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 Simon says life’s great in the USA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Simon-says-life-s-great-in-the-USA_77774 For Simon Dawkins, 2016 has been a big year. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT GO GET IT! - Hunt for prestigious FLOW Super Cup begins today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Super-Glittering-FLOW-Cup-kicks-off-with-four-tantalising-clashes-------_77863 The draw has been settled, the teams are ready and a spectacle awaits as the third edition of the much-anticipated Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Super Cup Knockout competition gets under way today with four mouth-watering encounters across two venues. Dacosta Cup Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Pakistan wary of dangerous West Indies as 2nd Test bowls off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pakistan-wary-of-dangerous-West-Indies-as-2nd-Test-bowls-off_77876 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Pakistan can ill-afford any complacency against a dangerous West Indies side when the two teams meet in the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi today. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Vere cop last Flow Super Cup spot despite defeat to Glenmuir http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Vere-cop-last-Flow-Super-Cup-spot-despite-defeat-to-Glenmuir_77908 HAYES, Clarendon — Vere Technical completed the qualifiers for the FLOW Super Cup despite losing 2-1 to Glenmuir High in their rescheduled Inter-secondary Schools’ Sports Association/FLOW daCosta Cup Inter-zone game at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Reggae Marathon’s global appeal grows http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Reggae-Marathon-s-global-appeal-grows_77900 This year’s 16th staging of the Jamaica Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is set to add to its already growing reputation as supporters from China, Malaysia and South Africa are slated to join the party in Negril on December 3. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Cornwall pegs back hosts, but Windies face tough final day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cornwall-pegs-back-hosts--but-Windies-face-tough-final-day_77866 DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC) — Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall made key strikes to limit Sri Lanka A after West Indies A’s batting collapsed, but the hosts held the edge heading into today’s final day of the third and final four-day ‘Test’ here. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT On to Burger King Super Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/On-to-Burger-King-Super-Day_77786 The Alex’s Import Limited Gold Cup is done and dusted, the Governor General Stakes has been decided, and its now on to one of racing’s magical days, the Burger King-sponsored Super Day on November 12. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Buzz Nightmare charts the course to Burger King Super Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Buzz-Nightmare-charts-the-course-to-Burger-King-Super-Day_77800 FIRST – Buzz Nightmare: Has really found his tune after having to deal with setbacks in the past. Buzz Nightmare demonstrated that he can wait off the pace and strike when he needs to and still have enough to last in the stretch over seven furlongs (1,400m). He should be the odds on favourite for the Caribbean Sprint Championship (six furlongs – 1,200m) in early November, with the Diamond Mile looming on the horizon thereafter. In the Diamond Mile, he will have to again face Seeking My Dream, who he destroyed in the Gold Cup. Racing fans are in for a treat in the latter part of the season. It’s good to have another quality thoroughbred in the top level. Buzz Nightmare’s Gold Cup win was his fifth in a row. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Pogba purrs as Man United trounce Fenerbahce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pogba-purrs-as-Man-United-trounce-Fenerbahce_77895 MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Paul Pogba struck twice as Manchester United invigorated their Europa League campaign with a classy 4-1 home victory over Turkish giants Fenerbahce yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Baxter Canadian golf tees off at Sandals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Baxter-Canadian-golf-tees-off-at-Sandals_77864 OCHO RIOS, Jamaica — The 22nd annual Baxter Travel Golf Tournament will tee off today at the Sandals Golf and Country Club with over 90 Canadian travel agents and tour operators taking part. North & East News Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Equipment did the trick for Fearless Samurai http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Equipment-did-the-trick-for-Fearless-Samurai_77793 Trainer of Fearless Samurai, Wayne DaCosta, strongly believes that putting the blinkers and tongue tie on his charge made all the difference and led to a winning effort in his second outing on Monday last. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT The ‘Daggerman’ returns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/The--Daggerman--returns_77795 Prince “Daggerman” Holder, after a year’s absence from the saddle, made his return to competitive horse racing at Caymanas Park on the 11-race Heroes’ Day programme on Monday last. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT SIX HORSES CLAIMED http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/SIX-HORSES-CLAIMED_77798 Six horses were claimed on the 11-race Heroes’ Day programme at Caymanas Park on Monday. Local Sports Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT All set for 3rd ultra-rich Super Cup KO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/All-set-for-3rd-ultra-rich-Super-Cup-KO_77777 Defending Manning Cup champions Jamaica College and former daCosta Cup champions Clarendon College will highlight eight enthralling encounters in the first round of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Super Cup, as 16 teams will begin their hunt for supremacy this weekend. Dacosta Cup Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Stellar broadcast plans for FLOW Super Cup 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Stellar-broadcast-plans-for-FLOW-Super-Cup-2016_77757 A stellar line-up of analysts, commentators as well as High-Definition (HD) streaming and coverage headline the first-class broadcast plans in place for the 2016 edition of the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup competition which starts tomorrow. Dacosta Cup Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Battle of the colleges http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Battle-of-the-colleges_77771 Jamaica College and Kingston College will contest the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Walker Cup knockout final following narrow wins at the Constant Spring playing field yesterday. Manning Cup Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Draw good enough for Vere to book Super Cup spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Draw-good-enough-for-Vere-to-book-Super-Cup-spot_77736 HAYES, Clarendon — A draw would be sufficient for Vere Technical High in their Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW daCosta Cup Inter-zone game against Glenmuir High at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, to qualify for the lucrative Flow Super Cup competition that starts tomorrow afternoon. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT England clinch ODI series with five-wicket win over Windies Women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/England-clinch-ODI-series-with-five-wicket-win-over-Windies-Women_77768 England Women overcame their West Indies counterparts by five wickets at Sabina Park yesterday to clinch a 3-2 victory in the topsy-turvy five-match One-Day International series in Jamaica. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wolmer’s Boys’, Montego Bay to defend tennis titles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wolmer-s-Boys---Montego-Bay-to-defend-tennis-titles_77738 DEFENDING champions Wolmer’s Boys’ and Montego Bay High girls will be defending their respective titles at the annual 2016 Hi-Lyte Sport Drink/All-Island High School Boys and Girls Team Tennis Championships, which begins this morning at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, Piccadilly Road, at 9:00. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hetmyer shines as Windies A make inroads against Sri Lanka A http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hetmyer-shines-as-Windies-A-make-inroads-against-Sri-Lanka-A_77725 DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (CMC) — Shimron Hetmyer fell agonisingly short of a hundred as he led a solid West Indies A reply on the second day of the final four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Holder laments dropped catches, extras as key factors to opening loss http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Holder-laments-dropped-catches--extras-as-key-factors-to-opening-loss_77639 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — Chances given to triple-century maker Azhar Ali and extras conceded were key factors in West Indies loss to Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai, captain Jason Holder has said. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Arthur warns of Windies backlash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Arthur-warns-of-Windies-backlash_77735 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur expects a strong response from the West Indies in the second Test in Abu Dhabi after the tourists came close to pulling off a remarkable comeback in Dubai. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Messi ruins Guardiola return, Bayern stop rot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Messi-ruins-Guardiola-return--Bayern-stop-rot_77763 Paris, France (AFP) — Lionel Messi spoiled Pep Guardiola’s homecoming by scoring a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over 10-man Manchester City in the Champions League yesterday, while Bayern Munich shook off their recent patchy form to defeat PSV Eindhoven 4-1. Local Sports Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Seven book FLOW Super Cup spots from D’Cup Inter-zone http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Seven-book-FLOW-Super-Cup-spots-from-D-Cup-Inter-zone_77670 MONTEGO BAY, St James — DaCosta Cup champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) led four former champions into the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association/FLOW Super Cup competition after topping their respective Inter-zone rounds yesterday. Dacosta Cup Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT This is it! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/This-is-it-_77620 After four encounters across two venues, the fiercely contested One-Day International series between West Indies women and their England counterparts enters the decisive fifth game today at Sabina Park in Kingston. Local Sports Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT