with Omar Browne and Romeesh Ivey's brace putting Toronto on the verge of elimination.

Fellow MLS side Houston Dynamo, however, were far more successful after edging Guatemalan hosts Guastatoya 1-0 in the opening leg.

Veteran captain DaMarcus Beasley's strike gave Houston a priceless away goal and dream start in the round of 16.

Meanwhile, Deportivo Saprissa defeated Tigres UANL 1-0.

Windies skipper Jason Holder claims the unit is pleased to once again don the underdogs' tag ahead of the One Day International (ODI) series against England, which bowls off on Wednesday.

Heading into the series as the world’s number-one ranked team, England will once again be heavy favourites, with the regional side ranked some eight places below them. 

With the situation very similar to the one they faced in the Test series, where the Windies dominated to win 2-1.  Holder, who was suspended for the only the third and only Test the team lost, is hoping to return and make an immediate impact.

“We're pretty confident, we have momentum from the Test series and good experience in the dressing room,” Holder said.

“We pack a pretty heavy punch when we're stacking up our team. 'Underdogs' is not a bad tag to have - it's more pressure on them and less pressure on us,” he added.

“It was tough watching the Test in St Lucia but I'm very hungry to get back on the park and looking forward to the challenge of carrying the team forward.”

The Windies will face an even tougher test than the Test series with both pacers Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach out of action.  Keemo Paul, Evin Lewis and Rovman Powell are also ruled out.

Jamaican Olympic gymnast Toni-Ann Williams ruptured her Achilles tendon while competing in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, effectively ending her collegiate career.

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