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 Bolt delivers in surprise showing at Gibson Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-delivers-in-surprise-showing-at-Gibson-Relays KINGSTON, Jamaica — World and Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt made a surprise showing at the 2015 Gibson Relays now under way at the National Stadium in Kingston, to open his season. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:06:37 GMT CAS ruling gives Smikle's camp hope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CAS-ruling-gives-Smikle-s-camp-hope_18485344 THE temporary lifting of the two-year ban on Jamaica's men's discus record-holder Traves Smikle by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has given his camp hope that he will get competition leading up to international competition later this year. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Stars converge on 39th Gibson/McCook Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Stars-converge-on-39th-Gibson-McCook-Relays_18168805 THE organisers of the 39th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays are expecting another exciting and competitive event at the first major track and field meet set to get under way at the National Stadium at 9:00 am today with the preliminaries of the high school boys 4x400m relays. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Windies sink to new low in 257-run thrashing by Proteas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-sink-to-new-low-in-257-run-thrashing-by-Proteas_18483959 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — West Indies were stunned back to reality following their recent revival, suffering the joint worst-ever defeat in World Cup history as South Africa claimed a massive 257-run victory in their ICC Cricket World Cup contest here yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Holder insists Windies can bounce back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Holder-insists-Windies-can-bounce-back_18481342 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — West Indies captain Jason Holder insisted both he and his side could bounce back at the World Cup following their 257-run pool thrashing by South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Francis urges 'young' coaches to get on track with new trends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Francis-urges--young--coaches-to-get-on-track-with-new-trends_18477872 HEAD coach of MVP Track and Field Club Stephen Francis has challenged the nation's young coaches to become familiar with new trends and ideas. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Bravo ruled out of rest of World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bravo-ruled-out-of-rest-of-World-Cup_18481093 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — West Indies batsman Darren Bravo was ruled out of the rest of the World Cup yesterday after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, the squad's players' association said. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Waterhouse Eagles receive support from MP Hylton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Waterhouse-Eagles-receive-support-from-MP-Hylton_18466676 Member of Parliament for St Andrew Western, Anthony Hylton recently donated netball clothing and equipment to the Waterhouse Eagles Netball team as they push forward their bid to become champions in the Jamaica Netball Association Open League. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT US-born Adamolekun blending in with Young Boyz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/US-born-Adamolekun-blending-in-with-Young-Boyz_18485667 Having chosen Jamaica over Nigeria and the United States of America (USA), striker Nathaniel Adamolekun is ready to fire Jamaica into FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Hansle Parchment to open season at Gibson/McCook Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hansle-Parchment-to-open-season-at-Gibson-McCook-Relays_18483743 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Hansle Parchment, the 110m hurdles bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, is set to open his track and field season at the 39th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays inside the National Stadium, today. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Windies still confident as preparations start for India http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-still-confident-as-preparations-start-for-India PERTH, Australia (CMC) – West Indies arrived in Perth on Saturday still smarting from Friday’s heavy loss to South Africa but hoping to regroup ahead of next week’s clash with reigning World champions India. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:54:26 GMT Bolt plans to raise bar on return to Bird's Nest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-plans-to-raise-bar-on-return-to-Bird-s-Nest KINGSTON, Jamaica - Double sprint record holder Usain Bolt has his sights set on surpassing his 2008 Olympic performances in Beijing, China, when he returns to the Beijing National Stadium also known as Bird's Nest for the World Athletics Championship later this year. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:35:35 GMT Event finals to begin at Gibson/McCook Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Event-finals-to-begin-at-Gibson-McCook-Relays KINGSTON, Jamaica- Calabar High are in pole position to defend their class one 4X100 metre relay title after clocking a fast 40.09 seconds in the heats heading into the finals at the 2015 Gibson/McCook Relays now under way at the National Stadium in Kingston. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:03:21 GMT PHOTOS: Gibson/McCook Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/PHOTOS--Gibson-McCook-Relays KINGSTON, Jamaica — OBSERVER ONLINE brings you photo highlights of the exciting and competitive 39th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays, now under way at the National Stadium in Kingston. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:53:49 GMT FIFA wary on video tech, calling it 'biggest decision ever' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FIFA-wary-on-video-tech--calling-it--biggest-decision-ever- HOLYROOD, Northern Ireland (AP) — There is no prospect of referees being allowed to defer to video replays soon, with soccer's rule-makers saying more information on the technology is required before in-game trials can go ahead. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:56:16 GMT Cricket World Cup: Charles replaces injured Bravo for Windies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cricket-World-Cup--Charles-replaces-injured-Bravo-for-Windies SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — West Indies have been allowed to call-up Johnson Charles to replace batsman Darren Bravo who was ruled out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:28:17 GMT Mountain Villa, Somerton score wins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mountain-Villa--Somerton-score-wins_18483297 ROSE HALL, St James — Mountain Villa and promoted Somerton FC scored their first wins as the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Division One continued on Thursday. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT J'can shooters battle tough outdoors for respectable finish at Gator Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-p-J-can-shooters-battle-tough-outdoors-for-respectable-finish-at-Gator-Cup--p---_18476151 NATIONAL shotgun coach Khaleel Azan praised the efforts of the successful Jamaican contingent that represented adeptly at the 2015 Gator Cup Sporting Clay Tournament at Quail Creek Plantation in Florida last week. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT JFF set to reap cash from merchandising side of kit deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JFF-cashes-in_18478574 THE Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is set to finally earn significantly from the merchandising side of its US$4.8- million four-year kit deal with Dubai-based Romai Sportswear. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT U-17s bow into action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/U-17s-bow-into-action_18478433 SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Yet another Jamaican team will attempt to qualify for a World Cup. This time, the Under-17s will open their campaign against hosts Honduras in the CONCACAF Championship at the Estadio Francisco Morazan schedule at 8:30 pm Jamaican time. International Football Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT J'can goalkeeper Blake sidelined after knee surgery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/J-can-goalkeeper-Blake-sidelined-after-knee-surgery_18476830 PHILADELPHIA, USA (CMC) — Jamaica International goalkeeper Andre Blake, who plays Major League football in the United States, is expected to be side-lined for four to six weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Sri Lanka cream butter-fingered Bangladesh by 92 runs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sri-Lanka-cream-butter-fingered-Bangladesh-by-92-runs_18477002 MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed an unbeaten 161 off 146 balls and Kumar Sangakkara marked his 400th one-dayer with a century as Sri Lanka whipped butter-fingered Bangladesh by 92 runs in the World Cup yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT The cast is off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/The-cast-is-off-_18476318 Jockey Shamaree Muir said that he plans to resume active riding after having the cast removed from his leg before the Classic races begin on April 4 (1000 Guineas). Muir broke his right ankle early last month while on the exercise track. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Sir Viv weighs in on Gayle's double century http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sir-Viv-weighs-in-on-Gayle-s-double-century_18476829 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards says Chris Gayle's double century against Zimbabwe has "lifted the spirits" of the team and relieved pressure on young captain Jason Holder. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT LIME stops at St Jago High on the Journey to Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/LIME-stops-at-St-Jago-High-on-the-Journey-to-Champs_18466651 TELECOMMUNICATIONS sponsor of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, LIME, journeyed to the old capital of Spanish Town on Monday to St Jago High School, as part of the Journey to Champs school tour, to deliver a special donation of $100,000 to the girls' track and field team. Local Sports Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT