Bolt baffled by JAAA’s abstention from IAAF vote

BOLT... it was kind of a letdown to know that the JAAA did not support it

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The decision by Jamaica’s athletics authorities to abstain from an IAAF vote to institute far-reaching reforms has left sprint superstar Usain Bolt baffled. “I was very shocked; I actually learned about that today,” said the multiple-time Olympic g ... Read More

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second right) and Ambassador Courtney Walsh (centre) present the 2016 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence trophy to Tamar Lambert
(second left) at the award ceremony held at the Terra Nova Hotel on Wednesday night. Also pictured are ‘Billy’ Heaven (left), chief executive officer for CHASE Fund and
Phillip Henriques, chairman for CHASE Fund. See story on Page 54 (Photo: Collin Reid) ‘I will cherish this moment!’
Former Jamaica cricketer and captain of the national senior team Tamar Lambert walked away with the ... Read More

Jamaica Scorpions’ Andre McCarthy plays a shot during day one of the regional four-day match against Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at Sabina Park yesterday. McCarthy, King spur Scorpions on day one
Andre McCarthy and Brandon King both struck half-centuries versus Trinidad & Tobago Red Force ye ... Read More

Dane Nelson shows his likeness for Franfield (Photo: Joseph Wellington) One thing on my mind, the Diamond Mile - Dane Nelson is ready
The much-anticipated wait for the return of Dane ‘Warrior Chief’ Nelson ends tomorrow on ... Read More

Denbigh, Gaynstead all-Island netball champions

Friday, December 09, 2016    

ISSA All-Island Senior League netball champions Denbigh High celebrate with their trophy after defeating Excelsior High 34-33 at the Leila Robinson Courts on Wednesday. (Photos: Collin Reid)

Denbigh High and Gaynstead High captured the All-Island Senior and Junior League crowns, respectively, as the 2016 ISSA high school netball competitions ended at the Leila Robinson Courts on Wednesday. Denbigh, the Rural Senior League champions, edged first-time finalists Urban champions Excelsior High 34-33 to come out champions. The Gaynstead aggregation, current Urban Junior League champions, defeated Rural champions Holmwood Technical 25-21 for the all-island title. Christine Bartley, ... Read More

Corneal slams Saintfiet appointment as ‘disrepect’

Friday, December 09, 2016    

(From left) JFF general secretary Horace Reid, FIFA grass roots instructors Alvin Corneal and Lenny Lake, JFF president
Captain Horace Burell, and FIFA development officer for the Caribbean Daryl Warner inspect the FIFA Grass roots Manual at
the launch of the FIFA Grass roots Football Programme at the Offices of the JFF in 2011. (Observer File Photo: Collin Reid)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Well-known former national coach Alvin Corneal has slammed the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet, calling it “a disrespect” to domestic coaches. The 43-year-old Saintfiet was unveiled as the new Soca Warriors head coach at a media conference on Wednesday, replacing Trinidad and Tobago-born Stephen Hart who was sacked last month. Though Saintfiet has had multiple coaching roles in the past — mainly in Africa — none of them has bee ... Read More

Maria’s Glory suspended for 60 days; groom, trainer fined

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Shamaree Muir

The stewards of the Jamaica Racing Commission are announcing the following disciplinary actions arising from inquiries recently held. Trainer Errol Pottinger and groom Bryan Mitchell were fined $10,000 and $20,000 respectively, for failing to present the horse, Maria’s Glory, who was declared to run in the seventh race on Saturday December 3, 2016. Maria’s Glory was suspended from racing for a period of 60 days, and both fines are to be paid not later than Tuesday December 20, 201 ... Read More

Trainer Patrick Smellie fined, warned off

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Trainer Patrick Smellie

Trainer Patrick Smellie was warned off all courses for three years with effect from December 6, 2016, and was also fined $250,000 by The First Instance Tribunal of the Jamaica Racing Commission. The tribunal made the ruling on December 5 after it conducted an investigation under Section 25 of the Jamaica Racing Commission Act into a report by the racing chemist that a urine sample taken from the horse Joyful Rakota on October 10, 2015, indicated the presence of Ephedrine, a prohibited substan ... Read More

Mkhitaryan breaks duck as United go through

Friday, December 09, 2016    

C Zorya’s Luhansk Ihor Chaykovskiy tumbles as Manchester United goalscorer  Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets away from him during their UEFA Europa League match at the Chornomorets stadium in Odessa, Ukraine, yesterday. Manchester United won 2-0. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Manchester United goal to set up a 2-0 win over Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine yesterday and take Jose Mourinho’s side into the last 32 of the Europa League. United required only a point to secure progress from Group A but Mkhitaryan’s 48th-minute strike and a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal separated the sides and took the Premier League club through in second place behind Fenerbahce, who won 1-0 at Feyenoord thanks to a Moussa ... Read More

Top seed Stephens zooms in on tennis final

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Micheala Stephens (right) receives her runner-up trophy from
Tournament Director Llockett McGregor following the final of
the Mayberry Investments Limited Open Junior Tennis
Championships in 2014. (Observer File Photo)

TOP seed Micheala Stephens will face third-seeded Shea-Ann Kameka in the semi-finals of the women’s singles in the JN Open Tennis Championships which continues today at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston, beginning at 5:00 pm. Stephens, who is this year’s All-Jamaica women’s singles champion, is yet to lose a tournament, and will be in the hunt for another title. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Kameka will be looking forward to creating an upset over the number one seed, but she knows ... Read More

Champs Calabar, Camperdown clash in U-19 basketball tourney

Friday, December 09, 2016    

DEFENDING champions Calabar High and Camperdown High will take on each other as the ISSA Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) Under-19 play-off round continues today at Camperdown Road, beginning at 3:30 pm. This game promises to be hotly contested between two top teams, who are facing each other for the first time this season. Both teams met in last year’s SBC final where Calabar emerged champions. Camperdown will be seeking to avenge the defeat today. Ludloo Barker, coach of Calaba ... Read More

Griffith urges Jaguars to lift game against Pride

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Guyana Jaguars bowler Veerasammy Permaul in delivery stride on the second day of the first-round match against Jamaica Scorpions in the Digicel Regional Four-Day Tournament at the Guyana National Stadium, yesterday. (Photo: WICB)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana Jaguars assistant coach Rayon Griffith wants improvement in all areas when his top-of-the-table side face a dangerous Barbados Pride unit in the fourth round of the Regional Four-Day Championship today. Jaguars hold the slimmest of leads heading into the day/nighter at the National Stadium here, sitting on 33.6 with Pride lying second on 33.4. Griffith, a former first-class player, said Jaguars had made crucial mistakes over the first three rounds which ... Read More

Franfieldis the Diamond Mile choice

By Observer Racing Writer | Friday, December 09, 2016    

5 - Franfield

The time is nigh. The anxiety thickens. The wait is almost over. The preparations are done and finally the 16 best horses in the land, bar none, are ready to compete for the high stakes of the second running of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission, Supreme Ventures Limited, and Caymanas Track Limited-sponsored Diamond Mile. Affiliate sponsors for the Diamond Mile are ISP Finance Limited, ATL Automotive Limited and the Jamaica Observer Limited. Although quite a difficult task, the Compl ... Read More

Who will win the Diamond Mile?

Friday, December 09, 2016    

Fitzroy Glispie

The second running of the ultra-rich Diamond Mile Race will take place at Caymanas Park tomorrow. Trainers side with Seeking My Dream to repeat in the 1,600-metre event. ROWAN MATHIE I think that Seeking My Dream will defend his title in this year’s renewal of the Diamond Mile race. Seeking My Dream, to me, is a very good mile horse, rather than going a mile-and-a-half and a mile-and-a-quarter. You can beat him going two turns, but at a mile I believe that he is strong th ... Read More



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