Whirlwind day as track and field season shifts gears

Veteran sprinter Kim Collins (right) wins the 60-metre dash at the GC Foster College Central Hurdles and Relays in St Catherine last year.

The eighth staging of the Central Hurdles and Relays meet is expected to be buzzing with excitement, as the track and field season shifts into high gear with six development meets on the schedule today. Other meets on include the McKenley/Wint Invitational at Calabar High School; Big Shot Invitatio ... Read More

ADAMS... ultimately, we want first team success Structure key to return of winning culture, says Adams
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Newly appointed director of cricket Jimmy Adams says one of the m ... Read More

St Ann Orchids’s Althea Byfield (left) tries to defend against Thristina Harwood (right) of Kingston Humming Birds. Humming Birds soar above Orchids in game one
Kingston Humming Birds have placed one hand on the Berger Elite Netball League title after drawing f ... Read More

WALKER... I would love to play professionally, but the education would come first Golf in the blood
ROSE HALL, St James — It’s almost inevitable that Sebert Walker Jr would follow in the f ... Read More

Champs St Catherine CC highlight quarter-final games

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Champions St Catherine CC are favoured to return to the semi-finals when they face the challenge of Lucas CC in today’s quarter-final match of the 2016-17 Jamaica Cricket Association All-island 50-over championship. The encounter is scheduled to be staged at Chedwin Park, the home of St Catherine CC. St Catherine CC, who won the previous edition of the tournament by beating University of the West Indies (UWI) in the day/night final at Sabina Park in November 2015, reached the last eight ... Read More

Yorke, John-Williams named to FIFA committees

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Former Manchester United stars Dwight Yorke (foreground) and Andy Cole celebrate a goal in their heyday in the English Premier League. Photo: Observer file

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke and FA head David John-Williams have been appointed to committees inside football’s world governing body, FIFA. The 45-year-old Yorke, who played over 70 times for Trinidad and Tobago, will serve on FIFA’s Development Committee and will be the only member from the Caribbean. Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, will chair the committee which is tasked with analy ... Read More

McCleary hails ‘new lease of life’ under Stam

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

MCCLEARY... he’s (Stam) a big factor in why we have been so good this season Photo: AFP

LONDON, England (CMC) — Jamaica international Garath McCleary has credited new manager, former Manchester United Jaap Stam for the turnaround in his form for Reading FC in the ongoing English Championship season. The 29-year-old forward struggled last season with form and fitness under managers Steve Clarke and Brian McDermott, and failed to make an impact for the Royals, as they finished down the table in 17th. This season, under Stam who was appointed last June, McCleary has flourishe ... Read More

Faulkland rebound to beat Petersfield in Super League

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Neil Clarke of Faulkland FC (centre) scored both goals for his team against Petersfield FC on Thursday. Photo: Paul Reid

PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — Promoted Faulkland FC rebounded from their loss to Montego Bay Boys Club to beat Petersfield FC 2-0 in their rescheduled Jamaica Football Federation’s Western Confederation/JB Rum Super League Zone Two game at the Petersfield Community Centre on Thursday. Neil Clarke scored the pair of first-half goals (2nd and 22nd minutes) as Faulkland FC ended the first round in third place on nine points, behind leaders Sandals South Coast (13 points) and Montego Bay ... Read More

Dottin makes winning return for Heat, Taylor woes continue

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

DOTTIN... was back in action at the Gabba to help Heat trounce
bottom-of-the-table Adelaide StrikersTAYLOR... faced just one delivery
before she was run out Photo: WICB

BRISBANE, Australia (CMC) — An astonishing second successive ‘duck’ for Stafanie Taylor was overshadowed only by her West Indies teammate Deandra Dottin’s dramatic return from injury, as their franchises suffered contrasting fortunes in the Women’s Big Bash here yesterday. Sidelined for nearly three weeks after undergoing surgery to repair multiple fractures of her cheekbone following an on-field collision with teammate Laura Harris, Dottin was back in action at th ... Read More

Pleased with 2016 season

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Bigdaddykool, under Linton Steadman, wins last year’s Jamaica St Leger. (Joseph Wellington)

Although he lost his crown as champion apprentice to batch mate Bebeto Harvey, Linton Steadman had an accomplished 2016 season in the saddle. Steadman rode 43 winners to finish third in the apprentice race behind Harvey (63 wins) and Javaniel Patterson on 44 wins. He finished sixth in the senior title behind Omar Walker (68 winners), who completed his fifth championship. Steadman rode his first Classic winner when he piloted Bigdaddykool to a commanding victory in the St Leger over 2,000 metre ... Read More

Ramgeet shines with triple to narrow gap on leader

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Ramgeet lies second in the standings on 53 wins, two behind Stevens on 55.

PHOENIX, Arizona (CMC) – Veteran Jamaican rider Andrew Ramgeet rode a handsome triple to keep tabs on leader Scott Stevens at TurfParadise on Wednesday. Riding on the eight-race card at the south-western United States racetrack, Ramgeet won race five with 3-1 chance Aparri, race seven with 4-1 bet Make Money Honey before wrapping up his haul in the day’s final race aboard 6-1 choice Mysterious Man. Ramgeet lies second in the standings on 53 wins, two behind Stevens on 55. Seeking ... Read More

Easy spot for Royal Vibes in ‘Billy’ Williams feature

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Saturday, January 21, 2017    

Royal Vibes is tipped to win the Allan E ‘Billy’ Williams Trophy feature at Caymanas Park today.

Two sections of the Eight Thirty Sprint confined to native-bred three-year-old fillies and the penultimate 10th race, an Overnight Allowance event for the Allan E “Billy” Williams Memorial Trophy, will highlight a teasing 11-race card at Caymanas Park today. Both sections of the Eight Thirty Sprint — a maiden special weight event going 1,000 metres straight — will offer equal purses of $768,000 per section. A field of 11 will go to post in section one at approximately 2 ... Read More

European giants weigh up bids for Leon Bailey — reports

Saturday, January 21, 2017    

French Freestyler Sean Garnier (right) in an exhibition battle with Genk FC’s Leon Bailey at the Football Factory last year.

LONDON, England (CMC) — English Premiership giants Chelsea and Liverpool are said to be among several European clubs eyeing big-money moves for Jamaican Leon Bailey. Media reports here say both clubs are ready to bid up to 20 million pounds sterling for the 19-year-old who currently plays for Genk in the Belgian top flight. Bailey, who arrived in Belgium two years ago, was always expected to leave at the end of the season for another European club, but could now make a move during the cu ... Read More

Somerset consider ditching Gayle for T20 Blast

Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:40 PM    

Chris Gayle (File photo)

LONDON, England (CMC) — Somerset are mulling over passing on West Indies superstar Chris Gayle for this summer’s T20 Blast, because of his unavailability for the entire campaign. In the past two seasons, the left-handed Gayle has turned out for Somerset but only in a handful of games and Somerset’s Director of Cricket, Matthew Maynard, said the county were considering signing a player who could be play the whole tournament. Gayle slammed 19 from 11 balls to help Chittagong Vi ... Read More



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