PJ Patterson questions validity of Nesta Carter retest

Sprinter Nesta Carter tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanamine from a retest of samples eight years ago from Beijing Olympics in China. Anke Waelischmiller)

Former prime minister and top Queen’s Counsel PJ Patterson says he won’t be coming out of retirement despite outcry for him to lead the defence of Jamaica’s embattled sprinter Nesta Carter. The athlete failed a drug test in a recent retesting of 2008 Olympic samples. However, Patt ... Read More

Bryan Cummings Jamaica’s athletes chase Olympic Games qualification
The journey to Olympic glory continues in earnest today as athletes hunt spots to the Rio Olympics d ... Read More

LIVERMORE…winner of the B 100m sprint at the Racers Grand Prix Livermore hunts Rio spot
Sprinter Jason Livermore was arguably the happiest athlete at the JN Racers Grand Prix on June 11 &m ... Read More

WHYTE... I am doing well in training, I am feeling great and ready for Trials. Whyte eyes Olympic Games berth
The men’s 400m hurdles will be one of the most wide open events at this weekend’s JAAA O ... Read More

Holland faces Rio Bueno

PAUL A REID Observer Writer | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Bunkers Hill So Fresh’s Oshane Hunter rides a tackle from Holland United’s Austin Dixon in Sunday’s return leg semi-finals of the Trelawny FA Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League at Elleston Wakeland Centre. The game ended in a 1-1 draw as Holland advanced to the finals against Rio Bueno FC. (Observer)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Former champions Holland United will start slight favourites in Sunday’s finals of the Trelawny Football Association’s Monymusk Plantation Rum Major League against first-time finalists and mid-season champions Rio Bueno FC at the Elleston Wakeland Centre in the second game of a double header. The teams qualified for the final after the completion of the two-way semi-finals last Sunday. Holland United edged Bunkers Hill So Fresh SC 3-2 after they played ou ... Read More

Zone change for Cedric Titus

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Cedric Titus  action from a 2014 daCosta Cup first-round game in which Cedric Titus hosted Marcus Garvey High in Clarks Town, Trelawny. (Observer)

CLARKS TOWN, Trelawny — For the first time, Cedric Titus High School will play their first-round daCosta Cup matches against teams based in western Jamaica, following a change in the zonings for the upcoming 2016 ISSA Flow schoolboys football season. Additionally, the much-travelled coach, Delroy “Pencil” Delliser, will take over the team, replacing long-time coach Wade Crawford who has moved to York Castle High. Cedric Titus, which is based in Clarks Town, Trelawny, has trad ... Read More

Berger takes maiden win astride

BY RUDDY ALLEN Observer racing writer | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Natalie Berger stands tall and raises her whip as she crosses the winning post first aboard Princess Emanualle to win her first career race at Caymanas Park yesterday. Priness Emanualle is trained by Peter McMaster.Photo: Joseph Wellington

When the field passed the furlong pole on a cool overcast afternoon at Caymanas Park yesterday, Princess Emanuelle burst through between horses, carrying female apprentice rider Natalie Berger to her first career win on the nine-race midweek programme. It was a moment of excitement and joy for Berger, who is one of three females plying their trade at the Park. “I am really happy to win my first race. The feeling is excellent right now...I am very much happy. I almost cry as this is an em ... Read More

St James cricket season bowls off

PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The St James Cricket Association’s season will get underway on Sunday with the six-a-side competition, set to start at 10:00am, and will be followed next week with the start of the 50-overs competition. Both competitions will be sponsored by Member of Parliament for Central St James Heroy Clarke, St James Cricket Association president Cecil Fletcher told the Jamaica Observer West this week. The curtain-raising six-a-side, as well as the 50-overs games will b ... Read More

Appleton sends Tallawahs off to CPL with right spirit

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Gary Dixon (second left), marketing director at J Wray & Nephew Limited, shares a photo opportunity with Jamaica Tallawahs players (from left) Dale Steyn, Captain Chris Gayle and Kumar Sangakkara at a send-off function inside the departure lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.Observer

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has reinforced its support of the Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team during a send-off function for the team ahead of its opening fixture in the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament. The squad, led by explosive opening batsman Chris Gayle, was yesterday hosted to an interactive session with the sponsors and members of the media in the departure lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport. They departed the island shortly after via a Caribbe ... Read More

I’m very excited!

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter | Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Jamaica Tallawahs batsman Kumar Sangakkara is all smiles as he meets Minister of Sport Olivia Grange at Melbourne Cricket Club on Tuesday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Batting great Kumar Sangakkara says he is excited about returning to the Jamaica Tallawahs set-up for the 2016 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 (T20) tournament. Despite playing a limited number of games, the Sri Lankan’s cricket nous, composure and batting mastery helped to pilot the Tallawahs to the CPL title in 2013. And though the Kingston-based franchise has maintained a talented squad since then, they have often lacked guidance in the middle stages of their batting inni ... Read More

J’cans capture nine medals at C'bean swimming champs

Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:24 AM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's swimmers made a big splash capturing nine medals on the opening day of the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) in the Bahamas on Wednesday. The 24-member team which had 20 finalists, mined four gold, three silver and two bronze medals. English-based swimmer Kelsie Campbell opened the door when she topped the girls’ 15-17 field in the 100m butterfly. Keanan Dols followed suit in the boys’ 15-17 equivalent, before Olympic hopeful Timot ... Read More

Gatlin shrugs off slow start to 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:00 AM    

Gatlin came third behind Usain Bolt at the London 2012 Olympics. (File photo)

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — It remains to be seen whether a legitimate 100 meter challenger to Usain Bolt will emerge from the US Olympics trials as injuries and mediocre results have hampered the men's sprint team this season. Former Athens Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin has yet to break 9.90 in a wind legal race this season after a barnstorming 2015, when he won silver at the Beijing World Championships. Trayvon Bromell, who picked up the bronze in Beijing, is a question mar ... Read More

Young guns ready to go off in CPL

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

POWELL... We want to get the job done in our first game against St Kitts and then look forward to the rest of the competition. (WICB Media)

Andre McCarthy and Rovman Powell are a pair of less experienced local members of the Jamaica Tallawahs squad itching to get a chance in this edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The Tallawahs first game of the season is against home team St Kitts & Nevis Patriots at Warner Park on Saturday. The 22-year-old Powell is fairly new on the scene. His swashbuckling approach with the bat and useful medium-pace bowling have not gone unnoticed. “We’re just ready to go. Th ... Read More

Newcomers anxious to make impact with Jamaica franchise

Thursday, June 30, 2016    

Jamaica Tallawahs players Shakib Al Hasan (right) and Chadwick Walton having Foska Oats porridge during breakfast at Melbourne Cricket Club on Tuesday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Two fresh faces to the Jamaica Tallawahs team are eyeing a successful runs in this season’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 tournament. Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder, and Alex Ross, the middle-order batsman from Australia, were present at Tuesday’s breakfast hosted by team sponsor Foska Oats at Melbourne Cricket Club. The 29-year-old Al Hasan, a skilful left-arm finger spinner and attacking left-hand batsman, has played in various T20 leagues around the g ... Read More



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