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 STETHS dominate T20 awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/STETHS-dominate-T20-awards_19154220 CAPTAIN of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) Ramaal Lewis and his squad were officially crowned champions of the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Digicel Twenty-20 tournament at an awards ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel yesterday. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT St Lucia's Veterans kings of Guinness street football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Lucia-s-Veterans-kings-of-Guinness-street-football_19154180 THE Guinness Street Football Challenge Caribbean finals brought its curtains down in exciting fashion with St Lucia's Veterans winning the title after a 4-1 victory over Barbados at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston last Sunday. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Forbes to jump at any chance to break record http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Forbes-to-jump-at-any-chance-to-break-record_19154138 DAMAR Forbes has no intention of backing down from remarks he made two years ago that he will break the Jamaican senior men's long jump record of 8.62m set 18 years ago in 1997 by James Beckford. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Under-23 Boyz vs Dominican Republic in pictures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Under-23-Boyz-vs-Dominican-Republic-in-pictures_19154170 Jamaica's Haddad Khouri (left) dribbles away from the Dominican Republic's Aneurys Mateo durong their CFU Under-23 Olympic qualifying game at the Estadia Panamericano in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic on Sunday. Jamaica won 4-0. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jones says T&T will be motivated for Gold Cup campaign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jones-says-T-T-will-be-motivated-for-Gold-Cup-campaign_19154198 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) —Trinidad and Tobago's skipper Kenwyne Jones expects his players to be fully motivated for their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign, following a productive training camp here over the last week. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'Warn-er-ing' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/-Warn-er-ing-_19154136 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former FIFA vice-president Austin 'Jack' Warner has told the United States it will be a "long hot summer" as he defends himself against charges laid by law enforcement authorities in that country regarding his activities with the world football governing body. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Wimbledon burning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wimbledon-burning_19154177 LONDON, England (AFP) — Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova breezed through at a sweltering Wimbledon yesterday where temperatures soared to an all-time record high. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Stephen Curry overtakes LeBron James for NBA's top jersey http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Stephen-Curry-overtakes-LeBron-James-for-NBA-s-top-jersey_19153751 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ballboy collapses as Wimbledon temperature soars to record high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ballboy-collapses-as-Wimbledon-temperature-soars-to-record-high_19154150 LONDON, England (AFP) — A ball boy collapsed and fans took cover as Wimbledon sweltered yesterday on the hottest day ever recorded at the championships. Local Sports Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamfit presents Caribbean cheerleading at its finest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamfit-presents-Caribbean-cheerleading-at-its-finest_19153529 THE Jamaica Cheer Foundation (JACF) in association with the Jamaica Fitness Association (Jamfit) will be hosting a National Cheerleading Championship and Caribbean International Open Championships (CCIOC) on Saturday at the National Indoor Sports Centre. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT ...but several Jamaicans invited to Paris Diamond League after good performances at Trials http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bolt-withdraws_19153729 Good performances at last weekend's JAAA National Senior Trials have seen a number of Jamaicans being invited to compete in this Saturday's IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris, France. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT WIPA boss says union has made good strides, though more needs to be done http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/WIPA-boss-says-union-has-made-good-strides--though-more-needs-to-be-done_19153865 WAVELL Hinds, the president and chief executive officer of the West Indies Players' Association (WIPA), says the 42-year-old organisation has "made good strides" over the years in ensuring the welfare of regional cricketers. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT JADCO begins blood testing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JADCO-begins-blood-testing_19153469 THE Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has officially included blood sample collection in its doping control process, which started last month. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Davis, Holmes battle for place in Contender Series final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Davis--Holmes-battle-for-place-in-Contender-Series-final_19153788 TSETSI Davis and Richard Holmes will meet in the second semi-final in the 2015 Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series at the Chinese Benevolent Association tonight. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lambert stars for King's XI at Sabina exhibition T20 match http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Lambert-stars-for-King-s-XI-at-Sabina-exhibition-----T20-match_19153858 ANTHONY Walter, the facilities manager of Sabina Park, says a major purpose of Monday evening's Twenty20 (T20) exhibition game at the venue was to give staff some idea of what to expect for Jamaica's hosting of night matches in the 2015 Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Windies to play crucial tri-series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-to-play-crucial-tri-series-against-Zimbabwe--Pakistan_19153733 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) -- The West Indies team will take part in a three-nation series with Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Zimbabwe, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced following its quarterly meeting here over the weekend. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Access Junior Tennis tourney starts today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Access-Junior-Tennis-tourney-starts-today_19153759 One hundred and twenty of Jamaica's top junior players will be in action at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre, Piccadilly Avenue, from today through to Sunday, competing for top honours in the Access All Jamaica Junior Tennis tournament 2015, which will be run by Tennis Jamaica. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Martial artists leave for US Open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Martial-artists-leave-for-US-Open_19153786 PERENNIALLY Jamaica's biggest contingent of athletes, a 60-member squad of martial artists start departing the island today for this weekend's International Sports Karate Association's United States Open in Orlando, Florida. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Bravo still not keen on Test cricket after meeting with Simmons http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Bravo-still-not-keen-on-Test-cricket-after-meeting-with-Simmons_19153909 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- All-rounder Dwayne Bravo says a meeting with West Indies head coach Phil Simmons has not convinced him that he should return to Test cricket because player conditions have not improved. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Professional Cricket League will get WI back to top, says Hinds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Professional-Cricket-League-will-get-WI-back-to-top--says-Hinds_19153874 According to West Indies Players Association (WIPA) boss Wavell Hinds, the Professional Cricket League four-day competition is in "its teething stages", but in time it will help the regional side back to the summit of world cricket. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Chile beat Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Chile-beat-Peru-2-1-to-reach-Copa-America-final_19153757 SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Striker Eduardo Vargas scored twice to lead Chile to a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semi-finals of the Copa America on Monday, keeping alive the hosts' hopes of winning the South American tournament for the first time. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Barbados kicked out of World Cup qualifying http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Barbados-kicked-out-of-World-Cup-qualifying_19153732 ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC) -- Barbados have been kicked out of the 2018 World Cup qualifying tournament, Football's governing body FIFA announced yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Hart hails work ethic as T&T beef up Gold Cup preparation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hart-hails-work-ethic-as-T-amp-T-beef-up-Gold-Cup-preparation_19153736 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) -- Head coach Stephen Hart has praised Trinidad and Tobago's work ethic, as they continue to prepare for this month's CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Brathwaite to stand in World Twenty20 qualifiers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Brathwaite-to-stand-in-World-Twenty20-qualifiers_19153735 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) -- Barbadian umpire Gregory Brathwaite has been named by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to stand in the World Twenty20 qualifiers set for Ireland and Scotland this month. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:00:00 GMT Goucher hits back at Salazar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Goucher-hits-back-at-Salazar_19153377 EUGENE, United States (AFP) -- Kara Goucher, one of the athletes who has levelled explosive doping allegations against Alberto Salazar, lashed out at her former coach on Saturday for branding her a liar. Local Sports Wed, 01 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT