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HOLLAND - Half of the Netherlands’ top 16 tennis players have been approached by match fixers, according to an investigation by the Algemeen Dagblad. In 2015, a government investigation said that only 4% of Dutch players had been offered money to lose a game.

The AD spoke to 14 of the 16 players in the world top 1,000 players, of whom seven said they had been approached. ‘Match fixing 100% happens,’ tennis pro Scott Griekspoor told the newspaper.

Dutch Tennis Federation spokesman Robert Jan Schumacher said that the ‘remarkably high number’ of match fixings is shocking. Bribery occurs not just at the sport’s elite level, but at lower levels too, where the financial rewards may be more alluring to a player. ‘For some players it’s a tempting choice,’ world number 777 player Paul Monteban told the AD.

‘Will I win a doubles tournament for tens or hundreds of euros, or will I sell a match for €5,000?’ Old news Earlier this year, Dutch number one player Robin Haasse dismissed reports by the BBC and Buzzfeed about systemic match-fixing in the sport as ‘old news’ and ‘more gossip than fact’.

‘I could just as well say that I’ve dated Queen Máxima. Anyone can claim things,’ he told NOP Radio 2. Haasse’s statements contradict claims he made in 2014, when he told the Volkskrant: ‘I know for sure that match-fixing happens on the ATP Tour, just as tennis is not a drug-free sport.’

The Tennis Integrity Unit, which polices the sport internationally for abuses, is currently investigating three matches reported to it by the Dutch Tennis Federation. The players involved – Thiemo De Bakker, Antal van der Duim, and Boy Westerhof – deny any involvement.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Renowned Barbadian cricket journalist, Tony Cozier, has died.

The 75-year-old, who has been the voice of West Indies cricket for nearly five decades, passed away Wednesday morning at the Bayview Hospital where he had been hospitalised for the last few days.

He leaves to mourn wife Jillian and children, Natalie and Craig.

Cozier’s outstanding career coincided with the halcyon days of West Indies cricket during the 1970s and 1980s, and he continued to chronicle the regional team’s fortunes over the last few decades of their decline.

Cozier was the editor of the West Indies Cricket Annual and was also a senior editor of leading local newspaper, the Nation.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten - The Caribbean Eagles Motorcycle Club in collaboration with the K1 Britannia Foundation held a fun event for 28 foster kids of I Can and New Start Foundation where they were treated to accompanied rides on a Harley Davidson by club members.

The 2 hour event held this past Sunday May 8th at Princess Port de Plaisance was the idea of the Caribbean Eagles motorcycle Club. "The club's aim is to help where ever they can and this idea was a way to do so while seeing the happy faces of the kids" said President Ms. Jane Therond.

Checkmate Security provided free transportation to over 20 kids from I Can Foundation, making sure they got to take part in the event.

As the kids arrived they saw 11 different Harley Davidson bikes parked of which 3 were borrowed bikes from Super Bikes NV rental fleet to accommodate the event. Sixteen club members were present to either ride or just experience the day with the kids. Drinks and food were provided by the club.

At first the kids were nervous to be the first set to go for a ride but that quickly wore off as they got more comfortable with the members. They started picking their favorites bikes and members and went on multiple rides until time ran out. The kids could be seen spreading their arms wide, having their hands behind their back as they felt at ease, felt freedom and was having fun. Smiles and laughs were present throughout the event by club members and kids alike.

The K1 Britannia Foundation would like to say a special thank you to Ms. Jane Therond, president of Caribbean Eagles and her club, Princess Port de Plaisance for allowing the use of their facilities and Checkmate Security for providing transportation and being a part of giving these kids an experience they would never forget. If you are looking for ways to give back to the foster kids, contact the foundation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HOLLAND - PSV Eindhoven have clinched the Eredivisie title in the last day of league competition after Ajax of Amsterdam could manage no more than a draw against De Graafschap.

Ajax and PSV were both on 81 points going into Sunday’s matches but Ajax was assumed to have the title in the bag as they met De Graafschap, second bottom of the Eredivisie and in the relegation zone.

But Ajax could manage no more than a 1-1 draw and PSV beat PEC Zwolle 1-3, prolonging the Eindhoven side’s Eredivisie title for a second year. ‘Hardly anyone thought we would do it, but the best titles are won on the last day of competition,’ PSV’s coach Philip Cocu said.

The win means PSV will qualify automatically for next season’s Champions League, while Ajax will have to go through qualification rounds.

This year’s KNVB cup was won by Feyenoord, leaving the Amsterdammers without a major trophy this season.


There was disappointment for Amsterdam too on the hockey pitch, as Eindhoven side Oranje Zwart took the men’s title 3-1 in the third of the best of three final.


GREAT BAY, St. MartinThe United Volleyball Club (UVC) is gearing up for its annual “summer camp,” said club coordinator Dr. Rhoda Arrindell. 

UVC members will be among those attending the camp and at least one will serve as a camp leader for the participants, ages eight to 18. “This year UVC member Yadiska van Putten will get her first chance to work as a volleyball camp leader for younger participants,” said Arrindell, herself a former volleyball player. The sports camp takes place in August just before the new school year.

Volleyball players and parents and guardians of children interested in playing volleyball can start registering for the camp at Tel. 520-1136, said Arrindell. 

Yadiska, 17, is an example of the teenagers coached by the UVC over the years. “Yadiska trains with UVC three times a week. Once a month she receives intense training with UVC chief trainer Patricio Bridgewater. On top of that, she has recently started training with the youth volleyball selection,” said Arrindell.

“Without compromising any of her trainings, Yadiska took part in the teen queen pageant of St. Maarten Carnival 2016, and won the Miss Amity, Miss Community Spirit, Best Cultural Wear, Best Interview/Debate, and the Crystal Pineapple Award for best speech,” said Arrindell.

When asked about her other interests, Yadiska said, “I would like to work with educating toddlers because they’re at the stage of beginning to speak and understand.”

One of the highlights of the UVC training camp in August is that the club will host the visiting Colorado College women’s volleyball team. “For Yadiska, this will be a great opportunity because she intends to go to college in Denver and play volleyball for a college team,” said Arrindell. 

Do sports and education make a winning combination for young people? “Yadiska managed her accomplishments this year while maintaining her grades as a HAVO 4 student at MPC high school,” said Dr. Arrindell, who is also an author and a leading St. Martin educator and linguist.

“Generally speaking the students and UVC, and if I may add, students in other sports organizations that are really trying hard to make a difference, are confirming the view that participation in sports helps students to become better representatives of their community both on and off the court or field,” said the UVC coordinator.

“Over the two years as a member of UVC, Yadiska has exhibited all the values of UVC and the UVC motto that volleyball and education are a winning combination,” said Dr. Arrindell. 

Photo caption:Yadiska van Putten, volleyball player, Crystal Pineapple Award speech competition winner, MPC student. (photo courtesy UVC)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association in Collaboration with Lab Sports Academy:

Date: Monday April 25, 2016

NOTICE: To whom it concerns.

The St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association will be hosting on Saturday

May 28th 2016.

The SECOND Annual Interscholastic SUB WAY - Track & Field Competition for Elementary schools.

DATE: MAY 28th2016.

Time : 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.


Invitation goes out to all Elementary schools.

Sister Borgia. Sister Magda. Sister Regina. Sister Marie Laurance. St. Jozeph. Learning Unlimited. Leonard Connor. Seven day Adventist. St. Dominique. Orange School. Martin Luther King School. Methodist agogic Center 1 & 2.. Montessori. C,I.A. Genevieve de wever. Ruby Labega School. Ace Foundation. Hillside Christian school 1 & 2,          C. Leopold Bell School and Learning unlimited.  

