Blow for World Cup squad as Pollard, Narine pull out

NARINE... claims he has not made sufficient progress on remodelling his action

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — West Indies have been struck by the late withdrawals of leading players Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, dealing yet another blow to the embattled Twenty20 (T20) World Cup squad. Already grappling with a contentious contracts dispute with players, the West Ind ... Read More

SAMMY... we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup (Photo: Observer file) Skipper Sammy says at no time players planned to boycott World Cup
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has assured the regi ... Read More

BLAKE... expected to make his seasonal debut in the men’s sprint alongside teammate Kemar Bailey-Cole ‘Beast’ set to open season at Camperdown Classic
Olympic relay gold medallist Yohan Blake is expected to lead a foray of Racers Track Club stars that ... Read More

Windies celebrate during the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-final against Bangladesh Under-19 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur Dhaka on Thursday. The West Indies Under-19 will face India Under-19 for the title today. PHOTO: Good luck!
Windies celebrate during the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-final against Bangladesh Under-19 at Sher-e ... Read More

Flood of athletes expected at Milo Western Relays

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Saturday, February 13, 2016    

ELLIS... is expected to face a tough field in the short sprint

CATHERINE HALL, St James – Large fields are expected at today’s 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, set to start at noon as organisers have reported an increase in athlete participation over the last three years. Meet Director Ray Harvey told the Jamaica Observer that organisers were surprised by the numbers of entries, especially after they extended the original closing date of January 30. “At January 30th we were looking at a significa ... Read More

Courage in the face of corruption

BY SEAN A WILLIAMS Deputy Sport Editor | Saturday, February 13, 2016    

I think it’s important to have deep integrity checks on individuals who want to serve in leadership positions

The Canadian businessman vying to become the next president of CONCACAF knows that if he is successful at the May 12 that he will bear the burden of leading the corruption-stained organisation to the promised land of what is hoped will be a new and revitalised confederation. But while it is a massive undertaking by any measure, Victor Montagliani, the president of the Canadian Soccer Federation, is undaunted. He believes that a reform package proposed by FIFA — and to be decided on by ... Read More

Action Man for Howard Phillipps

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Computerize is a danger to all, even at a distance like this

Horse racing returns to the Caymanas Park racetrack today following industrial action by workers at the Caymanas Track Limited last weekend. The industrial action disrupted two earlier planned race days. Today there will be an 11-race card highlighted by the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy. There are several other races on the card with highlighting prospects, one of which is the opening race which features some of the fastest runners of Graded Stakes calibre, among them Fortuneonehundred goi ... Read More

Cummins stars but Fletcher, Hodge lead Volcanoes fightback

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Miguel Cummins of the Barbados Pride bowls under the eye of umpire Christopher Taylor on the first day of the sixth-round match against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the WICB Professional Cricket League Regional 4-Day Tournament yesterday at Kensington Oval.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Fast bowler Miguel Cummins took his 100th first-class wicket in a superb five-wicket burst but Andre Fletcher countered with an entertaining half-century to lead a Windward Islands Volcanoes fightback on the opening day of the sixth-round match against Barbados Pride here yesterday. The Barbados Pride speedster took five for 47 as Windward Islands Volcanoes, opting to bat first at Kensington Oval, were dismissed for 250 on a slow pitch which proved helpful to fast b ... Read More

Scorpions edge ahead but Hodge keeps Hurricanes in hunt

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Sheldon Cottrell of the Jamaica Scorpions in full flight during the Group ‘A’ match against Barbados Pride in the NAGICO Super50 Tournament yesterday at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) — Jamaica Scorpions narrowly stuck their noses in front but opener Montcin Hodge then struck a second-innings unbeaten half-century to ensure there was no Leeward Islands Hurricanes collapse, as the sixth-round first class encounter remained opened heading into today’s third day. Beginning the day on 54 for four in response to Hurricanes’ 155 all out on Thursday’s opening day, Scorpions were on the verge of surrendering a healthy first innings ... Read More

Molynes United ‘A’, UWI Pelicans to battle for JNBS Sunshine Open League Netball title today

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Tanile Roberts (GS) of Mico ‘A’ makes a desperate attempt for ball ahead of Molynes United ‘A’ defender and Sunshine Girl Kadian Dehaney (GK) during their semi-final match at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday. Molynes won a close 20-18.

High-riding Molynes United ‘A’ and former champions University of the West Indies (UWI) Pelicans will come face to face for the first time this season when they clash in the 2016 Netball Jamaica (NJ)/Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Sunshine Open League netball competition final today at the Leila Robinson Courts, starting at 6:00 pm. Molynes ‘A’ and Pelicans reached today’s final by defeating Mico ‘A’ and Waulgrovians ‘A’ in their r ... Read More

No CONCACAF endorsement in FIFA vote — yet

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

DERRICK...  says CFU has not  decided who it will support

MIAMI, United States (AFP) – A meeting of the governing body for football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) ended here yesterday with no decision over who the federation would back in the upcoming FIFA presidential election, a senior official said. After two days of meetings, which included presentations from four of the five men vying for world football’s top job, CONCACAF deputy general secretary Jurgen Mainka said the body had not decided if the fede ... Read More

Bigdaddykool makes seasonal debut today

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Bigdaddykool (Shane Ellis).

Bigdaddykool races today in a non-winners of two age-group event going over 1,600 metres. The powerful gelding by Sorrentino - Beware Baby faces six runners‚ Stunner, stable companion Counter Attack, Bird Catcher, recent winner Vision Of Gold, Jamai Raja and Glyder. “The performance by Bigdaddykool in the Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes was an exceptional one as he ran really well to finish third by just only two lengths. He got bounced around at the start and ended up in last position ... Read More

Dane Nelson eyes historic landmark of 900 career wins

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

Dane Nelson... two wins short of 900 career victories

Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson enters today’s race meet at Caymanas Park two winners short of achieving a milestone of 900 career wins. Nelson, who started riding at the Park in 2002, has so far ridden 898 winners and has secured six rides on the 11-race programme. “Well to ride 900 career winners will be a great accomplishment for me. I have been doing the hard work and I am committed to the sport of horse racing. If I can get those two winners tomorrow then it would be gr ... Read More

Three players sign WICB contract with resolution in sight

Saturday, February 13, 2016    

West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Michael Muirhead

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Only three players so far have signed contracts with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to represent the region in the Twenty20 (T20) World Cup, just days before a Valentine’s Day deadline runs out. WICB Chief Executive Michael Muirhead made the disclosure late Thursday evening without revealing the names of those who have put pen to paper before Sunday’s deadline. His revelation came as a fresh contract crisis erupted this week over wages, between ... Read More



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