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After masterminding the transfer of Joseph Paintsil from Tema Youth to Ferencváros and to Genk in Belgium and also Jonah Osabutey from Tema Youth to Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga, Emmanuel Gyasi and his partners are set to launch the next big thing in terms of football development in Ghana.IMG 20190314 WA0007

Gyasi, a football enthusiast and a top FIFA intermediary will be in Ghana to supervise a talent hunt event set to start in April this year.

The young and visionary FIFA Intermediary seeks to use the platform to unearth raw talents and place them in the best development centers across the world to help them realise their dreams.

His partners are seeking to set up an ultra-modern academy in Ghana with the name GoldCoast Football Academy from the top talents they will identify from the talent hunt exercise.

Starting in Kumasi, the Opoku Ware Senior High School (OWASS) Park will witness the first exercise which starts on April 27th 2019.

With free entry for every young player and the only qualification being one’s talent, the OWASS Park is expected to bleed with a lot of exceptional talents when the exercise finally starts.

In the video below, Emmanuel Gyasi explains the vision and mission of Gold Coast Academy as well as the modalities of the exercise slatted for next month.

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The favorites have proved their way into Group D: Egypt and Ghana reached the quarter-finals at the African Cup
Recruiters Egypt and Ghana were the last teams to reach the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup in Gabon. In group D, the seven-time Cup winner beat 1-0 (1-0) against Ghana. Egypt's Mohamed Salah of AS Roma was the scorer. The tournament has been concluded for Uganda and Mali, who lost 1: 1 (0-0).

The first quarter-finals will be held on Saturday, Burkina Faso and Tunisia, as well as Senegal and Cameroon. Ghana is the second in Group D on Sunday against the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Hosts Gabon with Borussia Dortmunds striker star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had already been eliminated in the preliminary round. Also title defender Ivory Coast with Salomon Kalou of Hertha BSC had failed.


Mesut Ozil has released a remarkable 2,320-word statement confirming his retirement from international football and slamming the "racism and disrespect" he has suffered. The Arsenal star was criticised for meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup, and then slammed for his performances in Russia as Germany went out in the group stages.

The 29-year-old released the statement in three separate tweets across the day on Sunday, and said that he couldn't bring himself to wear the Germany shirt any more. The past couple of weeks have given me time to reect, and time to think over the events of the last few months. Consequently, I want to share my thoughts and feelings about what has happened.

Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots rmly based in Turkey. I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish. During my childhood, my mother taught me to always be respectful and to never forget where I came from, and these are still values that I think about to this day.

In May, I met President Erdogan in London, during a charitable and educational event. We rst met in 2010 after he and Angela Merkel watched the Germany vs. Turkey match together in Berlin. Since then, our paths have crossed a lot of times around the globe. I'm aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions.
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As I said, my mother has never let me lose sight of my ancestry, heritage and family traditions. For me, having a picture with President Erdogan wasn't about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest ofce of my family’s country. My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies. In fact, we spoke about the same topic that we do every time we have met - football - as he too was a player in his youth.

Although the German media have portrayed something different, the truth is that not meeting with the President would have been disrespecting the roots of my ancestors, who I know would be proud of where I am today. For me, it didn't matter who was President, it mattered that it was the President. Having respect for political ofce is a view that I'm sure both the Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May share when they too hosted Erdogan in London. Whether it had been the Turkish or the German President, my actions would’ve been no different.

I get that this may be hard to understand, as in most cultures the political leader cannot be thought of as being separate from the person. But in this case, it is different. Whatever the outcome would've been in this previous election, or the election before that, I would have still taken the picture. I know that I am a footballer who has played in arguably the three toughest leagues in the world. I've been fortunate to receive great support from my teammates and coaching staff whilst playing in the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premier League. And in addition, throughout my career, I've learnt to deal with the media.

A lot of people talk about my performances - many applaud and many criticise. If a newspaper or pundit finds fault in a game I play in, then I can accept this - I'm not a perfect footballer and this often motivates me to work and train harder. But what I can’t accept, are German media outlets repeatedly blaming my dual-heritage and a simple picture for a bad World Cup on behalf of an entire squad.

Certain German newspapers are using my background and photo with President Erdogan as right-wing propaganda to further their political cause. Why else did they use pictures and headlines with my name as a direct explanation for defeat in Russia?

They didn‘t criticise my performances. They didn‘t criticise the team‘s performances, they just criticised my Turkish ancestry and respect for my upbringing. This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me.

What I also nd disappointing are the double standards that the media has. Lothar Matthaus (an honorary German national team captain) met with another world leader a few days back, and received almost no media criticism. Despite his role with the DFB (German national team), they have not asked him to publicly explain his actions and he continues to represent the players of Germany without any reprimand. If the media felt that I should have been left of the World Cup squad, then surely he should be stripped of his honorary captaincy? Does my Turkish heritage make me a more worthy target?

I've always thought that a 'partnership' infers support, both in the good times and also during tougher situations. Recently, I planned to visit my former school Berger-Feld in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, along with two of my charitable partners. I funded a project for one year where immigrant children, children from poor families and any other children can play football together and learn social rules for life.
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However, days before we were scheduled to go, I was abandoned by my so-called 'partners', who no longer wanted to work with me at this time. To add to this, the school told my management that they no longer wanted me to be there at this time, as they 'feared the media" due to my picture with President Erdogan, especially with the “right-wing party in Gelsenkirchen on the rise". In all honesty, this really hurt. Despite being a student of theirs back when l was younger. I was made to feel unwanted and unworthy of their time.

In addition to this I was renounced by another partner. As they are also a sponsor of the DFB, l was asked to take part in promotional videos for the World Cup. Yet after my picture with President Erdogan they took me out of the campaigns and cancelled all promotional activities that were scheduled. For them it was no longer good to be seen with me and called the situation ‘crisis management'.

This is all ironic because a German Ministry declared their products have illegal and unauthorized software devices in them, which puts customers at risk. Hundreds of thousands of their products are getting recalled. Whilst I was being criticised and asked to justify my actions by the DFB, there was no such ofcial and public explanation demanded of the DFB sponsor. Why? Am i right in thinking this is worse than a picture with the President of my family‘s country? What does the OPE have to say about all this?

As I said before, ‘partners' should stick with you in all situations. Adidas, Beats and Big Shoe have been extremely loyal and amazing to work with in this time. They rise above the nonsense created by the German press and media, and we carry out our projects in a professional manner that I really enjoy being part of.

During the World Cup, I worked with Big Shoe and helped get 23 young children life-changing surgeries in Russia, which I have also done previously in Brazil and Africa. This for me is the most important thing that I do as a football player, yet the newspapers nd no space to raise awareness about this sort of thing. For them, me being booed or taking a picture with a President is more signicant then helping children get surgeries worldwide. They too have a platform to raise awareness and funds, but choose not to do so.

Arguably the issue that has frustrated me the most over the past couple of months has been the mistreatment from the DFB, and in particular the OPE President Reinhard Grindel. After my picture with President Erdogan l was asked by Joachim Low to cut short my holiday and go to Berlin and give a joint statement to end all the talk and set the record straight.

Whilst I attempted to explain to Grindel my heritage, ancestry and therefore reasoning behind the photo, he was far more interested in speaking about his own political views and belittling my opinion. Whilst his actions were patronising, we came to agree that the best thing to do was to concentrate on football and the upcoming World Cup. This is why l did not attend the OPE media day during the World Cup preparations. I knew journalists discussing politics and not football would just attack me, even though the whole issue was deemed to be over by Oliver Bierhoff in a TV interview he did before the Saudi Arabia game in Leverkusen.

During this time, I also met with the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Unlike Grindel, President Steinmeier was professional and actually was interested in what I had to say about my family, my heritage and my decisions. I remember that the meeting was only between myself, Ilkay and President Steinmeier, with Grindel being upset that he wasn't allowed inside to boost his own political agenda. I agreed with President Steinmeier that we would release a joint statement about the matter, in another attempt to move toward and focus on football. But Grindel was upset that it wasn't his team releasing the first statement, annoyed that Steinmeier‘s press ofce had to take lead on this matter.

Since the end of the World Cup, Grindel has come under much pressure regarding his decisions before the tournament started, and rightly so. Recently, he has publicly said I should once again explain my actions and puts me at fault for the poor team results in Russia, despite telling me it was over in Berlin. I am speaking now not for Grindel, but because I want to. I will no longer stand for being a scapegoat for his incompetence and inability to do his job properly. I know that he wanted me out the team after the picture, and publicised his view on Twitter without any thinking or consultation, but Joachim Low and Oliver Bierhoff stood up for me and backed me.

In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose. This is because despite paying taxes in Germany, donating facilities to German schools and winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, I am still not accepted into society. I am treated as being 'different'. I received the 'Bambi Award' in 2010 as an example of successful integration to German society, I received a 'Silver Laurel Leaf' in 2014 from the Federal Republic of Germany, and I was a ’German Football Ambassador’ in 2015. But clearly, I am not German.. .?

