US legend Michael Johnson advised Bolt to skip London Olympics

first_imgUNITED STATES quarter mile legend Michael Johnson has revealed that he advised recently retired sprint star Usain Bolt to end his career after the high of the 2016 Rio Olympics.The 31-year-old double world record holder did eventually call time on his career following this summer’s London World Championships, but things did not go to plan for the sprinter’s swansong.In the final individual race of his career, an out of sorts looking Bolt had to settle for bronze behind longtime American rival Justin Gatlin and rising star Christian Coleman. There was also a disaster in the final race itself, a 4x100m relay, which saw the runner pull up midway down the final stretch on the anchor leg for Jamaica after sustaining a hamstring tear.“I spoke to Usain and advised him to stop after Rio,” Johnson said while speaking on Indian television show ‘Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes’. He went on to imply that Bolt’s ability to hit peak stride likely came down to a matter of motivation.“I think after winning double gold medals (100m and 200m) in three editions of Olympics and also winning World Championship, I don’t think you have a lot of motivation left. It is very difficult to win double gold medal in successive editions of Olympics and that too thrice.”(Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Chris Paul’s thumb injury nothing to worry about for Clippers

first_imgPaul suffered the injury Saturday, but he was still able to finish practice. He broke a bone in his shooting hand, his right, last postseason, an injury that required surgery and cost him the remainder of his season.The Clippers play in Utah on Monday before finishing their preseason schedule Tuesday in Sacramento.Rivers said Paul’s absence from the lineup is purely precautionary.“Right now, it’s just not worth it,” Rivers said. PLAYA VISTA >> Seeing Chris Paul in running shoes and sweatpants before a Clippers practice certainly isn’t good news. And, seeing Paul, the Clippers’ star point guard, standing in running shows and sweats with hand wrapped, well that means the news is certainly worse.Luckily for the Clippers, appearances can sometime be deceiving.While Paul didn’t practice Sunday because of his hand injury, he’s not expected to miss any real time. Paul’s officially being called “day-to-day” with a sprained left thumb, an injury he likely would be able to play with if the Clippers were in the regular season.“He’ll play in definitely one of the two (remaining preseason games), and that tells you it’s not that serious,” Doc Rivers said. Time between gamesBecause the Clippers only play six games this preseason, they have over a week between their preseason finale and their season opener in Portland.“You want to be sharp these last two games, but we still have a big gap of time between our first game,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said.Griffin said the biggest thing the Clippers can do in their final two games is to show growth on the defensive end.“(It’s) putting together a whole game,” he said. “I’m glad we’re playing these last two on the road. Finding our defensive talk on the road is a little different. At home, home crowd, in front of your home bench, it’s a little easier.”Rivers said the starters could play expanded minutes in the final two games if they ask for a bigger workload.Otherwise, he wants to see his team implement new parts of their strategy on the other side of the ball in game situations.“We’ve put in a lot of stuff lately, and I don’t think we’re good at running it offensively,” Rivers said. “But, I think it gives us a chance to run it against other teams and try to get our continuity.”Quick hitsOther than Paul and rookie Brice Johnson, Rivers said the injury report was clean for the final two games. … Paul is expected to be in New York on Wednesday for collective bargaining talks between the NBA the NBPA. Reportedly, both sides are optimistic a deal for the 2017 season and beyond can be reached.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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UL Alumni Give Back To Alma Mater

first_imgIn a commendable act of humanitarian gesture and giving back to one’s alma mater, at least 50 alumni of the University of Liberia jumpstarted the campaign to give the UL a facelift by giving more than US$4,000.00 and pledging more than 200 gallons of oil paint. Making remarks at the launch, UL President, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, lauded the Alumni Association for the gesture and recounted the many contributions the Association has made to the institutions since he took over as president.“When we came on board, one of the first things we did was to challenge the University of Liberia Alumni Association, ULAA, to partner with us in the provision of scholarships, which it responded favorably. If the Alumni Association can respond positively when we were in ‘intensive care,’ I have no doubt that it can do even more; we are grateful to you,” he said.He named the provision of scholarships, primarily to its members and students, some of whom are in other parts of the world, including Connecticut, USA.Serving as the chief launcher, Alumnus and current Minister of Defense, Mr. Brownie J. Samukai, a member of the Class of 1984, said the UL had a profound impact on his young life for which he will always be internally grateful. “That’s why we want to come back every time to this school,” he said. “The four years I spent here were the best time of my life.”Other notable alumni who came to the aid of their alma mater were Banker John B. S. Davies, Class of 1998, President and CEO of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI); Counselor David A. B. Jallah, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law; Mr. David Farhart, former Minister of Finance; Dr. Eugene Shannon, former Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy; Mr. Thomas Doe Nah, Executive Director of the Center Transparency and Accountability International (CENTAL); Mrs. Atty. Nedia S. Kamara, who also represented her husband, Mr. Boima S. Kamara, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank; and Senior Economist, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., among others.The Administration of the University of Liberia, in collaboration with the UL Alumni Association (ULAA), recently launched the campaign to paint some of the infrastructure on the campuses of the University. The program was held in the UL Park on the Capitol Hill Campus of the institution, a release signed by Mr. Norris Tweah, vice president, University Relations said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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