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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 17, 2018: Here are the top stories making Caribbean sports news for the week ending, May 17, 2019:

ST. 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 May 18th.

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.

IAAF Monaco

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.

Here’s What 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.”

Trinidad-Born 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.

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