Blake pays tribute to deceased Formula One racing star Bianchi

Yohan Blake

Jamaican sprint star Yohan Blake has paid a heartfelt tribute to deceased Formula One racing star Jules Bianchi.

Bianchi died earlier this year after spending months in a medically induced coma, resulting from an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, where he lost control of his Marussia in very wet conditions and collided with a recovery vehicle.

Blake the 2011 100m world champion and world’s second fastest man described Bianchi as a “big-hearted and comical character” who shared a passion for life.  According to the sprinter the two met at a Richard Mille charity auction in Japan and there was something immediately likeable about the Frenchman’s character.

 “He and I were both ambassadors for the charity and the proceeds from that evening’s event were to benefit needy children at opposite ends of the Earth; the Hitachi Foundation in Japan and my YB Afraid in Jamaica,” Blake revealed in an article in UK Publication The Guardian.


Bolt is poetry in motion claims film star Danny Glover

Danny Glover and Usain Bolt

World’s fastest man Usain Bolt can add film star Danny Glover to his list of admirers and the Hollywood legend had little problem in naming the Jamaican as the greatest sprinter ever.

The 69-year-old American actor has seen plenty of track and field talent in his time, among them sprinting legends Carl Lewis and Jessie Owens.  Glover, however, believes Bolt’s unique physical abilities puts him in a different class.

"I don't think there's been an athlete like that. There's never been a sprinter with the gifts... and the area that he covers in a short period of time. It's amazing.  It's poetry, it's beautiful to watch. Poetry in motion,” Glover told Jamaican new publication Jamaica Observer.


Digicel SportsMax, Fight Sports TV to broadcast final Mayweather fight

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto

Digicel SportsMax announced today that it has secured the broadcast rights for the Mayweather vs Berto bout this Saturday, September 12 with coverage of the undercard bouts beginning at 7pm, and the main fight at 10pm.

The Digicel SportsMax Fight Night presented by Fight Sports TV is being dubbed ‘The Final Showdown’, with the pound-for-pound king Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather declaring that the fight will be his last.


World Champs: Cameraman sends world champion Bolt tumbling

Cameraman crashes into Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt escaped American rival Justin Gatlin for the second time in as many outings to claim the men’s 200m title at the IAAF World Championships, but had no such luck against a cameraman on a Segway.

The rolling media personnel, who tracked the sprinter following his latest triumph, bumped into the ankle height iron barriers surrounding the tracked, before careening straight into the legs of the double world champion, which sent him tumbling over.

Initial concern for the superstars safety seem to have been quickly set aside, however, as Bolt jogged off from the incident with a smile on his face.  The sprinter still has once race to go at the event, the men’s 4x100m hurdles. 


World Champs: Battle with Gatlin not for soul of track and field - Bolt

Usain Bolt races against Justin Gatlin in London

World’s fastest man Usain Bolt has played down the match-up between himself and American Justin Gatlin as a battle for the sport, insisting he will simply be focussed on himself ahead of Sunday’s 100m final.

The race between the duo has been billed in many respects as a battle between good and evil, Bolt, the sport’s pristine champion, pitted against Gatlin, the two-time banned drug offender. 

For many a win for Gatlin would be a triumph for those who achieve results by circumventing the principles of fairplay and honestly, intricately interwoven into the very fabric of the sport.  Bolt, however, does not number among them.

“The rules are there for a reason, and if the rules say he can be banned and get back into the sport, I can’t really do anything about it,” Bolt said.

“That’s not my call. He’s still going to line up, and I still have to compete against him. Me, I abide by the rules, and that’s pretty much it.”


Bolt sprints onto big screen for new feature film

The team behind the Manchester United and One Direction films is to follow Usain Bolt as he prepares for Rio 2016.

Sprinter Usain Bolt is to become the subject of a new documentary as he steps up his preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The six-time Olympic gold medallist is aiming to preserve his monopoly of the sprint titles in Brazil and is set to be followed by the team behind Manchester United documentary Class of '92 as he readies himself to do so.

"I’m excited to start work on this project," said Bolt - a United fan. "When I met Gabe and Ben and heard about their previous work I felt they would be the right people to tell my story and capture my journey to Rio 2016. It’s going to be a lot of fun."


Narine to be tested again

Sunil Narine

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have decided to comply with rather than confront the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the latest episode involving Sunil Narine by deciding to get him tested at the Sri Ramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Science Centre in Chennai.

Earlier this week the Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies spinner was reported for suspect action, the third time in the space of a few months.

Indications are that 26-year-old Narine, who was called for illegal bowling action during KKR’s match on Wednesday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, could undergo the testing as early as today, although Narine is eligible to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the KKR management does not want him to undergo the trauma of being banned once again.

Another call from the umpires and Narine will be out of action, but if he comes clean from testing, the first call gets automatically lapsed and he starts afresh.


Brathwaite: WI can win second Test

Despite a draw appearing the most likely result, Kraigg Brathwaite feels West Indies can beat England in the second Test.

West Indies batsman Kraigg Brathwaite believes his team can still win the second Test against England.

The encounter in Grenada appears headed for a draw, with the hosts leading by 37 runs with eight wickets in hand ahead of the final day on Saturday.

Brathwaite (101 not out) has put West Indies in a good position ahead of day five, and he feels his team are capable of winning

"I believe it's possible, but as I said the first hour will be very important for us," he told a media conference.

England are five overs away from having a new ball available, and Brathwaite said that could be decisive.

"First hour will be important. Once we get through that, just got to keep working hard and obviously the new ball is due so that's going to be a crucial factor to the game.

"Once we work hard in the first hour."


Defiant Brathwaite frustrates England

Kraigg Brathwaite led West Indies' revival in the second Test against England, as the hosts closed day four 37 runs ahead.

England's progress on day four of the second Test was checked by the stubborn resistance of centurion Kraigg Brathwaite as West Indies built a slender lead.

Having resumed on 373-6 at St George's, the tourists went on to reach 464 to claim a 165-run first-innings advantage, with Joe Root's 182 not out the highlight.

James Anderson (1-27) - whose ill-advised call for a second run ultimately denied Root a shot at a double hundred - claimed the early wicket of Devon Smith (2), but Darren Bravo (69) and Brathwaite (101 not out) combined for a 142-run stand to put the contest back in the balance.

Stuart Broad (1-23) did get Bravo out before the end of play, but West Indies - who ended on 202-2 - will pick up on the final day with Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels (22 not out) looking to build on the hosts' lead of 37 runs.


10 facts about Alia Atkinson

History-making Alia Atkinson is leaving behind quite a swimming legacy in Jamaica.

On Saturday, Atkinson became the first Jamaican and the first black woman to win a world swimming title in the women’s 100 breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Championships.

The 25-year-old beat defending champion Ruta Meilutyte and equalled the world record of 1:02.36.

Digicel SportsMax has rounded up 10 facts about Jamaica’s swimming sensation.

1. Alia Atkinson was born on December 11, 1988.

2. She qualified for her first Olympic Games at 15 years old.

3. Alia has represented Jamaica in three Olympic Games – Athens, Greece in 2004, Beijing, China in 2008 and London, England in 2012.

4. She began swimming at age four at the YMCA in St Andrew, Jamaica.

5. Alia went to Vaz Preparatory School in St Andrew, Jamaica and Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

6. She attended University of Texas A&M.


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