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 PJ Patterson questions validity of Nesta Carter retest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/PJ-Patterson-questions-validity-of-Nesta-Carter-retest_65552 Former prime minister and top Queen’s Counsel PJ Patterson says he won’t be coming out of retirement despite outcry for him to lead the defence of Jamaica’s embattled sprinter Nesta Carter. The athlete failed a drug test in a recent retesting of 2008 Olympic samples. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s athletes chase Olympic Games qualification http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Rio-2016-quest_65609 The journey to Olympic glory continues in earnest today as athletes hunt spots to the Rio Olympics during the four-day Supreme Ventures Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Senior Championship at the National Stadium. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Livermore hunts Rio spot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Livermore-hunts-Rio-spot_65599 Sprinter Jason Livermore was arguably the happiest athlete at the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 11 — or at least he celebrated the most, almost running another 200 metres after he ran a new lifetime best 10.03 seconds (1.6m/s) to win the B 100m race. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Whyte eyes Olympic Games berth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Whyte-eyes-Olympic-Games-berth_65598 The men’s 400m hurdles will be one of the most wide open events at this weekend’s JAAA Olympic Trials at the National Stadium, and Annsert Whyte thinks he is well placed for a first Olympic Games berth. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Holland faces Rio Bueno http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Holland-faces-Rio-Bueno_65534 FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Former champions Holland United will start slight favourites in Sunday’s finals of the Trelawny Football Association’s Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League against first-time finalists and mid-season champions Rio Bueno FC at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in the second game of a double header. Observer West Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Zone change for Cedric Titus http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Zone-change-for-Cedric-Titus_65570 CLARKS TOWN, Trelawny — For the first time, Cedric Titus High School will play their first-round daCosta Cup matches against teams based in western Jamaica, following a change in the zonings for the upcoming 2016 ISSA Flow schoolboys football season. Observer West Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Berger takes maiden win astride http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Berger-takes-maiden-win-astride_65116 When the field passed the furlong pole on a cool overcast afternoon at Caymanas Park yesterday, Princess Emanuelle burst through between horses, carrying female apprentice rider Natalie Berger to her first career win on the nine-race midweek programme. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT St James cricket season bowls off http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-James-cricket-season-bowls-off_65558 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James Cricket Association’s season will get underway on Sunday with the six-a-side competition, set to start at 10:00am, and will be followed next week with the start of the 50-overs competition. Observer West Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Appleton sends Tallawahs off to CPL with right spirit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Appleton-sends-Tallawahs-off-to-CPL-with-right-spirit_65586 Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has reinforced its support of the Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team during a send-off function for the team ahead of its opening fixture in the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT I’m very excited! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/I-m-very-excited-_65547 Batting great Kumar Sangakkara says he is excited about returning to the Jamaica Tallawahs set-up for the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 (T20) tournament. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Young guns ready to go off in CPL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Young-guns-ready-to-go-off-in-CPL_65549 Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell are a pair of less experienced local members of the Jamaica Tallawahs squad itching to get a chance in this edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Newcomers anxious to make impact with Jamaica franchise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Newcomers-anxious-to-make-impact-with-Jamaica-franchise_65546 Two fresh faces to the Jamaica Tallawahs team are eyeing a successful runs in this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament. Local Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wehby threatens to withdraw Grace’s sponsorship if indiscipline continues in schoolboy cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Wehby-threatens-to-withdraw-Grace-s-sponsorship-if-indiscipline-continues-in-schoolboy-cricket_65356 While the players celebrated their accomplishments from the past season, gloom hovered over the future of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Cricket competitions, as title sponsor GraceKennedy has threatened to withdraw its sponsorship support should there be any further indiscipline. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Foska reaffirms commitment to Tallawahs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Foska-recommits_65485 Foska Oats, one of Jamaica Tallawahs’ major team sponsors, has reaffirmed its commitment to the Kingston-based Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket franchise. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican swimmers splash into action at 21st CISC Champs today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-swimmers-splash-into-action-at-21st-CISC-Champs-today_65460 With expectations high and confidence brimming, Jamaica’s swim team will splash into action at the 21st staging of the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) in Nassau, The Bahamas, today. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Cavalier SC capture Cayman Airways Under-14 Invitational Youth Cup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Cavalier-SC-capture-Cayman-Airways-Under-14-Invitational-Youth-Cup_65325 Cavalier Soccer Club of Jamaica returned home Sunday from a successful tour of the Cayman Islands where they played undefeated to win the Cayman Airways Under-14 Invitational Youth Cup eight-team tournament by beating Tottenham Hotspurs FC of England 2-0 in the final at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Winesha for Drumbeat Trophy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Winesha-for-Drumbeat-Trophy_65447 Midweek racing returns to Caymanas Park today, after downscaling from the country’s most noble thoroughbred horses in the Jamaica Derby to runners of the most unpredictable abilities campaigning at the lowest spectrum of the racing scale. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Hoopers face Flames in WBA Elite League http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Hoopers-face-Flames-in-WBA-Elite-League_65458 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Montego Bay Hoopers will end their regular season in the Western Basketball Association’s Elite Basketball League on a high today when they take on Lucea Flames in the first game of a double-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, set to start at 6:00 pm. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Women’s beach volleyballers fail in Olympic bid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Women-s-beach-volleyballers-fail-in-Olympic-bid_65314 Despite winning three of their five matches in the fourth round of the Beach Olympic Qualification, the Jamaican Women’s Volleyball team failed to qualify for the Olympics games, scheduled for Rio, Brazil, in August. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Quest prevails in final of Scotiabank Prep School Cricket http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Quest-prevails-in-final-of-Scotiabank-Prep-School-Cricket_65339 Quest Prep successfully defended their 2015 Scotiabank cricket championship at Lucas Cricket Club in Kingston last Friday against Belair Prep. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT The Complete Racing Guide — Exotic Wagers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/The-Complete-Racing-Guide---Exotic-Wagers_65453 Sunrise 6 (Races 2-7) Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Slow pitches hampering Windies return as world beaters — Langer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Slow-pitches-hampering-Windies-return-as-world-beaters---Langer_65475 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Australia’s stand-in coach Justin Langer says slow pitches in the Caribbean are preventing the regional side from re-emerging as a powerhouse in world cricket. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Australia skipper says curbing Narine was key to title success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Australia-skipper-says-curbing-Narine-was-key-to-title-success_65476 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Captain Steve Smith says his batsmen’s ability to negotiate the spin of Sunil Narine is the reason for Australia’s triumphant campaign in the Tri-Nation Series which ended on Sunday. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Champions TKR promising ‘aggressive cricket’ on the eve of curtain-raiser clash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Champions-TKR-promising--aggressive-cricket--on-the-eve-of-curtain-raiser-clash_65473 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) are promising “aggressive cricket” when they start the defence of their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title at the Queen’s Park Oval today. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT Warner Park to host 2016 finals http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Warner-Park-to-host-2016-finals_65452 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The finals of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have been awarded to St Kitts and Nevis, organisers announced yesterday. Local Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT