Diamond Debate: It’s Bolt or bust!

first_imgUsain Bolt is back on track, but is he really? We will get a good idea when he lines up in the men’s 100m at the London Diamond League. André: What time are our boys expecting him to run today and can anyone upset the ‘Big man’? KC: First off the bat, I don’t think anyone in this 100m field can beat Bolt. André: Well there are some decent athletes here, so don’t be so dismissive. Jimmy Vicaut has gone 9.86, and Mike Rodgers posted a 9.88 recently as well, plus we know Ryan Bailey not only talks a lot, but he can also provide a decent test on his day. KC: Listen, despite only running one 100m race so far, and in a slow 10.12 at that – well by his standards – none of these athletes will stop Bolt. His presence alone will intimidate them. André: Some like Rodgers, who has been talking up his chances here to his friends according to what I am hearing, will probably be motivated. But to be clear, I am not suggesting he or anyone else here will stop Bolt today. I’m just saying you can show the field a little more respect. Bolt has been a monster in training, I understand, and even though it’s just training and the conditions are expected to be wet and windy, he may make a strong statement here today. KC: The last time he competed in New York I heard the same story about him looking great in training, so I am not putting my hopes up for a fast time. André: New York was certainly a disappointment but we should not ignore that he had a pelvic issue that has since been corrected. My only concern is the weather forecast. KC: I understand what you are saying, but not competing at a high level often enough this season will have a negative effect, and I think Bolt is a bit rusty and needs more races before he really goes fast. It doesn’t matter who you are. It’s not good to not be competing at a high level regularly. André: I would have preferred to see him with at least a couple more races in his legs at this stage, but I won’t ignore the improvements that have been made in training. Some of the times he’s said to be clocking are staggering. It’s good also that he has two races today … . I say Bolt wins in 9.89, and though off the 9.74 world lead, in the expected conditions, it will tell us all we need to know about his shape. KC: I see Bolt winning in around 9.98 seconds. If he does not improve on his start he could be shocked by that same Mike Rodgers, who has been racing a lot and is in good form.last_img read more

Hurri-Kane powers Spurs past Hammers

first_imgLONDON (AP):England striker Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham brushed aside London rivals West Ham in a convincing 4-1 victory at White Hart Lane yesterday.Although Spurs remain fifth in the standings after the result, the north London team firmly reasserted its claim for a Champions League berth and equalled a club record by going 12 games unbeaten in the Premier League.Kane was sharp up front, the midfield axis of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Moussa Dembele dominated in midfield and the defence looked comfortable against a West Ham team that began the day equal on points with Spurs after its best start to a Premier League season.The result was never in doubt, though, once Kane opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, with the forward spinning past Carl Jenkinson to shoot from inside the box.Spurs defender Toby Alder-weireld was unmarked when he doubled the lead in the 33rd, nodding in a Christian Eriksen corner.Kane screwed the ball horribly wide, with only goalkeeper Adrian to beat before half-time, but made amends in the 50th minute, drilling home following some calamitous West Ham defending. It was his eighth goal in his last five games for the club.win sealedDefender Kyle Walker sealed the win with a shot in the 83rd minute, although Manuel Lanzini claimed a consolation goal for the visitors in the 87th.”It was one of the best performances of the season. We are very proud of the players, very pleased with many things. The best word to describe it is proud. I’m proud of them,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.”You can feel from the touchline the players believe in the way we play.”West Ham sorely missed the creativity and drive of midfielder Dmitry Payet, who has been sidelined by an ankle injury.Following away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Crystal Palace this season, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said yesterday’s defeat came as a shock.”We played really badly, but we have to admit they had a really good game of football. They were quicker than us; they were physically stronger than us; they scored goals, grew in confidence, and then they were really skillful,” Bilic said.Newly capped 19-year-old Spurs and England midfielder Alli impressed in particular with his non-stop running and vision, breaking down West Ham attacks in his own half, while carving out chances for his team in the opposition’s.However, the combative midfielder received his fifth yellow card of the season, and will be absent for next week’s match against Chelsea.The result leaves Tottenham with 24 points, two behind Arsenal and Manchester City, and West Ham in sixth with 21. Leicester City are the surprise league leaders with 28 points, one more than Manchester United.London police said yesterday that a 35-year-old man was in stable condition in hospital after being stabbed outside the ground before the game. West Ham said the man was one of the club’s supporters, but had no further details.last_img read more

