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 Pay us! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pay-us- LOCAL clubs are up in arms over what they deem to be exploitation of their players by the United States Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs regarding the FIFAstipulated training compensation fees. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:23:59 GMT Lawrence Rowe finding his footing, elsewhere http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lawrence-Rowe-finding-his-footing--elsewhere_18300740 LAST time anything positive and in public was said about Lawrence George Alphonso Rowe was some 33 years ago. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT KSAFA gains financial security for Under-20 tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/KSAFA-gains-financial-security-for-Under-20-tourney_18302217 ALLIANCE Finance and McKay Security have partnered with the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) to sponsor the 2015 Under-20 tournament. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Three to be honoured at The Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Three-to-be-honoured-at-The-Queen-s-Grace-Jackson-Meet-2015_18288507 THE Queen's School Past Students' Association Sports Development Committee will host the 14th staging of the annual Queen's/Grace Jackson Meet this Saturday at the National Stadium. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ivanovic heads Chelsea into League Cup final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ivanovic-heads-Chelsea-into-League-Cup-final_18302438 LONDON, England (AFP) -- Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time header sent Chelsea into the League Cup final at Liverpool's expense as the London club edged a breathless semi-final second leg 1-0 yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Easy wins for Pelicans, Jamalco, Mico 'A', Molynes 'A' in Open League netball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Easy-wins-for-Pelicans--Jamalco--Mico--A---Molynes--A--in-Open-League-netball_18300834 DEFENDING champions University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans registered easy wins as the 2015 Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League competition at the Leila Robinson Courts on the weekend. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT State of Woods' teeth sparks interest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/State-of-Woods--teeth-sparks-interest_18300889 SCOTTSDALE, United States (AFP) -- Tiger Woods, who had a front tooth knocked out by a video cameraman last week, displayed a full smile yesterday after a nine-hole practice round ahead of the Phoenix Open. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Nadal ousted, as Sharapova powers on http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nadal-ousted--as-Sharapova-powers-on_18297954 MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) -- Rafael Nadal's Australian Open dream lay in tatters yesterday with the third seed crushed by Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, but Maria Sharapova showed who's boss by slapping down Eugenie Bouchard. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Council of Europe report calls for FIFA revote on 2022 World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Council-of-Europe-report-calls-for-FIFA-revote-on-2022-World-Cup_18298353 STRASBOURG, France (AFP) -- A report by the Council of Europe, adopted yesterday, has called on FIFA to revote on the "radically flawed" decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT The JOA salutes Olympic Solidarity awardees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/The-JOA-salutes-Olympic-Solidarity-awardees_18300899 The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) continues to provide invaluable support to Jamaica's athletes, and a recent expression of this was the award of six scholarships to well-deserving athletes who more than likely will qualify for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a qualifying criterion for the award. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT KC, Bridgeport, St Mary score big wins in ISSA TT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/KC--Bridgeport--St-Mary-score-big-wins-in-ISSA-TT_18300869 The ISSA/Securipro Table Tennis competition continued on Monday with seven matches -- six urban and one rural. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Bert Cameron for today's MILO Western Relays launch http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bert-Cameron-for-today-s-MILO-Western-Relays-launch_18300850 Bert Cameron will be the motivational speaker at the launch of the 37th MILO Western Relays which is scheduled for today at The Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay, St James. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Narine withdraws from Windies World Cup squad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Narine-withdraws-from-Windies-World-Cup-squad_18300923 ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) -- Off-spinner Sunil Narine has withdrawn from the regional squad for next's month Cricket World Cup, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) confirmed yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Rochelle Fraser aiming for the sky http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rochelle-Fraser-aiming-for-the-sky_18300941 DESPITE beating the field by 1.28 metres, Rochelle Fraser, who won the Class One shot put at the Big Shot Meet last Saturday, was disappointed with her performance. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT JustBet pitches Seahawks as slim favourites for Super Bowl XLIX http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JustBet-pitches-Seahawks-as-slim-favourites-for-Super-Bowl-XLIX_18300924 The defending champions Seattle Seahawks have been listed by JustBet as slim favourites to win Super Bowl XLIX, ahead of their much anticipated clash with the New England Patriots this Sunday. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Victory shows Windies can stack up, says skipper Holder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Victory-shows-Windies-can-stack-up--says-skipper-Holder_18300982 Trailing 3-0 in the series, West Indies bounced back to beat the Proteas by one wicket at St George's Park, after chasing down 263 with nine balls to spare. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Beaten Super50 finalist Jaguars urged to regroup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Beaten-Super50-finalist-Jaguars-urged-to-regroup_18300985 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) - Guyana Jaguars, who lost to Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the final of the NAGICO Super50 on Sunday, have been encouraged to regroup ahead of the resumption of the regional four-day tournament. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cameron loses bid to extend life of a WICB president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cameron-loses-bid-to-extend-life-of-a-WICB-president_18301014 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has failed in his bid to extend his stay in office, if he loses the next election carded for March, regional reports suggest. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Bravo dedicates Red Force Super50 title to fans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bravo-dedicates-Red-Force-Super50-title-to-fans_18301002 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) - All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has dedicated Trinidad and Tobago's Red Force Super50 title triumph to cricket fans of the twin-island republic after their victory over Guyana Jaguars in Sunday's final. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT St Kitts and Nevis join CPL with new Franchise team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Kitts-and-Nevis-join-CPL-with-new-Franchise-team_18302010 THE Caribbean Premier League (CPL) yesterday announced that St Kitts and Nevis has joined the upcoming tournament with its very own franchise team. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Yepme is Windies team sponsor for CWC 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Yepme-is-Windies-team-sponsor-for-CWC-2015_18302027 ST JOHN'S, Antigua - The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) yesterday announced that Yepme will be the West Indies team sponsor for the Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT World Cup dress rehearsal looms in curtain closer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/World-Cup-dress-rehearsal-looms-in-curtain-closer_18302490 CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) -- West Indies play South Africa in the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) match here today eager to prove that their victory in the fourth ODI was no fluke and with dreams of avenging their series defeat when the two teams meet in next month's World Cup. Local Sports Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hero Russell hails team effort in Windies' rare triumph http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hero-Russell-hails-team-effort-in-Windies--rare-triumph_18286407 PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (CMC) -- Hero of Sunday's fourth One-Day International, Andre Russell, has praised the team effort which gained West Indies their first victory of the five-match series. Local Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Blacks can swim http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Blacks--can-swim_18278301 ALIA Atkinson believes her world title won at the Short Course Swimming Championship is evidence enough that black people can swim as fast as their white counterparts. Local Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'Tuffy' lights the way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tuffy--lights-the-way_18286502 WATERHOUSE put in a spirited final 20 minutes to beat Cavalier 2-1 in a valiant come-from-behind effort in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at Drewsland on Sunday. Local Sports Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT