Bolt Has No Regrets After Shocking ThirdPlace Finish at

LONDON (AP) — One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him.One final time, the World’s Fastest Man furiously pumped the arms and legs on his gangly 6-foot-5 frame, desperately trying to reel in all those would-be winners as the finish line fast approached.This time, the afterburners kicked in but not hard enough. Not one, but two overlooked and underappreciated Americans — Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman — withstood what was once Bolt’s undeniable late charge.This time, Bolt finished third in the 100-meter dash at world championships. That’s right: A bronze-medal finish Saturday night in the going-away party for one of the planet’s most entertaining icons and track and field’s lone shining star.“No regrets,” Bolt insisted, long after a result that stunned a pumped-up crowd into near silence. “It was always going to end, no matter what happened — win, lose or draw. It doesn’t change anything in my career.”Gatlin, who actually trailed Bolt at the halfway point, heard boos cascade loudly across the stadium when his winning time, 9.92 seconds, popped up on the scoreboard. The 35-year-old, who has served two doping bans and been widely cast as a villain to Bolt’s hero, went sprawling to the ground with a huge smile. Later, he bowed down to the man he finally defeated.“I wanted to pay homage to him,” Gatlin said. “This night is still a magical night for track and field and Usain Bolt. I’m just happy to be one of his biggest competitors.”Coleman, a 21-year-old in the first major race of his life, was in shock, too: “To beat someone I looked up to when I was growing up. I was just happy to be on the line with him,” he conceded.Bolt, who finished third in a time of 9.95, accepted with class both the result and the fact that, at 30, he probably is picking the perfect time to retire.“I did it for the fans,” he said after collecting a bronze to go with his three world golds at 100 meters. “They wanted me to go for one more season. I came out and did the best I could.”In the past, the scene after a Bolt race was really just an after-party masquerading as ceremony, filled with Bob Marley tunes, Jamaican flags and dancing. On Saturday, it felt surreal to anyone who’s been at one of these Bolt victories before.With house music playing softly throughout the stadium where Bolt won the middle three of his nine Olympic finals, Gatlin and Coleman passed through the exit tunnel while the former champion took a 10-minute trip around the track, then detoured into the stands for selfies with the Jamaican fans who came across the ocean to see him one last time.A few minutes after that, he stepped onto the track, kneeled down and kissed the finish line that he crossed in Lane 4.Then, he gave the fans what they’ve come to expect: The famous “To The World” pose, which used to be the cherry on top of a raucous, fun-filled night. But where in the past the stadium would have still been brimming, this time, it was about one-eighth full and emptying quickly.Bolt still has the 4×100 relay next weekend. He was asked if he wished he could run what is widely considered his best race — the 200, one of three events (100 and 4×100 are the others) where he holds the world record.“It probably would’ve been even worse,” Bolt said. “I’m not in shape to run 200 meters right now.”Should we have seen this coming? Maybe so.Bolt raced very lightly this year, and his best time coming into the meet was the same 9.95 seconds he ran in his finale.His first heat, on Friday night, was ugly. Though he won, he lumbered out of the start and later complained about the feel of the starting blocks.In the semifinals, he actually lost by .01 to Coleman — a rare defeat in any sort of race, but one that could still be chalked up to it being a tune-up, with the real race more than two hours away.But in the back of his mind, reality was setting in: “After the semifinal, I knew if I didn’t get my start, I was going to be in trouble,” he said. “I knew it. And when I left the blocks, I was like ‘Aaaah.’”He was the second-slowest starter in the eight-man field. Nothing new there, though his less-than-ideal racing shape, to say nothing of the fitness of the guys he was chasing, turned the usual comeback into something nobody’s seen before on this big a stage.Through most of the race, it looked as if Bolt would be trying to reel in Coleman, the NCAA champion who was in Lane 5 and got out faster than anyone in the field.While that chase was unfolding, Gatlin, out in Lane 8, was coming from behind.Two years ago at the world championships, Gatlin had Bolt all but beaten in the 100 finals, but he leaned too early before the line and let the champion pass him for a .01-second victory.This time, it was Gatlin doing the passing, and now he is a world champion in addition to a trivia question: Who was the last sprinter to win Olympic gold in the 100 before Bolt? It was Gatlin in 2004.“You guys call it losses, losses, losses,” Gatlin said. “I’ll call it lessons, lessons, lessons.”The new champion spent much of his post-race news conference insisting he’d learned to tune out the booing that has followed him the past few years and explaining that he’s not that bad a guy.“I know you have to have the black hat and the white hat, but guys, c’mon,” he said.Bolt, meanwhile, was insistent that neither Gatlin’s win nor his own loss were disasters for track. He called the evening and the crowd “beautiful” — even if that medal he earned might not seem as pretty as the rest.“It doesn’t change anything,” Bolt said. “I lost the race to a great competitor. I came out here and did my best. I’ve done all I can do for my sport and for myself.” read more

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JeanMichel  Aulas enjoying battle for second place

first_imgOlympique Lyonnais President Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed he’s enjoying the battle for the second position in the French Ligue 1.Lyon played out a 2-2 draw against LOSC Lille, both of which are currently in the three-man battle for the second position in the French league.Loic Remy gave Lille the lead in the 17th minute before Nicolas Pepe doubled their lead. However, goals from Bertrand Traore and Moussa Dembele ensures Bruno Genesio’s men took a point from Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Lyon, who also played out a 2-2 draw against Manchester City on Tuesday to help bolster their chance of making the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League this season, are looking to improve on their third-place finish last season, and Aulas insists a draw is a fair result.Lyon president Aulas tells PSG to keep Neymar at all costs Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Jean-Michel Aulas believes Paris Saint-Germain must do whatever it takes to retain Neymar despite the player’s desire for a summer move.“A draw away against a direct opponent for the European places is a good result,” he said, according to The42. “We saw a good match and a very good Olympique Lyonnais (performance).”Meanwhile, Lille boss Christophe Galtier also revealed that he’s pleased with the result, despite his player’s frustration.“There is automatically a feeling of frustration among the players,” said the Lille coach. “In the end, I’m happy with this point.”last_img read more

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Time Inc Productions and Paramount Team Up on NonScripted TV Series

first_imgTime Inc. is taking two of its popular titles to a new destination— the small screen.Launching in January of next year, Time Inc. Productions and Paramount Network are teaming up for a multi-project deal that includes a set of premium non-scripted television series currently in pilot production.As part of this new initiative, the series will be linked to both Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly titles.Bruce Gersh, SVP, Strategy and Business Development at Time Inc. spoke to Folio: about the development process for the series. “Our development is a blend of original ideas, and leveraging existing IP,” says Gersh. “’The Bullseye’ and ‘Sports Illustrated: True Crime’ are editorial features that we reimagined for television.”The one-hour “Sports Illustrated: True Crime” series, launched by the brand and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, will investigate athletes involved in criminal activity and misdeeds, and is based on the title’s “SI True Crime” franchise. Each episode of the series will be complemented by an article on the brand’s website and in its print magazine.Additionally, the half-hour “Entertainment Weekly: The Bullseye” series will run as a late-night comedy panel/talk show based on the magazine’s “The Bullseye” column, and will feature a multitude of celebrity guests.When forming the ideas behind the series, Gersh notes that Time Inc. Productions has a devoted creative team that works to develop television programming across the company’s brands.In terms of the pitch process, Gersh says that both series were developed with Time Inc. Productions’ partners, and were then pitched as a team to Paramount.“We formed Television teams, and the process is collaborative between Time Inc. Productions and the individual brand stakeholders,” says Gersh.Looking ahead for Time Inc., Gersh tells us that extending the company’s brands in television is a priority.“We are seeing tremendous demand for our premium-quality content, and leveraging our intellectual property with some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Jerry Bruckheimer and Morgan Spurlock,” notes Gersh. “For instance, we recently won our first Emmy award in a traditional TV category for our “Year in Space” program. By the end of 2017, we will have produced over 50 hours of TV program- ming, more than doubling versus 2016.”last_img read more

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Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The MBTA is raising fares for Wilmington commuter rail riders beginning Monday, July 1, 2019.A one-way fare from Wilmington station on the Lowell Line and North Wilmington station on the Haverhill Line into North Station will now cost $8.00, an increase of $0.50 from the current $7.50.A monthly commuter rail pass for Zone 3 — which includes both Wilmington station and North Wilmington — will now cost $261.00, an increase of $16.75 from the current $244.25.These increases are part of a much broader MBTA fare increase on subway, commuter rail, certain buses, ferries, and the RIDE Program statewide.“State law allows the MBTA to raise fares at regular, modest increments, limiting increases to once every 2 years and a cap of no more than 7% for each increase,” reads an announcement from the MBTA. “The Fiscal and Management Control Board approved the proposal, with some modifications, resulting in an increase of an average of 5.8% across all fares.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”Lowell Line Weekend Commuter Rail Service To Be Replaced By Bus Shuttle For 3 Weekends Beginning May 12In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town Comes Up With Fix For North Wilmington Commuter Rail StationIn “Government”last_img read more

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ENSTAR strike ends without a new contract

first_imgThe ENSTAR operating employees strike is over, but the workers do not have a new contract. After two and a half weeks, they voted to return to work today.Download Audio:Greg Walker with Local 367 says not all of the employees wanted to go back, but he says they didn’t want the community to suffer.“There’s a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done in the state. I know that the developers, many of the people who have new construction and are looking for gas service to be put to those homes, are way behind schedule. And we don’t want the community to suffer in this strike.”Walker says the union is trying new tactics to come to a contract agreement with Canadian-owned ENSTAR over retirement benefits. He says they will continue to picket, and the strike sent the company a strong message.“Did we make any progress whatsoever? We’ll only know that answer down the road,” he said.John Sims with ENSTAR said in a statement that the company accepted the employees’ unconditional offer to return to work, and all offices are open for regular business.The union says the operating employees’ old contract is still in full force while negotiations continue.last_img read more

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Man killed in Cumilla gunfight

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and police at Raipur in Daudkandi upazila in Cumilla early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Rubayet Hossain Babul, son of Imam Hossain of Madhabdi upazila in Narsingdi district.Daudkandi police station officer-in-charge Mizanur Rahman claimed a team of police arrested two robbers Babul and Maruf Ahmed from Dhaka’s Uttara area on Monday in connection with their alleged involvement in mugging a covered van of export oriented fabrics from Daudkandi area.Later, police along with two others conducted a drive on Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Raipur area around 3:00am to nab their associates.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, associates of Babul opened fire to police prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.Babul caught in the line of fire while he was trying to flee the scene and sustained bullet injures.Later, he died on the way to Cumilla Medical College Hospital, police said.Four policemen including Nurul Islam, sub-inspector of Daudkandi police station, were injured during the gunfight.Police also recovered one pipe gun and a bullet from the spot.Babul was wanted in 22 cases field with different police stations in Narayanganj and Narsingdi.The news agency UNB reported on Tuesday that five people were killed in separate alleged gunfights with police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in three districts.The law enforcement’s version of the events was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

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Backpack Drive at Transformation Church

first_imgSchool supplies are due July 27 at Symone Center for Theater Arts, 9633 Liberty Road, Suites H&J in Randallstown, for Backpack Drive 2014 sponsored byTransformation of Life Church. Transformation of Life is partnering with local businesses to provide pencils, crayons, colored pencils, colored water markers glue sticks, pencil cases, composition notebooks, two pocket folders, hand sanitizer and so much more for communitychildren. For more information visit transformationoflife.org. The Rev. Kevin Hooks is pastor of the church.last_img read more

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Activision Blizzard Hires CAA Veteran David Messinger as CMO

first_imgActivision Blizzard tapped David Messinger, a former 15-plus-year veteran of CAA, as its first corporate-wide chief marketing officer.Messinger, based in Santa Monica, reports to Coddy Johnson, Activision Blizzard’s president and COO. It’s the first time the video-game company has appointed a CMO who will oversee the global marketing operations across all of Activision Blizzard brands.Messinger’s “tenure in global entertainment and his expertise in strategic, award-winning marketing campaigns will help our communities to grow and further inspire our players to connect, compete and play,” Johnson said in a statement.In a separate management change, on Aug. 14, Brian Stolz shifted from serving as chief people officer (head of human resources) of Activision Blizzard to serving as a special adviser to CEO Bobby Kotick. Claudine Naughton, formerly AIG’s chief human resources officer, has joined the company as chief people officer. Popular on Variety Blizzard Co-Founder Frank Pearce Exits After 28 Years Before joining Activision Blizzard, Messinger was briefly CEO of Verum Ventus, a strategic consulting company for C-level execs, which he joined in October 2018. Prior to that, he spent more than 15 years at CAA, most recently as the co-head of marketing for the sports and entertainment agency. Earlier in his career, Messinger led consumer marketing for Ticketmaster and held various roles at the Walt Disney Co. and marketing agency Leo Burnett Worldwide. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate in film and video from Duke University.Messinger commented, “I have a profound admiration for Activision Blizzard’s track record of developing enduring entertainment franchises. I’m thrilled to be joining the company and look forward to collaborating with the many talented teams across the organization as we continue to connect these iconic entertainment properties to the many communities of engaged fans around the world.”Activision Blizzard’s titles include Activision’s “Call of Duty” and “Spyro”; Blizzard Entertainment’s “World of Warcraft,” “Overwatch,” “Hearthstone,” “Diablo,” “StarCraft,” and “Heroes of the Storm”; and King’s “Candy Crush.”For the quarter ended June 30, Activision Blizzard reported $1.40 billion in revenue, down 15% from $1.64 billion during the same quarter a year ago. The company had 327 million monthly active users across all titles in Q2 — down 7% from 352 million in the year-earlier period. The company attributed much of the user decline to its split with “Destiny” developer Bungie, which was announced earlier this year. Related Activision Blizzard Q2 Beats Outlook, But Not Last Year’s Second Quarter ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Young artists go green at FDDIs contest

first_imgWith an aim to reveal the creative potential of young students, Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI), on Friday organised an Inter School T-shirt Painting Competition at its Noida Campus. As the entire world is reeling under pollution, FDDI kept the theme of the competition ‘Go Green’ to encourage young participants pull their heart and soul in painting. More than 250 students from 17 schools participated in the competition. Young artists enthusiastically weaved their imagination with the strokes of brush. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPaintings were judged by faculty members of FDDI and anchor Vibhuti Pathania managed the event. Aditya Mittal from Khaitan Public School bagged the first position, Anushka Datta from Mayoor School and Harman Kaur from Guruharkishan School secured second and third position respectively. Adarsh Kumar Executive Director, FDDI gave away the prizes and motivated the students.FDDI is a premier academic and training institution dedicated to the development and growth of the footwear, leather products, retail and fashion merchandise and fashion design sectors. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe institute plays a key role in imparting education, facilitating the Indian industry by bridging the skill gap in the areas of footwear, leather accessory and life style products, and because of its continuous contribution towards nation building, FDDI has been awarded the status of “Institute of National Importance” in the year 2017.FDDI has also showcased the thematic and other creations by students of all departments at the 37th India International Trade Fair, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The stall is set up at Haryana Pavilion. FDDI was established in 1986, under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India with an objective to develop Human Resources within the country by imparting appropriate knowledge and skills to promote the rapid growth of footwear and allied industry in the country. It has Pan India Presence with 12 state-of art campuses spread across the country.FDDI has a strong alumni base and strong industry linkage. Almost all the leading industries of the country are associated with the Institute and have a tangible participation in academic matters.last_img read more

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