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 Battle of the Gardens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Battle-of-the-Gardens_17583765 THE 2014-2015 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) campaign enters its third week of competition today with five matches, including the anticipated humdinger between big-time rivals Arnett Gardens FC and Tivoli Gardens FC at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, starting at 6:00 pm. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Golf tourneys aimed at propelling Sandals brand to new heights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Golf-tourneys-aimed-at-propelling-Sandals-brand-to-new-heights-_17583841 OCHO RIOS, St Ann — If you saw golfers over the weekend wielding their clubs on the verdant course of the Sandals Golf and Country Club in rustic Upton in St Ann, these golfers were not here only for the fun of it. They converged for the annual USA Travel Agents' Golf Tournament as host Sandals Resorts International showed off its world-class facilities to North American travel specialists. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT STGC SPANK KC 3-0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/STGC-SPANK-KC-3-0_17584006 MANY-Times champion St George's College (StGC) easily dismissed Kingston College (KC) 3-0 in their Group A ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football competition at Clovelly Park, yesterday, to assume sole leadership with maximum 12 points. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT 6 schools remain perfect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/6-schools-remain-perfect-_17583997 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Six schools including former champions Cornwall College, Frome Technical and Clarendon College all maintained perfect win records yesterday as the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football competition reached the midway mark of the first round. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT North Street debacle STGC spank KC 3-0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/North-Street-debacle-STGC-spank-KC-3-0_17583996 Khori Bennett (left) of Wolmer's Boys' and Trench Town's Ronaldo Nicholson vie for possession of the ball in their ISSA/LIME Manning Cup encounter at Heroes' Circle yesterday. Wolmer's won the game 3-0. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Wolmer's march past Trench Town 3-0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wolmer-s-march-past-Trench-Town-3-0_17583933 WOLMER'S Boys' continued their dominance of Group E when they blanked Trench Town High School 3-0 in the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup competition at Heroes' Circle, yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Top student athletes to benefit at Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Top-student-athletes-to-benefit-at-Courtney-Walsh-Awards-for-Excellence Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence as an honour for which young, up-andcoming athletes should strive and build character, CHASE has been inviting selected schools to attend the award ceremony. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:30:42 GMT Homefield no guarantee of success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Homefield-no-guarantee-of-success_17581121 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Playing at home is no guarantee for success for Jamaica in the upcoming Caribbean Football Union Caribbean Cup tournament that will be held in Montego Bay, November 10-17, says Winfried Schaefer, head coach of the Reggae Boyz. International Football Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Reggae Girlz off to Florida-based training camp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Reggae-Girlz-off-to-Florida-based-training-camp_17583887 JAMAICA'S senior Reggae Girlz are scheduled to leave the island today for Orlando, Florida, where they will continue preparation for the CONCACAF Women's Championship to be held in the United States from October 15 to 26. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Estimated 7,000 fans trade in Ray Rice jerseys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Estimated-7-000-fans-trade-in-Ray-Rice-jerseys_17583780 BALTIMORE, USA (AP) — More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore's stadium yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chief Secretariat proves too strong for rivals in feature http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chief-Secretariat-proves-too-strong-for-rivals-in-feature_17583928 WITH a strong handling from the two-time defending champion jockey Dane Nelson, the Doks Stables-owned Chief Secretariat came with an electrifying run to win the Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup in fine style at Caymanas Park yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cameroon gets 2019 African Cup, CAF backs Blatter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cameroon-gets-2019-African-Cup--CAF-backs-Blatter_17583601 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — West Africa will stage three straight African Cup of Nations tournaments after Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Guinea were chosen as hosts for the 2019, 2021 and 2023 events yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT JBA targets inner-city schools, communities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JBA-targets-inner-city-schools--communities_17579762 WHILE badminton is not as popular as other sporting disciplines in the country, the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) in an attempt to build the sport is targeting inner-city schools and communities across Jamaica. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Travel agents slug it out in two-day Sandals tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Travel-agents-slug-it-out-in-two-day-Sandals-tourney OCHO RIOS, St Ann — At press time yesterday, there was no clear winner in the 12th Sandals USA Travel Agents’ Golf tournament as two teams scored the same number of points over the two days of competition. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:11:13 GMT Gilzene's unbeaten 189 punishes Police http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gilzene-s-unbeaten-189-punishes-Police_17583973 Kevin Gilzene smashed 189 not out to lead St Ann CA to a five-wicket win over Zone C rivals Police Sports Club in yesterday's high-scoring Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) All-Island 50-overs match at Elletson Road. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ronaldo scores 3 as Madrid thrash Deportivo 8-2 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ronaldo-scores-3-as-Madrid-thrash-Deportivo-8-2_17583784 BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick and Gareth Bale and Javier Hernandez added braces as Real Madrid rolled past Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 to emphatically end their two-game losing skid in the Spanish league yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Breese steers Durham to English county One-Day Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Breese-steers-Durham-to-English-county-One-Day-Cup LONDON, England (AFP) — West Indies all-rounder Gareth Breese enjoyed a fairytale finish to his career with Durham as the north-east side won a tense English county One-Day Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord's yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mohammed secures career-best spot, Dottin back in top 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mohammed-secures-career-best-spot--Dottin-back-in-top-10_17583727 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed has climbed to a career-best second spot, while stroke-maker Deandra Dottin has returned to the top 10 of the batting rankings, in the latest ICC One-Day International Player rankings announced yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Liverpool hammered 3-1 at Upton Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Liverpool-hammered-3-1-at-Upton-Park_17583732 LONDON, England (AFP) — Liverpool suffered a surprise 3-1 loss away to West Ham yesterday as fresh questions were raised about whether they have the defence required to win the Premier League. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT New first-class season will improve Windies, says WICB president http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/New-first-class-season-will-improve-Windies--says-WICB-president_17581129 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron says he expects the new franchise-based first-class season to significantly improve the fortunes of the senior West Indies team. Local Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Selman, Taylor help Windies steal last-over win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Selman--Taylor-help-Windies-steal-last-over-win_17581230 BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — Seamer Shakera Selman bowled a brilliant last over as West Indies Women snatched a thrilling four-run victory over New Zealand Women to complete their sweep of the four-match One-Day International series at Warner Park here yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT WICB, WIPA ink new 'watershed' agreement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WICB--WIPA-ink-new--watershed--agreement_17578276 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) hailed as a critical turning point in West Indies cricket were inked on Thursday between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA). Local Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Tame draw - Vauxhall hold Charlie Smith 0-0 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tame-draw_17581126 GROUP B favourites Charlie Smith High were held to a tame 0-0 draw by Vauxhall High in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football match at Vauxhall High School playing field, yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chief Secretariat to conduct matters in Donald Tankoy Memorial http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chief-Secretariat-to-conduct-matters-in-Donald-Tankoy-Memorial_17579935 THE Donald Tankoy Memorial Cup going 1,300 metres will highlight an action-packed 10-race card at Caymanas Park today. However, much of the action will also unfurl in race three where Ali Baba, seemingly the best of the Ahwhofah offspring, will run for the second time and a victory looks assured. Local Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT 5 derbies to highlight today's daCosta Cup schedule http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/5-derbies-to-highlight-today-s-daCosta-Cup-schedule_17580286 MONTEGO BAY, St James — A number of interesting derby games will highlight today's set of matches in the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football competition, which is at the mid-way point of the first round. Local Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT