Bolt the best of them all

first_imgHad the World Championships started in 1973 and not 1983, Jamaica would have a bigger footprint in the men’s 200 metres. As things stand, our medal tally in the event began in 2001 and now stands at three gold and three silver medals. It goes without saying that all three of those gold medals were won by the incomparable Usain Bolt. In 2001, Chris Williams out-leaned Kim Collins, Shawn Crawford and Christian Malcolm to edge into second place behind Greek sprinter Konstantinos Keteris. That opened the Jamaican account. Bolt finished eighth in the 2005 final, behind a 1-2-3-4 USA sweep led by Justin Gatlin, returned for a silver behind Tyson Gay in 2007, before running into history in the next three World Championships. In 2009, he closed off a mind-blowing sprint double with a staggering world record of 19.19 seconds. In 2011, he redeemed himself after a false start in the 100m with a win in a blinking quick 19.40 and in 2013, he won with a routine-for-him time of 19.66 seconds. Warren Weir added to his 2012 Olympic bronze with a runner-up finish. Before Bolt, American Calvin Smith was the only repeat champion in the meet’s history after his memorable triumphs in 1983 and 1987. In Beijing, during the 2015 World Championships, Bolt will race for his fourth win in a row. Add his repeat Olympic wins and his world records, and it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that Bolt is the best 200 metre sprinter ever. Had the World Championships started in 1973, Donald Quarrie would almost certainly have preceded Williams, Bolt and Weir as a medal winner. DQ was the best sprinter of the 1970s with world records, Olympic, Commonwealth and Pan-Am titles to prove it. As things stand, he only went to one World Championship as an active athlete and that was in 1983. – Hubert Lawrence has scrutinised track and field since 1980.last_img read more

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Despite loaded roster Beermen are just paper giants for now, says Austria

first_imgLeo Austria knows he now has the most talented local core in the PBA when San Miguel Beer took in Terrence Romeo a couple of weeks back.And with the Beermen seeking to extend their unprecedented reign in the PBA Philippine Cup to five years, Austria has also felt the pressure to succeed swelling.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Pacquiao grunts, Mayweather counts Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk San Miguel will have a one-day team building in Tagaytay on Sunday, and Christian Standhardinger is also set to join them in practice the day before, but Austria believes that he can have things in order even with the short time to prepare.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Temper those expectations, though.“We are strong, yes, but just on paper,” Austria told the Inquirer. “With Romeo, with his kind of talent, it will further improve the capability of the team to win [championships]. But everything remains to be seen; we have to see how he can adapt to our system.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“But with his basketball intelligence, he’ll get there.”The only question remaining is: When? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

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Western Tigers run away from New Amsterdam United

first_imgGFF Elite League 2018…– Benjamin help soldiers trample BuxtonThe Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Elite League continued last Sunday at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground with a double header that had fans on the edge of their seats and others biting their nails. At the end of the night, it was supporters of city sides Western Tigers and Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Football Clubs that went home smiling.When the referee signaled the start of the first match, the Western Tigers players seemed hungry for success and pounced at the opportunity to find the back of the net in the second minute through the effort of national player Vurlon Mills.The early goal turned out to be the only goal of the contest as New Amsterdam United Football Club tried a number of strategies known in the football realm to get back in the game. They attacked hard and even made some desperate substitutions but the Tigers were too good.In the other contest of the night, Buxton United Football Club (FC) went out on the field and employed a strategy of playing three at the back but that wasn’t the best thing move they could have employed and were mauled by the defendingAbumchi Benjamin who scored a hat trick against Buxtonchampions 4-0.For the soldiers, center forward Abumchi Benjamin ran circles around Buxton United’s backline leaving them in disarray, as he pierced their goal in the 10th minute to secure the lead. But Buxton hadn’t seen the last of him as he returned to extend the lead two minutes later to dent the hopes of the east Coast Demerara team.At half time GDF FC had a 2-0 lead and were looking comfortable, but they weren’t done with Buxton as they returned to rub more salt in the wounds of the Buxtonian team scoring another two goals.Benjamin completed his hat trick four minutes into the second half when he tore through Buxton’s defence as he had been doing throughout the match. When he felt his work was done for the night, he was replaced by Sherwyn Caesar in the 63rd minute.After finding his feet, the last GFF player of the year, Caesar placed the final nail in the coffin for Buxton team when he blasted the ball into the goal during stoppage time.GDF FC have now moved into second place only two points behind table toppers Fruta Conquerors Fc while Western Tigers FC sit comfortably on fourth place with a substantial lead over Victoria Kings FC who are in fifth place.last_img read more

