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 Schaefer claims FIFA ban lifted... at least for now http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Schaefer-claims-FIFA-ban-lifted----at-least-for-now_19233239 SEOUL, South Korea -- Reggae Boyz Head Coach Winfried Schaefer has claimed that on the intervention of his German counsel, the FIFA has lifted the two-match ban imposed on him on September 29, 2015, pending a review of the disciplinary matter to include his defence. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mariappa: Lee a big loss, now others have chance to shine http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mariappa--Lee-a-big-loss--now-others-have-chance-to-shine_19233232 SEOUL, South Korea - Like any true professional, Adrian Mariappa is taking the series of challenges facing the Reggae Boyz in stride. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Schaefer says Boyz to gain despite result against South Korea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nothing-to-lose--Schaefer-says-Boyz-to-gain-despite-result-against-South-Korea SEOUL, South Korea — For Head Coach Winfried Schaefer, today’s friendly international against South Korea can only be a victory for his Reggae Boyz. And that is regardless of the result at the end of the game. Surely, Jamaica can lose the game, but from Schaefer’s philosophical standpoint, these Jamaican players can only gain from the experience... there is nothing to lose. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:39:08 GMT Inter-zone spots filled after set of rescheduled games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Inter-zone-spots-filled-after-set-of-rescheduled-games_19233300 PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland -- Petersfield High, Spalding High, and deCarteret College booked automatic qualifying spots in the Inter-zone round of the ISSA/Flow daCosta Cup as all 32 places were filled after rescheduled games were played yesterday. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Highlights - Tivoli Gardens vs Waterhouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Highlights---Tivoli-Gardens-vs-Waterhouse_19233228 Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson (left) of Waterhouse comes under a strong challenge from Ranike Anderson of Tivoli Gardens during the RSPL game at the Edward Seaga Complex on Sunday. Tivoli Gardens won 4-0. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rivoli dedicate victory to absent head coach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rivoli-dedicate-victory-to-absent-head-coach_19233225 ASSISTANT Coach Marlon Williams believes Sunday's 2-0 victory over Humble Lion can be used as a fillip to kick-start their Red Stripe Premier League season. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Dominic James - St George’s College http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dominic-James---St-George-s-College_19233166 1) What team did you play against in your first Manning Cup match? Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT MANNING CUP: St George's, Denham Town advance to second round http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MANNING-CUP--St-George-s--Denham-Town-advance-to-second-round KINGSTON, Jamaica – Favourites St George’s College and Denham Town both advanced to the second round of the ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup competition following crucial Group victories over Eltham and Innswood high schools, respectively. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:05:10 GMT Munro celebrate resurgence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Munro-celebrate-resurgence ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Back in late September there were those smiling and shaking their heads in disbelief at Keveral Stewart’s optimism. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:26:17 GMT Confident Windies looking to rise above setbacks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Confident-Windies-looking-to-rise-above-setbacks GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC) – West Indies will be hoping to put a less-than-ideal build-up behind them when they clash with Sri Lanka in the opening Test here starting Wednesday (12:30 am Eastern Caribbean time). Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 10:23:15 GMT South Korea spank Jamaica 3-0 in international friendly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/South-Korea-spank-Jamaica-3-0-in-international-friendly SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea spanked Jamaica 3-0 in their friendly international inside the Seoul World Cup Stadium earlier today. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:24:45 GMT Manning Cup Points Standings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Manning-Cup-Points-Standings_19233206 Group A GP W L D GF GA GD Pts Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jason DaCosta scores big win at Thistle Downs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jason-DaCosta-scores-big-win-at-Thistle-Downs_19233207 JASON DaCosta, son of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, scored one of the biggest wins of his career on Saturday when his charge Unbridled Trick won a US$150,000 two-year-old Stakes race at attractive odds of 6-1 at Thistle Downs in the American state of Ohio. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Potcheen, Uppa Tune head Alex's Imports Gold Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Potcheen--Uppa-Tune-head-Alex-s-Imports-Gold-Cup_19233210 TRAINER Harry Parsard, who is having his best ever season, dominates the provisional entries for the race described as the most potent handicap event on the local racing calendar, the Alex's Imports - Gold Cup run over seven furlongs. The race is set for next Saturday. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Racing Guide photos - October 13 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Racing-Guide-photos---October-13_19233212 FROM THE STANDS! Photographer Bryan Cummings went into the stands at the Park to capture this photograph of Gold Member (blue cap) with Ruja Lahoe pulling away from rivals to win at the non-winners of two level over the five straight course. Behind Gold Member is Trojan who finished fourth with Linton Steadman. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Racing guide photos - October 13(part 2) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Racing-guide-photos---October-13-part-2-_19233213 The inference is clear: "I believe I can fly" (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT DaCosta Cup Points Standings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/DdaCosta-Cup-Points-Standings_19233233 Zone A P W D L GF GA GD P Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Supreme Ventures offers big prizes for racing fans http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Supreme-Ventures-offers-big-prizes-for-racing-fans_19233209 As part of its sponsorship of this season's two-year-old series, Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) is offering some major prizes for racing fans at the racetrack on the three scheduled race days - Heroes' Day (Monday October 19), Saturday November 28 and Boxing Day (December 26). Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Favourites bite the dust http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Favourites-bite-the-dust_19233211 Punters had a rough day at the Park on Saturday, with only one favourite, King Within, obliging on the nine-race programme. The longest price winner was the Patrick Smellie - owned and trained Joyful Rakota, who won at odds of 8-1 in the third race. Oh My Grandpa at odds of 7-1, Maria's Glory at 6-1 and Audre's Blessing at 6-1 also contributed to the misery of the punters. No one caught the Sunrise Six which now has a carry-over of just above $1.21 million, but it was rather surprising that the Twilight Six was caught by only one punter paying just over $1.47 million. The lucrative Pick-9 was not caught. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Best juveniles entered for Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Best-juveniles-entered-for-Cash-Pot--Only-One-For-Me--Trophy_19233208 THE top 14 two-year-olds who have so far paraded their qualities this season are provisionally entered in the first race in the Supreme Ventures-sponsored series - the Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy. The race will be run over six furlongs on Heroes' Day, Monday October 19. Final nominations will be made on Thursday. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Humble Lion gracious in defeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Humble-Lion-gracious-in-defeat_19233224 MAY PEN, Clarendon -- Humble Lion Coach Linval 'Pala' Wilson took Sunday's Red Stripe Premier League defeat to Rivoli United gracefully, promising that his team will bounce back. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT HARRISTON LEWIS JNR - I am happy with the way I am riding http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/HARRISTON-LEWIS-JNR---I-am-happy-with-the-way-I-am-riding_19233215 Jockey Harriston Lewis Jnr says he is pleased with his current form and that he is riding with a lot more confidence, especially over the past few months. Lewis, 30, is attributing hard work and dedication along with fitness to his recent success. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Couples golf tourney raises $1.2m http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Couples-golf-tourney-raises--1-2m_19233221 NEGRIL, Jamaica -- The organisers of the Couples Charity Golf Tournament are already targeting a bumper turnout for next year's 10th staging of the event in Negril. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Trainers' association president endorses Diamond Mile http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Trainers--association-president-endorses-Diamond-Mile_19233214 Dale Murphy, president of the United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA) of Jamaica, is giving full endorsement to the Diamond Mile race day, saying that the new initiative will certainly bring back the sport of horseracing to its glory days. The Diamond Mile race day is set for December 5 , with the main feature on the day being the inaugural running of the 1,600-metre Diamond Mile, which will carry a record purse of JA$13.5 million (US$115,000). Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cavalier, UWI in tame draw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cavalier--UWI-in-tame-draw_19233218 CAVALIER SC and UWI FC drew goalless in their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at Stadium East in a late kick-off on Sunday. Local Sports Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT