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Bahamas face Guadeloupe in beach soccer quarter-finals on Friday night
Bahamas face Guadeloupe in beach soccer quarter-finals on Friday night

February 24, 2017

THE Bahamas will put their perfect 3-0 winning record on the line on Friday night against Guadeloupe as the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship gets underway at the new Bahamas Beach Soccer facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier bridge...

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Registration Open for Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas
Registration Open for Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas

February 24, 2017

Registration is now open for the ninth annual Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (SIMB), to be held in 2018...

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LCIS Hosts Inaugural Invitational Swim Meet
LCIS Hosts Inaugural Invitational Swim Meet

February 23, 2017

Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) hosted its inaugural Invitational Swim Meet at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre on Saturday 18 January 2017. 287 young athletes participated in more than 50 races that included all four competitive strokes - freestyle, backstroke, breastroke and butterfly...

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Bahamas wrap up top spot with St. Fleur treble
Bahamas wrap up top spot with St. Fleur treble

February 23, 2017

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship hosts Bahamas wrapped up top spot in Group A with their third win of the tournament as Lesly St. Fleur’s hat-trick ensured a 3-2 win over Jamaica...

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The Bahamas beats Jamaica wins group

February 23, 2017

The Bahamas had its toughest match to date at the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships last night, but with a favorable spot in the quarter-finals on the line, the team came through to edge its regional rival.
The Bahamas outlasted Jamaica, 3-2, behind another hat-trick from Lesley St. Fleur, on a wet and soggy night at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge. With the win, The Bahamas moves into the quarter-finals as the top seed in Group A; Jamaica also qualified, finishing second behind The Bahamas in the group.
The match itself was intense throughout with the lead changing hands twice over the three periods, but it was a critical mistake by the Jamaican side which caused them the match. With about three minutes left in regulation, and the score knotted at two, Jamaican defender Daemion Benjamin picked up an interference call on an attempted bicycle kick from St. Fleur. St. Fleur was awarded the penalty shot, and drove one past Jamaican goalie Kirk Porter for the go-ahead goal. Strong defense in the final three minutes sealed the win for The Bahamas - its third of these CONCACAF Championships.
"It was very tough. We knew that the pitch was going to be hard and deep because of the rain, but we just had to improvise and play the kind of way we are used of playing," said St. Fleur. "We went in there with a mindset that we had to come out on top. Now, we are looking forward to the quarter-finals."
The Bahamas went ahead early in the game with a strike from top goal scorer St. Fleur at the 7:38 mark of the opening stanza. Jamaica momentarily pulled ahead with two goals in the second period - the first from Rohan Reid about 30 seconds into the quarter, and the second from Benjamin on a corner kick about seven minutes later. Bahamian goalie Ivan "Boogie" Rolle made an attempt to secure the ball on Benjamin's goal, but it bounced off his hands and into the back of the net.
The Bahamas answered with a beautiful one-on-one move from St. Fleur at the 2:14 mark of the second period. With exceptional footwork, the petite Bahamian striker sidestepped Jamaican midfielder Mitchily Waul and pushed a goal just under the outstretched hands of Porter. After a number of near misses from both teams, St. Fleur completed the scoring with his successful penalty shot at the 2:45 mark of the third and final period. St. Fleur, 27, ended their group stage play with eight goals scored - three against Guyana on opening night, two against Belize, and three against Jamaica last night.
"I'm not worried about the individual performance - it's a team game and a team effort," said St. Fleur. "We're through to the quarter-finals, and that's all that matters at this point. Beach soccer is a fun sport. Each team you play, it will get tougher and tougher. We just have to go out there with am mindset to have some fun, and just play."
The Bahamas will play the second place team from either Group B, Group C, or Group D, in the quarters on Friday. Their opponent depends on the draw tonight, but going into the fourth and final day of the group stage, it looks like it will either be Canada, Guadeloupe, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago or the United States.
"It really doesn't matter who we play next. We just have to come out prepared," said St. Fleur. "The goal is to get through the quarter-finals, then get through the semi-finals, and show The Bahamas that we are able to play beach soccer at a high level. We just have to go out there, play with pride and have some fun."
St. Fleur may be the top goal scorer for The Bahamas, and undoubtedly one of the top goal scorers in the entire tournament thus far, but the team couldn't have gotten to the quarters without strong defense from Nesley Jean and exceptional goal keeping from Rolle. To show how vital Jean's presence is, the brief moment he was out of the game at the start of the second period, Jamaica was able to score a equalizer.
"Defense is the key for us - that comes first, and it comes natural for me," said Jean last night. "I'm just happy that everyone is playing together, and I'm proud of the guys. It's always a rivalry with Jamaica and The Bahamas. Jamaica is a very good team, and they always come ready to play. I'm just glad that we came on to play tonight."
Team Bahamas has completed group play, is off today, and will play in the quarters on Friday. The semi-finals are set for Saturday, and the final is on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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Hugh Campbell action heats up at A.F. Adderley Gym

February 23, 2017

The Gateway Christian Academy Eagles out of Bimini got their first win at the Hugh Campbell Invitational in over five years on Wednesday, as they stunned the Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays, 41-40, in a come-from-behind fashion at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium.
Bradley Lightbourne poured in 20 points in the win for the Eagles. He also had 10 rebounds and four assists. Denzel Jones chipped in with 12 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Cavon Dames finished with six points and five rebounds.
"This is the first time we have participated in this tournament in a couple of years, so a win against a quality team, we'll definitely take it," said Eagles' Head Coach Gilbert Rolle. "We played a good game tonight. We were good on defense in this game, but we definitely can get better. We have a small team, so we need to be sound in the coming rounds when we take on some of the bigger teams."
The Eagles' defense forced the Blue Jays to commit 23 turnovers in the game, which they converted into 25 points. The Eagles, despite their lack of size, also managed to outscore the Blue Jays 18-10 in the paint.
Eight Mile Rock led by as much as 11 points in the first half, but couldn't capitalize down the stretch. They also struggled from behind the three-point line, shooting just 2-for-12 from long distance.
Delano Dean led the way for Eight Mile Rock with 18 points.
With the win, the Eagles move into today's winner's pool, while the Blue Jays will play out of the loser's bracket.
In the second game of the evening, the Jack Hayward Wildcats made quick work of Aquinas College. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 44-21 win.
Trimaine Ferguson led the way for the Wildcats with nine points and seven rebounds. Clevon Clarke had seven points and Jalen Hall and Dorrell Duncombe had five points apiece.
The Wildcats led by as many as 24 points in the second half. They outscored the Aces 22-14 in the paint and held them to just 20 percent shooting on the night.
Kriston Clarke led the way for the Aces with seven points.
Hugh Campbell action continues today at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium. Doors open at 9 a.m.

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IOC set to host corruption workshop in The Bahamas

February 23, 2017

With The Bahamas hosting a number of international sporting events this year, executive members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deemed it necessary to host a single-day workshop in The Bahamas regarding the importance of regulating corruption at the various competitions. The workshop is set for today at the Police Headquarters in New Providence.
According to Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) President Wellington Miller, an established council will meet with members from quite a number of the local sporting federations to ensure The Bahamas keeps its name clear of any sort of scandal.
"This meeting was just to ensure that all of the competitions that will be held here are fair," said Miller. "When the committee got a look at our sports calendar for this year they decided to drop in and do the workshop to ensure that none of the local athletes or federations take part in any sports betting, throwing matches or anything of that nature. It's easy for athletes and coaches to get sidetracked and fall into temptation, maybe taking some money to rig a competition, so we just want to ensure that we stay clean and away from scandal. It's just a precautionary measure at this point and we know that a lot comes with hosting as many events as we are set to host this year."
Some of the regional and international events that will take place before the summer include the CARIFTA Swimming Championships, the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Relays, the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships, the CARIFTA Water Polo Championships, and the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) Beach Soccer World Cup.
Following these events, The Bahamas will host the largest international multi-sport event ever to grace the country's shores in July - the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
In a recent interview, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson said that this year promises to be the most active in The Bahamas' history in terms of sports tourism events, as at least one international event is slated for each month.
"This business of sports is a seven trillion dollar industry, and we are in, so let's play ball," he said. "This is the most significant time in our sporting history. We have shown the world what we did with the world relays, we are going to show them what we can do with beach soccer, football and so on. We have for the first time year-round sporting activities."
A couple of sports tourism events set for the end of the year are the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl and the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

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Down Syndrome students kick it with the stars

February 23, 2017

A group of students from the Bahamas Down Syndrome Center got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, playing beach soccer with some of the top players from The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States on Tuesday.
A total of 17 children and adults afflicted with the genetic disorder attended the Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation Clinic at the new state-of-the-art Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility, and received one-on-one training from the soccer stars who are playing in this week's CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships.
With the help of the players, the students took turns shooting at the goal and learned some passing drills before playing a full game in the stadium. The oldest student, 48-year-old Sonya Davis, said she had the time of her life.
"It was awesome," she yelled excitedly after the hour-long session ended. "I scored nine goals."
Throughout the session, the students laughed and gave each other high fives when someone would successfully complete a task. Waydel Hepburn, 28, said she wants to become a soccer player. Her friend, Joy Turner, 48, shared the same goal.
"It was fun," said Hepburn, who scored several goals as well.
The younger students also enjoyed the activities and were all smiles as they interacted with the players who were equally as excited. President of The Bahamas Down Syndrome Association Cheryl Newell, said the opportunity to interact with the beach soccer players was good for the students.
"They had a great time. Just feeling important enough to be asked to come to something special like this and for people to take the time to embrace them and connect with them is great. I'm happy that they got to have some fun while getting a little exercise as well."
Newell said the group will be out at the stadium this week to cheer on Team Bahamas and all the other players who they played with on Tuesday.
Starting striker for Team Bahamas Lesley St. Fleur said he was grateful for the opportunity to work with the group.
"It's great to be there for the kids and show them some skills," St. Fleur said.
In Monday's game against Guyana, St. Fleur scored three of The Bahamas' four goals.
Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW) Head of Competitions Josep Ponset congratulated St. Fleur and other players who joined the community effort.
"The kids love it," he said. "We love to share with them what we love, beach soccer, but it is about more than just the game; it is about connecting with the community and leaving something behind when we leave; hope and inspiration."
The training session was organized and funded by BSWW with help from the Bahamas Football Association (BFA) and the Local Organizing Committee of the CONCACAF Championships.
The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships continue until Sunday February 26. Team Bahamas' schedule for the rest of the week will be determined on Thursday evening.

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Hosts Bahamas safely into quarters
Hosts Bahamas safely into quarters

February 22, 2017

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship hosts Bahamas are into the quarter-finals after their second win of the competition - a 3-0 victory over Belize on Tuesday. The home nation were winners against Guyana on Monday and followed that up with a solid success against Belize...

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The Bahamas shuts out Belize

February 22, 2017

Strong defense in a physical contest pushed The Bahamas to a 3-0 win over Belize last night, all but wrapping up a quarter-final appearance at the 2017 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships.
After enduring a 1-0 cushion for much of the game, Team Bahamas got two goals less than two minutes apart in the final stanza, securing the shutout victory. The team would have to be beaten emphatically by Jamaica tonight to be denied of a quarter-final appearance - which would be its second straight at the CONCACAF Championships.
Knowing what was at stake last night, the team's most prolific offensive weapon Lesley St. Fleur said that it was imperative that they gave a good showing against Belize. He netted two of The Bahamas' three goals last night, after scoring a hat-trick against Guyana the night before.
"We knew that it was going to be a physical game, and it was. We just went out there, stayed focussed, and played hard," he said. "We're at home so we have to come out and be as productive as we could. The main thing is to play hard and put on a good show for the country."
The regional qualifier for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is ongoing over at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge. The world cup, FIFA's (International Federation of Association Football) only global sporting event to ever be held in the Caribbean, is also set for The Bahamas, and will be held at the same venue from April 27 to May 7. The Bahamas qualifies for the world cup as the host country, no matter how they fare in this week's CONCACAF Championships. Be that as it may, defensive leader Nesley Jean said that they want to play as well as they can this week, and show the world what they are capable of. Jean was fantastic last night, aggressively confronting the Belizian attackers with his defense, thereby limiting their effectiveness. Behind his defensive prowess, The Bahamas has surrendered just one goal in two matches in this tournament.
"We came out here tonight to make a statement, and we feel that we were able to do that," said Jean. "We feel fabulous. We still have a long way to go, but each game we are learning and getting better. We just had to stay focussed and keep battling."
Jean said that they intend to be just as aggressive defensively against Jamaica tonight. That match is set for 8 p.m.
"We just have to prepare like we do everyday - we'll be ready. That's a very good team (Belize), very strong and very physical. We had to match their physical play. We did our best against them, and came out on top. It's still a learning experience for us, but we are getting better. We'll be ready for Jamaica," he said.
A win against Jamaica would confirm a spot in the quarter-finals for The Bahamas on Friday. The top two finishers from the CONCACAF Championships this week, other than The Bahamas, qualify for the world cup.
As for the game last night, St. Fleur got the scoring started for The Bahamas with a goal at the 7:34 mark of the second period. Gary Joseph gave The Bahamas an insurance goal at the 7:01 mark of the third period, and St. Fleur struck again less than two minutes later, at the 5:22 mark, to complete the scoring. Once again, Ivan "Boogie" Rolle was strong in goal for The Bahamas, turning back every shot that the Belizians directed his way.
"We came out here to win, and I'm happy that we were able to get it. I was happy to score," said Joseph. "We were leading, so coach just told us to slow the game down and stay relaxed. In the third period, we just decided to step it up. I know that Jamaica is coming strong, so it will be a tough game for us. We just need to stay focussed on what we have to do, and we will be okay."
St. Fleur is among the top scorers in the tournament. He now has five goals for The Bahamas - three on Monday, and two last night. It took him a while to get going this time, as he and Team Bahamas were shut out in the opening period, unlike Monday when St. Fleur scored twice in the first six minutes.
"That's the game of beach soccer. It took us a while to get in the groove of the game tonight," he said. "Our mindset was just to stay focussed and let the game come to us. We're very confident against Jamaica. Jamaica is a tough team, and they will play hard. They are going to bring their 'A' game, but we'll be ready."
St. Fleur, 27, plays professionally in Jamaica as a striker for Montego Bay United in the Jamaican Premier League. He's looking forward to the match against that nation tonight.
The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) is asking Bahamians from all walks of life to come to the park dressed in aqua colors tonight in support of Team Bahamas. A win against Jamaica tonight would ensure The Bahamas of an appearance in the tournament quarter-finals on Friday. The Bahamas is ranked at number five in CONCACAF, and is number 56 worldwide. Jamaica is at number nine in CONCACAF, and is number 70 worldwide.

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Knights, Cavaliers move into winner's bracket at Hugh Campbell

February 22, 2017

The C.R. Walker Knights and Mt. Carmel Cavaliers moved into the winner's bracket yesterday, as the 34th Annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic moved into day two at the A.F. Adderley gymnasium. The Knights turned back the Abaco Central High Marlins, 50-37, and the Cavaliers outlasted Clement Howell out of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 41-34.

Knights 50, Marlins 37
After a slow start, the Knights scored 23 unanswered points in the first half to surge ahead at the break and coast to the easy win. They fell behind 8-2 in the early going, but on the strength of that killer run, were ahead 25-8 at the break.
The visiting Marlins closed that gap to 33-21 at the end of three quarters, but the Knights picked up the intensity again at the start of the fourth quarter. They took their biggest lead at 45-25 midway through the fourth, and the Marlins never got back to within single digits.
Cormardo Seymour paced the Knights with a huge double-double - a game-high 15 points and a whopping 23 rebounds. Denneko Lightbourn helped out with 13 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Omar Rolle was their next-highest scorer with nine.
Alex Jeancius had a team-high 12 for the Marlins. He added five rebounds, five steals and two assists. Dremeko McIntosh added eight points and seven rebounds; and Ivan Curry Jr. scored six, and had three rebounds and three steals.
The Knights led 9-8 after the opening quarter, outscored the Marlins 16-0 in the second quarter to take a 25-8 lead into the break, and were still ahead 33-21 after three quarters. They were never challenged in the fourth.
The Knights will now go into the winner's bracket, and play the Temple Christian Suns tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Cavaliers 41, Clement Howell 34
This game was close for three and a half quarters, but the Cavaliers closed the game on a 9-2 scoring run to record the victory.
Preston Ferguson was spectacular with game-highs in points in rebounds. He had a huge 20-20 game with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Ferguson added two assists and two steals. He was only player in double figures in points and rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Eugene Neilly was their next highest scorer with nine points, and he added five steals. Michael Smith had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Wilkins Sylvain paced the visitors with 15 points, seven steals and three assists. Tyron Smith had eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Dion Gibson was huge on the boards for them, but disappeared offensively. He had 19 rebounds, but just six points.
The visiting Clement Howell team led 7-1 in the early going, and was ahead 9-3 after the opening quarter. They stretched that lead to double figures in the second quarter, but the Cavaliers pulled to within five, 19-14 at the break. By the end of the third quarter, the Cavaliers had pulled even at 25. On the strength of their run at the end of the game, they were able to hold off Clement Howell.
Both teams will play in the morning session on Thursday. Their opponents are yet to be decided. The Cavaliers will play the winner of the game between the Aquinas College Aces and the Jack Hayward High Wildcats, and the visiting Clement Howell team will play the loser of that game.
The five teams from Grand Bahama - Eight Mile Rock, Jack Hayward High, St. George's, Sunland and Tabernacle Baptist - will begin play today.

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Phenomenal opening night for CONCACAF Beach Soccer tourney

February 22, 2017

The CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships got off to a thrilling start in near perfect conditions, setting the stage for what is predicted to be a phenomenal tournament in The Bahamas.
The tournament, which is being broadcast in more than 125 countries, will determine which two countries from the Caribbean, North and Central America will qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017. The event set for April 27 to May 7, will be the first FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) global sporting event to be held in the Caribbean. The Bahamas qualifies as the host nation.
Tournament officials say beach soccer fans around the world are buzzing about the amazing stadium and high-energy CONCACAF tournament in The
Bahamas. They can just imagine what the world cup will be like.
Both tournaments are being held at the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer Facility at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge.
"The first day has been amazing," said Beach Soccer Worldwide Head of Competition Josep Ponset. "The sand is great as well as the stands. In terms of organization, The Bahamas did a really good job to put in place this great event. In terms of television, there are around 127 countries that are watching this great event, so I think that's a very good promotion for The Bahamas and for Nassau. I think that this is well organized and we were very pleased by the amount of people that came out on a Monday night. We expect more people as the days go on and of course we expect a full stadium. This will be phenomenal."
To add to the excitement of the CONCACAF tournament, Team Bahamas won its first match against Guyana in front of an excited home crowd. Bahamians cheered and waved their flags as the home team scored goal after goal in the final game of the night. The Bahamas defeated Guyana, 4-1.
The tournament is being held at a newly constructed state-of-the-art stadium, which is attracting much positive attention, locally and globally.
The first match saw Canada and Barbados trading leads. However, once Canada took the lead for a second time, there was no looking back. Canada won with six goals while Barbados scored four. The second teams to face off in the sand were the United States of America and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The United States scored eight goals to the U.S. Virgin Islands' one. Up next was Mexico against Guadeloupe. Mexico won, 9-2.
In the game featuring Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago was victorious, winning 8-1. The most exciting game of the night was arguably between Jamaica and Belize. Tied at five goals apiece, the game went into overtime then into a penalty shoot-out. In the end, Belize outscored Jamaica to win the game, 6-5. Jamaican fans were also out in full force.
The final game featuring The Bahamas and Guyana was played under a cloudless sky, against the backdrop of screaming fans.

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Bahamas Beach Soccer Foundation hosts Bahamas Down Syndrome Association

February 21, 2017

Some awesome photos from today's beach soccer clinic. Beach Soccer World Wide's Beach Soccer Foundation hosted 15 students from the Bahamas Down Syndrome Centre this morning.

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Lillehammer 2016 celebrate one-year-on successes while athletes set sights on PyeongChang 2018
Lillehammer 2016 celebrate one-year-on successes while athletes set sights on PyeongChang 2018

February 21, 2017

One year ago today on 21 February 2016, the flame of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lillehammer 2016 was extinguished after 10 days of competition, but the city, nation and participants...

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Phenomenal Opening for Concacaf Tournament

February 21, 2017

Bahamas beach soccer team beats Guyana in feature match
...The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships got off to a thrilling start in near perfect conditions, setting the stage for what is predicted to be a phenomenal tournament in The Bahamas...

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Host Bahamas put on a show in Nassau
Host Bahamas put on a show in Nassau

February 21, 2017

CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship hosts Bahamas were 4-1 winners against Guyana in their opening game of the competition on Monday. The home nation sit top of Group A after the opening round of matches and had a Lesley St. Fleur...

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Big beginning for The Bahamas

February 21, 2017

It didn't take long for The Bahamas to get going in the 2017 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Beach Soccer Championships, which is currently underway at the Bahamas Football Association's (BFA) National Beach Soccer Stadium at the foot of the Sir Sidney Poitier Bridge.
Team Bahamas got two goals from its top playmaker Lesley St. Fleur in the opening stanza, and two more in the third period, to turn back Guyana, 4-1, in front of its home crowd on Monday night. In total, St. Fleur netted a hat trick for The Bahamas, two goals coming off acrobatic bicycle kicks and the other on a penalty shot. Kyle Williams completed the scoring for The Bahamas, dropping in a goal with a header with about four minutes left in the contest.
Guyana Team Captain Deshawn Joseph scored the only goal for them, pushing one past Bahamian goalie Ivan Rolle midway through the third and final period.
"The main thing is to get ready for the world cup. Tonight, we had to come out focused and put on a good performance and that's what we did," said St. Fleur. "There is a lot of pressure on me as a team leader and there is a lot of pressure on this team. I'm just glad that we were able to come out here and execute."
The CONCACAF Championships serve as the region's qualifier for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, which is also set for The Bahamas, April 27 to May 7, at the same venue. The Bahamas qualifies as the host nation, and two additional teams from the CONCACAF region will go through. The CONCACAF Championships is FIFA's (International Federation of Association Football) penultimate qualifier for the world cup.
"We want to show the world that we deserve to be in the world cup and that we're not just there because of being the host," said Team Bahamas goalie Ivan Rolle after their victory over Guyana last night. "Tonight, we wanted to come out here and follow the game plan that coach had drawn up for us. We did that and came out with the win."
St. Fleur is the country's top goal scorer internationally, in both grass and beach soccer. He scored The Bahamas' first goal last night, netting a bicycle kick past Guyanese goalie Ethan Sparman about four to five minutes into the contest. At the 6:35 mark of the opening period, he gave The Bahamas a two-goal lead with a successful penalty kick.
"Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and play the same way we played tonight, and come out with the win again," said St. Fleur.
The petite St. Fleur scored The Bahamas' third goal on a bicycle kick at the 10:08 mark of the third period. After Guyana got on the scoreboard with a goal from Joseph at the 6:07 mark of the third period, Williams completed the scoring with a late goal. Rolle was fantastic in goal for The Bahamas, turning back a number of shots on the night.
"It hasn't set in yet for us, but this is a monumental occasion. The stadium is fantastic and it's a joy to play in it here at home," said goalkeeper Rolle. "It was a great turnout tonight. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. We just want you guys to keep on supporting us," he added.
After months of training, workout sessions, and a number of exhibition matches in Europe and South America, the moment is at hand for Team Bahamas. The 12 guys representing the country want to prove to the world that they are capable of qualifying for the world cup, and having good representation once there. Team Bahamas is coached by Brazilian Alexandre Soares, is ranked number five in CONCACAF, and number 56 worldwide. Guyana is unranked and is making its first appearance at the CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships.
Team Bahamas will play Belize at 8 p.m. tonight and will tangle with Jamaica at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

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'Buddy' traded to the Sacramento Kings

February 21, 2017

"Buddy Buckets" is on his way to Sacramento!
Pending league approval and a successful physical, Bahamian Chavano "Buddy" Hield will suit up for the Sacramento Kings in the immediate future. Hield along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and the Pelicans' 2017 first and second-round draft picks were traded to the Kings late Sunday evening for the oft-disruptive, but very talented, DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi. The 2017 first-rounder is top-three protected, and the Kings are expected to waive veteran Matt Barnes to make room on the roster to complete the trade.
Hield, a 23-year-old 6"4" two-guard, was taken with the sixth overall pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in June's NBA Draft. He is perceived to be one of the rising stars in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and validated that perception with an explosive game in the BBVA Bank Rising Stars Game during the NBA's All-Star Weekend. In a game that featured the top rookie and sophomore players in the NBA on Friday, Hield struck for 28 points to help Team World knock off Team USA, 150-141. He shot 11-for-22 from the floor, but was only 3-for-12 from distance.
"It was a lot of fun," Hield was quoted as saying after game. "It means a lot to play in New Orleans. Everybody is embracing it, the atmosphere and us. I just wanted to go out and give the fans something good to watch."
Now, the Freeport native is moving to the west coast. Hield and the Kings will host the Denver Nuggets at the Golden 1 Center this Thursday.
With just over 20 games remaining in the regular season, Hield was hopeful that he would have a strong finish for the Pelicans. Now, he will have to do it in a Kings' uniform.
He is averaging 8.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists for the season, but saw his production go up once he was inserted into the starting line-up in December. As a starter in 37 games this season, Hield poured in 9.2 points, and had 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He also shot 39.9 percent from the field and 42 percent from distance, compared to 37.7 and 26.6 as a reserve. Overall, he is shooting 39.2 from the field and 36.9 from behind the three-point line.
The question is, will Hield be good enough to crack Head Coach Dave Joerger's starting line-up in Sacramento? Third-year guard Ben McLemore is entrenched as the starter in Sacramento and is averaging 6.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. He is shooting 41.2 from the floor and 37 percent from three-point land.
As for the Kings, they are very much alive in the playoff race, just a game and a half out of the final playoff position, but in putting Barnes on waivers and dealing Cousins, they have apparently taken the approach of rebuilding their squad from the ground up. How Hield fits into their plans remains to be seen.
The Kings are currently ninth in the NBA's Western Conference with a 24-33 win/loss record. The Pelicans are just a game behind them with a 23-34 record, but now have one of the best big men combinations in the league with Cousins and Anthony Davis. They have a very good point guard as well in the person of Jrue Holiday and will undoubtedly make a strong push for the playoffs now. Cousins, a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time member of the All-NBA Second Team, is a free agent after the 2018 season, but the Pelicans are "confident" they can re-sign him, according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne. He is averaging 27.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season and is a likely double-double each night. Together, Cousins and Davis will form one of the most formidable frontcourts in the NBA. They are just 26 and 23 years old respectively.
Meanwhile, it's a new beginning for Bahamian Chavano "Buddy" Hield.

