Being the best is never easy – Bolt

first_imgWORLD’S fastest man Usain Bolt has reiterated the fact that hard work has been the most crucial ingredient in his complete domination of the sport of track and field, even as he prepares to hang up his spikes in a few months’ time.The Jamaican’s dominance of the sprint events over the last few years has almost been unparalleled. The sprinter has not only managed eight Olympic and 11 World Championship gold medals, but also lost only a handful of races in nearly 10 years since his first major gold medal in Beijing.At times the sprinter has made defeating his numerous rivals look easy, but he has always been just as quick to insist it’s never the case.“People always say I made it look easy, but it’s not easy,” Bolt told CNN in a recent interview.“It looks easy because I put in so much work so when I get on the stage I execute very well. I tell people all the time that if I’m in good shape, then no one is going to beat me.”Bolt is eager to take a break from that work and has vowed to call time on his career following this summer’s World Championships in London. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

Northeast Michigan residents asked to take COVID-19 poll

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisANN ARBOR, Mich. — An Ann Arbor-based nonprofit organization wants to hear what Northeast Michigan residents have to say about COVID–19 and the state’s response to the health crisis.Altarum is asking residents to participate in an online poll to express their concerns and provide those on the front lines with useful data on how Michigan residents are responding to the pandemic.“We really need data to understand the public’s understanding of protective measures and where there are gaps in that knowledge. We can’t change behavior without knowing what behavior people are engaging in and why,” said Dan Armijo, chief operating officer of Altarum.Armijo explained that 97-percent of Michigan residents believe social distancing is necessary.  Two out of three people across the state report that someone in their household it at high risk, he said.The survey is completely anonymous, keeping respondents identities private.To participate in the online survey, visit https://altarum.org/COVID  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan’s 106th districtNext Alpena County launches task force to keep local businesses afloat amid coronavirus outbreaklast_img read more

It’s official: LeBron James signs his Lakers contract

first_img VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers’ last NBA championship was in 2010 and brought them within one of the Boston Celtics’ league-high total of 17. The Lakers have won 11 championships while based in Los Angeles since 1960-61, adding to the five they won when they called Minneapolis home.“This is a historic moment for the Lakers and we could not feel more grateful and honored,” Pelinka said. “When LeBron James – a perennial NBA MVP and champion who is playing at the most astonishing levels of his career – chooses to join the Lakers, it serves as the ultimate validation for what we are building here. However, we all know that the work is not yet done. We will continue forward to achieve our shared obsession of bringing banner No. 17 to the world’s best fans – Lakers Nation.”In addition to James, the Lakers’ management team of Johnson and Pelinka have added guards Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson and center JaVale McGee to the roster during a hyperactive free-agency period that begin with the start of the negotiating period at 9:01 p.m., June 30.Free agents could begin signing their new contracts this past Friday.The Lakers did not wish to speak publicly about their deal with James until Monday, however. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Related Articles VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A news conference with Pelinka has been scheduled for Wednesday in El Segundo.James is not expected to attend, however, and is not expected to speak publicly about his decision until a charity event in Ohio later this month.Lakers coach Luke Walton reportedly was scheduled to meet Monday with James’ former coach, Tyronn Lue, at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas to learn more about coaching the future Hall of Famer. Walton also was said to have spoken by phone with another of James’ past coaches, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra.James played in all 82 games last season, tallying a team-high 27.5 points (third in the NBA), acareer-high-tying 8.6 rebounds and a career-high 9.1 assists (second in the NBA) while shooting54.2 percent from the field. He became the first player in NBA history to accumulate at least 30,000 career points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists. In addition, the 15-year NBA veteran currently holds the longest-ever double-digit scoring streak at 873 games.James, who won league MVP awards in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013, has played in 1,143 career regular-season games (1,142 starts) for Cleveland and Miami, averaging 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He currently ranks seventh in NBA history in points scored (31,038), 11th in all-time assists (8,208) and 16th in career steals (1,865). Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? LeBron James officially became a Laker on Monday afternoon, signing the four-season, $153.3-million contract he agreed to on July 1 and then posing for a photo with General Manager Rob Pelinka that was posted on the Twitter account of Klutch Sports.“Today is a great day for the Lakers organization and Lakers fans all over the world to welcome LeBron James, a three-time NBA champion and a four-time NBA MVP,” Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson said in a statement. “LeBron is special. He is the best player in the world. He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful. The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA Finals. It’s a huge step closer to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.”The Lakers targeted James from the outset of their rebuilding efforts, after Johnson and Pelinka were hired in March 2017 to restore the franchise to its elite status in the NBA. The Lakers have won 16 league championships, but haven’t made the playoffs since 2013.James’ teams have advanced to the NBA Finals in eight consecutive seasons, including last month when he and the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated by the Golden State Warriors for the third time in four seasons. James won two titles with the Miami Heat and one with the Cavaliers.last_img read more