Are there criteria for being fully German that I do not t? My friend Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose are never referred to as German-Polish, so why am I German-Turkish? Is it because it is Turkey? Is it because I'm a Muslim? I think here lays an important issue. By being referred to as German-Turkish, it is already distinguishing people who have family from more than one country. I was born and educated in Germany, so why don't people accept that I am German?

Grindel's opinions can be found elsewhere too. I was called by Bernd Holzhauer (a German politician) a “goat-f***er” because of my picture with President Erdogan and my Turkish background. Furthermore, Werner Steer (Chief of German Theatre) told me to "piss off to Anatolia", a place in Turkey where many immigrants are based.

As I have said before, criticising and abusing me because of family ancestry is a disgraceful line to cross, and using discrimination as a tool for political propaganda is something that should immediately result In the resignation of those disrespectful individuals. These people have used my picture with President Erdogan as an opportunity to express their previously hidden racist tendencies, and this is dangerous for society.

They are no better than the German fan who told me after the game against Sweden "Ozil, verpiss Dich Du scheiss TiirkensauJ’iirkenschwein hau ab' or in English "Ozil, f**k off you Turkish s**t, p*** off you Turkish pig!‘
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I don't want to even discuss the hate mail, threatening phone calls and comments on social media that my family and I have received. They all represent a Germany of the past, a Germany not open to new cultures, and a Germany that I am not proud of. I am condent that many proud Germans who embrace an open society would agree with me.

To you, Reinhard Grindel, I am disappointed but not surprised by your actions. In 2004 whilst you were a German member of Parliament, you claimed that “multiculturalism is in reality a myth [and] a lifelong lie” whilst you voted against legislation for dual-nationalities and punishments for bribery, as well as saying that Islamic culture has become too ingrained in many German cities. This is unforgivable and unforgettable.

The treatment l have received from the OPE and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten. People with racially discriminative backgrounds should not be allowed to work in the largest football federation in the world that has many players from dual-heritage families. Attitudes like theirs simply do not reect the players they supposedly represent.

It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events. I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect. I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don‘t. This decision has been extremely difcult to make because I have always given everything for my teammates, the coaching staff and the good people of Germany. But when high-ranking DFB ofcials treat me as they did, disrespect my Turkish roots and selshly turn me into political propaganda, then enough is enough. That is not why I play football, and I will not sit back and do nothing about it.

Racism should never, ever be accepted.

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US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to win her first Miami Open title. American Stephens looked tense at the start and there were eight breaks of serve in the first set before the home favourite prevailed in the tie-break. The 25-year-old world number 12 relied heavily on her defence before putting her foot on the gas in the second set.

World number five Ostapenko, 20, was left to rue an unforced error count of 48 which cost her a first win in Miami.

It was the first meeting between the pair, both Grand Slam winners in the past 12 months, and their nerves showed in the opening exchanges as the first four games went against serve.

Stephens had beaten three former Grand Slam champions - Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka - to make the final, but she struggled initially against an aggressive Ostapenko.

Stephens hit just three winners in the first set, relying on 29 unforced errors from the Latvian to scrape through the tie-break.

French Open champion Ostapenko had not dropped a set all tournament until that point, and immediately broke the American in the second set.

Florida native Stephens showed her improved speed as she continued to return Ostapenko's hits, before finally coming alive in attack at 3-1 with a deft drop-shot and a brilliant cross-court winner as the finish line came into sight.

The American ramped up the tempo and swept through the final games to win in one hour 31 minutes.

Having lost eight matches in a row following her US Open triumph, Stephens has now responded to that slump with a sixth WTA title that will move her into the world top 10 for the first time when the rankings are released on Monday.

"There were pre-match jitters but once I won the first set, I was able to settle," she said. "I have wanted to be in the top 10 for so long. It's very exciting."



Three-time champion and eighth seed Venus Williams has been knocked out of the Miami Open in the quarter-finals by qualifier Danielle Collins.

The 24-year-old, ranked 93rd in the world, needed only one hour 29 minutes to come through 6-2 6-3 against fellow American Williams, 37, a seven-time Grand Slam winner.

It was Collins' first victory against a top 10 player.

She will now face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals.

The 20-year-old Latvian saw off world number four Elina Svitolina over two tie-breaks, winning 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5).

"The first time I saw Venus in the locker room I nearly cried," Collins admitted. "She has been my favourite player so I am finding it difficult to wrap my head around this."

Victoria Azarenka will play US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the other women's singles semi-final.


Rafael Nadal coped with an on-court intruder and the Paris rain to beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer and win a record eighth French Open title. Nadal, 27, came through 6-3 6-2 6-3 to reaffirm his dominance on clay, and further elevate himself among the greats of the sport.

"I'm very happy, very emotional," he said. "It's a very important victory for me."
However, the final was interrupted by a brief protest high in the stands during the second set that was quickly followed by an intruder leaping onto the court while brandishing a flare.

Security guards managed to bundle the man to the ground as he approached Nadal, and the player even took care to shake an official's hand before returning to the action.
"Just can I say thank you very much to all the security guys," he said afterwards. "They did just amazing work.
"They were very quick, and they were very courageous about what they did in the first moment."
Nadal dropped his serve immediately after the incident, but within an hour he had wrapped up the victory that makes him the first man to win a Grand Slam singles tournament eight times.
His 59th match win also takes him past Roger Federer and Guillermo Vilas at Roland Garros, while his 12th major title moves him above Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list. Ferrer, playing in his first major final at the age of 31, was a worthy adversary and pushed his compatriot harder than the score might suggest, but he never threatened an upset.

Both men appeared edgy in the early stages, with breaks of serve exchanged in games three and four, but Nadal fired a brilliant cross-court backhand winner to move ahead again at 4-3 and took the set with a third break. Ferrer was making his illustrious compatriot work for his service games and missed an early chance in the second set, before Nadal made him pay with a forehand winner for 2-0.

A routine afternoon looked on the cards, but the calm was shattered by chanting from protesters with a banner in the upper tier of the stands during the sixth game of the set. The players paused while the incident was dealt with only for another, potentially more serious, disturbance to follow before the next game when a shirtless man wearing a mask vaulted the flower bed surrounding the court, waving a burning flare above his head.
When play resumed, two unsurprisingly distracted service games followed, but Nadal moved two sets clear and looked razor sharp again when a volley put him 2-0 ahead in the third.

The increasingly heavy rain now appeared the biggest threat to his ambitions, but Ferrer was not done and got back on level terms before blowing an opportunity to move ahead with a backhand error at 3-3. It was to be Ferrer's last chance as a double-fault gave up his serve for the seventh time.
Nadal moved to match point and cracked a magnificent forehand winner before falling back onto the clay in celebration for an incredible eighth time at Roland Garros.


Northern Ireland's boxing captain Sean McComb has been banned from areas of the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games after being involved in an incident in a nightclub. Police said the 25-year-old was issued with an infringement notice for causing public nuisance (violence) after officers were called to a disturbance at a Surfers Paradise nightclub at 02:45 local time.

No-one was injured but McComb is banned from the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach Safe Night Precincts areas. NI Commonwealth Games team chef de mission Robert McVeigh. McComb lost to England's Luke McCormack in the last 16 of the light-welterweight division on Sunday.

"Following an incident outside a bar in Surfers Paradise last night, Sean McComb was issued with a fine and a barring order which restricts his movements within designated areas of Gold Coast," read a statement released by the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council. "The NICGC continues to review all available evidence before deciding what, if any, sanctions may be applied. "It should be noted that Sean was finished competing at the time of the incident and that no other team members were involved. The focus of the NICGC remains on supporting our athletes through to the end of the Games."


Anthony Joshua unified the WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles with a controlled performance in a unanimous points win over Joseph Parker at a tense Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

The Briton, 28, used his left hand to telling effect throughout an intriguing affair, in which New Zealand's Parker displayed swift hands, movement and impressive durability.

But his WBO title always looked like it would end up round Joshua's waist as a significant points gap opened up, with the favourite landing a hard left uppercut in round eight and two stinging left hooks early in the 10th.

Parker tagged his rival to howls of concern in the 11th and he deserves immense respect for becoming the first man to take Joshua to the scorecards, which read 118-110 118-110 119-109.

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'Finesse' - How the night played out

Joshua raised his right hand on ring announcer Michael Buffer's reading of the cards and he now holds three of the four recognised world titles. Parker looked to the sky.

But the 26-year-old New Zealander played his part in a compelling evening and brought colour to an intriguing build-up.

Never before had two world champions from the glamour division met to unify titles on British soil. For the away fighter this was a whole new level of scrutiny; for Joshua, it was a third consecutive stadium fight, with a cumulative 250,000 seats sold in the process.

Each fighter walked to the ring to an accompaniment of strobe lights, flames and fireworks, with the estimated 78,000 in attendance providing a glittering background as smart phones lit up the tiers.

When the bell rang, Parker looked sharp, flicking his left jab to keep his opponent at bay and maintaining a guard with just his right hand, compared with two high hands from Joshua.

Referee Giuseppe Quartarone kept the fighters apart on several occasions

Afterwards, Joshua pointed to a bout he felt came down to "boxing finesse" and there is no doubt he used the jab and repeated left hooks tactically to stave off his opponent's threat.

