Van Nistlerooy humbled by outpouring of Jamaican fan support

UEFA Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy interact with locals at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former Dutch international Ruud van Nistelrooy was impressed with the fan support of the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier league during his recent visit to the island as an ambassador for the Champions League. Van Nistelrooy, who left the island on Friday, ... Read More

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St Thomas Cobras’ Garth Stewart (centre) takes control as the St Catherine Saints pair of Tyrone Small (left) and Andrew Daley close in. St Mary Raiders score exciting 4-3 win over Portland Blazers
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Champions League needs big clubs like Man U, says Van Nistlerooy

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy about to get into a branded car as part of the trophy tour in Montego Bay, St James, on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The European Champions League needs teams like Manchester United if it is to be exciting, argues former Old Trafford star Ruud van Nistelrooy. In a one-on-one interview with the Jamaica Observer last week at the Secrets Wild Orchid Resort in Freeport, Montego Bay, the Dutch striker, who took the many-time English champions to the semi-finals in the 2001-02 season, says Manchester United need to play in the league as it needs the big clubs. Manchester United are st ... Read More

Windies struggle to 111 against Pakistan in first T20

Sunday, March 26, 2017 1:26 PM    

Pakistan's Wahab Riaz (Left) celebrates dismissing West Indies' Kieron Pollard (Right) during the first of four-T20I-match between Pakistan and West Indies at the Kensington Oval stadium in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 26, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — Shadab Khan produced an outstanding debut performance as Pakistan limited West Indies to 111 for eight batting first in the first fixture of a four-match T20 international series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Brought on as the fifth bowler after the hosts were put in on a bright, breezy afternoon, Shadab’s mesmerising mixture of leg-breaks and googlies earned him figures of three for seven, the most economical ever in the history of T20 inter ... Read More

Curtains fall on ‘best’ Special Olympic Games

BY SANJAY MYERS Senior staff reporter | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Members of the Jamaica’s delegation in the stands at Merkur Arena during the closing ceremony on Friday. (Photos: Collin Reid, courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — In an emotional closing to the World Winter Games at Merkur Arena on Friday, the official Special Olympics flag was handed over to representatives from Abu Dhabi, the hosts of the 2019 summer edition. In front of approximately 15,000 at the venue, including the 23-member Jamaica delegation, teenage singing star Grace VanderWaal got things rolling with a lively performance on a very chilly evening in Graz. In a rousing speech, action movie icon Arnold Schwarzenegger, a nat ... Read More

Photo: Heat of battle

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

St Thomas Cobras’ Ramoye Davis (left) turns away from St Catherine Saints’ Andrew Daley during their JFF/SportsMax Elite League match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 1-1. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

St Thomas Cobras’ Ramoye Davis (left) turns away from St Catherine Saints’ Andrew Daley during their JFF/SportsMax Elite League match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 1-1. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

That woeful Sabina Park pitch and the making of a match best forgotten

By Garfield Myers Editor at large, South Central Bureau | Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association President Leon Rodney has a right to ask questions about the Sabina Park pitch. For those who weren’t paying attention, 40 wickets fell for 374 runs in just five sessions of the day/night game between victors Leeward Islands Hurricanes and hosts Jamaica Scorpions in the seventh round of the regional professional league. I was there, and in my view the pitch wasn’t up to the standard required for first class cricket. But before we condemn, i ... Read More

Real Lions roar to crushing 101-46 win over Aqua Youth

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

REAL Lions crushed Aqua Youth 101-46 as the 2017 Howard McCatty/Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Southern Conference Community Basketball League continued at the Majesty Gardens court on Wednesday night. The Lions were led by Kemar McLeish with 26 points and eight rebounds, Dimario Jackson 23 points, and Ramal Carbon with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while scoring for Aqua Youth was Roman Parkes with 17 points and seven rebounds. It was a one-sided affair as the Lions dominated the entire g ... Read More

JFF on target with proposed fix of women’s football

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Simone Jackson (left), Locker Room Sports’ marketing representative, presents the trophy to the captain of Denham Town High School for winning the dress parade at the recent Locker Room Sports ISSA Schooplgirls Football League at Spanish Town Prison Oval.

Virtually, it is like taking care of your child. Those in charge of women’s football did not like what they were seeing, so they have taken a new approach — hands-on — to fix the sore points of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) schoolgirls football competition. “This is the feeder programme for the national programme, and what we plan on doing for this year and the years to come is we are looking at a new approach to the development of women’s f ... Read More

Irwin, Fire House extend lead in Sandals Division One

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

IRWIN, St James — Irwin United and Fire House SC extended their lead in their respective zones of the St James Football Association Sandals International Division One after wins on Friday. Irwin United beat Somerton FC 2-1 at Irwin High in a Zone One top-of-the-table game to open up a five-point lead, while Fire House SC beat Norwood Strikers 3-1 at UDC to increase their lead in Zone Two to five points in the second round. At Irwin High, Paul Livingston in the 10th minute and Shaquille J ... Read More

Baca Star inch closer to mid-season final

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

KINLOSS, Trelawny — Baca Star United need only to avoid a heavy loss today if they are to qualify for next Sunday’s mid-season final of the Trelawny Football Association Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League when they take on Kinloss FC in a return-round game at Kinloss starting at 3:30 pm. Baca Star United lead Zone Two with 21 points, three more than second-placed Duanvale FC, who are hosting Daniel Town FC, but the leaders also boast a significantly superior goal-difference of 15 ... Read More

Scientists develop smartphone-based test for Zika

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Sandia National Laboratories chemical engineer and lead paper author Aashish Priye offers a view into the Zika box prototype, along with co-authors Sara Bird (centre), a virologist, and Cameron Ball, a biomedical engineer. (Photo: Randy Wong)

Add rapid, mobile testing for Zika and other viruses to the list of things that smartphone technology is making possible. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated, diagnostic device that weighs under a pound, costs as little as US$100, and can detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30 minutes. Sandia National Laboratories said in a release last week that testing for these mosquito-borne viruses currently requires a laboratory, and ... Read More



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