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Reggae Boy McCleary thrilled with new Reading deal

Mexico's Jesus Manuel Corona (right) prepares to go by Jamaica's Garath McCleary .

LONDON, English (CMC) — Reggae Boy Garath McCleary has been rewarded for his brilliant form this season with Reading FC by inking a new three-and-a-half year contract. The 29-Year-old joined the English Championship club from Nottingham Forest four-and-a-half years ago and has emerged as the ... Read More

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz going through an exercise drill during a training session at the National Stadium
east field recently. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Work to be done!
Senior Reggae Boyz fitness coach Andre Waugh is not satisfied with the level of fitness of players c ... Read More

FC Reno’s Romario Smith (centre) moves away from Marvin Morgan (right) of Arnett Gardens while his teammate Kavar Walker looks on, during their Red Stripe Premier League game at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex last November. The game ended 1-1.(Photo: Joseph Wellington) Recent good form gives Reno hope of making RSPL semis
FROME, Westmoreland — Their bright start following the Christmas break has former champions Re ... Read More

SAMUELS... stylish Jamaican batsman Hurricanes warning
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ Reginald Benjamin has pushe ... Read More

Photo: Fitness crisis

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz (from right) Ewan Grandison, Jamiel Hardware and Jamie Robinson go through an exercise drill during a training session at Stadium east recently. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz (from right) Ewan Grandison, Jamiel Hardware and Jamie Robinson go through an exercise drill during a training session at Stadium east recently. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Read More

‘We are very proud!’

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Glenn Lawrence (centre), CEO, Couples Resorts, poses with (from left) Gene and Jane Saks, and Josie and Alan Kline, the American couples behind the annual Couples Resorts Ocho Rios Charity Golf Tournament staged at the Sandals Golf and Country Club.

In a collection of sermons and essays authored by civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr in 1963, there is a section about the importance of altruism versus selfishness, which contained the following passage. In a sense every day is judgement day, and we, through our deeds and words, our silence and speech, are constantly writing in the Book of Life. Light has come into the world, and every man must decide whether he will walk in the light or creative altruism or the darkness of destructive s ... Read More

Pollard’s best sends Brathwaite, Thunder tumbling out

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

POLLARD... big-hitting batsman slammed 47 off 22 deliveries

SYDNEY, Australia (CMC) — Kieron Pollard produced a season-best knock to hand Carlos Brathwaite’s Sydney Thunder a solid 77-run defeat here yesterday and end the reigning champions’ dream of reaching the play-offs of the Big Bash League. The big-hitting Pollard slammed 47 off 22 deliveries to help the previously bottom- placed Adelaide Strikers rack up 178 for five off their 20 overs at the Sydney Showground Stadium. Needing to win to have any chance of reaching the next roun ... Read More

Lucas sees Liverpool through in FA Cup replay

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva (left) vies with Plymouth’s English midfielder Craig Tanner during their English FA Cup third-round replay at Home Park in Plymouth, south-west England, yesterday. Liverpool won 1-0. (Photo: AFP)

PLYMOUTH, United Kingdom (AFP) — Stand-in captain Lucas Leiva scored his first goal in seven years to earn Liverpool a 1-0 victory at fourth-tier underdogs Plymouth Argyle in yesterday’s FA Cup third-round replay. The Brazilian, playing at centre-back, met countryman Philippe Coutinho’s 18th-minute corner with a firm near-post header to sink Plymouth, who had drawn 0-0 at Anfield 10 days previously. A second-string Liverpool team could even afford for Divock Origi to squander ... Read More

Mavs edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors win

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Dwyane Wade (left) of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot against Salah Mejri of the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on Tuesday night. (Photo: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Dallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade’s 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls. Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season — after absorbing a 25-point defeat last month in Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Seth Curry had 18, and JJ Barea added 12 for t ... Read More

Cameroon battle back to beat Guinea-Bissau

Thursday, January 19, 2017    

Guinea-Bissau’s forward Piqueti (left) challenges Cameroon’s defender Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui during their Africa Cup of Nations Group A match at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville, Gabon, yesterday. Cameroon won 2-1. (Photo: AFP)

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AFP) — Defender Michael Ngadeu smashed in the winning goal as Cameroon came from behind to beat minnows Guinea-Bissau 2-1 at the Africa Cup of Nations yesterday. Guinea-Bissau had gone in front in the Group A game in Libreville when Piqueti produced a contender for goal of the tournament in the 13th minute. But the Indomitable Lions, four-time winners of the continental trophy, produced two fine goals of their own to turn things around in the second period at the Stade ... Read More

Atmosphere ideal for think tank on Caribbean football confederation — McIntosh

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

MCINTOSH... so the opportunity to look at it (Caribbean confederation) is now (Photo: Observer file)

Howard McIntosh, a former FIFA Development Officer for the Caribbean, thinks the dramatic moves and developments in the global game over the past two years or so, has laid the foundation for alternative thinking in football across the board. The FIFA scandals that have rocked the game’s firmament and took high-profile casualties in the process, coupled with the recent announcement of the world governing body FIFA to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 32 have shifted the axis. The FIFA ... Read More

Something to think about!

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Deputy Sport Editor | Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

DERRICK... I would like to hear the pros and cons from everybody and I would really encourage a debate to beginPhoto: Bryan Cummings

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick says he would be open to a discussion on any proposal related to the possibility of a regional confederation. However, the Antiguan told the Jamaica Observer recently that while he would entertain the views of his membership on the subject, he conceded that the region was not ready for self-reliance and self-governance at that level at this time. “A Caribbean football confederation, would I support it? Yes. But are we ready for it ... Read More

FA Cup to make Jamaican stop on Caribbean tour

Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (left) and Michael Garrick hold aloft the prestigious FA Cup after defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in the final last May.

The new year is already gearing up to be a great one for Jamaican football fans and others across the region, as FLOW and Manchester United — current FA Cup holders — team up to give Caribbean fans unprecedented access to the famous trophy. The trophy will arrive in Jamaica on January 19 following stops in Trinidad and Barbados. FLOW has an exciting three-day schedule planned for local sports fans, following which the Cup will end the tour of the Caribbean in the Cayman Islands. Dw ... Read More

Ziadie bang on target at Driftwood Gun Club tourney

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January 18, 2017    

Geoffrey Ziadie (left) accepts his prize from Alanah Jones, a representative of SSL at the Driftwood Gun Club Sporting Clays Challenge at Dacosta Farms on Sunday.

Veteran shooter Geoffrey Ziadie is still basking in his recent execution after making a strong statement on return to form by toppling a competitive field to lift the Driftwood Gun Club Sporting Clays challenge title. Ziadie, who literally has a high aim for the year ahead, is determined to hit the mark and a glimmer of his indomitable spirit was on display in the cutting-edge performance on Sunday at the newly introduced Dacosta Farms in St Catherine. He shot an impressive High overall score ... Read More



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