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 Moore cops gold at International Karate Circuit Year End Nationals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Moore-cops-gold-at-International-Karate-Circuit-Year-End-Nationals_82534 Jamaica combined martial arts team fighter Adrian Moore on Friday won gold at the December 2-3 International Karate Circuit Year End Nationals at Flat Rock Middle School and Score Indoor Sports in Georgia. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fletcher, McDonald on target as CC down STETHS to claim daCosta Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fletcher--McDonald-on-target-as-CC-down-STETHS-to-claim-daCosta-Cup_82554 CATHERINE HALL, St James — Cornwall College extended their record number of liens on the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW daCosta Cup to 12 after dethroning holders St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) 2-1 in the final played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last night. Dacosta Cup Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Corruption-hit IAAF adopts Coe’s reforms http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Corruption-hit-IAAF-adopts-Coe-s-reforms_82525 Monaco, Principality of Monaco (AFP) — The IAAF yesterday unanimously adopted a reform package drawn up by president Sebastian Coe in a bid to end “grotesque” corruption that has rocked track and field’s governing body. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Over $1m in prizes for SANTA Charity Golf Tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Over--1m-in-prizes-for-SANTA-Charity-Golf-Tourney_82543 In an effort to raise $5 million for charity, long-standing SANTA Charity Golf Tournament have ‘upped’ their game this year with well over $1-million in prizes. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Campbell, McNair are Hi-Lyte Davis Cup Round-Robin Tennis champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Campbell--McNair-are-Hi-Lyte-Davis-Cup-Round-Robin-Tennis-champs_82474 MARIO Campbell of Wolmer’s Boys’ and Haley McNair of Immaculate Conception High emerged singles champions of the 2016 Hi-Lyte Davis Cup Round-Robin Tennis Tournament for 18 and under held at the RTA Academy last Sunday. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Strugglers Waterhouse, Boys’ Town in key RSPL clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Strugglers-Waterhouse--Boys--Town-in-key-RSPL-clash_82516 Despite being this early in the season, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clash between cellar teams Waterhouse FC and Boys’ Town FC at Drewsland starting at 3:00 pm will be a mammoth one. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Pontius Pilate lands Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pontius-Pilate-lands-Andrew-HB-Aguilar-Memorial-Cup_82538 A better performance was expected from the well-bred Pontius Pilate (Forest Danger - Sea Treaty) after the chestnut colt’s disappointing third place finish on debut, and that he did by landing the Andrew HB Aguilar Memorial Cup feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sydney Thunder sweating as Russell awaits fate from disciplinary panel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sydney-Thunder-sweating-as-Russell-awaits-fate-from-disciplinary-panel SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) – Sydney Thunder have been left sweating on the availability of Andre Russell for this season’s Big Bash campaign, as the explosive West Indies all-rounder awaits his fate from Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 14:57:17 GMT Correction http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Correction_82548 In last Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Observer under the headline ‘Jamaica claim inaugural JamRockerz Classics’, the article mentioned Restaurant Associates Limited as a sponsor of the tournament instead of Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, owners and operators of KFC, who were in fact the sponsors. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT FIFA to stage Women’s football administration course http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/FIFA-to-stage-Women-s-football-administration-course_82063 FIFA will stage a women’s football administrators course in Jamaica from December 5-9, 2016. International Football Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: CC reign again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--CC-reign-again_82550 Cornwall College’s Captain Jamario Hines (centre) accepts the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup trophy, symbol of rural area schoolboys football supremacy, after his team beat outgoing champions STETHS 2-1 in the final played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last night. Assisting in the presentation are (from second left) Jermaine Brown of Wisynco, Carlo Redwood of FLOW, ISSA President Dr Walton Small, and Shawna-Kay Maragh, also of Wisynco. (Photo: Paul Reid) Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Stephens through to second round of JN Open Tennis Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Stephens-through-to-second-round-of-JN-Open-Tennis-Championships_82544 TOP seed Micheala Stephens defeated Katherine Dibbs in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, to advance to the second round of the women’s singles at the 2016 Jamaica National (JN) Open Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Calabar take 2-0 lead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Calabar-take-2-0-lead_82537 DEFENDING champions Calabar High School have raced to a 2-0 lead in the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School Martial Arts League after sweeping last year’s beaten finalists St George’s College at the recent Zendo Open held at the University of Technology Jamaica’s Alfred Sangster Auditorium. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rhodes Hall into U-16 basketball semis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rhodes-Hall-into-U-16-basketball-semis_82464 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Despite going down by 75 points, 15-90, to defending champions Herbert Morrison Technical in their final regular season game on Thursday at home, Rhodes Hall High clinched the final place in the semi-finals of the ISSA/Western Conference Under-16 basketball competition. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Boxing delegation off to Barbados today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Boxing-delegation-off-to-Barbados-today_82433 A team of seven Jamaican boxers and three officials is scheduled to depart the island today for Barbados to participate in the Caribbean Boxing tournament between December 5-11. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT No fireworks from Gayle, Sammy as Kings win to keep play-off dream alive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/No-fireworks-from-Gayle--Sammy-as-Kings-win-to-keep-play-off-dream-alive_82547 DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) — Chris Gayle failed again and so did Darren Sammy but Rajshahi Kings still managed to pull off an uncomplicated six-wicket victory over Chittagong Vikings in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Decisive start needed if Jamaica are to prevail, says Reynolds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Decisive-start-needed-if-Jamaica-are-to-prevail--says-Reynolds_82532 MANCHESTER, England (MC) — Sunshine Girls head coach Minneth Reynolds has backed the Caribbean side to bounce back even stronger in today’s decider against England as they look to clinch the three-game series. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sunshine Girls crumble as England level series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sunshine-Girls-crumble-as-England-level-series_82531 MANCHESTER, England (CMC) — Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls failed to sustain the momentum from their opening win and crashed to a 50-63 defeat to England as the hosts levelled the three-match series at 1-1 here Friday. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Brazil mourns fallen football team in pouring rain http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Brazil-mourns-fallen-football-team-in-pouring-rain_82533 Chapecó, Brazil (AFP) — In a driving rain, the small Brazilian city of Chapeco held a massive funeral yesterday for its football team, tragically wiped out in a plane crash in Colombia. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Chelsea rock title rivals City, rampant Arsenal up to second http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chelsea-rock-title-rivals-City--rampant-Arsenal-up-to-second_82522 London, United Kingdom (AFP) — Chelsea cemented their position on top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory at title rivals Manchester City, while Alexis Sanchez’s hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of West Ham took Arsenal into second place yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ramos rescues Real to maintain six-point lead http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ramos-rescues-Real-to-maintain-six-point-lead_82526 Barcelona, Spain (AFP) — Sergio Ramos’s stoppage-time equaliser maintained Real Madrid’s six-point lead at the top of La Liga as the European champions salvaged a 1-1 draw at Barcelona in yesterday’s El Clasico. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Mission accomplished’ for emotional Rosberg http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Mission-accomplished--for-emotional-Rosberg_82523 Vienna, Austria (AFP) — Nico Rosberg said it was “mission accomplished” as the German star received his Formula One world championship trophy on Friday, just hours after he stunned the sport by deciding to quit. Local Sports Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mission accomplished! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Mission-accomplished-Uncatchable-Bolt-scoops-sixth-IAAF-award--remains-a-beacon-for-clean-athletes_82463 MONACO, Principality of Monaco (AFP) — Usain Bolt, winner of a sixth IAAF Athlete of the Year award yesterday, remains a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals that have mired the sport in recent times. Local Sports Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT D’Cup on the line http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/D-Cup-on-the-line_82470 CATHERINE HALL, St James — Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS), the most consistent and successful rural area schoolboys’ football team in the last decade and 11-time champions Cornwall College, the most successful rural school of all time, will clash in what is expected to be a mouth-watering final of the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup at the Montego Bay Sports Complex today. Dacosta Cup Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Cornwall have their head in the game http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cornwall-have-their-head-in-the-game_82311 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Cornwall College have returned to the ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup final for the first time in 15 years since they won a record 11th title in 2001, with discipline and focus seen as the main planks of success so far this season. Local Sports Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT