Caribbean Sports Roundup

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NAN Sports Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 2, 2019: Here are the top
stories making Caribbean sports news for the week ending, Aug. 2, 2019:

Caribbean Born Indianapolis Colts Star Gives Back

Caribbean-born Indianapolis Colts Star Pierre Desir is giving back – this time to his former high school in Cottleville, Missouri. Desir who has signed a three-year $22.5 million contract extension with the Colts, is donating $185,000 to transform the FHC fitness center to benefit a new generation of students.

While at FHC,
Desir was a star on the football team and named an all-state defensive back.
After high school, he went on to play football for Washburn and Lindenwood
University. “’We’re blessed to have alumni like Pierre feel we made an impact
on his life.  And now that he’s mature…
to be able to say I want to give back to the people who made me who I am
today,” said FHC Principal Sonny Arnel.

Desir, 28, was born
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti but immigrated along with his family to the United
States at the age of 4.

West Indies

The West Indies
cricket team is set to face India this weekend at the Central Broward Regional
Park in FL. The two sides will clash in their first two Twenty20 internationals
openers on August 3rd and 4th at 10:30 a.m. The third
T20I will be played in Guyana on August 6th.

The match-up
comes as West Indies bowling legend, Curtly Ambrose, said the regional team
should have looked past star batsman Chris Gayle for the regional team’s tour
against India.

The 39-year-old
opening batsman had initially announced plans to retire from international
cricket, following the recently concluded ICC World Cup. He, however, changed
his stance just ahead of the tournament and indicated he would stay on for the
upcoming tour of India as a potential farewell and was included in an ODI squad
to face India. Ambrose, however, says he believes the World Cup was the perfect
time for the veteran to step aside. 

The other matches
will be played as follows:

ODI: 1st ODI –
Aug 8th – at Providence, Guyana.

2nd ODI – Aug 11th
– in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

3rd ODI – Aug 14)
in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Test match: First
Test from August 22nd at the North Stand in Antigua.

Second Test from
August 30th in Kingston, Jamaica.

Tickets for the MyTeam11 ODI Series, co-sponsored by Skoda
and Fena, are available for purchase here.

Bolt Stumped

Usain Bolt seems stumped when it comes to predicting “who is
the next great Jamaican sprinter?”

In a New York Times interview this week he admitted he “honestly”
does not know. “The ladies are doing really well. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is
still doing well. Elaine Thompson is doing well. There’s the other one, Briana
Williams. She ran close to the world record last month. The guys, I’m not sure
who is going to step up,” he stated.”

1952 Jamaican
Olympian To Receive ‘Living Legend’ Award

Veteran Jamaican
sprinter Byron LaBeach, a distinguished member of Jamaica’s 1952 Helsinki
Olympic Games, is set to be honored with a ‘Brand Jamaica Living Legend Award.’

LaBeach will be
honored at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, slated for the Hilton
Hotel, Rye Brook, New York on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Emmy and Golden Globe
nominated American/Jamaican actress Kerry Washington will also be honored at
the event.

LaBeach was an
alternate member of the Helsinki golden quartet that included Olympians Arthur
Wint, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden and Leslie Lanig.  They won gold in the men’s 4x400m final that
gave Jamaica a historic victory in the event. He was also a semi-finalist in
the 100 meters in the Helsinki Games and later won gold medals for Jamaica at
the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico City in 1954 with the 4×100
and 4×400 metres relay teams.

The celebrated
Olympian who attended St. Georges College in Kingston was also an outstanding
varsity athlete at Morgan State University in Maryland from 1950 to 1954,
following in the footsteps of his famous Olympian brothers, Lloyd and Sam
LaBeach. In 1953, he won a silver medal in the 100 meters and a bronze medal in
the 200 meters at the Central American Games.

Recently LaBeach,
who resides in the tri-state area was the recipient of an Olympic Pin from
president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda, at a
service in Kingston that was attended by family, friends and other Olympians.

LaBeach will be
presented the award by another Jamaican Olympian -Devon ‘Oly’ Harris – a
founding members of the Jamaica national bobsled team, who competed in the
1988, 1992 and 1998 Winter Olympics.

Part of the
proceeds from the Gala will be donated to Food for the Poor, Jamaica (FFP), the
largest charity organization in Jamaica and Food For The Poor Inc., located in
Florida, USA, the largest international relief and development organization in
the United States. Log on to jamaicaindependencegala.com for more
information.

Reggae Girlz

Jamaica’s Reggae
Girlz team, which rose to fame at the just concluded Women’s World Cup, are now
out of contention to win a medal at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. This
came after they went down 2-0 to Colombia on Wednesday. Maria Santos scored a
brace for the Colombians in the 58th and 85th minutes. This was Jamaica’s
second straight defeat at the tournament as they lost 2-nil to Mexico on
Sunday.

Women’s Soccer

The next FIFA
Women’s World Cup will involve eight groups of four teams. The FIFA Council this
week announced it has unanimously agreed to a proposal to expand the number of
teams taking part in the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ from 24 to 32, with effect as
of the next edition of the tournament in 2023.

“The astounding
success of this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France made it very clear that
this is the time to keep the momentum going and take concrete steps to foster
the growth of women’s football. I am glad to see this proposal – the first of
several − becoming a reality,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

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