'We are happy!'

Jamaica's Gavane Palmer (in yellow), who won bronze in the
half-marathon, stays with the leading pack at the Special Olympics
Summer Games in Los Angeles on Saturday.


CALIFORNIA, United States — The Jamaican coaching staff is, by and large, a happy bunch. The 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games were set to come to an official end late yesterday with the closing ceremony at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) gar ... Read More

Members of the Guyana team and management staff enjoy a photo opportunity with the WICB Regional Under-19 Championship trophy after defeating Jamaica by
four wickets in the final at Manchester High School yesterday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Guyana repeat as regional U-19 cricket champions
HOST Jamaica failed in their bid to dethrone Guyana in the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Regional ... Read More

Jamaica's Superintendent of Police Stephanie Lindsay is locked in
conversation with Jamaican-born Los Angeles Police Department Captain
Peter Whittingham and Special Olympics football patron Allie McNab at a
welcome reception hosted by Digicel in downtown LA recently. Jamaicans letting their light shine at Special Olympics
CALIFORNIA, United States — Jamaicans have been integral to these Special Olympics Games. The ... Read More

Champagnie of
St Andrew
Technical High
School (STATHS)
makes her
winning throw of
47.73 metres in
the girls’ Class
One javelin throw
Open. (PHOTO:
BRYAN CUMMINGS) Champagnie cops heptathlon bronze at Pan Am Junior Champs
AYESHA Champagnie won the bronze medal in the women's heptathlon event on yesterday's final day of t ... Read More

PHOTOS: Jamaican basketballers at the Special Olympics

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Jamaica's Owen McKoy (#5) goes high for the ball ahead of Australia's
Alexander Barnes of during their basketball final of the Special
Olympics Summer Games at GalenBasketball Center in Los Angeles on
Saturday. Australian won 43-24 to cop gold, while the Jamaicans took the
silver medal.

Jamaica's Owen McKoy (#5) goes high for the ball ahead of Australia's Alexander Barnes of during their basketball final of the Special Olympics Summer Games at GalenBasketball Center in Los Angeles on Saturday. Australian won 43-24 to cop gold, while the Jamaicans took the silver medal. (PHOTOS: COLLIN REID COURTESY OF DIGICEL, SCOTIABANK AND CHASE FUND) Joni Moncrieffe of Jamaica controls the ball ahead of Thomas Preston of Australia. Jamaica's Owen McKoy (with ball) tries to get by his Aus ... Read More

The legend of Don Quarrie lives on at USC

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 03, 2015    

A large photo of former Jamaican sprinter Donald Quarrrie and some of his
achievements feature along the wall inside Heritage Hall at USC.

CALIFORNIA, United States -- Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell are world renowned Jamaican athletes. They deserve all the praise they receive for carrying the hopes of the country at various world championships and Olympic Games. We should never underestimate all they and others have achieved for our people. The mark left by the former sprint great Donald O'Riley Quarrie should also never be taken lightly. Here at the University of Southern Californ ... Read More

St Thomas comes alive with Makka Pro surfing competition

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Icah Wilmot’s talent on display.

Hundreds of spectators turned out for the ninth staging of Jamaica's premier international surfing Makka Pro and the after party at the Makka beach in Southhaven, Yallahs, St Thomas, last weekend. The event sponsored by the Sports Development Foundation and the Jamaica Tourist Board's Jamaica Sport also included a kiddies' fun park complete with various rides from ferris wheel and merry-go-round to gigantic water slides, mini arcade, clown and face painting. Cappuccinos, snow cones and slushe ... Read More

Rooney says Everton return was weird

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Manchester United's former Everton forward Wayne Rooney runs with the
ball during the Duncan Ferguson Testimonal pre-season friendly match
against Villarreal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, yesterday.

LONDON, England (AFP) — Wayne Rooney admitted it felt "weird" putting on the blue shirt of his boyhood club Everton once again in a testimonial match for Goodison Park cult hero Duncan Ferguson yesterday. Rooney, who started out with the Toffees before being sold to Manchester United in 2004, came off the bench to a standing ovation for the final 15 minutes of the match against Villarreal which the Spanish side won 2-1 before a crowd of almost 35,000. United manager Louis van Gaal will b ... Read More

Portland Credit Union Insport Netball competition begins on high note

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Team members being addressed by Portland Insports Officer Sharon Harris. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN)

The Portland Credit Union and Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) netball league kicked off the start of the competition with a march through the parish capital last month. Two leagues consisting of 20 teams are participating in the competition this year. Defending champions Skyliners have started on a good note winning the Rally Championship defeating Flamers 12-8 at the town square while Village United won the dress parade and cheerleading. INSPORTS Officer Sharon Harris, in welcoming the teams, ... Read More

Sweden's Sjostrom smashes 100m butterfly record

Monday, August 03, 2015    

Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom celebrates after she won the semifinal
two, breaking the world record (55.74) in the women's
100m butterfly swimming event at the 2015 FINA World
Championships in Kazan, Russia, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

KAZAN, Russia (AFP) — Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom broke the women's 100m butterfly record yesterday as Sun Yang and Katie Ledecky retained their 400m freestyle titles at the world championships. China's Sun, the reigning 400, 800 and 1500m world champion and record holder over the mile, clocked three minutes 42.58 seconds to win his final by more than a second as Britain's James Guy took silver. The Chinese giant is still nearly three seconds from Paul Biedermann's world record, set by the G ... Read More

Ramdin was not axed from squad — source

Monday, August 03, 2015    

RAMDIN... remains highly-regarded as a member of Windies set-up

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Contrary to reports in some circles experienced wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin was not dropped from the West Indies team for the proposed tour of Zimbabwe. Information reaching CMC Sports indicates that the 30-year-old Test captain, was indeed picked in the squad which was due to play a tri-nation series with the hosts and Pakistan. The tournament was subsequently cancelled after Pakistan withdrew from the originally proposed dates of August 20 to September 3. ... Read More

Isner claims third-straight Atlanta ATP title

Monday, August 03, 2015    

ISNER... defeated Marcos Baghdatis for Atlanta ATP honour

ATLANTA, USA (AFP) — Big-serving American John Isner completed his Atlanta ATP hat-trick yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Marcos Baghdatis. Top-seeded Isner won his third straight title in the state where he once starred at university, cruising past the fifth-seeded Cypriot whose movement was increasingly limited as the match wore on by what appeared to be hip or leg trouble. "It's unfortunate you couldn't be 100 per cent today," Isner told Baghdatis at the trophy presentation. "I ... Read More

Elite triathletes test Rio's readiness with dress rehearsal

Monday, August 03, 2015    

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — In this July 12, 2015 photo, a man wipes his face as he wades through the waters of the Marina da Gloria in Rio de Janeiro. The head of Rio’s Infectious Diseases Society said contaminated waters in beaches and lakes has led to “endemic” public health woes among Brazilians, primarily infectious diarrhoea in children. By adolescence, he said, people in Rio have been so exposed to the viruses in the water their bodies build up antibodies. But foreign athletes and tourists won’t have that protection. (PHOTO: AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Elite triathletes from around the world raced off Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach yesterday in a dress rehearsal for next year's Olympic Games. The event was vital for athletes looking to secure spots on their national Olympic teams but just as much a test of the city's ability to stage the world's biggest sporting event in exactly 12 months. With Rio's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain towering in the background, competitors raced across the sand of Copacabana a ... Read More

Four Caribbean federations support IAAF reforms

Monday, August 03, 2015    

DIACK... outgoing president of the IAAF

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) -- Four Caribbean member federations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) are supporting calls for reforms to athletics governing body. Member Federations from Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and the United States Virgin Islands have submitted proposals to make changes to the constitution of the IAAF at its Congress in Beijing, China this month. They are supporting Dr Amadeo Francis, a former president of North American, C ... Read More



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