Franchise skipper heartened by showing of 'young' squad

MILLER... I was very much encouraged by the show

NIKITA Miller, Jamaica's captain for the recent Nagico Super50 cricket competition in Trinidad & Tobago, says he was encouraged by the performance of the relatively inexperienced squad at the tournament. Jamaica were eliminated at the semi-final stage after a six-wicket defeat to Guyana. Jamai ... Read More

West Indies batsman Narsingh Deonarine hits a six during the
fifth Momentum ODI at SuperSport Park in Pretoria, South
Africa, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP) Windies fall in fifth South Africa ODI, lose series 4-1
CENTURION, South Africa (AFP) -- Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw both hit centuries for the second tim ... Read More

Alia Atkinson (left), World Champion and GraceKennedy
Money Services (GKMS) brand ambassador, assists one of the
participants with her form during a three-day GKMSSponsored
Alia Atkinson/ASAJ Swim Clinic at the National
Aquatic Centre recently. Jamaican swimmers brace for busy 2015
WITH a number of swimmers set to transition to different age groups this year, coach Gillian Millwoo ... Read More

Ivory Coast midfielder Max-Alain Gradel (right) challenges
Cameroon defender Henri Bedimo during the 2015 African
Cup of Nations Group D football match in Malabo, Equatorial
Guinea, yesterday Gradel strike propels Ivory Coast into quarter-finals
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea (AFP) -- Max-Alain Gradel was the hero once again for the Ivory Coast ye ... Read More

ICC approves Nikita Miller's placement

Thursday, January 29, 2015 3:53 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Nikita Miller as a replacement player for Sunil Narine in West Indies’ squad for the tournament, which starts on February 14. Narine reportedly withdrew from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 earlier this week after he felt he required more time to be able to confidently bowl for a sustained period in international cricket with his ... Read More

WICB proposes 'cricketing solutions' to impasse with BCCI

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

(L)CAMERON... we would like to meet at the
earliest available opportunity
(R)PATEL... BCCI’s honorary secretary

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) -- The embattled West Indies Cricket Board has insisted on a "cricketing solution" to the current impasse with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), and has called for a meeting between the two parties within the next two months, as it battles to stave off the US$42 million pay-out demanded by the BCCI. In a letter sent to its Asian counterpart on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by CMC Sports, WICB president Dave Cameron said the WICB was open to "bi-lateral or multi-l ... Read More

Granville, Violet Kickers face off in Confed Super League

PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Damion Reid of Granville FC (left) winds up for a shot in their recent game against Tomorrow's People in the JFF Charley's JB Rum
Western Confederation Super League game at the Granville Community Centre. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Granville FC could move into the top four of the Jamaica Football Federation's Charley's JB Rum Western Confederation Super League this afternoon when they take on last placed Violet Kickers in a rescheduled first round game at the UDC Field starting at 3:00pm. With three additional points to be awarded for their unplayed game against Village United on Sunday, Granville FC could in joint second place by this weekend's set of games. They are currently on 13 points, ... Read More

Sr James leagues kick off Friday

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Sandals/ATL St James Football Association's Senior and Division One leagues will get underway tomorrow afternoon with a triple header at Jarrett Park. Reggae Youths, the losing finalists in the Senior League last season will open against Marl Road in the 3:00pm game while promoted Heights FC and Lilliput Rovers will meet in the 7:00pm game; in between that promoted Faulkland FC and Seaview will meet in the opening Division One game. The season was due to get u ... Read More

Costa faces 3-match ban for stamping on Liverpool’s Can

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

COSTA... seemed to deliberately stand on Can’s ankle

Costa faces 3-match ban for stamping on Liverpool's Can LONDON, England (AFP) -- Chelsea striker Diego Costa faces a three-game suspension after being charged with violent conduct for appearing to stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can, the Football Association announced yesterday. Costa seemed to deliberately stand on Can's ankle in the 12th minute of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory. The incident was missed by th ... Read More

Dutchman van Praag steps up campaign to unseat Blatter

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

(L)AL HUSSEIN... Jordanian
Prince thinks he’s the man
for the job
(C)GINOLA... former French star
has thrown his hat in the ring
(R)CHAMPAGNE... the first to
declare challenge on Blatter

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AFP) -- Dutch football boss Michael van Praag stepped up his campaign for FIFA's presidency yesterday, saying he would modernise the world governing body "which has lost all credibility". Speaking at a press conference in Amsterdam, Van Praag said under current president Sepp Blatter's watch, FIFA had become riddled with suspicion, conflicts of interest and allegations of nepotism and corruption. "FIFA has lost all credibility. FIFA has its back turned on the future," s ... Read More

Western Sports Diary Jan 29 - Feb1

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

Today JFF Charley's JB Rum Confed Super League Violet Kickers vs Granville FC -- UDC 3:00pm Friday Sandals/ATL St James Football Association Senior League Marl Road vs Reggae Youths -- Jarrett Park 3:00pm Heights FC vs Lilliput Rovers -- Jarrett Park 7:00pm Sandals/ATL St James Football Association Division One Faukland FC vs Seaview FC -- Jarrett Park- 5:00pm Sunday JFF Charley's JB Rum Western Confed Super League Salt Marsh vs Violet Kickers -- Davis Pen 3:00pm Wadadah FC vs Hollan ... Read More

Luis Figo dribbles into FIFA presidential race

Thursday, January 29, 2015    

FIGO... we have to try and
improve the image of football

LONDON, England (AFP) -- Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo announced yesterday that he is to challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter in this year's FIFA presidential election. "I care about football, so what I'm seeing regarding the image of FIFA -- not only now but in the past years -- I don't like it," the 42-year-old said in an interview broadcast by CNN. "If you search FIFA on the internet you see the first word that comes out: scandal -- not positive words. It's that we have to ch ... Read More

Lawrence Rowe finding his footing, elsewhere

BY RAYMOND FORD Observer writer | Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

Former Jamaica and West Indies batting stylist Lawrence Rowe (right) raps with fellow former West Indies
cricketers (from left) Brian Lara, Sir Garfield Sobers and Lance Gibbs (partly hidden) during last Saturday’s
fund-raising dinner of the Lawrence Rowe Cricket Legendary Foundation at the South Florida Conference
Center in Margate, Fort Lauderdale

LAST time anything positive and in public was said about Lawrence George Alphonso Rowe was some 33 years ago. Under-lights 'Down-Under', Jeff Thomson had served a 'loosener' to his namesake. Hardly ever getting one, the batsman clicked his heels and punched straight. Bill Lawry's pigeons scurried, and the other camp's crowd 'oowed-and-aawed'. "A glorious shot this by Jeff Dujon," Alan McGilvray hailed it. Finding an illustrious comparison, he then mumbled into his microphone: "Only Lawrence Ro ... Read More

Pay us!

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

CAMPBELL… was drafted by the Columbus Crew from the University of

LOCAL clubs are up in arms over what they deem to be exploitation of their players by the United States Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs regarding the FIFAstipulated training compensation fees. They plan to seek the intervention of the local body, Jamaica Football Federation, as well as the regional body, CONCACAF. Last Thursday, the MLS drafted three Jamaican players — Romario Williams (Montreal Impact), Sergio Campbell (Columbus Crew) and Oneil Fisher (Seattle Sounders), but Campbell&rs ... Read More



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