Sports Briefs: Jamaica rugby, Chris Gayle and Darren Mattocks


Jamaica Makes Rugby World Cup history

Jamaica will be in the Rugby World Cup for the first time in history.

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The Jamaican men’s rugby team will now compete at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco, USA. The team made the final cut after winning their Rugby Americas North Sevens Championship titles.

Jamaica’s men scored a last-minute match-winner to see off the threat of pre-tournament favorites Guyana in the final and snatch an historic 28-24 victory.

In addition to playing at RWC Sevens 2018, the Jamaicans also

qualified for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Sports Organization (CACSO) Games, Commonwealth Games and the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier in Hong Kong next April.

Bajan Surfer Forced to settle for silver

 Barbados-born surfer Chelsea Tuach was forced to settle for silver in the  XIII Pan American Surf Games in Lima, Peru on the weekend.

Tuach scored more points than her Argentine opponent, Ornela Pellizzari, collecting 14 points but saw that score cut in half after the judges penalized her for interference.

“At the start of the heat, I had priority for the wave and took off. Meanwhile, the Argentine surfer paddled around me and dropped in on the inside. In surfing this is called ‘snaking’ and is not legal. But the judges called the interference on me,” explained Tuach.

The 22-year-old said while she is disappointed, the prognosis is good for surfing on the island and she hopes more athletes will take up the sports.

Darren Mattocks, Chris Gayle, CFU


DC United Welcomes a Reggae Boyz


DC United of Major League Soccer (MLS), has signed Jamaica Reggae Boyz player, Darren Mattocks.

Mattocks, of Portmore Jamaica, was traded by the Portland Timbers in exchange for a 2018 International slot. The 27-year-old has made 24 appearances last season for the Portland Timbers, scoring four goals and recording two assists.

“We are thrilled to add an attacking player who unbalances opposing defenses with his speed, willingness to get into dangerous areas, and ability to score goals,” Dave Kasper, United’s general manager, said. “Darren is coming off a great year with impactful performances for

Portland and for Jamaica, helping them reach the Gold Cup final. We believe Darren’s best football is ahead of him as he enters the prime of his career, and we welcome him to the Black-and-Red.”

Mattocks started his MLS career with the Vancouver Whitecaps who drafted him second overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. After scoring seven goals in his rookie season, Mattocks topped the 2012 MLS Top 24 Under 24 list. He appeared in 93 games, scored 19 goals and recorded six assists in five seasons with the Whitecaps and made history by scoring the first MLS Cup Playoff goal for the 2011 expansion team against the Los Angeles Galaxy on November 1, 2012.

On the international stage, Mattocks made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in a 2-0 win against El Salvador in an international friendly on Aug. 16, 2012. He has scored 14 goals in 42 appearances for Jamaica and most recently appeared in all six of their Gold Cup 2017 games including the final against the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Jamaican Chris Gayle Reaches 20th T20 century

 Jamaican-born, West Indies cricketer, Chris Gayle, is back on top – reaching his record-breaking 20th T20 century.

Gayle struck a record 18 sixes and five fours for his unbeaten 146 that came off just 69 balls to catapult the Rangpur Riders to an emphatic 57-run victory over the defending champions Dhaka Dynamites and the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League title on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.

Gayle’s new score means he has past his own record of 17 sixes, during his unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL.

CFU hopes to restore credibility

The Caribbean Football Union, (CFU), says it is working hard to restore its credibility.

President Randy Harris, who replaced Antiguan Gordon Derrick who was banned for six years by football’s world governing body, FIFA, after being found guilty of bribery and conflict of interest charges, told Barbados Today recently that that organization is “working towards ensuring that their credibility would be what it once was.”

CFU oversees 31 Caribbean associations and are a subset of CONCACAF, which also embraces governance for the likes of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central American nations.

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