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 Portmore hold Montego Bay at Prison Oval http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Portmore-hold-Montego-Bay-at-Prison-Oval_86678 Hosts Portmore United and champions Montego Bay United cancelled each other in a 1-1 result in yesterday’s Red Stripe Premier League match at Spanish Town Prison Oval. National Premier League Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Arnett clip unlucky Boys’ Town 2-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Arnett-clip-unlucky-Boys--Town-2-1_86675 A late strike by Fabian Reid in the 87th minute led Arnett Gardens to a 2-1 win over Boys’ Town in the Red Stripe Premier League Trench Town derby at the Barbican field yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Catherine Hall face promoted Club Stars in Sandals football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Catherine-Hall-face-promoted-Club-Stars-in-Sandals-football_86657 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions Catherine Hall will kick off the St James Football Association Sandals International Senior League when they take on promoted Club Stars in the second game of a double header at the UDC field this afternoon. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Eales cops golf title in one-shot victory over Gillis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Eales-cops-golf-title-in-one-shot-victory-over-Gillis_86656 ROSE HALL, St James — Englishman Paul Eales scored a nail-biting one-shot victory to win his first Jamaica Open Golf title as the 50th staging came to a climactic end at the Half Moon course in Rose Hall on Saturday. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: High point http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--High-point_86674 Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Hart-felt’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Hart-felt-_86673 PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Less than two months after his sacking as national coach, Trinidad and Tobago men’s senior squad want Stephen Hart reinstated. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT FA president deserves sacking for Saintfiet fiasco — Warner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FA-president-deserves-sacking-for-Saintfiet-fiasco---Warner_86658 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Disgraced former CONCACAF president Jack Warner says nothing short of the axing of FA chief, David John-Williams, can atone for the embarrassment of Tom Saintfiet’s resignation after just five weeks as national head coach. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cameron focused on keeping WICB relevant, profitable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cameron-focused-on-keeping-WICB-relevant--profitable_86660 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron, has renewed his commitment to making the embattled regional body profitable, even as he announced a name change of the organisation to Cricket West Indies. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cricket gift! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cricket-gift-_86650 Defending schoolboy cricket champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last week received an assortment of new and used cricket gear from benefactors in England. The gift, which was presented to the STETHS cricket fraternity by Glendon Newsome of the STETHS p ast s tudents a ssociation, came from Jamaican Vincent Lindo, who has lived in England for more than 50 years, and his friend, sports goods supplier, Gary Stanyer. Local News Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Mane’ man http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Mane--man_86668 FRANCEVILLE, Gabon (AFP) — Sadio Mane scored from the penalty spot to send Senegal on their way to a 2-0 victory over Tunisia in their first outing at the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Ibrahimovic rescues Man Utd in Liverpool draw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ibrahimovic-rescues-Man-Utd-in-Liverpool-draw_86662 MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 84th-minute header as Manchester United prevented historic foes Liverpool from recapturing second place in the Premier League table in a 1-1 draw yesterday. Oversea's Football Leagues Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Kohli, Jadhav centuries help India beat England http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Kohli--Jadhav-centuries-help-India-beat-England_86665 PUNE, India (AFP) — Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hit blistering centuries to help India chase down 350 and stun England by three wickets in the first one-day international in Pune yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sparks set to fly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sparks-set-to-fly_86597 Sparks are set to fly when champions Montego Bay United visit Spanish Town Prison Oval to battle last season’s beaten finalists Portmore United in Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) action today. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Bolt urges youth to use his success as motivation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-urges-youth-to-use-his-success-as-motivation_86607 Having copped a record-equaling seventh RJR National Sportsman of the Year award at a glitzy ceremeony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Friday night, Usain Bolt made an impassioned plea to youngsters to use him as motivation for success. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Edwin Allen’s Davis clocks 23.16secs at Puma Development Meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Edwin-Allen-s-Davis-clocks-23-16secs-at-Puma-Development-Meet_86610 Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen clocked a wind-aided 23.16 seconds on her way to victory in the Girls’ Class Three 200-metre event on a day when a number of bright performances set the tone at the 35th staging of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)/PUMA Development Meet yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Burrell welcomes FIFA expansion, calls for equitable allocation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Burrell-welcomes-FIFA-expansion--calls-for-equitable-allocation_86589 Jamaica Football Federation president, Captain Horace Burrell, says FIFA’s sensational expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams is a welcome move. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Gagers to strum up joy for orphanage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gagers-to-strum-up-joy-for-orphanage_85255 IN September as Jamaicans braced for the worst from Hurricane Matthew, musician Richard Gager and his wife Mary followed its path from their home in Atlanta, Georgia. Committed social workers in that city, the couple planned to visit the country and assist with clean-up operations in Matthews’ aftermath. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Trainer DaCosta saddles historic 2,000th winner http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Trainer-DaCosta-saddles-historic-2-000th-winner_86612 All-time leading trainer by wins, Wayne DaCosta took the spotlight by saddling his 2,000th career winner on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Local experts back World Cup expansion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Local-experts-back-World-Cup-expansion_86602 The general consensus among Jamaica’s football administrators are that the expanded FIFA World Cup set for 2026 should benefit the island, but they agree that proper preparation will be the key to success. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Big Mac’ salutes FIFA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Big-Mac--salutes-FIFA_86585 Former FIFA Development Officer Howard McIntosh has joined the chorus of those applauding the expansion of the FIFA World Cup to 48 teams, up from 32. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Golden moment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--Golden-moment_86608 Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Taylor half-century helps Thunder to dramatic win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Taylor-half-century-helps-Thunder-to-dramatic-win_86579 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — Stafanie Taylor’s season-best half-century was nearly in vain but somehow Sydney Thunder managed to hang on and beat city rivals Sydney Sixers in a dramatic Women’s Big Bash League encounter here Saturday. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Sammy signs for Jaguars in Hong Kong Blitz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sammy-signs-for-Jaguars-in-Hong-Kong-Blitz_86578 HONG KONG, Hong Kong (CMC) — Two-time Twenty20 (T20) World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy, will turn out for Hung Hom JD Jaguars in the second edition of the Hong Kong T20 Blitz in March. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT CFU boss warns more slots don’t guarantee qualification http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CFU-boss-warns-more-slots-don-t-guarantee-qualification_86586 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) President Gordon Derrick is excited about the prospects for his constituents now that FIFA has bravely increased the World Cup to 48 teams, a jaw-dropping 16 more places. International Football Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Crushing defeat my worst moment, says Sri Lanka skipper http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Crushing-defeat-my-worst-moment--says-Sri-Lanka-skipper_86575 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Sri Lanka Captain Angelo Mathews said after his team crashed to an innings defeat inside three days that their 3-0 series whitewash by South Africa was the worst loss of his captaincy career. Local Sports Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT