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 Positive signs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Positive-signs_17383392 TUCKER, St James — Montego Bay United's (MBU) new coach, Spaniard Carlos Aitor Garcia Sanz, thinks Jamaica's football is poised for growth, both locally and internationally. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT SVL adds $150,000 to 50th Roper Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/SVL-adds--150-000-to-50th-Roper-Cup WAGERING company Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) yesterday contributed $150,000 to the 50th renewal of the annual Roper Cup football extravaganza between North Street Rivals St George's College and Kingston College. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:10:53 GMT Duncan's brace propels Girlz to 4-1 win over Puerto Rico http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Duncan-s-brace-propels-Girlz-to-4-1-win-over-Puerto-Rico_17384330 COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago — Jamaica missed numerous chances but still handsomely defeated pesky Puerto Rico 4-1 in yesterday's Women's Caribbean Cup game at the Ato Boldon Stadium here. Prolific striker Shakira Duncan scored in the 34th and 51st minutes for the Reggae Girlz. International Football Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Caribbean coaches give CAREBACO Champs thumbs up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Caribbean-coaches-give-CAREBACO-Champs-thumbs-up_17382759 TRINIDAD and Tobago's coach Solangel Guzman and Barbados' coach Shakeria Waithe have expressed satisfaction with their teams' performances at the 2014 staging of Sports Development Foundation (SDF)/National Commercial Bank (NCB)/Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Danielle Gore strikes historic gold at Invitational Show Jumping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Danielle-Gore-strikes-historic-gold-at-Invitational-Show-Jumping_17382924 YOUNG Jamaican equestrian Danielle Gore, competing in the 12 and under category, made history for Jamaica at the Club Campestre, Guaymaral Gran Derby 2014 FEI annual Children's Invitational Show Jumping Competition in Bogota, Colombia, at the weekend. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hyde, Manley lead track & field charge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hyde--Manley-lead-track---field-charge_17382686 Jamaica's medal hopes at the Second International Olympic Committee (IOC) Youth Olympics will step up a notch or two today with the start of the track and field programme at the OSC stadium in Nanjing, China. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT South Africa blank Zimbabwe to clinch ODI series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/South-Africa-blank-Zimbabwe-to-clinch-ODI-series BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Wayne Parnell took three wickets and contributed some handy runs as South Africa beat Zimbabwe by 61 runs in the second One-Day International (ODI) to clinch the three-match series yesterday in Bulawayo. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:13:50 GMT Bethel Town Strikers win Noranda Bauxite Trophy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bethel-Town-Strikers-win-Noranda-Bauxite-Trophy_17383729 BETHEL Town Strikers won the 2014 Noranda Bauxite Trophy for the senior division of the St Ann Netball Association parish tournament in the final played on Sunday. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bangladesh 217-9 vs Windies in first ODI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bangladesh-217-9-vs-Windies-in-first-ODI ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) – Bangladesh, sent in by West Indies, reached 217 for nine off 50 overs in the first One Day International at the National Stadium on Wednesday. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:16:53 GMT One Day International: Windies win toss, fielding vs Bangladesh http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/One-Day-International--Windies-win-toss--fielding-vs-Bangladesh ST GEORGE’S, Grenada – West Indies won the toss and chose to field in the first One Day International against Bangladesh on Wednesday at the Grenada National Stadium. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:35:38 GMT Sherwin Williams Women's Premier League continues today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sherwin-Williams-Women-s-Premier-League-continues-today_17383550 HARBOUR View FC could resume winning ways when they face UWI Women's FC in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Sherwin Williams Women's Premier League Zone B feature game at UWI Bowl, Mona, today. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Goals galore in Sandals Business House football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Goals-galore-in-Sandals-Business-House-football_17382353 There have been goals galore in the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business House Football League, with Couples Tower Isle, paced by a hat trick from Oshane Dunkley, registering the biggest win in a 6-1 drubbing of Sandals Golf and Country Club over the weekend. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Much to prove as Windies, Bangladesh renew rivalry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Much-to-prove-as-Windies--Bangladesh-renew-rivalry_17384426 ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — West Indies and Bangladesh play the first of three One Day Internationals here today with much to prove following a trail of poor performances in series this year. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Bahamas swimmer Evans breaks national record in China http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bahamas-swimmer-Evans-breaks-national-record-in-China_17383436 NANJING, China (CMC) — The Bahamas athlete Joanna Evans broke another national record when she captured bronze while competing in the 800m freestyle at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chris Binnie wins record 5th Caribbean squash title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chris-Binnie-wins-record-5th-Caribbean-squash-title_17375440 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Squash sensation Chris Binnie claimed his fourth consecutive Caribbean men’s title Monday night, bringing his overall tally of regional championships to a record-setting five. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nigeria Football Federation reinstates president? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nigeria-Football-Federation-reinstates-president ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says Aminu Maigari has been reinstated as president after he was forced out of office during the World Cup, leading to the country being banned from all football by FIFA. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:47:00 GMT WICB, Gibson agree to mutual termination of contract http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WICB--Gibson-agree-to-mutual-termination-of-contract_17384402 ST JOHN'S, Antigua —The West Indies Cricket Board and coach Ottis Gibson mutually agreed to terminate their association with immediate effect yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Dunga picks Brazil squad with 10 World Cup players http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dunga-picks-Brazil-squad-with-10-World-Cup-players_17382056 SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil coach Dunga yesterday named his first squad since returning to the national team — with 13 players from the World Cup squad missing out. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Warriors protesting CPL final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Warriors-protesting-CPL-final_17382099 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana Amazon Warriors are disputing the results of the finals of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which took place on Saturday at Warner Park in St Kitts. Local Sports Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Windies Board terminates Ottis Gibson’s coaching contract http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-Board-terminates-Ottis-Gibson-s-coaching-contract KINGSTON, Jamaica – The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and coach Ottis Gibson mutually agreed to terminate their association with immediate effect, according to a statement Tuesday evening from the WICB.  Local Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:21:50 GMT Caribbean Cup: Reggae Girlz beat Puerto Rico 4-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Caribbean-Cup--Reggae-Girlz-beat-Puerto-Rico-4-1 COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago -- Jamaica's Reggae Girlz beat Puerto Rico 4-1 in the Group A Caribbean Cup game on Tuesday at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Local Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:31:03 GMT Jamaican trio dominates CAREBACO Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-trio-dominates-CAREBACO-Championships_17370832 JAMAICA'S top senior player Gareth Henry and Under-19 male and female champions, Samuel Ricketts and Katherine Wynter, respectively, dominated the finals at the 2014 staging of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF)/National Commercial Bank (NCB) Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology (UTech) Papine Campus on Friday night. Local Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica to participate in round one of Hockey World League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-to-participate-in-round-one-of-Hockey-World-League_17377261 JAMAICA'S national male and female hockey teams are down to participate in round one of the Hockey World League to take place on the newly laid multimillion dollar artificial turf at the Mona Hockey Field in St Andrew. Local Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Girlz confident going up against little-known Puerto Rico http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Girlz-confident-going-up-against-little-known-Puerto-Rico_17377206 COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago — Jamaica women's football team will kick-start their Caribbean Cup campaign when they take on Puerto Rico in Group A action today at the Ato Boldon Stadium, starting at 4:00 pm Jamaica time. International Football Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Soyfresh donates $200,000 to the JAAA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Soyfresh-donates--200-000-to-the-JAAA_17377059 WORLD Brands Services — a division of GK Foods & Services Limited -- has committed to a six-month donation to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) of Soyfresh product valued at $200,000 towards its Athlete Wellness Programme. Local Sports Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT