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GB Minister Congratulates WNBA Player Jonquel Jones on "Exceptional" Season

September 18, 2017

Congratulating Grand Bahamian Pro Basketball Player Jonquel Jones on completing a record-breaking and “most impressive basketball season with the WNBA,” Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson in a statement issued on Saturday remarked that a combination of perseverance...

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Evans in lead role with the Longhorns

September 18, 2017

Although the University of Texas Longhorns women's swimming and diving team lost one of its best swimmers in Madison Cox to graduation this summer, the team is still a top 10 ranked team in the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) preseason polls, and Joanna Evans is one of the key reasons why. The Longhorns are ranked No. 5 nationally.
Cox was one of the top individual performers at the 2017 NCAA Championships in March, racking up 45 points for the Longhorns. She also was a key contributor in the relays, helping Texas to score in four of the women's relays. Now that she's gone, a lot of the scoring load will now fall on Evans' shoulders. Although they did not compete in the same events, Evans will be counted on to score a lot of individual points while also helping out wit...

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Fairell signs with ADA Blois Basket 41 of French Pro B League

September 18, 2017

After spending last season with SPO Rouen Basket of the French Pro B League, Bahamian professional basketball player Jonathan Fairell has elected to take his talents to ADA Blois Basket 41, also of the French Pro B League. Fairell signed a deal with the team this summer, and as per usual, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The French Pro B League is the second-highest professional division in France, and this season marks Blois' second year in the league.
Duran International represents Fairell, who averaged a team-high 14.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season in 34 games for Rouen.
Despite his efforts, Rouen finished the season 11th overall in the league standings with a 16-17 win/loss record and missed out on making it to the league playoffs. ADA B...

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To start or not to start

September 15, 2017

In less than two weeks, second year player Chavano 'Buddy' Hield will begin his first full training camp with the Sacramento Kings.
Camp begins on Tuesday, September 26, just ahead of the start of the National Basketball Association (NBA) preseason.
Hield was able to put together a solid run to close out last season, increasing his numbers across the board after being traded away from the New Orleans Pelicans in the Demarcus Cousins deal.
Despite his improved performance, it is still not a foregone conclusion that Hield will begin the 2017-18 season as the Kings' starting shooting guard. According to Kings Correspondent Sean Fitzpatrick yesterday, it's expected that veteran guard Garrett Temple will fill the starting role early in the season. However, there were several reports earlier in ...

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Sun moving forward with 'JJ' and Ogwumike

September 15, 2017

Behind second-year post player Jonquel "JJ" Jones, the Connecticut Sun put together one of its best seasons in recent years. The Sun finished fourth overall in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) standings and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Sun Head Coach Curt Miller was named as the WNBA Coach of the Year, and Jones set the single-season record for rebounding average (11.9) and total rebounds (403). She was also tabbed as the league's Most Improved Player. Jones was also the Sun's best scorer at 15.4 points per game.
While the Grand Bahama native's success on the court was a breath of fresh air for the Sun, it now puts the Sun in a tough situation this offseason. Jones took over the starting center spot after veteran center Chiney Ogwumike suffered ...

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McMinns, Axemen look to keep win streak going

September 15, 2017

Eugene McMinns and the Acadia Axeman look to extend their win streak today when they take on Saint Mary's University on the road.
The Axemen looked impressive in their last two games, winning both convincingly to remain undefeated with a 2-0 win/loss record on the season. Against St. Francis Xavier University on Saturday, the Axemen mustered up a late surge to pull away late in the game and score a 38-24 win. McMinns came up big down the stretch in the game. With Acadia up 24-17 after three quarters, McMinns added another touchdown to the list with a 94-yard punt return for a score.
Trailing 31-17, the St. Francis Xavier X-Men fought their way back into the game as Dylan Fisher scored a one-yard rushing touchdown with 6:19 left. However, the Axemen responded quickly, getting a scoring play...

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Teams begin quest for spots in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl

September 15, 2017

The race is on for participation in the 2017 Bahamas Bowl - the fourth edition of the event, set for Friday December 22, once again at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, starting at 12:30 p.m. It will be broadcasted live on ESPN.
The two participants - selected from among bowl-eligible teams in Conference USA (C-USA) and the Mid-American Conference (MAC) - will be announced by the bowl, ESPN Events and conference partners once finalized.
The third week of the collegiate football season gets underway this weekend. Some of the games that could have a bearing on what happens in The Bahamas in December including Louisiana Tech visiting Western Kentucky University (WKU) in a rematch of the 2016 Conference USA Championship Game, Middle Tennessee visiting Minnesota in a game that is a reuni...

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IOC elects former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to head its Ethics Commission
IOC elects former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to head its Ethics Commission

September 14, 2017

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) elected a new Chair, and elected or re-elected four members of its Ethics Commission during the IOC Session today, following a proposal by its Executive Board in July.

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Seymour honored for breakout season

September 14, 2017

East Tennessee State University (ETSU) honored sprint hurdler Katrina Seymour on Tuesday for her performance on the track in her final collegiate season.
Seymour, a graduated senior, received the David E. Walker Most Valuable Athlete Award, as well as certificates for breaking the school record in the 400 meter (m) hurdles with a 56.32 mark in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Region preliminary. Seymour, who served as a 2017 team captain, also set a new school record in the indoor 400m dash with a 54.70 time.
"Each September, we present six special awards to recognize the accomplishments of our athletes from the previous year," said ETSU Director of Track and Field George Watts. "Last year, we had athletes win conference championships, set ETSU school and Southern C...

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Young, Canadians win Northwest League title

September 14, 2017

Chavez Young brought the crowd to its feet with a heroic catch in the ninth inning on Tuesday night to help the Vancouver Canadians beat the Eugene Emaralds 2-1 to win the best-of-five Northwest League title in four games.
Logan Warmoth hit a single out to right field to plate a pair with two outs in the fifth inning and gave Vancouver, the Toronto Blue Jays' short-season single-A farm club, a 2-1 lead. Warmoth's single was just one of two hits recorded by Vancouver on the night.
The Emeralds scored its only run of the night in the fourth inning when Michal Cruz drilled a home run to right field off Vancouver relief pitcher Zack Logue. With the game heating up in the ninth, Young made what was possibly the play of the game when he flipped over the fence in foul territory to grab a Jhonny B...

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Stuart records most steals in Eastern League

September 14, 2017

Champ Stuart finished his baseball season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies as the Eastern League's leader in steals.
Stuart wrapped up his fifth season in the minor leagues over the weekend. This year, he had 35 stolen bases, six more than second place Zachary Coppola, from the Reading Fightin Phils. He recorded his last stolen base of the season on August 31, in 5-4 win over the Erie Seawolves. In a recent interview, Stuart detailed his base stealing process, which has made him the top stealer in Double A ball.
"The first step is to get to the bag, make eye contact with your coach, and anticipate the game, and read the pitcher," he said. "It starts from in the clubhouse because you have to do your homework on him. Next, I take my lead, which is basically a step and a dive back. ...

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Boyce still a 2020 Olympic hopeful

September 13, 2017

Ahead of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games that were held in New Providence in July, local boxing pioneer Ray Minus Jr. predicted that up-and-coming amateur boxer Lennox Boyce would make a deep run at the games and potentially score a medal for The Bahamas.
Unfortunately for Boyce -- the only Bahamian boxer to compete at the games -- he suffered a split decision loss in the second round to Brian Galelemogwe, from Botswana. According to Minus, who is Boyce's personal coach, he thinks inexperience played a key factor in the loss, and that although Boyce was eliminated early, he was never outmatched or overwhelmed at any point in the match.
"It is just one of those things you go through as an up-and-coming fighter from a small country like The Bahamas," said Minus. "What happened was he came ...

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L. Garth Wright Boxing Tournament will go on

September 13, 2017

Despite the recent passing of Hurricane Irma, the Championship Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) has decided to go forward with its plans to host the 24th annual L. Garth Wright Sr. Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament on Saturday at the Wulff Road Boxing Square at 7 p.m. The main event will feature Levardo Cornish vs. Alistair Deane.
The event will also showcase a matchup between Elroy Rolle vs. Odell Armbrister. Other top ranked fighters on the eight-bout card include 2020 Olympic hopeful Lennox Boyce and Reggie Daniag.
"In the wake of all that has gone on in The Bahamas over the last week and a half or so, we felt motivated to continue with our plans to host the show," said Minus. "We hope that the matches can help to lighten the mood in New Providence right now. We want people to be able t...

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The Bahamas Archery Federation Takes Aim at The Olympic BJOAD program launched to develop National Youth Team
The Bahamas Archery Federation Takes Aim at The Olympic BJOAD program launched to develop National Youth Team

September 13, 2017

Interest in archery has been growing in The Bahamas recently, as more and more people experience the excitement, challenge and joy of the sport, and The Bahamas Archery Federation has stepped up the game with the launch of the Bahamas Junior Olympic Archery Development Program...

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IOC sets up USD 1 million emergency fund to help hurricane-affected Caribbean NOCs
IOC sets up USD 1 million emergency fund to help hurricane-affected Caribbean NOCs

September 12, 2017

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expressed its sympathy to the people affected by the recent hurricane in the Caribbean.

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Bennet Davis headed back to Hungary

September 12, 2017

After three seasons in France, splitting time between Chartres Metropole, Saint-Chamond Basket and Sorgues Avignon Pontet Vaucluse (SAP Vaucluse), Bahamian professional basketball player Bennet Davis is back in Hungary, looking to revive his career.
The journeyman forward from Freeport, Grand Bahama, has had a lengthy professional career, playing on a dozen teams in 10 countries over a 10-year span. Now at 33, Davis is looking forward to another stint in Hungary. He will suit up with MAFC Budapest in the Hungarian Basketball League in Budapest, Hungary. MAFC Budapest finished near the bottom of the league last season, and hasn't won a league title since 1975, but the club is hopeful that Davis could be the catalyst behind a resurgence this upcoming season.
The new season for MAFC Budapest ...

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Bahamian collegiate football players get wins, losses with their teams

September 12, 2017

While Bahamian Mavin Saunders and the Florida State Seminoles men's football team had a couple games on their schedule altered as a result of the wrath of Hurricane Irma, the other Bahamian playing National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football and his team got their first loss. Other Bahamian collegiate football players and their teams recorded wins, while Michael Bullard and Peru State College suffered a loss.
Chris Ferguson, a 6'5" 288-pound offensive lineman, is still waiting to get some actual game time for the Cincinnati Bearcats, particularly with this being his junior season. They were blasted by the number eight team in the country on Saturday.
Ferguson and the Bearcats suffered their first loss of the season, losing 36-14 to Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolv...

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Richardson launches Project Limestone aims to inspire the youth

September 12, 2017

For student-athletes looking to further their education and take their skills on the baseball field to the next level, retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player Antoan Richardson has launched a new, non-profit organization called Project Limestone. It has been designed to help athletes maximize their opportunities.
Richardson and several former Bahamian student-athletes are hosting the program with the intention of empowering young athletes to beat the odds that come along with being from a small country, and to dispose of improbabilities.
"My team and I believe that we have the resources, networks, understanding and desire to assist them (student-athletes) in holding on to their dreams, but also in seeing those dreams come true," said Richardson. "Next is the sporting division of the org...

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International Committee September 11, 2017 IOC September 11, 2017 IOC publishes Evaluation...
International Committee September 11, 2017 IOC September 11, 2017 IOC publishes Evaluation...

September 11, 2017

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today released the report of the Evaluation Commission 2028, which was tasked with analysing Los Angeles’ proposal after the city announced its intention to become a candidate for the Olympic Games 2028 on 31 July...

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