Basketball

Tired of begging

Members of Jamaica's female basketball team pose with their trophy at the Norman Manley International Airport after returning from the British Virgin Islands where they won the  CBC championship. (Garfield Robinson)

Despite winning the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) championship in the British Virgin Islands on Saturday, coach of Jamaica's national senior women's basketball team Simone Edwards says the team is still in need of financial aid. "I am just asking you guys to believe in us. We have proven ... Read More

SAMUELS… to this day I can tell you I have everything that I
could possibly need and basketball is the cause for my success Basketball Star Search Camp in progress
THE Jamaica Basketball Association (JBA) launched its Annual Star Search Basketball Life Skills Deve ... Read More

National coach Simone Edwards (left), Shenneika Smith (centre), captain of the team and Jennifer George pose for
pictures at the Norman Manley International Airport on Sunday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Skipper applauds fight in regional women's b-ball victory
Shenneika Smith, captain of Jamaica's national senior women's basketball team, applauds her team's C ... Read More

Kevin Durant of the
Oklahoma City Thunder looks
to pass the ball against the
San Antonio Spurs in Game
Six of the Western
Conference Finals during the
2014 NBA Play-offs at the
Chesapeake Arena on May
31, 2014 in Oklahoma City,
Oklahoma. (PHOTO: AFP) Scoring ace Durant named in US 19-man training squad
WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) — NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant and three other members of the 2012 ... Read More

Ja are regional women’s basketball champions

Monday, July 14, 2014    

Hazel Cameron carries the trophy after returning home from the British Virgin Island last night where the team won the Caribbean Confederation Championship. Photo: Garfield Robinson

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (CMC) — Jennifer George made a clutch basket from the paint with 3:20 minutes remaining, as Jamaica held off a strong Dominican Republic fourth- quarter surge to emerge champions of the Women's Caribbean Basketball Championship here Saturday night. With the scores locked at 43, George held her nerve to score from close range and put Jamaica ahead for good, allowing them to get home with 51-45 victory at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. George had yet anot ... Read More

Jeremy Lin joins Los Angeles Lakers in trade with Houston

Monday, July 14, 2014    

EL SEGUNDO, California (AP) — Jeremy Lin joined the Lakers, yesterday, in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to European centre Sergei Lishchuk. Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have the cap room to absorb Lin's contract. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak says the trade allows the team to acquire a solid player ... Read More

He's going home!

Saturday, July 12, 2014    

JAMES... my relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than
basketball (PHOTO: AFP)

CLEVELAND, USA (AP) — LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ending a saga that had the NBA virtually at a standstill while he made up his mind, James told Sports Illustrated for a story published yesterday that he's decided to go home. His decision reverses the move he made when he left the Cavaliers for Miami four years ago, and a twist that would have seemed unfathomable after the venomous fallout when he joined the Heat. "When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission," Ja ... Read More

Jamaica notch third win in regional basketball tourney

Saturday, July 12, 2014    

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands (CMC) — Jamaica posted their third straight win to continue their domination of the Women's Caribbean Basketball Championship at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex here on Thursday. Playing on day three of the regional tournament, Jamaica easily got past archrivals Trinidad and Tobago 49-35, to follow up victories against Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Jamaica controlled the game from the outset, posting a 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter ... Read More

TASHA HARRIS: Basketballer with a mission

BY PAUL A REID OBSERVER WEST WRITER | Thursday, July 10, 2014    

HARRIS...
I played netball and
was captain of the
volleyball team but
basketball is a better game,
it has more physical
contact and more
chances to express
myself

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Tasha Harris practically jumped at the opportunity to start playing basketball. She was attending Muschett High School three years ago when the basketball coach saw her playing netball and invited her to try out for the basketball team. Since then she has not looked back and now says basketball is her favourite sport. "I played netball and was captain of the volleyball team but basketball is a better game; it has more physical contact and gives me more chances t ... Read More

IOC issues warning over Israeli flag incident

Wednesday, July 09, 2014    

IOC issues warning over Israeli flag incident

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a warning to the world baseball and softball federation yesterday after an Israeli delegate was barred from displaying his national flag at a recent meeting in Tunisia. "This is a clear signal that the IOC is not accepting any kind of discrimination," IOC President Thomas Bach said. The IOC opened an investigation after the head of the Israeli Baseball Association, Peter Kurz, was told he could not display the ... Read More

SOJ exposes athletes to Unified Basketball training

Tuesday, July 08, 2014    

Simone Edwards (2nd right) of Jamaica’s Women’s Basketball team chats with SOJ Unified
Basketball player Shemar Saunders (right), while BBC crew member Ade Adepitan (seated in
wheelchair) and (from left) Paul Daley, SOJ executive director Lorna Bell and Gavin O’Gilvie look
on. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID)

BASKETBALLERS from Special Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) were exposed to training tips from members of the national female basketball team at the National Stadium Courts over the weekend following an invitation by the Jamaica Basketball Association. Also in attendance was a filming crew from the BBC's The Travel Show, which included television presenter and paralympian Ade Adepitan. Adepitan has competed as a wheelchair basketball player at the international level. The session was welcomed by the SO ... Read More

What a steal!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014    

What a
steal!

BBC crew member Ade Adepitan (in wheelchair) robs the ball from SOJ Unified Basketball player Shemar Saunders during an exhibition at the National Stadium Courts over the weekend. See story on page 2. (PHOTO: COLLIN REID) What a steal! --> Read More

Basketball executive sees way forward for sport

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter myerss@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 06, 2014    

From left) layers Zandria Dell of Unique Ballers, Sasha Dixon of Homestead Cougars, Melissa Farquharson of Homestead Cougars,
Althea Byfield of Cougars, Loretta Gordon of Ballers and Tracyann Robinson of Cougars prepare themselves or line throw during
their JABA Women's League basketball game at he Leila Robinson Courts on Saturday. Cougars won 55-44.

YOUTH development is hot on the mind of basketball administrator and coach Richard Polack as he shared his thoughts on how the sport can improve in Jamaica. And he is way past merely talking about the need to develop young players. The University of Technology (UTech) Knights basketball coach is walking the walk with coaching clinics and camps geared for boys and girls. In his latest venture, Polack, who is also a former national player, has joined forces with the EduTech Sports Summer Camp p ... Read More

Can you hear us?

BY SHERDON COWAN | Friday, July 04, 2014    

Members of Jamaica’s national women’s basketball set-up: Front row (from left) coach Simone Edwards, Simone Jackson, Sasha Dixon, Loretta Gordon and Kris
Ruffo, coach of Palm Beach State College. Middle row (from left) Rashida Aikens-Copper, Christina Mitchell and Angelee Latouche, while the back row (from left)
are Ladonna Lamonth, Nicole Dias, Thova Gardner, Shenneika Smith and Jennifer George. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

COACH of Jamaica's national senior women's basketball team, Simone Edwards, is calling on corporate Jamaica for support to shape and preserve the national team. Edwards is dubious about getting the team to the July 8-12 Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships to be held in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) as they are still without a main sponsor. "This for me is hard because at this point... a few days to the tournament and I still do not have any main sponsor on board to say f ... Read More



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