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 Jamaica's Sunshine Girls to play Barbados http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-s-Sunshine-Girls-to-play-Barbados_19019497 NETBALL Jamaica announced yesterday that the Sunshine Girls will play Barbados in a three-game friendly series set for the weekend of Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21 as part of the national team's preparation for the upcoming Netball World Cup in August. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Bolt, Powell triumph http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt--Powell-triumph DOUBLE world record holder Usain Bolt and former world record holder Asafa Powell produced wins in the 200m and 100m, respectively, at yesterday’s 54th Ostrava Golden Spike, IAAF World Challenge meeting in cold and rainy conditions at the newly refurbished Mestsky Stadium. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 04:13:12 GMT Swiss police arrest FIFA officials including CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Swiss-police-charge-FIFA-officials-including-CONCACAF-president-Jeffrey-Webb-ahead-of-congress ZURICH (AP) - Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 01:25:18 GMT Windies Women win series on dazzling all-round display from Matthews http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-Women-win-series-on-dazzling-all-round-display-from-Matthews_19019308 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) -- West Indies Women secured the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka Women after a dazzling all-round effort by Hayley Matthews spurred them to an easy nine-wicket win in the final match here yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Humble Lion, Jamalco clash in KO decider http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Humble-Lion--Jamalco-clash-in-KO-decider_19019322 MAY PEN, Clarendon -- The Noel Arscott-sponsored Clarendon FA Knockout competition concludes today at the Effortville Community Centre with Humble Lion FC hunting a fifth consecutive hold on the trophy against Jamalco FC. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Not true! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Not-true----p----p-Holding-refutes-statements-by-WICB-boss--p---_19019137 Former West Indies fast bowler, turned cricket commentator Michael Holding has refuted statements by President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Whycliffe 'Dave' Cameron that he has turned down requests to do television commentary. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT UPDATE: Arrest warrant issued for Jack Warner in FIFA corruption probe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/UPDATE--Arrest-warrant-issued-for-Jack-Warner-in-FIFA-corruption-probe PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner at the request of authorities in the United States, where he was one of 14 people linked to international soccer indicted on corruption charges. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 14:37:35 GMT Blatter says corrupt football officials to be expelled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Blatter-says-corrupt-football-officials-to-be-expelled ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter admitted Wednesday football's world body faces a "difficult time" because of a major corruption storm but vowed any officials found guilty would be expelled from the sport. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 13:25:05 GMT UPDATE: Sri Lanka sacks officials over sex scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/UPDATE--Sri-Lanka-sacks-officials-over-sex-scandal COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AFP) – Sri Lankan cricket's governing body on Wednesday announced the sacking of three officials after allegations that members of the women's national team were asked to perform sexual favours to keep their places. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 10:32:33 GMT US indicts 9 FIFA officials, raids CONCACAF headquarters as Swiss launches separate investigation       http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/US-indicts-9-FIFA-officials--raids-CONCACAF-headquarters-as-Swiss-launches-separate-investigation Excerpts from US Department of Justice statement on FIFA corruption probe: Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 05:26:39 GMT Statement by Swiss Federal Office of Justice on arrest of FIFA officials       http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Statement-by-Swiss-Federal-Office-of-Justice-on-arrest-of-FIFA-officials ZURICH, Switzerland - 'By order of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ), six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich today (Wednesday) and detained pending extradition. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 03:34:10 GMT Ramnarine blasts Lloyd's selection panel over Chanderpaul's dropping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ramnarine-blasts-Lloyd-s-selection-panel-over-Chanderpaul-s-dropping_19019307 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- Former West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president Dinanath Ramnarine has blasted the Clive Lloyd-led West Indies selection panel for dropping veteran batsman Shiv Chanderpaul ahead of the Australian series. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Russell goes toe-to-toe with Hylton in search of semi-final berth in Contender Series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Russell-goes-toe-to-toe-with-Hylton-in-search-of-semi-final-berth-in-Contender-Series_19019326 The exit of Derick 'Dangerous' Richmond from the Contender Series following his TKO capitulation to Richard 'Frog' Holmes on last, has resulted in the last vestiges of Team Caribbean influence in the series eliminated. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Bravo releases music video http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bravo-releases-music-video_19019305 MUMBAI, India (CMC) -- West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has released a music video for the popular single, Chalo! Chalo, featuring Trinidad and Tobago crossover artiste, Nisha B. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Finalists to be decided in Manchester Under-15 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Finalists-to-be-decided-in-Manchester-Under-15_19019323 MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The finalists in the Manchester FA/CAN Care Pharmacy Under-15 competition will be decided today following the playing of the semi-finals at the Kirkvine Sport Club. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT JFF All-Island Confederation Play-offs begin today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JFF-All-Island-Confederation-Play-offs-begin-today--p---_19019403 The final stage of the battle for Premier League promotion begins today with the playing of matches in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) All-Island Confederation Play-offs. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Faulkland, Mountain Villa to contest Sandals/ATL Div 1 finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Faulkland--Mountain-Villa-to-contest-Sandals-ATL-Div-1-finals_19019470 MONTEGO BAY, St James -- Faulkland FC and Mountain Villa advanced to the finals of the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Division One after contrasting wins over Club Stars and Copperwood in Saturday's return-round games at Jarrett Park. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Bethabara Netball Princesses! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bethabara-Netball-Princesses-_19019490 President of International Netball Federation Molly Rhone (background, centre) and members of Bethabara Primary bask in glory after defeating St Patrick's Primary in the all-island primary schools netball final rally match at the Leila Robinson Courts last Friday. (PHOTOS: COLLIN REID) Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lloyd: Chanderpaul left out over declining form http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lloyd--Chanderpaul-left-out-over-declining-form_19019517 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) -- West Indies chief selector Clive Lloyd has told veteran batsman Shiv Chanderpaul that he was omitted from the regional squad to play against Australia because of declining form. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Johnson to use warm-up game against Australia to press for a recall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Johnson-to-use-warm-up-game-against-Australia-to-press-for-a-recall_19019519 NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) -- Guyanese opening batsman Leon Johnson says he intends to use the three-day warm-up match against Australia, which starts today, to force his way back onto the regional side. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Blatter confident of securing new term as FIFA boss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Blatter-confident-of-securing-new-term-as-FIFA-boss_19019155 ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) -- FIFA leader Sepp Blatter said yesterday he is confident of securing a new term as head of world football and slammed what he called the "negative influences" that he said threaten the game. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ugandan athletics coach charged with alleged sexual abuse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ugandan-athletics-coach-charged-with-alleged-sexual-abuse_19019173 KAMPALA, Uganda (AFP) -- A Ugandan athletics coach has been charged with two more cases of alleged sexual abuse, police said yesterday, with the country's sports bosses under renewed pressure over the scandal. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Djokovic, Nadal ease closer to quarters clash at French Open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Djokovic--Nadal-ease-closer-to-quarters-clash-at-French-Open_19019338 PARIS, France (AFP) -- Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal eased closer to a French Open quarter-final showdown yesterday while two-time champion Serena Williams blitzed her way into the second round. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT ECB appoints Australian Trevor Bayliss as new head coach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/ECB-appoints-Australian-Trevor-Bayliss-as-new-head-coach_19019138 LONDON, England (AFP) -- Australian Trevor Bayliss has been appointed as the new head coach of England ahead of this year's Ashes series, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Malik's ton guides Pakistan past Zimbabwe in first ODI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Malik-s-ton-guides-Pakistan-past-Zimbabwe-in-first-ODI_19019363 LAHORE, Pakistan (AFP) -- Shoaib Malik hit his first century in six years to help Pakistan outbat Zimbabwe in the first day-night international by 41 runs in Lahore yesterday, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Local Sports Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT