Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

The West Indies will benefit from the return of Fabian Allen and Denesh Ramdin when they go to India for a T20I series.

Allen is said to be fully recovered from a hamstring strain which put him out of the West Indies 2-1 loss to Afghanistan in Lucknow, India recently.

Ramdin played part of the series as well but had to be replaced by Shai Hope after he also went down due to hamstring issues.

The Kieron Pollard-led squad has retained newcomers Hayden Walsh Jr. and Brandon King, with an eye firmly on the T20 World Cup next year.

Andre Russell continues to be missing from both the ODI and T20I squads although the allrounder, plagued with knee injuries, was fit enough to play in the Abu Dhabi T10 recently.

According to West Indies coach Phil Simmons, who marked his return to the post with successful series against Afghanistan, India is expected to provide more of a challenge than did Afghanistan and is a good way to continue to test the ‘newbies’ in lieu of the T20 World next year.

"We have three matches in each format, so we wanted to give each squad a chance to compete against India," said Simmons.

"No disrespect to Afghanistan, but facing India will be a more difficult series. Our players really got the hang of things, with the 3-0 series win in the ODIs [against Afghanistan], and I believe we will move from strength to strength," he added.

According to Simmons, the battle for places in the T20i squad will heat up and everybody should be given a fair chance to show what they are made of.

"In the T20s this will be another chance for them to play and develop, and again, with no disrespect to Afghanistan, this should be a stronger T20 country and we will look to see how they perform against India. The next ICC T20 World Cup is in Australia and the one after that is here in India so there is a lot of preparation to be done for first for Australia. We have given the players here a chance in this series and we know we have players outside who may be coming in later on as well, so it's good to give those here another opportunity."

The T20I series begins in Hyderabad on December 6. There are two further T20Is, in Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai, before three ODIs in Chennai, Vizag and Cuttack.

T20I squad: Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Lendl Simmons, Hayden Walsh Jr, Kesrick Williams

ODI squad: Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.

At 31 years old, Shamarh Brooks is playing in just his second Test, but he will not allow that late start to create anxiety that could mean he performs at less than his best for the West Indies.

Reggae Boyz left back Kemar Lawrence is no longer happy at his New York Red Bulls home.

Lawrence, one of the longest serving players at the club, recently had a request for an improved contract rejected, meaning last year’s MLS Best XI pick and 2019 All-Star, might be looking for greener pastures.

Lawrence, in 2018, signed a contract worth US$338,000, making him the highest-paid defender on the team last season.

Things have changed since then, however, as teammates have since earned new contracts, relegating the left backs status at the club.

It is also suggested that Lawrence is not happy with his remuneration when compared to other left backs around the league.

Lawrence joined the Red Bulls in 2015 and has since made more than 120 appearances. His contract is set to expire in 2021.

Lawrence also has 58 caps for the Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, starting in 56 of those games, helping them to the Caribbean Cup in 2014 and two famous second places at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2015 and 2017 before this year’s semi-final exit.

Rahkeem Cornwall has downplayed the idea that there was a magical formula for his performance on the first day of a one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Lucknow, India.

William Wallace is the new president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) after he unseated controversial former boss, David John-Williams in an election at the weekend. The question is, what next?

Cricket West Indies has picked Kimani Melius to lead a 15-man squad to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in January.

Before the team goes off to the World Cup, it will take on the England U19s and Sri Lanka U19s in the West Indies Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series in December.

Melius was part of the team that failed to hold on to the title it won in 2016 last year, along with two other returning members. Ashmead Nedd and Nyeem Young were also members of that squad which has brought in players from the West Indies Emerging Players team currently part of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

Leonardo Julien and Jayden Seales are the two from the young Super50 side to make the cut.

The Caribbean will get its opportunity to see the team in action, with the Tri-Series set to feature nine matches from December 6-21 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

The West Indies will face three-time winners Australia, 1998 England and tournament debutants Nigeria in Zone B of the U19 World Cup which begins January 17 and runs through to February 9.

The squad is completed by Kevlon Anderson, Daniel Beckford, Matthew Forde, Joshua James, Antonio Morris, Mbeki Joseph, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Kirk McKenzie, Ramon Simmonds, and Matthew Patrick.

