Shelly is great!

first_img One more medal Like all Jamaican athletes in every era, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce labours under the considerable shadow of the tall man from Trelawny, Usain Bolt. It’s not her fault that he is a super icon. All she can do is what she has always done – win, win and win. As she continues to blossom, one truth has become self-evident. Shelly is great. In fact, with a growing collection of gold medals and fast times, the little lady is the most successful 100-metre sprinter ever. Even before her second big win in Beijing, she was the only sprinter with two Olympic titles and two World titles. Gail Devers, the fast-starting American, won her Olympic 100-metre gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and a World title in 1993. Devers comes closest. The other two-time Olympic winner is 1964 and 1968 champion American, Wyomia Tyus. She didn’t have World Championships to target as that meet was only inaugurated in 1983. No one can tell how well she would have done had the World Championships started in 1963. That leaves Shelly with one option; if she wants to break the ‘tie’ she has with Devers and Tyus, all she has to do is win a medal next year in the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics. Three Olympic gold medals in the same would do the job nicely. That’s in the future. For now, the rocket-starting Jamaican has erased our memory of her sole 100-metre loss of the season. That was a jet-lagged loss in Shanghai. Since then, she has won all her races with consistent speed. Consistency is the hallmark of her career. Even those who wanted her off Jamaica’s 100-metre team jumped for joy when she led an unprecedented 1-2-2 finish in the 2008 Olympic final, in 10.78 seconds. To press the point, she edged past Merlene Ottey’s longstanding Jamaica record by 0.01 to win over compatriot, Kerron Stewart, at the 2009 World Championships in 10.73 seconds. A stumble at the start and a season of injuries cost her a medal at the 2011 Worlds, but the little one bounced back. In London, she repeated her 2008 win with a hard-running triumph over World champion, Carmelita Jeter of the United States. In Moscow at the World Championship in 2013, she destroyed the 100 field in the first half of a sprint double. Believe it or not, Murielle Ahoure, the fine Ivory Coast sprinter, was defeated by a smidge over two-tenths of a second. That’s an eternity in sprint racing. By the way, she snipped her own national record to 10.70 in 2012. The evidence forces one conclusion. Even if you ignore her 2013 200-metre World title and her 2012 Olympic silver medal behind elegant American Allyson Felix, the truth stares you in the face. It’s very simple. Shelly is great. – Hubert Lawrence was in Beijing when Fraser-Pryce won her first Olympic gold medal.last_img read more

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Bogdanovic scores 19 points as Pacers rout Grizzlies

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pique says Rafael Nadal to play in new Davis Cup format Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) celebrates with guard Victor Oladipo (4) after a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and Victor Oladipo added 16 to help the Indiana Pacers rout the Memphis Grizzlies 111-83 on Wednesday night.It was the largest-opening night victory margin in the franchise’s NBA era, breaking the mark of 27 set against the then New Jersey Nets in 1985.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Grizzlies never got closer than 18 the rest of the game on a night Indiana was 10 of 25 on 3s and had 20 turnovers.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Mike Conley returned to his hometown and scored 11 points in his first regular-season appearance since mid-November. He missed 70 games last season with an injured left heel. … Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., who grew up in nearby Carmel, scored 10 points in his NBA debut. … The game was J.B. Bickerstaff’s first as a full-time head coach. He previously served as an interim coach with Houston in 2015-16 and last season with Memphis. … Gasol appeared to hurt his right leg during the second quarter but returned before halftime and played throughout the second half.Pacers: Indiana has won three straight over the Grizzlies. … Tyreke Evans had 14 points and six assists against his former team. Evans played last season in Memphis. … The Pacers finished with a 57-28 rebounding advantage — recording their highest single-game total since 2003. … Doug McDermott had 12 points, Cory Joseph finished with 11 and Thaddeus Young wound up with 10 points and eight rebounds. … TJ Leaf, Indiana’s first-round draft pick in 2017, left late in the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.UP NEXT:ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Domantas Sabonis finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds as Indiana earned its seventh opening-night win eight years. The Pacers also have won eight of their last nine home openers.Marc Gasol scored 13 points and Garrett Temple had 12 — all on 3-pointers — for the Grizzlies. It was Memphis’ first season-opening loss in three years — and this one was never really close.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIndiana took a 26-16 lead after one quarter, then used a 14-2 second-quarter run to make it 41-17.Memphis closed to 56-39 at the half and cut the deficit to 14 twice in the third quarter, but the Pacers fended off the finally charge with 9-3 run to rebuild a 73-53 lead. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Grizzlies: Will try to rebound in their home opener against Atlanta on Friday night.Pacers: Make their first road trip of the season at Milwaukee on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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QPR continue Championship climb as they inflict second-straight defeat on Villa

first_imgQPR extended their winning run to three as Pawel Wszolek scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Loftus Road.Steve McClaren’s side continued their rise up the Championship table as some brave defending took them to seventh and inflicted back-to-back defeats on new Villa boss Dean Smith. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions QPR edged a close encounter at Loftus Road LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The lively Grealish also sent a long-range shot into Lumley’s arms and fired wide from near the edge of the penalty area after being teed up by Villa’s on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.John McGinn also went close for Villa when he turned away from Massimo Luongo and cut inside from the right beyond Joel Lynch before firing a left-footed shot wide of the target.At the other end, keeper Orjan Nyland comfortably gathered Cameron’s harmless header from Luke Freeman’s corner and a right-footed shot from Freeman after Wszolek had combined with Luongo to set up the QPR playmaker.Nyland was called into action again when Freeman’s trickery on the left-hand side of the box created a sight of goal for Ebere Eze, whose first-time shot was easily held. huge blow Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Rangers then appealed in vain for a spot-kick when Wszolek latched on to Eze’s pass and shot wide of the near post after appearing to be held back by Neil Taylor.But Wszolek punished Villa a couple of minutes later by pouncing on their shoddy defending to score his first league goal of the season.Villa put Rangers under pressure in the second half but were unable to find an equaliser.Abraham nudged the ball wide from six yards out after being found by McGinn’s left-wing free-kick, and Lumley produced a near-post save to deny substitute Yannick Bolasie. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF REVEALED Villa’s Jack Grealish hit the woodwork and the home side should arguably have been awarded a penalty before Wszolek struck seven minutes before half-time.Wszolek drifted into the middle, in between defenders James Chester and Axel Tuanzebe to collect Geoff Cameron’s ball over the top.The Polish winger then unleashed a shot which bounced down off the underside of the bar and over the line.It clinched a fourth victory and clean sheet of a five-match unbeaten run for Rangers.Since losing their first four league games under manager McClaren – a run which included a 7-1 humiliation at West Brom – QPR have lost just two of their subsequent 11.Smith’s side almost went ahead when keeper Joe Lumley misjudged Grealish’s 30th-minute free-kick, seemingly believing it was drifting well wide, only to see it bounce back off his left-hand post. REVEALED MONEY no dice 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 Smith knows there is a lot of work to be done Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card last_img read more

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