Coaches welcome friendly rivalry among swimmers ahead of Carifta Champs

Zaneta Alvaranga (centre) and Paig’e Lewis (right) in a close battle during the girls’ 11-12 100m butterfly at the Karl Dalhouse meet. (Observer)

A few healthy rivalries have sparked heightened interest in the aquatics arena ahead of the national age-group swimming championships, as the young sensations continue to vie for qualifying times and coveted spots on the team to the Carifta Swimming Championships. Though the increasing level of com ... Read More

Kingston College’s Tyreke Bryan (left) accepts the baton from teammate Jhevaughn Matterson on the final leg of the Class One 4x100m relay final at the 41st Gibson McCook Relays inside the National Stadium yesterday. (Bryan Cummings) Bullish KC
Kingston College (KC) and Edwin Allen High girls once again showcased their prowess with dominant di ... Read More

Tivoli Gardens player Junior McGregor (left) challenges Harbour View’s Akeem Priestly (centre) as Tivoli’s Nicholas Smith looks on during last Monday’s Red Stripe Premier League encounter at National Stadium. Harbour View won 2-1. (Joseph Wellington) Humble Lion look to prey upon Reno at Effortville
In-form Humble Lion FC will look to extend their impressive run in the Red Stripe Premier League foo ... Read More

Head Coach Andrew Edwards (yellow shirt) instructs his charges during yesterday’s training session at the JFF Technical Centre at The University of the West Indies, Mona. (Collin Reid) Young Boyz sit Cuban test
Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz go into their Friendly International against Cuba at St George& ... Read More

Runallday, Don Chassis cop Hotline, Sir Howard Stakes

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Runallday under Linton Steadman is eased after winning the 23rd running of the $1.1 million Hotline Stakes feature at Caymanas Park yesterday. (joseph wellington)

Runallday, owned by Stephan Narinesingh, and Don Chassis, owned by Superkids Racing Stables, have declared their hands for the upcoming Classic races after victories in the Hotline and Sir Howard Stakes, respectively, at Caymanas Park yesterday. The native-bred three-year-old non-winners of two events, which is sponsored by Newport Mills Limited — producers of the Nutramix range of animal feeds, through their premiere product, Front Runner — were contested over the distance of 1,200 ... Read More

Cavalier blank Browns Town 2-0 to cop Magnum/KSAFA Super League Midseason final

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

KSAFA president Wayne Shaw (left) joins Mark Telfer (right), of sponsors Magnum in presenting the winners’ cheque and trophy to Cavalier SC captain Ryan Miller during the presentation ceremony at the end of the KSAFA/Magnum midseason final at Constant Spring on Friday night. (Hurbun Williams)

Cavalier SC, Zone A leaders of the Magnum/KSAFA Super League, cleared the first hurdle in an attempt to reach the final of the competition by defeating Zone B leaders Brown’s Town FC 2-0 in the mid-season Final played at the Constant Spring playing field on Friday night. Ryan Miller (40th) and Nicholas Hamilton (57th minute) registered strikes to present Cavalier SC with a morale-boosting victory that maintained their unbeaten run in the competition this season. Both Cavalier and Brown&r ... Read More

Hillel stage historic sporting clays tournament

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Members of the triumphant Masada house of Hillel Academy celebrate winning the first inter house sporting clays tournament in Jamaica.  (Front row from left) Zachary Joshephs, Noah Azan, Richard Todd and Abigail McMaster; (second row from left) Zach Lazarus, Matthew Joshephs, Thomas Gore and Toby Hugh and (back row from left) Zachary Chen (in green) tournament conceptualiser and Khaleel Azan, president of the Jamaica Skeet Club. (Contributed)

Hillel Academy staged the first-ever schools’ inter-house sporting clays tournament on Friday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore. The tournament was the brainchild of Zachary Chen, who also planned the tournament along with various stakeholders in order to make it successful. Thirty student shooters in four houses from the school took to the eight-station course to shoot 50 targets. The scores of the top five shooters in each house were used to determine the winner. The houses are ... Read More

Sandals, Reggae Youths battle for Western Confed Super League mid-season final

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Reggae Youths’s Jermaine Jackson (right) attacks the ball as Hopewell United’s Hiatola Gardener lunges in during last Sunday’s JFF Western Confederation/Charlie’s JB Rum Super League second-round game at Wespow Park. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Paul Reid)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Both Sandals South Coast and Reggae Youths are expressing confidence going into today’s mid-season final of the Jamaica Football Federation Western Confederation/Charlie’s JB Rum Super League at Jarrett Park, set to start at 5:00 pm. The teams qualified for the final after topping their respective zones after the first two rounds of games; Reggae Youths topped Zone One with 19 points and are into their first-ever Super League final, while Sandals South ... Read More

Braeton United meet Southboro FC in York Pharmacy D2 final

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Last season’s beaten finalists Braeton United challenge Southboro in the 2016-2017 York Pharmacy Portmore Football League (PFL) Division Two final slated for today at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex in Portmore, St Catherine. Leeton Morgan, the head coach of the Braeton team, is very positive that his team will become champions today, having ended up in the top four for the last four seasons. “We are into the top four for the past four seasons. We have been into back-to back finals s ... Read More

Irwin United upset Catherine Hall

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Division One team Irwin United created the biggest upset of the round after knocking out Senior League powerhouses Catherine Hall FC in their second-round St James Football Association Captain’s Bakery and Grill Knockout, winning 2-1 at the UDC field on Friday. Irwin United, who are unbeaten so far this season in the Division One, led 2-0 early in the second half before Catherine Hall, also unbeaten in the Senior League, pulled one goal back, but could not cl ... Read More

Derbyshire ends pursuit of Samuels

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

LONDON, England (CMC) — English County club Derbyshire have abruptly ended their pursuit of West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels ahead of the upcoming season. In a statement, the East Midlands outfit said their decision had been reached “in view of recent events”. The club did not elaborate further. “Derbyshire can confirm it has been in contact with West Indies international Marlon Samuels and his agent regarding opportunities at the club,” the statement said. &ld ... Read More

Australia seal 333-run win over India

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Australia’s fielder Peter Handscomb (right) dives to attempt a catch off India’s batsman Lokesh Rahul (second left) on the third day of the first cricket Test match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune yesterday. Australia’s Captain Steve Smith (left), wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (centre) and fielder David Warner look on. Australia won the Test by 333 runs. (Photo: AFP)

PUNE, India (AFP) — Australia beat India by 333 runs yesterday in an outstanding victory that ended the hosts’s unbeaten streak of 19 Tests in the opening match of the series in Pune. Chasing a daunting 441, the world’s top side crashed to 107 all out early in the final session after left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe’s match haul of 12 wickets, handing number-two ranked Australia the upset win inside three days. O’Keefe’s heroics enabled Australia to regi ... Read More

De Villiers’ hunger leads to thumping win over N Zealand

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

South Africa’s Wayne Parnell (right) is run out by New Zealand’s wicketkeeper Tom Latham during the third One-Day International cricket match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — South African hero AB de Villiers admitted to nerves and battling a fear of failure as he produced a record-setting innings that led to a colossal win over New Zealand yesterday. Only a “deep, deep hunger to succeed” helped him overcome his emotions to lead his side to a 159-run win in the third One-Day International in Wellington to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. De Villiers’ 85 off 80 balls pulled South Africa out of a middle-order ... Read More

Sevilla beat rivals Betis to go joint top

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Sevilla’s midfielder Vitolo (left) vies with Betis’s defender Riza Durmisi during the Spanish league football match at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville yesterday. (Photo: AFP)

SEVILLE, Spain (AFP) — Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli hailed his side’s second-half “rebellion” to take the spoils once more in the Seville derby with a 2-1 win over Real Betis yesterday and thus a move to joint top of La Liga. Danish defender Riza Durmisi’s well-struck free kick gave Betis a deserved first-half lead. However, the hosts’ porous defending at set pieces was exposed as first Gabriel Mercado and then captain Vicente Iborra stretched Sevilla’s ... Read More



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