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World relays set to return to The Bahamas

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Global relay event approved for The Bahamas for 2024

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 Shown on the medal stand at the 2017 World Relay Championships, from left to right, after receiving their gold medals for the mixed 4x400m relay, are Michael Mathieu, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Anthonique Strachan and Steven Gardiner, of The Bahamas. TORRELL GLINTON

Just last year, president of World Athletics (WA) Lord Sebastian Coe said he is open to the world relays returning to The Bahamas, and as of yesterday, a major step was made in that direction as it was determined at the ultimate level that the global event would come back to these shores.

During a press conference via Zoom at the conclusion of the 229th World Athletics Council in Rome, Italy, Lord Coe said the recommendation of the Bid Evaluation Panel to return the World Relay Championships has been approved for 2024. The Bahamas hosted the first three editions of the event, in 2014, 2015 and again in 2017, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau. After the Government of The Bahamas decided to withdraw its host status, the 2019 event was moved to Yokohama, Japan. The 2021 world relays was held in Chorzów Poland.

“I am delighted to announce that the recommendation to the council for the destination of the 2024 world relays was in essence awarded to and approved for The Bahamas,” said Lord Coe via Zoom yesterday. “With this being a qualifying event, it was determined that The Bahamas presents the best atmosphere for the athletes to qualify in the relays ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Congratulations to The Bahamas.”

An aggressive bid campaign, in which a 10-minute video highlighted the beauty of The Bahamas’ landscape, beaches, water and culture, and past scenes from the world relays, caught the attention of the global leaders of the sport. Lord Coe said he is delighted that the event is returning to The Bahamas.

Making appearances in the video of the World Relays Bahamas Bid Presentation were two-time Olympic Champion in the women’s 400 meters (m) Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Olympic and former World Champion in the men’s 400m Steven Gardiner, and Bahamian track and field legend Pauline Davis-Thompson among others.

In the video, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation I. Chester Cooper said there is a good reason why sports in The Bahamas is referred to as ‘Sports in Paradise’.

“We have a team of citizens and residents who work together to deliver unforgettable experiences. What our team provides could best be described as a paradise for our guests,” he said. “It really starts with the convenient travel to our islands from gateways around the world. The Bahamas sits as a convenient midway point between North and South America, welcoming flights daily from both continents. At the same time, European travelers make their way to us easily with connecting flights daily through the United States and 10 flights per week through London.

“Once in our country, our guests find world-class accommodations, and all selected resorts for the games village are less than seven kilometers from the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium. I stand with a team of hospitality professionals who are ready to care for World Athletics with excellence whether it is at the competition venue, at hotels, restaurants or at our airports, we look forward to welcoming the world relays back to where it is better – right here in the islands of The Bahamas.”

The deputy prime minister went on to say that beyond the resorts the guests will have several forms of entertainment and festival options.

Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg said in the presentation that he wholeheartedly agrees that there is no place like home – Nassau, The Bahamas.

“Nassau is the original home of the world relays. It is where thousands of fans experienced the thrill of an all relay event. The world had never seen anything like it, and it was a mega success,” said the minister. “What a legacy it would be to show how World Athletics continues to work with development states to bring opportunities to them. We can show the world that World Athletics provides a leveled playing field for all of its national federations. We believed in the world relays from the very beginning and it is my distinct pleasure to confirm that we still believe. Sports is once again a top priority for the Government of The Bahamas. The world relays has the unflinching support of the Government of The Bahamas and we are committed to exceeding the prior success of this event. We certainly feel that the time is right to bring the world relays back to its favorite destination – The Bahamas.”

Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) President Drumeco Archer said he, as all Bahamians should be, excited upon the return the of world relays to The Bahamas.

“For the first three years of the world relays, the BAAA stood side by side with World Athletics, presenting to the world a new and fascinating aspect of track and field competition. It was ‘Bahamazing’, so I say let’s do it again,” he said. “This event was an inspiration not only to the people of The Bahamas, but it captured the attention of the world. Our team is once again ready to meet all of the challenges of the 2024 edition of the world relays. Volunteers, coaches, athletes and administrators from throughout our country will look forward to welcoming the world to our home. Most importantly, there is a widespread support of Bahamians for the return of the world relays. Throughout The Bahamas, we are collectively saying let’s bring this brand of excitement back to our shores.”