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C.V. turns back St. Anne's on opening day of Hugh Campbell

February 21, 2017

A pair of two-point victories highlighted the opening session of the 34th Annual Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic at the A.F. Adderley Gymnasium yesterday afternoon.
In the opener, the Temple Christian Suns turned back the Akhepran International Academy Mighty Scarabs, 55-53, and following that, the C.V. Bethel Stingrays turned back the St. Anne's Blue Waves, 52-50.
For the Stingrays, Head Coach Kevin Edgecombe said that it was imperative that they got off to a good start. He wasn't overly impressed with their performance yesterday, but was glad that they picked up the win in their first taste of action in the double-elimination tournament.
"Our guys are playing better, but they are still a little bit inconsistent," said Edgecombe. "We have to find a way to get them to gel better. We had some good spurts today, and we had bad spurts as well. It appears that when they listen, we make progress. When they don't, we have problems. As long as these guys continue to listen, we will continue to win."
The Stingrays led by double-digits at one point, but had to hold off a furious Blue Waves rally in the second half. The game was tied at 13 after the opening quarter, but the Stingrays surged ahead, 29-20, at the half. The Blue Waves cut into that lead, but still trailed 39-37 after three quarters. They stayed within striking distance in the fourth, but couldn't pull ahead and fell short at the end.
After the Stingrays missed a pair of free shots in the final few seconds of the game, the Blue Waves couldn't get a timeout and a half-court heave at the buzzer fell short.
Ray McDonald scored almost half of the Stingrays' points. He poured in a game-high 25 for them. Dante Sturrup had seven points and four assists, and Jesse Delancy scored six and had three rebounds.
Aaron Jordan paced the Blue Waves with 18 points and four rebounds. Aston Knowles scored a dozen, had five rebounds and four assists, and Dauran Marshall dropped in eight points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Both senior boys teams failed to make the playoffs in their respective leagues - the Blue Waves in the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) and the Stingrays in the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA).
"We've said to the guys that GSSSA is behind us, and it's time to focus on something new," said Edgecombe. "This is a new beginning for us. We've started this tournament on a high note. Hopefully, we could continue it. It's very important to get that first win under your belt. We accomplished that today, and now we are looking forward to an excellent tournament."
The Stingrays will now move on to play the Sunland Baptist Stingers on Wednesday at 7 p.m., and the Blue Waves will go into the loser's bracket and play Thursday night.
The five teams from Grand Bahama - Eight Mile Rock, Jack Hayward High, St. George's, Sunland and Tabernacle Baptist - will begin play on Wednesday.

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BTC acted as the title sponsor of the BAISS Championships

February 21, 2017

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) came on board as the title sponsor of the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) Track and Field Championships last week.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Leon Williams said: "We are proud to be the title sponsor for the BTC BAISS Track and Field Championships. Sports continues to be one of the key ways that we invest in the future of The Bahamas."
BTC has been title sponsor to many key sporting events including CARIFTA, the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Relays, the high school nationals, flag football events and many others. The company also provides endorsement contracts to a number of athletic super stars such as Olympic gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo.
The company is the first quad play provider in The Bahamas, offering a full complement of landline, internet, mobile and television services allowing customers to stay connected throughout The Bahamas. BTC supports a wide range of culture, youth, education and sporting initiatives, including Junkanoo, Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, the IAAF World Relays and CARIFTA.

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