News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 10, 2017: Here are the stories making headlines in sports from the Caribbean and its Diaspora for this week ending Feb. 10, 2017.
Two major West Indies cricket stars have returned as part of the long-awaited second edition of Pakistan’s most prestigious Twenty20 tournament – the Pakistan Super League.
Chris Gayle will be playing for Karachi Kings, while the Peshawar Zalmi will have Darren Sammy. The opening match kicked off yesterday with a colorful opening ceremony that included Jamaican singer Shaggy.
Meanwhile, 64-year-old former Windies skipper, Viv Richards, has been retained by Quetta Gladiators for the second season after a superb showing by the team in the inaugural season of PSL, where it ended as a runner-up.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has also increased the prize money for the second edition of Pakistan Super League, offering a purse of over one million. The winning team would get the prize money of $700,000, which is $200,000 more than the previous edition of the league which was won by Islamabad United.
Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter may have had to hand back his 2008 Olympics gold medal but he can still compete internationally – at least until a decision is made on his appeals case. The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper this week said Carter, whose positive re-test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine cost his country the 4×100-m gold from the 2008 Olympics, has received confirmation from the world governing body IAAF that he is free to run. Carter is expected to compete tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex as a member of Team MVP’s 4×100-m relay.
The 110th NYRR Millrose Games returns The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center in NYC tomorrow, Feb. 11th. It will feature 55 Olympians, 11 Olympic gold medalists and seven additional Olympic medalists, including Bahamas-born Olympic champion, Shaunae Miller, who famously dove across the line in Rio. She will face 4x400m relay gold medalist Natasha Hastings and Sydney McLaughlin, the high school Olympian, in the 300-m face-off.
Former Sydney FC marquee star, Trinidad-born Dwight Yorke, will be back in Australia in March as part of a star-studded Manchester United Legends side to play a charity match against an Australian Legends XI in Perth. The match will take place at nib Stadium on Saturday, March 25th, the day before Perth Glory hosts Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League.
Manchester United Legends will be playing the game to raise funds for Manchester United Foundation, who has selected local charity DT38 Foundation as one of those who will benefit. The DT38 Foundation was set up to honor the passing of young Australian player Dylan Tombides who lost his battle with testicular cancer in 2014.