Usain Bolt is down to his last, blazing curtain call

first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competes to win the men’s 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships, in Moscow, Russia. The man who reshaped the record book and saved his sport along the way is saying goodbye. His runs through the 100 meters and Jamaica’s 4×100 relay at next week’s world championships are expected to produce golds yet again, along with leaving people to wonder who could possibly take his place. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Muhammad Ali stood alone on many fronts, but Joe Frazier, George Foreman and a few others still stood toe-to-toe with him in the ring. Jack Nicklaus contended with Arnold Palmer on the front end of his career and Tom Watson on the back end.Usain Bolt? Nobody has been a match for him, on or off the track.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Mikey Garcia outpoints Adrien Broner to remain undefeated McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return He’s on that list, but when the lights go out after the relays Aug. 11 — 10 days before his 31st birthday — it will be time to say goodbye.“Once he’s gone,” McNab says, “there’s no major personality that would make any significant impact at the world level.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At the worlds two years ago, Gatlin had Bolt beaten in the 100 but leaned in at the finish line a microsecond too early. Bolt passed him and won by 0.01 seconds. The American all but admitted he psyched himself out.Speaking to the pressure of racing someone such as Bolt, the Scottish sports historian and former Olympic coach Tom McNab compared sprinting to running in a tunnel.“And once you become aware of what’s happening outside your tunnel, you’re in trouble,” he said.In boxing, Ali wasn’t necessarily unbeatable, but he was incomparable as both a sharp-witted showman and an athlete with a social conscience, using his platform to preach tolerance and oppose war.Bolt hasn’t sought that sort of impact, at least not yet, but it’s hard to overstate the mark he made on his troubled sport and, thus, the Olympics, which have long featured athletics as the must-see event of the final two weeks.Over years and decades, the showcase sport of the Olympics has devolved into a sordid litany of doping scandals. The latest concerns widespread corruption and cheating in Russia, and heading into Rio, it undermined not only the sport and its managers, but the Olympics and their leaders’ willingness to deal with it.But when Bolt sauntered onto the track, flashed a peace sign and blew a kiss to the crowd, all was forgotten. Not just for the 9, or 19, seconds while he was running, but for the entire evening and beyond. He made track, and thus, the Olympics, eminently watchable.He’ll do it one more time on a smaller stage — track’s world championships — but a stage with plenty of symbolic meaning.When he headed to London for the Olympics in 2012, Bolt held all the records, but was portrayed as vulnerable, following the false start, a long list of nagging injuries and his losses to Blake.By the time he left, he had pretty much anointed himself as the greatest. Four years later, he said that was precisely his goal: “To be among Ali and Pele,” he said. Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The man who reshaped the record book and saved his sport is saying goodbye. His sprints through the 100 meters and Jamaica’s 4×100 relay at the world championships, which begin Friday, are expected to produce golds yet again, and leave track with this difficult question: Who can possibly take his place?“You would have to have someone who’s dominating, and no one’s doing that,” said Michael Johnson, the former world-record holder at 200 and 400 meters and perhaps the sport’s brightest star in the 1990s. “You’d have to have someone who has that something special like he has, in terms of personality and presence. You’re not going to have that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Though he will not retire undefeated, Bolt stands in the rarest of company: an athlete who was never beaten when the stakes were greatest. And with a showman’s flair as transcendent as his raw speed — Chicken McNuggets for dinner, his fabled “To The World” pose for dessert and dancing away at nightclubs till dawn — he hoisted his entire, troubled sport upon his shoulders and made it watchable and relevant.Since his era of dominance began in 2008, Bolt went undefeated at the Olympics — 9 for 9 — in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay. (One of those medals was stripped because of doping by a teammate on the 2008 relay team.) He has set, and re-set, the world records in all three events. His marks of 19.30, then 19.19, at 200 meters, were once thought virtually impossible. He set a goal of breaking 19 seconds in Rio de Janeiro last summer, and when he came up short, it became clear the barrier will be safe for years. At the world championships, Bolt’s only “loss” came in 2011, when he was disqualified for a false start in the 100 meters. Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake won the title that year, as well as the Jamaican national championships at 100 and 200 meters leading to the London Olympics. Heading back to London five years later, Blake is an afterthought.And Bolt’s mastery of this sport remains unchallenged.“I’ll be sad to see someone like him go,” said America’s Justin Gatlin, Bolt’s longest and sturdiest challenger, who has been disingenuously portrayed as the brooding bad boy set against Bolt’s carefree party guy. “He’s such a big figure in our sport. Not only is he a big figure, but the kind of guy who always will be a competitor when he steps onto the line.”Though it’s tricky to compare dominance in track to that in any other sport, there’s an element of Nicklaus in Bolt’s dominance. Impressive as his 18 major championships are, Nicklaus’ 19 second-place finishes and 73 top-10s spoke to his ability to get into the mix in most of the majors over the quarter-century while he was collecting titles. Nicklaus had to fend off Palmer, Watson, Johnny Miller and a dozen other legitimate contenders at every event. Bolt hasn’t faced anything like that.Yet they shared this important similarity: Often, the contests were over before they even began. Or, as Tom Weiskopf once said: “Jack knew he was going to beat you. You knew Jack was going to beat you. And Jack knew that you knew that he was going to beat you.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Gelo Vito’s vision for UP Maroons turns into reality

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In his fifth year with UP, Vito permanently etched his name in annals of the Fighting Maroons history, leading the team to their first Final Four appearance in more than two decades.Vito, the team’s co-captain, said changing the Fighting Maroons’ reputation from a constant doormat to a legitimate contender always his vision for UP.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“It’s an overwhelming experience because coming into UP, my personal thing was I was going to change this team through whatever way I can be it a leader, a hustle guy,” said Vito after the Maroons secured the no. 3 berth with an 8-6 record.“I want to change the culture of UP right now and our hard work for five years has finally become a reality. I’m really happy and proud with what my teammates have done and also to my past teammates because we wouldn’t have done this without them.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown From 0-14 to Final 4: Sacrifices pay off for UP skipper Desiderio Vito entered UP in Season 77 when the Fighting Maroons won just one game but saw steady improvement when they finished 6-8 finish in Season 80.Vito’s completion of his dream was also a near twist of fate as the Fighting Maroons completed their eliminations against La Salle, one of the schools that recruited the 6-foot-5 center while he was still in his third year of high school.Things, however, turned into a different route when Vito tore his anterior cruciate ligaments in both of his knees.“I never really imagined to be in UP,” said Vito. “But looking back at it, I think this was what fate had for me, to be in UP, to lead this team and to be one who sparks change in this culture and I’m glad this is my last year.”ADVERTISEMENT Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gelo Vito’s mission of changing University of the Philippines’ culture finally bore fruit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Unbeaten season ‘not possible’, claims Chelsea boss Mourinho

first_img1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed the notion of his side maintaining their unbeaten run for the rest of the Premier League season.The Blues currently sit at the top flight summit with their 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield taking their tally to nine wins and two draws.Many have tipped the in-form team to repeat the feat of Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ team of the 2003/04 campaign, having looked by far the best team in the league so far.But when asked if he felt Chelsea had a chance to finish the season without losing, Mourinho replied: “No”.“I think it’s possible for us to be champions.“We immediately put ourselves on the line before the season started by saying we consider ourselves title contenders, and we want to play for that.“But in modern football, and especially in the Premier league, I don’t believe it’s possible to have that unbeaten run.”Mourinho’s men conceded early on at Anfield but came from behind to clinch another victory thanks to match-winner Diego Costa.Defender Gary Cahill earlier pulled the Blues level after Emre Can’s opener, and the manager was left to praise his team’s “fantastic” spirit and winning mentality.“I think it was a fantastic performance,” he added. “It was an expression of our ambition.“Drawing 1-1 in the second-half at Anfield, any team would accept a point, but my team didn’t accept that.“They had the confidence and self belief to win the match and get another three important points.”last_img read more

Agua Dulce, Canyon Country, Ventura County hit hard by blazes

first_imgMandatory evacuations were ordered in Vasquez, Bouquet and parts of San Francisquito, White’s and Soledad canyons, officials said. Evacuation centers were set up at Golden Valley and Saugus high schools. And authorities were working on evacuation plans for the Ventura County towns of Piru and Fillmore, which were in the path of the fire. At least one home in the Santa Rosa Valley had been damaged by one of several fires burning in that area. “It’s very, very dynamic,” said Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Henry Rodriguez. “Today has been very, very devastating for us. “We have had a lot of acreage burn, a lot of firefighters working. It’s been keeping us very busy.” As fire crews mounted their initial attack in Aqua Dulce, water-dropping Super Scoopers were diverted from the Malibu fire 60 miles away. However, high winds in northern Los Angeles County grounded the fixed-wing aircraft, and officials turned to the heli-tankers to continue fighting the blaze into the night. Geoff Giammarco was at a restaurant when he heard about the fires and immediately drove home to his rental home in Sierra Bonita Ranch. “The Fire Department was already there,” he said. “They turned me around.” He said neighbors had a fire plan in place and had already rescued his dog, Darla, a pug-dachshund mix. “I have no idea if my house is there or not,” he said. “The only thing I really wanted were photos. The thing you can’t replace.” jerry.berrios@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We can throw all the water at it we want, but we need that wind to go away.” Two homes and two outbuildings were destroyed in Agua Dulce, an equestrian community northeast of Santa Clarita. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. and exploded to 500 acres within the first hour, blackening 10,000 acres by nightfall. With sustained winds of 30 mph and gusts to 60 mph, blowing embers touched off a fire in a neighborhood near Canyon High School where as many as 10 homes were engulfed in flames. Nearly 3,800 homes were threatened as flames gobbled up dry brush along a ridgeline from the Agua Dulce fire, sending clouds of thick smoke billowing into the sky. Some residents could be seen hosing down their roofs with garden hoses, while others complied with evacuation orders, creating a traffic jam of cars trying to leave neighborhoods. AGUA DULCE – At least a dozen structures in the Santa Clarita Valley area were destroyed and thousands of others were threatened Sunday as wind-whipped wildfires swept across Agua Dulce, Canyon Country and into neighboring Ventura County. Three people were burned, one seriously, as residents fled ahead of the fast-moving flames. Wicked Santa Ana winds blew embers into tinder-dry brush that hadn’t burned for decades, prompting officials to issue ever-expanding evacuation orders. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency throughout all seven Southern California counties late Sunday night, enabling greater deployment of state resources to the fire-afflicted areas. “The smoke is all over the Santa Clarita Valley,” said John Hicks, an off-duty firefighter who lives 10 miles from the Canyon Country blaze. “It’s pretty ominous, like a repeat of the ’93 fires. We have more to come if things don’t calm down with this wind. last_img read more

Man allegedly involved in Garda ramming has case adjourned

first_imgA Carrigart man has appeared in court charged in connection with an incident during which two Gardai were injured when their car was rammed.Anthony McGettigan, 23, appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with dangerous driving and criminal damage in the early hours of August 28th. McGettigan did not speak during the short hearing but solicitor Patsy Gallagher said directions will be required from the Director of Public Prosecutions.He added that there may be additional charges in the case.Judge Paul Kelly granted legal aid and adjourned the case until November 12th.Man allegedly involved in Garda ramming has case adjourned was last modified: September 5th, 2018 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:Anthony McGettiganCarrigartGarda carramminglast_img read more

Graham Potter agrees deal with Swansea to become their new manager

first_img Potter guided Ostersunds to the Swedish top flight and European football for the first time 1 Graham Potter has agreed a deal with Swansea City to become the Welsh club’s next manager.Potter, the Ostersunds boss, has been in talks with the Swans since their relegation from the Premier League was confirmed.He will succeed Carlos Carvalhal, who left the Liberty Stadium after failing to keep the club in the top flight following his appointment as manager in December.According to Sky Sports, he will be joined at Swansea by assistant manager Billy Reid and performance analyst Kyle Macaulay.Potter, 42, has been with Ostersunds for the last seven years, guiding them to the Swedish top flight for the first time in their history.He hit the headlines in 2017/18 by taking Ostersunds into their debut Europa League campaign, and Potter’s side managed to secure an unexpected 2-1 defeat of Arsenal at the Emirates in February.last_img read more

HAIL, THUNDER AND STRONG WINDS FOR DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND

first_imgWINDS gusting to 70km/hr, heavy showers, hail and even thunder are in the forecast for Donegal today and tonight.RTE, BBC and Sky forecasters all say it will be a terrible day in the county today.RTE even reports a chance of some flooding due to the heavy downpours today. It reports: “Widespread, occasionally heavy, showers for Saturday with a high risk of scattered thunderstorms. More persistent rain during the afternoon in northern and northwestern counties may lead to localised flooding there. Fresh to strong, west to northwest winds generally and feeling rather cool. Highest temperatures 12 to 15 degrees Celsius.”There will be fewer showers on Sunday but it will be windy and those showers will be heavy.HAIL, THUNDER AND STRONG WINDS FOR DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND was last modified: September 17th, 2011 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:donegal weatherdonegaldaily.com weatherhailheavy showers donegalstormthunderweatherlast_img read more

SHOCKING DELAYS IN SOCIAL WELFARE APPEALS IN DONEGAL – O DOMHNAILL

first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has revealed shocking delays in appeals for key social welfare payments to people in Donegal and across the country.In reply to a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil, the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton confirmed that hundreds of full-time carers, people with disabilities, carers and people with long-term illness have been waiting for over a year to have their appeals for state support processed.Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “While we don’t have specific figures for Donegal, we know that these protracted delays are hitting the most vulnerable people right across this county. I have been inundated with calls from people here in Donegal who have suddenly had their State support removed, and have been waiting months to have their appeals heard. “This is causing enormous hardship to people who are unable to work due to severe illness or disability, and to their Carers,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.The longest delays are in appeals for the Disability Allowance, with 4,169 people nationwide waiting to have their appeals heard. 2,513 of these have been waiting for more than 4 months, and 321 people are waiting for more than a year.In addition to this there are 1,635 people waiting to have their appeals for the Carer’s Allowance processed, with more than 900 of these waiting for over 4 months and 113 people waiting for over a year.Senator Ó Domhnaill continued, “I am shocked by the scale of the delays in the simple processing of social welfare appeals. There is a growing concern that the Government may be deliberately delaying appeals for months on end in a cynical attempt to cut costs. If this is indeed the case, for Fine Gael and Labour to penalise the most vulnerable in this way would amount to the utmost cruelty. “This situation is particularly worrying coming into the winter period. It is absolutely unacceptable that people in Donegal who are in need of support while they care either full or part-time for an elderly parent, or someone with a severe illness or disability would be waiting months on end to have legitimate claims processed by the Department. This is a blatant attack on our most vulnerable.“I am calling on Minister Burton to reassign more staff to the Appeals Office in order to clear this backlog as a matter of priority,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. SHOCKING DELAYS IN SOCIAL WELFARE APPEALS IN DONEGAL – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: October 18th, 2012 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:Senator Brian O’Domhnaillsocial welfare appealslast_img read more

Colton stays on top

first_imgColton High School held onto the top spot in The Sun’s high school football rankings, defeating Yucaipa 66-0 on Friday night. This week the Yellowjackets have a more difficult test, taking on Redlands at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Redlands. There was not much movement overall among the Top 10, with only Kaiser losing, dropping a 34-15 decision to La Sierra and coach Tony Barile, the former San Gorgonio coach. Kaiser slips to eighth in the rankings. The No. 2 through 7 teams in this week’s rankings all won. They were: No. 2-ranked Rancho Cucamonga (defeated Sunny Hills 24-14); No. 3 Chino (defeated Silverado 35-6); No. 4 Redlands East Valley (downed rival Redlands 27-12); No. 5 Chino (topped Ganesha 42-0); No. 6 Serrano (beat Victor Valley 24-7) and No. 7 Upland (pummeled Colony 66-7). 3. Chino 4-1 4. Redlands East Valley 4-0-1 5. Chino Hills 5-0 6. Serrano 4-1 7. Upland 4-1 8. Los Osos 4-1 9. Kaiser 3-2 10. Alta Loma 5-0 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After No. 8 Kaiser, Los Osos checks in at the ninth spot. The Grizzlies defeated Carter, 25-21. Finally, No. 10 Alta Loma routed Walnut to run its record to 5-0. Sun Football rankings 1. Colton 4-1 2. Rancho Cucamonga 4-1 last_img read more

ARE YOU DONEGAL’S FRIENDLIEST BUSINESS?

first_imgIreland is famous all over the world for its one hundred thousand welcomes (Céad Míle Fáilte) and now JCI Donegal is on the hunt for Donegal’s Friendliest Business. Do you know a business that makes you smile every time you use their service?If you do, don’t keep it a secret, nominate them for the JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards Competition. We all need to support local businesses to ensure they have a future.The JCI Donegal Friendly Business Awards seeks to recognise the important role played by small businesses in the continuous development and improvement of our economy and local communities.The competition aims to award businesses that go the extra mile and provide an outstanding service to their customers and their community at large.It is particularly important in this economic environment to highlight businesses that don’t allow their standards to slip and continue to provide quality services. Emma Boylan President of JCI Donegal says, “With the current pinch in the economy it is so important for businesses to be able to set themselves apart from their competitors.“The businesses who go that little bit further will survive and thrive when the economy picks up.The Friendliest Business in Donegal will be judged on the following criteria: Customer Care, Consumer Choice, Disability Access, Digital Experience, Eco-Friendliness and Shop Layout and Design.These six categories are the foundations of a business that has the customer at the center of their business.The closing date for nominations is 31 July 2014. More information about the project can be found at: JCI Donegal on Facebook. To nominate a business please contact Kerry O Donnell, by email at fbadonegal@gmail.com with the details of the business and why you think they should be crowned as JCI Ireland’s Friendly Business for 2014.ARE YOU DONEGAL’S FRIENDLIEST BUSINESS? was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessdonegalFeaturesFriendliestJCInewslast_img read more