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 Wasteful Windies batsmen must do better, says Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wasteful-Windies-batsmen--must-do-better--says-Johnson_18126529 CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — Rookie left-hander Leon Johnson yesterday lamented the West Indies' wastefulness, after their batsmen wasted good starts to be knocked over cheaply on the third day of the opening Test against South Africa. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run donates equipment to UHWI Special Care Unit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sagicor-Sigma-Corporate-Run-donates-equipment-to-UHWI-Special-Care-Unit_18125956 SAGICOR Group Jamaica yesterday presented the Special Care Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) with medical equipment valued at $6.2m as part proceeds from the Sigma Corporate Run. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Defeat Looms! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Defeat-Looms-_18125509 CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) — Vernon Philander was the main destroyer as the West Indian batting crumbled on the third day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Reno, toast of Flow Champions Cup Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Reno--toast-of-Flow-Champions-Cup-Awards_18126049 WINNERS Reno FC were predictably the toast of the Flow Champions Cup Awards Ceremony held at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) headquarters in New Kingston yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Puddy Pooh, Merlin for Sunnyside Stakes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Puddy-Pooh--Merlin-for-Sunnyside-Stakes_18125766 THE Sunnyside Stakes maiden special weight contest for native-bred two-year-old fillies, in two sections, will highlight a 12-race card at Caymanas Park today. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT W'House, Barbican join H'View, BT in Jackie Bell semis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/W-House--Barbican-join-H-View--BT-in-Jackie-Bell-semis_18126184 WATERHOUSE FC and Barbican FC scored identical 2-1 wins against Cavalier SC and Rockfort, respectively, to move on to the semi-final stages of the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell Knockout competition at Drewsland on Thursday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Boys' Club ambush Tomorrow's People http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Boys--Club-ambush-Tomorrow-s-People_18125778 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Montego Bay Boys' Club snapped their two-game losing skid after ambushing Tomorrow's People 2-0 to hand them their first loss in their Jamaica Football Federation Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League rescheduled game at the UDC Field on Thursday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT FIFA to release edited version of WCup bid report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FIFA-to-release-edited-version-of-WCup-bid-report_18125299 MARRAKECH, Morocco (AFP) -- FIFA will release an "appropriate" version of a report into alleged corruption surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, but president Sepp Blatter yesterday ruled out moving the tournaments from Russia and Qatar. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT New Zealand edge Pakistan 3-2 in ODI series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/New-Zealand-edge-Pakistan-3-2-in-ODI-series_18125693 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor hit half-centuries while paceman Matt Henry recorded career-best bowling figures as New Zealand thumped Pakistan by 68 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT FIFA to ban third-party ownership from next May http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FIFA-to-ban-third-party-ownership-from-next-May_18125388 MARRAKECH, Morocco (AFP) — FIFA will ban third-party ownership of players from May 1 next year, ending a system which critics claim breeds corruption but whose advocates insist is a crucial financial lifeline for poorer clubs. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Cook to be axed as England ODI captain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cook-to-be-axed-as-England-ODI-captain_18125333 LONDON, England (AFP) — Alastair Cook is set to be dismissed as captain of England's one-day team ahead of the World Cup after the opener's miserable run of form, according to reports yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Bahamas wins bid to host 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bahamas-wins-bid-to-host-2017-FIFA-Beach-Soccer-World-Cup_18125765 MIAMI, USA — The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) was selected by the FIFA Executive Committee at its meeting yesterday in Marrakech, Morocco, as host of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. Local Sports Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT It was a great 2014 season - Dane Nelson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-p-It-was-a-great-2014-season---Dane-Nelson--p---_18122802 DANE Nelson, who has retained the crown as champion jockey following the departure of main rival Dick Cardenas, said that although finishing the year without a Classic winner it was a great 2014 season as he had accomplished a lot. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Amla, AB, van Zyl propel Proteas to mammoth 552-5  http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/THREE-TONS-UP- CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) — South African captain Hashim Amla hit his third Test double century and Stiaan van Zyl made a hundred on debut before rain brought a premature end to the second day of the first Test yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:19:14 GMT Baptism of fire for Johnny Football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Baptism-of-fire-for-Johnny-Football_18122900 MAKING the transition from college football to the NFL is not easy. Media darling Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns found this out last Sunday in no uncertain terms. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Windies relying on openers to lead fightback http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-relying-on-openers-to-lead-fightback_18123749 CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) — West Indies assistant manager Andre Coley says his openers will need to occupy the crease for a considerable period in mounting a serious fightback against South Africa when the first Test enters its third day today. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT A close battle for owners' championship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/A-close-battle-for-owners--championship_18122790 WITH the jockeys' championship already decided, there is another close battle going on, this time it is the owners' championship involving leaders Elite Bloodstock Limited, Hamark Farms, defending champion Carlton Watson and Elias Haloute. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Early childhood tennis fun day staged in Hanover http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Early-childhood-tennis-fun-day-staged-in-Hanover-_18117357 The children, who hail from Sandy Bay, Pond Side, Cold Spring and Hopewell Basic Schools, watched a mini-set exhibition and enjoyed playing tennis-themed games, as well as exploring the hotel's play areas with their teachers and some of their parents. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Cricket: Cook set to be axed as England's World Cup captain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cricket--Cook-set-to-be-axed-as-England-s-World-Cup-captain LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Alastair Cook is set to be dismissed as captain of England's one-day team ahead of the World Cup after the opener's miserable run of form, according to reports on Friday. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:36:01 GMT Michael Phelps dodges jail in drunk driving case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Michael-Phelps-dodges-jail-in-drunk-driving-case BALTIMORE, United States (AFP) — Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps looked to the future Friday, including the Rio Olympics in 2016, after he dodged a stint in prison for drunk driving. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:38 GMT 1st Test: Windies 201 & 76/2 on day 3 vs S Africa 552/5 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/1st-Test--Windies-201---76-2-on-day-3-vs-S-Africa-552-5 CENTURION, South Africa (CMC) – West Indies were 76 for 2, following on against South Africa at the close of play on the third day of the first Test at SuperSport Park on Friday Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:20:59 GMT Can it get any closer? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Can-it-get-any-closer-_18122803 This is as close as it gets. Superior Quality (on the inside) with Omar Walker slightly hidden wearing the red cap was just able to hold the long and persistent challenge of Seeking My Dream with apprentice Shamaree Muir. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Smith fashions Australian fightback against India http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Smith-fashions-Australian-fightback-against-India_18120418 BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) -- Steve Smith again proved the elusive wicket for India as the new captain fashioned an Australian fightback on day two of the second Test yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Balotelli suspended, fined for racist, anti-semitic comments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Balotelli-suspended--fined-for-racist--anti-semitic-comments-_18123042 LONDON, England (AFP) -- Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been suspended for one match, fined 25,000 ($39,176) and ordered to attend to an education course after making racist and anti-semitic comments. Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT What They Say: Hubert Bartley - Jockey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hubert-Bartley--Jockey_18122789 When did you start your career as a jockey? Local Sports Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT