Jamaica claim 85 medals at International Sports Karate Association US Open

Members of Jamaica’s combined martial arts team (from left) Captain Nicholas Dusard, Ackeem Lawrence, Delano Francis, Adrian Moore, and Richard Stone
celebrate at the International Sports Karate Association US Open with coach Claude Chin.

JAMAICA reaped a record 85 medals at the weekend's International Sports Karate Association United States Open in Orlando, Florida, bagging 32 gold, 22 silver and 31 bronze from the world's biggest martial arts open. Combined team captain Nicholas Dusard handed Jamaica their 85th medal Saturday nigh ... Read More

Assistant Head Coach Miguel Coley (left) in discussion with head coach Winfried Schaefer (right), as video analyst Turn to ATTACK on Page 43
Carlos Garcia looks on inside Estadio Sausalito, in Vina del Mar, Chile, recently. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Reggae Boyz to show more on offence, says Coley
LOS ANGELES, California — Assistant Head Coach Miguel Coley says the Reggae Boyz are well posi ... Read More

Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel Captain Dwayne Bravo (left) and brother Darren Bravo celebrate one of the
wickets against Guyana Amazon Warriors at Warner Park on Saturday. (PHOTO: CPL T20 LTD.2015) Red Steel hold off Amazon Warriors to win thriller
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) -- Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel held their nerve to win a nail-biter, b ... Read More

Sunshine Girls goal-shooter Jhanielle Fowler Reid (right) soars high above Berger Elite
All-star defenders, including Kasey Evering (left) during game one last Friday evening.
(PHOTO: COLLIN REID) Sunshine Girls pummel Berger Elite All-star team 72-28
JAMAICA'S Sunshine Girls continued their build-up to the Netball World Cup with a 72-28 demolition o ... Read More

Austin ready to lead from the front

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Jamaica’s Captain
Rodolph Austin (right)
being challenged by
Paraguay’s Nestor
Ortigoza, while
Deshorn Brown
(centre) looks on
during their Group B
Copa America match
inside Estadio Regional
Calvo & Bascunan in
Antofagasta, Chile,
recently. (PHOTO: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, California -- Captain Rodolph Austin does not seem a man who runs away from responsibility. And he surely has shown no intention of fleeing his role any time soon as leader of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz as they prepare to begin their quest for CONCACAF Gold Cup glory. In fact, he has embraced the role with aplomb. If ever there was the hint of doubt to his leadership qualities, Austin blew that away with a sterling performance at the recent Copa America in Chile. With his never-say-di ... Read More

Hughes claims 200m title at British National Championships

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Monday, July 06, 2015    

KC’s Zharnel Hughes rounds the
bend to enter the straight in the
Class One 200m heats in easy
fashion in 2014. He won comfortably in
21.20 seconds. (File PHOTO)

ZHARNEL Hughes made his debut at the British National Championships a memorable one after he won the 200m in 20.42 seconds (0.9m/s) on Saturday's second day of the three-day event being held at Alexander stadium in Birmingham. Hughes, who trains with the Glen Mills-led Racers Track Club in Kingston and who switched allegiance from Anguilla recently, booked his ticket to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, next month. Also booking a ticket Saturday was former Jamaica representative ... Read More

Mathews puts Sri Lanka on top in deciding Test

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews (left) plays a shot as Pakistan cricketer Azhar Ali reacts during the
third day of the third and final Test match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

Pallekele, Sri Lanka (AFP) -- Skipper Angelo Mathews battled his way to an unbeaten 77 as Sri Lanka seized the advantage in the series-deciding third and final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele yesterday. The hosts gained a first innings lead of 63 runs and then recovered from 35-3 in their second knock to post 228-5 by stumps on a rain-interrupted, but absorbing, third day's play. Mathews led from the front against a tiring Pakistani attack, adding 45 for the fourth wicket with Upul Tharanga ... Read More

Winning streak

By Everard Owen Observer writer | Monday, July 06, 2015    

Shebian Preparatory players ( in purple) and Portland Preparatory players in action on the field where Portland Prep won 3-2. (PHOTO:EVERARD OWEN)

Manchioneal Primary School retained the Portland Insports 3P's football title for the third time when they defeated Port Antonio Primary two goals to one at Carder Park, recently. Manchioneal Primary goals were scored by leading competition scorer Dontae Wallace with a brace moving his tally to 33 while Rajay Grant scored Port Antonio's lone goal. In other football action at the Basic School level Port Antonio Infant defeated George Cohen 3-1 on penalties after both teams ended without a goal ... Read More

T&T snap-out of winless streak with training win over Haiti

Monday, July 06, 2015    

MIAMI, United States (CMC) — Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors snapped-out of a five-game winless streak with a one-nil win over Haiti in a closed door training match ahead of the start of their campaign in the CONCACAF Gold Cup later this week. Forward Willis Plaza converted five minutes into the game to also end T&T's five-match scoring drought as both teams warmed up for the Gold Cup at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, USA, on Friday. "It was a game of two hal ... Read More

Hamilton extends lead with impressive British win

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s British driver Lewis Hamilton (right) and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s German driver Nico Rosberg drive during the
British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit in Silverstone yesterday. (PHOTOS: AFP)

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom (AFP) — Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton won his second successive British Grand Prix yesterday to extend his lead in the championship standings over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton, the first British driver since David Coulthard in 1999/2000 to post successive wins in the race, came home 10 seconds clear of Rosberg in yet another Mercedes one-two, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in third. Hamilton, whose victory was watched by 140,000 people -- ... Read More

Blatter to limit travel until things clear up

Monday, July 06, 2015    

Sepp Blatter

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA which is mired in corruption allegations, told a German newspaper Sunday that he won't take travel risks until the situation is "cleared up". "As long as not everything is cleared up, I will not take any travel risk," Blatter, 79, said, without giving details, in comments reported by Welt am Sonntag newspaper. He announced on June 2, just days after being re-elected, that he would step down from the FIFA presidency at an extraordinar ... Read More

Du Plessis sets up crushing win for South Africa

Monday, July 06, 2015    

South African captain Faf du
Plessis loses his bat as he
plays a shot during the first
T20 match between
Bangladesh and South Africa
at the Sher-e-Bangla National
Cricket Stadium in Dhaka
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) -- Skipper Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten half century to set up a crushing 52-run win for South Africa over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 international in Dhaka yesterday. Du Plessis helped the visitors recover from a shaky start with an unbeaten 79 off 61 balls, his sixth half-century in Twenty20 internationals, which included eight fours. South Africa went on to make 148-4. Off-spinner JP Duminy (2-11), medium pacer David Wiese (2-12) and fast bowler Kagiso Ra ... Read More

Visa problems force Suriname out of World Cup qualifiers

Monday, July 06, 2015    

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) - Visa problems have forced Suriname to pull out of the Under-19 World Cup qualifiers here, leaving three countries to vie for an automatic spot in next year's finals to be staged in Bangladesh. Because of the South American country's withdrawal, hosts Bermuda, United States and Canada will now play each other twice here. The winners will go straight to Bangladesh, while the second-placed team will get another chance to reach the World Cup at a global qualifier later th ... Read More

Zero tolerance for dopers, warns Bubka

Monday, July 06, 2015    


PARIS, France (AFP) -- There should be zero tolerance for athletes who use banned drugs, according to the IAAF's Sergey Bubka, who will call for a review of doping rules should he be elected president of track and field's governing body next month. Bubka lit up athletics as a pole vaulter, winning Olympic gold and being crowned world champion six times in a career in which he broke the world record 35 times. And now the Ukrainian finds himself in a dogfight with Britain's two-time 1500m champi ... Read More



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