 

The Rising Stars U-19 Tri-Series Fixtures in Antigua

 

ODI 1      December 6th: England vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 2      December 7th: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 3      December 9th: West Indies vs England, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 4      December 10th: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 5      December 12th : England vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 6      December 13th: West Indies vs England, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 7      December 15th: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 8      December 17th: Sri Lanka vs England, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 9      December 19th: West Indies vs England, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 10     December 21: The Final, Coolidge Cricket Ground

Waterhouse FC’s to go one better in this season’s Red Stripe Premier League continues to look promising after last year’s runners up, courtesy of a 2-1 win over Humble Lion at the Effortville Community Centre, moved to 30 points.

Waterhouse’s lead is now eight points after second-place Mount Pleasant lost 2-0 to RSPL defending champions Portmore United.

National representative Cory Burke scored a brace to help the champions keep momentum that is now four games strong. They are now on 18 points and up to sixth place in the standings.

Molynes United, continued to struggle, losing 3-0 to Vere United at the Wembley Centre of Excellence but they are still third on 20 points.

Cavalier SC now lie ninth in the table on 15 points after they were held 1-1 by 10th place University of the West Indies, who now have 12 points.

In the day’s late game, Duneholden, who began the day ninth, are now up to seventh with 17 points, leapfrogging Harbour View, who drop to eighth on 16.

Kingston College coach, Ludlow Bernard, dropped a bombshell immediately after helping his team become the first to hold the ISSA Champions Cup inside the National Stadium on Saturday, announcing his wish to go on a sabbatical from coaching.

Kingston College got the better of the highly fancied Clarendon College after a 63rd-minute wonder strike from Renaldo Robinson but it was a tactical masterpiece from Bernard that really caught the eye.

The KC coach, who brought them their first Manning Cup title in 32 years, as well as the Champions Cup in 2017, matched his opposite number in Lenny Hyde over and over throughout the game.

After it, Bernard did an interview on SportsMax, pointing out how proud he was of his team for their performance in what is likely a farewell match.

“This is indeed a gift for the school. I don’t know if I should say parting gift,” said Bernard.

Earlier, Bernard had said the boys were to be lauded for the part they played in bringing the title to KC because Clarendon College are an awesome team.

“Any game against Lenny Hyde is always going to be a challenge because he’s a good coach with a good team. But I think this evening we really planned a masterpiece. Even when we made a couple of changes to the team and persons were wondering but it was all deliberate,” said Bernard before thanking his entire support team for the job they did in producing a good season.

“We knew we wouldn’t have as much possession as we’d like but we just wanted to pick them off where possible and counter because counterattacking is the strength of this team this year. I really lift my hat off to these boys for a wonderful season. We have played an entire season and we have not lost a game in 90 minutes,” he said.

Bernard continued to be cryptic about what the future holds for him as a coach, saying that though he intends to call it a day at KC, the boys may inveigle him to stay.

“Ludlow Bernard is going to take a sabbatical and we are going to have to sit and discuss with family and everybody because I’ve really spent quite a bit of time here at Kingston College and it is a joy working with these players.

“I know I said it to the players last night and they said coach ‘you can’t go, you can’t leave us.’ They kinda have me soft so you may very well see me.”

Kingston College defeated a Clarendon College team 1-0 in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup that have been considered unbeatable on Saturday inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica thanks to a wonder strike from Renaldo Robinson.

Pioneering marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and U.S. hurdler Dalilah Muhammad were named the world athletes of the year in track and field at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday.

At the awards ceremony, Jamaican Brittany was presented with a plaque for breaking the World under-20 100-metre hurdles record.

Anderson, who won gold in the event at the 2017 World Under-18 Championships, twice broke the record at the Motonet Grand Prix in Joensuu, Finland on July 24.

The 18-year-old clocked 12.79 in her heat before winning the final in 12.71 seconds.  

Kipchoge was winning the award afer he became the first man to run a sub-two-hour marathon, though the feat wasn’t officially recognized as a world record. That’s because he ran on his own, with a rotating group of pacemakers and in strictly controlled conditions. Kipchoge’s only competitive race this year came when he won the London Marathon in April.

“I am happy to be the first human being to run under two hours. I hope that I inspired a lot of generations,” Kipchoge told the awards ceremony via video link.

Muhammad won world championship 400-metre hurdles in world record time. She earlier broke the record in July at the United States championships.

“It’s been an amazing year. I’m so thankful to be here,” she said.

