Bolt vows `never again’ after emotional London farewell

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON (Reuters) – Usain Bolt took an emotional final bow on the track at the end of the World Championships in London on Sunday before declaring that, definitely and definitively, there was no way he would ever return to sprinting.After embarking on a special lap of honour so slow that you could not believe that we were saying farewell to the world’s fastest man, Bolt was asked by reporters already missing him whether he might ever change his mind.“No, I’ve seen too many people come back and make things worse and shame themselves. I won’t be one of those people who come back,” Bolt said firmly.Twenty four hours earlier, the 30-year-old Jamaican’s matchless sprint career had ended painfully on the last leg of the 4 x 100 metres relay final as he crumpled to the ground in the London Stadium with a hamstring injury.Bolt, who admitted that it had been a terrible end of a “stressful” championship for him after also losing his 100 metres crown, said he had felt consoled on Sunday when someone told him “Muhammad Ali lost his last fight too — so don’t be too stressed about it”.Already he was looking forward to an exciting future, he said, with his management camp talking to IAAF President Sebastian Coe, about what he might be able to do for the sport in an ambassadorial capacity.He also revealed that his coach Glen Mills, the sage of Jamaican athletics, wanted him to become his coaching assistant.“So we’ll see how that goes,” Bolt smiled about the man who has put him through a lifetime of pain.And the great man even had reporters laughing when he gave them a vision of what a 50-year-old Usain Bolt might end up doing.“I’ve no idea. Hopefully, with three kids, married, still in track and field, trying to help the sport, watching it grow,” he said.“I don’t know if I’d take my kids to the track, though. I won’t be one of those parents who force their kids into things they don’t want to do.”WONDERFUL NIGHTIt was a wonderful night of celebration for athletics’ greatest entertainer with Bolt honoured one last time at the stadium where he achieved the second of his three Olympic sprint doubles.Coe and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, presented him with a piece of the 2012 track as a memento before he embarked on his celebration lap, slowly soaking up all the non-stop cheers from the 56,000 full house – all to a Bob Marley soundtrack.He went over to the 200 metres and 100 metres start lines, knelt down and crossed himself.“I was saying goodbye to my fans but to my events also,” he said, admitting he had been close to tears.And after taking rather longer than the 9.63 seconds it took him to win the 100 metres crown here in 2012, he eventually stopped at the finish line and gave everyone his trademark lightning bolt impression.Before he had set off on the lap, he had told the crowd he just wanted to entertain and put on a show.He did just that before also getting a rare round of applause in the press room from “some of you guys who wrote bad things about me”.Asked what he hoped his legacy would be, he paused for a moment before saying: “I’ve proved with hard work anything is possible. I personally think this is a good message to the kids. ‘Push on, be strong, be as good as you can be’ – that’s a good legacy to leave’.”He was also adamant that he would “preach” to youngsters about avoiding the evil of performance-enhancing drugs.“The sport hit rock bottom last year and the year before and now we’re on the way back up,” he said.And his immediate aims? In typical Bolt fashion, he just smiled and declared: “The first thing I’m going to do is have some fun. Have a party and have a drink. I need to chill.”last_img read more

