AS a dozen scantily clad Brazilian Samba dancers gyrated on to the stage, rocking peacock-style headdresses and glittery thongs, Usain Bolt was not about to be intimidated or upstaged.Instead, the world 100 and 200 metres record holder hoisted his arms in the air and began moving to the Samba beats, delighting hundreds of journalists and photographers seeking a little sparkle to light up the Rio Games.The contrast to every other press conference at the Rio Olympics was stark, showing once again that very few people on the planet transcend sport or command the world’s attention in the way Bolt does.Yet the scale of media interest in the 29-year-old has soared to new heights at Rio. More than 530 media members registered to attend the Jamaica team press conference on Monday, according to sportswear company Puma, Jamaica’s team sponsor.“Guys like Usain happen once every several generations. You cannot expect to hit the jackpot every four years,” Carlos Laje, the Latin America general manager for Puma, told Reuters.Laje said Bolt had a knack of producing “once in a lifetime moments in history”, and drew comparisons with Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, who delighted fans across the globe with his virtuoso performances at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.“You’ve got to clap louder than that,” Bolt cheekily told journalists as he walked on to the stage. “That was weak.”In the end, Jamaica’s team conference morphed into an event focused on Bolt. Other athletes wheeled out to meet the press were mostly peppered with questions about what it is like to live, train and be inspired by the greatest ever sprinter.“I don’t have a question, I just want to say ‘I love you,’” blurted out one Norwegian.The journalist proceeded to serenade Bolt, rapping an ode to him in a Jamaican accent. Bolt demanded an encore so he could film it on his phone.Moments later a Japanese TV personality, Teruhide Takahashi, thanked Bolt for an impromptu gift he had received ahead of the press conference: a pair of signed Puma shoes that Bolt wore once.“I will treasure these forever,” Takahashi told Reuters, referring to a pair of trainers two sizes too big for him.As journalists from across the world hung to Bolt’s every word and nearly 70 cameras filmed his beaming smile, the sprinter talked about his plans to retire and deprive the Olympics of its biggest star at the 2020 Tokyo Games.Many hoped the Bolt show would go on. Even when the Jamaican said he would miss entertaining people at the Olympics, but not the media, they still laughed. They had been won over a long time ago.
“Day one was fantastic for us. We managed to hit our targets. The first game against Papua New Guinea was definitely going to be important for us. Once we won that, we just focused on winning against Mexico so that we could qualify for the quarter finals,” Wambua said.“The last group game against South Africa was always going to be tough but we stuck to our patterns of defense and took our try scoring chances when they came. Our focus now shifts to recovery protocols before we meet Argentina in the Cup quarters tomorrow morning,” Wambua concluded.The Lionesses will face Argentina at 6.36am East Africa Time on Friday morning.-By KRU0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Lionesses head coach Kevin Wambua PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – Kenya Lionesses boss Kevin Wambua is contented with his team’s Day One performance at the Women’s Sevens World Series qualifiers in Hong Kong.Lionesses reached the Main Cup quarterfinal after topping Pool A with a perfect record that was capped by a first ever win over South Africa after posting expected wins against Papua New Guinea and Mexico.
0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, November 23 – Barcelona made light work of Lionel Messi’s absence to move six points clear at the top of La Liga with a routine 4-0 home win over Granada on Saturday.First-half penalties from Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas put the Catalans in command at the break. Granada were then left to play the final quarter of the game with 10 men as Manuel Iturra was shown a second yellow card.Alexis Sanchez added a third soon after from Neymar’s pass before Pedro Rodriguez rounded off the scoring a minute from time.Barca’s title rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid can close the gap later on Saturday as they face Almeria and Getafe respectively.With Victor Valdes, Xavi Hernandez, Dani Alves and Jordi Alba also out injured, Barca boss Gerardo Martino was forced into making seven changes from the side that started their last outing against Real Betis two weeks ago.In Messi’s absence, Neymar was tasked with playing in the false nine role, but it was from a free-kick that he nearly created the opener as he picked out Sanchez and Granada keeper Roberto made a brilliant save to turn away the Chilean’s flicked header.The opener arrived after 20 minutes when Dimitri Foulquier brought down Fabregas and captain for the day Iniesta took responsibility to slot the spot-kick low into the corner of the net.Granada came close to an equaliser four minutes later with their best effort of the game as Piti drilled a shot from 25 yards off the crossbar.Foulquier then made amends for conceding the penalty with a fine last-ditch tackle to prevent Sanchez making it 2-0 from Fabregas’ fine pass.However, it didn’t take long for Barca to double their advantage as Fran Rico clipped Iniesta’s heels just inside the area and this time Fabregas stepped up to rifle the ball into the roof of he net.Youssef El-Arabi had a chance to halve the deficit from Yacine Brahimi’s cross two minutes after the restart, but he headed wastefully.It should have been three for Barca moments later when Pedro somehow blazed over when presented with an open goal after Roberto had flapped at Martin Montoya’s cross.The visitors’ task became even tougher 23 minutes from time when Iturra saw his second yellow card for upending Pedro.Sanchez made it 3-0 when he lifted the ball over the advancing Roberto from Neymar’s well-weighted through ball five minutes later.With the game won 17-year-old Adama Traore replaced Neymar to make his Barca debut and he nearly sealed it with a memorable goal as he weaved past three Granada defenders before Roberto smothered his low effort.And Pedro put the shine on another comfortable afternoon for the Spanish champions when he turned home Fabregas’ cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Preliminary results show grocery workers across Southern California overwhelmingly approved a new contract Sunday, avoiding a repeat of the prolonged supermarket strike of 2003-04. The four-year contract with Vons, Ralphs and Albertson’s includes retroactive raises, improved health benefits and the end of a two-tier seniority system. Support for the new contract “was really powerful,” said Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770, after announcing preliminary results. “It even shocks me.” Nearly 70,000 members were eligible to vote across the region. Polls in Burbank, Palmdale, Harbor City and Montebello were open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The contract required a simple majority to pass. “We are pleased at the early indication that the contract settlement has been ratified,” said Naomi Goldman, a spokeswomen for the three chains. At the Pickwick Center in Burbank on Sunday, hundreds of workers discussed the terms of the deal with union representatives and other grocery employees. Small boxes collected simple paper ballots asking workers to check either yes or no. Armando Avila, who stocks the shelves at Vons in Mission Hills, said he was satisfied with the contract and hoped it would pass. “After our last experience, I’m very happy with what we got,” said Avila, who has worked at Vons for 29 years and remembers the 4
1 Alessandro Diamanti is ready to cancel his loan with Watford and join Atalanta.The Italian moved to Vicarage Road in the summer on a season-long loan from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.However, the 32-year-old has struggled for action since the switch, making three substitute appearances and is now ready to leave.Diamanti, according to Sky Italia, wants to cancel his loan with Watford after Atalanta expressed an interest in bringing him to Serie A.The Italian side are in need of an attacking midfielder after losing star playmaker Maxi Moralez to Mexican club Leon.Atalanta boss Edy Reja reportedly sees Diamanti as the ideal replacement and hopes a deal can be struck. Alessandro Diamanti has struggled to get in the Watford team since joining in the summer
Niklas Sule has been capped by Germany at five age levels Liverpool fans disappointed by the performance of Martin Skrtel in the club’s 3-2 defeat at Southampton may be boosted by a transfer rumour coming out of Germany.According to Sport Bild, the Reds have approached Hoffenheim to discuss a deal for Germany under-21 international Nicklas Sule.The 20-year-old centre-back has made 53 appearances for Hoffenheim since making his debut in 2013.Here’s a selection of reaction to the rumour… 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut amid a steady stream of rumors suggesting the JetHawks will soon be changing affiliates, JetHawks general manager Brad Seymour suggested that Arizona probably isn’t going anywhere, and Arizona farm director A.J. Hinch supported that assertion, although in less-strong language. Seymour left the door open to the possibility of a change, but indicated the JetHawks are not interested in “making a change just for the sake of change.” “We’re very happy with the Diamondbacks,” Seymour said. “If other opportunities came about, we would look into them …, but it would really have to be special for something like that to happen.” Hinch, who already has visited Lancaster several times this season, said the franchise appears to be well-run. He said he will establish the foundation for negotiations with the JetHawks when he visits Lancaster this weekend, noting that the discussions will be more about process than substance. Hinch said the Diamondbacks will factor in the length of the current relationship with Lancaster, along with the quality of treatment players and his staff have received. He said he will suggest unspecified minor changes that the Diamondbacks would want if they remained at Lancaster. “Overall, we’ve been very happy,” Hinch said. That said, both organizations are rumored to be pursuing other options. JetHawks are rumored to be interested in a deal with the Seattle Mariners, their affiliate the first five years of the franchise’s existence (1996 through 2000). The JetHawks had a turbulent relationship with Seattle under the former ownership group headed by Mike Ellis, which privately complained that the Mariners were reluctant to send Lancaster the top pitching prospects. In addition to the shared history, a future Lancaster-Seattle link makes sense because the new ownership group, headed by Peter Carfagna, has a relationship with the Mariners. Carfagna owns the Mariners’ short-season Everett, Wash., affiliate. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be interested in an affiliation deal with Modesto, which is Arizona general partner Jeff Moorad’s hometown. Seymour said no discussions, informal or otherwise, between the JetHawks and Seattle have taken place. He noted that such discussions would violate rules of the National Association (baseball’s governing body). Proven violations of such rules call for prohibitive fines – $500,000 for parent clubs and $250,000 for affiliates. Teams are permitted to negotiate PDCs with existing affiliates and typically sign extensions earlier in the season. Seymour and Hinch both have had reasons for putting off contract negations. Seymour said the JetHawks team has been busy developing a business plan under its new ownership group. Hinch said he didn’t want to extend or break an existing PDC based on conclusions others had drawn. Arizona hasn’t extended its PDC with any of its six minor league affiliates. “I guess the way I viewed the process is a little bit slower than it has historically been done, but I wanted to visit all the stadiums and draw my own conclusions,” Hinch said. “Now we’re going to start talking.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER -The JetHawks’ six-season affiliation with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks could soon end. Or not. With just more than a month remaining in the JetHawks’ player-development contract with Arizona – a contract that will expire when the regular season does on Sept. 4 – the future of the relationship, by all accounts harmonious, remains uncertain. The JetHawks are among seven California League teams whose PDCs will expire at the end of the season. The San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants affiliate), Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres) and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels) are the only teams locked into contracts through 2008.
Every summer, Chelsea fans watch their brightest talents leave the club on loan, not knowing if they will ever see the make an appearance.But after watching youngster Jeremie Boga in action against Arsenal in their 3-0 pre-season friendly victory, Blues supporters are begging the club’s management to keep the 20-year-old at Stamford Bridge.Last season, Boga played his football for LaLiga side Granada, but couldn’t stop their relegation from the top-flight.His display of neat dribbling and pace gave the Gunners plenty of problems on Saturday, though, and many fans now want him to remain part of the first-team squad.You can see what Chelsea fans said on Twitter below… 1 Chelsea starlet Jeremie Boga in action
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. Oct. 28 Rio Hondo Prep vs Flintridge Prep, 7 p.m. Kilpatrick vs LA Baptist at Alemany, 1 p.m. Paraclete vs Montclair Prep at Valley College, 7:30 p.m. Valley Christian vs Village Christian at Kennedy, 7 p.m. Desert Christian vs Silver Valley at Rosamond, 7 p.m. Bell-Jeff vs St Genevieve at Polytech, 7 p.m. Hesperia Christian at Antelope Valley Christian, 7 p.m. Bethel Christian at Excelsior Education Center, 7 p.m. Hillcrest Christian/GH at Faith Baptist, 1 p.m. LA Lutheran vs Santa Clarita Christian at Canyon, 1 p.m. Hillcrest Christian/TO at Pilgram, (TBA) Oct. 26 Hoover vs Burbank at Burroughs, 7 p.m. Oct. 27 Franklin at Los Angeles, 3 p.m. Dorsey at Jefferson, 3 p.m. Crenshaw at Manual Arts, 3 p.m. Marshall at Lincoln, 6 p.m. Grant at Canoga Park, 7 p.m. Chatsworth at El Camino, 7 p.m. Birmingham at Granada Hills, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Taft, 7 p.m. Panorama at Monroe, 7:15 p.m. Venice at Hamilton, 7 p.m. Fairfax at Palisades, 7 p.m. Westchester at University, 7 p.m. Kennedy at Reseda, 7 p.m. Sylmar at San Fernando, 7 p.m. Hollywood at Polytechnic, 7 p.m. North Hollywood at Verdugo, 7 p.m. Belmont at Santee, 7 p.m. Eagle Rock at Wilson, 7 p.m. Narbonne vs Banning at LA Harbor College, 7 p.m. Washington Prep at Gardena, 7 p.m. Carson at San Pedro, 7 p.m. Garfield at Bell, 7 p.m. Huntington Park at South East, 7 p.m. Roosevelt at South Gate, 7 p.m. Burroughs at Arcadia, 7 p.m. Cresenta Valley at Muir, 7 p.m. Pasadena at Glendale, 7 p.m. Desert at Kern Valley, 7 p.m. Mojave at Bishop, 7 p.m. Frazier Mountian at Rosamond, 7 p.m. Chadwick at Viewpoint, (TBA) Malibu at Fillmore, 7:30 p.m. La Canada at Temple City, 7 p.m. Golden Valley vs Saugus at Canyon, 7 p.m. Hart vs Valencia at C.O.C., 7 p.m. Westlake at Agoura, 7 p.m. Calabasas at Royal, 7 p.m. Newbury Park at Moorpark, 7 p.m. Thousand Oaks at Simi Valley, 7 p.m. Oxnard at Adolfo Camarillo, 7 p.m. Channel Islands at Rio Mesa, 7 p.m. Calvary Chapel at Campbell Hall, 2 p.m. Mammoth at Boron, 7 p.m. Harvard-Westlake at Serra, 7 p.m. Grace Brethen at Oaks Christian, 7:30 p.m. Oak Park at Nordhoff, 7:30 p.m. Crespi at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs Loyola at East LA, 7:30 p.m. Lancaster at Antelope Valley, 7 p.m. Highland at Palmdale, 7 p.m. Quartz Hill at Littlerock, 7 p.m. Alemany at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. St Paul at Chaminade, 7:30 p.m. West Ranch at Vasquez, 7 p.m. Discovery Prep vs View Park Prep at Jackie Robinson Stadium, 7 p.m. First Lutheran at Westmark, 3 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!