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 Miller hopes to do good job for WI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Miller-hopes-to-do-good-job-for-WI_18322229 SLOW left-arm orthodox Nikita Miller says he is looking forward to the challenge of filling in for off-spinner Sunil Narine in the West Indies squad for the Cricket World Cup. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Star athletes Gonzales, Fraser-Pryce, Carter make seasonal bow today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Gunz--returns_18324268 NATIONAL 400m record holder Jermaine Gonzales will make a return to the track along with Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and World Championships 100m bronze medallist Nesta Carter, to headline the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium today. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Curacao team for Ja Synchronised Swimming competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Curacao-team-for-Ja-Synchronised-Swimming-competition_18300871 ISLAND Aquatics Synchro Club will host its Seventh Jamaica Synchronised Swimming Invitational Competition today at the National Aquatic Centre in Kingston. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Scotia banks on over 8,000 benefiting from Kiddy Cricket Programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Scotia-banks-on-over-8-000-benefiting-from-Kiddy-Cricket-Programme_18323853 DURING the next two months, over 8,000 students from 140 primary schools across Jamaica will benefit from cricket expertise as the 2015 Scotiabank/West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Kiddy Cricket programme was launched at Sabina Park yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Windies arrive for World Cup campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-arrive-for-World-Cup-campaign_18322637 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — A weary but upbeat West Indies side arrived here yesterday to begin preparation for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Over 2,000 athletes expected at Grace/STETHS Invitational http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Over-2-000-athletes-expected-at-Grace-STETHS-Invitational_18324112 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The boys' Under-17 400m hurdles will be the only new event that will be contested at the 32nd Grace/STETHS Invitational to be held at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz today, starting at 9:30 am. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hydel, St Mary High shine at North Central Meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hydel--St-Mary-High-shine-at-North-Central-Meet_18300832 DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — The Hydel Group of Schools and St Mary High School won the girls' and boys' sections, respectfully, as over 30 institutions -- from prep to tertiary -- participated in the North Central Development meet at Noranda Bauxite (Kaiser) last Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Rita Jeptoo gets two-year ban for doping violation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rita-Jeptoo-gets-two-year-ban-for-doping-violation_18321080 NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Top Kenyan female marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban after being caught doping with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO, officials said yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Granville blank Kickers in Western Confed Super League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Granville-blank-Kickers-in-Western-Confed-Super-League_18314592 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions Granville FC skipped over Montego Bay Boys' Club and into fourth place after beating Violet Kickers 2-0 in their rescheduled Jamaica Football Federation Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League game at the UDC field on Thursday. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Binnie fights back, targets top-100 ranking in 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Binnie-fights-back--targets-top-100-ranking-in-2015_18312000 AFTER battling back from injury to chalk up big wins last year, All Jamaica and Caribbean Men's Squash champion Chris Binnie is aiming to break into the top-100 on the professional circuit in 2015. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Manchester United 3-1 Leicester City http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Manchester-United-3-1-Leicester-City Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, two Manchester United forwards whose form has been under an intense recent spotlight, both scored as their side beat bottom-of-the-table Leicester 3-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. Oversea's Football Leagues Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:28:18 GMT Schalke's Hunterlaar sees red to miss Bayern trip http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Schalke-04-1-0-Hannover-96 Schalke 04's star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will miss next week's Oversea's Football Leagues Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:28:17 GMT DR Congo come from behind to win classic tie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/DR-Congo-come-from-behind-to-win-classic-tie DR Congo ended the fairytale run of neighbours Congo Brazzaville on Oversea's Football Leagues Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:28:16 GMT United defeat Dons to book final berth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/United-defeat-Dons-to-book-final-berth Dundee United came from behind to book their place in the Scottish Oversea's Football Leagues Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:09:07 GMT Olympique Marseille 1-0 Evian TG http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Olympique-Marseille-1-0-Evian-TG A single point separates the top three teams in Ligue 1 after Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:09:05 GMT Real Madrid 4-1 Real Sociedad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ronaldo-less-Madrid-too-strong-for-Sociedad Real Madrid recovered from an awful start to move four points clear at the top of La Liga with a 4-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:09:06 GMT Liverpool 2-0 West Ham United http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Super-sub-Sturridge-sinks-Hammers Liverpool substitute Daniel Sturridge capped his comeback from injury Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:09:06 GMT Football Results - Jan 31 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Football-Results---Jan-31-2015 English Premier League results on Saturday: Oversea's Football Leagues Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:55:30 GMT Sharapova still haunted by Williams jinx http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sharapova-still-haunted-by-Williams-jinx Melbourne, Australia  (AFP) - Maria Sharapova vowed Saturday to keep grinding away to break her jinx against Serena Williams, after she was beaten to the Australian Open title by a player who has won all 16 of their last encounters. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:23:50 GMT Dwayne Bravo quits Tests http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dwayne-Bravo-quits-Tests PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad CMC – All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from Test cricket, after four years in the wilderness and just weeks after being sacked from the one-day squad. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:09:05 GMT Djokovic downs Wawrinka in Aussie Open semis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Djokovic-downs-Wawrinka-in-Aussie-Open-semis_18320745 MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — World number one Novak Djokovic fought off Stan Wawrinka over five tense sets to master the defending champion and reach his fifth Australian Open final yesterday, where he will meet Andy Murray. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Windies coach Williams takes charge of Zouks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-coach-Williams-takes-charge-of-Zouks_18322638 CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Current West Indies coach Stuart Williams will be in charge of St Lucia Zouks for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Talented Tony K to open 2015 season in style http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Talented-Tony-K-to-open-2015-season-in-style_18324309 THE Lorne Kirlew-trained Talented Tony K, one of last season's most promising Classic aspirant, bids to debut his four-year-old season among older horses on a winning note in an Overnight Allowance call at Caymanas Park today. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT JN Sunshine Open League Netball continues today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JN-Sunshine-Open-League-Netball-continues-today_18324109 MICO 'A', Blades 'A', Police 'A' and GC Foster 'A' are expected to continue on their winning ways as the 2015 Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League competition continues today at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 1:00 pm. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Electric Irving sparks Cavaliers past Portlandz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Electric-Irving-sparks-Cavaliers-past-Portlandz_18313439 CLEVELAND, Ohio (AFP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers, who were playing without injured superstar LeBron James, beat Portland 99-94 to extend their win streak to eight games behind an electric performance from Kyrie Irving. Local Sports Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT