ST. THOMAS - The U.S. Virgin Islands showed what's possible on Sunday with a win in the first leg of World Cup qualifying against a formidable Caribbean foe.
But Barbados, after calling on its most decorated player, showed how far the USVI still has to go on Thursday in the return match.
With Emmerson Boyce patrolling the midfield and setting a physical tone, Barbados responded with a 4-0 thrashing of the Dashing Eagles at the Addelita Cancryn grounds on St. Thomas, eliminating the USVI from contention for the 2018 World Cup.
ST. THOMAS - Sixty-two yachts from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe cast off today in the 42nd St. Thomas International Regatta.
Up for grabs is the prestigious prize of a TAG Heuer Aquaracer Caribbean Limited Edition watch awarded to the skippers of the yachts that win each of the regatta's eight classes.
Two of the STIR's eight classes - the one-design Melges 32s and IC-24s - are forecast to be among the most competitive and most exciting.
ST. THOMAS - The Julius E. Sprauve School boys basketball team won the Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation elementary basketball championship.
Julius E. Sprauve School of St. John held off New Testament 32-20, on their way to its second title in three years in the championship game for the league, which was held at Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School.
"We were planning for Bertha C. Boschulte but New Testament took them out," JESS coach Clarence Stephenson. "We have three players that have been a part of the past championship team and this one means a lot to us. Calvary (Baptist) got us last year in the finals, but it is great to be back on top."
The U.S. Virgin Islands took sixth place in a 16-team International Tennis Federation pre-qualifying World Junior Tennis competition, which wrapped up Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The team of Alec Kuipers, Russell Armstrong and Nayan Bansal from St. Croix competed.
"This is the highest the V.I. has ever placed in this or any ITF team event," said Bill McComb, president of the V.I. Tennis Association, in a press release.
ST. THOMAS - The U.S. Virgin Islands national soccer team plays host to Barbados today in a Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football World Cup qualifier match.
The match, which is at 3:30 p.m. at the Addelita Cancryn grounds, is the second leg of a first round aggregate score series between the teams.
The USVI won the opening match 1-0 on Sunday at Barbados on a Jamie Browne goal in the 16th minute.
The Central High School Caribs boys varsity basketball team won the series opener on Wednesday.
But they may have lost their starting point guard.
Rakeem Richardson went down with an injury during the first overtime in a 66-61 double-overtime win for his team against archrival Educational Complex.
The game was the first of a best-of-three series and was hosted by the top-seeded Caribs.
Central can wrap up the St. Croix Interscholastic Athletic Association championship with a win at 5 p.m. Friday at Complex. If the Barracudas win that game, the teams will play again at 6 p.m. Saturday in a series-deciding, winner-take-all finale.