By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Sept. 20, 2019: Here are the top stories making Caribbean sports news for the week ending, Sept. 20, 2019:
Some 80 Caribbean Athletes Confirmed For IAAF Championships In Doha
Some 80 Caribbean athletes have been confirmed to participate at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in the Qatari capital of Doha from September 27th and October 6th.
Most of the athletes are from Jamaica followed by several from Cuba and the Bahamas as well as a few from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Grenada, the Cayman Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Belize and the Dominican Republic.
The top Caribbean sports stars include Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, Shelly-Anne Fraser Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Briana Williams ans Omar McLeod as well as the Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
Fraser-Pryce, a two-time Olympic 100m champion, has collected seven world titles in her storied career, including three at 100m and one at 200m, and will be contesting both once again in an attempt to add to her nearly unparalleled resumé.
Meanwhile, Thompson is the reigning Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m and both will arrive in Doha as the co-world leaders in the 100m at 10.73.
McLeod, the world and Olympic champion, currently sits fourth on the 2019 world list.
The Caribbean athletes are among 1,928 athletes who will compete in various sports. Of that number, 1,039 are men and 889 women. All 30 of the newly minted Diamond League champions will also be in action.
Another NBA Bahamas Roots Star Is Raising Money For The Island
Another NBA star with Bahamian roots has pitched in to help the northwestern islands devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, whose father is from the Bahamas, said 100% of the proceeds from his second annual Thompson Family Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, scheduled to wrap up today, Sept, 20, will go toward relief efforts throughout the Bahamas.
He also said his foundation would match all the money raised and focus on not only the short-term, but also the long-term relief, while working with local personnel to provide impactful support to the area and people in need.
Thompson joins several Bahamas born and Bahamas-roots players in the NBA and WNBA who have donated and stepped up to help.
They include Bahamas roots Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon, Phoenix Suns center and Nassau, Bahamas native Deandre Ayton, Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield and Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones.
MLB Pitches In To Help The Bahamas
Major League Baseball and the players’ union this week made a joint donation of $210,000 to help with relief and recovery in the Bahamas after the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian.
The donation was made on Wednesday, Sept. 18th, which was recognized as Roberto Clemente Day in the majors. The money will be divided into $70,000 donations to Project Hope, Water Mission and SBP.
Aussies Beat Windies Women
Australia’s women’s cricket team completed a clean sweep in the West Indies, winning the third T20 and confirm another comfortable victory in the Caribbean.
The Aussies registered a comfortable nine-wicket win in the final Twenty20 International at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, 18 September.
Spinner Jonassen was the pick of the bowlers, returning a career-best 4/7.
The Windies women side slumped to 81 all out – losing
their last six wickets for just six runs.
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket tourney, continues this weekend. The Guyana Amazon Warriors lead the points table with 10 followed by the Trinbago Knight Warriors with 8 and the St. Kitts Patriots with 6. Jamaica’s Tallawahs, Tridents and St. Lucia Zouks each have only 2 points apiece so far. The match schedule for the tourney as it continues is as follows:
September 20, Friday
Match 17- St Lucia Zouks vs Barbados Tridents (St Lucia)
September 21, Saturday
Match 18- St Lucia Zouks vs Trinbago Knight Riders (St Lucia)
September 22, Sunday
Match 19- Barbados Tridents vs Guyana Amazon Warriors (Barbados)
September 23, Monday
Match 20- Barbados Tridents vs Jamaica Tallawahs (Barbados)
September 24, Tuesday
Match 21- St Lucia Zouks vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (St Lucia)
September 25, Wednesday
Match 22- St Lucia Zouks vs Guyana Amazon Warriors (St Lucia)
September 26, Thursday
Match 23- Barbados Tridents vs Trinbago Knight Riders (Barbados)
September 27, Friday
Match 24- St Lucia Zouks vs Jamaica Tallawahs (St Lucia)
September 28, Saturday
Match 25- Barbados Tridents vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (Barbados)
September 29, Sunday
Match 26- Barbados Tridents vs St Lucia Zouks (Barbados)
September 30, Monday
Match 27- Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors (Trinidad)
October 02, Wednesday
Match 28- Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents (Trinidad)
October 03, Thursday
Match 29- Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Jamaica Tallawahs (Guyana)
October 04, Friday
Match 30- Guyana Amazon Warriors vs Trinbago Knight Riders (Guyana)
October 06, Sunday
Qualifier 1 – 1st v 2nd
Eliminator – 3rd v 4th
October 10, Thursday
Qualifier 2- Winner of Eliminator v Loser of Qualifier 1 (Trinidad)
October 12, Saturday
Final- Winner of Qualifier 1 v Winner of Qualifier 2 (Trinidad) (Oct. 13)