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Commentary: March Madness - and then there's the women of UConn

March 31, 2017
Commentary: March Madness - and then there's the women of UConn Organizers hype the annual NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament as “March Madness.” They do so to exploit “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” inherent in low-seeded (aka Cinderella) teams upsetting top-seeded ones -- often with buzzer-beating hail marys. Except that this year’s...

Cleveland Cavaliers are 2015-2016 NBA champions

June 21, 2016
Cleveland Cavaliers are 2015-2016 NBA champions WILLEMSTAD Curacao -- The first team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in National Basketball Association history, the Cleveland Cavaliers were led by a triple-double performance by Akron’s very own son, Lebron James. The city of Cleveland four years ago was at zero but on Sunday night they...

MVP title stolen in an arena full of eye witnesses

June 20, 2015
MVP title stolen in an arena full of eye witnesses WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Call the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security; this is a matter of national security, call President Obama to issue an executive order... Call Interpol, call the voodoo priest, call the Chinese witch doctor, call Jerry Springer, call Fidel Castro, call Sylvester Stallone, Rambo and the Expendables!

Warriors disarm and overthrow the king and king's men; the kingdom has fallen

June 18, 2015
Warriors disarm and overthrow the king and king's men; the kingdom has fallen WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Warriors won the opening tip off and quickly dropped behind by a handful, but by the end of the first quarter Cleveland was down by 13 points with 9 turnovers. Cleveland started off the second quarter with the "Russian Mason" Mozgov building a house from three blocks...

Is Curacao 'King James' territory?

June 16, 2015
Is Curacao 'King James' territory? WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- His Royal Highness King Willem-Alexander ("The Great") is the supreme monarch of the autonomous glorious land of Curacao, but a battle is in the offing as another king approaches from the northeast, looking to take over the small Dutch Caribbean islands by his sheer will...

Basketballer recalls Grenada, Iraq experiences

November 21, 2014
Basketballer recalls Grenada, Iraq experiences ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Nigel Byam, a Grenadian-American, has been deployed to the Middle East – Bahrain and Iraq. And, no, he’s been there not as a member of the US Armed Forces; but as a professional basketball player. Byam, 27, is now pursuing his pro career in Ireland.

Commentary: Coach Phil Jackson on Michael vs Kobe

May 31, 2013
Commentary: Coach Phil Jackson on Michael vs Kobe One can be forgiven for thinking that a comparison between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant as basketball players has merit if it’s being offered by the most successful coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson. But such comparisons are good for nothing more than stirring up argument among friends.

Sports Commentary: The New York Knicks lost a series they should have won

May 20, 2013
Sports Commentary: The New York Knicks lost a series they should have won When I first arrived in the United States 35 years ago, I was introduced to a sport I knew very little about called basketball. In all my life living in Belize the only two sports I played when I was growing up was football -- what the Americans call “soccer” -- and cricket. I played football so much that many times in my life it...

Commentary: NBA player comes out as gay. Great. But courageous...?

May 3, 2013
Commentary: NBA player comes out as gay. Great. But courageous...? Ex-Baltimore Ravens and gay rights activist Brendon Ayanbadejo has been stoking media interest in recent weeks with his efforts to have four closeted NFL players come out at the same time. Well, one NBA player, Jason Collins, just stole their thunder by becoming the...

St Kitts player among NBA draft prospects

April 25, 2012
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Kittitian NCAA Division 1 college basketball and former SKABA Junior star player Shamile Jeffers has been listed among NBA draft prospects by a number of online NBA draft centres including cbssports.com and draftexpress.com.

Cuban coaches to help Trinidad athletes

October 13, 2011
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Starting this month, nine coaches from Cuba will be employed in Trinidad and Tobago, on contract, for a period of two years.  The expertise is being shared as part of a bilateral agreement between the two countries.

UN expert urges changed focus for 1.3 million Haiti quake survivors still in camps

October 21, 2010
UN expert urges changed focus for 1.3 million Haiti quake survivors still in camps UNITED NATIONS -- With 1.3 million people still living in spontaneously formed camps nine months after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti, a United Nations expert on Tuesday called for a shift in the focus of humanitarian operations.

Dominican Republic defeats USVI in battle for bronze medal

August 3, 2010
MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico (MCT) -- As the final buzzer sounded, US Virgin Islands senior men's basketball coach Milton Barnes could do nothing but shake his head. The third time would not be the charm for the USVI as it surrendered a fourth-quarter lead and fell to the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic rallies to defeat USVI men's hoops team

July 29, 2010
QUEBRADILLAS, Puerto Rico (MCT) -- The US Virgin Islands senior men's basketball team put on a scoring display Monday to open the Central American and Caribbean Games, but it fell short in the fourth quarter.

Rosado helps Puerto Rico win gold

July 28, 2010
MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico (MCT) -- IPFW's Stephanie Rosado continued her stellar summer on the basketball court recently, as the center helped Puerto Rico win a gold medal at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Commentary: Lebron abandons Cleveland for Miami

July 23, 2010
Commentary: Lebron abandons Cleveland for Miami When Julius “Dr J” Erving was in his prime, we thought he was the most entertaining player in the history of the NBA and that there would never be another one like him again. Then along came Michael Jordan, and we thought the same about him.

USVI women rout St Vincent, move to medal round

July 23, 2010
ST THOMAS, USVI (MCT) -- What a difference a week makes.After stumbling to a 2-3 record at the Centrobasket tournament, that same US Virgin Islands senior women's basketball team picked up its second win in three days.

USVI women fall to Puerto Rico in CAC Games hoops

July 22, 2010
ST THOMAS, USVI (MCT) -- Yanique Javois once again led the USVI women's senior national basketball team in scoring with 20 points, but it was not enough as they lost to the home team Puerto Rico, 82-55.

USVI women defeat Trinidad in CAC opener

July 21, 2010
ST THOMAS, USVI (MCT) -- The US Virgin Islands women's national basketball team shot well from the field as they opened their bid for a medal at the 2010 Caribbean and Central American Games with a 71-59 win over Trinidad.

 

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