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Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling goes around West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian to score his second goal during the English Premier League match against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north-west England, yesterday. Manchester City won 3-1. (Photos: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester City were left top of the Premier League heading into the international break following a 3-1 win at home to West Ham United yesterday. While there was plenty of excitement at Eastlands, the same could not be said of Sunday’s earlier clash betwe ... Read More

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez (left) vies with Athletic Bilbao forward Eneko Boveda during their Spanish league match at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Spain, yesterday. Barcelona won 1-0. (Photos: AFP) Rakitic winner edges Barca past Athletic Bilbao
MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Ivan Rakitic’s first-half header maintained Barcelona’s 100 ... Read More

HOLMES... a top strtiker at the National Water Commission Sandals business house football semis on today
OCHO RIOS, St Ann — The two big semi-final showdowns in the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business Ho ... Read More

Santos, August Town meet in Masters League mid-seasson finals
Santos and August Town football clubs will meet in their first Masters League mid-season final today ... Read More

Chelsea take pole position, Arsenal end winless run

Sunday, August 28, 2016    

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard controls the ball during the English Premier League football match against Burnley at Stamford Bridge in London, England, yesterday.  Chelsea won 3-0. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Chelsea swept to the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Burnley, while Arsenal won 3-1 at Watford to ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger yesterday. After a dismal title defence last season, Chelsea look revitalised under new manager Antonio Conte and the Italian was able to celebrate his third successive win after the most emphatic display of his brief reign. Second-placed Manchester United are behind Chelsea only on goals scored after Marcus ... Read More

CONCACAF boss says Jamaica’s football needs Bolt inspiration

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Deputy Sport Editor | Saturday, August 27, 2016    

MONTAGLIANI... he’s a phenomenon, Usain Bolt (Photo: Canadian Soccer Association)

CONCACAF boss, Victor Montagliani, says Jamaica’s football needs an influential figure as monumental as that of sprint sensation Usain Bolt to possibly drive the sport on the island and even region-wise. The Canadian, who in May took the reins of the scandal-hit confederation which governs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, was speaking against the backdrop of Bolt’s historic and sensational ‘triple-triple’ at the recent Rio Olympic Games. Bolt&rs ... Read More

Lewandowski hat-trick as Bayern rout Bremen in season opener

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates after his second goal during the German first division match against SV Werder Bremen in Munich, southern Germany, yesterday. Bayern won 6-0. (Photo: AFP)

BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Robert Lewandowski claimed a hat-trick as defending champions Bayern Munich brushed Werder Bremen aside with a 6-0 win in yesterday’s opening match of the new German league season. Lewandowski, the Bundesliga’s top-scorer last season with 30 goals, could have finished with five as Bayern ran riot. “I’m just happy I scored and that we got the win,” Lewandowski told broadcaster ARD and revealed he finished the game with a hole in his g ... Read More

US striker Dempsey sidelined over irregular heartbeat

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

Clint Dempsey (left)
of the US vies with
Jamaica’s Rodolph
Austin during a
CONCACAF Gold Cup
semi-final football
match in Atlanta.
(PHOTO: AFP)

LOS ANGELES, USA (AFP) — United States striker Clint Dempsey will miss his country’s crucial upcoming World Cup qualifiers after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, reports said yesterday. Dempsey’s club the Seattle Sounders confirmed that the 33-year-old forward would be sidelined from this weekend’s Major League Soccer clash with the Portland Timbers in Oregon. It is not known when the former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham player will return. “It’s ... Read More

Pep’s Hart warning

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

GUARDIOLA... we’re going to decide the best for Joe

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola warned goalkeeping outcast Joe Hart yesterday that he is not even guaranteed a place on the bench if he fails to leave the club. Hart, 29, is in limbo after losing his place as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper following Guardiola’s arrival, and City are not reported to have received any bids for the England international. New signing Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero, who is due to start against West H ... Read More

FIFA seeks ban for Qatar official

Saturday, August 27, 2016    

FIFA Logo

ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) — FIFA’s ethics commission yesterday called for a two-and-a-half-year ban against a top Qatar and Asian football official for refusing to cooperate with an inquiry. The official, Saoud Al-Mohannadi, is an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice-president and had hoped to stand as an Asian candidate for the FIFA Council. While it did not give details of the allegations against the Qatar Football Association vice-president, football’s governing body sa ... Read More

ISSA rings the changes for Flow Manning, daCosta Cup competitions

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 26, 2016    

(From left) Walton Small, president of Inter-secondary School Sports Association, Jahwahni Hinds, captain of Wolmer’s Boys’; Flow’s Vice-President of marketing and TV Carlo Redwood and Jermaine Brown, sponsorship and events manager at Wisynco caught in a light moment at the launch of the ISSA/Flow Manning and daCosta Cup football competitions at Terra Nova Hotel yesterday. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

An increase in the number of substitutions and players per team are among the changes that have been made for the 2016 staging of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Flow Manning and daCosta Cup football competitions. This season, each team will comprise 22 players — four more than the customary 18 — and will be allowed five substitutions per match, up from three. Another new component to this year’s competitions will be the introduction of water breaks being ... Read More

MBU opens defence of RSPL title against Maverley-Hughenden

Thursday, August 25, 2016    

Members of MBU celebrate a goal against Arnett Gardens in a first round game played at the Montego Bay Sports Complex last season.

Montego Bay United will open the defence of their Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title on Sunday, September 4, at Wes pow Park, when they host promoted Maverley-Hughenden. MBU have been to the last three finals of the RSPL and after strengthening their squad over the off-season should be factors again this season. Former champions FC Reno will be on the road for the opening round, playing against semi-finalists Arnett Gardens. They will play their first home game of the season against Humble ... Read More

Jewels seek Sandals football semis berth

Thursday, August 25, 2016    

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Jewels Runaway Bay will be seeking a semi-final spot in the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business House Football Competition when they tackle Noranda Bauxite at 4:00 pm at Drax Hall today. In the feature match of the double-header at 6:00 pm, defending champions Couples Tower Isle, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, clash with Moon Palace. The competition is at an interesting stage with Jewels sitting in third place in Zone B on 10 points, just behind both Nati ... Read More

Photo: Sandals Foundation football camp

Thursday, August 25, 2016    

Children from the Green Pond area in St James show off their certificates of participation in the five-day Sandals Foundation-sponsored football camp held in the inner-city community recently. Some 75 students participated in the camp, which was staged with the assistance of the Social Development Commission. Khadine Daley, the Sandals public relations manager for the Montego Bay region, said although the camp was geared towards sports development, it also assisted in modifying the behaviour of ... Read More



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