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Unforgettables Charity Classic a resounding success

first_imgStockton and sons, along with fellow Champions Tour members Don Pooley, a Riverside native; Helendale resident Mark Johnson; Morris Hatalsky and Troy Martin – a former pro who caddies for long-time professional D.A. Weibring – took part. All four tour players will participate in this week’s Toshiba Classic, a tour event held at Newport Beach Country Club. That Hatalsky, who replaced an ailing Gary McCord, arrived in Southern California a day earlier to help out Stockton and the foundation speaks highly of the pros’ camaraderie. “We all help each other out at events throughout the country,” Stockton said. “For Morris to come out a day ahead of his schedule and support what we’re doing for the charity is pretty special. These guys do it on their time.” Lessons in wedge, iron, hybrid and driver were displayed during the clinic, but Stockton left those in attendance with parting words of “owning a sense of humor, self talk and not blaming yourself if you miss a shot” when playing. “It’s the one sport that everyone can play,” said Stockton, who helped out one group with a 40-foot putt for birdie on the par-3, No. 5. “And I love the scramble format. People are going to miss shots, but you can still end up winning. Everyone has a good time and we all help out a worthwhile charity.” Some 128 golfers and sponsors took part in the event. Along with a round of golf, Stockton and his friends also conducted a skills clinic. REDLANDS – Dave Stockton didn’t need an airplane or another form of mass transit to reach his golf date Monday. Instead, he easily could have strapped his clubs to the back of a golf cart from his home and whisked himself the length of a long, par-5 to his destination at Redlands Country Club. The Champions Tour veteran, along with sons Dave and Ron and a few of his fellow professionals, served as host for the sixth annual Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic, held at the storied private course. The Inland Empire foundation works to provide low-income families the means to afford a dignified funeral for their children. center_img During this year’s event, the charity will surpass the $500,000 mark all-time, including Sunday’s silent auction. According to Karen Wilson, executive director for the foundation, the tournament is one of four annual events – a fall gala, a New Year’s Eve walk in Loma Linda, and a wine event in Temecula in May to draw awareness and raise funds. “We’re just so fortunate to have Dave and his friends play and help,” Wilson said. “To spend their time and efforts with us goes a long ways to help and support our mission.” For information on the Unforgettables, go to www.theunforgettables.com or (909) 725-9197. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Lancers increase lead in DRL race

first_imgLa Serna rode Holly Consterdine’s two-hit, nine-strikeout pitching and a seven-run seventh inning to a 9-0 victory over host Santa Fe Tuesday afternoon. The game matched the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the Del Rio League. La Serna improved to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in league. Santa Fe, which trailed the Lancers by just a game going into the contest, slipped to 11-11 and 3-2. Amanda Perez had three hits, including a triple, to lead the Lancers’ 11-hit assault on junior left-hander Jessica Davis (4-9). Consterdine improved to 8-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Brighton set to pounce as Fulham goalkeeper nears exit?

first_img1 Fulham boss Felix Magath hasn’t ruled out selling goalkeeper David Stockdale to Championship rivals Brighton this summer.The 28-year-old was preferred to Holland international Maarten Stekelenburg between the sticks towards the end of the season as the Cottagers were relegated from the Premier League.Brighton are thought to be lining up a £1million bid for the Leeds-born keeper, who has 12 months remaining on his contract at Craven Cottage.However, Magath refused to be drawn on speculation linking Stockdale with a move away from the club.“You have to ask Alistair [Mackintosh – Fulham’s chief executive],” said Magath when quizzed about Stockdale’s future.“We have four goalkeepers and that situation I’m very happy with.” Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale last_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgThe senior panel’s fitness program continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Motiv8 gym in Letterkenny at 8:00 pm. Bring €5 for the session. Training continues at Pairc Colmcille on Saturdays at 12 noon.The club’s ‘football for fun’ program started last Friday (1st Feb) with a fantastic turnout of 65 boys and girls. It continues on Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on the astro turf; €2 per child. The program will be for 6-12 year olds.The Sam Maguire cup will be visiting local schools on the 4th and 5th of February. It will be at the clubhouse on Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm. This is a great opportunity for everyone to have pictures taken with it. Underage registrations will take place at that time The club’s AGM will take place on Sunday February 10th at the clubhouse at 5:00 pm.Registrations for 2013 are now available from Sharon Monaghan (registrar) – senior player €50, non-playing member €20, junior member €10, family membership €50. Registration will be taken at the AGM. Registrations will only be taken up to the end of March 2013.Copies of the Donegal yearbook (€10 each) are now available from Catherine Clarke.The use of mouthguards for all underage players will be compulsory from this year onwards, and for all ages (including seniors) from next year. More details available at http://www.gaa.ie/mouthguards/; and on the club website. You can now keep up to date with the latest club news on twitter: Go to https://twitter.com/Naomh_Colmcille and hit Follow.The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club. Naomh Colmcille’s Weekly Lotto: The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 16, 22, 23. The closest match was 3 numbers and the winners were Stephen Clarke, Colm Clarke and Steve Doran who won €25 each. Jackpot €2100. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime. GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: NAOMH COLMCILLE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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CUTLIFFE CLAIMS CANDIDATES HAVE JUMPED THE GUN ON ELECTION POSTERS

first_imgCommunity Election candidate , Peter Cutliffe has expressed his annoyance at the erection of election posters by one of the main parties in Letterkenny at the weekend.Peter Cutliffe – annoyed that some have broken the agreement on election posters.The Letterkenny candidate said the rules are clearly in place to stop anyone putting up posters yet.Although he does not name the party, Fianna Fail posters were erected in Letterkenny. “The Department of Environment has set down rules in relation to election posters, one of which is that posters should not be erected before 23rd April next in respect of local elections on May 23rd”, said Mr Cutliffe.He added the rules are quite clear on the Departments website for all parties and candidates.“But here we have one of the main parties erecting posters in Letterkenny over the weekend, well in advance of the permitted time-frame.”Mr Cutliffe added that he thinks it a bit ironic that candidates & parties who hope to hold public office in the County Council are already , in his opinion, breaking the rules laid down by the Department of Environment in relation to the election.  CUTLIFFE CLAIMS CANDIDATES HAVE JUMPED THE GUN ON ELECTION POSTERS was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AngerdonegalelectionletterkennyPeter Cutliffeposterslast_img read more

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Round up: Middlesex triumph, Kane contract, Arsenal v Chelsea, QPR boss defiant

first_imgMiddlesex have been crowned champions in dramatic fashion at Lord’s.Toby Roland-Jones’ stunning hat-trick saw them beat Yorkshire on an action-packed final day to clinch their first County Championship title for 23 years.Meanwhile, Chelsea skipper John Terry is still struggling with his injury and will not be available for Saturday’s derby at Arsenal.The Gunners also have injury concerns – Olivier Giroud faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.Chelsea had hoped Terry would return against ArsenalArsenal had three men sent off against the Blues last season and their manager Arsene Wenger has warned his players they need to keep their composure this time around.Ahead of the first-team clash, the two clubs’ development sides met on Friday evening at Stamford Bridge, where Arsenal won 2-1.Chelsea have also announced that defender Todd Kane, 23, has signed a new three-year contract.Kane is currently recovering from a knee injuryManager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has declared that QPR “are fine” despite recent poor results triggering criticism from fans.Hasselbaink’s side face Birmingham at Loftus Road on Saturday and the visitors could be without former Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson.Many Rangers supporters on Twitter have been calling for Sandro to be retained following his goal in the EFL Cup against Sunderland this week.And in her latest column for West London Sport, Chelsea Ladies star Claire Rafferty says her team are relishing the prospect of playing at Stamford Bridge against Wolfsburg in the Champions League. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Santa Clara accuses Levi’s Stadium manager of conflict in handling contracts

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The city of Santa Clara filed an ethics complaint this week accusing the general manager of Levi’s Stadium of possible conflicts of interest by buying stocks in two companies that do work for the stadium.The San Francisco 49ers, who manage Levi’s on the city’s behalf, disclosed in a letter to the city last week that stadium manager Jim Mercurio purchased stock from Visual Labs in 2017 and VenueNext in 2018.He reported those stock purchases in annual economic disclosure forms …last_img read more

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