Eaton, Dibaba Top 2015, says Track And Field News

first_img World records Dibaba and Wlodarczyk both set world records – three minutes 50.07 seconds for the 1500 and 81.08 metres for the hammer throw, respectively – before their wins at the World Championships. The Track and Field News panel could only separate them by three points, 312 to 309. In fact, 17 members of the panel felt that the Pole was number one compared to 16 who voted for Dibaba. Holland’s Dafne Schippers finished third with Jamaica’s 100-metre World champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, appearing at number six. Bolt and Fraser-Pryce were voted as the year’s top performers in the men’s 200 metres and the women’s 100m, respectively. American Justin Gatlin, and not Bolt, is the magazine’s number one in the 100 metres. Details aren’t available yet on the website, but in its 2014 Annual World Rankings issue, Track and Field said: “As important as major meets are, we should also note that no competition, not even the Olympic Games, is the be-all, end-all. We’re looking for people who maintain high standards over a whole year.” Restricted by injuries, Bolt did the 100 metres in only three 2015 athletics meetings, with clockings of 10.12, 9.87 and 9.79 seconds, respectively. The latter time pipped Gatlin in the World Championships. That was the American’s only loss of a seven-meet season that yielded times of 9.74, the fastest in 2015, 9.75 twice, 9.77, 9.78, 9.80 behind Bolt at the Worlds and 9.98 seconds. Gatlin isn’t the only athlete to top the rankings in an individual event despite losing at the World Championships. Others include Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar, who was fourth in the high jump at the Worlds, French pole vault star Renaud Lavillenie, Kenyan Eunice Sum in the 800 metres, Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic and American Dawn Harper-Nelson, who fell in the semis of the 100-metre hurdles. The respected United States publication, Track and Field News, has named American Ashton Eaton and Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia as its Athletes of the Year for 2015. Despite contesting just one decathlon for the entire season, Eaton won the bulk of the votes from a 36-member international panel to emerge ahead of triple jumper Christian Taylor and Jamaican sprinter supreme Usain Bolt. It was far closer among the women, with Dibaba edging Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk, the 2014 Athlete of the Year. According to a notification appearing on the magazine’s Internet site, Eaton’s world record performance – 9,045 points – at the World Championships tipped the voting his way. In fact, it was voted the Performance of the Year. The magazine’s website notes that two members of the panel objected to the season on the grounds that Eaton’s single decathlon did not ‘constitute a full season’.last_img read more

First ball ‘duck’ for Gayle in Pakistan Super League

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): West Indies opener Chris Gayle failed with a first ball ‘duck’ as his Lahore Qalanders lost their second straight game in the Pakistan Super League, with a heavy nine-wicket defeat to Peshawar Zalmi Saturday. The left-hander was bowled by left-arm seamer Junaid Khan off the first ball of the contest at Dubai International Stadium and his dismissal set the tone for the innings, which ambled to 117 for six off 20 overs. West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo came to his side’s rescue with a top score of 32 off 31 balls, while captain and opener Azhar Ali chimed in with 31 off 41 deliveries. Bravo struck two fours and a six and posted a crucial 44 for the sixth wicket with Hammad Azam who made 18 not out. Zalmi then cruised to their target with four overs left, with opener Tamim Iqbal stroking an unbeaten 55 off 47 deliveries. He put on 95 off 68 balls for the first wicket with Mohammed Hafeez, who struck 43 from 37 balls. In Saturday’s other game, West Indies opener Lendl Simmons failed as Karachi Kings slipped to an eight-wicket loss to Quetta Gladiators. The right-handed Simmons scored 11 in Kings’ 147 for seven off their 20 overs. Englishman Ravi Bopara top-scored with 40 from 29 balls.last_img read more

Ray of hope for Schweinsteiger

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Bastian Schweinsteiger might still have a future at Manchester United.It seemed the former Germany captain would be on his way out of Old Trafford in January when he was told to train away from the first-team squad for the first few months of the season, and even written off as an asset in United’s published accounts in September.But the 32-year-old Schweinsteiger has impressed United manager Jose Mourinho with his attitude and determination. Having been asked to rejoin training with the senior team last month, the midfielder made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in United’s 4-1 win over West Ham in the English League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday.Suddenly, Schweinsteiger is on Mourinho’s radar. Mourinho, famously dubbed the ‘Special One’ during his time at Chelsea, is calling Schweinsteiger the ‘Powerful One’.”In the summer, we try to make something happen for Bastian to have a different future,” Mourinho said yesterday. “He decided to stay, even in difficult circumstances. He worked for that, he deserved that little happiness of the last match.”In January, he will be the powerful one, probably with better feelings than before now he is working with the team. I think he understands our dynamic, our philosophy.”Schweinsteiger, who joined United in July 2015 and still has 18 months years left on his contract, has a fight on his hands to regain a regular first-team place with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini seemingly ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.Given the strides he has made to earn Mourinho’s confidence in the past two months, Schweinsteiger can still hope. And the reaction he got at Old Trafford when he came on against West Ham suggested United fans would be happy to see more of the 2014 World Cup winner.”He is another one who can help us,” Mourinho said. “During the season, you have injuries, suspensions … . Of course, it was 3-1 and he played for 10 minutes (against West Ham), but he was ready. He is another one in the squad working to have more chances.”last_img read more

World Champs Silver for Alia Atkinson

first_imgDespite her excellent post-Olympic form to date, Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson had to settle for the silver medal in the 50m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championship in Windsor, Canada, yesterday. Atkinson, who went into the final with the fastest time (29.09), was hoping to avenge her Olympic disappointment and beat the Olympic gold medallist, Lilly King. But she had to take second in a time of 29.11 as King posted a time of 28.92 to take the gold and become only the fourth woman to go under 29 seconds in that event. King was expected to present Atkinson with her toughest challenge along with teammate Molly Hannis, one of the other women to break the 29-second barrier. But the American, King, produced her best performance in the event and even went sub-29 seconds for the victory. Atkinson had a disappointing Olympic Games in Brazil, where she placed eighth in the 100m breaststroke final. The world champion and record holder was hoping to celebrate her return to top form with victory in Canada yesterday and put her below-par performance in Brazil behind her. Two weeks following her anti-climax in Rio, she dismantled a top field to again tie the world record on day one of the 2016 FINA World Cup in Chartres, France. Then in October at the World Cup Tour in Tokyo, Japan, she bettered the field and shaved a 16th of a second off the 50 short course world record to solely own the new mark of 28.64. But apart from holding two world records, Atkinson is only one of four women who have gone under the 29-second barrier in the 50 SCM breaststroke along with Russia’s Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis, and now they have been joined by King.last_img read more

Players move to China for money – Mertens

first_imgNapoli star Dries Mertens said he rejected a big offer from a Chinese club and said that players who move to the Asian country in the prime of their careers are motivated by money.”Sometimes you hear players talking about their life choices as a search for a new experience. It’s not true, they’re driven by money,” Mertens said.Napoli were reportedly planning to include a clause in Mertens’ proposed new contract that included a €50m premium for Chinese clubs, in a bid to deter teams from the region, but the forward made it clear the Partenopei need not worry about such provisions.curious”I’d like to know more about Asian culture. Asia is high on my bucket list but for an experience away from football.”Am I curious about what’s happening to Witsel? Yes, we’ve sought information about it, and together with my wife, we’ve weighed up the pros and cons from testimonies of people who have been there.”There’s so much smog there and even the food would be a problem. The money they offered me was very good, I thought about it for a day but in the end I refused.”I can assure you one thing: it was really hard to say ‘no’ to such a figure because it guarantees wealth for your children and even grandchildren.”last_img read more

Dyke hails ‘special’ Davis

first_imgIT has been a wonderful season so far for Edwin Allen second year Class Three athlete Kevona Davis.The defending double sprint champion looks a cinch in repeating that feat once again as she has recorded the fastest times by any schoolgirl this season in both the 100m and 200m.At the Carifta Trials, she won the Under-17 100m in 11.43 seconds, then at the Digicel Grand Prix finals, she clocked a fast 23.32 seconds to win the 200m as she sent our her warnings ahead of Champs 2017.After seeing his charge clocking those fantastic times, head coach of Edwin Allen Michael Dyke described Davis as a special talent and says he is not surprised by her impressive times so far this season.”I expected this from her, and based on her performances last year, I expect her to do great things this year”, said Dyke.”She is a very special athlete, and she has not been doing anything beyond her age group.”GREAT TALENT”From she came in her first year in Class Four we realised her great talent despite her not competing then due to a broken leg,” said Dyke, who added that he thinks the youngster is better over the 200m.”This is so because she tends to be a little bit slow at the start of her races especially in the 100m, and when she does so in the 200m, she has more time to recover and she really loves the 200m,” he said.Dyke is also confident that the long standing record of 23.11 seconds done by Holmwood’s Champs great Anneisha McLaughlin will be broken by Davis at this year’s championships.”I think so. Once the condition is right and she is in a good frame of mind and she is healthy, the possibility exists that this record could go”, Dyke notes. “She is very good running around the curve despite being such a tall athlete, and my only concern is at the start with her coming out of the blocks and really executing, but she has time, and we can work on that.”last_img read more

Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UE

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio scores two of his career-high 28 points against University of the East in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines trumped University of the East, 84-71, to record its second win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fighting Maroons, after their humiliating 92-71 loss to Ateneo, bounced back to improve to 2-1 while the Red Warriors have yet to get to the winners’ circle slipping to 0-3.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Paul Desiderio finished with a career-high 28 points to go along 10 rebounds for UP in what was also his best game efficiency wise of the season after struggling mightily in the first two where he shot a combined 10-of-38 from the field for a total of 26 points.“It’s a big thing when Paul’s not getting his regular game and what a time for him to get his game back,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It was an all important game for us because we will be up against tough teams in the next few weeks so we need to get as many wins as we can.”The graduating guard led UP’s blistering third quarter where he fired 16 points, outscoring the entire UE team, which tallied only seven points in the pivotal period. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ibrahim Ouattara owned the paint for UP as he put up 14 points and grabbed 18 boards, seven off the offensive glass, while Jun Manzo added 10 points. Clark Derige led UE with 21 pints and nine rebounds. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez View commentslast_img read more

Aguilar asks Seigle for his jersey after Ginebra win over TNT

first_imgOf course! thank you & im flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA & Gilas.Good luck in the finals!— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) October 8, 2017 No surprise as Mbala leads UAAP MVP race OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “Can I have one of your jerseys please? You are my childhood idol. Forgot to ask you a while ago,” Aguilar wrote on his Twitter account (@japethaguilar35) late Sunday night.Luckily for him, the 41-year-old Seigle was quick to respond and “Of course! Thank you & I’m flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA and Gilas. Good luck in the finals!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set PBA IMAGESGinebra and TNT engaged in a tension-filled battle in the semifinals, but the intense competition still couldn’t take away the respect Japeth Aguilar has for veteran TNT forwards Danny Seigle and Kelly Williams.After the Gin Kings’ tough 115-105 Game 4 win to eliminate the KaTropa, the reedy forward went to as far as asking veteran Danny Seigle for his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.You are an inspiration, man @KelWilliams21 https://t.co/9bBoiRJdjR— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised TNT forward and former PBA MVP Williams.“You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.Aguilar averaged 9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in the semis series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Wow that’s awesome! I really never opened up to you about it but since I was a kid, I’d try to copy your game.🙈 Thanks, man!✔ https://t.co/DgDCp7glOI— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised former PBA MVP Kelly Williams for the tremendous battle they had in the series. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more