Miller hopes to do good job for WI

MILLER… hopefully I can do a
good job for the team where
required and give my best

SLOW left-arm orthodox Nikita Miller says he is looking forward to the challenge of filling in for off-spinner Sunil Narine in the West Indies squad for the Cricket World Cup. Narine, rated as one of the best spinners in international cricket, earlier this week withdrew from the tournament, saying ... Read More

GONZALES… is coming off a long knee injury which required two surgeries Star athletes Gonzales, Fraser-Pryce, Carter make seasonal bow today
NATIONAL 400m record holder Jermaine Gonzales will make a return to the track along with Olympic spr ... Read More

Island Aquatics Synchro Swimmers at the 6th Island Aquatics Synchro Jamaica Invitational competition in 2014 with the Dolphin Cove mascot. Curacao team for Ja Synchronised Swimming competition
ISLAND Aquatics Synchro Club will host its Seventh Jamaica Synchronised Swimming Invitational Compet ... Read More

Monique Todd (left), VP for marketing, public and corporate affairs at Scotiabank, and JCA’s CEO, Courtney Francis (right)
interact with students from Excelsior Primary and Franklin Town Primary schools during the launch of the 2015
Scotiabank/WICB Kiddy Cricket programme, at Sabina Park yesterday. Also in photo is programme coordinator and
WICB’s territorial development officer Phillip Service (back in blue shirt). (PHOTO: NORMAN THOMAS) Scotia banks on over 8,000 benefiting from Kiddy Cricket Programme
DURING the next two months, over 8,000 students from 140 primary schools across Jamaica will benefit ... Read More

Windies arrive for World Cup campaign

Saturday, January 31, 2015    

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — A weary but upbeat West Indies side arrived here yesterday to begin preparation for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. They arrived to a warm reception from fans and well-wishers, following a 12-hour flight from South Africa, and are expected to get right down to preparation ahead of the February 14 start of the tournament. The team will spend eight days in the glitzy east-coast city prior to the start of the World Cup, and will focus on specific skills of death bowli ... Read More

Over 2,000 athletes expected at Grace/STETHS Invitational

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Kelsey Christian of Wolmer’s winning the Class Four girls 400m
in 1 minute 01.20 seconds ahead of Hydel’s Gabriel White in 1
minute 01.69 seconds.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The boys' Under-17 400m hurdles will be the only new event that will be contested at the 32nd Grace/STETHS Invitational to be held at the St Elizabeth Technical Sports Complex in Santa Cruz today, starting at 9:30 am. Keith Wellington, principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and a member of the organising committee, said they were expecting a big turnout and another exciting day of competition. Wellington said, based on entries they received, t ... Read More

Hydel, St Mary High shine at North Central Meet

Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Okeem White of Green Pond winning the Class
One 100m in 11.23 seconds.

DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — The Hydel Group of Schools and St Mary High School won the girls' and boys' sections, respectfully, as over 30 institutions -- from prep to tertiary -- participated in the North Central Development meet at Noranda Bauxite (Kaiser) last Saturday. Meet director Duane Daley said "the meet has developed over the years and a number of coaches has used the meet to get their athletes ready for the season. We have catered to athletes for all age groups and will continue as ... Read More

Rita Jeptoo gets two-year ban for doping violation

Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Disgraced Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo (left) arriving at the Athletics Kenya
headquarters in Nairobi with one of her lawyers in Nairobi for a hearing to find
out how long she will be banned from the sport. (PHOTO: AFP)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Top Kenyan female marathon runner Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban after being caught doping with the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO, officials said yesterday. The suspension, announced by the local governing body Athletics Kenya (AK), was the minimum mandatory punishment she was facing under international anti-doping regulations in place when she was caught in an out-of competition test last year. Jeptoo, winner of the last two consecutive Boston and ... Read More

Granville blank Kickers in Western Confed Super League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Granville FC’s Huwayne Blake (right) gets away from Violet
Kickers’ Andrew Plummer in their JFF Charley’s JB Rum Western
Confederation Super League first-round game at the UDC Field on
Thursday. Granville FC won the game 2-0. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former champions Granville FC skipped over Montego Bay Boys' Club and into fourth place after beating Violet Kickers 2-0 in their rescheduled Jamaica Football Federation Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League game at the UDC field on Thursday. Garth Johnson scored both goals for Granville, in the 68th and 80th minutes, the second time the club was scoring more than one goal in a game in eight games played. It was also Johnson's second double in three ... Read More

Binnie fights back, targets top-100 ranking in 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015    

All Jamaica and Caribbean Men’s
champion Chris Binnie (right) takes
on former world number one
Englishman Nick Mathew.

AFTER battling back from injury to chalk up big wins last year, All Jamaica and Caribbean Men's Squash champion Chris Binnie is aiming to break into the top-100 on the professional circuit in 2015. Although 2014 started on an uncertain note, the squash ace rebounded from a nine-month lay-off after surgery and rehabilitation to successfully defend his national and regional titles. On the international scene, Binnie helped Jamaica win bronze in the men's team competition at the Caribbean and Cen ... Read More

Djokovic downs Wawrinka in Aussie Open semis

Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after victory in his men’s singles semi-final match against
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka on day 12 of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in
Melbourne yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — World number one Novak Djokovic fought off Stan Wawrinka over five tense sets to master the defending champion and reach his fifth Australian Open final yesterday, where he will meet Andy Murray. The Serb top seed won 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in three hours, 30 minutes and will face the British sixth seed for a third time in tomorrow's Grand Slam decider. It was Djokovic's toughest match of the tournament and his serve was broken five times in another ti ... Read More

Windies coach Williams takes charge of Zouks

Saturday, January 31, 2015    

Stuart Williams

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Current West Indies coach Stuart Williams will be in charge of St Lucia Zouks for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The 45-year-old, currently on tour with the Caribbean side in Australia, will replace Englishman Matthew Maynard, who has taken up a post as director of cricket at English county Somerset. Williams served as Maynard's assistant last year. The Antiguan is a former West Indies batsman who played 31 Tests and 57 One-Day Internationals dur ... Read More

Talented Tony K to open 2015 season in style

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, January 31, 2015    

2000 Guineas impressively and showed
class to win the Lotto Classic under top
weight. Finished second in the Derby
and fourth in the St Leger. Reverted to
sprinting and showed good speed in the
Caribbean Sprint Championship, turning
for home two lengths clear and finishing
just over a length in fifth. With the long
and exacting season taking a toll, he
finished last but one in the Gold Cup.
Will be back to form this year.

THE Lorne Kirlew-trained Talented Tony K, one of last season's most promising Classic aspirant, bids to debut his four-year-old season among older horses on a winning note in an Overnight Allowance call at Caymanas Park today. Talented Tony K is one in the field of seven runners declared in the 1,000 metres call that will highlight the day's 11-race programme and is scheduled to go to post at approximately 4:40 pm with first post at 12:10 pm. The speedster won last year's 2,000 Guineas and the ... Read More

JN Sunshine Open League Netball continues today

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Saturday, January 31, 2015    

National player Simone Forbes (left) of Waulgrovians 'A' holds onto the ball as
GC Foster Strikers 'A' defender Nicole Dias keeps close tabs during a recent game
in the JNBS/JNA Sunshine Open League at the Leila Robinson Courts recently.
Waulgrovians 'A' won 26 -12. (Photo: Ruddy Hibbert)

MICO 'A', Blades 'A', Police 'A' and GC Foster 'A' are expected to continue on their winning ways as the 2015 Netball Jamaica/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League competition continues today at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 1:00 pm. The Mico aggregation is scheduled to play two matches against Jobs Lane 'A' and Hampshire at 1:40 and 5:00 pm, respectively. Also down to play two games are Boulevard Baptist 'A' and Tantrum at 2:20 ad 5:40 pm, respectively. Polic ... Read More



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