NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 23, 2019: Here are the top
stories making Caribbean sports news for the week ending, Aug. 23, 2019:
Born Player Indicted For Cocaine Possession
New England Patriots
safety, Patrick Chung, has been indicted on a charge of possessing cocaine in
New Hampshire. Authorities said Chung, 32, knowingly possessed cocaine on June
25 while in Meredith. Chung’s arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 28th. Chung has
played for the Patriots for nine of his 10 NFL seasons, winning three Super
Bowls during that time.
Linked To Caribbean Drug Ring
Former MLB World
Series champions, Dominican Republican-born Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo,
were named Tuesday as part of “one of the most important drug trafficking
structures in the Caribbean region,” according to the Dominican Republic’s
Dotel, both originally from the Dominican Republic, were implicated along with 16
others in an operation to shut down a drug ring run by César Emilio Peralta,
according to a press release from Attorney General of the Dominican Republic
Jean Alain Rodríguez.
Players For US Open
Caribbean roots players, reigning women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka of
Japan, and Gael Monfils of France, are among the 32 men and 32 women who will
be seeded in the singles draws at the 2019 US Open. The Open will run from Mon,
Aug 26th – Sun, Sep 8, 2019
No West Indies
Player Makes ICC Men’s Top 10 Batting Ranks
The latest ICC
Men’s Batting Rankings are out and no West Indies batsman has made it into the
Top 10 ranks. Those in the top 40 on the test batting ranks are Kraigg
Brathwaite and Jason Holder at 36th and 37th, respectively.
In the ODI
batting ranks, Shai Hope made the top 20, ranking at 14th while in
the T20I rankings, Evin Lewis made the top 20, ranking at 16th.
The news comes as
the West Indies face India in the final two test matches of their series and as
iconic former skipper, Brian Lara, said while is impressed with the talent
available in West Indies cricket today, he wants the youngsters to work on the
“mental aspect” of their game.
“Where I feel I
can make an impact is their mental approach to the game. I feel as if I was to
strike on one thing that I was decent at was mentally where I prepared myself
strongly,” Lara told Windies Cricket’s official website. The practical side is
there for the young players,’ but I feel mentally they can grow a little bit
and learn a little bit more.”
Versus India Test
first test match between the West Indies and India opened Thursday in Antigua.
India ended the day on 203 for six as play on day one wrapped up.
Wins For Some
West Indies captain
Jason Holder has been named Player of the Year and Test Player of the Year by the
West Indies Players’ Association/Cricket West Indies at its annual awards in
Antigua on Monday night.
Holder is the first
West Indies player to become the top-ranked Test all-rounder since Sir Garry
Sobers in 1974.
Meanwhile, Shai Hope
lifted the award for ODI Player of the Year for the second year running while Guyanese
allrounder Keemo Paul walked away with the T20 Player of the Year Award. Oshane
Thomas was rewarded for his strong year with the Emerging Player of the Year
Among the women,
Women’s Player of the Year Deandra Dottin’s outstanding year was rewarded with
the Women’s Two Player of the Year and the Women’s ODI Player of the Year
Other awardees on the
night included First-class team of the year: Guyana; Championship player of the
year: Rakheem Cornwall; Super 50 Player of the year: Yanick Ottley; Caribbean
T20 player of the year: Andre Russell; Under-19 player of the year: Joshua
Bishop; Under-19 team of the year: Trinidad & Tobago; and Umpire of the
year: Joel Wilson.
Here’s What This Analyst
Is Saying About This Haitian American Player
ESPN’s Mike Reiss
believes Haitian American Patriots player, Sonny Michel, will score more than
12 touchdowns next season.
Michel, the 31st pick
in the 2018 NFL Draft, got his career off to a hot start with New England last
year, appearing in 13 games with seven starts and rushing 209 times for 931
yards and six touchdowns. In Super Bowl LIII, in which the Patriots beat Todd
Gurley and the Rams 13-3, Michel had 94 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
Michel was a hammer
close to the goal line last season, doing some of his best work in the playoffs
(6 touchdowns),” Reiss writes. “While it remains to be seen what the identity
of the Patriots’ offense will be this season, protecting Tom Brady with a
running game that sets up play-action opportunities in the passing game makes a
lot of sense. So Michel, assuming good health, should be a central piece of the
Win In Singapore
Olympian and swimming sensation, Alia Atkinson, has claimed another gold – this
time the gold medal in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke competition at the
FINA World Cup in Singapore. Atkinson set a new season’s best time with 30.31
seconds. Her performance moved her up to fifth fastest in the world. Atkinson
swam the 50-meter distance faster than she did at the World Championships and
finished ahead of Breeja Larson of the United States.