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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Floor hockey team loses to Hungary again

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Jamaica’s Ajornie Simpson (right) and Himgary’s Szabok Zelanak in a keen battle for possession.

GRAZ, Austria — Jamaica’s floor hockey team did not contest the third-place match yesterday as originally scheduled, but they fine-tuned for the encounter with a spirited display despite losing 3-6 to highly regarded Hungary. The Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) team grabbed an early 2-0 lead on-court inside the Stadthalle Graz, but could not maintain the advantage against the resilient and skilful Europeans. Only two days ago, the Jamaicans lost 0-7 here to the same opponents. Whil ... Read More

Champions League trophy — the magic, the mystique, the awe

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Marlon Campbell is all smiles as he transports the UEFA Champions League trophy to the stage during the Heineken “Champion Di Trophy” Tour at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday. (Photos: Michael Gordon)

Ambassador Ruud Van Nistelrooy was not on hand, but patrons were treated to the ultimate fan experience on Heineken’s “Champion Di Trophy” UEFA Champions League (UCL) Trophy tour at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday. Fans flocked the venue in their numbers to share in the entertaining exhibition football, among other innovations, while interacting with the historic and highly coveted silverware, making its first stop on a five-country tour. The excitement heightene ... Read More

Cold bug bites at World Winter Games, but athletes coping

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

GRAZ, Austria — Patricia Lue-Chin, the sole trained medical personnel with the Jamaican contingent competing here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, says that despite the odd case of cold symptoms, the delegation has fared well since arriving here over a week ago. The Jamaicans spent two days in Tulln during the host town programme before shifting to Graz where they have been competing in speed skating on ice and floor hockey. Temperatures have generally stayed between 10 and 16 ... Read More

Catherine Hall All-Stars make winning start in Elite Basketball League

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Defending champions Catherine Hall All-Stars got their Western Basketball Association Icool/Idrade Elite Basketball League (EBL) season off to a winning start last Saturday, beating promoted Muschett Falcons 86-52 in the final game of a triple-header at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. The Dorman brothers, Craig and Kurt, both had double-doubles for Catherine Hall in the 34-point blow out win. Former champions Granville Jaguars also made a winning start, just getting ... Read More

Former champ Mullings to open Contender Series against Canada’s Matthews

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings (right), the number one seed  and favourite to win this year’s tournament, will open his challenge against Canadian Winston Matthews at the Chinese Benevolent Society on Wednesday, April 5. (Photo: Hurbun WIlliams)

The preliminaries are over. It is now time for the real deal. Sakima Mullings, the 2014 champion, has been drawn to set the stage alight for an electrifying opening of the 2017 Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series against Canadian boxer Winston Matthews at the auditorium of the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston on April 5. In the night’s main event, over six rounds to officially launch the seventh Contender Series, boxers Kesta Davis and Fabian Tucker she ... Read More

Windies aiming to capitalise on home advantage

Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:22 PM    

Marlon  Samuels

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies batting coach Toby Radford said Thursday the regional side would try to make home advantage count in the upcoming Twenty20 series against Pakistan, as they attempted to make amends for their dismal showing last September. Just seven months ago, the reigning T20 World champions found themselves on the end of a humiliating series whitewash in the United Arab Emirates as Pakistan convincingly won the three-match series on ‘home turf’. How ... Read More

Jamaica wins floor hockey bronze in Austria

Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:55 AM    

Jamaica’s Ajornie Simpson (right) and Himgary’s Szabok Zelanak in a keen battle for possession.

GRAZ, Austria — Special Olympics Jamaica's floor hockey team came from a goal down to defeat Costa Rica 2-1 in Thursday's bronze medal match on the main court at Stadthalle Graz to win the country's third medal here at the World Winter Games. Captain Sydney Manyan conjured two moments of brilliance to notch both goals for the Jamaicans, while goalkeeper Oshain Daley made a sensational reflex save to help secure third place in the top floor hockey division. Canada and Hungary are slated t ... Read More

Romaine Austin wins speed skating gold at Winter Games

Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:46 AM    

Jamaica's Romaine Austin races to a gold medal at Liebenau ice rink stadium in Graz. (Photo: Collin Reid, courtesy of Digicel, Courts and Alliance Investments)

GRAZ, Austria — Romaine Austin earned a historic gold medal for Jamaica after winning division 15 of the 500m speed skating race on Thursday at Liebenau ice rink stadium here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games. The 19-year-old Austin clocked 1:18.971 minutes, ahead of three competitors from Hong Kong. Wing Ho Lee was second in 1:22.840 minutes, while Antony Sze-Yuen Tsoi (1:25.684) and Tsz Fai Yip (1:25.915) were third and fourth, respectively. On Wednesday, Austin's speed skati ... Read More


Thursday, March 23, 2017    

SPENCER…won the gold medals in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China in 2006, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland

The Jamaica Observer wishes to advise that yesterday’s lead story from the back page Spencer, Hylton charged, which was set to continue on Page 48, did not appear due to a technical glitch for which we apologise unreservedly. However, please note that the main elements of that story are repeated in today’s updated version, Bring it on! Read More

Thomas, Brown cop silver, bronze at Para Pan Games

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Jason Brown (right) with his bronze medal won in the T12 100m at the Para Pan games in Brazil.

Para athletes Tevaughan Thomas and Jason Brown earned Jamaica its first medals when they struck silver and bronze medals on Tuesday in the Under-19 T47 and T12 100m events, respectively, at the Sao Paulo Para Pan American Youth Games, currently being held in Brazil. It was a photo finish with second place for Thomas who ran on strongly in the closing stages and who spoilt the Brazilian party as he was competing in a field that had three fancied athletes from Brazil. “I’m pleased ... Read More



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