The 2024 World Relay Championships will serve as a qualifying competition for the relay events at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France.

With the 2023 CARIFTA Games being hosted in The Bahamas as well, and with the return of the Bahamas Games set for the summer of 2023, the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium is set to be a busy venue over the next two years. It remains to be seen how much upgrades will be undertaken and what the final cost will be.

Under-15 soccer league back in full swing

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 The Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) under-15 (U15) soccer program is back in action. Shown are two of the girls teams in the league in action. the BAHAMAS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) is proud of its under-15 (U15) soccer program, as it returns to play after a two-year hiatus due to the disruption caused by the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coaches and players are excited to see old friends and compete in grass and futsal.

“Our youth league is back in action and we are so glad to see the girls and boys on the field and court playing soccer. After a two-year hiatus, due to the pandemic, we have some catching up to do in terms of competition, but they are up for it,” explained BFA Director of Women’s Football Soraya Toppin-Herbert.

Eydan Hamilton began playing soccer at the age of three. The Leftwing Dynamos FC player reflected on her decade of love for the sport and the joy of being able to play after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s good to be back on the field after a long time of not playing with the girls,” expressed Hamilton. “I know I need to work on my agility and getting back to help my teammates when they need assistance and I need to work on my defending. I like the competition aspect when playing against other people. I also like the company and environment we have when playing soccer with the team.”

The league has 10 teams playing this season and the BFA wishes all of them safety and success on the field and the court.

Stadium ‘baseball ready’

A recent photo of the new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium.

A recent photo of the new Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium.

As of Wednesday, November 30, 2022


#Senior Sports Reporter

#Although there is still some more cosmetic work to be done, architect and project manager Michael Foster said the newly constructed Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium will be “baseball ready” for the fourth Caribbean Baseball Cup.

#The tournament, featuring four visiting teams against the Bahamas national team, will run from Sunday, December 4 to Sunday, December 11 with the two teams qualifying to represent COCABE in the Central American Games in 2023 in Argentina.

#And according to host Bahamas Baseball Association secretary general Theodore ‘Teddy’ Sweeting, who serves as the chairman of the Local Organising Committee, the Bahamas will be ready to entertain Cuba, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Curacao in the week-long tournament.

#Sweeting revealed that Cuba is expected to arrive in town on Friday out of Cuba via Bahamasair. The other three teams will be coming in town on Saturday at various times.

#“Everything is now set with all of the teams participating,” Sweeting said. “Everything gets kicked off on Sunday. The stadium is baseball ready. It’s ready to go for the tournament. It’s really coming together and it will definitely be the gem of the Caribbean.

#“All of the countries are looking forward to come to the tournament to play in a new facility with a complete artificial turf, which is a very good quality turf for the stadium. So I encourage the Bahamian people to come out and watch some exciting baseball again.”

#The BBA, headed by Sam Rodgers, is expected to officially name Team Bahamas during a press conference at noon on Thursday at the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium.

#All other details surrounding the tournament will be released at that time. This is the first time that the Bahamas will be hosting a major international tournament in baseball and already COCABE has designated the Bahamas and the stadium as the venue for all other international competitions until future notice.

#During a tour of the facilities yesterday, Foster said the field with its artificial turf is complete and the padding for the outfield fence is being placed around, while the batting cages and pitcher’s warm up mound are being completed.

#He also noted that the players will have state-of-the-art locker rooms in which to enjoy.

#However, he stated that the fold back chairs that they ordered for the dugouts have been delayed in shipping from the United States, but they have some folding chairs for the players to use.

#The spectators area and the VIP booths are all set, the lighting system for the stadium lights and the scoreboard are being powered up as they continue to meet all of their deadlines.

#And even though the parking lot is expected to be paved, Foster said the remainder of the cosmetic work will be done after the tournament is done.

#“Even though one week out is pretty close, we have about four or five milestones to achieve, but we are hitting them off every other day,” said Foster, who revealed that some temporary things will be put in place until after the tournament is completed.

#“As far as the facility is concerned, being completed for baseball, we’re good,” he pointed out. “Where we are generally, the concession boxes are also ready and the restrooms are ready to be used.

#“So we are eager to note that the stadium is “baseball ready” for the tournament.

#The tournament is expected to start at 11am on Sunday with Curacao taking on Puerto Rico.

#After the official opening ceremonies at 4pm, the feature game will be played at 7:30pm against the US Virgin Islands.

Garvin Tynes and Palmdale Primary book their tickets to girls’ softball title game

THE PALMDALE Primary Panthers girls, coached by Ashley Oembler (far right), are slated to square off against Garvin Tynes.
Photo: Austin Fernander/Tribune Staff

THE PALMDALE Primary Panthers girls, coached by Ashley Oembler (far right), are slated to square off against Garvin Tynes. Photo: Austin Fernander/Tribune Staff

As of Wednesday, November 30, 2022


#Senior Sports Reporter

#GARVIN Tynes and Palmdale Primary have booked their tickets to the girls’ softball championship game for the New Providence Public Primary School Sports Association as they wrapped up the preliminary rounds yesterday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

#While the two teams are set to square off against each other on Friday, the boys will determine today who will advance to play in their baseball championship that will be played on the same day and venue.

#TG Glover had a chance to knock out either one of the teams in the girls’ division when they played the final game of the elimination process, but they needed to score at least 14 or more runs.

#In the one hour played where they used a system where after you score five runs in one inning, the next team switches on offence, they only completed two innings and ended up with a 10-3 win over Sandilands Primary. And In other games played yesterday, Eva Hilton knocked off TG Glover 7-2, Garvin Tynes nipped Eva Hilton 8-7 and Palmdale got by Carlton E Francis.

#On Monday in games played, Eva Hilton nipped Sandilands 5-4, TG Glover def. Garvin Tynes 4-1, Palmdale def. Carlton E Francis 8-7, Garvin Tynes blanked Sandilands 10-0.

#Association president Latoya Bain-Sturrup said it’s a great start to what they are anticipating to be a great week of softball and baseball.

#“The kids are having fun and they are getting into the development of the sport. That is what it’s all about,” she said. “They are having a lot of fun with the softball, even though some of the teams were disappointed that they didn’t get to the finals.”

#Crystal Eneas, who along with Janice Williams coach Garvin Tynes, said their girls are happy to be in the “big dance” and they are eager to “show their skills” when they face Palmdale, coached by Ashley Oembler. “I think the children did a great job, considering that we are only working on the fundamentals,” she said. “We are at the elementary stage so it’s imperative that we prepare them for junior high school and beyond.”

#Oembler was just as thrilled about the performance of her Palmdale team and is looking forward to the matchup against Garvin Tynes.

#“Our team is doing an exceptional job, as the majority of the girls on the team are learning how to play softball for the first time,” Oembler said.

#“From the time we got started and going into the championship, they have improved tremendously.

#“We hope to execute well and perform to the best of our abilities and come out with the win.

#“We have much more to improve on, but it is a learning experience for all of the girls.”

#As the public relations officer for the NPPPSSA, Eneas said having played soccer already this year, they are looking forward to the completion of softball/ baseball before they head into basketball and eventually track and field.

#“We are just excited to get back to our regular competition,” Eneas said.

#Today, the boys will begin competition in baseball. “These teams are very competitive, so I would advise persons to come on out if they are not working to come out and cheer the kids on,” she stated.

#Also on hand to view the games was Sheniqua Curry, the principal at TG Glover and president of the Primary Principals Association for the past five years, said it’s exciting to see sports being played in the primary schools again.

#“We have been locked down for so long and to see the children now engaged in outdoor sports is just exciting,” Curry said.

#Curry, however, was hoping her TG Glover team, coached by Brad Wood Jr and William McFall, would have scored the 14 runs they needed to get into the finals, but nonetheless, she was pleased with the team’s effort. “It’s been a long time since the kids have been exposed to the fundamentals of the sport, but in the time frame they had to work with them, I think they did a good job,” she said. “I think all of the schools should be commended for getting their kids ready to play in the tournament.”

#John Rolle, one of the top softball/baseball players in the past, was also in attendance to support the tournament, especially TG Glover where his granddaughter is playing on the team. He said this is where it all gets started for the future players to play the game. “On behalf of the parents who are here to support their kids during their working hours, I think it’s great,” he said.

#“I know I miss playing. At my age, I can just sit back and watch my grandkids play. I know I had some great days playing and I hope that they will enjoy it just as much as I did.”

#Chief umpire Martin ‘Pork’ Burrows and a crew of umpires officiated the games.

Why did women’s national basketball team not travel?

As of Wednesday, November 30, 2022


#Senior Sports Reporter

#WHO is responsible for the financial fiasco that forced the Bahamas Basketball Federation to leave the women’s national basketball team home, instead of travelling last week to compete in the Centrobasket Tournament.

#The team, having qualified for the tournament when they clinched the bronze medal at the FIBA Caribbean Women’s Basketball Championships in July, was preparing to head to Mexico for the tournament that ran from November 20-27.

#But after exhausting all avenues, the federation decided at the last minute to pull the plug on the trip and just concentrated on the men’s national basketball team that was playing in the FIBA Americas qualifying round for the Word Cup. During a sitting of the House of Assembly, Opposition Leader Michael Pintard blasted Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg for the government’s inability to assist the ladies’ team in getting off to Mexico.

#But during a press conference on Monday to launch the 34th Father Marcian Peters Invitational Basketball Tournament, Bowleg refuted those claims and attempted to set the record straight on where the blame should fall.

#“The government doesn’t have the authority to present any team to represent this country in any sporting discipline,” he said. “For all teams that are presented to represent this country, they are presented by the sporting federation discipline. “Once the federation makes a decision on whether that team could travel or not, the government doesn’t have the authority on whether or not that team should travel. The federation would seek financial assistance from the government. The government would provide the necessary assistance.”

#As the immediate past president of the BBF, who agitated from time to time for more funding to assist their national team programmes, Bowleg said it’s important for the federations to be prudent in their spending of the funds that are allocated to them by the government.

#“I think the decision was made after speaking with the president of the Bahamas Basketball Federation (Eugene Horton) that it was not in their financial decision to send that team to represent the country. “They felt that they had some necessary outstanding bills that came about from the senior men’s team and they wanted to take care of them. All of us know it doesn’t make sense to put yourself in great debt by sending another team when you have some outstanding bills to take care of.”

#Now sitting in the chair as the minister, Bowleg said he understands that it’s not practical for the government to fund all national team trips and so they make their financial contributions to the federations, who in turn make the decision on how they will fund their national teams. “That is why this ministry has a budget, which it allocates funding for the 2022-2023 year. Those allocations also gives us some extra funding that we can give to federations if the need arises,” he revealed. “I think basketball would have exhausted the necessary funding that was allocated to them.”

#Bowleg cracked the joke that the allocation of funding is likened to a parent with 10 children.

#“After I give one, I now have to look out for the next nine,” he quipped.

#“So we do our best to ensure that we fund those associations to the best of our abilities. But I must say, federations have to find corporate sponsors and find means and ways to raise revenue.”

#Bowleg said it is incumbent on all federations – present and future – to devise ways to secure funding and not be out there wondering where their dollars are coming from.

#As an administration, Bowleg assured the federations that his ministry will continue to assist wherever possible.

#But only to the extent that they can while assisting the various sporting bodies with their national programmes.

Miller receives two international appointments

As of Wednesday, November 30, 2022




#Senior Sports Reporter

#NEWLY minted National Hall of Famer Wellington Miller continues to be recognised for his leadership role, having been re-appointed to serve on two prestigious international sports boards.

#The immediate past president of both the Bahamas Boxing Federation and the Bahamas Olympic Committee has been asked to serve on the Sports Technical committee for the Centro Caribe Sports for the Central American and Caribbean Games and on the Technical Committee for the Panam Sports Executive Board.

#“I’m just happy to know that the Bahamas’ name is being placed out in the technical world of sports and we have a qualified Bahamian who can sit on these two boards and help to make the decisions to run the technical side of sports,” Miller said. It’s not Miller’s first rodeo with any of the organizations, having served on the coordination committee for the Panam Sports when the 2015 games was held in Toronto, Canada as they organized the games before they turned it over to the technical committee, while he served on the Cento Caribe Sports for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Peru in 2019.

#“I wasn’t surprised when I got the letter informing me of being a part of the Panam Games Committee,” Miller said. “I was informed from the last one that I would be retained for this one, so I expected it.

#“But I was surprised when I got the other invite from the Centro Caribe Sports. I think they were pleased with the work that I did and so they invited me to come back and serve again. I’m very pleased, not just for myself, but for the Bahamas because this will only benefit other Bahamians to be a part of the organizing of these major international games.”

#Miller, ordained as a Deacon at New Covenant Baptist Church in May, was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an administrator during the National Sports month in November after he was invested with the Companion Order of Merit on National Hero’s Day in October.

#The Andros native and a retired Immigration Officer said this bolds well for the Bahamas and eventually it sets the pace to have a Bahamian invited to serve on the Technical Committee for the Olympic Games.

#The Pan American Games, held similar to the Olympic Games every four years, features all 412 nations of the Americas. It also serves as a qualifier for the Olympics. First hosted in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the 19th edition of the Pan Am Games is set for Santiago, Chile from October 20 to November 5, 2023 with 39 different sporting competitions being staged.

#The CAAC Games, which is also a multi-sport regional competition every four years, was first held in 1926 in Mexico City, Mexico. The 254th edition of the games is set for June 23-July 8, 2023 in San Salvador, El Salvador with 37 nations participating in 43 sports. It also serves as qualifier for the Pan Am Games.

Fitzpatrick earns Hero Shot at Albany championship

A STAR-studded field competing in the Hero Shot also featured tournament host Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Tommy Fleetwood, Billy Horschel and Kim. The players took their best shots at a floating target in the pond between the ninth and 18th greens at Albany.

A STAR-studded field competing in the Hero Shot also featured tournament host Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Tommy Fleetwood, Billy Horschel and Kim. The players took their best shots at a floating target in the pond between the ninth and 18th greens at Albany.

As of Wednesday, November 30, 2022


HERO Shot winner Matt Fitzpatrick. Photos courtesy of TGR Foundation

#MATT Fitzpatrick earned the Hero Shot at Albany championship yesterday to kick off the 2022 Hero World Challenge.

#Fitzpatrick defeated Tom Kim in the final round, walking off with the championship thanks to a bullseye hit on the tricky, 87-yard shot into the wind.

#Fitzpatrick defeated a star-studded field competing in the Hero Shot at Albany which also featured tournament host Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Tommy Fleetwood, Billy Horschel and Kim.

#The players took their best shots at a floating target in the pond between the ninth and 18th greens at Albany.

#The first round of the Hero Shot featured each player taking six shots at the target, with balls landing in an outer ring worth 250 points, those coming to rest in the inner circle worth 500 and any ball splashing down in the two-foot-diameter cup worth 1,000.

#The sixth ball in each round – the “Hero ball” – was worth double points.

#Fitzpatrick (1,500 points), Kim (1,250) and Homa (1,000) advanced through the first round.

#In the second round, Homa hit first and totalled 1,000 points, and Kim surpassed him with 1,250.

#Fitzpatrick then delighted the crowd by dunking his first shot, and hit his second in the outer ring to secure his place in the championship round.

#Fitzpatrick was last to hit in the championship round, and made a big splash with his second dunk of the day to secure the title.

#Hero World Challenge tournament rounds will be held on Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 4 at Albany, bringing the event back to The Bahamas for its seventh year.

#Live television coverage of the 2022 Hero World Challenge will be provided by GOLF Channel during all four rounds and by NBC during the third and final rounds. Proceeds from this year’s Hero World Challenge benefit the TGR Foundation, Tavistock Foundation and Bahamas Youth Foundation.

Young athletes show up for javelin camp

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Strachan pleased with the turnout at his inaugural camp in North Andros

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 Just over two dozen youngsters showed up at the Carl Oliver Track at Huntley P. Christie High School in Nicholl’s Town, North Andros, for the inaugural Keyshawn Strachan Javelin Camp on Saturday.

Bahamian javelin thrower Keyshawn Strachan is excited about the future of track and field in The Bahamas, particularly in the throws, and that excitement was heightened even more with the turnout of young enthusiasts in his hometown of North Andros this past Saturday.

Strachan hosted his inaugural javelin camp, the Keyshawn Strachan Javelin Camp, in North Andros on Saturday. Just over two dozen youngsters showed up at the Carl Oliver Track at Huntley P. Christie High School in Nicholl’s Town, North Andros, for the camp. Junior and senior national record holder in the men’s javelin Strachan said the talent is definitely there and that the future looks promising.

“I was very enlivened about the camp … it was successful which I expected. Everything went smoothly,” said Strachan. “The kids learned a lot and most of them had a lot of fun. I loved the spirit they brought into the camp, that they were eager to learn about the fundamentals and techniques about the javelin. I’m delighted to say that I really enjoyed spending time and helping the kids. I had a lot of fun with them.”

Strachan said there was about 22 pre-teens from primary school and about three from Huntley P. Christie High who showed up at the one-day camp. He was assisted by his local coach from Blue Chip Athletics Corrington Maycock and his sister Kamera Strachan who herself is a talented young javelin thrower.

Older brother Keyshawn is an established javelin thrower globally – number two in the world on the World Athletics Top Performance List for 2022. He is the record holder in the under-17 and under-20 boys divisions at the CARIFTA Games, a multi-gold medalist at CARIFTA, a gold medalist at the Penn Relays in the High School Boys Division and he also has a gold and silver from the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Championships. Additionally, Keyshawn Strachan competed at the last two World Athletics Under-20 Championships, culminated by a bronze medal performance in Cali, Colombia, this year. He has a personal best heave of 79.89 meters (m) – 262’ 1”, number 23 on the all-time list for juniors.

Younger sister Kamera is starting to make her mark in the event. At just 14 years old, she qualified for the CARIFTA Games this year, and finished fourth in the under-17 girls division with a throw of 39.86m (130’ 9 “).

They hail from Lowe Sound, North Andros. 

“I want to say thanks to my coach Corrington Maycock and my little sister Kamera who helped out where it was needed. I’m sure the kids can say they learned a lot from them both,” said Keyshawn Strachan. “I couldn’t have done it without them and the support of family and friends. Also, I would like to thank each and everybody who supported the camp.”

Coming on board as sponsors and supporters for the inaugural camp this year were Oaktree Medical Center, Island Comfort Bed & Breakfast, MV Capt. Prince, Andros Pure Water Co., Western Air, Farieba’s Car Rental, the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA), Vackane Evans Enterprise, North Andros Super Center, Restaurant and Snacks Supplies (North Andros), Centerville Food Store, Member of Parliament for North Andros and the Berry Islands Leonardo Lightbourne, Chief Councillor Donna Pickstock, Blue Chip Athletics Head Coach Maycock, BAAA President Drumeco Archer, Kelsey Mills, Brian Cleare, Jason Edwards and Dionne Britton.

Strachan, 18, said he is hopeful that the camp will grow from year to year. He is a graduate of St. John’s College here in Nassau, and received a full four-year scholarship to Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, USA. Strachan will begin his tenure at Auburn in the spring of 2023.

Hield, Pacers walk it off against Lakers

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 Indiana Pacers guard Andrew Nembhard, second from right, celebrates with teammates after making a buzzer beating 3-point shot to win during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Los Angeles. The Pacers won 116-115. AP

Even on an off night, Bahamian professional basketball player with the Indiana Pacers Chavano ‘Buddy’ Hield is finding ways to have an impact for his team in a close game on the road.

The Pacers had an improbable and shocking comeback 116-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at Arena in Los Angeles, California, on Monday night, and Hield certainly did his part that lead to the dramatic conclusion. The Pacers became the first team in the National Basketball Association (NBA) this year to overcome a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and walked it off with a buzzer-beating three-point shot from rookie point guard Andrew Nembhard.

As for Hield, he finished with 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting on the night and was just 1-for-6 from three-point range. He had four key points in the fourth quarter, inclusive of two key free shots to pull them within four, 110-106, with 2:35 remaining, and a driving finger roll layup to pull them within one, 112-111, with 1:24 left on the clock.

Still, the Lakers were able to hold off the Pacers until Nembhard’s thrilling shot.

With the Pacers trailing by two, 115-113, Pacers’ starting point guard Tyrese Haliburton admitted he was looking for Hield in the waning seconds, but had to alter that plan after Lakers’ big man Anthony Davis charged hard in that direction. He spotted an open Nembhard beyond the three-point arc and decided to go in that direction. The decision certainly paid off as Nembhard buried the shot over a charging LeBron James.

Grand Bahama native Hield, who himself has two buzzer beaters in his career, was among a bevy of teammates who charged Nembhard afterwards in jubilant celebration. The Pacers, one of the surprise teams in the league this year, improved to a 12-8 win/loss record on the season – fourth in the Eastern Conference of the NBA, four and a half games behind the front-running Boston Celtics.

Haliburton, the league leader in assists at 11.3 per game, led the Pacers in scoring on Monday night. He scored 24 points and added 14 assists. Haliburton is nearly two assists per game ahead of the second-place person on the season’s top list, Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks at 9.4. 

On Monday, sensational rookie shooting guard Bennedict Mathurin came off the bench to score 23 and added eight rebounds, Aaron Nesmith dropped in 16 and Hield and Turner contributed 15 apiece for the Pacers. Turner also had 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Davis had an all-around game for the Lakers with 25 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four blocks. Russell Westbrook came off the bench to score 24 and added four rebounds and six assists, and James contributed 21 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Austin Reaves had 13 off the bench for the Lakers.

Hield, the starting two-guard of the Pacers, has been the subject of trade rumors again this season. One of the latest propositions is him and veteran Myles Turner going to the Lakers but that is rumored to have fallen though because of Indiana’s insistence on getting unprotected first-round picks in 2027 and 2029.

Hield, 29, is having another productive year, averaging 17.2 points on 42 percent shooting from the field. He is shooting 36.8 percent from distance and is tied for third in the league in made three-pointers at 71 for the season. Hield is also averaging 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a career-high 1.1 assists per game.

Hield has gone under double digits scoring just twice this season and has hit at least one three point shot in every game. However, he has struggled from that distance in his last two games, going just 2-for-15. His two previous games, he went 8-for-19 from three-point range.

Hield and the Pacers stay on the west coast as they take on the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, tonight. That game tips off at 10 p.m.

Bahamian boxing team wins six medals in Florida

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 A Bahamian national boxing team recently returned from the Sugar Bert Boxing WBC Tournament in Kissimmee, Florida, with six medals – two gold and four silver. Shown from left are Team Head Coach Jermaine Gibson, boxers Carl Hield, Keianno Greene, Keianno Cox, Anniah Powell and Elijah Smith, and Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF) President Vincent Strachan. BAHAMAS BOXING FEDERATION

A Bahamian national boxing team recently travelled to the Sugar Bert Boxing WBC (World Boxing Council) Tournament that was held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort & Conference Center Celebration Area in Kissimmee, Florida, and returned with six medals – two gold and four silver.

The team, which consisted of five members, including three from Grand Bahama, exceeded all expectations. Veteran amateur boxer Carl Hield led the way with a gold and a silver.

Winning gold for The Bahamas were middleweight Hield and heavyweight Keianno Greene and securing silver medals were Hield, junior lightweight Keianno Cox, welterweight Anniah Powell and super heavyweight Elijah Smith. The team was coached by Jermaine Gibson out of Freeport, Grand Bahama, and he was assisted by Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF) President Vincent Strachan.

Strachan said their appeal for funds from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture fell on deaf ears prior to travel.

“We got no assistance from the ministry. I asked that they use part of our annual grant that is outstanding from 2021-2022, but they simply said they have no money,” said Strachan. “No obstacles or setbacks will prevent us from moving forward. God is with us.”

Hield scored a victory over American Cameron Cleveland in his first match of the competition. He then went on to take down American Anthony Munoz in a knockout in the semifinals and Ryan Maine in the final.

In his gold medal match, 15-year-old Greene defeated American Edwin Delgado.

“The team performed above expectations,” said Strachan. “Carl Hield was the only senior member and he led by example. Most of the junior boxers had one fight or none prior to this event. First-time national team head coach Jermaine Gibson did a great job with the team and deserves all the credit,” added Strachan.

The team was originally made up of 25 boxers but that number had to be reduced to five due to a lack of funding received by the national federation. The tournament was canceled in each of the last two years because of the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a development tournament for all levels.