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 Bolt criticises reduction of Tyson Gay’s dope ban http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-criticises-reduction-of-Tyson-Gay-s-dope-ban GLASGOW, Scotland (CMC) -- Sprint super star Usain Bolt has criticized anti-doping officials for reducing Tyson Gay’s doping ban. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:18:25 GMT West Portland baseball team returns more experienced from international tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/West-Portland-baseball-team-returns-more-experienced-from-international-tourney_17220720 DESPITE being outclassed at the recently concluded Little League Baseball International Latin American Regionals in Panama, manager Damion Thomas is content with the performance of the West Portland team that represented Jamaica. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Frustrated O'Hara forced to contest sprint double http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Frustrated-O-Hara-forced-to-contest-sprint-double_17221600 EUGENE, USA — An administrative blunder might have caused sprinter Michael O'Hara to compete in the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships here at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, against the athlete's wishes. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Coaching staff expectant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Coaching-staff-expectant_17221759 EUGENE, USA — The Jamaican coaching staff is hopeful that after yesterday's brilliant start to the 15th IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, the island will earn its first medals on today's second day. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT WICB Under-15 Tournament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WICB-Under-15-Tournament-_17221655 HOSTS Jamaica made a winning start to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-15 tournament with a three-wicket victory over Barbados at Up Park Camp yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lowie romps home at Johnnie Walker Learning for Life Golf Classic http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lowie-romps-home-at-Johnnie-Walker-Learning-for-Life-Golf-Classic_17215840 AMERICAN Rick Lowie walked away as the overall champ at the Johnnie Walker Learning for Life Golf Classic held at the picturesque Tryall Golf Club on the weekend. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum stands tall with Tallawahs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Appleton-Estate-Jamaica-Rum-stands-tall-with-Tallawahs_17220716 Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, sponsor of the Jamaica Tallawahs, defending champions of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), is eyeing another successful season with the cricket franchise team. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: A thing of beauty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/A-THING-OF-BEAUTY_17221733 GLASGOW, SCOTLAND — The Hydro Arena, a picture of beauty, stands ready to host gymnastics competition at the XX Commonwealth Games here. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hyde launches bid for unique double http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hyde-launches-bid-for-unique-double_17221682 EUGENE, USA — Jamaica's Jaheel Hyde will start his quest for a unique double today when he competes in the first round of the men's 400m hurdles on the second day of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Lewis, Williams feature as spinners dominate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lewis--Williams-feature-as-spinners-dominate_17221706 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) —  Chad Williams led Barbados' fight-back with the ball after Ramaal Lewis tormented their batsmen, but Jamaica were within sight of a valuable first-innings lead in the Regional Under-19 Tournament here yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT CBF appoints Dunga to lead Brazil a second time http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CBF-appoints-Dunga-to-lead-Brazil-a-second-time_17219473 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AFP) — The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) yesterday appointed Dunga as coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract was not renewed after the hosts' World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany. International Football Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Brutal Guyana brush aside Leewards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Brutal-Guyana-brush-aside-Leewards-_17221553 A brutal Guyana outfit made an assertive start to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 tournament with a Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Agonising wait for McNeil after women’s 400m heats http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Agonising-wait-for-McNeil-after-women-s-400m-heats EUGENE, USA -- It was a tough wait for Jamaica’s Yanique McNeil after a disappointing sixth place in her first round heat of the women’s 400 metres on this morning’s third session of the IAAF World Junior Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:11:38 GMT CPL T20: Zouks win toss, fielding vs Tridents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CPL-T20--Zouks-win-toss--fielding-vs-Tridents BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – St Lucia Zouks won the toss and sent Barbados Tridents in to bat, in the tenth game of the Caribbean Premier League underway at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:10 GMT Glasgow Games ceremony to be UNICEF fund-raiser http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Glasgow-Games-ceremony-to-be-UNICEF-fund-raiser-_17218991 GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow will partly be a UNICEF fund-raiser, with the agency hoping the move encourages other sporting events to use showpiece occasions as charitable platforms. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT St Catherine, Manchester eye age-group titles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Catherine--Manchester-eye-age-group-titles_17220697 SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The title race, in both the Under-13 and Under-15 categories, could be decided today following the penultimate round of games in the South Central Confederation Juici Patties-sponsored age-group competition. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Real Madrid sign Rodriguez for US$108m http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Real-Madrid-sign-Rodriguez-for-US-108m-_17220461 MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Real Madrid yesterday signed Colombian striker James Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup, from Monaco on a six-season contract. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica lose 3-0 to Brazil in Pan Am Junior Badminton Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaica-lose-3-0-to-Brazil-in-Pan-Am-Junior-Badminton-Champs_17221014 The Jamaica badminton team went down 3-0 to Brazil in the semi-final in the Team Event of the 2014 Pan American Junior Championships in Guatemala yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT TODAY’S SCHEDULE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/TODAY-S-SCHEDULE_17221740 TIME SEX EVENT ROUND Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Malaysian athletes to wear black armbands http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Malaysian-athletes-to-wear-black-armbands_17220362 GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Malaysian athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games held a minute's silence at their flag-raising yesterday and plan to wear black armbands at the opening ceremony in memory of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Commonwealth Games attempt to keep costs down http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Commonwealth-Games-attempt-to-keep-costs-down_17220771 GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — It's a question that comes up at every Commonwealth Games: How relevant is an event held every four years which often fails to attract top competitors or a large number of spectators? Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT T&T make winning start in U-15 tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/T-T-make-winning-start-in-U-15-tourney-_17221523 Trinidad & Tobago got their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-15 title defence off to a perfect start with a six-wicket victory over the Windward Islands at Kensington Cricket Club yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Court quizzes Ex-Barca boss over Neymar case http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Court-quizzes-Ex-Barca-boss-over-Neymar-case MADRID, July 22, 2014 (AFP) - Former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell was questioned in a Spanish court on Monday over the 86-million-euro ($117 million) signing of Brazilian striker Neymar. Local Sports Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:15:55 GMT Injured Jonielle Smith turns attention to helping teammates http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Injured-Jonielle-Smith-turns-attention-to-helping-teammates_17214780 EUGENE, USA — Her dreams of a medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships now up in flames, Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith has quickly turned her attention to trying to help her teammates as best as she can, by being an effective leader. Local Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Confident Jamaica Under-19s keen on retaining regional cricket titles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Confident-Jamaica-Under-19s-keen-on-retaining-regional-cricket-titles A confident 14-member Jamaican team departed the island yesterday en route to Guyana, where they will be aspiring to retain both their West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional Under-19 titles. Local Sports Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:11:04 GMT