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 SOJ says RJR Awards recognition ‘special’ indeed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/SOJ-says-RJR-Awards-recognition--special--indeed_50942 Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) has expressed pleasure at being recognised during the RJR Sports Foundation National Awards ceremony held recently at Jamaica Pegasus. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dejour Russell stars at Youngster Goldsmith Classic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dejour-Russell-stars-at-Youngster-Goldsmith-Classic_51041 ON a day when the gauntlet was thrown down by athletes in Western Jamaica, a number of the Corporate Area’s best signalled a return to form at the Puma Youngster Goldsmith Classic, which kicked off the Digicel Grand Prix series at the National Stadium yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT STETHS look set to retain titles at Western Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/STETHS-look-set-to-retain-titles-at-Western-Champs_51035 CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Nigel Ellis blazed his way to a personal best 10.20 seconds (1.9m/s) time to retain his Class One boys’ 100m title at the Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s Western Championships finals held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Harris to challenge Heaven for JCA presidency http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Harris-to-challenge-Heaven-for-JCA-presidency_51023 Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) honorary secretary Fritz Harris says the ailing state of the sport forced his decision to challenge incumbent Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven for the leadership position at the next annual general meeting (AGM) expected in a few weeks’ time. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Successful David Hunt management seminar pleases Mayberry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Successful-David-Hunt-management-seminar-pleases-Mayberry_51012 MAYBERRY Investments Limited is extremely happy following its new-found partnership with the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) culminating with the David Hunt Management Seminar which was deemed a tremendous success. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Continued strike action halts Caymanas Park race meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Continued-strike-action-halts-Caymanas-Park-race-meet_51036 THE 10-race programme at Caymanas Park yesterday was cancelled due to continued industrial action being taken by staff members at the promoting company Caymanas Track Limited (CTL). Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Portmore tackle Bodles in St Catherine KO final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Portmore-tackle-Bodles-in-St-Catherine-KO-final_51013 SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine — Portmore United will start as the overwhelming favourites when they take on Bodles FC in the final of the St Catherine FA/Happy Sutherland Knockout competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval today. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Netball Jamaica to streamline domestic calendar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Netball-Jamaica-to-streamline-domestic-calendar_50943 Netball Jamaica President Dr Paula Daley-Morris says streamlining the domestic competitions’ calendar could help to keep local-based national players in better condition. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sandals Whitehouse gunning for revenge against Clarks Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Sandals-Whitehouse-gunning-for-revenge-against-Clarks-Town_51017 WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — A revitalised Sandals Whitehouse will be gunning for revenge when they host Zone Two leaders Clarks Town at Whitehouse in Westmoreland as the Jamaica Football Federation Charley’s JB Rum Western Confederation Super League continues with five games. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Watches for coaches courtesy of Royale Jewellers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Watches-for-coaches-courtesy-of-Royale-Jewellers Michael Dyke (left), coach of Edwin Allen, and Eldemire Smith, coach of St Elizabeth Technical High School, were happy to accept their watches from Trudy Williams, a member of the organising committee of Central Hurdles & Relays (CH&R). CH&R returned with a bang for the 7th staging after a two-year break for the GC Foster College track to be relaid. Dyke got his watch for the performance of his female athletes, while Smith got his watch for the performance of his male athletes. Thirty other coaches received body massages courtesy of Salon Hope & Spa and Central Hurdles & Relays. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:02:39 GMT PHOTO: MENACING ELLIS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MENACING-ELLIS St Elizabeth Technical High School’s Nigel Ellis powers his way to victory in the boys’ Class One 200m at Digicel/COCAA Western Champs final at the Montego Bay Sports Complex yesterday. Ellis won the double, setting a new meet record 10.20 seconds in the 100m. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:01:54 GMT Manning last game? Newton’s finest moment? We’ll see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Manning-last-game--Newton-s-finest-moment--We-ll-see_51032 SANTA CLARA, California (AP) — Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment? Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bird soars at Green Energy RTA Tennis Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bird-soars-at-Green-Energy-RTA-Tennis-Champs_50554 SELENA Bird from Heinz Simonitsch Private School in Montego Bay, captured the Girls’ 12 and Under-14 singles titles at the 2016 Green Energy-sponsored Russell Tennis Academy (RTA) Championships that ended at the Campion College courts last Sunday. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fast bowler Holder to replace McCoy at ICC Under-19 World Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fast-bowler-Holder-to-replace-McCoy-at-ICC-Under-19-World-Cup_51011 ST JOHN’S, Antigua — Fast bowler Chemar Holder has replaced the injured Obed McCoy in the West Indies team at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Seba thrash Violet Kickers 4-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Seba-thrash-Violet-Kickers-4-1_51019 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Seba FC prevailed 4-1 over Violet Kickers as the long-time protagonists met for the first time in many years in the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Senior League at Albion on Friday. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Huth sends Leicester clear, Spurs go second http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Huth-sends-Leicester-clear--Spurs-go-second_51029 London, United Kingdom (AFP) — Leicester City’s fairy-tale season scaled new heights yesterday as they opened up a five-point lead at the Premier League summit by winning 3-1 at title rivals Manchester City. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Correction and apology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Correction-and-apology_50944 On December 2, 2015 the Jamaica Observer published an article under the headline ‘Two JaBA-KFC Elite Academy players receive scholarships’, which unintentionally gave the incorrect impression that these young student athletes recently received scholarships when in fact these scholarships were earned in 2012. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT First ball ‘duck’ for Gayle as Qalanders lose again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/First-ball--duck--for-Gayle-as-Qalanders-lose-again_51024 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — West Indies opener Chris Gayle failed with a first-ball ‘duck’ as his Lahore Qalanders lost their second-straight game in the Pakistan Super League with a heavy nine-wicket defeat to Peshawar Zalmi here yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fire House quenched in Sandals/ATL Div 1 football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fire-House-quenched-in-Sandals-ATL-Div-1-football_51016 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Fire House FC have finally been quenched after they were beaten for the first time this season in the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Division One, going down 0-1 to Club Stars at the UDC Field on Thursday. Local Sports Sun, 07 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Flow’s marketing guru promises Champs experience beyond this world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Flow-s-marketing-guru-promises-Champs-experience-beyond-this-world_50432 As quad-play telecommunications firm Flow continues its drive as a major player in the sporting arena, track and field enthusiasts will be in for a treat on March 15-19 at the National Stadium. Local Sports Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rusea’s, Petersfield ahead at Digicel/COCAA Western Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rusea-s--Petersfield-ahead-at-Digicel-COCAA-Western-Champs_50971 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will start today’s final of the Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s (COCAA) Western Championships trailing in the points tables after the preliminaries were held earlier this week. Local Sports Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Youngster Goldsmith, Western Champs kick off Digicel Grand Prix Series today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Youngster-Goldsmith--Western-Champs-kick-off-Digicel-Grand-Prix-Series-today_50946 Kingston College’s Akeem Bloomfield could make his seasonal debut at the 19th staging of the Puma Youngster Goldsmith Classic as the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships series gets going today at the National Stadium starting at 8:00 am. Local Sports Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Bungles’ takes aim at Reid today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Bungles--takes-aim-at-Reid-today_49870 THE incubent Peter Reid says he’s unfazed by the challenge of career police officer, Superintendent Harry ‘Bungles’ Daley, when the two face the electorate of the St Catherine Football Association in a vote for the top job at Arian’s Restaurant in Twickenhan Park, St Catherine, today. Local Sports Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Denbigh, Holmwood sweep ISSA netball awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Denbigh-Holmwood-sweep-ISSA-netball-awards_50834 DENBIGH High and Holmwood Technical walked away with majority of the spoils at the 2015 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Junior and Senior High School Girls’ Netball Awards at a ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew on Thursday. Local Sports Sat, 06 Feb 2016 03:00:00 GMT KIG JEEP Junior and mentor doubles tennis classic serves off today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/KIG-JEEP-Junior-and-mentor-doubles-tennis-classic-serves-off-today-------_50953 THE Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG) JEEP Junior and Mentor Doubles Tennis Classic will be held today at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston, beginning at 9:00 am. Local Sports Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT