Oral Tracey: Usain Bolt should pay me (lol)

first_imgWhen Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well. PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated.last_img read more

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History-making Olympian Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn

first_imgConsidering herself an unyielding soul, history-making double Olympic silver medallist Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn had no doubts that she would win a parliamentary seat as throughout life – in athletics as well as everyday pursuits – she has never settled for anything but the best.Cuthbert-Flynn earned double Olympic silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the 1992 Barcelona Games in Spain and copped bronze four years later in Atlanta, United States, as a member of Jamaica’s 4x100m women’s team.”I didn’t settle for second (1992 Olympics). It is what it is. Anything that I do, anyone who knows me knows that I am going to try to do the best that I can and not going to ever do anything half and half. Never!” she stressed.The 51-year-old on Thursday became Jamaica’s first Olympian to win a seat in Parliament.She emphatically upstaged two-time parliamentarian Paul Buchanan for the St Andrew West Rural constituency.Cuthbert-Flynn, running in her first election, polled 9,742 votes to Buchanan’s 7,517.ALWAYS CONFIDENT”I was always confident of victory because I was putting in the work. I was walking sometimes six, seven days a week, and I was walking for five to six hours a day. I walked off two pairs of sneakers. The bottoms fell off,” she told The Gleaner in an interview.Though many would consider her a celebrity and international star, Cuthbert-Flynn contends that she still joins lines in public places like banks and lives a low-key life.”Representing your country in track and field, it’s little bit different. I think it’s going to be little bit different representing the people of the country in Parliament because when you are running, you’re running for yourself in a lot of ways and the country gets the glory, but I think in this race and in this instance, it is a little bit different. It’s not just for me. It’s not really about me, It’s really about the people. That’s how I look at it,” she pointed out.Cuthbert-Flynn describes her journey in life as an Olympian and politician as an important one, one that has inspired and motivated people, but she adds that she now considers herself a public servant.”I think just seeing the things that I’ve seen on my journey, it gives me that extra push where I must give a hundred per cent and I must do for the people. I must work for the people. There is no half and half … I want to leave a legacy just like I have in track and field,” she remarked.”I have left a legacy in track and field that no one can ever take away from me. They can tell me that I got second, but I am in the history books forever and ever,” she added.last_img read more

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India dominate first day of Test against Sri Lanka

first_imgGALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):India were well placed at stumps on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka, reaching 128-2 yesterday to trail by only 55 runs after dismissing the hosts for 183 in their first innings.India captain Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan added an undefeated 100 runs for the third wicket to give the home team a strong platform. Kohli was undefeated on 45, while Dhawan has 53.Earlier, playing his first Test match against Sri Lanka, the 28-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-46 with steep bounce and sharp turn from the dry Galle surface after Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat.Ashwin came on at the City End, replacing Varun Aaron and struck immediately by dismissing key batsman Kumar Sangakkara for just five off the third delivery he bowled. Batting at four, instead of the usual No. 3, Sangakkara was playing on the back foot and gave a catch to Lokesh Rahul at silly point.That was after the fast bowlers had sent both openers back to the pavilion in single figures with well-directed short balls. Dimuth Karunaratne went for nine off Ishant Sharma and Kaushal Silva for five to Aaron.Dinesh Chandimal (59) and captain Angelo Mathews (64) helped to stabilise the innings, putting on 79 runs for the sixth wicket.last_img read more

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Sports Briefs

first_imgBlatter still in chargeZURICH (AP):Sepp Blatter told his staff he has done “nothing illegal or improper” and has no immediate plans to step down, the FIFA president’s legal team said yesterday.Blatter was back at FIFA headquarters three days after being interrogated by Swiss investigators at the scandal-battered governing body’s headquarters.Blatter is expected to hand over power in February when an emergency election is held, triggered by the president’s resignation statement four days after being re-elected for a fifth, four-year term in May.But the 79-year-old Blatter does not appear to be planning any sudden exit despite being the subject of a criminal investigation over his management of world soccer.”President Blatter spoke to FIFA staff today and informed the staff that he was cooperating with the authorities, reiterated that he had done nothing illegal or improper and stated that he would remain as president of FIFA,” Blatter’s attorney, Richard Cullen, said in a statement.Everton rally to beat West Brom 3-2BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):Romelu Lukaku scored two goals and set up another against his former club as Everton rallied from two goals down to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 yesterday in the Premier League.Lukaku slotted in the winner in the 84th minute with his second attempt after a cross from Gerard Deulofeu to complete the second-half comeback and lift Everton to fifth in the standings.Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put West Brom 2-0 up by the 54th minute, a lead that a Tony Pulis-managed team had never before allowed to turn into a loss in the Premier League. But Lukaku started the fightback almost immediately when he headed in another perfect cross from Deulofeu, who provided a constant threat down the right flank. Lukaku then turned provider with a perfectly weighted pass through the West Brom defence to set up Arouna Kone for the equaliser in the 75th.last_img read more

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Errani beats Svitolina to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Sara Errani of Italy, advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine yesterday.The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.The match was a one hour, 51-minute battle of long rallies and games, featuring eight service breaks.Errani prevailed with a final break in the ninth game of the first set and seventh game of the second set.”It was really tough,” said Errani, who will seek her ninth WTA title. “Every point, every game was really long. It’s unbelievable for me to be playing in another final”.Errani will play the winner of the semi-final between 38th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France and 47th-ranked Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.last_img read more

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Confident school coaches

first_imgSTETHS, coach Omar ‘Rambo’ Wedderburn “As you can see, the FLOW Super Cup brings a lot of excitement, ding-dong battles between town and country schools initially in the first round. It (FLOW Cup) gives more schools opportunities to express themselves, with the ultimate goal of being champions. “It is the second time for us in the FLOW Cup semi-finals, and we are confident we will in get past Wolmer’s, but we are not underrating the opponents.” Clarendon College, manager Richard Palmer “The Super Cup is certainly the champions league of schoolboy football. I love it. It is about the prestige and excitement it brings. “We have been performing well in all schoolboy competitions this year. We are in the semi-finals against Cornwall, so our chances are as good as any other team in the last four. We respect all opponents but have confidence in our ability as a team to perform on the day.” Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds “It is a good competition that all teams want to win. “We are looking forward to the game, and we know that the STETHS team is a very good one in terms of structure and organisation and ability. “They will be pumped up by the fact that the daCosta Cup teams are doing very well, and we are the only Manning Cup team in the Super Cup. It is a tough encounter, but we will be prepared for it.” Cornwall College’s coach Dr Dean Weatherly “The FLOW Super Cup has done something for the schools in terms of the prize money and prestige. However, the organisers must consider to play it before or after the daCosta and Manning Cup. It is taxing on the players to be playing regularly. However, it is a good competition. “The game between Cornwall and Clarendon is a battle between two good teams. It will come down to the team that wants it more on the day. When dealing with youth, it’s about mental preparation for each game. I think we are ready as a team and willing to give it our all. We are the underdogs, so under little pressure.”last_img read more

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Undefeated Cornwall College a point away from D’Cup semis

first_imgWestern Bureau:Champions St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) and the red-hot Cornwall College lead the charge for a place in the semi-finals of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup schoolboy football competition this afternoon, each needing just a point to cement their spots.In addition, the four to advance will also compete for the Ben Francis Knockout trophy, with STETHS seeking a seventh straight lien on a title they have won six years in a row going back to 2010.They may still, however, be smarting from last Saturday’s sudden death penalty shoot-out loss to Wolmer’s in the FLOW Super Cup, and no better way to get them back in prime form than having their number-one target on the line.STETHS will take on Petersfield in Santa Cruz, and all season head coach Omar Wedderburn has been trumpeting his school’s love affair with the daCosta Cup. Therefore, a strong performance is on the cards, which means the third-place team in Zone R, Petersfield High (3pts), could be in for it this afternoon.Vere Tech (3pts) and Fair Prospect (0 points) will compete in the zone’s other fixture at the Wembley Community Centre.”We want to win all the trophies on offer but we have a special place in our hearts for the daCosta Cup. That is the big one and we intend to defend it with everything we have,” Wedderburn said.Things could get rather interesting if STETHS fail to defeat Petetsfield and Vere manage a win over Fair Prospect, which would mean that goal difference would be employed to select the zone winner.There should be no such issues for the high-flying Cornwall College. They will tackle Manchester in a top-of-the-table clash in the first of two matches at Jarrett Park at 1 p.m. Rusea’s and Lennon will meet in the second match at that venue starting at 3 p.m.Cornwall are still on a high, after beating Clarendon College in the FLOW Super Cup semis, with their leading goal-getter Jourdaine Fletcher on fire approaching 30 goals in all competitions so far this season.They remain undefeated in the season, with head coach Dr Dean Weatherly hailing his charges as mature and confident ahead of the clash.”We are beginning to come into our own. The players are maturing in front of our eyes. I think we can go really far,” he said.Manchester, however, could spring a surprise, but the odds are that Cornwall will book their ticket to the semi-finals at the end of the day.Today’s matchesCornwall College vs Manchester at Jarrett Park 1 p.m.Rusea’s vs Lennon at Jarrett Park 3 p.m.STETHS vs Petersfield at STETHS 3 p.m.Clarendon College vs Spot Valley at Juici Beef Complex 3 p.m.Ocho Rios vs Glenmuir at Drax Hall 3 p.m.Dinthill vs Paul Bogle at Dinthill 3 p.m.Little London vs Steer Town at Frome Sports Complex 3 p.m.Vere Tech vs Fair Prospect at Wembley Community Center 3 p.m.last_img read more

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Still no PSL joy for Gayle

first_imgSHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Chris Gayle’s run of low scores in the Pakistan Super League continued on Thursday as his Karachi Kings suffered a seven-run defeat to Sunil Narine’s Lahore Qalanders. Chasing a challenging 180 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Kings came up short at 172 for eight, with the veteran left-hander mustering just five, while his West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard also failed, scoring just eight as King suffered a major batting meltdown. Gayle now has 17 runs from three innings in the tournament. Only Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara, with 65 off 45 balls, and Pakistani Shoaib Malik, with a 30-ball 39, showed any resistance in a 101-run, third-wicket stand, which pulled Kings around from 21 for two in the fourth over. Once the partnership was broken, however, Kings slumped again, with six wickets tumbling for just 46 runs down the stretch. Off-spinner Narine, who opened the bowling, finished with two for 32 from his four overs. He also accounted for Pollard, deceived and bowled between bat and pad in the 17th over. Earlier, Qalanders rattled up 179 for eight off their 20 overs after being sent in, with Fakhar Zaman top-scoring with 56. Narine smashed a four and a six in scoring 13 from six deliveries as he opened his shoulders late on.last_img read more

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After historic 7 swim golds, Dressel to wrestle with math test

first_imgThe 20-year-old Dressel has now matched US swimming legend Michael Phelps’ record of seven gold medals from a single worlds set at the 2007 championships in Melbourne.“I don’t know, I’ve never had it happen so I don’t really know what to say,” said Dressel when asked how it felt to be level with Phelps.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’“I’m just happy to be done.“I’m going to take a little break, see some of my teammates in Europe, Poland, Scotland. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The atmosphere here has been an absolute blast, I just want to enjoy myself now.”Dressel’s seven golds included three individual titles in the 50m, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, plus relay golds in the 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m mixed freestyle, 4x100m mixed medley and Sunday’s 4x100m medley.He became the first swimmer to claim three world golds in one session on Saturday by winning the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and mixed 4x100m freestyle titles in a jaw-dropping 98-minute spell.Dressel’s stunning display has earned comparisons with both Phelps and Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.His performances have been the icing on the cake for the USA, who finished with 38 swimming medals in Budapest — over five times more than nearest rivals Britain, who managed seven.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Dressel said he was tired after a draining 48 hours.“I’m very happy to be done, pretty tired,” he said.“Its been a good season, a good year, there are a lot more that goes into this than what people see in seven days.“It’s great, I guess it was all going into here.“I knew I had a chance in a few events and, of course, the real prize for America are the relays which are also a lot of fun.“We didn’t do so great at the 2015 champs, so to come here and, coming off Rio, do so well — the medal table speaks for itself.”His achievements unsurprisingly earned the University of Florida ace the award for the best male swimmer at the championships.However, before he goes off on holiday, Dressel must sit a math test on Tuesday.“Probably not, it’s probably going to go pretty bad,” he replied when asked if was ready for the test.“I will probably be happy with a B-minus, that is the next goal when the meet’s over, to get over that math test. NLEX revs up “I’ve had a decent semester with it, it’s been all online and I am not good on online.”Nevertheless, his exploits in Budapest have been hailed by his team-mates.“It’s incredible, watching Caeleb is the coolest thing for me — that kid is unbelievable, how he motivates himself, watching how he keeps his composure,” said America’s Chase Kalisz, who won the 200m and 400m IM golds in Budapest.“I’m watching how he steps on the blocks. Every single race, he is ready to race, he is ready to go.“This is how Team USA functions, we all feed off each other’s energy.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIEScenter_img McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend American Caeleb Remel Dressel celebrates after winning the men’s 100m butterfly final during the swimming competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, on July 29, 2017. AFPBUDAPEST, Hungary — Caeleb Dressel won a historic seventh gold medal in Budapest on Sunday as the USA claimed the men’s 4x100m medley relay title at the world championships — before admitting his math test worries.After Dressel swam the third leg, Nathan Adrian touched the wall first for the USA at three minutes, 27.91 seconds with Britain taking silver at 1.04, while Russia earned bronze at 1.45.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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Bautista silences hostile crowd, downs hometown bet

first_img“I don’t know what to do about the crowd, even if he (Kasim) blocks, the crowd applauded,” said the 22-year-old Bautista.He said he got confused and in the chaos that gripped the cramped Hall 8 of the spanking new Malaysia Interntional Trade and Exhibition Center, left everything to God.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’“Good thing He didn’t leave me,” said the defending 52kg champion.His coach, former Asian Games champion Elias Recaido told him to get the opening round. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “We needed that first round, but in the second round he got too eager,” said Recaido. “I was telling him to go for his midsection.”That visibly slowed down Kasim in the third round and the arena noise fell several decibels lower.“Good start sir,” said Bautista. “I will just fight on.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas PH Volcanoes lose steam, bow out of gold medal hunt Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ian Clark Bautista, right, with his coach Elias Recardo. INQUIRER/ Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Ian Clark Bautista punched his way through the flailing arms of his Malaysian foe Abdul Salam Kasim, whose every move elicited uproar from the big hometown crowd here Sunday.Fortunately for Bautista, his fists managed to silence them.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READlast_img read more

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