Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 D'Cup clash! - Manchester tackle Dinthill in rural area semis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/D-Cup-clash-_19240706 CLARENDON PARK, Clarendon — Semi-final action in the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup competition will get underway today when the wounded Manchester High tackle Dinthill Technical at Juici Park in Clarendon. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Who will 'pick' three? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Who-will--pick--three_19240601 THE second leg of the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Two Year Old series, the Pick 3 Challenge Trophy over seven furlongs, has attracted nine of the best juveniles currently in training. The Pick 3 Challenge Trophy is listed as the tenth of 11 races at Caymanas Park tomorrow. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Windies arrive in Brisbane for tough Aussie assignment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-arrive-in-Brisbane-for-tough-Aussie-assignment_19240656 BRISBANE, Australia (CMC) — West Indies made a quiet arrival in the picturesque east coast city here yesterday to begin preparation for their three-Test series against Australia staring next month. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Damani Cain thinks he's able to reach US, French Open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Damani-Cain-thinks-he-s-able-to-reach-US--French-Open_19240157 HE might not reach the level of his idol Novak Djokovic, but Jamaica's promising lawn tennis player Damani Cain has his eyes on the US and French Open championships. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Steadman likes his chances in Pick 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Steadman-likes-his-chances-in-Pick-3-_19240603 LEADING apprentice Linton Steadman is confident of his chances going into tomorrow's Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy at Caymanas Park. Steadman rides the Wayne DaCosta-trained Future King in the Graded Stakes event, the second leg in the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Two-Year-Old Series which is scheduled to be run over 1,400 metres. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT FLASHBACK 2014: Alacrann wins Pick 3 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Alacrann-wins-Pick-3-_19240605 ON his way to claiming the crown of champion two-year-old of 2014, the Anthony Nunes-trained Alacrann scored an emphatic victory in the Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy race. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT A crystal clear SVL Diamond Mile http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/A-crystal-clear-SVL-Diamond-Mile_19240607 ONE of the conditions of the inaugural running of the Supreme Ventures Limited-sponsored Diamond Mile is for veterinary checks to be done on all horses competing in the race scheduled for December 5. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT J'can boxer Bell gunned down in robbery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/J-can-boxer-Bell-gunned-down-in-robbery_19240654 GEORGIA, United States (CMC) — Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion, Jamaican O'Neil Bell, was shot dead here early Wednesday during a robbery, Atlanta police have confirmed. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT New champions in UWI Pelican Volleyball Invitational http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/New-champions-in-UWI-Pelican-Volleyball-Invitational_19240659 TWO new champions were crowned following some riveting final-day action on Sunday in the 10th UWI Pelican Volleyball Invitational tournament held inside the Gymnasium at the UWI Bowl, Mona. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Reflections on the road to triumph for U-17 Girlz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Reflections-on-the-road-to-triumph-for-U-17-Girlz_19240708 WITH the Caribbean round of qualifiers now left in their rear view, Jamaica's Under-17 Reggae Girlz are now on the road to the CONCACAF stage to be held in Grenada in March. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Scorpions set for practice on Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Scorpions-set-for-practice-on-Saturday KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Scorpions on Saturday are set to have their first official training session since returning to the island from their trip to Trinidad & Tobago where they defeated the hosts Red Force. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:50:57 GMT JC, STGC face-off in Manning Cup final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JC--STGC-face-off-in-Manning-Cup-final KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica College (JC) will put their ISSA/ Flow Manning Cup title on the line when they take on St George's College (STGC) in Saturday's final at Sabina Park, starting at 5:00 pm. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:56:11 GMT Special Olympics Jamaica begins training for Austria 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Special-Olympics-Jamaica-begins-training-for-Austria-2017 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) athletes have already started preparation for the World Winter Games, scheduled for Austria in March 2017. Local News Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:57:33 GMT What They Say! Odane Marshall - Racehorse Groom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/What-They-Say---ODANE-MARSHALL_19240600 When did you start your career as a groom? Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: RAGING PROSPECT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/PHOTO--RAGING-PROSPECT_19240619 Raging Prospect with O'Brien White in the saddle winning at the Overnight Allowance on Saturday last over 1820 metres in preparation for the Diamond Mile on Saturday December 5. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Jamaica ping-pong celebrates 70 years with series of activities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-ping-pong-celebrates-70-years-with-series-of-activities_19239484 FORMER national table tennis champion and national representative Keith Evans, along with former national representative Hector Bennett, will join a host of top players from overseas to participate in this year's Table Tennis Jamaica 70th Celebratory Anniversary Table Tennis Classic to be held at the Excelsior High School Auditorium on December 19. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT PHOTO: On target http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/On-target_19240260 Captain of the Hillel Academy Zachary Chen (centre) proudly collects the Digicel Cup from sponsorship executive at Digicel, Andrew Brown, after his school retained their 2015 Inter-School Clay Challenge title at the Jamaica Skeet Club on Sunday. Also pictured is reigning Miss Jamaica Universe, Sharlene Radlein. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Horses prepare for Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Horses-prepare-for-Supreme-Ventures-Diamond-Mile-_19240597 As the first running of the Diamond Mile gets closer and closer, trainers and grooms are busy preparing their horses for the ultimate test of speed, class and stamina. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Following the SVL Diamond Mile contenders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Following-the-SVL-Diamond-Mile-contenders_19240608 As part of its coverage of the Supreme Ventures Diamond Mile, the Complete Racing Guide looks at five horses who will participate in the richest race on the calendar on December 5. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Charley's JB Rum fuels KSAFA leagues http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Charley-s-JB-Rum-fuels-KSAFA-leagues_19240653 Twenty-seven clubs will participate in both competitions -- 12 in the Super League and 15 in the Major League. The competitions will run for seven months ending in May 2016. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Top St Elizabeth student athletes for St Alban's 5K http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Top-St-Elizabeth-student-athletes-for-St-Alban-s-5K_19240709 MALVERN, St Elizabeth -- Student athletes from Bethlehem Teachers College as well as leading high schools are expected to participate in the inaugural St Alban's Primary and Infant School's 5K Race for Education which takes place here tomorrow. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Simmons, Sammy come up short but Riders win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Simmons--Sammy-come-up-short-but-Riders-win_19240687 MIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC) — Both West Indies players Lendl Simmons and Darren Sammy failed, but their Rangpur Riders won their second-straight game when they beat Sylhet Super Stars by six runs in a low-scoring contest here yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT MVP Grassroots Athletics Clinic comes to a close http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MVP-Grassroots-Athletics-Clinic-comes-to-a-close_19240639 THE staging of another series of the Digicel MVP Grassroot Athletics Clinic came to a successful close last Saturday at the GC Foster Sport College in S Catherine. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT St Catherine KO kicks off today with double-header http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Catherine-KO-kicks-off-today-with-double-header-_19240704 SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine — The St Catherine FA/Happy Sutherland Knockout (KO) competition gets underway today with a double-header at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT Quartet secure Champions League progress as United sweat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Quartet-secure-Champions-League-progress-as-United-sweat_19240519 PARIS, France (AFP) — Last season's beaten finalists Juventus joined Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Atletico Madrid and Benfica in clinching qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League with one round of group games to spare yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 27 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT