Javon Francis recalled to team Jamaica for Penn Relays

I just want
to use the
Relays to
prepare for
the World
because I
do intend to
bring home
a medal

World Championships 4x400-metre silver medallist Javon Francis has been named in a 21-member squad to compete for Jamaica at the Penn Relays from April 23-25. Fresh off a new season's best of 45.50 seconds at the UTech Classics, Francis will compete in the USA versus the World 4x400m alongside Javer ... Read More

West Indies cricketer Shiv
Chanderpaul (right) chats
with teammate Marlon
Samuels during a training
session at the Grenada
National Stadium in Saint
George’s yesterday.
(PHOTO: AFP) Buoyed Windies hoping to build on momentum
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) -- West Indies head into the second Test against England starting here to ... Read More

Monique Todd (second left), vice-president for marketing, public and corporate affairs at Scotiabank, presents a symbolic cheque
valued at $1m to Sunshine Girl Malysha Kelly (centre) and NJ President Marva Bernard (right), at a conference held at the
Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday. Looking on are Shelly Sykes-Coley (left), sponsorship manager at Scotiabank, and Natalie
Neita-Headley, minister with responsibility for sports. (PHOTOS: NORMAN THOMAS) Scotia banks over $3.5million in sports sponsorships
As part of their mandate to support youth development through sports, Scotiabank has committed appro ... Read More

MANLEY… the Youth Olympics 400m
gold medallist (PHOTO: PAUL REID) St Jago's Manley will compete at 'Penns', says coach Hawthorne
IAAF World Youth Championships 400m gold medallist Martin Manley will be a part of the St Jago High ... Read More

Graduation for next generation of Sunshine Girls, junior umpires

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

(From left) Jill McIntosh, technical director of NJ, Jennelle Jones, junior netball
graduate, Marva Bernard, president of NJ, and Shelley Sykes-Coley, manager of
sponsorship at Scotiabank, pose during the graduation ceremony at Scotiabank’s
Sports Club last Saturday.

THE next generation of Sunshine Girls and umpires graduated last Saturday at Scotiabank's Sports Club in Kingston. Sixteen netballers in the Scotiabank's development programme who form the Under-14 squad graduated. In time, they will move on to the Under-16 and Under-21 squads and eventually to the Sunshine Girls senior squad. Nine junior umpires also graduated inclusive of eight females and one male, making it the largest group to graduate at the same time. The netballers who graduated are ... Read More

Immaculate, Campion retain titles at Mayberry Swim Championships

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Joseph Black of Campion
College on his way to
victory in the boys’ 15-16
100-metre freestyle.

Immaculate Conception High and Campion College retained their titles as girls' and boys' champions, respectively, of the Mayberry High Schools/Tertiary Swimming Championships as four records fell at the 17th staging of the event at the National Aquatic Centre on Friday. Immaculate amassed 566.5 points to win ahead of Campion College (403.50), St Andrew High School (347), Holy Childhood (75) and Hillel Academy (54). Campion College tallied 538 points ahead of Wolmer's Boys' (375), Jamaica Colleg ... Read More

MBU inch closer to CONCACAF Club Championship

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

MONTEGO Bay United are a step away from winning for the lucrative Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League after topping Group Three of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship in Haiti last week and qualifying for the semi-finals set for late May. Despite the firing of coach Carlos Garcia on the eve of the team's departure, Montego Bay United won all three games played, including Sunday's 3-0 beating of SV Excelsior of Suriname at Complexe Sportif de Cayes in Les Cayes, Haiti, to finish with ... Read More

MICO successfully defend Rugby title

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

The MICO University College
Crocs display their Jamaica
Intercollegiate Sports
Association Rugby League
trophy last Saturday.

This season's fairy-tale run for the Excelsior Community College Eagles came to an end on Saturday when they lost to the MICO University College Crocs in the final of the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association Rugby League. Playing in their first final, the Roy Calvert Eagles were no match for two-time winners MICO Crocs who outscored them 48-8 to secure their third-consecutive hold on the Intercol rubgy title. MICO University Croc player Damone Downer top scored with nine kick conversions ... Read More

GEGO FC top St Elizabeth leg of LIME National Street Futsal tourney

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer Staff Reporter | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Members of GEGO FC
celebrate upon receiving
their symbolic cheque and
championship trophy from
Stephen Miller (left),
sponsorship and events
manager at LIME.

GEGO Football Club on Sunday became the ninth team to move to the summit as the struggle of the defending champions continued in St Elizabeth in the LIME National Street Futsal Competition. GEGO FC trounced Treasure Beach 8-4 in the final to claim the crown and $150,000 after defending champions Real Treasure Beach were knocked out in the first round. Treasure Beach, the other half of the defending champions, were awarded $50,000. The New Market-based team has joined the ranks of Bath Sports C ... Read More

Puddy Pooh leads 14 entered for Oaks


Puddy Pooh is the prohibitive favourite for the Oaks.

PUDDY Pooh, winner of the 1,000 Guineas, headlines the provisional field of 14 runners entered for the 76th running of the Jamaica Oaks on Saturday. The Oaks is the third Classic on the racing calendar and is confined to three-year-old fillies, with all carrying 57.0 kilogrammes (126 lbs). No apprentice claims are allowed in the Oaks. Puddy Pooh - owned, trained and bred by Richard Azan - is the prohibitive favourite for the 10-furlong event which sees trainer Gary Subratie with the most entere ... Read More

Racing guide - photos and captions april 21

Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

Shane Ellis manages to get Bars Of
Gold (number 3) in front of Sparkling
Michaela (Shamaree Muir).

CAPTION - Jockey Shane Ellis celebrates the fourth of his four winners on Saturday with his aunt, Sylvia Ellis. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) CAPTION - Apprentice Kuri Powell is all smiles after his win on El Patron. CAPTION - Owner Orrett Wellington moves to higher ground armed with his binoculars to watch Chief Secretariat race in Saturday's last race. CAPTION - Former top jockey Neville Anderson visits the Park. CAPTION - Yum! These punters are really enjoying their patties. CAPTION - Shan ... Read More

Melbourne seek win to secure top spot in Sandals/ATL Senior League

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

ALBION, St James -- Melbourne FC could secure top spot in the St James Football Association Sandals/ATL Senior League today with a win over Catherine Hall when they meet at Albion, starting at 3:30 pm. Melbourne FC lead the competition with 22 points and have already secured a semi-final position, and a win today could see them claim the top position going into the semi-finals. Third-placed Lilliput Rovers on 16 points from eight games are the only other team that can get 25 points but must wi ... Read More

Seven horses claimed on saturday

FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH | Tuesday, April 21, 2015    

El Patron claimed for $180,000. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON).

SEVEN HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY Seven horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday. El Patron, who romped the second race, was claimed from Edward Walker by Andrew McDonald for Colla for $180,000. Raging Prospect was taken by Patrick Lynch for himself for $550,000 from Fitzroy Glispie, El Cliente was claimed from Gresford Smith by Neive Graham for O'Shaun Connection for $550,000; and Meru was claimed from Dennis Lee by Welsh Soutar acting as both owner and trainer ... Read More

Shane Ellis revels in four-timer


Ellis rode four winners on

Top-notch jockey Shane Ellis celebrated his reunification with trainer Anthony Nunes by riding four winners at the Park on Saturday. Two of his winners, Come Dance With Me and Bars of Gold, are trained by Nunes, while the others were Power Of The Cat and Terra Marique. By virtue of his four-timer, Ellis has brought interest and some intrigue to the jockeys' championships. He started the day in fourth position but ended in joint second-place with three-time defending champion Dane Nelson on 24 w ... Read More



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