FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique--Jamaica's Reggae Boyz were dethroned as champions of the Caribbean when they went down 1-2 to minnows Curacao in the final of the Scotiabank CFU Men's Caribbean Cup at the Stade Pierre Aliker.

PHILIPSBURG--Seasoned Bodybuilder Desmond Patterson, will be competing for the third time in the 15th Annual Sport World Classic Bodybuilding, Fitness & Body Fitness Invitational Championship to be held in Trinidad today, Saturday, June 24. 
  In the previous competitions he placed respectively third and second in the Heavyweight category. This time he is going for the win and feels very confident of his chances.
   "He has something to prove in Trinidad," St. Maarten Body Building and Fitness Association (SMBBFA) President Martina Rodney-Jones said quoting Desmond and adding, as the saying goes, “the third time is a charm".
  “Desmond has been concentrating on gaining the mass this year but at the same time keeping his physique tight and hard,” Rodney-Jones explained. “He has been prepping from the beginning of the year and staying true to his diet and it is very obvious in his picture that he is being very successful in achieving this.
  “He is going to be having a very busy year,” she added as he will also be competing in the upcoming BFASM Invitational, which is to be held next week on July 1, 2017 where he is hoping to have that overall win under his belt.  “Last year he placed second in that competition.”
   During the period August 4 -6, 2017, Desmond will be travelling to Aruba along with other SMBFFA athletes to compete at the Ben Weider Classic.
  “This competition is an opportunity for all International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) athletes to try to attain that elusive Pro Card that so many are trying to win and Desmond is very confident of his chances,” Rodney Jones continued. “He is always telling me "By the Grace of God Martina I will get it".
  “This is going to be a very big show as athletes all over the world, once under the IFBB, can compete. If unsuccessful, which we hope is not the case, then he will have one more opportunity at the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding & Fitness Championship which will be held in Mexico from September 28 to October 1, 2017.
  “One of Desmond's greatest desires is to join the ranks of a "Pro" along with the only three other Bodybuilding and Fitness Pro Athletes in St. Maarten; namely Allison Williams, Alvin Andre and Yoly Hawley.
  “As he told me he is not getting any younger and his body is getting tired so this year he is giving it his all.  He stated that it is time for him to start stepping aside and let the young ones take over but he will still be willing to share his knowledge and wisdom and contribute back to the sport in any way he possibly can.
  “The St. Maarten Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (SMBBFA) wishes Desmond all the best in Trinidad and we are all rooting for him as well as his family, fans, sponsors and supporters and wish him much success as well in his future competitions,” concluded Rodney-Jones

MARIGOT—Local boat Yellow Whip took the early lead in the 20th St. Martin Billfish Tournament on Thursday after weighing in a 451lb Blue Marlin and recording one release. Theirs was the only Marlin to make it to the weigh station.
  Former tournament winner Yellow Whip will have scored 751 points in the provisional results taking into account 300 points for a release. Other boats that had releases included one for Indigo, two for Ruckus, one for Rum & Coke, and two for Habalo although it wasn’t clear by press time if they had a Blue or a White release.
  “I would say the fishing was slow and the weather was rough,” Stephan Petit who was the angler on board Yellow Whip reported. “But we managed to find one. The bite turned on around 9:00am. A few boats released fish and then we got one after everyone else. Then around 3:15 pm we hooked onto this one. It was very lively and took about two hours to get into the boat.”
  24 boats are contesting the tournament this year.
  One boat, Pinche Slow Pay, from St. Kitts with a crew from Texas hooked up two Marlin at the same time which resulted in them breaking two lines when they had a minute of fishing time left.
  “That was disappointing but we still have another two days of fishing to go,” said Captain Leandro Quirosz. “We actually live in St. Kitts as our wives go to medical school there. We bought this 35ft Contender at the Miami Boat Show last year. It took 10 days to drive it all the way here, over 1,507 miles, via Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, and then crossing the Mona Passage.”
   Bottle Neck Blowing Stars and the Johnny Guy Band provided the musical entertainment in the Billfish Village. Tonight Friday will see the Jolly Boys performing, King Timo, Albert Connor, Mr. Ruffy and the Band Pure, featuring King James and Miss Sassy. The Pedrin Pacheco band takes to the stage at 9:00pm.
  Don’t miss the Caribbean Flavours food festival this evening and Saturday. Each day some eight stands will be featuring the delicious local cuisine of St. Martin’s finest cooks.
  Fishing continues today with boats returning to the Marina Fort Louis dock at around 5:30pm.

PHILIPSBURG—Alvin Andre earned his Body Building Pro Card in 2011 at the Central American and Caribbean Championship in El Salvador.  While he wanted to compete with the new card at the pro level, he had work to do.

SIMPSON BAY--Kidz at Sea Foundation helmed by Garth Steyn  won the third annual Lagoonies Regatta. The regatta was sailed in winds that varied from drifting to more than stiff with directions varying substantially from Cole Bay to Marigot. The teams sailed thirteen races in seven boats.

Past president of the St. Maarten Pool Players Federation visited the R.H. Pool Club’s weekly Sunday tournament at the 8/9 Pool Bar in Sucker garden.

MULLET BAY--The team of Bill Olliver and Rourke Henderson won the St. Maarten Golf Association’s annual Two-person Summer Scramble at the Course in Mullet Bay. The pair shot 83 Gross and after adjustment for their handicap ended the round on 53.

FIU reliever Franklin Van Gurp, who started playing youth baseball  on St. Maarten, was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the 25th round of the 2017 MLB Draft on Wednesday afternoon.

MONTREAL--A late Anthony Jackson-Hamel goal gave Octavio Zambrano a win in his first game in charge of Canada, courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Curaçao.

NAGICO won the St. Maarten Little League Senior Division Championship at the Ballpark on Pond Island Monday. NAGICO swept GEBE in the best of three series in two games. NAGICO won the first game Saturday 15-5 and returned Monday to win the championship 11-7.

GEBE is in first place of the St. Maarten Pro Softball Association Company Tournament after the first weekend of play. GEBE went 3-0 at John Cooper Jose Lake Sr. Ballpark in Cul de Sac.

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