WORLD junior silver medallist Kadecia Baird clinched an IAAF World Championships qualifying time in the women’s 200m last weekend when she competed for her college Texas A & M at the Roadrunner Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.Finishing in 23.03 seconds, the US-based Baird slides in just under the 23.10-seconds qualifying time for World Championships. However, that time was not enough for her to place in the race where she finished sixth overall.Churning in an even more impressive performance was Baird’s teammate, and Guyana national record holder, Brenessa Thompson, who finished second overall in the race with a wind-assisted time of 22.59 seconds.However a +2.7 wind robbed Thompson’s time of any validation as an IAAF qualifying time. The 20-year-old, who holds the 22.99 seconds record, will still have a lot of opportunities as the season continues, as will Baird.“This weekend was really great for me despite having a wind on my back. It’s still the beginning of the season and I have enough time to qualify,” Thompson told Chronicle Sport.
After being suspended for two games by the Pirates, reportedly for an altercation with a team employee, reliever Keone Kela returned to the clubhouse Wednesday. He did not, however, provide any sort of clarity about the situation.Ahead of the Pirates’ contest vs. the Cardinals, Kela told reporters he didn’t know why he’d been disciplined. Uh, what?Keone Kela on the accuracy of the report that he got into it with team employee Hector Morales: “I wouldn’t say it’s not true. I wouldn’t say it’s fact.”— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) July 24, 2019The Pirates are now “more than willing” to trade Kela before the July 31 deadline, according to The Athletic. They’re 46-54 and potentially on the verge of a rebuild, so exchanging a disgruntled reliever for prospects would make sense.Maybe we’ll figure out what happened with Kela behind the scenes if he’s sent to another organization. “I’ve been told as much as you guys have seen on Twitter,” he said.Actual words spoken by #Pirates Keone Kela, when asked about incident that led to his suspension: “What happened? Nothing happened.”Why was he suspended?Kela: “I don’t know. I’ve been told as much as you guys have seen on twitter.”Ok, then.— Rob Biertempfel (@RobBiertempfel) July 24, 2019MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)Kela was explicitly asked if he’d gotten into an exchange with a Pirates staff member.He replied: “I wouldn’t say it’s not true. I wouldn’t say it’s fact.”