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 Usain Bolt’s mom says key to keeping him calm is laughter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Usain-Bolt-s-mom-says-key-to-keeping-him-calm-is-laughter_68596 NEW YORK, United States (AP) — How does the mom of Usain Bolt help the world’s fastest man keep his cool? Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s Ludlow Watts satisfied with Olympic Village http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-s-Ludlow-Watts-satisfied-with-Olympic-Village_68604 The Jamaican team is settling in nicely at the Olympic Athletes’ Village and is not encountering any of the reported problems being experienced by others, says athletics team leader Ludlow Watts. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hyde looking forward to Rio after historic Poland outing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hyde-looking-forward-to-Rio-after-historic-Poland-outing_68591 Two-time world Under-20 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde has turned his focus on the Rio Olympic Games after successfully defending his title in the obstacle event at the recently concluded Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Struggling Blackwood eager to impress at home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Struggling-Blackwood-eager-to-impress-at-home_68584 After struggling to get on the scorecard in four of his last seven innings in Test cricket, Jermaine Blackwood is hoping to turn the fortunes on his wretched form line. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Russell describes doping allegations as ‘stressing and depressing’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Russell-describes-doping-allegations-as--stressing-and-depressing-_68614 FLORIDA, United States (CMC) — Globe-trotting T20 star Andre Russell has described doping allegations made against him by authorities in Jamaica as “stressing and depressing”. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rio headlines Bolt's arrival ‘The main man has landed’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rio-headlines-Bolt-s-arrival--The-main-man-has-landed- LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — The official website of the Rio Games noted Usain Bolt's arrival on a flight from London with the headline: "The main man has landed". Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:31:26 GMT Former J’can sprinters to represent Bahrain in Rio  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Former-J-can-sprinters-to-represent-Bahrain-in-Rio KINGSTON, Jamaica — Andrew Fisher and Kemarley Brown who transferred allegiance from Jamaica to Bahrain will be eligible to run the 100m at the Olympic Games after all. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:37:57 GMT After the sprinters, Jamaica seeking track and field depth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/After-the-sprinters--Jamaica-seeking-track-and-field-depth_68589 KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The most dominant runner at Jamaica’s national track and field championships this summer was not a superstar sprinter like Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or Veronica Campbell-Brown. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica 4th in Regional Golf Championship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-4th-in-Regional-Golf-Championship_68616 The Jamaica team is hanging on to fourth position overall after yesterday’s second day of the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships being held at the Ocean Club Golf Course in the Bahamas. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Olympic Village repairs to be done during this week — Brazil http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Olympic-Village-repairs-to-be-done-during-this-week---Brazil_68577 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Blocked toilets, dangerous wiring and other problems in Rio’s Olympic Village will be resolved by the end of this week, Brazilian organisers said as new reports of glitches emerged. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Alzarri Joseph called up for Test duty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Alzarri-Joseph-called-up-for-Test-duty_68613 ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Promising Antiguan fast bowler Alzarri Joseph is set to make his Test debut after he was drafted into the West Indies side for the current home series against India. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Euro 2016 boots Puma back into black http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Euro-2016-boots-Puma-back-into-black_68573 FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — German sporting goods company Puma reported a return to profit in the second quarter as its high visibility during the Euro 2016 football tournament lent it a sales tailwind. Local Sports Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Junelle Bromfield skips final year of Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Junelle-Bromfield-skips-final-year-of-Champs_68513 BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — After winning the bronze medal in last Thursday’s women’s 400-metre final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at Zawiszaw Stadium in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Junelle Bromfield announced that she willl be foregoing her final year at the ISSA Girls’ Championships. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Coach Phil Simmons promises team will bounce back in second Test versus India http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-defiant_68526 West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons is positive that the team can bounce back from the innings and 92-run defeat in the opening Test match against India. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT NWC on a high in Sandals Business House Football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/NWC-on-a-high-in-Sandals-Business-House-Football_68481 Former champions National Water Commission (NWC) began the quest to regain their title with a 2-1 win over last year’s beaten finalists Grand Bahia Principe in the opening match of the Sandals-sponsored St Ann/St Mary Business House Football Competition on Sunday. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gayle looks ahead to Hero CPL fixtures in US http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gayle-looks-ahead-to-Hero-CPL-fixtures-in-US_68502 Jamaica Tallawahs Captain Christopher Gayle has hailed the historic Lauderhill leg of the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gymnast Toni-Ann Williams chooses Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gymnast-Toni-Ann-Williams-chooses-Jamaica_68397 It was a difficult choice, but Toni-Ann Williams has no regrets choosing her parents’ country Jamaica over her birthplace of the United States of America to pursue her Olympic dream. “It was at first, because being in gymnastics they trained us for the US team, so all my life I have been thinking US, US,” Williams, who will participate in the artistic section of the Olympics’ gymnastic section in Rio, told Jamaica Observer. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica beaten in Women’s T20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-beaten-in-Women-s-T20_68524 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) rebounded from a middle order batting collapse before clinching an exciting two-wicket win over Jamaica to secure top honours in the Twenty20 phase of the Regional Women’s Championship at Providence Stadium on Monday. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hopes rest on Bolt to lead athletics out of doping darkness http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hopes-rest-on-Bolt-to-lead-athletics-out-of-doping-darkness RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) – World athletics is counting on Jamaican superstar and six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt to lead the sport out of its darkest hour amid doping and corruption scandals. "I accept the man is a genius. He's probably the most recognisable sportsman or woman on the planet. It's a high-class problem. Many sports would really like to be discussing a Usain Bolt in their ranks: they don't and they can't," said IAAF president Sebastian Coe who still believes that other track stars deserve the Rio spotlight. Local News Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:18:20 GMT Florida planning to host T20 series between India, WI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Florida-planning-to-host-T20-series-between-India--WI FLORIDA, (CMC) – Plans are in the pipeline for Florida to host a T20 international series between World Champions West Indies and India next month, a leading cricket official here has reported. Local News Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:30:30 GMT Windies call-up teenage fast bowler Joseph http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-call-up-teenage-fast-bowler-Joseph KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) – West Indies on Wednesday called-up uncapped teenage fast bowler Alzarri Joseph to their squad for the second Test against India which gets underway at Sabina Park on Saturday. Local News Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:05:19 GMT Russell describes doping allegations as 'stressing and depressing' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Russell-describes-doping-allegations-as--stressing-and-depressing- FLORIDA (CMC) – Globe-trotting T20 star Andre Russell has described doping allegations made against him by authorities in Jamaica as “stressing and depressing”. Local News Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:54:34 GMT Injury anxieties grow but Bolt says 'sport needs me to win'  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Injury-anxieties-grow-but-Bolt-says--sport-needs-me-to-win- LONDON (AP) — Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:30:40 GMT Putin says absence of Russian stars damages Rio Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Putin-says-absence-of-Russian-stars-damages-Rio-Games MOSCOW, Russia ( AFP) — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the absence of some Russian stars at the Rio Games would hit the quality of the competition. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:14:31 GMT After the sprinters, Jamaica seeking track and field depth  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/After-the-sprinters--Jamaica-seeking-track-and-field-depth KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The most dominant runner at Jamaica's national track and field championships this summer was not a superstar sprinter like Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or Veronica Campbell-Brown. Local Sports Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:03:20 GMT