Usain Bolt on Carl Lewis tweet: I will never complain about everything

first_imgIT’S been almost 12 years since Carl Lewis publicly questioned the legitimacy of Usain Bolt’s record-setting performances at the Beijing Olympics in a sport “that has the reputation it has right now”.It’s been almost eight years since Bolt said of Lewis, “Nobody really remembers who he is.”It’s been six years since Lewis reportedly said, “He needs to back up now and maybe respect me a little bit more.”More recently, Lewis tweeted on May 4, “It’s time we have an honest conversation about the future of our sport. The present financial model is unsustainable.The global pandemic has changed the future of sport forever. We need to discuss the federations and the number of athletes competing.” The tweet was followed by a link to a Financial Times article on the financial impact of a delayed Tokyo Olympics on World Athletics.In a Gazzetta dello Sport interview published Friday, Bolt was asked to comment on the first sentence of Lewis’ tweet, noting Lewis has often questioned aspects of today’s track and field.Bolt, in response, said that in retirement he will never become one who complains about everything and makes comparisons with the past, according to a Google Translated version of the Q&A. All sports must evolve with the changing times.Bolt has expressed opinions on sprinting since his 2017 retirement – notably, on the dearth of young, male Jamaican prospects.“I’ve walked away from the sport, and no one is there to pick it up, pick up the pieces, keep the level,” Bolt said last summer. “It’s embarrassing for the country.Every time I see people, they say come back. We need you. But you have so much talent in Jamaica.”“I don’t think it is going to get any better because I think these youngsters are a little bit spoiled,” Bolt added then, according to Reuters.(NBC Sports)last_img read more

Season’s results thrown away for USC-UCLA game

first_imgHeading into the USC-UCLA game, neither team’s record is supposed to matter.For the Trojans, that should be comforting.Ready · Senior quarterback Mitch Mustain, who got his first start of his USC career last week, is preparing to start his second game on Saturday. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan At 7-5, the Trojans likely wish they could forget their record along with the many moments they fell short this season. They don’t want to make Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game at the Rose Bowl another one.“It’s a must-win game for us, hands down,” said senior cornerback Shareece Wright. “We got to go out and get that victory. We can’t leave that stadium without a win.”UCLA has had more than its share of troubles as well. The Bruins (4-7) are coming off two lopsided losses to Washington and Arizona State. After starting 3-2 and beating two ranked teams in consecutive games, UCLA’s season took a turn for the worst.The Bruins’ lone win in their last six games, however, did come over Oregon State, the same team that dominated the Trojans 36-7 a few weeks ago.USC, which seemed a lock to win 10 games before playing the Beavers, is trying to avoid ending the season on a three-game losing streak. The Trojans are also in need of a morale boost after a devastating loss to Notre Dame last week.The status of sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, who did not play against the Fighting Irish because of a high-ankle sprain, is still in question. USC coach Lane Kiffin said at one point this week that Barkley would definitely play, but later backed away from that statement.Barkley, whose participation was limited in Wednesday’s practice, said the status of his ankle has been improving daily.“Hopefully it stays at this rate every day and three days from now it will be three times better,” Barkley said.Backup senior quarterback Mitch Mustain made his first start of his USC career last week, completing 21-of-38 passes for 183 yards and one interception. Mustain nearly led the Trojans to a comeback, but his effort was derailed by dropped passes.As for who will start Saturday, Kiffin is still leaning toward Barkley.“[Matt] continues to look better every day,” Kiffin said. “He’s throwing the ball fine and his movement is coming around, so I would anticipate him playing.”Beating UCLA might not salvage USC’s season, but losing would be unthinkable, senior cornerback Shareece Wright said.“We definitely can’t afford that as a program to lose both to Notre Dame and UCLA in the same year,” said Wright.Added Barkley: “Our season’s at stake, our offseason’s at stake, the pride of this school is at stake.”Wright, who will look to enter the NFL draft next year, said a win over USC’s crosstown rival would help the program move forward going into next season.“Just to carry it on to next season and keep the momentum going and end on a winning note and start off on a winning note next season for these young guys,” Wright said. “It’s going to be real important for them.”last_img read more

