Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Van Nistlerooy humbled by outpouring of Jamaican fan support http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Van-Nistlerooy-humbled-by-outpouring-of-Jamaican-fan-support_93682 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. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Pepsi CEO to visit ‘Champs’ as guest of KC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pepsi-CEO-to-visit--Champs--as-guest-of-KC_93245 Chief Executive Officer of Pepsico Inc North America Albert P “Al” Carey will visit the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championship (Champs) for the first time when the event is held later this week. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT St Mary Raiders score exciting 4-3 win over Portland Blazers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/St-Mary-Raiders-score-exciting-4-3-win-over-Portland-Blazers_93703 ST MARY Raiders registered their first win when they clipped Portland Raider 4-3 in an exciting encounter in JFF/SportsMax Elite League in the first game of a triple- header at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Waterhouse’s survival struggles take deadly turn as they face MBU http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Waterhouse-s-survival-struggles-take-deadly-turn-as-they-face-MBU_93674 Having slipped back into the clutches of the relegation war, Waterhouse FC face a wounded but equally dangerous Montego Bay United looking to rebound from a two-game losing streak in the Red Stripe Premier League. National Premier League Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Champions League needs big clubs like Man U, says Van Nistlerooy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Champions-League-needs-big-clubs-like-Man-U--says-Van-Nistlerooy_93681 MONTEGO BAY, St James — The European Champions League needs teams like Manchester United if it is to be exciting, argues former Old Trafford star Ruud van Nistelrooy. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan beat Windies by six wickets http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Pakistan-beat-Windies-by-six-wickets BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Pakistan defeated West Indies by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 International of the four-match series at Kensington Oval on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:40:07 GMT Windies struggle to 111 against Pakistan in first T20 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-struggle-to-111-against-Pakistan-in-first-T20 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — Shadab Khan produced an outstanding debut performance as Pakistan limited West Indies to 111 for eight batting first in the first fixture of a four-match T20 international series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. Local News Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:26:42 GMT Curtains fall on ‘best’ Special Olympic Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Curtains-fall-on--best--Special-Olympic-Games_93697 GRAZ, Austria — In an emotional closing to the World Winter Games at Merkur Arena on Friday, the official Special Olympics flag was handed over to representatives from Abu Dhabi, the hosts of the 2019 summer edition. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Photo: Heat of battle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Photo--Heat-of-battle_93702 St Thomas Cobras’ Ramoye Davis (left) turns away from St Catherine Saints’ Andrew Daley during their JFF/SportsMax Elite League match at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday. The game ended 1-1. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT That woeful Sabina Park pitch and the making of a match best forgotten http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/That-woeful-Sabina-Park-pitch-and-the-making-of-a-match-best-forgotten_93466 Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association President Leon Rodney has a right to ask questions about the Sabina Park pitch. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Real Lions roar to crushing 101-46 win over Aqua Youth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Real-Lions-roar-to-crushing-101-46-win-over-Aqua-Youth_93498 REAL Lions crushed Aqua Youth 101-46 as the 2017 Howard McCatty/Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Southern Conference Community Basketball League continued at the Majesty Gardens court on Wednesday night. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT JFF on target with proposed fix of women’s football http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/JFF-on-target-with-proposed-fix-of-women-s-football_93570 Virtually, it is like taking care of your child. Those in charge of women’s football did not like what they were seeing, so they have taken a new approach — hands-on — to fix the sore points of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) schoolgirls football competition. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Irwin, Fire House extend lead in Sandals Division One http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Irwin--Fire-House-extend-lead-in-Sandals-Division-One_93680 IRWIN, St James — Irwin United and Fire House SC extended their lead in their respective zones of the St James Football Association Sandals International Division One after wins on Friday. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Baca Star inch closer to mid-season final http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Baca-Star-inch-closer-to-mid-season-final_93679 KINLOSS, Trelawny — Baca Star United need only to avoid a heavy loss today if they are to qualify for next Sunday’s mid-season final of the Trelawny Football Association Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League when they take on Kinloss FC in a return-round game at Kinloss starting at 3:30 pm. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Scientists develop smartphone-based test for Zika http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Scientists-develop-smartphone-based-test-for-Zika_93354 Add rapid, mobile testing for Zika and other viruses to the list of things that smartphone technology is making possible. Health & Fitness Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Tea meeting theme for Actor Boy Awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Tea-meeting-theme-for-Actor-Boy-Awards_93646 Jamaican theatre will be on show on Monday when when the Actor Boy Awards will be handed out during what promises to be a spectacular event. This year, the traditional Jamaican community concert, known as the tea meeting, will be the theme of the awards which recognises excellence in Jamaican theatre. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT This is not the time for celebrations, cautions Warriors coach Lawrence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/This-is-not-the-time-for-celebrations--cautions-Warriors-coach-Lawrence_93685 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Head Coach Dennis Lawrence says Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) celebrations over the Panama victory will be short-lived as the side must now focus all their attention on Tuesday’s massive clash against Mexico here. International Football Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Allen half-century keeps Scorpions on top http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Allen-half-century-keeps-Scorpions-on-top_93699 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Fabian Allen lashed an aggressive half-century in his first match of the season and second in first-class cricket to help Jamaica Scorpions keep their noses in front on day two of their eighth round game against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force here yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Windies out to erase bad memories in T20 series against Pakistan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Windies-out-to-erase-bad-memories-in-T20-series-against-Pakistan_93683 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Following their chastening whitewash last September, West Indies are quietly hoping to return the favour on home soil, when they take on Pakistan in a the four-match Twenty20 International series starting at Kensington Oval here today. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Fletcher out as selectors settle on final 13 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Fletcher-out-as-selectors-settle-on-final-13_93684 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Andre Fletcher is one of three players left out of the final 13-man squad to face Pakistan in the four-match Twenty20 International series which bowls off here today. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Ton-up Tamim sets up crushing Bangladesh win http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Ton-up-Tamim-sets-up-crushing-Bangladesh-win_93692 DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka (AFP) — Opener Tamim Iqbal struck a brilliant century to set up a crushing 90-run win for Bangladesh in the first One-Day International (ODI)against Sri Lanka in Dambulla yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Dutch suffer World Cup shock, Ronaldo in 70-goal landmark http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Dutch-suffer-World-Cup-shock--Ronaldo-in-70-goal-landmark_93691 PARIS, France (AFP) — The Netherlands’ hopes of reaching the World Cup finals suffered a major setback yesterday when the three-time runners-up slumped to a shock 2-0 defeat to Bulgaria. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT New York’s Noah suspended for doping violation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/New-York-s-Noah-suspended-for-doping-violation_93693 NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — New York Knicks centre Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended 20 games without pay by the NBA yesterday after failing a doping test. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Federer, Wawrinka advance at Miami Open http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Federer--Wawrinka-advance-at-Miami-Open_93690 MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Roger Federer survived a brave challenge from American qualifier Frances Tiafoe before emerging with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory as he got his Miami Open title bid underway yesterday. Local Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Jamaican handcart pusher Oddman skates to gold at Winter Games http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sport/Jamaican-handcart-pusher-Oddman-skates-to-gold-at-Winter-Games_93577 GRAZ, Austria — Speed skater Dave Oddman closed out Jamaica’s historic venture here at the Special Olympics World Winter Games with a stunning gold medal victory yesterday in division 32 of the 333-metre race at Liebenau Ice Hall. Local Sports Sat, 25 Mar 2017 02:00:00 GMT