Gatlin looks forward to final showdown with Bolt

first_imgAMERICAN sprint star Justin Gatlin admits he is looking forward to one last showdown with world’s fastest man Usain Bolt at this summer’s London World Championships.The meet is expected to be the last major championship of the decorated 30-year-old Bolt, who has announced that he will be retiring from the sport at the end of this season.The 35-year-old Gatlin, who has been Bolt’s closest rival for the last several seasons, ensured that he is on course to at least remain a part of the spectacle following a 100m win at United States Trials on Saturday.The sprinter clocked 9.95 seconds to claim the top spot, in the process getting the better of young collegiate star Christian Coleman (9.98) the pre-race favourite for many heading into the final.Now on the horizon for Gatlin, who finished second behind Bolt at the 2013 and 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, is another chance to test the mettle of the Jamaican.“It’s going to be a changing of an era,” Gatlin told Reuters. “We are going to be looking at a person who came along and made his mark and who has not only excited the crowds but he has made history over and over.”“I always wanted to battle with the guys with the records,” the American said.“When I came back into the sport, my goal was to be…I said to myself ‘I just want to be shoulder to shoulder with him’,” Gatlin told reporters at the U.S. nationals/world trials.“It was just total respect for how fast he is, the competition he brings.”last_img read more

Mark Price leans on NBA experience to rejuvenate Charlotte program as head coach

first_imgWhen Mark Price called quits on a 12-year NBA career, he wasn’t thinking about coaching.Price, whose father spent his career as a collegiate and professional coach, knew what kind of work the job took. It wasn’t something he ready for.But he couldn’t get away from what he grew up surrounded by. He spent a season under his former college coach at Georgia Tech, Bobby Cremins, and coached as an assistant in the NBA for a number of teams, most recently as a skills development coach for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Hornets.His career came full-circle when the former point guard was offered the head coaching job at Charlotte, an easy transition since he was already coaching in the city. After piecing a 49ers team together nearly from scratch heading into the 2015 season, Price is drawing on his knowledge and experience to try to rejuvenate a program that hasn’t gone dancing in 10 years. He’ll be pacing the sideline when Charlotte (1-2) takes on Syracuse (3-0) Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. on Paradise Island in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.“I guess I’ve taken a little bit of a longer route to get to where I’m at,” Price said. “But it just seemed like the game kept pulling me back in.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Price officially became head coach on March 26, the work to rebuild a program began immediately. He took over a roster that lost 78 percent of its scoring from the year prior and had just five scholarship players remaining, some of whom Price suspected may have left because of the coaching change.He wasted no time diving into the junior college ranks and reaching out to transfers, casting a wide net to look for “a little bit of everything.”On April 23, Price landed his first recruit in point guard Jon Davis from Hargrave Military Academy just 28 days after becoming coach.“I couldn’t be quite as picky in getting in as late as I did and kind scrambling to build a roster,” Price said, “but overall I feel pretty good about the young guys.”When Price sits down to talk with recruits, he said he’ll use his experiences as ammunition, enticing them with his connections at the next level.Freshman point guard Andrien White, who joined Charlotte 13 days after Davis, remembers his first phone call with Price on the other end.He remembers hearing the excitement from those close to him that knew Price, rekindling memories of the player who averaged 15.2 points and 6.7 assists in the NBA to go along with a .904 career free-throw percentage (second all-time) and two 3-point shootout titles.“My dad was aware of him and my high school coach,” White said. “And they told me so many stories about how good he was, what he’s done and accomplished.”For Price’s players, it’s evident he’s running his coaching operation as a former point guard. They can tell by the way he teaches, especially through his patient and hands-on approach, often jumping into drills and running them with the players.“It’s just always exciting to get that perspective … he’s been where we’re heading, he’s been where we’re trying to go” said redshirt junior Braxton Ogbueze.And if accolades aren’t sufficient, Price has helped give Charlotte its own identity.He’s come in with a chip on his shoulder after being counted out his whole life, White said, and has stressed the story of being a freshman on a Georgia Tech team many called one of the worst in the league.Two seasons later, Price and the Yellow Jackets won the ACC Championship.The players can relate. Some of them weren’t heavily recruited. Charlotte hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2005, and the onus is on Price to help the mid-major school to break its streak of mediocrity.“He has shared that his whole life he’s been told what he couldn’t do,” White said. “That’s kind of what we’re going through here in Charlotte.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edulast_img read more

Upamecano ‘dreaming’ of Prem transfer and won’t sign new RB Leipzig deal

first_imgDAYOT UPAMECANO is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports.The defender has been heavily linked with a summer move away from RB Leipzig amid interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.1 Dayot Upamecano is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports in GermanyCredit: Getty Images – GettyAccording to German newspaper Bild, the 21-year-old views the English top-flight as his “dream destination”.The France Under-21 star has just 18 months left to run on his contract with the Bundesliga side.And the source states that he has rejected the club’s attempts to tie him down with a new deal.He has played for the German side since he moved from Red Bull Salzburg for £9million in 2017.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the GunnersAnd he will be available for £50million when his release clause activates in the summer.Arsenal are long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, but were priced out of a move for him in the January transfer window.And reports from Germany claimed the club had a £50million bid rejected for him in the summer.The Gunners are expected to reignite their interest in him this summer, but face competition from a number of Europe’s biggest clubs. LATEST ARSENAL NEWSLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialTottenham boss Jose Mourinho ran the rule over Upamecano during Leipzig’s 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich over the weekend.Spurs could find themselves needing defensive reinforcements as Jan Vertonghen’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season.Manchester City, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been linked to the Bundesliga star.The Arsenal squad trek through the desert on camels during Dubai training camplast_img read more