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 Boyz cruise to 3-0 win over Cuba http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Boyz-cruise-to-3-0-win-over-Cuba_18679563 CATHERINE HALL, St James -- Jamaica's Reggae Boyz continued their good build up to a busy summer competition schedule after easing past Cuba 3-0 in a friendly international at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on a wet and cool Monday night. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT 55th NCB Intercol Champs get under way http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/7-records---fall_18679794 GC Foster College have taken the lead in both sections of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships on the opening day of the two-day meet when seven records were broken at the National Stadium yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Michael O'Hara is Digicel's newest brand ambassador http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Michael-O-Hara-is-Digicel-s-newest-brand-ambassador_18673507 TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Digicel has officially announced that youth athlete and Calabar student Michael O'Hara has been signed as its newest athletics brand ambassador. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Guardian Life adopts Sunshine Girls skipper for $1m http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Guardian-Life-adopts-Sunshine-Girls-skipper-for--1m_18679189 GUARDIAN Life Limited yesterday announced a $1-million sponsorship agreement with Nicole Aiken-Pinnock as Netball Jamaica's 'Adopt a Player' initiative was successfully launched at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT ICC president quits over World Cup trophy snub http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/ICC-president-quits-over-World-Cup-trophy-snub DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) – Mustafa Kamal resigned as president of the International Cricket Council on Wednesday with an outspoken attack on the world governing body after he was prevented from presenting the World Cup trophy. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:11:20 GMT Hanover, St Catherine form volleyball parish associations http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hanover--St-Catherine-form-volleyball-parish-associations_18679211 HANOVER and St Catherine became the latest parishes to form volleyball associations in JaVA's continued effort to expand its administrative capacity across the country. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT St Bess FC crowned Guinness Street Football parish champions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Bess-FC-crowned-Guinness-Street-Football-parish-champions_18678333 ST Bess Football Club were crowned parish champions for St Elizabeth on Sunday, after defeating Young Blood 1-0 in a nail-biting final in the Guinness Street Football Challenge at the Santa Cruz Transportation Centre in the parish. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT Kirk Distributors names Fedrick Dacres as Kendel Brand Ambassador http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Kirk-Distributors-names-Fedrick-Dacres-as-Kendel-Brand-Ambassador_18678328 FEDRICK Dacres, Jamaica's most successful thrower, has been named Kendel Brand Ambassador by Kirk Distributors Limited. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Black Star edge Holland in first-leg semi-final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Black-Star-edge-Holland-in-first-leg-semi-final_18678519 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- The semi-final matchups in the St Elizabeth/Charley's JB Overproof Rum Major League remain in the balance as only Black Star FC registered a victory in first-leg action on Sunday. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT El Salvador survive scare to complete comeback against Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/El-Salvador-survive-scare-to-complete-comeback-against-Jamaica_18679798 THE 7-4 win for El Salvador over Jamaica was in doubt for the hosts for much of the match as they faced a deficit, and a big one at that, but they righted the ship and mounted a large-scale comeback, finally finishing the turnaround in the middle of the final period. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT Digicel Sportsmax secures multi-year NBA rights http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Digicel-Sportsmax-secures-multi-year-NBA-rights_18679221 DIGICEL Group and its subsidiary Digicel Sportsmax yesterday launched a multi-year partnership agreement with the National Basketball Association (NBA) which will span television and mobile broadcast rights plus digital rights, as well as a significant investment in NBA partnership clinics and training. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Moores, Woodhall advance to Major League semi-finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Moores--Woodhall-advance-to-Major-League-semi-finals_18678514 MAY PEN, Clarendon -- Newcomers Moores United and Woodhall are through to the semi-finals of the Clarendon/Captain's Bakery Major League, following the latest set of games in Zone Two. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT The Contender series continues with Brooks vs Bowen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/The-Contender-series-continues-with-Brooks-vs-Bowen_18679188 TWO relatively inexperienced boxers, Duke Brooks representing the Yellow Team (Team Caribbean) and Jermaine Bowen representing the Green Team (Team Jamaica), will trade punches in the third of eight fights in the preliminary round of the fifth renewal of the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender boxing series at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium tonight. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT 16th Covenant/Pediasure Over Distance Development Meet launched http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/16th-Covenant-Pediasure-Over-Distance-Development-Meet-launched_18679484 THE first track meet of the junior athletics season, the 16th staging of the Covenant/Pediasure Over Distance Development Track Meet, to be held on April 18 at the UWI Bowl, was launched yesterday at Cari-Med's head office. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT Portmore seize initiative in Major League semi-final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Portmore-seize-initiative-in-Major-League-semi-final_18678502 PORTMORE United's bid to secure immediate return to the top flight gathered pace on Sunday after the Sunshine City side blanked Newland FC 2-0 in the first leg of their St Catherine Major League semi-final. Local Sports Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT 'Four dis, not Fortis,' says O'Hara http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Four-dis--not-Fortis_18673849 "Four dis, not Fortis" reverberated throughout Calabar High School's devotion yesterday as they celebrated their fourth consecutive hold on the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships and their 25th hold on the Mortimer Geddes trophy. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Riders FC gallop away with St Ann Futsal title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-p-Riders-FC-gallop-away-with-St-Ann-Futsal-title--p---_18674158 Defending champions Parry Town FC relinquished their title after suffering a 4-9 defeat at the hands of Riders FC in the St Ann parish knockout final of the LIME National Street Futsal Competition at Bucksfield Plaza on Sunday. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Edwin Allen celebrate Girls' Champs success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Edwin-Allen-celebrate-Girls--Champs-success_18674374 IT is a feeling that never gets old. Once, twice; now they are three-time champions, yet Edwin Allen High School celebrated Saturday's success at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletic Championships as if it was their first -- as if they are still a fledging unit trying to loosen Holmwood Technical's grip on the trophy. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica surge late to make quarter-finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-surge-late-to-make-quarter-finals_18673535 Jamaica progressed to the quarter-final round of the CONCACAF stage of the Beach Soccer World Cup Qualifying Tournament in El Salvador by beating plucky Belize 8-5 on Sunday. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT It's Man Utd or no-one, says Dortmund's Hummels http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/It-s-Man-Utd-or-no-one--says-Dortmund-s-Hummels Manchester United-target Mats Hummels has said if he ever transfers abroad it will only be to the Red Devils after telling Borussia Dortmund he is weighing up his future options. Oversea's Football Leagues Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:23:53 GMT Japan's baby-faced assassins rout Uzbekistan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Japan-s-baby-faced-assassins-rout-Uzbekistan Goal-hungry Japan floored Uzbekistan 5-1 with an explosive performance in a friendly on Tuesday, with young guns Takashi Usami and Gaku Shibasaki pointing to a bright future for the Blue Samurai. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:23:50 GMT 10-man USA hold Swiss to a draw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/10-man-USA-hold-Swiss-to-a-draw Valentin Stocker's goal 10 minutes from time secured Switzerland a 1-1 draw with the United States in Zurich on Tuesday although the hosts will be kicking themselves at not having won as their opponents played the last 22 minutes with just 10 men. International Football Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:23:51 GMT Fellaini gives Belgium edge over Israel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fellaini-gives-Belgium-edge-over-Israel Marouane Fellaini's early goal proved sufficient to give 10-man Belgium a 1-0 win over hosts Israel in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Tuesday and see them leapfrog both their opponents and Wales to top Group B. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:23:53 GMT Netherlands too strong for lacklustre Spain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Netherlands-too-strong-for-lacklustre-Spain The Netherlands once again proved too good for an under-par Spain as goals from Stefan de Vrij and Davy Klaasen handed the hosts a 2-0 friendly win in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:58:42 GMT Townsend steals Kane limelight as England hold Italy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Townsend-steals-Kane-limelight-as-England-hold-Italy Tottenham winger Andros Townsend came off the bench to steal the limelight from club-mate Harry Kane with a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin on Tuesday. Local Sports Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:58:36 GMT