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Leighton Levy

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    Sprint sensation Usain Bolt told Variety Magazine he’d consider coming back to the track, but there are other endeavours I would like to see the great sprinter explore. He has nothing more to prove on the track.

    When Bolt made an appearance on OnStage to promote the ‘riddim’ he produced for his Champagne’s campaign, Wilford Williams, the host, asked the record holder why he got into music.

    “I was always into music. Music has always been a part of my life throughout my career of track and field. But with the music thing enuh, it’s not easy to deal with these artistes; it’s not really an easy thing,” said Bolt.

    Bolt continued to say that he’ll wait to see how well the riddim does before seeing if putting effort and time into music is worth it. But music is always worth it.

    I only knew Tivoli Gardens as a political garrison, until I learned about Passa Passa. On Wednesday nights. Thousands of people would gather in the streets of West Kingston to dance and listen to music played by the sound system.

    An article titled, ‘Happy Birthday Passa Passa!’ gave me a sense of how powerful music, like sports, can be in uniting people. Two selectors (Djs) from the sound system Swatch International were featured in the article— Nico Skill and Maestro.

    Nicholas “Nico Skill” Smith explained how music reduced violence in the area.

    “Before Passa Passa, there was crazy war going on in Kingston, in the Denham Town, Tivoli area and all these places. Every minute, we had something flare up. But since Passa Passa came about, we’ve been playing and it’s been drawing such a huge crowd, the violence in the community is no more. Communities have been fighting, but not in the Tivoli area,” said Nico Skill.

    Carl “Maestro” Shelley co-signed Nico’s opinions.

    “Jamaica was on the verge of a dancehall breakdown. Fun and unity had deteriorated. Different people from different areas, different communities that shared different political views, did not cooperate. We introduced Passa Passa and it became a way of unifying the garrisons, the communities that make up Jamaica’s inner city.”

    Music (however it’s delivered) can bring out the good in people and places. Making it worthwhile.

    Please share your thoughts on Twitter (@SportsMax_Carib) or in the comments section on Facebook (@SportsMax). Don’t forget to use #IAmNotAFan. Until next time!

  • 'Lion' Ibrahimovic helping Milan grow, says Pioli 'Lion' Ibrahimovic helping Milan grow, says Pioli

    Stefano Pioli praised "lion" Zlatan Ibrahimovic and believes the star forward is helping Milan grow after a 3-1 win over Parma.

    Milan came from behind at San Siro on Wednesday and sit seventh in Serie A, boosting their chances of European qualification.

    After Jasmin Kurtic gave Parma the lead, goals from Franck Kessie, Alessio Romagnoli and Hakan Calhanoglu saw Milan to victory.

    Ibrahimovic played 90 minutes and Pioli said the 38-year-old's determination was pushing Milan.

    "He demands the maximum from himself and from others," the Milan coach told Sky Sport Italia.

    "He knows that the team is growing and he is giving his best, then he becomes a lion on the field. He gets very angry, sometimes out of turn, but we know how he is made.

    "His anger is positive … it is a determination that has made us and is making us grow.

    "The mental strength of the team has increased, we are more aware of our quality."

    Milan had found themselves behind before Kessie produced a moment of magic, the 23-year-old's 30-yard rocket bringing his side level.

    Kessie is up to four league goals this season and Pioli said he was happy with the midfielder.

    "He and I had some relationship difficulties, then we understood each other better," he said.

    "I think it is essential to get the most out of players. He is proving to be a very high level player."

    Milan are in action again on Saturday, when they host Bologna.

  • Sassuolo 3-3 Juventus: Bianconeri suffer title setback in thrilling draw Sassuolo 3-3 Juventus: Bianconeri suffer title setback in thrilling draw

    Juventus suffered a setback in their efforts to clinch a ninth successive Serie A title as they were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Sassuolo.

    The Bianconeri looked to have all but sealed the Scudetto when two penalties helped them preserve a nine-point lead at the top with a 2-2 draw against Atalanta on Saturday.

    Atalanta cut the lead down to six points with a 6-2 thumping of Brescia on Tuesday and Juve could be only four points ahead by the time they face Lazio on Monday after an engrossing contest saw the spoils shared.

    Danilo and Gonzalo Higuain put them 2-0 up inside 12 minutes before Filip Djuricic pulled one back. Domenico Berardi levelled matters six minutes into the second half and then teed up Francesco Caputo to make it 3-2, only for Alex Sandro to secure a point for Maurizio Sarri's men.

    Former Manchester City defender Danilo bent home from Miralem Pjanic's low corner delivery to the edge of the area and the Bosnia-Herzegovina international's sublime throughball led to the second goal as Higuain – preferred to Paulo Dybala – converted confidently on the half-volley.

    Wojciech Szczesny produced a pair of stunning saves to first deny Mert Muldur and then Berardi, but he could do nothing to prevent Djuricic from finding the top-right corner with a fine first-time finish after more good work from Muldur.

    Szczesny did well to hold a drive from Berardi as Sassuolo continued to press for an equaliser, with Cristiano Ronaldo seeing a gilt-edged chance to restore Juve's two-goal lead in first-half stoppage time deflected over.

    That advantage was eradicated in spectacular fashion by Berardi as he left Szczesny no chance with a superb free-kick from the edge of the area.

    And a remarkable turnaround was completed three minutes later when Berardi's ball across the face of goal found Caputo to tap in at the far post.

    Adrien Rabiot headed wide and Ronaldo shot straight at Consigli but Alex Sandro made no mistake in converting from Rodrigo Bentancur's corner to make it three apiece.

    Consigli thwarted Ronaldo from close range and at the other Szczesny produced heroics to deny Hamed Junior Traore, with Alex Sandro clearing Jeremie Boga's goal-bound follow-up in a fittingly frantic finale.

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