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 Springer, Hetmyer put young Windies in World Cup final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Springer--Hetmyer-put-young-Windies-in-World-Cup-final_51472 DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) — West Indies will make their second appearance in the Under-19 World Cup final after a stunning three-wicket victory over hosts Bangladesh in the semi-final at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here yesterday. Local Sports Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Coe ‘won’t accept’ Nestle split with scandal-hit IAAF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Coe--won-t-accept--Nestle-split-with-scandal-hit-IAAF_51485 GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — World athletics chief Sebastian Coe on Wednesday angrily hit back at Nestle’s move to terminate its sponsorship of the scandal-hit IAAF, insisting he will not accept the decision. Local Sports Fri, 12 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bromfield eyes World Juniors medal, more glory at Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bromfield-eyes-World-Juniors-medal--more-glory-at-Champs_51368 MONTEGO BAY, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) Junelle Bromfield is eyeing three individual gold medals at next month’s ISSA Girls’ Athletics Championships, and it would take a brave or foolish person to bet against her achieving that. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wavell Hinds challenges T20 skipper to justify claims against WIPA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Not-so-_51410 WAVELL Hinds, president and chief executive officer of the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA), has challenged regional Twenty20 (T20) Captain Darren Sammy to substantiate claims made against the cricketers’ union in the midst of an ongoing wage dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT JNBS Sunshine Open League semis on today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JNBS-Sunshine-Open-League-semis-on-today_51384 Molynes United ‘A’, along with University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans, Waulgrovians ‘A’ and Mico ‘A’ are through to the semi-finals of the 2016 Netball Jamaica (NJ)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNB) Sunshine Open League competition after scoring wins in their respective quarter-final knockouts at the Leila Robinson Courts on Tuesday. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT 2016 SportsFeva tourney promises to be biggest yet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/2016-SportsFeva-tourney-promises-to-be-biggest-yet_51271 Organisers have added a new component to the annual SportsFeva tournament and are promising that the 2016 edition will be the biggest yet. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Digicel Anthrick meet update: 14 records fall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Digicel-Anthrick-meet-update--14-records-fall KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fourteen records were broken in the Digicel Grand Prix series at the Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet at UWI Usain Bolt Track on Thursday. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:00:12 GMT PCL Update: Scorpions 54-4 in reply to Hurricanes' 155 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/PCL-Update--Scorpions-54-4-in-reply-to-Hurricanes--155 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica Scorpions were 54-4 at the end of play on Thursday in response to Leeward Islands Hurricanes' 155 in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) four-day match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound Antigua. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:43:32 GMT KC, Wolmer's Girls lead at Digicel Anthrick meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/KC--Wolmer-s-Girls-take-lead-at-Digicel-Anthrick-meet KINGSTON, Jamaica – Kingston College and Wolmer's Girls have assumed the early lead in the rankings at the ongoing Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet at UWI’s Usain Bolt track. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:26:02 GMT KSAFA, JB Rum partner for Friday night football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/KSAFA--JB-Rum-partner-for-friday-night-football KINGSTON, Jamaica – Fans of the Charley’s JB Rum/KSAFA Super League competition will be treated to football under lights on Friday with a double-header set for the Constant Spring playing field. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:58:35 GMT St Andrew girls lower 4x400 record at Digicel Anthrick meet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Andrew-girls-lower-4x400-record-at-Digicel-Anthrick-meet KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Digicel Anthrick Corporate Area Development Meet is currently in full swing at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Usain Bolt Track. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:51:44 GMT MBU climb to RSPL top spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MBU-climb-to-RSPL-top-spot KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The lead again changed hands in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after Montego Bay United beat FC Reno 2-1 in a rescheduled game in Catherine Hall late on Wednesday to climb into first place. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:11:18 GMT Nestle terminates IAAF sponsorship over scandals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Nestle-terminates-IAAF-sponsorship-over-scandals_51367 Geneva, Switzerland (AFP) — Nestlè has terminated a sponsorship programme with IAAF, the world athletics’ governing body, over fears that the corruption and doping scandals surrounding the sport could damage the company’s reputation, a spokeswoman said yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Barca eye quarters to end fiery Espanyol series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Barca-eye-quarters-to-end-fiery-Espanyol-series Holders Barcelona will be looking to seal their place in the Copa del Oversea's Football Leagues Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:25:24 GMT WICB surprised by timing of players’ demands http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WICB-surprised-by-timing-of-players--demands-_51400 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has questioned the timing of the Twenty20 World Cup squad’s contract demands, and says if players refuse to sign by Sunday’s deadline, replacements will have to be found. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Board, players dispute WIPA’s legitimacy in new deal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Board--players-dispute-WIPA-s-legitimacy-in-new-deal-_51353 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and dissatisfied players have found themselves at odds over the legitimacy of the West Indies Players Association’s (WIPA) role in negotiating players’ contracts. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Red Steel renamed Trinbago Knight Riders http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Red-Steel-renamed-Trinbago-Knight-Riders_51387 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Red Steel have been renamed Trinbago Knight Riders ahead of the 2016 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament in a move that reflects the vision of the new Indian owners to make the brand a truly global one. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean key asset http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Caribbean-key-asset_51263 Canadian businessman Victor Montagliani believes the sub-regional political powerbroker of the Caribbean has an important role to play in the overall development of the umbrella group CONCACAF. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT ODI fallout has Australia fired up for NZ Test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/ODI-fallout-has-Australia-fired-up-for-NZ-Test_51352 WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — Australia have warned of a “fiery clash” in the first Test against New Zealand, starting in Wellington on Friday, as tensions continue to simmer over the bizarre ODI dismissal of Mitchell Marsh. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Curry magic as Warriors down Rockets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Curry-magic-as-Warriors-down-Rockets_51350 CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — Stephen Curry turned on the style as the Golden State Warriors overcame a brave Houston Rockets fightback to triumph 123-110 and stretch their winning streak to 10 games on Tuesday. Local Sports Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Canadian presidential candidate urges region to shed skin of divisive politics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/One-CONCACAF-_51264 Victor Montagliani, a candidate for the presidency of CONCACAF, says the confederation will be better off when it sheds its skin of political polarisation. Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT STETHS retain titles at Western Athletics Championships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/STETHS-retain-titles-at-Western-Athletics-Championships_51297 CATHERINE HALL, St James — St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) successfully defended their titles at last Saturday’s Digicel/County of Cornwall Athletics Association’s (COCAA) Western Athletics Championships at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, to complete their third double in four years. Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT Young Windies wary of opposition strengths in semi-final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Young-Windies-wary-of-opposition-strengths-in-semi-final_51321 DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC) — West Indies Under-19s coach Graeme West is hoping his players can use their knowledge of Bangladesh Under-19s to exploit them, when the two teams face off in the semi-final of the Youth Cricket World Cup here on Thursday (tonight Caribbean time). Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT MBU welcome FC Reno to Catherine Hall in RSPL action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/MBU-welcome-FC-Reno-to-Catherine-Hall-in-RSPL-action_51286 Western Jamaica’s two biggest football clubs will go toe to toe today when Montego Bay United welcome FC Reno to the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall for their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter. Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT CTL, UTASP agree to phased resumption of work http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CTL--UTASP-agree-to-phased-resumption-of-work_51265 Representatives Local Sports Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT