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Jamaica gets its Sochi wish

WINTER OLYMPICS: Get ready, Sochi: The Jamaicans are coming, and they're bringing their bobsled again.

Jamaican bobsled pilot Winston Watts and the nation's Olympic Committee said yesterday they are accepting an invitation to compete in next month's Sochi Olympics.

It's the first time the Jamaican bobsled team will compete in the Games since 2002. The invitation comes after Watts accumulated enough points in lower-tier races in North America to qualify.

"Oh man, it's really overwhelming," Watts said. "I'm really happy. I have the whole entire world behind us. The Jamaica bobsled team is very popular, but when I see and hear that the whole entire world, even the Middle East – I mean, really, there's a place in the Middle East that calls me and I don't even know its name – we have fans from so far away. For a little tiny island, it's so emotional."

 

SUITES FOR SUPER BOWL REACH $1M

SUPERBOWL: Tickets to the NFL's first cold-weather Super Bowl are a hot item, with some climate-controlled suites in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium priced at $1million.

Following Sunday's conference championships that set up a Denver v Seattle Super Bowl on February 2, the average resale price of tickets on secondary markets was $3,721, the highest figure in five years of tracking, according to SeatGeek.

No single ticket on the secondary market had sold for under $2,000, a price that was 33pc more than what the cheapest ticket sold for on conference championship Sunday during each of the past three NFL play-offs.

 

SA: ICC REFORMS DRAFT IS 'FLAWED'

CRICKET: South Africa has asked the International Cricket Council to withdraw proposals for reform believed to favour the game's big three countries: India, England and Australia.

Cricket South Africa said yesterday it wanted the ICC to take back the draft of new regulations drawn up by the ICC Finance and Commercial Affairs Committee for more consultation, describing it as "fundamentally flawed" as it hasn't been properly discussed.

CRICKET: Ireland Women suffered back-to-back defeats against South Africa and Pakistan in their latest games in the PCB Qatar International tri-series.

Ireland are in action again tomorrow when they face South Africa in the final group game.


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