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 CCCAN gold, silver for Jamaica's synchro team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CCCAN-gold--silver-for-Jamaica-s-synchro-team_19163321 Jamaica's three-member National Synchronised Swimming Team reaped success in Barbados at the recently concluded CCCAN Age Group Championship with a four-medal haul of one gold and three silver medals. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT BMX National Championship puts island on cycling map http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/BMX-National-Championship-puts-island-on-cycling-map_19163344 ORACABESSA, St Mary — Competitive cycling in Jamaica will be wheeling its way into the spotlight at the inaugural Jamaica Bicycle Motocross (BMX) National Championship. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ali Baba to recoup losses in St Leger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ali-Baba-to-recoup-losses-in-St-Leger_19163366 It will be 'A Luta Continua' at Caymanas Park today, with top three-year-old Classic winners and stablemates, Derby winner, Seeking My Dream and 2000 Guineas winner, Ali Baba, continuing their battle for Classic win number two in the Jamaica St Leger. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Zharnel Hughes leads all qualifiers in British Championships 200m final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Zharnel-Hughes-leads-all-qualifiers-in-British-Championships-200m-final_19164436 ZHARNEL Hughes leads the qualifiers into today's final of the men's 200m after running 20.55 seconds (-0.2m/s) to win his semi-final heat on yesterday's first day of the British Championships at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Excitement builds for Cheerleading Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Excitement-builds-for-Cheerleading-Champs_19165070 WITH just a few hours to go everyone is getting pumped up for the 2015 National Cheerleading Championships taking place today at the National Indoor Sports Centre. The Jamaica Cheer Federation (JACF) president Karelle Jones is especially excited to see the improvement in the technical abilities of the cheer students. "We are ready for the world!" she exclaimed. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Chile defeat Argentina on penalties to win first Copa crown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chile-defeat-Argentina-on-penalties-to-win-first-Copa-crown SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chile defeated Argentina on penalties to end their 99-year wait for a Copa America crown here Saturday after the match finished 0-0 after extra-time. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 18:06:56 GMT Copa America final goes to extra-time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Copa-America-final-goes-to-extra-time SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — The Copa America final between Argentina and Chile went to extra-time on Saturday after the match finished level at 0-0 after 90 minutes. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:25:20 GMT Chile 0 Argentina 0 at half-time in Copa America final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chile-0-Argentina-0-at-half-time-in-Copa-America-final SANTIAGO, Chile (AFP) — Chile and Argentina were level 0-0 at half-time in the Copa America final in Santiago on Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:23:48 GMT PHOTOS: Double Jamaican sprint delight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/PHOTOS--Double-Jamaican-sprint-delight KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica’s sprinters Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce made up for the absence of injured Usain Bolt by storming to double 100m glory in the Diamond League meet in Paris on Saturday. OBSERVER ONLINE brings you photo highlights. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:46:57 GMT Powell eases to 9.81 Diamond League win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Powell-eases-to-9-81-Diamond-League-win KINGSTON, Jamaica — Former world record holder Asafa Powell finished ahead of the men’s 100m field at the Paris Diamond League meet a short while ago. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:02:08 GMT St Kitts and Nevis Patriots beat Jamaica Tallawahs by 119 runs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Kitts-and-Nevis-Patriots-beat-Jamaica-Tallawahs-by-119-runs BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) – St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated Jamaica Tallawahs by 119 runs, in the 13th game of the Caribbean Premier League at Warner Park here Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:36:50 GMT Shelly dismisses Diamond League field in world-leading time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Shelly-dismisses-Diamond-League-field-in-world-leading-time KINGSTON, Jamaica — Double Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran a blistering world-leading time of 10.74 in the 100m event to dismiss a strong field at the Paris Diamond League meet Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:05:12 GMT France finally reap Olympic medals for Tyson Gay doping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/France-finally-reap-Olympic-medals-for-Tyson-Gay-doping PARIS, France (AFP) — France were on Saturday belatedly awarded bronze medals for the men's 4x100m relay at the 2012 Olympics after the United States were disqualified due to Tyson Gay's doping ban. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:58:48 GMT CPL: Patriots 199-5 vs Tallawahs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CPL--Patriots-199-5-vs-Tallawahs KINGSTON, Jamaica — The St Kitts and Nevis Patriots racked up 199 for five off 20 overs in the 13th match of the Hero Caribbean Premier League against the Jamaica Tallawahs at Warner Park in St Kitts, Saturday. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:48:58 GMT Jamaican-German Dustin Brown exits Wimbledon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-German-Dustin-Brown-exits-Wimbledon LONDON, United Kingdom — Jamaican-German Dustin Brown, the conqueror of Rafael Nadal, returned to earth with a bump Saturday when he was beaten by Serbian Viktor Troicki. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:57:44 GMT Powell hopes to star at Paris Diamond League today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Powell-hopes-to-star-at-Paris-Diamond-League-today PARIS, France (AFP) — Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell is set to light up Paris' Diamond League meet on Saturday in the absence of injured Usain Bolt. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:42:13 GMT CPL heads to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CPL-heads-to-Jamaica_19163310 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The biggest party in sports, the Hero Caribbean Premier League, heads to Jamaica where the hosts Tallawahs will take on St Lucia Zouks, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel, Barbados Tridents and the Amazon Warriors from Guyana. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ja's U-17 cricketers leave for Tobago tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ja-s-U-17-cricketers-leave-for-Tobago-tomorrow_19163367 ST JOHN'S, Antigua — Holders Barbados are expected to face stiff challenge against Windward Islands at Canaan when the Regional Under-17 Tournament opens on Tuesday in the island of Tobago. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Teams look to extend unbeaten streak in Business House Open League Netball http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Teams-look-to-extend-unbeaten-streak-in-Business-House-Open-League-Netball-_19163368 SEVERAL unbeaten teams will be hunting more wins as the 2015 Business House Netball Association (BHNA) Open League competition continues today at the St Andrew High School For Girls, beginning at 4:00 pm. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ja's water polo teams win bronze medals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ja-s-water-polo-teams-win-bronze-medals_19164442 JAMAICA'S water polo teams returned home on Thursday from the Central American and Caribbean Championships (CCCAN) in Puerto Rico with bronze medals in four categories. They finished third in 18 and under categories for male and female and in the 15 and under section for male and female. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Junior tennis semis on today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Junior-tennis-semis-on-today_19164898 BRANDON Tom will highlight today's semi-final round of the Access-sponsored All Jamaica Junior Tennis Tournament when he meets Kyle Martin in the boys' 18 and under singles. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Soca Warriors to meet Mexico in friendly ahead of WC qualifiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Soca-Warriors-to-meet-Mexico-in-friendly-ahead-of-WC-qualifiers_19163373 MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors will clash with CONCACAF giants Mexico on September 4, in a friendly international which will beef up preparations for the Caribbean side's 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign starting in November. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Claremont FC get $500,000 sponsorship for St Ann Major League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Claremont-FC-get--500-000-sponsorship-for-St-Ann-Major-League_19163352 CLAREMONT, St Ann -- Newly promoted team to the St Ann Major League, Claremont Football Club, has been boosted with a $500,000 sponsorship by businessman Denzel McDonald. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Sasso, Barnes to battle for ACDelco National Shotgun Sporting Clays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sasso--Barnes-to-battle-for-ACDelco-National-Shotgun-Sporting-Clays_19163340 The final discipline in the ACDelco National Shotgun Sporting Clays championship will see defending champion Shaun Barnes and current leader Christian Sasso battling today and tomorrow in a 200-round competition. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Serena Williams battles back to beat Watson at Wimbledon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Serena-Williams-battles-back-to-beat-Watson-at-Wimbledon_19164656 LONDON, England (AP) — Pushed to the absolute limit, Serena Williams once again found a way to win. Local Sports Sat, 04 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT