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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
ST MARY Raiders registered their first win when they clipped Portland Raider 4-3 in an exciting en ... Read More

Red Stripe Premier League’s leading goalscorer Jermaine Johnson (right) of Tivoli Gardens tries to elude Carlos Wright of Waterhouse during their match at the National Stadium last Monday. Johnson scored twice as Tivoli Gardens won 2-0. (Photos: Joseph Wellington) Waterhouse’s survival struggles take deadly turn as they face MBU
Having slipped back into the clutches of the relegation war, Waterhouse FC face a wounded but equall ... Read More

Dutch suffer World Cup shock, Ronaldo in 70-goal landmark

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (left) tries to evade Hungary’s Adam Nagyduring their Group B World Cup qualifing match at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback yesterday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. The loss left the Dutch six points behind Group A leaders France, who beat Luxembourg 3-1, and down in fourth spot, three back from Sweden and two off Bulgaria with just the group winners guaranteed a place in the 2018 finals in Russia. Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo took his international tally to 7 ... Read More

New York’s Noah suspended for doping violation

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

NOAH... ban will begin with the first NBA regular-season or play-off game (Photo: AFP)

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York Knicks centre Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended 20 games without pay by the NBA yesterday after failing a doping test. Noah, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery last month, tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033, a substance intended to produce effects similar to those of anabolic steroids, the league announced. Noah’s ban will begin with the first NBA regul ... Read More

Federer, Wawrinka advance at Miami Open

Sunday, March 26, 2017    

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Frances Tiafoe during day six of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Centre in Key Biscayne, Florida, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway yesterday. Tiafoe, ranked 101st in the world, struggled against Federer’s serve, but was strong on his own and forced a first set tiebreak in which the Swiss came out on top. The 19-year-old son of immigrants from Sierra Leone then broke Federer’s serve in the first game of the se ... Read More

Jamaican handcart pusher Oddman skates to gold at Winter Games

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Romaine Austin (left) and compatriot Dave Oddman dispplay their gold medals won in the speed skating yesterday. (Photos: Collin Reid courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — Speed skater Dave Oddman closed out Jamaica’s historic venture here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games with a stunning gold medal victory yesterday in division 32 of the 333-metre race at Liebenau Ice Hall. Oddman, a 35-year-old who earns a living from pushing a handcart to transport people’s goods at the food market in Kingston, clocked 1:17.679 minutes to hold off the late challenge of Austria’s Christoph Sagl. The 37-year-old hometown boy was ... Read More

Austin revels in second gold medal win for Special Olympics Jamaica

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Romaine Austin displays his two gold medals won in the speed skating at Liebenau Ice Hall at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. (Photo: Collin Reid, courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — It was casual as you like for Jamaica’s Romaine Austin as he cruised to victory in division 18 of the 333-metre speed skating race at Liebenau Ice Hall on yesterday’s final day of competition here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Austin, a goat farmer from St Catherine, Jamaica, was timed in 52.838 seconds to take gold — a perfect two at these Games — after also winning division 15 of the 500m race on Thursday. His 500m gold was also the ... Read More

Local ministries join JAMAAD to introduce American Football to schools

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Nicole Hoyen-Birch (left), founder and director of JAMAAD, presents the American footaball to Ruel Reid (centre), minister of education, youth and information, in the presence of Nicole Campbell from Aim Educational Services. Looking on are Elton Johnson (second left), education officer for physical education in the ministry and Zachary Harding, director at JAMAAD. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

The ministries of education, youth and information as well as culture, gender, entertainment and Sport are partnering with the Jamaican American Athletic Development Incorporation (JAMAAD) — a United States-based — non-profit organisation, to introduce for the first time in the country, American football. Nicole Hoyen-Birch, founder and director of JAMAAD, made the announcement at a press conference held at the Overseas Examinations Commission in Kingston on Thursday. The programme ... Read More

‘It’s a big achievement,’ says Manyan

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Jamaica Special Olympics floor hockey team gather for team photo after receiving their bronze medals at the Special Olympics World Winter Games yesterday. (Photo: Collin Reid)

GRAZ, Austria — It brought immense satisfaction to the members of the Special Olympics Jamaica’s floor hockey set-up as they snatched bronze from Costa Rica in the third-place play-off match in the number one division inside the main court at Stadthalle Graz. Heading into the encounter Jamaica had, on three occasions, failed to defeat the Central Americans at the 2017 World Winter Games here in Austria. But on Thursday, Captain Sydney Manyan led from the front with two goals and go ... Read More

Everyone’s a Winner series donates $750,000 medical equipment to DAJ

Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Lorraine Kemble (right), brand manager at The Best Dressed Chicken, presents Stacey Halsall-Peart, chief operation officer of Advanced Integrated Systems, for having the largest group at last year’s staging of the Everyone’s a Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken Road Race Series. The presentation took place at the Hope Gardens Zoo Tree House on Wednesday. Looking on at centre is Diane Ellis, director of Running Events Limited. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

The Everyone’s a Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken Race series has donated some $750,000 worth of equipment to the Diabetes Association of Jamaica from proceeds from last year’s staging of the event. The donated equipment include three heavy duty wheelchairs; two laptops; one printer/scanner; one BMI scale; three blood pressure monitors; three cholesterol measuring machines; and an ECG machine. The 2017 staging of the two-part Everyone’s a Winner/The Best Dressed Chicken Rac ... Read More

Munro, Mona cop schools Under-19 hockey titles

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Saturday, March 25, 2017    

Members of Munro College team chase Stephen Panton after he scored the winning penalty for his team against Excelsior High in the boys’ final at the Mona Hockey Field on Tuesday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

MUNRO College and Mona High won the boys’ and girls’ titles on penalties at the 2017 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Jamaica Hockey Federation (JHF) High Schools finals at the Mona Hockey Field on Tuesday. The boys from the parish of St Elizabeth pulled off a close 2-1 win on penalties over the Kingston-based Excelsior High aggregation, after both teams had played to an exciting 1-1 draw at full time. Both teams went straight into penalties rather than into extra- ... Read More

Fletcher out as selectors settle on final 13 for Pakistan series

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:57 PM    

Opener Andre Fletcher

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Andre Fletcher is one of three players left out of the final 13-man squad to face Pakistan in the four-match Twenty20 International series which bowls off in Barbados on Sunday. The right-hander, a member of the T20 World Cup-winning side in India last April, has been joined on the sidelines by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul and left-handed batsman Jonathan Carter. They were part of a 16-man squad announced last week but which was expected to be whittled ... Read More



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