Trojans undone in ninth inning, lose 5-8 to LBSU

first_imgOn Tuesday, the USC Trojans lost 8-5 to the Long Beach State Dirtbags at Dedeaux Field, after giving up 4 runs in the ninth inning.Freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn takes a swing. Ling Luo | Daily TrojanEntering the game, the Trojans were looking for improvement on the mound. In last weekend’s sweep from UCLA, the Trojans gave up 42 runs in the three games.The pitchers had an opportunity to thrive against a 16-24 Long Beach State team that had hit .230 as a team. While pitching was solid for seven of the nine innings, timely hitting from Long Beach State and fielding mistakes by USC led to a 8-4 victory for the visiting team.The bats on both sides came out slow, as they went scoreless and combined for one hit through the first three innings. Long Beach State came close in the top of the second, when a single, a walk and an error had the bases loaded with two outs. USC freshman pitcher John Beller ended the inning by striking out shortstop Santino Riviera with a swinging strike.The Dirtbags opened the scoring in the fourth inning after a throwing error by freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez. Long Beach State right fielder Joey Sanchez followed up with an RBI single in the next at-bat, giving the Dirtbags a 2-0 lead.The Trojans responded in the bottom of the frame. Junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar hit a single for the team’s first hit of the game, advancing freshman right fielder Jamal O’Guinn to third after he was walked. Redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb singled with the bases loaded to score both O’Guinn and Nootbaar, tying the game 2-2.Junior first baseman Dillon Paulson scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior second baseman Chase Bushor. The Trojans tacked on another run in the fifth when redshirt sophomore catcher Kaleb Murphy scored on a Paulson groundout, bringing the score to 4-2 for USC. The team had a nice cushion, but Dubb struck out looking with runners on second and third.USC failed to put the Dirtbags away, though. When Beller fielded a bunt attempt with runners on first and second, his throw to third brought in a runner to cut the Trojans’ lead to one. Beller was then replaced by sophomore Chris Clarke after allowing eight hits and striking out four in a little over seven innings.Long Beach State tied the game with an RBI groundout from pinch hitter Tristan Mercadel. The Dirtbags would take the lead in the top of the ninth when Jones stung a double down the left field line. Jones’ pinch runner Garrett Nelson would score from third on an infield single by left fielder Brooks Stotler, bringing the score to 6-4 in favor of Long Beach State. The Dirtbags did what USC couldn’t do earlier in the contest: use their momentum to put their opponent away. Mercadel added two more RBIs with a single into center. Clarke allowed 4 runs in 1.2 innings, and was replaced by sophomore closer Connor Lunn.Down 8-4 in the bottom of the ninth, doubles from Ramirez and sophomore pinch hitter Matthew Acosta cut the deficit to 3 with two outs. USC’s best hitter, Nootbaar, was up with a runner on second, so the Trojans had life. After falling behind 0-2, Nootbaar worked back to a 2-2 count, only to strike out looking at a fastball right down the middle.Nootbaar’s final at-bat was representative of the game for USC; a slow start, hopeful middle, but ultimately nothing but disappointment. The Trojans had control of this game in the middle innings, but Clarke’s poor performance sunk their chances. For a team that ranked second in the nation in fielding percentage before the game, four errors (three of which led to 4 runs) is unacceptable. If the defense had played up to its typical high standards, Clarke could have entered the game with a 4-run lead and less pressure.There is no doubt that this was a frustrating loss, especially coming on the heels of last weekend’s disappointing effort against the Bruins. Long Beach State is a below average team in an inferior division. Head coach Dan Hubbs will have to take action to light a fire under his team as the Trojans hit the road for this weekend’s road series against Oregon.last_img read more

Broward Launches Public Dashboard to Track Local COVID-19 Business Complaints

first_imgThe database is searchable by Commission District, and by municipality, making it easy for residents to find out if a business they plan on patronizing is observing all the requirements of the Emergency Orders. Broward County’s Planning and Development Management Division today launched a public-facing dashboard of COVID-19 complaints about businesses not following sanitation, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local Emergency Orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including: According to the dashboard, the most common type of violation is Failure to Follow Social Distancing. Other types of violations include Not Approved to Reopen, Not Following Sanitation Requirements; Not Following Appointment Guidelines, and Allowing More than 50% Indoor Capacity. 1,273 substantiated complaints received768 complaints are pending inspection363 warnings and citations have been issued142 complaints have been resolved Residents are encouraged to bookmark the dashboard at http://arcg.is/1riWfH and visit it frequently for updates in your area.center_img Name and location of businesses reported to be in violationNumber and type of warnings and citations issuedComplaint Outcomes (i.e. Warning Issued, Citation Issued, Resolved, or Pending Inspection) BROWARD COUNTY – As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Florida, and the nation prepares to enter a July 4 holiday weekend typically marked by large group gatherings and public celebrations, Broward County has launched a new tool to help residents ensure they are doing everything they can to contribute to a safer, healthier community and stop the spread of the coronavirus. Statistics through July 1, 2020 show:last_img read more