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Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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)Usain Bolt is confident he can produce one more magical Midas touch when he seeks to defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships.In eight individual finals at the past four worlds as well as in four 4x100m relay finals, Bolt has only suffered one hiccup: when he false started in the 100m final in Daegu in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “My coach (Glen Mills) is confident and I’m ready to go. I’m fully confident, 100 percent.”While labelling himself “for some reason, the underdog”, Bolt fired out a warning shot at potential rivals by saying he wanted to bring the curtain down on his individual exploits as a sprinter who was “unbeatable, unstoppable”.Bolt suffered a rare defeat in the 100m by two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin at the Rome Diamond League meet in 2013, losing out by a hundredth of a second.And the multi-medalled American, now 35, will be in the field in the British capital and a nailed-down contender for a podium place.Bolt Gatlin’s nemesisADVERTISEMENT TNT needs to ‘learn to adjust’ after another foul-laden game, says Racela Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Eleven world titles to go along with eight Olympic golds: Bolt has the experience of dealing with multi-round big-event racing.It would be a brave person to bet against the 30-year-old Jamaican, no matter how sluggish, relatively speaking, his season has been so far.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’He has had only three outings, all over 100m, and only once dipped under the 10-second barrier, in Monaco last month (9.95sec).“If I show up at a championships I’m fully confident,” Bolt maintained. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ 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 Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and 2005 world champion before serving a ban between 2006-10, won silvers behind Bolt in Beijing in 2015 and Moscow two years previously, and last year became the oldest man to win a 100m Olympic medal when he took silver in Rio, also behind his Jamaican nemesis.Bolt’s teammate Yohan Blake, world 100m champion in 2011 after the false start, and Gatlin’s compatriot Christian Coleman, who has the season’s fastest time of 9.82sec, should be in the running.And Canadian Andre de Grasse, South African Akani Simbine and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut all have a realistic chance of bagging a medal should they safely negotiate heats and keep enough in reserve from Friday’s heats for Saturday’s semi-final and final.“I love competition, I thrive on competition and I want people to run fast to push me,” warned Bolt, who set the current world record of 9.58sec when he won world gold in Berlin in 2009, his winning times in the last two championships being 9.79 and 9.77 respectively.“I’m the underdog, for some reason,” Bolt said. “That’s what I keep reading. That’s what my team keeps telling me… I’ve got to prove myself once more.“My last race was 9.95, which shows I’m going in the right direction. The two rounds (of heats and semi-finals) always help me. I’m always going forward.“At a championships it’s about who keeps their nerve. I’ve been here before. It’s time to go. It’s ‘go’ time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo Arrives Friday

first_img– Advertisement – The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will arrive in the country tomorrow for a two-day state visit, a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.While in Liberia, President Akufo-Addo will hold discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with the aim to cement the already cordial bilateral relations subsisting between Liberia and Ghana, according to the release.Following the tête-a-tête with President Sirleaf, the two Presidents will engage in a working lunch with other government officials from both sides primarily to discuss issues concerning the Liberia-Ghana Joint Commission.The Joint Commission focuses on key bilateral agreements reached between the two countries with the aim to strengthen technical and bilateral cooperation.President Akufo-Addo will also have the opportunity later in the afternoon to visit a few sites around Monrovia before attending a state dinner.In keeping with the itinerary, President Akufa-Addo will on Saturday hold a series of meetings including one with the African diplomatic corps, and the Ghanaian community before departing the country later in the evening.The Ghanaian President will be accompanied to Liberia by his Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and other officials.Liberia’s former Ambassador to Ghana, Kodlo Asimeng Wadee, is expected to form part of the advance team to Monrovia.The visit is part of President Akufo-Addo’s sub-regional tour since his inauguration as the fifth President of Ghana’s fourth Republic (since 1993).It also comes ahead of the upcoming 51ist Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government in Robertsfield, Lower Margibi County on June 4, at which time Mr. Addo is expected to be in attendance for the first time since his inauguration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) President Akufo-Addolast_img read more

Denny Morrison will race on Saturday

first_imgBy StaffDenny Morrison will start his Olympic journey on Saturday.Denny will race for the first time in the 2010 Olympics in the 5,000 metre event in the second pair.- Advertisement -Morrison will start in the inside lane against American Trevor Marsicano. You can watch Denny compete starting at 1pm MST on Rogers Sportsnet.In total Denny will compete in four different events at the 2010 Games including his best events the 1,000 and 1,500 metre event.We will have full coverage of this event online on Advertisementlast_img

Liverpool leapfrog City: do we have a real EPL title race?

first_imgMohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they romped to a 4-0 win at Bournemouth in the early kick-off, taking them to 42 points, one clear of City.City had the tougher task of taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later in the day and despite dominating the first half they ended up losing 2-0 — their first league defeat since April.City remain firm favourites to win their second consecutive title but their aura of invincibility has been shaken and a hungry Liverpool are not in the mood to back off.Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring against Bournemouth © AFP / Glyn KIRKGuardiola took pride in his team’s performance despite the defeat, saying he never felt they were going to match the Arsenal Invincibles, who went through an entire Premier League season unbeaten in 2003-04.“We are going to try to be champions,” he said. “In a season like this, with a lot of games — plus after last season — everybody wants to beat us. They put in something extra.“What is important is how we react. Even if we would have won today, it’s still only the beginning of December. There are still a lot of points to play for.”For all of City’s much-vaunted squad depth, they sorely missed the injured Sergio Aguero at Stamford Bridge, mustering 14 shots but managing just four on target.Kevin De Bruyne — last season’s club player of the year — has barely featured during this campaign because of injury and although City have an enviable supply of creative players, it is difficult to replace a player of that standard.– Liverpool hunger –Liverpool have not been playing with the same fluency as they did last season but they have added steel to their game and boast a phenomenal defensive record, with just six goals conceded in 16 Premier League matches.The addition of centre-back Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker has made an enormous difference at the back and at the other end of the pitch, Salah has started firing again.Sergio Aguero is Manchester City’s top scorer this season © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKThe Egyptian forward had a quiet start to the campaign by the standards of last season, in which he scored 44 goals in total, but is now the Premier League’s joint-leading scorer, with 10 goals.The manner in which he took his third goal yesterday in particular showed a player who is back to his best after a nasty shoulder injury in the Champions League final appeared to knock his confidence.Liverpool are also showing the resilience of would-be champions — scoring deep into injury time last week to beat Everton and battling back from a goal behind against Burnley in midweek.It is almost impossible to overestimate what winning the Premier League would mean to Liverpool fans.Last crowned champions of England in 1990 — before the birth of the Premier League — they had to stand by and watch as Manchester United overhauled their proud record of 18 top-flight titles.Klopp said: “The thing is that we just really want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means, nobody.“This league is so difficult to play in, but 42 points I usually had in April and now it is December. That’s massive and it’s exceptional and it is all to the boys, they deserve all the credit for that because they really fight for each yard.”Guardiola does not think it is going to be just a two-horse race.Arsenal, under new manager Unai Emery, are on a 21-game unbeaten run in all competitions and Tottenham are only six points off top spot while Chelsea are still in the mix.“We are only in December,” said the City boss. “Can Liverpool win the Premier League? Yes. Ask me if Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea can — yes, of course.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola are battling it out for the Premier League title © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 9 – Manchester City — Premier League champions-elect in the eyes of many — now know they are in a real scrap after Liverpool leapfrogged them to the top of the table on a telling day in the title race.Both sides started Saturday unbeaten after 15 matches with an impressive 25 wins between them — but it was Pep Guardiola’s champions who blinked first.last_img read more

2 endorsements for El Segundo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Reeves, a 20-year El Segundo resident with a long record of participation in PTAs and school site councils, said she would get more comment from the public on what they might want in a future bond measure. She said surveys she has included in campaign literature show support to improve the football field and auditorium, but not to build an aquatic center. Reeves also advocates more emphasis on music and the arts in school and more partnerships with Fortune 500 companies in the area. Wilkin, who has been active on PTAs, school site councils and the El Segundo Education Foundation, would concentrate on reducing the achievement gap that exists for low-income and minority students. She also wants the district to prepare now for future teacher retirements and possible enrollment declines. Wilkin views a future bond measure as a “last resort.” Instead, she favors cooperative efforts with the city and corporations to make needed repairs and improvements. Our endorsement goes to Reeves and Wilkin, each of whom has a strong record of community involvement. They seem well prepared to build on the school district’s solid base of success. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! El Segundo voters on Nov. 6 will elect two new school board members to take the place of two retiring incumbents. Fortunately, the three candidates seeking those positions score highly on ideas and experience. Despite the defeat of a school facilities bond measure last year, the district continues to progress academically. The district’s schools in 2006 scored above the 800-point performance target set by the state for the Academic Performance Index. The school board candidates are Aleta Pottenger, a substitute teacher in the district; Tammy Tagami Reeves, a consultant to credit unions; and Lisa Wilkin, executive director of the Child Development Consortium of Los Angeles, a nonprofit group. All the candidates aim to keep the school district moving in a positive direction. If the district opts to ask voters again to fund renovations to athletic fields, the high school auditorium and an aquatic center, Pottenger favors a “subdivided” ballot measure to give voters the means to choose which projects they believe are most vital. She would also like the district to adopt parenting programs and consider offering some classes that are separated by gender. last_img read more


first_imgÚdarás has hit backÚdarás na Gaeltachta has hit back at Sinn Féin over its job creation record in Gaoth Dobhair following revelations that more than 700 jobs have been lost in the area in the past few years.Representatives of the political party led by Pearse Doherty TD had obtained the figures through a series of Dail questions.In a statement to Donegal Daily Údarás said it recognises “that the Gaoth Dobhair area has been hit badly in relation to job losses over the last number of year”. Those job losses, it claimed, occurred mainly due to companies restructuring their business model, consolidating operations, reducing costs, and in some cases transferring manufacturing operations to low cost economies in other parts of the world.The statement went on:”The whole country, not just the West Donegal Gaeltacht, experienced large job losses during the economic downturn.“Údarás did all in its power to save those jobs. And we continue in our efforts to attract replacement enterprises, jobs and investment to the area.“Earlier this year Údarás announced that it was to support the creation of 300 new jobs and invest a total of €4.7 million over the next three years on the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park to support further enterprise development, employment creation, and carry out a capital redevelopment programme on a number of its the properties. “Some of those jobs and new projects have already come on stream. The development of Áislann Ghaoth Dobhair and the substantial investments and expansions made by companies such as Randox, RAP, Euroflex and Irish Pressings over the past few years are all testament to this work.“Údarás has a strong track record in job creation in the west Donegal, and would like to get on with our job, which is trying to improve the lives of the Donegal Gaeltacht community and support the Irish language in so doing.” ÚDARÁS HITS BACK AT SINN FÉIN OVER JOB RECORD was last modified: November 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalDonegal DailyGaoth Dobhairjobs recordÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Title No. 5 for Pittsburgh was the first in the jut-jawed coach’s 14 years and for Bettis, The Bus, who said he would end his 13-year career with a win in his hometown, only a few miles from where he grew up. “I played this game to win a championship,” he said. “I’m a champion and I think the last stop is here, in Detroit.” When it was over, Cowher found himself drenched, with water from the traditional dousing given to him by his players – and with tears, as he hugged his wife and daughters. It was a scene much different than one 10 years ago, when the Steelers lost in the Super Bowl and Cowher had to do most of the consoling. Pittsburgh won four games away from home in the postseason to take the championship. “A lot of people tell you you can’t do it, but you know what, it doesn’t mean you don’t go out and try,” Cowher said. DETROIT – Mick Jagger moved up and down the field at halftime more easily than the Pittsburgh offense did for most of the game. In the end, though, Jerome Bettis, the Steelers and their thousands of rowdy fans wound up the big winners on Super Bowl Sunday. Save for a few big plays that changed the game, style points were hard to come by on America’s annual football holiday. But to Pittsburgh, the 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks was beautiful – a gritty grind of a game that included just enough flair to transform a blue-collar team playing in a blue-collar city into champions. In a stadium brimming with thousands of Pittsburgh fans waving Terrible Towels, the Steelers finally captured their fifth title, that “One for the Thumb” they’ve been chasing since 1980. “It’s almost unreal right now,” coach Bill Cowher said. Two plays made a difference in this one: Willie Parker’s record-setting 75-yard run for a touchdown right after halftime and receiver Antwaan Randle El’s 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward on a trick play that put the Steelers up by 11 early in the fourth quarter. Before that, it was Jagger and the Rolling Stones making the best moves. Jagger strutted his stuff during a three-song set, two of which contained obscenities that the NFL chose to bleep out. There would be no reprise of the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” this year thanks to the network’s decision to air everything on a five-second delay. The Stones were stars of a halftime show the NFL had been seeking for years – so long, in fact, that the league turned a celebration of the Motown sound that has long defined Detroit into a pregame-show undercard. That didn’t sit well in the Motor City during the lead-up to the game, but Detroit got its due. The NFL took a chance bringing its showcase game up North to one of America’s great, old cities, but one under duress. Hurt by sinking population, growing unemployment and urban blight that doesn’t go away easily, this proud metropolis was a happy host, eager to impress and hoping the NFL’s magic and money won’t go away as soon as the teams and fans leave. Bettis wasn’t ashamed. “The best part is being able to showcase the hometown,” he said earlier in the week, of a city that was staggered last month when Ford announced up to 30,000 job cuts. “I love this city and it puts our city on the grandest stage in the world. It’s something that’s much needed.” In between the Stones, Pittsburgh’s big plays and a few nice rumbles by Bettis, America’s 140 million viewers got their taste of the always anticipated Super Bowl commercials, aired at a cost of $2.5 million per 30 seconds. Highlights included Kermit the Frog insisting it really is easy being green in an ad for a hybrid car, and a woman ending up in a compromising position after trying to awkwardly climb over a sleeping stranger in an airplane. There were reprises of the sad-sack guy in corporate America who literally works for a bunch of monkeys and a geezer needing to take oxygen after hearing “testimony” from a woman whose bra straps are about to pop. Experts from the Calorie Control Council estimated Americans would eat 30 million pounds of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday on their couches at home, in bars and at parties. That equaled an average of 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat per person – and that was before actual meals or beers were factored into the equation. That’s what the Super Bowl is about, though – celebrating a truly American sport in truly American fashion. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Relief as tiny Great Dane pup to be reunited with mum

first_imgThis pup, which is just six weeks old, went missing from the Castlegrove House area outside Letterkenny on Thursday, only to be reunited following an appeal launched on Donegal Daily.The pup, called Marbles, may have been stolen or may have strayed away.Marbles didn’t have a collar, and as she is a pedigree her owners feared that someone may have stolen her to sell on. Thankfully, a Donegal Daily reader with a sharp eye spotted our appeal and little Marbles is now en route home to his owner and mum!Irene Sweeney said; “A special thank you to all the team at Donegal Daily for posting on Facebook about our missing pup. The pup has been found and it’s safe and well in a kind farmer’s home. We will be reunited tomorrow. Thank you sincerely for your help.”Relief as tiny Great Dane pup to be reunited with mum was last modified: October 15th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:DOGfound dogGreat DanePupReunitedlast_img read more

Mother of man killed by dangerous driver says she will never get over son’s death

first_imgThe heartbroken mother of a young man killed by his friend after speeding away from a pub says she will never recover from the loss of her son. John Hegarty was just 21 when he was killed outside Buncrana in Co Donegal in July 2015. His friend Seosamh McGonigle, then aged 19, drove his Toyota Corolla car at speed away from the Foot Inn in Burnfoot before losing control and crashing it into a large stone boulder.Mr Hegarty was killed while two other men, the driver McGonigle and his front-seat passenger Lee McDermott survived.Mr Hegarty, who died at the scene from horrific injuries, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash while the two survivors were.Mrs Mary Hegarty paid tribute to her late son at Letterkenny Circuit Court as McGonigle pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of John and also not having any car insurance on the date.Mrs Hegarty revealed how she knelt beside her son at the scene of the brutal crash on the night of July 12th, 2015.She thought her son had simply been injured in the crash but as she made her way through the Garda cordon, another person sympathised with her.She told how she knelt beside her son while her husband cradled his head and another brother lay on top of him in grief.“It was the worst night of my life. To this day we do not remember leaving the scene,” she said.She described her tragic son as a mammy’s boy who phoned home from wherever he was and wasn’t embarrassed by it.She added that he had great respect for people, loved music, knew the words to all songs and loved playing guitar.Mrs Hegarty said John was missed dearly by all his family including his brothers and sisters and young brother Ronan with whom he shared so much time.Mrs Hegarty concluded “All we have is beautiful memories which we will treasure forever.“His death could have been prevented – the loss of our beautiful brother and son is a cross we will have to carry for the rest of our lives.”She added that none of her son’s friends who had been at the scene had called to her home since the crash.Garda Sergeant Stephen Lynch told how the accused had come to collect John Hegarty and Lee McDermott at the pub but had not been drinking at all.However, when he left the pub it was likely that he was driving at speed before hitting a grass margin and then losing control of the car before it hit a boulder after crossing to the opposite side of the road at Carnashannagh, Burnfoot.Barrister for the accused, Mr Richard Lyons, said his client, who is from Glackmore, Muff, had put his hands up from an early stage and had returned from Australia to appear in court.He said his client was deeply remorseful for what had happened and had not been behind the wheel of a car since.He said his client had attended Mr Hegarty’s funeral but had not deemed it appropriate to call to the family home with the pending court case.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case for sentence until Friday week, May 4th.Mother of man killed by dangerous driver says she will never get over son’s death was last modified: April 29th, 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:buncranaBurnfootcourtcrashdethadonegalGardaiJohn HegartymuffSeosamh McGoniglelast_img read more

Raiders superlatives: Any positives from a blowout loss to Ravens?

first_imgBALTIMORE — Shades of the early season Raiders resurfaced in Baltimore on Sunday, when a dominant opening drive gave way to an iffy first three quarters before a late-game collapse.The scoreboard read Ravens 34, Raiders 17, but an emphatic Terrell Suggs fumble recovery for a touchdown and three consecutive Matthew Judon sacks late in the fourth quarter would have you think the Ravens’ margin of victory was even greater.Close your eyes, Raiders fans, because the Chiefs roll into Oakland next …last_img