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 Impasse threatens franchise system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Impasse-threatens-franchise-system-_17772992 The impasse between players and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), which led to regional cricketers controversially pulling out of the tour of India, has created some doubt over the execution of the new professional franchise system, set to be rolled out next month. Local Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT WICB members must be mature and responsible — Heaven http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WICB-members-must-be-mature-and-responsible---Heaven_17772991 Today's board meeting in Barbados to discuss last week's catastrophic abandonment of the West Indies tour of India could easily turn out to be among the most stormy in the 88-year history of the West Indies Cricket Board. Local Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Axeman' Walters vs Donaire in pictures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Axeman--Walters-vs-Donaire-in-pictures_17773060 Nicholas 'Axeman' Walters stopped Philippine-born Nonito Donaire with a second left in the sixth round, winning the WBA featherweight title in dramatic fashion Saturday night. Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), a fairly unknown fighter from Jamaica, punctuated his breakthrough performance by knocking down Donaire (33-3) for the first two times in the fourdivision champion's career. After Donaire swung and missed with a huge left hand late in the sixth, Walters caught him above the ear with an overhand right. Donaire fell face-first to the canvas and, though he beat the count, he couldn't continue in his second loss in four fights. Here is some of the riveting action as captured by international news service, AFP. Local Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT School 'Bell' tolls in Haiti for Young Reggae Boyz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/School--Bell--tolls-in-Haiti-for-Young-Reggae-Boyz_17773108 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Having been taken away from their schools for the glory of their country, educator Onaje Bell, has ensured that Jamaica's Under-17 footballers remained focus with the first of their classroom sessions yesterday. Local Sports Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT U17 Boyz defeat Martinique 4-0 in CFU Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/U17-Boyz-defeat-Martinique-4-0-in-CFU-Championships Alex Marshall opened the scoring in 16th minute, lobbying goalkeeper Mathieu Madkaud then found Fabian Grant with a high freekick for him to nod home in the 75th minute. Substitute Nicholas Nelson beautiful curling effort from just outside the box in the 85th minute made the game safe and Deshane Beckford’s scissor kick put the icing on the cake. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:53:14 GMT ‘Axeman’ reigns! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Axeman--reigns-_17772303 CARSON, California (AP) — Nicholas Walters stopped Philippine-born Nonito Donaire with a second left in the sixth round, winning the WBA featherweight title in dramatic fashion Saturday night. Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), a fairly unknown fighter from Jamaica, punctuated his breakthrough performance by knocking down Donaire (33-3) for the first two times in the fourdivision champion’s career. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Young Boyz begin Under-17 quest against Martinique http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Young-Boyz-begin-Under-17-quest-against-Martinique Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Jamaica Under-17 football team will bow into action today against Martinique in Group B of the CFU Championship at the Sylvio Cator Stadium starting here at 7:30 pm (6:30 pm Jamaica time). Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:27:50 GMT St George's hammer Godfrey Stewart 5-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-George-s-hammer-Godfrey-Stewart-5-1_17772190 ST George's College head coach Neville 'Bertis' Bell poured mountains of praise on his opponents, Godfrey Stewart High, after their feature game of the ISSA/LIME Super Cup triple-header at the National Stadium on Saturday. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT JC complete urban area dominance with 2-1 win over CC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JC-complete-urban-area-dominance-with-2-1-win-over-CC_17772133 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC) fought valiantly to secure a 2-1 come-from-behind win over a plucky Cornwall College in an enthralling LIME Super Cup knockout football match at Catherine Hall Sports Complex, Saturday night. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 28th Bell/Ziadie Memorial on today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/28th-Bell-Ziadie-Memorial-on-today_17772255 DOZENS of Jamaica's sporting stars are slated to parade their football prowess at the 28th staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial celebrity charity event today at the Winchester Park field at St George's College, starting at 2:00 pm sharp. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Harbour View blank Sporting Central 2-0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Harbour-View-blank-Sporting-Central-2-0-_17772256 HARBOUR View FC picked up a few cheap points at the expense of the listless, 10-man Sporting Central Academy after their 2-0 win in their Red Stripe Premier League clash at the Harbour View mini stadium yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Windies have mocked Indian fans, says former Test skippper http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-have-mocked-Indian-fans--says-former-Test-skippper_17772138 MUMBAI, India (CMC) — Former Test captain Dilip Vengsarkar believes the decision by West Indies players to abandon their one-day tour of India was an insult to Indian fans, and says the team should be made to answer for their actions. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ali Baba for 'Cash Pot Only One For Me' Trophy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ali-Baba-for--Cash-Pot-Only-One-For-Me--Trophy_17771987 AN engaging crop of local bred two-year-olds headed by Come Dance With Me and Ali Baba will go in search of their biggest purse to date when they contest the 10th running of the 'Cash Pot Only One For Me' Trophy going 1,200 metres for a purse of $2.95 million at Caymanas Park today. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Serena beats Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Serena-beats-Ivanovic-in-WTA-Finals-opener SINGAPORE (AP) — With no injuries to slow her down, Serena Williams extended her winning streak at the WTA Finals to 16 straight matches with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic on Monday. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:45:46 GMT Underdog role suits Garcia, but Roma ready to bite http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Underdog-role-suits-Garcia--but-Roma-ready-to-bite ROME, October 20, 2014 (AFP) - Roma coach Rudi Garcia said the Serie A side will readily accept their underdog role but are hungry for success when they host Bayern Munich in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Oversea's Football Leagues Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:52:11 GMT Galatasaray-bound Dortmund enduring 'tough times' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Galatasaray-bound-Dortmund-enduring--tough-times- BERLIN, October 20, 2014 (AFP) - Borussia Dortmund play Galatasaray away in Wednesday's Champions League clash with their director of sport Michael Zorc admitting they are enduring the "toughest" of times after three straight Bundesliga defeats. Oversea's Football Leagues Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:22:55 GMT Mourinho furious with Spain after Costa breaks down http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mourinho-furious-with-Spain-after-Costa-breaks-down LONDON, October 20, 2014 (AFP) - Jose Mourinho has criticised the treatment of some of his Chelsea players on international duty after the manager revealed Diego Costa will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Maribor. Oversea's Football Leagues Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:22:49 GMT Villas-Boas' Zenit full of respect for Leverkusen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Villas-Boas--Zenit-full-of-respect-for-Leverkusen BERLIN, October 20, 2014 (AFP) - Andre Villas-Boas has said his Zenit St Petersburg side need to be wary of their Champions League trip to Bayer Leverkusen despite their strong recent record in Germany. Oversea's Football Leagues Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:22:52 GMT Neymar relishing partnership with Messi, Suarez http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Neymar-relishing-partnership-with-Messi--Suarez MADRID, October 20, 2014 (AFP) - Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend. Oversea's Football Leagues Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:22:54 GMT Nervous Cricket Australia closely eyeing Windies crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nervous-Cricket-Australia-closely-eyeing-Windies-crisis MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – Cricket Australia says it is “deeply concerned” over the West Indies players' decision to abandon the tour of India, especially with the Aussies scheduled to tour the Caribbean next year. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:50:49 GMT PHOTO: Pure joy! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pure-joy-_17772050 SOUTH Central Jamaica teams, defending daCosta Cup and Ben Francis Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Garvey Maceo High advanced to the next round of the inaugural Lime Super Cup Knockout football competition on Saturday. Central News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lucky Liverpool win after dramatic finish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lucky-Liverpool-win-after-dramatic-finish_17771979 LIVERPOOL profited from an own goal in the fifth minute of injury time to escape with a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers yesterday after one of the most chaotic finishes to a Premier League game. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Windies A make inroads but rain dominates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-A-make-inroads-but-rain-dominates_17772179 MATARA, Sri Lanka (CMC) — West Indies A made breakthroughs at key intervals to limit Sri Lanka A as rain continued to ravage the second four-day 'Test' at the Uyanwatte Stadium here yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Quitting tour 'selfish and inconsiderate', says former Test batsman http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Quitting-tour--selfish-and-inconsiderate---says-former-Test-batsman_17771348 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former West Indies Test batsman Bryan Davis has condemned the move by West Indies players to abort the tour of India as "selfish and inconsiderate". Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Deportivo send Valencia crashing to 3-0 defeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Deportivo-send-Valencia-crashing-to-3-0-defeat_17772066 MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Valencia's unbeaten start to the season came crashing to an end as they were beaten 3-0 away at struggling Deportivo la Coruna as Sevilla moved into second yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT