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San José, Costa Rica (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 16, 2016) — The United States face an uphill battle to qualify for their eighth consecutive World Cup Finals after being demolished 4-0 by a rampant Costa Rica in San Jose on Tuesday.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi walks on the field at the end of a training session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, November 13, 2016

Football

BARCELONA, Spain (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 15, 2016) — Everybody is talking about Lionel Messi's possible departure from Barcelona when his contract expires in 2018.Everybody but him.

BELO HOROZONTE, Brazil(CARIBUPDATE/Nov 14,2016) – Neymar scored his 50th international goal as Brazil thrashed arch-rivals Argentina 3-0 in their 2018 World Cup qualifying duel.

NEW YORK (CARIBUPDATE/Nov 7, 2016) - The sentencing of disgraced former CONCACAF strongman, Jeff Webb, could be delayed yet again, if the court there grants another request for an adjournment.

LIONEL MESSI

Football

BARCELONA, Spain (CARIBUPDATE/SEPT 23, 2016) - Global football superstar Lionel Messi will be out of football action for the next three weeks. Messi a crucial cog in the Barça machine is out of action due to a groin strain injury he suffered in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on September 21st, 2016. 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – (CARIBUPDATE/Sept 21, 2016) -The Jamaican sporting fraternity has been thrown into mourning after a promising youth footballer died, shortly after collapsing on the field during a Manning Cup college championship game on Tuesday.

"The Gayle Force"

Cricket

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots announces the acquisition of one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era, Chris Gayle, as the newest member of the Patriots family.

Former West Indies batsman Jimmy Adams

Cricket

PORT OF SPAIN Trinidad (CARIBUPDATE/DEC 14, 2016) - Former West Indies batsman Jimmy Adams is the new director of cricket for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), according to regional media reports.

Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd

Cricket

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CARIBUPDATE/DEC 14 2016) - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain for his 50 years of service to the game.

West Indies batsman Darren Bravo

Cricket

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 30, 2016) - West Indies batsman Darren Bravo, is claiming he was unlawfully dismissed after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) sent him home for inappropriate and unacceptable behavior.

BULAWAYO, ZIZMBABWE (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 23, 2016) -Sri Lanka took three wickets in the last three overs to snatch a thrilling one-run victory over West Indies in the triangular one-day cricket series on Wednesday.

Andre Russell during his anti-doping hearing at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown, Kingston, yesterday

Cricket

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CARIBUPDATE/NOV 18, 2016) - The fate of West Indies cricketer Andre Russell is to be known in “two to three weeks’ time” when the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel completes deliberating whether he is guilty of a whereabouts violation.

Flushing Meadows, New York (CARIBUPDATE/Sept 06, 2016) - World number one Serena Williams set a new Grand Slam record of 308 victories with a win over Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan at the US Open in New York.

Usain Bolt (l) Elaine Thompson (r)

Track & Field

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CARIBUPDATE/Nov 9, 2016) — Jamaica’s Olympic sprint double champions Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson are among the three Caribbean athletes nominated as finalists for the IAAF Athlete of the Year award, in the male and female categories respectively.

Chris Brown (third from left) and Michael Bascombe (fourth from left) tour the Grenada Athletics Stadium with stadium and other officials

Track & Field

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CARIBUPDATE/Oct 20, 2016) - Grenada is hoping to attract some of the world’s top athletes for an IAAF-sanctioned international athletics meet next April 8, as preparations have begun for what organisers and government are bullish will be a top class trade-mark event.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

Track & Field

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CARIBUPADTE/OCT 14, 2016) — Double Olympic gold medalist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, is set to publish her tell-all autobiography this year, detailing her many struggles and obstacles along her path to becoming an Olympic champion.

BRUSSELS (CARIBUPDATE/Sept 09, 2016) - Jamaica's double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson confirmed her sprint queen status with an emphatic 100 meters victory on Friday at a season-ending Diamond League meeting packed with gold medal winners in Brussels.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP-Caribupdate/Sept 09, 2016) — Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson insisted Thursday that she was not the female version of Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt, who sealed a treble-treble of Olympic gold medals in last month's Rio Games.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 26, 2016) — Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson overcame a start fiasco to produce a dominant run to win her favoured 100m at the Lausanne Diamond League meet yesterday.

Thompson, who became the first woman since American world record holder Florence Griffith Joyner at the Seoul Games in 1988 to win the sprint double at the Olympics, timed 10.78secs for the comfortable victory, with American Jenna Prandini in second in 11.11secs.

“There was a mix-up at the start, and we had to do a re-run. To be able to produce 10.78 on the second attempt is great,” said Thompson, adding that she had not changed since her feats in Rio.

“I’m the same person I was before the Olympic Games. The reality of being double Olympic champion has not really sunk in.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Jamaica to celebrate with my people and my family, but I will first run a few more races in Europe.”

Thompson’s teammate Omar McLeod was trumped in the men’s 110m hurdles, Cuba-born Spaniard Orlando Ortega crossing for victory in 13.11sec. McLeod was one-hundredth of a second off the Cuban’s pace.

“Winning and losing is part of the parcel of hurdles,” he said. “I am happy for Orlando.

“If I had won today I would have had a shot at the Diamond Race, but I cannot complain too much.

“Rio was what I wanted from this season.”

The US women swept the 100m hurdles at the Rio Games, but recently anointed world record holder Kendra Harrison was not among them as she missed selection at the notoriously cut-throat US Olympic trials.

She showed her form in Switzerland, however, clocking 12.44secs to win in another US sweep, finishing ahead of Dawn Harper-Nelson and Jasmin Stowers — both of whom also didn’t make it to Rio — in an impressive display of strength in depth in the event.

“I’m a bit rusty because I haven’t competed for a few weeks with not being in Rio,” Harrison said.

“My objective for the remainder of the season is to win the next two Diamond League races and hopefully get another personal best... another world record!”

LaShawn Merritt, who won bronze in the Rio 400m in which South African Wayde van Niekerk set a new world record, raced 44.50secs to seal victory in the one-lap race in a balmy Lausanne.

European 100m champion Churandy Martina ran a Dutch record of 19.81secs as he blasted to victory in the men’s 200m.

Running in lane seven, the Dutchman came off a good bend and maintained his composure to motor past Panama’s Alonso Edward.

“I have had my ups and downs in 2016, but I am very happy with how it shaped up,” said the 32-year-old Martina. “A national record at the end of the season, you cannot ask for more.

“I am running as well as I have ever run. Who knows, I can continue until Tokyo. If I manage to do so, I will have done five Olympics, and that is an achievement for a sprinter.”

Elsewhere, there were wins for Jamaican Asafa Powell in the men’s 100m (9.96secs) and American Sam Hendricks in the pole vault, his best of 5.92m pushing France’s Renaud Lavillenie into second.

And Darya Klishina, Russia’s sole competitor in Rio, made the podium in the women’s long jump, finishing third with a best of 6.50m in a competition won by Serbia’s Olympic bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic (6.83).

“Mentally this has been a very tough season,” she said. “I am happy to be back and to be competing. This is what you want as an athlete.

“I hope the situation with Russia is sorted soon, and we athletes just have to focus on performing.”

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