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 Bring it on! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bring-it-on-_93319 “Bring it on” was the response of the management team of embattled Jamaican athlete Kaliese Spencer at the news that the Commonwealth Games gold medallist was one of two athletes alleged by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) to have avoided being drug-tested last year, a breach of their rules. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Speed skater Oddman feeling ‘good’ after copping silver http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Speed-skater-Oddman-feeling--good--after-copping-silver_93296 GRAZ, Austria — Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) continues to create waves in winter sports, as Dave Oddman won silver in division 23 of the 222-metre speed skating race at the Liebenau ice rink yesterday. It is the tropical country’s first medal here at the 2017 World Winter Games. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Floor hockey team loses to Hungary again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Floor-hockey-team-loses-to-Hungary-again_93295 GRAZ, Austria — Jamaica’s floor hockey team did not contest the third-place match yesterday as originally scheduled, but they fine-tuned for the encounter with a spirited display despite losing 3-6 to highly regarded Hungary. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Champions League trophy — the magic, the mystique, the awe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Champions-League-trophy---the-magic--the-mystique--the-awe_93286 Ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy was not on hand, but patrons were treated to the ultimate fan experience on Heineken’s “Champion Di Trophy” UEFA Champions League (UCL) Trophy tour at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cold bug bites at World Winter Games, but athletes coping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cold-bug-bites-at-World-Winter-Games--but-athletes-coping_93294 GRAZ, Austria — Patricia Lue-Chin, the sole trained medical personnel with the Jamaican contingent competing here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, says that despite the odd case of cold symptoms, the delegation has fared well since arriving here over a week ago. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Catherine Hall All-Stars make winning start in Elite Basketball League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Catherine-Hall-All-Stars-make-winning-start-in-Elite-Basketball-League_92985 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars got their Western Basketball Association Icool/Idrade Elite Basketball League (EBL) season off to a winning start last Saturday, beating promoted Muschett Falcons 86-52 in the final game of a triple-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Former champ Mullings to open Contender Series against Canada’s Matthews http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Former-champ-Mullings-to-open-Contender-Series-against-Canada-s-Matthews_93310 The preliminaries are over. It is now time for the real deal. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Apology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Apology_93343 The Jamaica Observer wishes to advise that yesterday’s lead story from the back page Spencer, Hylton charged, which was set to continue on Page 48, did not appear due to a technical glitch for which we apologise unreservedly. However, please note that the main elements of that story are repeated in today’s updated version, Bring it on! Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Thomas, Brown cop silver, bronze at Para Pan Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Thomas--Brown-cop-silver--bronze-at-Para-Pan-Games_93311 Para athletes Tevaughan Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica its first medals when they struck silver and bronze medals on Tuesday in the Under-19 T47 and T12 100m events, respectively, at the Sao Paulo Para Pan American Youth Games, currently being held in Brazil. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Irwin, Fire House look to maintain lead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Irwin--Fire-House-look-to-maintain-lead_93293 IRWIN, St James — Irwin United and Fire House SC, leaders in their respective zones of the St James Football Association Sandals International Division One, will this afternoon seek to stay in front when they take on Somerton FC and Norwood Strikers, respectively, in return-round action. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Holland High lead girls basketball league http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Holland-High-lead-girls-basketball-league_93290 WAKEFIELD, Trelawny — Holland High have secured the top spot in the play-offs after winning their fifth-straight game in the ISSA Western Conference Girls’ Basketball League on Monday after beating hosts Muschett High 31-18 in Wakefield, Trelawny. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT More students to benefit from MoBay City Run http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/More-students-to-benefit-from-MoBay-City-Run_93268 ROSE HALL, St James — Organisers of the fourth staging of the MoBay City Run have extended their reach and will broaden their scope as they seek to assist more students from the proceeds of this year’s event, which will be staged on May 7 in Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Western Jamaica Domino competition begins with Strike Force win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Western-Jamaica-Domino-competition-begins-with-Strike-Force-win_93270 MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The 2017 staging of the Western Jamaica Domino Association Charley’s JB Overproof Rum-sponsored competition began on Sunday at the 24x7 Sports Bar in Montego Bay with Classic, the defending champions for the premier league, being outscored by Strike Force 300 to 290 in the only match played. Observer West Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Record breaking throw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Record-breaking-throw_93277 Montego Bay Community College’s Lacie Allen on her way to a new meet record in the women’s discus throw final at Saturday’s second staging of the CCCJ track and field and cheerleading competition at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Allen, who was the only winner for MBCC, threw 27.20 metres, breaking the mark of 23.25 metre set by Donique McIntosh of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE). (Photo:Paul Reid) Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Thompson Street lift Heroy Clarke 40-over title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Thompson-Street-lift-Heroy-Clarke-40-over-title-_93274 MONTEGO BAY, St James - Thompson Street won the St James Cricket Association Heroy Clarke 40- Over competition after beating Green Pond by 36 runs in Sunday’s final at Barnett Oval in Montego Bay. Observer West Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Tight race! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tight-race-_93273 Semi-final Observer West Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT Windies to begin preparation for Pakistan series today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-to-begin-preparation-for-Pakistan-series-today_93309 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies players were due to begin preparation today for their four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting next Sunday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Brathwaite in to strengthen Pride for Jaguars clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Brathwaite-in-to-strengthen-Pride-for-Jaguars-clash_93307 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Test batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been recalled to the Barbados Pride squad as one of three changes for their eighth- round clash against tournament leaders Guyana Jaguars starting here today. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Windies series vital for morale, says skipper Sarfraz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-series-vital-for-morale--says-skipper-Sarfraz_93306 KARACHI, Pakistan (CMC) — Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes positive results on the tour of West Indies starting this weekend, will be important in boosting team morale in the wake of yet another cricket corruption scandal. Local Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Gold hunt! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gold-hunt-_93197 GRAZ, Austria — The members of the Jamaica delegation here at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games will be watching with fingers crossed as compatriot Dave Oddman races for gold in the 222-metre ice speed skating event at the ice rink stadium. Local Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Spencer, Hylton charged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Spencer--Hylton-charged_93242 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kaliese Spencer and World Championships relay bronze medallist Riker Hylton were yesterday identified by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) as the two Jamaican athletes who have violated the JADCO anti-doping rules that speak to “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection”. Local Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mouthwatering prospects as Jamaica look to Carifta Swim Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mouthwatering-prospects-as-Jamaica-look-to-Carifta-Swim-Champs_93185 With some of Jamaica’s most talented swimmers set to make their Carifta Swimming Championships debut, Coach Gillian Millwood has high hopes that this year’s team could achieve the country’s biggest medal haul in recent times. Local Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mixed fortunes for Jamaican floor hockey warriors at Winter Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mixed-fortunes-for-Jamaican-floor-hockey-warriors-at-Winter-Games_93181 GRAZ, Austria — Jamaica’s floor hockey players endured another difficult day at the Special Olympics World Winter Games as they fell out of gold medal contention yesterday after another defeat. Local Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT New coach appointed for Sunshine Girls http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/New-coach-appointed-for-Sunshine-Girls KINGSTON, Jamaica — Netball Jamaica has announced the appointment of Jermaine Allison-McCracken as the new head coach for the Senior Sunshine Girls. Local News Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:23:25 GMT Spencer refutes allegations of anti-doping violation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Spencer-refutes-allegations-of-anti-doping-violation KINGSTON, Jamaica — The management team of embattled Jamaican hurdler Kaliese Spencer is stridently refuting allegations by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that she has violated any of their rules. Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:46:00 GMT