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.
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’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.”
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."
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.
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.
Reigning 100m World Champion Justin Gatlin has credited recently retired double world record holder Usain Bolt as an inspiration to return to track and field after serving an extended period out of the sport due to a drug suspension.
The 35-year-old American was banned from the sport for eight years in 2006 after failing a positive test for the second time in his career. The sprinter saw the term reduced to four years after launching an appeal and returned to the track in 2010. During that time Bolt, a man he had beaten in the 200m final at the 2005 World Championships, had gone on to become the sport’s new standard bearer after winning two Olympic gold medals, three World Championships titles and two remarkable world records. Gatlin was watching.
“I respect him as an athlete. Actually, he has inspired me to come back and be the strongest person I can be on and off the track,” the American told The Post Game.
The woman at the centre of a lawsuit Chris Gayle has taken out against Fairfax Media, Leanne Russell, is set to testify in the matter.
Gayle sued Fairfax media after a January 2016 report said he intentionally exposed his genitalia and made an indecent proposal to a then anonymous female massage therapist during the 2015 World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
Russell said she went into the Windies dressing room, looking for a sandwich and was confronted by Gayle, wearing a towel.
Gayle denied the allegation that had come in the wake of a very public incident with Australian reporter Mel McLughlin, where Gayle invited her out for a drink rather than answer cricket questions about an innings he had just played.
The big left hander’s suit claims the allegations were untrue and smeared his reputation, making it difficult for him to earn.
Fairfax is expected to use a truth and qualified privilege defence, with Russell as the star witness.