Usain Bolt welcomes baby girl

first_imgRelatedPosts Police probe Usain Bolt’s birthday party COVID-19: Usain Bolt tests positive after partying with Man City star, others Usain Bolt names baby ‘Olympia Lightning’ Sprint star Usain Bolt has become a father for the first time.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomed a baby girl on Sunday. Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness confirmed the arrival in a congratulatory tweet.Bolt, who holds world records in the 100m and 200m distances, has been with Bennett for five years.The couple are yet to share the name of their first child.Bolt, 33, confirmed 30-year-old Bennett was expecting a daughter in a March Instagram video.He has previously said he would advise his child to avoid pursuing a career in sport. “I think the pressure is going to be too much,” he told The Times earlier this year.Tags: Andrew HolnessKasi BennethUsain Boltlast_img read more

Pellegrini plays down title talk

first_img The result put City within three points of leaders Chelsea with two matches in hand, but Pellegrini refused to entertain talk of the title being theirs to lose. “I don’t think so. We will continue fighting with the other three teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and we have to win the two postponed games and continue playing the way we play,” said the Chilean. “I am not thinking about the title. Tomorrow we are thinking about Arsenal (who they face on Saturday).” By contrast, Moyes was left to defend another poor performance from his side which left them 12 points adrift of fourth, with Chelsea a distant 18 ahead. “I take responsibility for the team, I always will do,” said the Scot, whose side have taken just seven points from 13 games against the present top nine and scored only one goal – and that from a corner. “Everyone knows this is going to be a job which is going to take a little bit of time to get the way we would like it, but that is the job and I recognise that. “I thought it would be a tough year for us, no doubt about that, but I hoped it would be much more competitive and closer to the top of the league than we are at the present time.” Moyes has consistently shouldered the blame and deflected criticism away from his players and he did so again, although even he admitted he did not understand why they were not up for the game against their rivals from the off. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not thinking about winning the Premier League title, but for United counterpart David Moyes such a scenario remains nothing more than a pipe dream after he admitted full responsibility for their disastrous season. “We never started well. We never gave ourselves a great opportunity to get into the game,” added the Scot. “Manchester City started really fast and conceding a goal after 30-40 seconds made it difficult. “I just think we never came out of the blocks. You prepare the players, you warm them up, you do all the things to have them ready, but we just never started. “It gave them (City) a real big lift to get a goal so early on. “We had to try to make sure we got through that 10-15 minute period when they were out of the blocks. “After that we weathered it and got ourselves back into the game and finished the half quite strong. “The key to it was not to concede a second goal so we could always give ourselves a chance back in there, but I didn’t think we started the second half well. “We brought pressure on us by our play and in the end we conceded a corner just before that and there was another one and then that led to a goal. “It was obviously poor marking and we should have done much better.” In a relatively incident-free Manchester derby, the only controversial incident came in the first half when United midfielder Marouane Fellaini escaped with a yellow card after appearing to catch Pablo Zabaleta in the face with an elbow. Pellegrini said he saw it but accepted referee Michael Oliver’s judgement. Moyes said he initially did not think it was a foul and had to be told afterwards it was a potential red card. “I didn’t see the incident. If the referee decided not to send him off I respect that,” said the City boss. Moyes added: “I genuinely have not seen it again. When I first saw it in the game I didn’t even think it was a free-kick so I couldn’t even tell you, but by what I am hearing people are saying it could have been worse.” Press Association The Red Devils slumped to a sixth home defeat to their ‘noisy neighbours’ after Edin Dzeko scored twice – including the fastest Premier League goal by a visiting team after 44 seconds – and Yaya Toure added a late third. United have now lost more matches at home this campaign than in the last three seasons combined, and in doing so became the first reigning top-flight champion in 51 years to lose six or more of their first 15 home matches since Ipswich in 1962-63. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho left embarrassed by unwavering support of Chelsea fans

first_img After the loss to the Cherries, Mourinho appeared to concede defeat in his side’s bid for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification. Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, who was Chelsea boss prior to Mourinho’s appointment the first time in June 2004, believes the Blues can still finish in the top four. Now Mourinho agrees with him. “Independent of the Bournemouth defeat, I think in the last couple of months everyone is improving, the team is improving,” Mourinho said. “We are going in a good direction in terms of the level of individuals and the team consistency. We need results. “Before we lost the last three points against Bournemouth I was absolutely convinced of the fourth position in the table. “I was convinced of a great December for us. I was miles away from believing we could lose this match. “Who knows? We could get a run of four or five consecutive victories and because nobody is doing that from the top clubs, maybe we have a chance to shorten distances and to dream of a great finish and to finish fourth. “While mathematically it’s possible we have to try.” Mourinho was glowing in praise for Ranieri and Leicester, who spent the entirety of last season fighting relegation. The Chelsea manager said: “I think he should win manager of the half term. “If you can give an award for the first six months of competition, everyone is miles away from him and every club is miles away from what Leicester is doing. “I said a couple of weeks ago I don’t believe they can be champions. Maybe I have to think twice before saying that again. “One thing is to be top of the league in September after a beautiful start. Another thing is to be top of the league in December. That’s a completely different story. “It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world, but sometimes these things can happen and why not happen with them?” Mourinho has a fully-fit squad to choose from at Leicester and Cesc Fabregas could again find himself as a substitute. Mourinho said he completely trusts the midfielder, despite his under-par showings this term. “Every minute he’s on the pitch the commitment is there, the professionalism is there,” Mourinho said. In front of Roman Abramovich, who on October 5 issued the first managerial vote of confidence in 12 years as owner in support of Mourinho, the Blues fans lauded the Portuguese and rose in unison to salute their boss once victory was sealed. “When people are so nice to me and they sing my name and ‘Stand up for the Special One’, I feel a bit embarrassed, because I don’t know how to react,” Mourinho said. Mourinho was unhappy to see Garry Monk lose his job as Swansea boss this week and criticised the culture of firing managers. He remains convinced he will stay in charge after signing a four-year contract until June 2019 on the eve of the season. “The bad results are not normal, but the situation of any manager keeping his job and having the chance to improve and to have the chance to finish his work, that’s normal,” Mourinho said. Mourinho says the display against his former club Porto was so much better that it marked a return to form. “The performance on Wednesday in a high-level, pressure match was so good that I don’t see any reason for the players not to have the same kind of answer,” Mourinho said. The Portuguese said much the same after the goalless draw at Tottenham and last Saturday’s defeat to Bournemouth – Chelsea’s eighth in the Premier League this season – took him by surprise. Defending champions Chelsea are 14th in the Premier League entering this weekend’s fixtures and could even be in the relegation zone before their Monday fixture at leaders Leicester. The 52-year-old’s position as boss appears precarious despite Chelsea advancing to the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night against Porto. Press Association Jose Mourinho is embarrassed by the adulation from Chelsea supporters which comes during a miserable season. last_img read more

Destructive Holder puts Pride on top despite batting failure

first_img…Sixteen wickets tumble on day oneKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Fast bowler Chemar Holder stunned Jamaica Scorpions with a devastating five-wicket haul to turn the page on a sub-par Barbados Pride batting display, and put the visitors in control of their third round contest at Sabina Park here Thursday.On a day when 16 wickets tumbled, Pride folded cheaply for 219 in their first innings despite contrasting half-centuries from opener Shayne Moseley (64) and lower order batsman Kyle Mayers (53).Fast bowler Marquino Mindley spearheaded his side’s attack, snatching four for 31 while West Indies white-ball all-rounder Rovman Powell claimed three for 65 with his medium pace.In reply, Scorpions were taken apart by a hostile seven-over spell from Holder, who finished with five for 21, as they tumbled to 53 for six at the close – 166 runs adrift of their target.Captain and Test opener John Campbell has so top-scored with 25 but no other Scorpions batsman managed to make it out of single digits.There was little indication of the pending carnage when the left-handed Campbell clobbered two fours and a six in putting on 26 for the first wicket with Oraine Williams (3).But once Williams wafted at a wide one from Holder in the sixth over and edged a catch behind, Scorpions’ innings collapsed as six wickets went down for 27 runs.West Indies batsman Brandon King dragged on a drive at Holder and lost his middle stump for three before Jermaine Blackwood (1) turned a delivery from the same bowler into short leg’s lap.Holder then produced perhaps the delivery of the day when he got one to lift and leave Campbell, for Jonathan Carter at third slip to complete the catch at 39 for four.Test seamer Kemar Roach then bowled Nkrumah Bonner through the gate without scoring before Holder completed his five-wicket haul – his third in first class cricket – off the day’s final ball when he got Powell to drive loosely to cover.Earlier, Pride looked on course for a competitive total when they reached 166 for four but lost their last six wickets for 53 runs.Moseley, who faced 127 balls and struck six fours and a six, put on 52 for the first wicket with captain Kraigg Brathwaite (25) before adding a further 47 for the third wicket with Carter (11).When Moseley followed 27 balls later with just 15 runs added, Pride were wobbling on 118 for four. However, the left-handed Mayers led the fightback in a counter-attacking knock, posting 48 for the fifth wicket with Test wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (14) and 30 for the sixth with Ashley Nurse (17).Mayers, with a hundred and a half-century in his four previous innings, faced 61 balls and struck eight fours and a six before he was sixth out – holing out to deep backward point off Powell.last_img read more

Confident Trojans play like there was no doubt

first_imgThe bounce is back.USC’s dancing and chest-thumping on the sideline may be nothing new for the fans or players. Yet each hop and step seemed more emphatic than the moves the Trojans made in their sluggish first four games of the year.Junior running back Joe McKnight bounces out of a tackle from a Cal defender in USC’s 30-3 win against Cal on Saturday. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAnd for a USC team that had not lived up to its own standard of play, Saturday’s 30-3 romp against Cal was a welcome demonstration of the Trojans’ confidence.The match at Memorial Stadium was an exhibition of swagger against reticence with USC embodying the side of certitude. And though the Trojans have never lacked self-assurance in their approach, the blowout in Berkeley was the first time this year that the team played like it knew the outcome was predestined.“We’ve known we were capable of that, but it’s been a long time coming,” USC coach Pete Carroll said.This was the USC that television pundits had promised fans – long touchdowns from the offense, turnovers from the defense and gutsy calls from the coaching staff. This time, it all started with the stars.As USC’s starting quarterback, Matt Barkley has had to be a leader by default. But on Saturday he showed how he’s taken on the team image – and vice versa.Barkley told reporters earlier in the week that he didn’t think Cal’s crowd would be a factor after enduring raucous Ohio State fans.The Cal student section took offense and distributed fliers with the quote, instructing fans to make Barkley eat his words. One of the sheets of paper even made it into the signal-caller’s helmet before the game.“I thought about trying to pump up the crowd when we were on offense, but I don’t think it would have worked,” Barkley said.Not that the USC offense needed much pumping up – 457 yards and 30 points was more than enough for a Trojans attack that still left plenty of points out on the field.Though the offensive output didn’t reach new heights, USC still showed the level it can reach when its coaching staff isn’t clipping its wings.“The way the offense is moving around is really starting to feel familiar to us, like the way we did it in the past,” Carroll said. “We’re doing it with confidence, but it’s just taken us a while.”With Barkley allowed to throw downfield and test an occasionally suspect Cal secondary, USC’s passing attack showed it can pick up yards in large chunks.“I think they’ve had that faith this whole time, but we’ve decided to open it up now. We’ll open it up whenever we need to,” Barkley said.The faith shown in the offense may not be enough for those still expecting the offense to produce as it did when Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were around, but consider USC’s opponent on Saturday before filing a formal complaint.Despite entering the game with the Pac-10’s most productive offense, Cal coach Jeff Tedford looked like he was holding his breath on every play.Somewhere along the line Tedford forgot that he could actually give the ball to his most talented player instead of only using him as a decoy. Cal tailback Jahvid Best only touched the ball on 16 plays and disappeared for large stretches of the game.“It was frustrating,” Best said repeatedly while shaking his head.Even on their home field, the Bears were terrified to take chances. Down 20-0 in the waning seconds of the first half, Tedford elected to kick a field goal on 2nd-and-10. Fans booed the decision as the kicking unit trotted out to the field and weren’t too thrilled when they saw the field goal sail wide right.By the second half, the team looked as deflated as its cheering sections did. Instead of running out onto the field for the third quarter, Cal players looked like they were filing out of an office building during a fire drill.“When you get on them early, it’s tough for the crowd to stay in it,” wide receiver Damian Williams said. “They just get demoralized.”Given Cal’s shakiness, it’s hard to tell what the Trojans take away from the win. The Golden Bears were once been mentioned as a Rose Bowl contender, but at this point they might settle for a bowl sponsored by a manufacturer of men’s grooming and fragrance products – I’m looking at you, Brut Sun Bowl.Regardless of the opponent, USC showed how difficult of a team it is to beat when it’s not stumbling over its own feet with penalties and turnovers. And if the other team gives them an opening, the Trojans are that much harder to take down.“I think we showed tonight why we’re one of the best teams in the country,” Williams said.USC still has plenty to improve upon – third-down conversions still aren’t optimal and three drives inside the 10 only resulted in field goals. But with a bye week on the horizon, the team will get a good look at its flaws.And if Saturday was any indication, the Trojans should have enough hop in them to bounce back from those mistakes, too.“Tackling Dummy” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit or email Michael at read more

Women’s Tennis: Badgers look to make final push for Big Tens over weekend

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team (8–13, 2–7 Big Ten) will travel on the road to face No. 44 Nebraska (16–6, 5–4 Big Ten) and Iowa (10–12, 2–7 Big Ten) this weekend.With only the top 10 teams reaching the Big Ten Championships, Wisconsin is especially motivated to perform well this weekend. In the Big Ten, Wisconsin is No. 13 behind Iowa and Penn State at No. 11 and Maryland and Indiana at No. 9. In the standings, they are currently 2–8, a half-game behind Iowa and Penn State’s 2–7 conference record and just 1 1/2 games behind Maryland and Indiana’s 3–6 conference record.Since Wisconsin beat Maryland earlier in the year, the Badgers could break the top 10 through a tiebreaker with the Terps if they both finished equal in the standings. For this to happen though, Wisconsin would probably need to win their last two decisions and have both Penn State and Maryland perform poorly in their final contests.But first, Wisconsin will need to focus on what has been a very impressive Nebraska team this year.Four Badgers to be honored at Team USA Awards as part of USA Olympic women’s hockey teamAfter winning gold in February, former Badgers Brianna Decker, Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan and Alex Rigsby could take home even Read…Despite being ranked so highly, Nebraska’s strength seems to come at the back end of their slots in singles play. In the No. 1 slot, the Cornhuskers have won only 40 percent of their matches but they’ve won 70 percent of their overall singles decisions.The team’s winningest player is Katerina Matysova who has a 16–3 overall record mostly in the No. 5 slot.Paula Del Cueto Castillo and Brianna Lashway have also been successful in the No. 1 doubles slot for Nebraska, holding a 14–4 record in that position.For Iowa Elise van Heuvelen has been the most frequent player in the No. 1 slot this year, with a 7–8 record in that position but a 13–8 record overall.When they play, they look invincible. But off the field, they struggle with mental health like anyone elseOur sports heroes are invincible. Their feats become legendary. They hit harder and run faster. Simply by the virtue of Read…Zoe Douglas and Yufei Long will likely be in the first doubles slot for the Hawkeyes with a 7–3 record playing in the top spot.The Badgers will counter this attack with one of the best freshmen in the country, Lexi Keberle whose 25–10 record speaks for itself.Keberle will play in doubles alongside her partner Kelsey Grambeau where the two have a 7–6 overall record this year. For Grambeau this could be the final set of matches in her illustrious career with the Badgers.Women’s tennis: Slumping Badgers fall short in final home match against Ohio StatePrior to the match on April 8, the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team was eager to close the at-home Read…Though the Badgers have struggled recently dropping their past six decisions Grambeau sees the team as on par with the rest of the conference.“I think obviously on the score lines it looks like it hasn’t been what we wanted,” said Grambeau. “We faced the top two teams in the Big Ten this past weekend and we’re right there with them. We know that we can play with these guys.”Opening serve in Nebraska will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with matches starting against Iowa at 12 p.m. Sunday.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers roll to smooth victory against Lindenwood after shaky first game

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (2-0-0) won their first two games over the weekend versus Lindenwood (0-2-0) in the LaBahn Arena.Hopes are high for this year’s women’s hockey team, to say the least. While the Badgers fell short of the national title last season, losing to Colgate during the first stage of the Frozen Four, a whole host of new and returning talent bolsters an already promising roster.Critical to the revamped Badger roster are Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, who return from a year off to compete on their respective Olympic teams. Forward Abby Roque, the team’s leading scorer from last season, also returns to the fold alongside Sophie Shirley, a promising young freshman recruit.Despite the star-studded lineup of this year’s team, the Badger’s home opener against unranked Lindenwood did not begin as planned. Lindenwood jumped out to an early lead in the first period, giving reason to believe that the Badger’s undefeated record of 14–0 against the Lions may be at risk. Shirley was quick to make her mark on the ice, however, as she righted the ship late in the first period with a game-tying goal.Men’s soccer: Badgers grind out road win over Marquette, look toward Michigan StateThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer (4–4–1, 1–1 Big Ten) claimed their second consecutive road win with a 1–0 victory Read…With an equalizer coming late in the first period, it seemed all but certain that the Badgers would be able to maintain their momentum and provide a final scoreline that fulfilled expectations for their season opener. However, an errant pass early in the second period resulted in the puck finding the back of the Badger’s net, once again giving Lindenwood the lead.It wouldn’t take long for the Badgers to respond, as returning sophomore Delaney Drake and returning Olympian Emily Clark scored in quick succession during the remainder of the second period. The score would remain 3–2 in favor of the Badgers until the final buzzer, giving the team their first win of the season.The Badger’s season opener was undoubtedly closer than expected, but a win at home allowed the promising squad to advance to Saturday’s contest with another opportunity to perform against an unranked team — they took advantage of it.Saturday, the Badgers faced off against the Lions for the second time in a row. Unlike the previous game, this one resulted in a very one-sided affair. Wisconsin took no time getting out in front of their opponent, as senior Sam Cogan scored within the first 17 seconds of the opening period.Football: Wisconsin’s path to playoff anything but unprecedentedAfter the gut-wrenching loss to Brigham Young University, it’s easy to see how one could assume that the Badger’s season Read…Wisconsin didn’t let off the gas pedal for the rest of the game and managed to rack up a final score of 6–0, as well as an extremely impressive stat line. Wisconsin outshot the Lions by a stunning 45 shots to eight, winning nearly double the number of faceoffs. The Badger’s goalkeeper, returning junior Kristen Campbell, was forced to only make one save during the entirety of the game.The dominating performance by the Badgers capped off their opening weekend with a resounding win following a shaky start against the Lions. Next on the schedule for Wisconsin is a two game away series against unranked Mercyhurst.last_img read more

USC meets Pac-12 foe Washington in weekend series

first_imgThe Trojans improved their record to 12-9 after their midweek 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. Coming into that game, the Trojans were desperate for a win, having lost their previous four games in miserable fashion.Redshirt junior infielder Stephen Dubb takes a swing against Washington on Thursday. Jonathan Wong | Daily Trojan“The offense going out and putting up a three-spot in the first was big,” sophomore pitcher Austin Manning said to to USC Athletics. “It being my first start of the year, there were obviously a few nerves, but them doing that helped me just focus on going out there and doing my job.”Now, USC turns its attention to Washington for a weekend series. The Huskies are currently tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 with an 11-10 overall record on the year and a 4-2 conference record. The Trojans, meanwhile, are tied for sixth in the conference despite posting a better overall record than the Huskies. Furthermore, after their most recent victory against the NCAA’s top ranked team in the country, Oregon State, the Huskies are entering this game with a ton of momentum. After losing their first two games in their series against the Beavers, the Huskies ended the Beavers’ 15-game winning streak in the third game with an impressive 8-4 victory. “I’m just happy for our guys,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said to University of Washington Athletics. “We’re a little beat up and we were short-handed today. That is a great team, so this is a good win for us.” On paper, this should be a pretty evenly matched series. Both the Trojans and Huskies post similar batting averages — .240 and .252, respectively — and a similar on-base percentage; the Trojans’ .336 just shy of the Huskies’ .340. However, the Huskies do have a slight advantage in ERA compared to the Trojans. As freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt and company proved in their no-hitter against Utah earlier in the season, the Trojans’ pitching staff is capable of rising up to the occasion. Junior shortstop Chase Bushor is a player to watch in this series for the Trojans. After freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez sustained injuries, Bushor has stepped in and made an instant impact on this Trojan offense. He currently bats .317 on the season and has looked equally impressive in the field. Meanwhile, junior Mason Cerrillo is the player to watch for the Huskies in this series. On the year, he’s batting an impressive .393 in 56 at bats.The Trojans took Thursday’s series opener 1-0 courtesy of a go-ahead solo shot by redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta in the eighth inning. “It felt good [to hit the homerun]. I was just trying to stay inside the ball and get a good piece so it felt nice,” Armenta said after the game. “It was a good win on Tuesday, and it was just important to get back on track and keep playing good baseball.”Heading into the game, Armenta was batting .220 on the season with 4 RBI’s to his name. He batted ninth in the lineup, and Hubbs seemed satisfied with his performance and the depth of his lineup after the game.“[His homerun] was big,” said Hubbs. “He’s been scuffling a little bit, but he’s been starting to swing a little bit better. Hopefully it’s a good sign to come.”The Trojans pitched a shutout in Thursday night’s game as freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt pitched seven innings, allowing no runs on only three hits. He looked in control for most of the game, throwing eight strikeouts on the day.“As poorly as we pitched the past week and half that’s how well we pitched the first two games this week,” Hubbs said. “I’m pleased I thought Kyle was strong for seven innings. His first time on short rest.”After Thursday night’s victory, the Trojans improved their record to 13-9 on the season and 3-4 in the Pac-12. The next game will take place on Friday night at 6 p.m. and the following game will be a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 13-5 win over No. 15 Albany

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm A week after a historic loss against Colgate, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) upset No. 15 Albany (0-1), 13-5, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange were led by Bradley Voigt, who scored six goals and tripled his previous career high. Drake Porter was efficient in net in his second start, and SU regained momentum in the early portion of its season.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the contest:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more