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 U-17 Boyz progress but work still to be done http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/U-17-Boyz-progress-but-work-still-to-be-done_17795786 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — It was mission accomplished for head coach Andrew Edwards as Jamaica's Under-17s beat Guadeloupe 3-2 at the Sylvio Cator Stadium on Wednesday. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Under-17 Boyz tackle Spanish neighbours for group honours http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cuban-test PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz, buoyed by securing a spot into the CONCACAF Qualifying Round for the FIFA World Cup, now turn their attention to Cuba as they hunt top spot in Group B of the Caribbean Football Union Championship. International Football Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:18:14 GMT Peyton breaks record, Seahawks stumble again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Peyton-breaks-record--Seahawks-stumble-again_17795718 AS we approach the halfway mark in the NFL season, one thing we can say is that it has been anything but boring. As a matter of fact, it has been highly entertaining and very unpredictable. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT XLCR defeat Denham Town 3-1 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/XLCR-defeat-Denham-Town-3-1_17797322 EXCELSIOR defeated Denham Town 3-1 to move to the top of Group J in the second round of the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup football competition in the feature game of a double-header programme at the Constant Spring play field yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chelsea ambassador Ferreira for Digicel Kickstart Academy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chelsea-ambassador-Ferreira-for-Digicel-Kickstart-Academy_17768558 THE 2014 Digicel Kickstart Academy is set to raise the bar even higher this year with the announcement that former Chelsea FC and Portugal footballing hero Paulo Ferreira will be a part of the programme when it kicks off in Jamaica later this month. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT From the horse's mouth - Oct 24 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/From-the-horse-s-mouth_17794920 Change of equipment makes the difference Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Windies Women focused despite men's team upheaval http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-Women-focused-despite-men-s-team-upheaval_17795798 CANBERRA, Australia (CMC) — West Indies Women's team management say their side will not be distracted by the storm of controversy surrounding their male counterparts. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Tributes continue to flow for Kenneth Mattis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tributes-continue-to-flow-for-Kenneth-Mattis_17794852 THE tributes for Kenneth Mattis who died on Saturday continue flow in as the Hall of Fame jockey and trainer is remembered by his colleagues. These are some of the tributes. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT WHAT THEY SAY! - Harry Jaghai http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WHAT-THEY-SAY----Harry-Jaghai_17794866 When did your start your career as a trainer? Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT No to proposed increase http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/No-to-proposed-increase_17794865 Fabian White, president of the Grooms' Association of Jamaica, is reporting that his association will not accept the offer being made by the United Racehorse Trainers' Association (URTA) of Jamaica for the increase of grooms' wages. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Clarendon College, Glenmuir win to advance semi-final cause http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Clarendon-College--Glenmuir-win-to-advance-semi-final-cause_17797365 TOLL GATE, Clarendon — Former champions Clarendon College and Glenmuir High recorded impressive victories yesterday at Juici Park in Clarendon to kick-start their push for a place in the semi-finals of the ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup competition. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Now there is no doubt, Come Dance With Me the best thus far http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Now-there-is-no-doubt--Come-Dance-With-Me-the-best-thus-far_17794925 BEFORE the running of the big two-year-old race on Monday there was talk about the credentials of the main competitors, Come Dance With Me, Forest Flame, Alacrann, Chalice Pipe, Ali Baba and Dinner By Seven. Well, that speculation are over and done with at this point in time. Come Dance With Me is a special horse. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Interim committee in place to run Guyana football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Interim-committee-in-place-to-run-Grenada-football_17796922 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Football's world governing body FIFA has installed an interim management committee to run the affairs of the local game here. International Football Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Everton soar to top of Group F in Europa League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Everton-soar-to-top-of-Group-F-in-Europa-League_17796635 PARIS, France (AFP) — Everton retained top spot in Group F yesterday as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Lille in Europa League action following a day of trouble and fighting in the city centre between fans and police ahead of the tie. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Golfer Sean Morris takes Heroes' Classic by storm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Golfer-Sean-Morris-takes-Heroes--Classic-by-storm_17789434 National golf representative Sean Morris combined skill, talent and home course knowledge to secure a win in the Heroes' Weekend Classic. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT SELECTED GALLOPS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/SELECTED-GALLOPS-_17794934 SATURDAY OCTOBER 18 Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT IOC weighs Kosovo recognition, Gambia suspension http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/IOC-weighs-Kosovo-recognition--Gambia-suspension_17788372 LONDON, England (AP) — Kosovo could join the Olympic fold this week, while Gambia could face suspension. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Top-seeded Federer fights back to beat Istomin at Swiss Open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Top-seeded-Federer-fights-back-to-beat-Istomin-at-Swiss-Open_17796502 BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Roger Federer again had to fight back from a set down before beating Denis Istomin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Complete racing guide photos http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Complete-racing-guide-photos_17796373 (PHOTOS: Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Former Test bowler Lawson stars as US crush Bermuda http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Former-Test-bowler-Lawson-stars-as-US-crush-Bermuda_17795788 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (CMC) — Former West Indies fast bowler Jermaine Lawson marked his debut for the United States by helping to demolish Bermuda on the opening day of the six-nation Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Three 50- over tournament in Malaysia yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 2014 LEADING HORSES - STAKES http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/2014-LEADING-HORSES---STAKES_17794936 65 Racedays - 636 Races Up to 20/10/2014 inclusive Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Brazil players told not to wear hats, earrings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Brazil-players-told-not-to-wear-hats--earrings_17796677 SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil players are being told not to wear hats, earrings or flip-flops while serving the national football team under the command of coach Dunga. Local Sports Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT JC pip Trinity http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JC-pip-Trinity-Charlie-Smith--Innswood-in-1-1-stalemate_17789935 Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) made a good start in the second round of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup football competition with a 2-1 win over Holy Trinity High, while Charlie Smith High were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Innswood High in the feature game of the double-header at Prison Oval yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Reggae Girlz crash out http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Reggae-Girlz-crash-out_17789972 WASHINGTON, DC, United States — The Reggae Girlz were brave against the Mexicans. But according to Jamaica's head coach Merron Gordon, a failure to execute defensive plans against a formidable Mexico attack proved their undoing. Local Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Football is a game of power, says CONCACAF boss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Football-is-a-game-of-power--says-CONCACAF-boss_17788619 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb officially welcomed attendees to the Soccerex Americas Forum at the inaugural ceremony on Tuesday in the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados. Local Sports Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT