Cavalier registered yet another win over Waterhouse courtesy of a goal from Nicholas Hamilton.  Waterhouse have not beaten Cavalier in four years.

As they intensify their preparations for this summer’s FIFA Women's World Cup, Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz host Chile for two matches on February 28 and March 3.

A stoppage-time goal from Roshane Sharpe snatched all three points for defending champions Portmore United but deepened relegation concerns for Reno, in a thrilling Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) encounter at Frome on Sunday.

Javon East gave the title holders a bullet start when he netted with just two minutes on the clock.  It didn’t take long for Renario Downswell to get the hosts back on level terms as he netted in the 10th minute.

 Earon Elliot put Portmore back in front with his goals just four minutes later but Downswell against answered to send the teams into the dressing room level at the break.  East popped up against to score in the 77th minute before Sharpe crushed any hopes of a late Reno fightback with a last-minute goal of his own.

Elsewhere, Montego Bay failed to take full advantage of Reno’s slip-up after being held to a 1-1 draw at Effortville.  Keneil Kirlew put the visitors in the front from the penalty spot in the 3rd minute but Jermaine Christian ensured a share of the points with his 47th-minute reply.  The result kept Humble Lion rooted to the bottom of the table. Dunbeholden secured what proved to be a vital point away at Harbour View and in fact led through Richard Orette who scored in the 47th minute.  Rennico Clarke, however, ensured that the home team got at least a share of the points with a reply in the 64th.

In other games, Mount Pleasant retained their place in the top four following a 2-1 win over Tivoli, while Arnett Gardens and UWI played to a 2-2 draw.

President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association Dr. Warren Blake said the dates set for the national championships will not be changed as it serves the best interests of the majority of Jamaica’s athletes.

Reggae Girl Christine Chang marries the ‘enemy’ tomorrow knowing she has already won herself a new fan of the Jamaican team that plays in their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

At 69-years-old David 'Scorcher' Mckenzie becomes oldest ever winner at Sabina Park.

They may have parted ways but Yohan Blake credits his former coach Glen Mills for helping him regain his confidence, which he admits, had deserted him in recent times as he attempts to recapture the form that made him the second fastest man ever to walk the earth.

Jamaica international Darren Mattocks continued a strong preseason spell for Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion club Cincinnati FC after scoring again in a preseason encounter against Indy Eleven.

The 28-year-old, who joined Cincinnati in the offseason from DC United, is off to a good start at the club after also netting in the previous encounter against Montreal Impact.

Things, however, got scary for the Jamaican last week after he was forced from the training ground following a collision.  Follow a few days, however, the player was back on the field.

Cincinnati took the lead in the 12th minute after Forrest Lasso headed a Victor Ulloa corner kick towards the far post, where Nick Hagglund collected the ball and scored.  Indy, however, equalized in the 29th minute and took lead a few minutes later when Matt Watson beat the backline on a through pass and snuck his shot past goalkeeper Spencer Richey.

Less than a minute later, Mattocks brought things level once again after slotting a ball inside the far post after receiving a pass from Corben Bone.  Indy, however, picked up the game-winner through the Jamaican on their roster Dane Kelly who scored in the 60th minute.

 

Jamaican long jumper Delroy Poyser died in the United States on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

Despite being hampered by injuries in recent years, former world record holder Asafa Powell is confident of reaching his long-targeted goal of 100 sub-ten clockings.

The 36-year-old athlete already has the record for the most sub-ten runs with a total 97 credited to his name.  Powell targeted the elusive triple figure three years ago but has found several seasons since cut short by a myriad of injuries.

The sprinter, who made his debut this season at the Milo Western Relays, is confident he is now healthy and getting into the kind of shape that will make the target achievable.  

“It's a long season, it's a very long season, so I think I am where I want to be or where I am supposed to be, no rush for this season, I am just taking it step by step,” Powell told local newspaper Jamaica Observer.

“I have my eyes set on the 100 sub-10s. I am doing really well in training, training is going great, so I don't see why I am not going to hit the 100 and go way over,” he added.

Powell, dubbed the ‘Sub-10’ king is already mile ahead of the nearest athlete on the list, which is the United States’ Maurice Green on 59.

Former Calabar High sensation Michael O'Hara is optimistic the 2019 season will mark a long-awaited transition to the elite ranks of track and field.

O’Hara, who opened his season at the Camperdown Classic on Saturday, secured victory in the 400m ahead of the pack in a modest 49.3 seconds.  The athlete, however, expressed happiness with the result and admitted that he was simply happy to be running with good health again.

“It feels great to just return to the track. It’s been a while since I can remember opening my season this early, so I’m just grateful for finishing in good health,” O’Hara said after the race.

When asked about his plans for the 2019 season, O’Hara expressed cautious optimism.

“I’m taking the season one race at a time and the aim today was just to assess my current form. Preparations have been going well in training and I'm just excited to be back on track after injury setbacks in former years,” he added.

“The events are up to Coach to decide. For me, the plan is to make the World Championships team this summer.”

O’Hara was a star athlete for Calabar in the ISSA Boys' Athletics Championships which he left with four gold medals in 2015. The 22-year-old has personal best times of 10.19 and 20.45 seconds over 100 and 200m respectively. He was the 200m World Junior Champion in 2013.

Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz have embraced the challenge as the battle heats up for places in the final 23-woman squad for their big debut at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. 

Defending Red Stripe Premier League champions Portmore United temporarily returned to the top of the table following a comfortable 2-0 over Humble Lion at Effortville on Sunday.

After dropping points in their previous two games, the title holders must have been champing at the bit to get on the scoresheet.  They did not have to wait very long to do so as Ryan Wellington found the back of the net after just four minutes.  Andre Lewis made the game safe for Portmore, with the half approaching when he bulged the net in the 41st minute.

Elsewhere Fabian Reid’s second-half strike saw Arnett Gardens snap a two-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over Reno.  Arnett took the lead through defender Jabeur Johnson in the 56th minute but saw that advantage cancelled out when Renario Downswell found an equalizer for the hosts in the 63rd.  Reid, however, gave the visitors the points 13 minutes later as they moved to 5th place.  Promoted Mount Pleasant also returned to winning ways following a comfortable 2-0 victory over former champions Montego Bay at Drax Hall.  Daniel Green gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute and David Swaby finished things off in the 77th.

Tivoli Gardens were denied a third straight win after they were held 1-1 by promoted Dunbeholden at Spanish Town Prison Oval.  Jermaine Johnson gave Tivoli the lead in first-half stoppage time but Nardo Brown got the home team back in level terms in the 74th minute. 

In the day's other game Keithy Simpson (28), Andre McFarlane (69th) and Kenroy Howell (84th) were all on the scoresheet as Waterhouse hammered Harbour View 3-1 at Harbour View Stadium.  Shemar Nairne got the loan consolation goal for the home team in time added on.

Two-time national shotgun champion Christian Sasso and current national female champion Wendy McMaster overcame a field of 147 shooters on Sunday to win their respective categories of the Driftwood Sporting Clays Challenge at the picturesque Murphy Hill Estate in St. Ann.

In what was the fifth staging of the event, Sasso was the only shooter to hit 90 or more targets.

Mico University College will be among the 24 teams that will compete in the 2019 Jamaica Cricket Association’s (JCA) Senior Cup Competition that bowls off on February 9.

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