J'cans to watch Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on big screen at CBA

THE Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) comes alive today as Digicel SportsMax and Dream Entertainment invite the public to watch the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight on big screens on a night that promises to be an epic mix of sports and musical entertainment. Hosted by the fluffy diva Mi ... Read More

Harbour View make bright start to KSAFA U-17
HARBOUR View FC began the defence of their Tastee/KSAFA Under-17 title with a come-from-behind 3-1 w ... Read More

Members of the Jamaican contingent arrive in Nassau, Bahamas, on Thursday.
JAMAICA’S ATHLETICS) Jamaica look to defend men's 4x100m relay crown
JAMAICA will hope to defend its men's 4x100m title as the first renewal of the IAAF World Relays get ... Read More

MoBay book KO spot after blasting Boys Club 7-0
TUCKER, St James - Defending champions Montego Bay United are the first team to qualify for the semi ... Read More

Jamalco, Portmore open South Central play-offs with wins

BY OSHANE TOBIAS Observer writer | Friday, May 01, 2015    

Roshane Sharpe celebrates after giving Jamalco a 2-0 lead in their South Central Confederation Super League play-offs game
against Hillstars on Wednesday at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon. Jamalco won 2-0. (PHOTO: OSHANE TOBIAS)

HAYES, Clarendon -- Goals from captain Erron Brown and Roshane Sharpe powered defending champions Jamalco to a 2-0 victory over Hillstars in the opening round of games in the South Central Confederation Super League play-offs on Wednesday. Jamalco, playing at their Wembley Centre of Excellence base in Hayes, opened the scoring through Brown on 17 minutes, before Sharpe, a national age-group player, sealed the three points from the penalty spot in the 50th minute. The win keeps Jamalco ahead of ... Read More

Quarter-finalists decided in Manchester U-17

Friday, May 01, 2015    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- The quarter-finalists in the Manchester FA/Moorland Development/Pat Anderson Under-17 competition have been decided, with Downs, Ricam Academy and Land Settlement securing the last three spots in mid-week. Downs qualified as the Zone One winners on 12 points, the same as Ricam whose inferior goal difference was only good enough to give them second place -- despite recording a 3-2 victory over Blue Mountain on Wednesday evening. Land Settlement progressed to the last e ... Read More

St James Senior League makes the turn for home

Friday, May 01, 2015    

Seba United’s Steven Forrest (left) and Reggae Youths’ Lushabe
Alcott battle for the ball in a St James FA Sandals/ATL Senior
League game played at the UDC field last week. Reggae Youths
won the game 4-0. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

GRANVILLE, St James — Either Marl Road or Reggae Youths could finish atop the points table of the St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL Senior League as the preliminary rounds comes to an end this afternoon with four games. Both Marl Road and Reggae Youths are on 20 points with one game to go and both are already in the semi-finals along with Melbourne FC (22 points) and Lilliput Rovers (17) with a game to play today as well. Marl Road will face Montego Bay United Under-21 at WesPo ... Read More

Belgian footballer Mertens dies after suffering heart attack

Friday, May 01, 2015    

A picture taken on
July 20, 2014
Cyriac Gohi Bi Zoro
(left) vying with
Lokeren’s Gregory
Mertens during the
Belgian Supercup
match in Brussels.

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — The 24-year-old Belgian footballer Gregory Mertens has died three days after suffering a heart attack while playing for Lokeren's reserves, hospital sources told the Belga news agency yesterday. The defender had been in a critical state after collapsing on the field 20 minutes into a reserve game against Genk on Monday. He was given emergency treatment on the pitch before being rushed to hospital where he was placed in an induced coma in an effort to save his li ... Read More

Figo, van Praag could withdraw to unite vote against incumbent

Friday, May 01, 2015    

Portuguese former football
player Luis Figo takes part in
the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) regional
Congress in the Bahraini
capital Manama yesterday.
VAN PRAAG... in my opinion
it’s not very fair not to be
allowed to speak

MANAMA, Bahrain (AFP) — FIFA presidential candidates Michael van Praag and Luis Figo yesterday left open the possibility of a strategic withdrawal to unite the vote against runaway leader Sepp Blatter. Speaking at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress in Bahrain, neither rejected the option although they insisted it had not been discussed. Van Praag, Figo and Jordan's Prince Ali bin al Hussein are considered to be some way behind the support enjoyed by Blatter, who will be se ... Read More

Barca star Messi says another son on the way

Friday, May 01, 2015    

MESSI... Argentina and Barcelona star

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) -- Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi announced yesterday he is to be a father again by posting a picture of his pregnant partner on social media. The four-time Ballon d'Or, winner, 27, took to Instagram to post a picture of his son, Thiago, kissing Antonella Roccuzzo's stomach with the message: "Can't wait to welcome you into our world!!! We love you! Thiagui, mum and dad." Local press in Argentina had been speculating about Messi's future fatherhood since February ... Read More

Asia reassures Blatter of its support in May 29 elections

Friday, May 01, 2015    

FIFA chief Sepp Blatter leaves at the end of the Asian Football Confederation regional Congress in
the Bahraini capital Manama yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AFP) — Sepp Blatter closed in on a fifth term as FIFA president yesterday as a key ally, Asia's football boss, won new powers and silenced dissent at a regional congress in Bahrain. The Swiss was assured of strong Asian backing by Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa, who was re-elected unopposed at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) gathering. The Bahraini royal became a FIFA vice-president into the bargain and he showed his growing clout when he slapped down a Sout ... Read More

Young 'ballers shine at Digicel Kickstart Clinic

Thursday, April 30, 2015    

Coaches of the Digicel Kickstart Clinic David Monk (2nd left), Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore
(centre) and Max Fouracre stand proudly with the top performers (from left) Alain Skerritt, Payge
Sinclair, Maliek Howell and Akeem Robotham.

FOLLOWING two intense days of professional training with the coaches from the Chelsea FC Foundation, the top three performers in the Digicel Kickstart Clinic were selected to attend the international Kickstart Academy, which will take place in October in England. The successful trio are 16-year-old Akeem Robotham from St George's College and Jamaica College's 16-year-old Maliek Howell and 15-year-old Payge Sinclair. "We're really happy with the boys that we've selected this year, they performe ... Read More

Do or die for Reno

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, April 30, 2015    

MBU's Ronaldo Rodney (left) and Reno FC's Junior Neil battle for the ball in their first-round game played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in September last
year. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

IF Reno FC are to avoid relegation back to the Western Confederation Super League next season, they must beat defending champions and semifinalists Montego Bay United at Frome on Sunday, when the preliminary rounds of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) come to an end. Reno FC, who were promoted to the RSPL last season along with Barbican FC, are hoping to avoid the same fate as Barbican, whose relegation was confirmed two rounds earlier. On Sunday, while Montego Bay United can afford to take ... Read More

Hillstars, Christiana advance to Manchester U-17 quarter-finals

Thursday, April 30, 2015    

MANDEVILLE, Manchester -- Hillstars FC whipped Alligator Pond 7-2 on Tuesday evening to advance to the quarter-finals of the Manchester FA/Moorland Development/Pat Anderson Under-17 competition with an unblemished record. Ceejay Lampart led the way for the Spalding-based side with a first-half brace, but it was Oraine White who scored the opening goal after just five minutes. Strikes from Omar Nembhard, Chryshawn Wiggan and Romeo Hepburn, plus an own goal, accounted for the other goals, which ... Read More



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