Three Jamaicans Called up to West Indies Test Team

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Jamaican fledgling batsman Jermaine Blackwood will be making his regional entry into the West Indies fold for the second time. He was listed among three Jamaicans who were called up the West Indies squad to face Bangladesh in the first test at Arnos Vale in St.  Vincent starting on September 6.

Blackwood who played well in the recent West Indies Cricket Board regional four day championship, made his Test debut against New Zealand in June at Sabina Park.

The global batting superstar Chris Gayle and fast bowler Jerome Taylor are  the  other  Jamaicans  in the  13  man squad which has one  change from  the  squad  for the third and final test against New Zealand.

The team which is captained by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin is completed by Sulieman Benn, Kraigg Braithwaite, Darren Brav...

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Jamaica’s Medal Tally Climbs to 36 on Day Three of ITF Taekwondo World Cup

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Olympian Kennett Edwards was unable to walk away with the gold medal, citing an injury he was carrying, heading into the tournament. Despite that misfortune Jamaica won a whopping 6 gold medals on Friday, at the International Taekwondo Federation World Cup at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Keniel Reid, Richard Stone, Alexia Webb, Dashawn McKenzie, Rasean Martin and Akino Lindsay all won gold medals. Lindsay defeated compatriot Danelle Stewart in the 85 kilogram adult male coloured belt division.

Jamaica’s Silver medal winners were Danelle Stewart, Alrick Wanliss, Yakini Wallen-Bryan, David Hall and Javor Scott, while Akeem Lawrence, Zachary Parchment, Jason Williams, Kenneth Edwards, Omar Williamson, and Jazmine Barrows all won bronze.

Jamaican won 17 medals in total on Friday, a tot...

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Wrestling Comes to Portland

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Children from the Community of Charles Town in Portland benefited from a two week wrestling summer camp put on by the Jamaica Wrestling Federation which came to an end on Friday afternoon in the parish.

The event took place at the Asafu Yard, in the Maroon Village of Charles Town, and the number of children and adults that turned out each day was overwhelming.  One coach from the United States another from Canada participated in the camp, and offered their technical expertise on the correct execution of wrestling.

The over 30 participants were given lessons on the proper wrestling techniques on grassy terrain as well as beach wrestling in a sand pit.

The feedback from the camp according to President of the Jamaica Wrestling Federation, Kevin Wallen, was tremendous.

“The participation in t...

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Manning and Dacosta Cup Set to Kick Off on September 6

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The 2014 Inter-Secondary Schools (ISSA) School boy football season involving the Manning and Dacosta Cup, was officially launched on Wednesday morning at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston.

The new season is set to get underway on September 6, at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Monetgo Bay, with a triple header. It Features Manning and Olivier shield champions Jamaica College up against Jonathan Grant High starting at 2pm. At 4pm Dacosta Cup champions St. Elizabeth Technical faces BB Coke in the second game. The schedule at Catherine Hall will concude with St James High tackling rivals Green Pond.

ISSA competitions Director George Forbes speaking at the launch stated,     “The 2014 Dacosta Cup final will be played on November 29 in Catherine Hall, while the Ben Francis Cup will be conte...

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Jamaica’s Under 17 Footballers Advance in CFU Qualifiers

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Jamaica’s  national  under  17  footballers  booked  their  place  in  the  final   round  of  the  Caribbean Football championships (CFU)  on Tuesday night when  they   topped  group  one  of  the World Cup qualifiers. Jamaica won 3-0  over  Guadeloupe  in  the  top  of  the  table  final  round  clash at the Anthony Spaulding sports complex.

A double strike by Nicholas  Nelson laid  the  foundation  for  Jamaica’s  victory, before  Donavan  Dawkins  with  his  8th  goal  of  the  tournament  sealed the deal in the 51st  minute. Jamaica ended with 9 points from three matches.

Coach Andrew Edwards, speaking to CNIS Sports after the game explained that there is more work to be done: “It is good that we are getting the results that we ar...

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Veronica Cambell-Brown Wins Diamond Trophy in Zurich 100 Metres

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Olympian Veronica Campbell -Brown walked away with 40,000 US dollars and the coveted Diamond Trophy, after clocking 11.04 seconds to win the women’s 100 metres at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Zurich, Switzerland today.

The former Vere Technical sprinter had to dip with all her might to stave off a late rush from Ivorian Muriel Ahoure who was credited with the same time. Commonwealth Games champion Blessing Okabare of Nigeria was third in 11.06 seconds, while another Jamaican in the event, Kerron Stewart was fourth in 11.19 seconds.

On the men’s side the former Old Harbour runner Kemar Bailey Cole,

won the men’s 100 metres in 9.96 seconds to beat American Michael Rodgers and the European champion James Dasaolu of Great Britain who posted 10.06 seconds...

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Marva Bernard Elected Treasurer of Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA)

President of Netball Jamaica, Marva Bernard has been given fresh regional responsibilities, following her recent appointment as treasurer of the America’s Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA).

Her first objective she explains is to streamline the financial operations of the regional netball body, ahead of the final board meeting for 2014 in December. Bernard who was elected to serve in the post until 2019 comes into the position with a wealth of experience. She was finance director of the International Netball Federation, and served as treasurer of the Jamaica Netball Association from 1995 to 2005, before being appointed president in 2005.

Bernard, who for many years served as manager of several junior teams, was elected to the regional post on August 22 at the AFNA Annual General M...

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Alia Atkinson Splashes up Gold in Qatar

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Globally decorated swimmer Alia Atkinson splashed off her 2014/2015 FINA World Cup campaign, when she splashed up the gold in the 100 metres breast stroke at the FINA Swimming World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

The Olympian was flawless in her aquatic execution, winning the race in 1 minute 03.79 seconds. With a reaction time of 0.69 seconds out of the blocks and a 50 metres split of 30.18 seconds, the double national record holder was able to hold off Breeja Larson of the United States who was closing fast, but had to settle for the silver in 1 minute 05.06 seconds .

In 2013 at this same event in Doha, Atkinson was also the winner of the 100 metres breast stroke event. There, she became the national record holder in the event with a sensational 1 minute 03.38 seconds clocking.

Atkinson who cur...

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Race Course wins $1.2 million and SDC Twenty/20 Cricket Title

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Clarendon team Race Course, crowned themselves champions of the SDC/National Community Twenty/20 cricket championship. They walked away with 1.2 million dollars, by virtue of scoring 6 wickets via the Duckworth/Lewis method, over two time champion Old Harbour at the Alpart Sports Club in St Elizabeth on Sunday.

Old Harbour batting first got to 86 for 2, when dark clouds hovered over the ground and burst into showers to temporarily halt the proceedings. Given the weather conditions, Old Harbour could not bat again, and Race Course was given a target of 78 from 8 overs, after the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.

On the resumption, the Clarendon team Race Course without West Indies pacer Krishmar Santokie, raced to 69 for 4, and with 9 runs needed off the last over, the Race Course crowd began c...

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West Indies Crush Bangladesh to Win the ODI series

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The West Indies came, saw and really just conquered. Bangldesh was no match for the Caribbean side, who crushed the tourists by 91 runs in the third and final One Day International (ODI) match at Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday, to wrap up the series 3-0.

The crowd that came out to see the West Indies in the final ODI was left satisfied.  The victory was built on a record third wicket partnership between Dinesh Ramdin and Darren Bravao, a partnership that yielded 258 runs. The West Indies who batted first scored 338 for 7 from their allotted 50 overs.

There was early trouble however, as Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons were back in pavilion after 4.5 overs with the West Indies at 12 for 2.

But Ramdin scored a big century, knocking 169 from just 121 deliveries, while Bravo supported with 12...

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