Bolt happy to have traded perspiration for inspiration

first_imgUsain Bolt sometimes still can’t quite believe what he achieved in his career but back at the Commonwealth Games as a spectator on Thursday, the former sprint champion was happy to avoid the perspiration and just act as an inspiration to others.A relay gold medallist at the 2014 Commonwealths in Glasgow, the Jamaican said he was busier than ever after last year’s retirement and focused, in the sporting arena at least, entirely on his nascent career as a footballer.The 31-year-old’s jet-set lifestyle left him little time for the post-career blues, Bolt said, but he did still frequently take time to contemplate his extraordinary success.“I sometimes with my best friend say, ‘Can you believe it, what we’ve done?’ because I’m from the rural area of Jamaica, the country, and I used to play football in the streets,” he told a news conference on the Gold Coast.“I kicked around bottles, anything I could get my hands on, I’d run around in bare feet, at no point in time did I think I would be at this level.“So for me it’s just amazing, sometimes I just sit back and be wowed because I’ve done so much.”The eight-times Olympic and 11-times world champion said one of the most satisfying aspects of his career was having spurred on others by his example.“All the time I get messages or people see me, not only track athletes or sports people, but just regular people, who say I’ve inspired them to do well, to work hard, to be a doctor or just do better for themselves,” he added.“For me it’s unbelievable, but I’m just happy to inspire people to be better, it’s just mind-blowing sometimes.”A packed news conference room at an often near-deserted media centre on the Gold Coast told its own tale of Bolt’s enduring appeal but he said he thought it would only be a matter of time before new talents came along to eclipse him.“It’s not always going to be like this, but it’s going to take time,” he said.“I’ve said it to a few athletes, this is your time. The sport definitely needs someone to step up and be that person. It’s a wide open field.“(But) I’m still track and field…”EARLY STAGESBolt long ago traded bare feet for state-of-the-art athletics shoes and he said his newest venture, a series of trials with German soccer club Borussia Dortmund, was still in the early stages.“I’m very serious about playing football, I’m putting in the work, I’m working with Dortmund at the moment,” he added.“They’re really helping me figure out in which direction I need to be going in, where I need to improve, to be better if I’m really going to do this.“I’m not linked to Manchester United, hopefully in the future.”Still very much a fan of the sport which made him a wealthy man, Bolt said he was looking forward to watching the Commonwealth Games 200 metres final, a distance at which he is still world record holder, later on Thursday.Although he only competed once at the quadrennial gathering of mainly former British colonies, Bolt said there had always been a reason for his absences and he viewed it as a “very important” event.He was also looking forward to catching up with former training partner Yohan Blake and ribbing him for failing to win the 100m but he had a succinct answer for one reporter who suggested Bolt would be back on the track at the Tokyo Olympics.“You are very wrong,” he chuckled.last_img read more

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LA 2024 Olympics bid team tries to soothe nerves over Trump

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Bernard Lapasset said a Paris 2024 Olympics would “see sport as a driver of positive change”.Los Angeles and Paris are seen as the favorites to host the 2024 games.Los Angeles has the games twice before, in 1932 and 1984.Paris hosted the Olympics 100 years before, in 1924.Budapest has never previously hosted.The International Olympic Committee will make its final decision next September.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2016, file photo, United States’ Allyson Felix celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women’s 4×400-meter relay final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. With 10 months before the vote in the race for the 2024 Summer Games, bid leaders from Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, have traveled to Doha, Monday Nov. 14, 2016, to pitch their case to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees. The Los Angeles bid team selected sprint star Allyson Felix, a Los Angeles-born African-American athlete who has won six Olympic gold medals and three silvers _ as one of its key speakers for the presentation. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)Six-time Olympic champion Allyson Felix led the Los Angeles 2024 bid delegation in seeking to calm the fears of the “Olympic family” following the election of Donald Trump as president.The American city, alongside rivals Paris and Budapest, unveiled for the first time details of their bids to host the Summer Olympics in eight years’ time to the Association of National Olympic Committees’ General Assembly being held in Qatar.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather abhors being compared to Conor McGregor EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND And although Felix nor LA mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned the president-elect by name, they addressed concerns delegates might have about a US Olympics bid following comments made by Trump during the presidential election.Felix told delegates that America needed the Olympics “now more than ever”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We have just finished our presidential election and some of you may question America’s commitment to its founding principals,” said Felix.“I have one message to you — please don’t doubt us.” PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “An America that remains actively engaged in the world.“An America that is outward looking, ready to play its role alongside the competing nations to address our world’s most pressing challenges.”Each city gave a 30-minute presentation on their 2024 bid to some 1,000 delegates gathered in Doha.LA went first and was followed by outsider Budapest, which claimed it only needed to build three more arenas to be ready for the games.The chairman of Budapest’s bid, Balazs Furjes, played on the relative small size of the Hungarian capital, claiming a “mid-size global city” should be awarded the Olympics.“We offer something totally different, it’s the right city at the right time,” he said. “A real alternative.Deputy-mayor Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky emphasized the cultural strengths of Budapest’s bid but afterwards refused to be drawn on the issue of Trump, saying that the Hungarians remained confident after their presentation.Sharing the loveLast up was Paris, which included contributions from Tony Estanguet, a three-time Olympic canoe slalom champion and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo.She emphasized the cultural aspects of the French bid and said: “At Paris 2024, we will swim in the River Seine, we will travel in driver-less vehicles.“We will open our doors and hearts to the world, to share our love of life and love of others. I know, each of you has a unique history with Paris.” Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine In a stirring address Felix, who was born in Los Angeles, also emphasized America’s “diversity” and also mentioned that her ancestors were transported to America against their will.There has been speculation that Trump’s election victory could harm Los Angeles’ chances.His remarks on policy issues during the campaign, especially regarding a potential ban on Muslims going to America and calling illegal Mexican immigrants rapists, are seen by some as being potentially harmful to LA’s bid outside the US.Felix, who won two relay sprint golds in Rio this year, was followed on stage by Garcetti.“My vision of America is a country that is informed by the Olympic vision,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

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Blue Angels can still soar over Bay Area

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – An attempt to ban the Blue Angels’ annual aerobatics display over San Francisco during Fleet Week has failed. A Board of Supervisors committee on Monday rejected 2-1 a measure that would have called for a permanent end to the show, which thrills thousands every year but has drawn criticism from anti-war activists and has raised safety questions. Supervisor Chris Daly, who proposed the ban, promised to continue pushing it. Daly noted that 26 crew members have died in incidents since 1946 when the Navy formed the flight demonstration team. In April, a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet jet crashed during a performance in Beaufort, S.C., killing the pilot, injuring eight people and damaging several homes. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Think about what would happen if there was a crash in San Francisco,” he said.last_img read more

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TRANSFER SHOCK! Arsenal plotting move for former Stoke star

first_img1 Steven N’Zonzi in action for Sevilla Arsenal are keeping tabs on Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi.The 27-year-old has been thriving in Spain since leaving Stoke City in July 2015 and he was linked with Leicester City last summer.The Foxes were priced out of a move for the Frenchman and he has continued to impress for Sevilla.Now Arsenal are said to be monitoring N’Zonzi ahead of the upcoming January transfer window.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has reportedly been impressed by the midfielder and could make a move for him.But Arsenal are likely to face competition from Juventus, who have also expressed an interest.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE – Neville urges Everton fans to ‘calm down’ and back Koeman

first_imgEx-Everton skipper Phil Neville has urged fans to put their full support behind Ronald Koeman, despite another defeat on Thursday night.The Merseysiders have endured a woeful start to the season – they are hoverining just two points above the Premier League relegation zone and are sittting bottom of Group E in the Europa League.Calls for Koeman to be sacked are growing louder but Neville, speaking exclusively to Jim White, insisted the Dutchman can turn things around with the backing of the Goodison faithful.He said: “Everton fans are feeling a little bit let down with the performances on the field and rightly so. But I think what the Evertonians need to do is maybe just calm down a litte bit. It will turn.“There is too much quality in the manager and too much quality in terms of what they have spent.“They have slipped up so badly in not replacing Romelu Lukaku. That is the main reason why Everton have started the season so badly.“They have to give Ronald Koeman the support. I think he will turn it round.“The tension and the demands that the fans are putting on the team is making the team nervous, particularly at home. They’re struggling to perform for the supporters at this moment in time.“They haven’t played well enough. I don’t think Ronald Koeman has found a system or a way of playing yet that suits the players.“But they have to turn it around and I think Ronald Koeman is the man to do that. I don’t think for one minute that Everton will sack Ronald Koeman. They will give him time to turn this around.“Bill Kenwright is not the kind of man who will fire a manager after six, seven, eight bad games. They’re a club that like to stand by the manager and I think now is the time that they’ve got to do it.”Everton welcome Arsenal to Goodison this weekend and Neville added: “I think the game on Sunday could be one of those games where the fans have got to go and they’ve got to get behind the team.“They can’t be going to the stadium on Sunday baying for blood, baying for Koeman’s head because Everton won’t get the result.”Neville also gave his thoughts on the incident involving a fan who appeared to attack the Lyon goalkeeper while holding his toddler.last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce set to make £25m striker his first Everton signing

first_img Cenk Tosun is set to join Everton in January 1 Sam Allardyce is ready to make Cenk Tosun his first Everton signing – with a £25m deal for the Besiktas forward close.The German-born Turkey international has enjoyed an impressive season in front of goal, netting 14 times in 26 appearances for club and country.He is keen to move to the Premier League and has been linked with a host of clubs, including Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Tottenham.But Everton made their move for Tosun this week and have agreed a deal with Besiktas worth an initial £20m, with a further £5m in add-ons.Tosun, 26, is understood to have already undergone a medical at the club’s Finch Farm training ground and will officially join the club in January.Manager Allardyce had made signing a striker his priority, with the club having failed to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer.Everton are unbeaten in six league games since Allardyce was appointed as Ronald Koeman’s successor but have failed to find the net in their past two matches.last_img read more

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Aston Villa continue summer spending spree as tenth deal confirmed

first_img Luiz never made a competitive appearance for Manchester City REVEALED targets LIVING THE DREAM moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? three-way race Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Villa have signed ten new players since winning the Championship play-off final in May, taking their summer spending to more than £100million. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 1 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST center_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing “Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Douglas Luiz subject to a work permit,” the club said on their official website.Luiz, 21, joined City from hometown club Vasco da Gama in 2017, but he never featured for Pep Guardiola’s side and spent the last two seasons on loan at Spanish side Girona.Villa boss Dean Smith added: “Douglas is an extremely talented young player with an outstanding pedigree, who I am sure will fit nicely into our style and system of play.”Luiz played a key role as Brazil Under-21s won the Toulon Tournament last month and was named player of the tournament. TOP WORK LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Aston Villa have made their tenth signing this summer as Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz has joined from Manchester City.The Villans, who won promotion back to the Premier League last season, have landed Luiz for an undisclosed fee. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets getty Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Aston Villa warned of ‘doing a Fulham’ by ex-Premier League managerWhen does the Premier League transfer window close?last_img read more

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Maine Defines “Marijuana Product” for Retail

first_imgMaine added the the term “marijuana product” to its retail marijuana laws and updated the meaning of the term “retail marijuana product”.The Maine Legislature passed the amending bill on August 2, 2017, in an emergency override of Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s veto.New Tax Definitions for Marijuana Products“Marijuana product” means concentrated marijuana or a product made of marijuana and other ingredients when the product is made to be used by consumers. A “marijuana product” includes:an edible marijuana product,a marijuana ointment, anda marijuana tincture.A “retail marijuana product” includes a “marijuana product” that is distributed or sold by a properly licensed establishment or social club.10% Tax on Marijuana in MaineAs of February 1, 2018, Maine will require sellers to add a 10% tax to retail sales of marijuana.L.D. 1641 (H.P. 1132), Laws 2017, effective August 2, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Command Web adding jobs in Jeff City

first_imgA Jefferson City employer is adding some jobs.Command Web, the plant that prints paperbacks for Scholastic, is expanding, says Missy Bonnot.“They are starting already, hiring about 50 employees, and [also] brought in some new equipment [to] start a 50 million dollar project.”The JC Chamber’s Bonnot says Command Web prints about 200 million books a year. They’re in the process of adding new presses and book-binding equipment, along with additional staff.last_img

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