Honeymoon over!

(From left) Winfried Schaefer, head coach of the Reggae Boyz, player Owayne Gordon, Yasuo
Takase, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, Natalie Neita Headley, Minister of Sports, Office of the
Prime Minister, Sayoko Takase, wife of Ambassador Takase, Captain Horace Burrell, President of the
Jamaica Football Federation, and in back row players Nicholas Beckett, Alan Ottey and Kemar
Lawrence during Monday night’s meet and greet reception at the home of the ambassador.

JAPANESE Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase and wife Sayoko are two delightful souls. They were cordial and inviting, welcoming each person to their Seymour Avenue home in St Andrew on Monday night with handshakes and the customary Japanese bow. It was clear that the Takases are no novices at ente ... Read More

US-based trainer Will Hitzelberger (left) works with Reggae Girlz Mitsy Facey (crouching) and
Venicia Reid during a session at the Stadium East field last Tuesday.
JAMAICA'S senior women's football players were scheduled to return to local camp yesterday as they c ... Read More

France’s forward Olivier
Giroud (right) vies with
Jamaica’s defender
Kemar Lawrence during
their friendly football
match at the Pierre
Mauroy stadium, on
June 8. (PHOTO: AFP) At 22, Kemar Lawrence yearns for pro contract
Today is Kemar Lawrence's birthday. He turns 22 years old. But the "perfect" gift the Jamaica inter ... Read More

West Indies bowler Jerome Taylor
(third left) is greeted by Sulieman
Benn (second left) after bowling
Mushfiqir Rahim of Bangladesh on day
four of the second and final Test at the
Beausejour Cricket Cricket Ground in
Gros Islet, St Lucia, yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP) Windies humble Bangladesh to sweep series 2-0
GROS ISLET, ST Lucia (AFP) — Spinner Sulieman Benn took five wickets and Jerome Taylor reached ... Read More

Going for goals

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

GORDON... we need a striker with
some physical presence

THE Jamaica senior Reggae Girlz football team is looking to boost their strike options for the CONCACAF Women's Championships to be held in the United States from October 15 to 26. Merron Gordon, the national head coach, said he is particularly keen on getting in at least one player in the mould of a robust, old-fashioned centre forward, an asset when facing teams with physically strong defenders. "That [the forward position] is definitely one area we will improve on. We need a striker with some physical presence; ... Read More

STETHS vs Lacovia to highlight today's daCosta Cup fixtures

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Anchovy High’s
Javorn Palmer
(foreground) gets
ready to cross the
ball as Cornwall
College’s Michael
Heaven rushes in
during last
daCosta Cup game
at Jarrett Park.
Cornwall won the
game 5-1.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Defending champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and surprise team Lacovia High, separated by a mere five miles, will meet in the feature ISSA/LIME daCosta Cup football game in Santa Cruz today. Both schools have won their first three games and are tied on nine points at the top of Zone E, and with the early failings of Munro College appear to be the teams vying for the zone honours. Twenty-eight games are down to be played in the daCosta cup com ... Read More

Hydel blank C'Bar 2-0

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Hydel’s Brad Tulley (foreground) and Calabar’s Romario Dixon battle for
possession of the ball during yesterday’s ISSA/LIME Manning Cup match
at the latter’s home base. Hydel won 2-0. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

HYDEL High defeated closest rivals Calabar High 2-0 in damp and overcast conditions yesterday to cement top spot in Group F of the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup competition. A third-minute goal from Nicholas Nelson directly from a corner kick gave Hydel the lead. Another strike, in the first minute of time added, from Rodari Edwards, sealed the win for the visiting team. With the victory Hydel moved to 12 points, while Calabar remain on seven. Donovan Hayles, the elated Hydel head coach, said his pla ... Read More

Windies pacer Roach aiming to be world leader

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

West Indies’
this year

GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) — West Indies pacer Kemar Roach has set his sights on becoming the leading bowler in the world after breaking into the top 10 on the Reliance ICC player rankings released last week. Roach moved one place to 10th in the rankings, the highest place among West Indies bowlers, after earning 17 rating points for his match figures of five for 95 in the first Test against Bangladesh. "I want to get to number one in the world," Roach declared. "So I am trying to take ... Read More

Devon Spencer is first recipient of Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics scholarship

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Javelin thrower Devon Spencer (second right) illustrates to Digicel’s marketing director Peter Lloyd (right) as MVP track
and field coach Paul Francis (left) and MVP president Bruce James look on at the end of yesterday’s launch of the second
Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics programme at the UTech grass track. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

DEVON Spencer, the former St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) student, was announced as the first scholarship recipient of the Digicel/MVP Grassroots Athletics Programme as stakeholders partnered yesterday for the launch of its second staging at the University of Technology (UTech) grass track. Through the efforts of the telecommunications firm and the UTech-based MVP Track and Field Club, the 19-year-old javelin thrower has been awarded a scholarship valued at $1 million to pursue stud ... Read More

Dhoni excited about Bravo's return to Super Kings set-up

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Dwayne Bravo

HYDERABAD, India (CMC) — Captain MS Dhoni has welcomed the return of West Indies One Day International (ODI) captain Dwayne Bravo into the Chennai Super Kings set-up, saying his presence will boost the chances of their team in the Champions League. Bravo was the leading wicket-taker in the 2013 IPL but could play only one game in the 2014 season before being sidelined by a shoulder problem. Dhoni had highlighted the injury to Bravo as one of the main reasons for Super Kings' early exit f ... Read More

The Queen’s begin defence of junior, senior league netball titles today

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

DEFENDING champions the Queen's begin their defence of both the Junior and Senior League titles as the 2014 Digicel/ISSA High School netball competition gets under way today at the Queen's School Courts. The Queen's, who are also the all-island junior champions, will first take on Tivoli Gardens High at 2:30, while the defending all-island Senior League champions will go up against Tivoli Gardens High at approximately 3:15. The Marvette Anderson-coached teams are hoping to start on winning note ... Read More

Madrid return with big win, as Arsenal, Atleti suffer defeats

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Liverpool’s Italian forward Mario Balotelli (right) has a shot blocked by
Ludogorets Razgrad’s Romanian defender Cosmin Moti during the UEFA
Champions League Group B match at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool
yesterday. Liverpool won 2-1. (PHOTO: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Steven Gerrard was Liverpool's hero with a stoppage-time penalty as the Reds marked their return to the Champions League with a win yesterday, while Arsenal endured a torrid evening against Borussia Dortmund. Gerrard struck from the spot right at the death to hand Liverpool a 2-1 win in their Group B opener against an awkward Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield. Meanwhile, goals just either side of half-time by Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave 2013 runners ... Read More

WICB congratulates Professor Beckles as new UWI Vice Chancellor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Sir Hilary Beckles

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has congratulated Professor Sir Hilary Beckles who has been named the next Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. A statement from WICB's headquarters in Antigua says the board also anticipates a deepening of ties with Professor Beckles. "On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire West Indies cricket family we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Professor Sir Hilary on this auspicious appointment," ... Read More

Country before international franchise, says Clive Lloyd

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Clive Lloyd

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — New chairman of the West Indies selection panel Clive Lloyd is encouraging players to put country before international franchise, months ahead of an England tour of the Caribbean. Lowly ranked West Indies are scheduled to face world number three England in a three-match Test series beginning on April 9 and ending May 5, 2015. However, the matches are set to clash with the ICC-approved IPL, which is held between April and June each year. "What we are saying is t ... Read More



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