For signing up please contact the St. Maarten Amateur Athletics Association.

Mr. Les Brown Coordinator.

PROGRAM: May 28th 2016:

Rules & Regulations.

All schools can sign up 16 Students:

  • 4under 13 Boys & 4 under 13 Girls team. (Ages 11/12). 4 under 11 Boys & 4 Under 11Girls ages (9/10) total of 16 students.
  • All athletes will compete on an individual basis and also as school team.
  • All athletes will compete in a total of five events & one team relay.
  • All participants will receive a result card of all events one competes in.
  • All Students will receive at the end of the competition a certificate with individual results.
  • Overall individual winners Male & Female of both categories will receive trophies.
  • Winning school will also receive a trophy.
  • Events of competition:

Group Under 13:   80 meters sprint – Long jump – Ball throw – Shot put – 1000meters. & Group relay.

  • Group Under 11:   50 Meters sprint – Long jump – Ball Throw – Shot put – 600 meters. & Group Relay.

All Groups must compete in school colors.

All groups should be accompanied by Parents and or school representative.

All groups and representative will receive free sandwiches and drinks.

All teams must confirm their participation by May 25th 2016.

Winning school will represent Country St, Maarten in 2016 regional school Championship.

All groups must be on time: 30 Min before start of event.

  • Ball throw base ball to be used.
  • Shot put 9/10 - 1kg.
  • Shot put 11/12 – 3Kg.

Listing: School: ----------------------------------------------------------------

Names Students:   Group – 9/10 - 11/12.




Sign: Representative, ………………………………………….. .

CONTACT Persons:

St. Maarten Amateur Athletic Association.

Mountain Dove Raod 27 Pointblanch

E Mail Les8brown@Yahoo,com.

Tel: 721 5879089 – 721 5279089.


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Local martial arts instructor, Melissa Bardfield just returned from Boston where she taught two women's only Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes as fundraisers for Rosie’s Place.

Over $900 cash and a large amount of clothing and food were donated to Rosie's Place. Rosie’s Place is a shelter for women, founded in 1974. Their mission is to provide a safe environment for poor and homeless women in the Boston area.

Bardfield received her black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from Renzo Gracie in New York City and is the head instructor at Renzo Gracie St. Maarten in Cole Bay.

Women’s only martial arts classes are growing rapidly in popularity across the USA. What was formally seen as a male dominated sport is changing. The celebrity status of female martial artists like Ronda Rousey has inspired many women to take up martial arts. Bardfield encourages women to take up martial arts and feel empowered.
SXM BJJ is pleased to offer a women’s only kickboxing class on Saturdays from 8-9AM. The class will cover the proper techniques of Muay Thai Kickboxing but without the aggressive and often intimidating sparring. It is excellent not only for coordination and skill it is also a fat burning cardio workout. The class is taught by Akeem Lewis, a Muay Thai specialist and long time student of Sensei Marco London.
The first class will be held Saturday May 7thfrom 8-9AM and SXM BJJ is offering a special promotion price of $5 to those who pre-register by emailingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on martial arts classes for women, contact 721 580 3894.

SIMPSON BAY – On May 2nd Co-Director of National institute of Arts Arlene Halley and dancers Dashaun Prince, Jeremiah David, Keona Inguenaud, Kiara Vanterpool, and Naomi Warsop left for France to join NIA teacher Peggy Oulerich and Team mates Lian Borsje and Zoe van Zadelhoff for the National Confederation de Danse, in Dijon France.

“I would like to congratulate the Directors, Teachers, parents and especially the students on this accomplishment,” said Minister of Culture Silveria Jacobs. Minister Jacobs also encouraged the dance team to strive for gold in France.

The trip was made possible through generous donations from the private sector and the Government of Sint Maarten, Department of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. NIA would like to extend profound gratitude to GEBE, Sint Maarten Development Fund, Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA), Dow Musical Foundation, Henderson Insurance, Marlene Mingo, Seven Seas Water Corp., Meredith Boekhoudt, Norman and Sue Wathey, Island Gems, Ministry of Education, Culture Youth and Sports Affairs and Travel planners for lending their financial support. Getting to this point was not an easy task. Beginning with St. Barths, the dancers and their parents worked diligently to raise donations close to $10,000. 00 of the total $28,000.00 dollars needed to compete in both the Regionals in St. Barths and at the National level in France.

The Minister of Culture also expressed that, ”Sint Maarten is proud of you as Ambassadors of dance representing our Country in Europe and The Government of Sint Maarten is very happy that its contribution was key in making the trip possible.”

In total 7 students qualified to compete in the National Competition In France. The competition will take place on May 4th to 7th in Dijon France. NIA students will be competing in the 4-day event that features over 2500 entries from French Federation. Judged by international Dance professionals, Carl Portal in modern contemporary, Oliver Coste in Classical Ballet and Bruno Vandelli in Jazz.

NIA students were awarded to following prizes in March during the competition in St. Barths.

10 gold medals, 1 silver, 1 bronze, 7 students qualified for the National competition In France

Please find under the results of all the categories:

Contemporary solo category 3:   Lian Borsje, Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Contemporary duet category 2:   Lian Borsje & Zoe van Zadelhoff, Gold medal-1st Prize National Level

Mandatory Jazz solo category 2:   Zoe van Zadelhoff, Gold medal-1st Prize National Level

Contemporary Group Category 2: Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Naomi Janelle Warsop, Dashaun Prince, Jeremiah David, Kiara Vanterpool, Lian Borsje

Ballet mandatory solo category 1:   Zoe van Zadelhoff, Gold Medal, 1st Prize National Level

Jazz mandatory category 2:   Jeremiah David, Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Other style category preparatory:   Keona Inguenaud, Gold Medal-1st Prize National Level

Ballet mandatory on pointe category Moyen 2: Lian Borsje, Gold Medal

Other style Group category 2: Gold Medal

Naomi Warsop, Ray- Angel Boasman, Dashaun Prince, Kiara Vanterpool

Contemporary duet category preparatory: Lia - Sofyiah Lake and Keona Inguenaud, Gold Medal

Other style solo category 2:   Jeremiah David, Silver Medal

Ballet mandatory solo category preparatory:   Jasentha James, Bronze Medal

NIA extends hearty congratulations to the Team of Teachers Peggy Oulerich, Eolia Ada, Arlene Halley and Clara Reyes for preparing the dancers for the competitions.


SXMNBA Single Elimination Knockout
Date: Sunday May 15th- 26th 2016
Location: L. B. Scott Sports Auditorium
Deadline for registration Thursday May 12th 2016
3 Divisions: 21 and under - 21 and over - Veteran’s 38 and over
Minimum 8 players per team Maximum 12
S10 Signup fee per player
Mini SXMNBA Season
Date Monday July 4th- Oct 30th 2016
Location: L. B. Scott Sports Auditorium
Deadline for registration Monday June 27th 2016
3 Divisions: 21 and under - 21 and over - Veteran’s 38 and over
Minimum 8 players per team Maximum 12
$250 Signup fee per team
For more information and to register a team you can call or WhatsApp: +1(721)520-2151 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or FACEBOOK


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The LAB SPORTS ACADEMY will be hosting the 11th Annual LIEVENSE Interscholastic Youth Tennis Tournament on May 27th – 28th & 29TH 2016.

It will be staged at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex Tennis Pavilion.

See format below.

  • Round Robin Format Boys / Girls.
  • Categories: Beginners - Under 10 – Under 13 – Under 15 and Open Class.

  • Invited Guest: Anguilla – Frenchside – American Tennis Club. Poort d’ Plaisance – Simpsonbay tennis school and St. Maarten Tennis Club.

For additional Info: Call Mr. Les Brown @ Phone 5879089 - 5279089


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