Uganda’s Musagala into Olympics 1,500m final, Nakaayi out

first_imgBurundi 1:59.59 Halima Nakaayi 2:01.29 Uganda 3:39.46 Djibouti 3:40.37 Kenya Matthew Centrowitz Jr. 2. Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI) 3:39.46 Q3. Matthew Centrowitz (USA) 3:39.61 Q4. Ryan Gregson (AUS) 3:40.02 Q5. Ronald Musagala (UGA) 3:40.37 Q6. Mekonnen Gegremedhin (ETH) 3:40.697. Homiyu Tesfaye (GER) 3:40.768. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (CAN) 3:40.799. Fouad Elkaam (MAR) 3:40.9310. Chris O’Hare (GBR) 3:44.2711. David Bustos (ESP) 3:56.5412. Robby Andrews (USA) DSQ13. Elijah Motonei Manangoi (KEN) DNS Ronald Musagala Uganda 1:59.21 8 3:39.61 1:59.75 AthleteTime 6 Ryan Gregson 4 Mekonnen Gebremedhin 7 Homiyu Tesfaye 3:39.42 3:40.76 Margaret Wambui 2:00.63 Ronald Kwemoi 3:40.79 Belgium Nataliya Pryshchepa Ethiopia Kenya Francine Niyonsaba Kenya’s Ronald Kwemoi (L) and Uganda’s Ronald Musagala compete in the Men’s 1500m Semifinal. Musagala finished 5th to storm the final. AFP PHOTORest of Uganda’s scheduleSaturday August 20 Men’s 1500m final 3.00am (Sunday)Men’s 5000m final 3.30am (Sunday)Joshua Kiprui CheptegeiSunday August 21 Men’s Marathon final 3.30pmSolomon Mutai, Jackson Kiprop and Stephen KiprotichRonald Musagala’s 1,500m Olympic dream remained alive when he qualified Thursday night for the final. He advanced automatically with a time of 3:40.37, far from his personal best of 3:35.02, after finishing fifth in his semifinal.Colleague Halimah Nakaayi in the 800m fell out after finishing 6th in her 800m race.In the 1500m, Kenyan Asbel Kiprop set up a battle royale with Algeria’s defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi in Saturday’s  final after both advanced smoothly from the semi-finals.Makhloufi, who won silver in the 800m behind David Rudisha Monday, came in second behind Kiprop in their semi-final.Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic gold medallist and three-time defending world champion, easily won the heat in 3:39.73 after a stunning wide run-in from 250 metres.Heat 11. Asbel Kiprop (KEN) 3:39.73. Q2. Taoufik Makhloufi (ALG) 3:39.88 Q3. Nicholas Willis (NZL) 3:39.96 Q4. Ben Blankenship (USA) 3:39.99 Q5. Charlie Grice (GBR) 3:40.05 Q6. Abdalaati Iguider (MAR) 3:40.11 q7. Nathan Brannen (CAN) 3:40.20 q8. Benson Kiplagat Seurei (BRN) 3:40.539. Jakub Holusa (CZE) 3:40.8310. Dawit Wolde (ETH) 3:41.4211. Henrik Ingebrigtsen (NOR) 3:42.5112. Pieter-Jan Hannes (BEL) 3:43.7113. Brahim Kaazouzi (MAR) 3:48.66Heat21. Ronald Kwemoi (KEN) 3:39.42. Q Ayanleh Souleiman 3 Ajee’ Wilson 8 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot Germany United States 2:00.80 7 3:40.02 Italy 5 Poland Yusneysi Santiusti AthleteTime 6 Canada 1:59.95 3:40.69 Australia Ukraine Angelika Cichocka Renée Eykens 2:00.45 United States The other athlete in a final is Joshua Cheptegei, who a day earlier gave himself a second chance for a medal bid by finishing fourth in his heat and automatically qualifying for the 5000m final.The 19-year-old Cheptegei had at the weekend finished 6th in the 10,000m final won by Britain’s Mo Farah.Cheptegei  today run 13:25.70. His best time ever is 13:00.60.Kipyeko 13:24.66 had a time better than his colleagues, but in finishing 11th joined Jacob Kiplimo, 15, who also finished 11th in heat 1, out of contention. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Your Body Says: Resolve to Exercise

first_imgEven moderate exercise can prevent health risks, an article in Science Daily says.  Want to keep the waist trim?  Reduce the bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increase your HDLs?  Want to lower your risk of diabetes, heart attack and stroke?  Then get out and walk.  You don’t have to become a jogger or gym addict.  Studies at Duke University Medical Center showed that thirty minutes of brisk walking a day, six times a week, can reduce the symptoms of metabolic syndrome, “an increasingly frequent condition linked to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle.”    Your body wants you to make a New Year’s resolution and keep it.  Get a head start today.  The doctor says what we have all known for a long time: “Some exercise is better than none; more exercise is generally better than less, and no exercise can be disastrous.”  Take some fish oil each day, too, so you won’t forget.  An article on PhysOrg suggests that the omega-3 in fish oil can help stave off Alzheimer’s disease.The best walking is done in a park or out on a nature trail.  If traffic sounds can’t be avoided, put some Dan Gibson nature recordings into your iPod and feel the pleasure of connecting with your created environment as you improve your health and energy.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Comrades: 8 500 ‘early bird’ entries

first_img2 October 2013The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that early bird entries for the 2014 Comrades Marathon have closed with 8 556 entries so far received since the entry process opened on 1 September.This means that less than 10 000 entries are available before the overall entry process is closed.Prospective entrants have until 30 November or until the cap of 18 000 entries has been reached to get their entries in. Thereafter, no entries will be accepted.Entry costsCMA Race Director Johan Van Staden said in a statement on Tuesday: “Runners had the opportunity to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R320 for the entire month of September. From now until the close of the entry process, the entry fee will be R350 for South African runners.”Runners from the rest of Africa will be charged an entry fee of R550 and the cost to International athletes is R1 800.How to enterThere are a number of ways to enter the world’s greatest ultra-marathon:• Online at the Comrades Marathon website:• Through the post by posting a completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209• At Comrades Marathon House: by handing in the completed entry form together with payment at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg.Runners may enter the race before running a qualifying race (which must be a minimum distance of 42.2km).Qualifying details must be submitted to the CMA by 6 May 2014.2014 dateNext year’s race, the 89th edition of the Comrades Marathon, takes place on Sunday, 1 June 2014.Being a “down-run”, the traditional gunfire goes off outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 and again 12 hours later at the Sahara-Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban to signal the end of the 89km road-running challenge.Defending championsSouth Africa’s Claude Moshiywa will be defending the men’s title after claiming his first victory earlier this year. Ludwick Mamabolo, also of South Africa, won the last “down run”.Elena Nurgalieva of Russia will be defending the women’s title and was also the last winner of the “down run”.If she wins in 2014, Nurgalieva, the women’s record holder with eight Comrades Marathon wins will equal Bruce Fordyce’s men’s record of nine victories.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Call for NTL referees

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is calling for nominations for suitably qualified level 4, 5 and 6 referees to be considered to attend the 2019 National Touch League (NTL) from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th March 2019.Nominations close 19th December 2018.The event will again be held at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Coffs Harbour, NSW.We encourage you to read the following information closely: Referee Nomination InformationIf you have any questions, contact Colette Ritchie at TFA via [email protected]last_img

10 months agoLIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevilla

first_imgLIVE FROM SEVILLE: Griezmann free-kick wins point for Atletico Madrid against Sevillaby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhile some of Europe’s top leagues were enjoying their winter break, the sun was shining bright in the south of Spain for Sunday’s highly anticipated La Liga fixture between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.The sublime conditions only furthered the excitement within the stadium for what was an enthralling contest between second and third on the table.The opening 25 minutes played out much as you would’ve expected from both sides; the hosts controlled the majority of possession early while Diego Simeone’s dogged outfit were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. Despite their control down the middle of the ground, Atleti afforded their opponents far too much space on the wings, with Jesus Navas having a field day against makeshift left-back Saul Niguez.The Spaniard’s dominance almost paid off when, on the 30th minute mark, his teasing cross was floated to the back post, only for Sergio Escudero to send his header two metres over Jan Oblak’s goal. With their tails up, Sevilla’s relentless attack resulted in the match’s first goal after 36 minutes through Wissam Ben Yedder. After Andre Silva’s long range strike smacked off the post, the resulting corner saw Ben Yedder in the right place in the right time, receiving a pass from Daniel Carrico on the edge of the six yard box and finishing neatly past Oblak for his ninth La Liga goal of the season.The home supporters weren’t celebrating for long, however. With the last kick of the half, Atleti’s superstar, Antoine Griezmann, drew his side level with a superb curling free-kick that left goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík fixed to his line.The 15 minute interval done nothing to quell the growing tension from both sides. Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded three yellow cards within the first nine minutes of the second stanza – and would hand out 12 by the final whistle – as the match ramped up in intensity with both sides searching for another goal.Ben Yedder once again found himself in a wonderful position inside the box after receiving Roque Mesa’s knockdown. But this time the Frenchman’s shot, which had Oblak beat, dragged across the far post. With eight minutes remaining, it was Griezmann who would squander Atleti’s best chance of winning the game. Must to the confusion of an otherwise strong Sevilla back three, the World Cup winner found himself onside, but his tame effort was hit straight at the outstanding Vaclik.The result means Barcelona can extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a win over Getafe on Sunday night. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Conventional and FancyStats Rate The NHLs Deadline Trades Much Differently

This year’s NHL trade deadline saw quite a few transactions — 74 veteran players switched teams in the month leading up to (and including) the March 2 moratorium — and some of the moves could shift the league’s balance of power with the playoffs a little more than a month away.In anticipation of Monday’s cutoff, we listed about 35 likely trade candidates and their possession metrics, to get a sense of who the advanced statistics would favor if any of them were dealt. But now that all the deals have been cut, how highly do the numbers regard the big names moved at the deadline?It totally depends on which numbers you look at. Conventional stats — such as goals, assists and plus-minus, as synthesized into point shares above replacement (PSAR) — favor players like newly acquired Detroit winger Erik Cole. Cole bounced back from a pair of down seasons to average a goal every three or so games with a +4 rating (on a Dallas team that’s -11 overall) before being traded. That performance was enough to lead all deadline acquisitions in 2014-15 PSAR. But as we’ve learned, the NHL’s #EnhancedStats movement emphasizes more than traditional counting statistics.Advanced metrics such as Corsi and Fenwick (ahem, “shot attempts” and “unblocked shot attempts”) started a trend in player evaluation of focusing on his ability to improve his team’s puck-possession rate while on the ice. If possession is a reliable path to team success, the reasoning goes, you want to stock your roster with players most associated with strong team possession rates when they’re in the game.Now, Stephen Burtch’s Delta Corsi (dCorsi) and Domenic Galamini’s Usage-Adjusted Corsi have pushed attempts to isolate a skater’s effect on his team’s possession rate even further. The relatively new twist provided by those stats? Attempting to account for player-usage factors — such as position played, teammate and opponent quality, zone starts and even faceoff winning percentages in dCorsi’s case — on a player’s possession rate in addition to looking at on-ice versus off-ice differences.In the past, you’d have to eyeball a player’s workload and usage as a means of context for, say, his relative Corsi. But these new stats attempt to bake those contextual factors into a single number by comparing a player’s actual possession rate to what we’d expect of an average NHL player at his position if placed in the same situations.1This is similar in theory to the way researchers have sometimes attempted to measure individual fielding in baseball, under which a defender’s actual plays made in the field are compared with expected play counts based on balls in play sent in his direction.You might think there’d be a decent amount of crossover between conventional numbers and these new possession-based advanced stats, but the correlation is practically nonexistent. Rescaling PSAR against an average baseline to make an apples-to-apples comparison, I found essentially no relationship with Burtch’s dCorsi Impact (which gives players more credit for maintaining strong possession rates relative to average in greater amounts of ice time) this season:Take Cole again. Despite his solid counting stats and a very good point share tally, Dallas’s possession rate when Cole was on the ice was actually lower than what would be expected from an average player in the same situations with the same teammates and opponents. Or take FiveThirtyEight favorite Jaromir Jagr, whose relatively down conventional stats belie a player still capable of driving play with the proverbial skills that don’t show up in the box score.They’re not alone among the bigger-name deadline acquisitions. Much was made when the Arizona Coyotes shipped away center Antoine Vermette and defenseman Keith Yandle. Both players were solid PSAR contributors for Arizona this season but also ranked among the least valuable dCorsi players at their respective positions.Meanwhile, Zbynek Michalek, another former Coyote, boasted extremely unimpressive counting numbers (8 points and a -6 rating in 53 games) even by the standards of his position but ranks as one of the best defensemen in hockey according to dCorsi Impact.In case it wasn’t clear by now, all this goes to show that it’s nearly impossible to guess whether a player is a possession star or scrub based on his conventional numbers. As is the case with most of these new-school-versus-old-school metric battles to recently crop up across almost all sports, a player’s true value probably lies somewhere in between. But in hockey, that fact just underscores how little we still know about who’s helping and hurting their teams. read more

Opinion Ohio State mens basketball team has pieces to replace 4 transfers

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWithout a single graduating senior, the Ohio State men’s basketball program has still managed to undergo its fair share of roster turnover since the season ended.Shortly after losing to Florida in the second round of the NIT, a trio of freshmen Buckeyes announced their intentions to transfer: forward Mickey Mitchell, guard A.J. Harris and center Daniel Giddens. Another freshman, guard Austin Grandstaff, transferred to Oklahoma in December, leaving OSU with one remaining player from its 2015 class in guard JaQuan Lyle.Despite the departures, coach Thad Matta welcomes back the main core of last season’s team with forwards Marc Loving, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop joined by Lyle and guard Kam Williams. Center Trevor Thompson entered his name into the NBA draft, but given that he did not hire an agent and is not expected to be selected, he’ll likely return to school.Even though OSU should return its top six scorers, much of the depth it had last season is gone. Combined, the three most recent transfers only averaged 8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, but each logged valuable minutes off the bench as role players.On a squad that didn’t have much of a presence in the post, Giddens was the team’s leading shot blocker (1.5 per game) and was widely praised for the energy he brought to the floor.Harris was one of only five OSU players to play in all 35 games and served as the backup point guard to Lyle, even cracking the starting lineup in four games in the middle of the season. Without him, there are some serious questions of depth at guard.Finally, Mitchell started the last seven games of the season after Tate was lost due to a left shoulder injury. He struggled to put the ball in the basket, but the former four-star recruit provided versatility with his passing and rebounding.How will Matta and the Buckeyes go about replacing what was lost?To help in the frontcourt, the program has a duo of incoming freshmen from Ohio.Derek Funderburk, originally from Lakewood, Ohio, is the highest-rated recruit in OSU’s 2016 class. At 6-foot-9, the center is ranked as the 10th-best player at his position and No. 69 overall in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. He spent his senior season with Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.Micah Potter, a native of Mentor, Ohio, should also log valuable minutes. Standing at 6-foot-10, he’s ranked as the No. 30 center in the country. He played his final high school season at Montverde Academy in Florida.Both big men are noted for being able to stretch the floor, to score from down low and 3-point range, which should provide more viable offensive threats to come off the Scarlet and Gray bench along with Williams. For a team that struggled to get consistent scoring from any post player other than Tate last season, they will be welcomed additions to the OSU squad.Some potential help on the perimeter is also on the way for Matta and company.Small forward Andre Wesson committed to OSU in mid-April after helping lead Westerville South High School to the Ohio Division I state championship in his senior season. Wesson’s dad, Keith, played for OSU from 1983 to 1987, and his brother, Kaleb, is a 2017 commit for OSU. With solid outside-shooting ability, he should provide a backup to Loving and Bates-Diop.In another recent addition, the Buckeyes got a commitment from junior-college transfer C.J. Jackson. In his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, the guard averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 45 percent from three. Touted as a combo guard, Jackson can handle the ball as well as shoot it and will give OSU some much-needed depth in the backcourt behind Lyle and Williams.OSU will have a solid foundation of experienced players heading into next season. The only issue will be what the program gets from its bench, which was a problem area in the 2015-16 campaign. Teams are able to succeed with six-man rotations, but the margin of error is slim. Having depth is crucial if injuries strike or a key player gets into foul trouble.With the four newcomers, Matta seems to have found that depth, in spite of what was unexpectedly lost after the season. read more