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 From Caymanas Estates to Caymanas Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/From-Caymanas-Estates-to-Caymanas-Park_68263 “Riding a horse is second nature to me”, leading apprentice Linton Steadman said emphatically. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Coach Nixon looks to maintain winning ways at CPL outing in Florida http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Coach-Nixon-looks-to-maintain-winning-ways-at-CPL-outing-in-Florida_68325 Jamaica Tallawahs Head Coach Paul Nixon is pleased with the form of his team heading into their two Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games in the United States. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Minister Grange lauds Ja’s bright performance at U-20 Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Minister-Grange-lauds-Ja-s-bright-performance-at-U-20-Champs_68328 Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport extended congratulations to Jaheel Hyde and Tiffany James on their outstanding performances at the recently concluded IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Poland. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Teams gear up for Business House Open League netball play-offs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Teams-gear-up-for-Business-House-Open-League-netball-play-offs_68355 Last year’s beaten finalist Scotiabank ‘A’ and Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) headline the six teams that have qualified for the play-off round of the 2016 Business House Netball Association competition. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT NIA Southern Basketball League semis on today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/NIA-Southern-Basketball-League-semis-on-today_68292 The National Integrity Action Southern Basketball League semi-finals move into the dreaded deciding, game three eliminator at separate venues today, starting at 7:00 pm. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT WI must fight like tigers at Sabina http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WI-must-fight-like-tigers-at-Sabina_68319 For me it wasn’t so much that the West Indies lost the first Test by an innings. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Gary Glitter going from strength to strength http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Gary-Glitter-going-from-strength-to-strength_68257 The Dalton Sirjue-conditioned Gary Glitter continued to show noticeable improvement when he won the top-rated Overnight Allowance event at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Florida quest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--Florida-quest_68366 Jamaica Tallawahs all-rounder Andre Russell on the go against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Hero CPL game at Sabina Park on July 16. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments…Winners’ comments http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Winners--comments-Winners--comments-Winners--comments_68255 The Complete Racing Guide shares the comments of some of the winners on the nine-race programme at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Clocking in the hours, gaining experience http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Clocking-in-the-hours--gaining-experience_68261 Romario Saunders, one of many Jamaican jockeys currently riding in Canada, is clocking in the hours, while gaining valuable experience and some success at the Hastings racetrack in Vancouver. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Unbreakable wins Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Unbreakable-wins-Oswald--Ossie--Steele-Memorial-Cup_68259 Unbreakable completed his second consecutive victory in 14 days when he won the Oswald ‘Ossie’ Steele Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park last Saturday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica edge Barbados to remain unbeaten http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-edge-Barbados-to-remain-unbeaten_68368 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Jamaica remained unbeaten, but inflicted Barbados with their first defeat, when they pulled off a narrow three-run victory in the third round of the Twenty20 phase of the Regional Women’s Championship here Sunday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Windies to host Afghanistan in historic series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-to-host-Afghanistan-in-historic-series_68347 KABUL, Afghanistan (CMC) — Afghanistan will tour West Indies for an eight-match limited overs series next June, marking the first time the International Cricket Association (ICC) associate nation will face the Caribbean side in a full series. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Plenty of excitement ahead of US leg – CPL boss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Plenty-of-excitement-ahead-of-US-leg---CPL-boss_68326 Damien O’Donohoe, the chief executive officer of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), says the first half of the 2016 season has set the stage for the historic hosting of games in the United States. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Imperious Charles makes it three straight for Zouks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Imperious-Charles-makes-it-three-straight-for-Zouks_68332 GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) — West Indies opener Johnson Charles produced an imperious innings as St Lucia Zouks clobbered Guyana Amazon Warriors by nine wickets here Sunday night, to march to third spot in the Caribbean Premier League. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Olympic travellers face tiny risk of Zika: US study http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Olympic-travellers-face-tiny-risk-of-Zika--US-study-_68372 MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Those travelling to Brazil for the Olympics face a tiny risk of getting infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, US researchers said yesterday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Anderson in the wickets as England rout Pakistan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Anderson-in-the-wickets-as-England-rout-Pakistan_68345 MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — James Anderson marked his return to international duty with three wickets as England beat Pakistan by a massive 330 runs to win the second Test at his Old Trafford home ground yesterday. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Scoreboard http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Scoreboard_68361 Completed scoreboard on the fourth day of the second Test between England and Pakistan: Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Favourite Highland Reel wins King George Stakes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Favourite-Highland-Reel-wins-King-George-Stakes_68253 ASCOT, United Kingdom (AFP) — Ryan Moore rode favourite Highland Reel to a narrow victory in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday last, beating Queen Elizabeth II’s Dartmouth into third. Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT FINA swift to act as IOC ‘passes buck’ on Russia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FINA-swift-to-act-as-IOC--passes-buck--on-Russia_68364 MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — The legal battle to compete in next month’s Olympics began Monday as Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova was the first to appeal her exclusion from the Rio Games by swimming body FINA, acting on criteria set out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Local Sports Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican at heart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-at-heart_68199 BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — As the saying goes, “You can take a Jamaican out of Jamaica, but you can never take Jamaica out of a Jamaican.” Austin Hamilton, who competes for Sweden, is the embodiment of this saying. Local Sports Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica end U-20 Champs on high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-end-U-20-Champs-on-high_68191 BYDGOSZCZ, Poland — Jamaica captured three medals on yesterday’s final day of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, including unexpected medals in the women’s 100-metre hurdles and men’s 4x400m relays, to end the six-day championships on a high. Local Sports Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT U-17 coach Edwards bothered by tournament schedules http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/U-17-coach-Edwards-bothered-by-tournament-schedules_68193 Jamaica’s Under-17 men’s football team Coach Andrew Edwards has a bit of problem, a slight headache even. International Football Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Frankel, Black capture titles at ITF/JMMB tennis tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Frankel--Black-capture-titles-at-ITF-JMMB-tennis-tourney_68219 Kyle Frankel of Aruba and American Hurricane Tyra Black captured the boys’ and girls’ 18-and-under singles titles at the International Tennis Federation (ITF)/JMMB Jamaica Juniors International Tennis Tournament that ended at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre on Saturday. Local Sports Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ashwin spins India to crushing defeat of Windies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ashwin-spins-India-to-crushing-defeat-of-Windies_68213 NORTH SOUND, Antigua and Barbuda (AFP) — Ravichandran Ashwin completed a magnificent all-round performance with seven wickets to bowl India to a crushing victory by an innings and 92 runs on the fourth day of the first Test against the West Indies in Antigua yesterday. Local Sports Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT