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

Carter-Williams inconsistent on offensive end in win over Seton Hall

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories HALL PASS: Orange grinds out road win at Seton Hall, punishes Pirates from free-throw lineTriche bounces back from UConn with stellar 29-point performance at Seton HallSoutherland slow to heat up post-ineligibility, still a factor in win at Seton HallGallery: Syracuse beats Seton Hall 76-65 at Prudential Center Published on February 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]center_img NEWARK, N.J. — The formula to frustrate Michael Carter-Williams is no secret. It’s been in place since Syracuse’s first loss to Temple back in December.Force the 6-foot-6 point guard to shoot – from long range or in close – and take away his passing lanes. The strategy’s been adopted by each Big East opponent thus far – the latest being Seton Hall on Saturday night – and it’s revealed the flaws in his game that remained hidden as he racked up assist after assist in nonconference play.“They’re making him go to the basket and not coming off to help,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s not driving and shooting and passing somebody up, there’s nobody open. They forced him to shoot really from the Temple game on and you’re not going to get assists if they’re going to do that.”Carter-Williams shot 30 percent from the field and finished with just three assists in the Orange’s 76-65 win over the Pirates at the Prudential Center on Saturday. He managed to score 14 points – a total boosted by his 8-for-10 performance from the foul line – and grab nine rebounds, but his offensive game was inconsistent as it has been throughout conference play.All three of Carter-Williams’ field goals came in the first half. All three were dunks – one off an offensive rebound and the other two on alley-oops in transition.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFrom that point, Carter-Williams missed his final seven shots in the game.He had no trouble getting to the rim for opportunities, but his ability to finish was nonexistent. On one drive down the lane, Carter-Williams left all defenders behind and soared to the rim above every other player, his right arm fully extended. His length and athleticism were on display, but he left the layup attempt short.“I took some tough shots today that I think I could have done something a little different,” Carter-Williams said. “But it’s all about learning and going on to the next game.”The learning process has been ongoing since Temple upset SU at Madison Square Garden and forced Carter-Williams into 17 shots. He only made three that day, as the Owls decided to make him beat them with his scoring ability.Pittsburgh held him to two assists in its win over the Orange in early February. In SU’s latest loss to Connecticut on Wednesday, he only dished out one assist – a season-low.He said he’s still adjusting to the defensive approach his opponents have taken. The point guard is still focused on getting his teammates involved while taking the open shot when it’s there, but it hasn’t been easy for him.“He’s got to be able to finish if they’re not going to respect his offense,” Boeheim said. “He’s got to find that, but it’s hard to get a lot of assists in some of these games if they’re playing like that.” Commentslast_img read more