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 Malachi delivers impressive gallop at Caymanas Park http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Malachi-delivers-impressive-gallop-at-Caymanas-Park_90401 As the preparation for the native-bred three-year-old Classic races continues to unfold, the Gresford Smith-trained Malachi galloped his way on the scene as a possible contender with an impressive win yesterday at Caymanas Park. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Fear not! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fear-not-_90377 Jamaica is expected to send a team to the International Association of Athletics Federation World U-18 Championships in Kenya despite athletics powerhouse the United States of America withdrawing over fears of terrorism. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Reggae Youths book first-ever mid-season final berth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Reggae-Youths-book-first-ever-mid-season-final-berth_90373 TUCKER, St James — Reggae Youths qualified for their first-ever mid-season final in the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation Charlie’s JB Rum Super League after earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw against a plucky Hopewell United at Wespow Park in Tucker on Sunday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT MBU take on struggling Paradise in Captain’s KO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MBU-take-on-struggling-Paradise-in-Captain-s-KO_90372 GREEN POND, St James — Defending champions Montego Bay United will take on struggling Division One team Paradise FC in their St James Football Association’s Captain’s Bakery and Grill Knockout second-round game at Green Pond High this afternoon, starting at 3:00 pm. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘We are ready’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-We-are-ready-_90376 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions Montego Bay United are fine-tuning their preparations for next week’s hosting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships first-round Group C game at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in St James. Observer West Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Shine-Out, Packers make winning start in KSACA T20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Shine-Out--Packers-make-winning-start-in-KSACA-T20_90363 SHINE-Out Youth Club and Packers Club both won their opening matches in the 2017 Kingston and St Andrew Cricket Association (KSACA) City T20 League at the Maxfield Park Sports Club last Sunday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Chief selector: Ambris did not merit walking into team http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chief-selector--Ambris-did-not-merit-walking-into-team_90406 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Chief Selector Courtney Browne has sought to defend the controversial non-selection of Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris who was overlooked for the upcoming three-match One-Day International series against England starting next month. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Taylor ton steers New Zealand past South Africa http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Taylor-ton-steers-New-Zealand-past-South-Africa_90378 CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) — A record-breaking century from Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to a gripping six-run win over South Africa in the second One-Day International in Christchurch yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Valencia stun Real Madrid to leave race wide open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Valencia-stun-Real-Madrid-to-leave-race-wide-open_90387 MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders Real Madrid 2-1 yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Rookies Peters, Hector in World Cup training squad http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rookies-Peters--Hector-in-World-Cup-training-squad------Rookies-Peters--Hector-in-World-Cup-training-squad_90361 ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — Uncapped Akeira Peters and Shawnisha Hector have been named in a 20-member training squad to prepare for the Women’s Cricket World Cup in June. Local Sports Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Vardy gives Leicester hope in Sevilla defeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Vardy-gives-Leicester-hope-in-Sevilla-defeat_90383 SEVILLE, Spain (AFP) —Jamie Vardy’s first Champions League goal gave Leicester City a lifeline in their last-16 tie despite going down 1-2 to Sevilla in yesterday’s first leg. Oversea's Football Leagues Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hard to swallow! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hard-to-swallow-_90294 For the second game running, Tivoli Gardens FC assistant coach Damion Gordon was left lamenting his team’s finishing after a defeat in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). National Premier League Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Luton Shelton reinvents himself at old club Harbour View http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Luton-Shelton-reinvents-himself-at-old-club-Harbour-View_90311 Luton Shelton was drained after only 45 minutes of action upon his return from a lengthy injury layoff. National Premier League Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Humble Lion coach disappointed even in victory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Humble-Lion-coach-disappointed-even-in-victory_90295 Boys’ Town FC sunk deeper in relegation mire after a 1-2 loss to semi-final chasing Humble Lion FC in the first game of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) double-header at National Stadium on Monday. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican badminton players to match strides with foreign counterparts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-badminton-players-to-match-strides-with-foreign-counterparts_90282 PLAYERS from eight overseas countries are expected to participate in the third staging of the Jamaica International Badminton Tournament scheduled for March 2-5 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Five Star receives high rating in race six http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Five-Star-receives-high-rating-in-race-six_90241 With no feature race carded, a native-bred three-year-old event will take centre stage on a well-supported nine-race midweek programme at Caymanas Park today. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Back to roots http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--Back-to-roots_90297 SHELTON... I’m working on my fitness and my confidence to get back Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Thomas savours US indoor shot put record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Thomas-savours-US-indoor-shot-put-record_90280 Days after setting a new national indoor record in the shot put at a meet in Kent, Ohio, on Saturday, Olympian Danniel Thomas has set her sights on taking her form to the outdoors. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Antigua lose second straight as Honduras dominate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Antigua-lose-second-straight-as-Honduras-dominate_90266 SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) — Honduras produced a ruthless second-half blitz to condemn Antigua and Barbuda to their second-straight defeat of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship with a 4-1 humbling here on Monday. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Aguero stars as Man City sink Monaco in thriller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Aguero-stars-as-Man-City-sink-Monaco-in-thriller_90306 MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Sergio Aguero starred as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in a breathless and dizzyingly end-to-end Champions League last-16 first-leg encounter at a rocking Etihad Stadium yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Ball in Bravo’s court — Cameron http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ball-in-Bravo-s-court---Cameron_90256 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Dave Cameron has remained vague on the future of embattled left-hander Darren Bravo. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Roach, Cornwall in President’s XI squad to face England http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Roach--Cornwall-in-President-s-XI-squad-to-face-England_90259 ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — West Indies A gloveman Jahmar Hamilton has been named to captain the WICB President’s XI in a one-day game against touring England next Monday in St Kitts. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Mourinho gives no guarantees on Rooney future http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mourinho-gives-no-guarantees-on-Rooney-future_90272 SAINT-Ã TIENNE, France (AFP) — Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho was coy on questions over Wayne Rooney’s future at the club as he confirmed the striker was still not fit enough to return for their Europa League clash with Saint-Etienne. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Incredible Hulk blasts Shanghai to victory http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Incredible-Hulk-blasts-Shanghai-to-victory_90268 SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Brazilian forward Hulk blasted Shanghai SIPG to a 1-0 victory over FC Seoul, but the big-spending Chinese giants needed to survive a penalty and a red card before winning their AFC Champions League opener yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Magic Johnson takes charge in major Lakers shake-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Magic-Johnson-takes-charge-in-major-Lakers-shake-up_90277 LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, who sparked the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s, was yesterday named president of basketball operations for the struggling NBA squad. Local Sports Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT