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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Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico Inc North America Albert P “Al” Carey will visit the ... Read More

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

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

Boys’ Town out of drop zone after clipping champs MBU

BY HOWARD WALKER Senior staff reporter | Friday, March 24, 2017    

Donovan Carey (centre) of Montego Bay United is challenged by the Boys’ Town pair of Daemion Benjamin (right) and Kevon Wilson.

With basically the last kick of the game, national player Jamiel Hardware yesterday fired Boys’ Town to a 2-1 win over Montego Bay United which propelled them from the bottom of the league for the first time in four months. In a rescheduled Red Stripe Premier League game at the Barbican Complex, Donovan Carey gave the visiting Montego Bay a 17th-minute lead, lifting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper Kirk Porter after a brilliant counter-attack. But that lead lasted only three minute ... Read More

STETHS face Munro in Headley Cup semis

Friday, March 24, 2017    

DEFENDING champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and Munro College will face each other in the 2017 Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Grace Headley Cup two-day cricket semi-finals, beginning today at STETHS playfield in Santa Cruz, starting at 10:00 am. The other semi-final will be played between Manchester High and Garvey Maceo High at Manchester High School, also starting at 10:00. The final is scheduled to be played over three days April 6-8 at a venue to be ... Read More

PHOTO: Historic Gold

Friday, March 24, 2017    

GRAZ, Austria — Jamaican speed skater Romaine Austin displays his gold medal yesterday after winning the 500m race in division 15 at the Special Olympics World Winter Games  inside Liebenau ice rink stadium in Graz. Austin, a novice on ice, stopped the clock at 1:18.971 minutes, ahead of three competitors from Hong Kong. His feat represents Jamaica’s first gold medal on ice at the Special Olympics World Games.(Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Allied Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — Jamaican speed skater Romaine Austin displays his gold medal yesterday after winning the 500m race in division 15 at the Special Olympics World Winter Games inside Liebenau ice rink stadium in Graz. Austin, a novice on ice, stopped the clock at 1:18.971 minutes, ahead of three competitors from Hong Kong. His feat represents Jamaica’s first gold medal on ice at the Special Olympics World Games. Story in sports section. (Photo: Collin Reid courtesy of Digicel, Courts an ... Read More

The life of a jockey

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

WILSON...(Observer file photo)

Exhausting hours, constantly watching weight and the risks of injury are just some of the many challenges a jockey has to face during a career in the saddle. Jockey Rayan Wilson shares his story of living this special but difficult life as a jockey. “A lot of people don’t realise how hard jockeys’ lives are. If you are riding good and winning races, people say you are making a lot of money. But it’s not easy; they don’t know what you have to go through each day an ... Read More

Kentucky Derby to celebrate Man o’ War with exhibit

Friday, March 24, 2017    

In this November 25, 1939, file photo, Man o’ War is led back to the barn by his lifetime caretaker and groom, Will Harbut, after exercising in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo: AP)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (USA), (AP) — The Kentucky Derby Museum says it is planning a new exhibit next month on one of thoroughbred racing’s most famous horses: Man o’ War. The museum says in a statement that the interactive exhibit will open on April 8 and include information about Man o’ War’s life, his racing career, and his ties to the Kentucky Derby. Man ‘o War is considered one of the greatest racehorses of all time, winning 20 of 21 races. This year mar ... Read More

Special goggles behind Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning jockey’s comeback

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Robbie Power on Sizing John with his winning goggles atop his helmet.Photo: AFP

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Robbie Power would have been unable to ride Sizing John to Cheltenham Gold Cup glory last Friday but for a special type of goggles which allows him to overcome double vision he told The Guardian newspaper. The 35-year-old Irishman — who rode three winners at jumps racing’s showpiece event last week, all trained by Jessica Harrington — suffered a fractured left eye socket and a fractured cheekbone in a fall in a hurdle race last July. It le ... Read More

Brown cops bronze at Youth Para Pan American Games

Friday, March 24, 2017    

Jamaica celebrated its third medal when Jason Brown won bronze yesterday in the men’s Under-19 T12 400m at the 2017 Youth Para Pan American Games ongoing in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I am up to any challenge, and this was one. I will now be able to face the 400m with confidence. It is no longer a challenge, it is an accomplishment, but there is still work to be done,” Brown said after another podium appearance. Christopher Samuda, president of the Jamaica Paralympic Association, sa ... Read More

Bring it on!

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

SPENCER…categorically refutes any assertion that she has refused or evaded a drug test (Photos: Bryan Cummings)

“Bring it on” was the response of the management team of embattled Jamaican athlete Kaliese Spencer at the news that the Commonwealth Games gold medallist was one of two athletes alleged by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) to have avoided being drug-tested last year, a breach of their rules. Marvin Anderson, who spoke to the Jamaica Observer minutes after he returned to the island on Tuesday night from Asia and Europe, said they are prepared to roll up their sleeves to &ld ... Read More

Speed skater Oddman feeling ‘good’ after copping silver

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Dave Oddman (4th left) being congratulated by team members after being presented with his silver medal at a ceremony in Graz, Austria, yesterday.

GRAZ, Austria — Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) continues to create waves in winter sports, as Dave Oddman won silver in division 23 of the 222-metre speed skating race at the Liebenau ice rink yesterday. It is the tropical country’s first medal here at the 2017 World Winter Games. The 35-year-old Oddman, who clocked 54.727 seconds, was a fraction of a heartbeat behind first-place finisher Hamad Albehaih of Qatar, who clocked 54.429. Macau’s Chit Lam, who led by about 15 metre ... Read More



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