Cyclone threatened West Indies Cricket tour of India

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A dangerous cyclone that damaged sections of India and claimed the lives of six people, reduced the five match One Day International series between the West Indies and India to a four match series.

The third game which was scheduled for Tuesday in Visakhapatnam was cancelled, and the players were advised of the weather development. The team managers were on location and sought to protect lives, and equipment.

The system battered the Port City of Visakhapatnam on Sunday with winds of up to 205 kilometres per hour, causing widespread damage and forcing the evacuation of more than a quarter-million residents in its immediate geographic path.

The West Indies team was due to travel for the game but remained in Delhi along with the home team as all ...

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Reggae girls ready for Concacaf Championship

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Bolstered by the inclusion of ten overseas based players, Jamaica’s Senior Reggae Girls team staged their last practice game on Tuesday, two days before they opened up their Concacaf Championship assignment against Martinique on October 16, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

The Reggae girls who had been drawn in a group with Martinique, Mexico and Costa Rica, were unable to play a warm up game on Monday as a result of heavy showers at the match venue, and the match had to be called off at the last minute.

Seeking a place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada in the summer of 2015, the Reggae Girls can attain the feat providing they make it to the final...

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IRB Rugby Development Officers conducts workshops in Jamaica

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A four day visit by the International Rugby Board(IRB) Development Officers, Kirk Weaver and Erin Kennedy of the United States, wrapped up their four day visit to the island on Saturday at GC Foster College, with the final intensive workshop.

The session got underway at 10 in the morning, with participants being updated on the basic rules if Rugby, in an introductory programme called ‘Get into Rugby’.

Since arriving in the island on Wednesday, both presenters had been very active across the country. On Thursday, they staged separate workshops in Clarendon at the Juci Patty playfield, and in the community of Seaview Gardens, where the participation was overwhelming.

On Friday, with the assistance of representatives from the Jamaica Rugby Football Board(JRFB) Waver and Kennedy wrapped ...

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Former Kingston and St Andrew Football president Rudolph Speid is the new JaVA President

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Former Kingston and St Andrew Football Association President Rudolph Speid is the new president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JaVA).

He was elected unopposed at the JaVA AGM held at the office of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA).

His cell phone was off when we tried contacting him immediately after the result was known to get a reaction as well as the list of persons making up his full slate.

Speid replaces Steve Brown, who resigned from the post last week. He highlighted five areas of focus as his short to medium term goal.   He firstly charged the Affiliates to unite behind a single mission to bring volleyball to a place where it competes with other sports for top sponsorship dollars.

He is also pointed to the importance of not only treating volleyball like a business ...

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Jamaica Reggae Boys lose 1-0 to Japan

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The Jamaican senior football delegation returned to the island on Sunday morning, after going down 1-0 to Japan in a friendly international encounter at the Denka Big Swan Stadium, in Nigata Japan.

An own goal in the 16th minute from defender Adrian Marrapia granted the Japanese the win, and despite pressing for the rest of the first half, where a penalty should have gone their way, the Reggae Boys just could not find the finish.

The second half saw the Winnifried Schafer coached team employing a bit more urgency, but a fitter looking Japan team who will tackle Brazil in their next friendly game, just could not be beaten – not on home soil.

The delegation headed by St Ann Football Association President Danny Beckford, is returned with a near tragedy, after assistant coach, Miguel Coley ...

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Mayberry Investments Tennis Championship served off on Saturday

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Action in the fourth staging of the Mayberry Junior Tennis Championship began on Saturday morning at the Liguanea Club in Kingston starting at 9, and continued on Sunday with the final starting at 2 in the afternoon.

Some 90 boys and girls from across the island were in action at the two day tournament, which helped to prepare the players for regional competitions later this year, including the Orange Bowl Junior tournament in Florida.

Prizes of medals and trophies were on offer, for the respective category winners who faced off in both gender divisions. The boys competed in the under 10, 12, 14, and under 16 categories, while the girls faced off in the under 12, under 14, and an open event.

Points from this championship went towards the players national rankings, and the tournament saw...

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Jamaica Basketball Association struggles to assemble team for CAC Games

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The national men’s basketball team to represent Jamaica at the Central American and the Caribbean Games in Mexico in November will likely be made up of mostly locally based players, as plans to draft in at least 3 overseas based players have not materialized.

It is understood that the Jamaica Basketball Association has been in discussions with 1 player in Mexico and 2 in North America, but the plan to get them in the island to join the local based squad fell through, especially in light of the monetary strain which the association faces at this time.

The local governing body is currently being operated by a steering committee, after elections were stalled earlier this year...

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West Indies cricketers defeat India but problems remain in the camp

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The West Indies cricketers defeated India by 124 runs in Kochi in the first of five 1 Day Internationals cricket games, where Marlon Samuels scored a century 126 of 118 balls. Despite the win all is not well, as the players are calling for the head of Wavell Hinds.

The players’ representative, Dwayne Bravo, demanded the resignation of West Indies Players Association WIPA President Wavell Hinds, through the submission of a letter on Wednesday.

The players threatened to strike over what they perceived to be an unjust payment agreement, signed by the WIPA and West Indies Cricket Board(WICB), but decided to play the game to avoid any embarrassment...

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Vin Blayne to represent Jamaica at Concacaf meeting

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Vin Blayne, the Director of football at the Jamaica Football Federation(JFF), has been selected to represent the country at a two day strategic and planning meeting organised by Concacaf in Miami, Florida on October 9 and 10.

Based on a release from the JFF today, the meeting is geared towards reviewing the current coaching license programmes being implemented by a number of Concacaf countries.

The meeting is part of an effort by the development division of the Concacaf body to come to some sort of consensus on equivalency of coaching licences in Concacaf, ahead of discussing equivalency at the confederation level with the Union of European Football Association(UEFA), and the other four confederations.

Blayne explained that the move is long overdue, because as the man responsible for s...

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Intercollegiate male/female football competition kicks off on Thursday

Last year’s champion, Mico College, scored a 3-0 win over the University of the West Indies on Thursday in group ‘A’ action in the start of the all national Intercollegiate Female Football Competition.

The 3 goals were scored by Danielle Wynter as the defending champions opened their 2014 campaign with a victory.

In other games, the University of Technology (UTECH) crushed Church’s Teachers College with 6-0 to move to the top of the group. In group ‘B’ Northern Caribbean University clipped Shortwood Teachers College with 1-0.

However the biggest margin of victory on the day, was when last year’s beaten finalists, GC Foster College, who also plays in the Sherwin Williams Women’s League, hammered Portmore Community College with a massive 12-0 win ...

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