Muhammad beat fellow nominees Brigid Kosgei, who broke the women’s marathon world record, Sifan Hassan, who won world gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, and Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who claimed gold over the 100 metres at the World Championships.

The world 5,000-metre silver medalist Selemon Barega of Ethiopia was named male rising star of the year, while Ukrainian high jump silver medalist Yaroslava Mahuchikh was the female rising star. Anderson was also nominated in the category.

St Anthony’s Kai Phillip rose off the bench to make the difference between his side and East Mucurapo Secondary School in the Coca-Cola North Zone Intercol finals at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday.

St Anthony’s would go ahead in the 33rd minute of play thanks to Kyron Manswell before East Mucurapo hit back through the effort of substitute Malachi Celestene in the 66th. The eventual winners would again take the lead, with their goal also coming from the substitute’s bench in the form of Phillip, whose 81st-minute effort proved decisive.

East Mucurapo started out the more aggressive team, winning the majority of midfield battles but thet weren’t very penetrative. When Manswell passed the ball into the goal after Zion Williams’ brilliant dribble down the left side and eventual cross found him unmarked, East Mucurapo knew they had more work to do.

The eventual runners up would have to wait for the second half to find more incisive play and got it through the inventive runs of Celestine. One such mazy effort would leave him unmarked as he ran on to through ball from Zion McLeod, rounded goalkeeper Josiah Perez and slotted into an empty net.

St Anthony’s came under some pressure after that but their midfield and backline stood firm  and after an interception came to Jean-Heim McFee, a beautiful pass through the middle of the field left East Mucurapo struggling.

That pass landed at the feet of Phillip, who dribbled by his defender, checked as he caught up and cut inside of him before dinking the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper, Jamale Blackman.

The win means St Anthony’s will now face Tobago champions, Speyside in the quarterfinal of the National Intercol on Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

San Juan North Secondary were crowned champions of the East for the fourth time in a row after a 3-1 win over St Augustine Secondary in the Coca-Cola Intercol zonal final at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Malabar on Thursday.

There will be a new champion of the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup competition after Kingston College were ousted by Jamaica College in the semi-final of the competition at the National Stadium in Kingston on Wednesday.

Puerto Rico closed League C Group C play with a 3-0 victory over Anguilla on Tuesday at the Juan Ramon Loubriel Stadium in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico opened the scoring in the 56th minute. Rodolfo Sulia tried a long-range shot that was deflected by Anguilla goalkeeper Ryan Liddie. However, Puerto Rico captain Sidney Rivera sprinted forward and knocked in the rebound to give his side the lead.

Rivera doubled his total in the 67th minute, converting from the penalty spot by shooting a low shot to the goalkeeper’s left after Anguilla was whistled for a handball in the box.

Things went from bad to worse for Anguilla minutes later, with defender Kion Lee seeing his second yellow in the 70th minute and taking Anguilla down to 10 men. They also had to replace Liddie, with the captain making a diving save on a set piece but making contact with the post and suffering an injury that required Kareem Burris come in and replace him.

Devin Vega chipped the ball over Burris in the 82nd minute to extend the lead to three, getting on the end of a ball over the top from substitute Jan Mateo.

Guatemala topped the group with a perfect record, while Puerto Rico managed to get six points. Anguilla will go into the next edition of the CNL still looking for its first-ever points.

El Salvador finished Group B of League B of the 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League with authority by topping the Dominican Republic 2-0 on Tuesday night at the Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador.

The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and League A-bound Cuscatlecos finished the group with a 5W-0D-1L record, while Dominican Republic were third with a 2W-1D-3L record.

Carlos Portillo picked up where he left off from last Saturday’s win over Montserrat, as he gave La Selecta a 1-0 lead in just the 15’ with a fantastic solo effort.

Portillo received a pass down the left flank and after his initial cross deflected high up in the air, he caught the ball right as it was landing and launched a right-footed volley that rippled the net.

The Central Americans were brimming with confidence and Oscar Ceren looked set to double the lead in the 31’, but his shot from point-blank range was well-saved by Dominican Republic GK Miguel Lloyd.

The Dominican Republic looked to climb back into it, but El Salvador would seal the three points in the 87’ with a goal from Pablo Punyed, whose right-footed finish off a cross from the left completed the 2-0 scoreline.

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