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 Webb, Li 'provisionally dismissed' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Webb--Li--provisionally-dismissed-_19032668 MIAMI, Florida (AFP) — Embattled FIFA executive committee members Jeffrey Webb and Eduardo Li were "provisionally dismissed" yesterday by CONCACAF in the wake of corruption charges filed by US authorities. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Blatter must go! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Blatter-must-go-_19034350 LONDON, England (AFP) — England's Football Association and government urged FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign yesterday, as British investigative journalists were praised for helping to expose a major corruption scandal. International Football Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Football scandal a great concern, says Neita Headley http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Football-scandal-a-great-concern--says-Neita-Headley_19034413 Minister with responsibility for sport Natalie Neita Headley has expressed concern at the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal and its possible implications for regional football, but said her stance is to "let the chips fall where they may". International Football Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Lara slams Shiv's axing, calls for player's reinstatement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lara-slams-Shiv-s-axing--calls-for-player-s-reinstatement_19033136 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Batting great Brian Lara has blasted the decision by West Indies selectors to axe Shiv Chanderpaul for the two-Test series against Australia starting next Wednesday in Dominica, and wants the veteran left-hander back in the squad as a gesture of respect. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT RICHARD MAIRS - Aiming for much more than the Lotto Classic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/RICHARD-MAIRS---Aiming-for-much-more-than-the-Lotto-Classic_19032239 LAST Saturday's 75th running of the Lotto Classic for the Governor's Cup was an extra special one for jockey Richard Mairs as he piloted Kronus to victory to continue what has so far been a breakthrough season for the 28-year-old. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Trini experience was good, says Andre Martin http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Trini-experience-was-good--says-Andre-Martin-_19032310 CLASSIC winning jockey Andre Martin, who was in Trinidad and Tobago riding mainly for trainer Anthony Nunes, said that it was a great experience riding at the Santa Rosa racetrack. Although things didn't go "as planned", he was happy for the exposure. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ian 'Dolly Baby' Spence Racehorse jockey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ian--Dolly-Baby--Spence--Racehorse-jockey-_19032347 When did you start your career as a jockey? Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT O'Dayne Richards in action at PreFontaine Classic today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/O-Dayne-Richards-in-action-at-PreFontaine-Classic-today_19032670 Commonwealth Games shot put gold medallist O'Dayne Richards will kick off Jamaica's participation in the PreFontaine Classic, the third stop on the IAAF Diamond League at Hayward Field in Eugene Oregon, today. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Russell makes bold statement with TKO win over Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Russell-makes-bold-statement-with-TKO-win-over-Hylton_19033049 Kemahl Russell made a bold statement to becoming the new Wray & Nephew White Overproof Contender Boxing Series champion by blasting his way into the semi-final stages with a third-round TKO of Kevin Hylton at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium on Wednesday night. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT 24 entered for Cal's Jamaica Derby http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/24-entered-for-Cal-s-Jamaica-Derby_19032417 A total of 24 horses have been provisionally entered for the Cal's Jamaica Derby scheduled to be run on Saturday June 13. All the noted horses are there including Siempre Bueno, Alacrann, Ali Baba and Poker Star. Kronus after his win on Saturday in the Lotto Classic is also present. Noticeable absentee is Mom's Student who finished second in the 1,000 Guineas and won the Jamaica Oaks in glorious fashion three weeks later. Puddy Pooh, winner of the 1,000 Guineas but who ran below par in the Oaks, is entered as well. Colts and geldings carry 126 lbs and fillies 121 lbs in the Derby; no apprentice allowance is allowed in the 12- furlong event. The final list of runners will be announced on Monday June 8. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Kingston Wharves maintain perfect record in defence of domino title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Kingston-Wharves-maintain-perfect-record-in-defence-of-domino-title_19032136 CHAMPIONS Kingston Wharves maintained their perfect record in the defence of their title, beating Bank Of Jamaica (BOJ) 126-110 in the fifth round of the National Association of Domino Bodies (NADB) Kingston & St Andrew Region Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Business House League last Friday. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Windies batsman Fletcher fined for possession of ammunition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-batsman-Fletcher-fined-for-possession-of-ammunition ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – West Indies and Windward Islands batsman batsman Andre Fletcher has been slapped with a EC$2 000 (US$741) fine for possession of ammunition, after appearing in court here Friday. Local News Fri, 29 May 2015 12:45:52 GMT Mona take early lead at Prep Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mona-take-early-lead-at-Prep-Champs_19034369 MONA after one final are the early leader with 16 points in the 38th staging of the 2015 Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA)/Seprod Preparatory Schools Athletics Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT From the Horse's Mouth - May 25 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/From-the-Horse-s-Mouth---May-25_19032374 ONE HORSE CLAIMED ON MONDAY Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Roopnaraine says Chanderpaul's sacking 'distressing' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Roopnaraine-says-Chanderpaul-s-sacking--distressing-_19033135 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana's minister with responsibility for sport, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, has described as "distressing" the axing of Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the West Indies squad for the upcoming tour against Australia, and says the veteran left-hander should have been allowed to leave "in a dignified way". Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Accused Leoz says he has nothing to hide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Accused-Leoz-says-he-has-nothing-to-hide_19033973 ASUNCION, Paraguay (AFP) — The ailing ex-president of the South American Football Confederation, Nicolas Leoz, has "nothing to hide" and denies the charges made against him in a sweeping US corruption probe of FIFA, his lawyer said yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Tennis stars make theiir point on raging football scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tennis-stars-make-theiir-point-on-raging-football-scandal_19033269 PARIS, France (AFP) — Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray waded into the great football corruption scandal yesterday, suggesting the game would be better served without FIFA chief Sepp Blatter's iron grip on power. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ricam, Mile Gully advance to Manchester U-15 final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ricam--Mile-Gully-advance-to-Manchester-U-15-final_19033743 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Ricam Academy and Mile Gully will contest the final of the Manchester FA/CAN Care Pharmacy Under-15 competition following contrasting semi-final victories in midweek at the Kirkvine Sport Club. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT IOC boss urges FIFA to co-operate fully with US authorities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/IOC-boss-urges-FIFA-to-co-operate-fully-with-US-authorities_19033320 ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) — IOC boss Thomas Bach yesterday urged FIFA to co-operate fully with US authorities to shed 'full light' on the corruption allegations facing football's governing body. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Putin lashes US probe into FIFA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Putin-lashes-US-probe-into-FIFA-_19034179 MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Russia switched the focus of its tensions with America from Ukraine to the football pitch yesterday with President Vladimir Putin lashing out over the US probe into FIFA. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Racing photos May 29 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Racing-photos-May-29_19032434 (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Djokovic, Murray progress to French Open third round http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Djokovic--Murray-progress-to-French-Open-third-round_19033171 PARIS, France (AFP) — Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray reached the French Open third round yesterday, setting up intriguing clashes with next generation Australians, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT A bright idea! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/A-bright-idea-_19033823 The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), in an attempt boost fan interest ahead of the Test match between West Indies and Australia at Sabina Park from June 11-15, yesterday launched its marketing initiative. Local Sports Fri, 29 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Argentine legend Maradona revels in news of FIFA arrests http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Argentine-legend-Maradona-revels-in-news-of-FIFA-arrests_19027452 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) -- Argentine football great Diego Maradona yesterday applauded the arrest of top FIFA officials in an anti-corruption sting, and warned that Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body, may be next. Local Sports Thu, 28 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Football crisis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Football-Crisis WARSAW, Poland (AFP) -- The FIFA presidential election should be postponed after football's world governing body became embroiled in two corruption storms, the European confederation UEFA said yesterday. International Football Thu, 28 May 2015 02:36:35 GMT