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Haiti emerged the highest rated country from the Caribbean in both male and female categories based on the final 2016 ranking by soccer’s governing body FIFA announced last month. Among the men, the French-speaking nation was ranked 73 and was one of only five Caribbean nations to make it into the top 100. The others were Jamaica (77), Trinidad and Tobago (78), St. Kitts and Nevis (80) and Antigua and Barbuda (93).
Jamaica’s senior men’s soccer team will play two friendly international games in the United States next month - one against the host nation, the other versus Honduras. The Reggae Boyz will first face the U.S. on Feb. 3 at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Their second match will be against Honduras on Feb. 16 at BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas.
Barbadian-born captain Jason Holder is starting to deliver impressive performances on the field as he attempts to lead the West Indies back to the pinnacle of the cricket and solidify his claim for a place in the side. Holder gained significantly in the international rankings coming out of the Tri-Nations Series of one-day internationals (ODI) in Zimbabwe last month, despite his side’s failure to reach the final. The 25-year-old jumped nine spots to 15th in the ODI bowlers’ rankings, following his nine-wicket haul in four matches during the tournament.
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Jan. 13, 2017: Here are some of the major stories making headlines in Caribbean sports scene this week: Jamaican-born triple Olympian Usain Bolt is among the contenders again for this year’s Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award. The winners, as voted for by members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, will be revealed in Monaco on February 14. Bolt, already a three-time Laureus winner, faces competition this year from 5k and 10k Olympic champion Mo Farah, basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James, besides Bolt, soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis star Andy Murray, following a ballot by the world’s media.
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