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 JBA to host international badminton tournament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JBA-to-host-international-badminton-tournament_18487864 The Alfred Sangster Auditorium at the University of Technology will come alive on March 19 as world-class badminton players from around the world vie for ranking points at the first-ever Jamaica International Badminton Championships. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Jamaica Scorpions is said to be name of cricket franchise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-Scorpions-is-said-to-be-name-of-cricket-franchise_18484558 The Jamaica Franchise competing in the inaugural West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) professional four-day tournament finally has a name. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Guinness Street Football comes alive today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Guinness-Street-Football-comes-alive-today_18487862 The Caribbean's biggest and best street football tournament, the Guinness Street Football Challenge, will host the first set of play-offs today at Spanish Town Training Centre, Port Henderson Road, Dela Vega City. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Coach Edwards remains upbeat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Coach-Edwards-remains-upbea_18487859 SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Jamaica Under-17s head coach Andrew Edwards remained upbeat after the young Reggae Boyz suffered a setback in their World Cup hopes, crashing 0-2 to hosts Honduras on Friday night. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Time to lend refs a helping hand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Time-to-lend-refs-a-helping-hand_18483217 For almost 90 minutes, referee Kevin Friend was whistled at and jeered by the home fans at St Mary's last Sunday. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Online registration open for 14th UWI Invitational http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Online-registration-open-for-14th-UWI-Invitational_18483320 KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Registration for the 14th staging of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Track and Field Invitational Meet is open to participants and teams wishing to compete at the event set for Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the UWI-Usain Bolt Track. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Legend Lloyd hails 'terrific' Gayle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Legend-Lloyd-hails--terrific--Gayle_18486637 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) -- Chris Gayle has come in for high praise from World Cup legend Clive Lloyd, who has compared the opener's strength to that of former West Indies batting supremo Sir Vivian Richards. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT High-riding Arnett welcome MBU http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/High-riding-Arnett-welcome-MBU_18487851 THE clash between leaders Arnett Gardens FC and title-holders Montego Bay United will take centrestage for this week's matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Portmore Pines, Ken's Wildflower in T20 semi-final showdown http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Portmore-Pines--Ken-s-Wildflower-in-T20-semi-final-showdown_18484181 Two powerhouse teams with impressive pedigree in local cricket's shortest format will meet when defending champions Portmore Pines CC take on 2011 champions Ken's Wildflower in semi-final one of the 2015 Wray & Nephew/Portmore Cricket Association Club T20 championship at Bridgeport today. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Johnson Charles replaces injured Bravo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Johnson-Charles-replaces-injured-Bravo_18487681 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- West Indies have been allowed to call up Johnson Charles to replace batsman Darren Bravo, who was ruled out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT $8m playground for Hatfield http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/8m-playground-for-Hatfield_18487857 Mandeville, Manchester -- An upgraded playground was recently handed over to the Hatfield Primary and Junior High School and adjoining communities in the Hatfield area, just outside Mandeville. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Black Star, Appleton clash in St Elizabeth Major League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Black-Star--Appleton-clash-in-St-Elizabeth-Major-League_18487860 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth -- Defending champions Black Star will oppose mid-season champions Appleton Estate in a highly anticipated match-up as return-round action in the Wray and Nephew-sponsored St Elizabeth Major League continues today with a double-header at Appleton Sports Complex. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Boy Wonder obliges in Eileen Cliggott feature http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Boy-Wonder-obliges-in-Eileen-Cliggott-feature_18487945 In what only can be described as an outstanding performance, Boy Wonder prevailed the first time of asking over Grade One horses, beating stable companions Potcheen and Uppa Tune by one-and-a-half lengths in the Eileen Cliggott Memorial Trophy at Caymanas Park yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Windies still confident as preparations start for India http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-still-confident-as-preparations-start-for-India_18487855 PERTH, Australia (CMC) -- West Indies arrived in Perth yesterday still smarting from Friday's heavy loss to South Africa but hoping to regroup ahead of next week's clash with reigning world champions India. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Boscobel, Port Maria clash in St Mary T20 Big Bash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Boscobel--Port-Maria-clash-in-St-Mary-T20-Big-Bash_18487858 Defending champions Boscobel will clash with high-riding Port Maria in the feature match of the St Mary Cricket Association Maurice Clarke T20 Big Bash at Three Hills Oval today. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Mountain Villa, Somerton score wins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mountain-Villa--Somerton-score-wins_184832972015-02-28T20-34-35 ROSE HALL, St James — Mountain Villa and promoted Somerton FC scored their first wins as the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Division One continued on Thursday. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT Rooney on the double as Man U go third in EPL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rooney-on-the-double-as-Man-U-go-third-in-EPL_18487835 LONDON, England (AFP) -- A moment of red card confusion helped Wayne Rooney return Manchester United to winning ways with a brace in a 2-0 Premier League victory over Sunderland yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Black Caps shade Aussies in thriller http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Black-Caps-shade-Aussies-in-thriller--p--India-cruise-past-UAE-amateurs_18487630 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) -- New Zealand reached the World Cup quarter-finals with a nail-biting one-wicket win over Australia in Auckland yesterday, while 5,500km away in Perth, India destroyed the amateurs of the UAE by nine wickets. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 GMT Messi, Suarez on target as Barcelona whip Granada 3-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Messi--Suarez-on-target-as-Barcelona-whip-Granada-3-1_18487755 MADRID, Spain (AFP) -- Barcelona moved to within a point of Real Madrid at the top of La Liga as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi were on target in a 3-1 win at Granada yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Bolt delivers in surprise showing at Gibson Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-delivers-in-surprise-showing-at-Gibson-Relays KINGSTON, Jamaica — World and Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt made a surprise showing at the 2015 Gibson Relays now under way at the National Stadium in Kingston, to open his season. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:06:37 GMT CAS ruling gives Smikle's camp hope http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CAS-ruling-gives-Smikle-s-camp-hope_18485344 THE temporary lifting of the two-year ban on Jamaica's men's discus record-holder Traves Smikle by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has given his camp hope that he will get competition leading up to international competition later this year. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Stars converge on 39th Gibson/McCook Relays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Stars-converge-on-39th-Gibson-McCook-Relays_18168805 THE organisers of the 39th staging of the Gibson/McCook Relays are expecting another exciting and competitive event at the first major track and field meet set to get under way at the National Stadium at 9:00 am today with the preliminaries of the high school boys 4x400m relays. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Windies sink to new low in 257-run thrashing by Proteas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-sink-to-new-low-in-257-run-thrashing-by-Proteas_18483959 SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — West Indies were stunned back to reality following their recent revival, suffering the joint worst-ever defeat in World Cup history as South Africa claimed a massive 257-run victory in their ICC Cricket World Cup contest here yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Holder insists Windies can bounce back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Holder-insists-Windies-can-bounce-back_18481342 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — West Indies captain Jason Holder insisted both he and his side could bounce back at the World Cup following their 257-run pool thrashing by South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT Francis urges 'young' coaches to get on track with new trends http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Francis-urges--young--coaches-to-get-on-track-with-new-trends_18477872 HEAD coach of MVP Track and Field Club Stephen Francis has challenged the nation's young coaches to become familiar with new trends and ideas. Local Sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 03:00:00 GMT