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 Scotiabank ‘A’, ATL win in Business House Senior League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Scotiabank--A---ATL-win-in-Business-House-Senior-League_71785 DEFENDING champions Scotiabank ‘A’ and Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) won their opening matches as the 2016 Business House Netball Association (BHNA) Senior League got underway at the Leila Robinson Courts last Saturday. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Simmons wants support for new measures to improve Windies performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/We-need-help-_71880 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Frustrated West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons says he has not been successful in getting a number of new measures implemented to help improve the performance of the regional squad. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Saluting a brave Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Saluting-a-brave-Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce_71805 Jamaicans are still basking in the glow of yet another outstanding performance by our track and field ambassadors in an international championship, following their exploits at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican squash players facing stiff ‘Philly’ test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-squash-players-facing-stiff--Philly--test_71790 Competing in the Pan American Junior Squash Championships is exposing Jamaican players to an entirely new level of the game. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT CUMI Come Run has integrity — Francis http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/CUMI-Come-Run-has-integrity---Francis_71760 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The CUMI Come Run event, which will have its 8th staging at Tryall in Hanover next month, has been described as “an event with integrity” by noted road race organiser, Alfred Francis. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jewels seek Sandals football semis berth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jewels-seek-Sandals-football-semis-berth_71789 OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Jewels Runaway Bay will be seeking a semi-final spot in the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business House Football Competition when they tackle Noranda Bauxite at 4:00 pm at Drax Hall today. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Photo: We need help! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--We-need-help-_71884 SIMMONS... We need to make sure that whatever we are doing upstairs is going down to everybody Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Olympic-flag-arrives-in-Tokyo-for-2020-Games_71811 TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo yesterday as Japan’s capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio’s sometimes shaky 2016 instalment. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Federer, Nadal to team up in Laver Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Federer--Nadal-to-team-up-in-Laver-Cup_71867 NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play doubles together in a new competition pitting Europe against the Rest of the World in a Ryder Cup-style tennis team event. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dizzy Roy sets up England win over Pakistan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dizzy-Roy-sets-up-England-win-over-Pakistan_71866 SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Jason Roy overcame a dizzy spell to lead England’s charge to a 44-run win under the Duckworth/Lewis method in a rain-marred first One-Day International against Pakistan in Southampton yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT US Olympic swimmer Feigen apologises for Rio scandal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/US-Olympic-swimmer-Feigen-apologises-for-Rio-scandal_71822 CALIFORNIA, United States (AFP) — US swimmer James Feigen apologised yesterday for his actions with three other gold medalists in a controversial incident during the Rio Olympics. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT McIlroy glad to be wrong about Olympic success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/McIlroy-glad-to-be-wrong-about-Olympic-success_71808 NEW YORK, United States (AP) — This is one time Rory McIlroy says he was happy to be mistaken. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Irish Olympic ticket probe extends to previous Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Irish-Olympic-ticket-probe-extends-to-previous-Games_71810 LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Former High Court Judge Carroll Moran has been appointed to head the investigation into the Irish Olympic ticket scandal in Rio and will also probe sales for the 2012 Games in London. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fans hail Hart as Man City reach group phase http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fans-hail-Hart-as-Man-City-reach-group-phase_71825 MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Joe Hart played potentially his last Manchester City game as Pep Guardiola’s team rubber-stamped their place in the Champions League group phase by beating Steaua Bucharest 1-0 yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Allround Mathews helps Sri Lanka level ODI series http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Allround-Mathews-helps-Sri-Lanka-level-ODI-series_71796 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AFP) — Skipper Angelo Mathews yesterday led from the front with his all-round showing to help Sri Lanka register a comprehensive 82-run win against Australia in the second One Day International to level the series at 1-1 in Colombo. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Queen’s Park Oval receives poor rating from ICC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Queen-s-Park-Oval-receives-poor-rating-from-ICC_71787 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) — The Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago runs the risk of being sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after its outfield was given a “poor” rating by match referees. Local Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bolt’s management moves to clamp down on illegal use of his images http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-s-management-moves-to-clamp-down-on-illegal-use-of-his-images_71691 THE managing company for triple Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt has moved to ward off any unauthorised use or misuse of the trademarks and images of the world’s fastest man, cautioning perpetrators that they could face legal action. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sprint queen Elaine Thompson booked for Paris Diamond League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Paris-bound_71702 Paris, France (AFP) — Jamaica’s newly crowned double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will headline a strong field featuring 27 Rio medallists in Friday’s Diamond League meeting in Paris, event organisers announced yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Schaefer names Boyz squad for crucial WC qualifiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Schaefer-names-Boyz-squad-for-crucial-WC-qualifiers_71732 A core group of 17 players from the Copa America Centenario squad has been tasked by head coach Winfried Schaefer to lead Jamaica’s hunt for victory in the two remaining CONCACAF Fourth Round World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti slated for September 2 and 6. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bodybuilding saved me: The Wayne Freeman story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bodybuilding-saved-me--The-Wayne-Freeman-story_71698 At age 16, a ‘normal’ teenager might be celebrating the joys of acing his or her CSEC exams or looking forward to going to sixth form or university, but not Wayne Freeman. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Kingston, St Bess in repeat final of Kingston Wharves U-15 cricket tourney http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Kingston--St-Bess-in-repeat-final-of-Kingston-Wharves-U-15-cricket-tourney_71728 Champions Kingston remain on course to defend their Kingston Wharves Under-15 cricket crown after handsomely marching into the final of the 27th staging of the competition with a 103-run win over St Ann in their semi-final contest at Emmet Park yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Simmons wants support for new measures to improve Windies performance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Simmons-wants-support-for-new-measures-to-improve-Windies-performance PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Frustrated West Indies head coach Phil Simmons says he has not been successful in getting a number of new measures implemented to help improve the performance of the regional squad. Local News Wed, 24 Aug 2016 21:50:59 GMT Trinidad & Tobago make clean sweep of team titles at Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Champs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Trinidad---Tobago-make-clean-sweep-of-team-titles-at-Caribbean-Pre-Cadet-Table-Tennis-Champs_71736 TRINIDAD and Tobago yesterday made an impressive sweep of the four team titles at the 2016 Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships being played at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC). Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Walcott criticises disunity in Trinidad & Tobago camp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Walcott-criticises-disunity-in-Trinidad---Tobago-camp_71683 RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago’s (T and T)Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott has criticised a lack of team spirit and unity within the camp during the just-ended games in Brazil. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Probe to be launched into the Oval’s poor outfield http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Probe-to-be-launched-into-the-Oval-s-poor-outfield_71687 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — An investigation is to be launched into the reasons for the poor condition of the outfield at the Queen’s Park Oval, which led to play in the fourth Test between West Indies and India being abandoned after only 22 overs. Local Sports Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT