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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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Austin defies cold to cop historic speed skating gold at Winter Games

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Jamaican speed skater Romaine Austin leads the pack on his way to gold in Dividion 15 500m race at the Special Olympics World Winter Games at the ice rink in Graz, Austria, yesterday.(Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — Jamaica’s speed skater Romaine Austin led post to post to win a historic gold medal for Jamaica yesterday in division 15 of the 500m race inside Liebenau ice rink stadium here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Austin, a novice on ice, stopped the clock at 1:18.971 minutes, ahead of three competitors from Hong Kong. Wing Ho Lee won silver in 1:22.840 minutes, while Antony Sze-Yuen Tsoi (1:25.684) and Tsz Fai Yip (1:25.915) were third and fourth, respectivel ... Read More

Former Dutch star Van Nistelrooy relishing the Jamaican experience

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 24, 2017    

UEFA Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy signs an autograph for a fan.

His stay in Jamaica may have been short, but UEFA Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy was enthusiastic about sharing the knowledge and passion of football with aspiring players. Van Nistelrooy, who is a legend in his own right, graced the Jamaican shores for three days as part of Heineken’s “Champion Di Trophy” UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy tour, a move which he readily welcomed. During his glory days as a striker, the now 40-year-old etched his name in the h ... Read More

Excelsior retain community college track and field title

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Members of the Excelsior CC team and coaches celebrate after retaining their overall team title at the second staging of the CCCJ track and field championships held at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last Saturday. (Photos: Paul Reid)

CATHERINE HALL, St James — Excelsior Community College retained their overall title at Saturday’s second staging of the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) Track and Field and Cheerleading Championships staged at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Despite on and off rain that forced a two-hour delay in the start and, which affected the event throughout the day. However, there were bright sparks under bleak skies as six records were broken, all in the field events. The m ... Read More

Former Man United standout says heart still at Old Trafford

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 24, 2017    

VAN NISTELROOY... I just want to share the passion for football before I leave

Ruud Van Nistelrooy may no longer sport the Manchester United colours, but the former striker remains an ardent supporter and believes the Old Trafford club will claw its way back to the top of the Premiership. The Club, founded some 115 years ago, is rich in tradition, having won a record 20 League titles, a joint-record 12 FA Cups, five League Cups and a record 21 FA Community Shields. But becoming the first in the history of English football to achieve the treble of the Premier League, the ... Read More

Van Nistlerooy regrets not linking up with Bolt on J’can visit

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Friday, March 24, 2017    

UEFA Champions League ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy basks in the sea breeze at Pier One in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Former Dutch international and Manchester United star Ruud van Nistlerooy has paid tribute to Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt whom he was hoping to meet on his current trip to the island. The respect for each other is well known as Bolt, who is a big fan of Manchester United, said he started supporting the English Premier League champions in part because of the prolific Dutch striker, who scored an eye-popping 150 goals in just 219 appearances and was at one time ... Read More

Owners must be aware of the risks

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff reporter | Friday, March 24, 2017    

FOREMAN...Honestly, I love the sport of horseracing and I enjoy being here at Caymanas Park very much.(Observer file photo)

Racehorse owner Arthur Foreman is of the strong belief that people wanting to get involved in the owing of racehorses must know and understand the many risks involved before diving in. Foreman, who has been an owner for over 15 years, knows very well what it takes to survive in the racing industry and he also knows that there are no guarantees for success as, according to him, many owners are in the game for the fun, while many become owners for the benefits, glory and profits. “Basic ... Read More

Gary Griffiths hopes to stay in top 10

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer staff writer | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Griffiths saddling Night Light, one of his three-year-olds.

Gary Griffiths, who started his training career in 2007, has been a model of consistency over the years. He finished 17th in the trainers’ standing in 2015 with 12 winners and improved that spot to ninth last season, also with 12 winners. This season Griffiths has made a good start as he occupies eighth spot with four winners, but he is hoping to once again finish in the top bracket of the trainers’ standings. “I was an owner at first and at the time my trainer Rudolph Hardi ... Read More

A ‘Bonnie’ breeze for Franfield

BY OBSERVER RACING WRITER | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Franfield. (Observer file photo)

The Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy run in honour of one of the best fillies to set hoofs on the racing surface at Caymanas Park is tomorrow’s feature race on a 10-race programme. The Open Allowance event, run over nine furlongs and 25 yards (1,820m), has attracted seven runners, including the top-rated Franfield who takes a drop-in class to contest this one. The Complete Racing Guide analyses the chances of the seven horses entered for this distinguished trophy race. BLUE DIXIE — St ... Read More

West Indies look to revive fortunes against depleted Pakistan

Friday, March 24, 2017 9:31 AM    

(Photo: AFP)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — World champions West Indies will be seeking to erase the recent memory of a pitiful showing in the United Arab Emirates when they commence a T20 International series against Pakistan at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. With their strife-torn squad obliterated in all three matches at the start of the campaign in the UAE last September, Carlos Brathwaite's team has the opportunity to make an immediate statement on home soil against a Pakistan side that has ... Read More

WHAT THEY SAY - Paul Charlton

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Paul Charlton
Racehorse trainer

When did you start your career as a trainer? From an early age, I would follow my friends and come to the track from school in our uniforms. From there on it became a regular habit for us to visit the racetrack and from you know it, I got hooked to the sport, the racing bug got the better of me. Being involved in the racing game was something that I really wanted to do, so becoming a trainer was an easy decision for me and one that I have no regrets doing. However, it was in 2009 that I started ... Read More



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