It took until the halfway stage before either man truly began to load their shots, as early respect gave way. Parker, stung early in the sixth, gave chase and landed his own left hand from a crouched position.

The beaten man admitted he lost to a "better champion" but he at least showed the "granite chin" his camp had built much of their hope on beforehand.

Unlike Joshua, Parker has never been dropped as an amateur or a professional and he showed his durability in sucking up two hard left hooks early in the 10th.

This was a more chess-like Joshua. The knockout artist Britain has grown to love was forced to show us poise over 36 minutes, although the result never really looked in doubt.

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Joshua celebrates after his 21st straight victory

Those close to Joshua describe his tendency to return from a fight with improved knowledge of what he wants to change about his preparation next time.

This time, weight was an issue and cutting his lightest frame since 2014, he looked more comfortable than when he stopped Carlos Takam at this stadium in October.

He maintained a healthy pace late on and his two-inch height advantage was expertly deployed as the "glass chin" Parker's camp claimed to believe the home fighter possessed never really came under substantial threat.

There were forays from Parker but each time he was forced to dive in, leaving him exposed to a couple of left uppercuts and hooks.

Some on social media criticised the officiating for preventing either man from fighting at close quarters. The frustration was understandable but, with Parker repeatedly diving in, his attacks often produced a grapple that needed breaking up.

Joshua seemed to care little, as he took the chance to call out WBC title holder Deontay Wilder - who turned down an invitation to be ringside. The already loud calls for them to meet will grow louder. Can either really turn down the chance to become the first man in history to hold all four titles?

Only boxing politics, purse splits and ego can get in the way. Wilder will probably point to the fact his rival failed to score a stoppage. But Joshua's camp might just as well feel going the distance is a positive if such a landmark bout is to come next.

The knockout run has ended. But Joshua's rise to supremacy looks increasingly difficult to stop.

Joshua claimed a unanimous points victory over Parker

'Wilder might be encouraged' - Analysis

BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello

I thought it was an assured performance from Joshua. He clearly thought early on that he may be going the distance and adjusted his pace to suit.

I feel he could have made more potent use of the left jab, as when he did throw it frequently it set up his power punches with the right hand and left hook.

We also have to consider that Parker for long periods, as game and as resilient as he was, appeared to be in damage limitation mode.

I can imagine Wilder and his camp will have taken much confidence from tonight's showing by Joshua, but a look at Joshua's history as an amateur and a pro suggests he will learn much from this display and he is highly likely to return a better fighter.

Indeed, the performance might have encouraged Wilder to put pen to paper quicker than he might otherwise have done.

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Anthony Joshua speaking to Sky Sports: "This was about boxing finesse - I stuck to my word. I know what it takes to be a champion. Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world."

Asked if he would fight in the United States: "I'm not interested in coming to America. All these years, we've gone to the States, people have spent a lot of money following British boxers over there. [But] we can do it in London, Cardiff. We are staying right here.

"I want Wilder. Or Fury. Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out."

Joseph Parker: "I want to go back and come back stronger. I have no regrets, we take it on the chin. We'll be back again and we'll work harder to come back. I would love to have another go."

Asked if interruptions from the referee disrupted his tactics: "We could have worked inside more, we can't change it. Of course, I'm young, fit and strong. I'm fit to go 12 rounds, thanks to all the New Zealanders here and back home. He [Anthony Joshua] is a good big man and was better on the day. We'll be back."

London -Former world heavyweight champion David Haye knocked fellow Briton Dereck Chisora to the canvas twice in the fifth round to win their grudge match in pouring rain at Upton Park in east London on Saturday. The pair were involved in an ugly brawl at a news conference in Munich last February following Chisora's defeat by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Haye had flown to Germany in pursuit of a bout with Klitschko after losing to his brother Vladimir last year and subsequently announcing his retirement.

Saturday's fight at the home of English Premier League soccer club West Ham United for the WBO and WBA international heavyweight titles had been sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. The British Boxing Board of Control would not sanction the fight because neither boxer held a British licence.

The pair traded blows in a lively opening four rounds with Haye shading Chisora on points after landing a ferocious uppercut in the fourth. In the fifth round, the former world cruiserweight champion unleashed a devastating left-right combination in the space of 10 seconds to win by a knockout.

Haye told talkSPORT radio he had been surprised by Chisora's durability. “At the back of my mind I knew he was tough, I knew he was durable. I really trained hard,” he said. “I knew my conditioning was great and I knew the further this fight went on the more I would relax.”

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Elite sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell tested positive for banned substances on a day of shame for athletics. Gay, a former world champion from the U.S., said Sunday he was told by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that an A sample from an out of competition test taken in May came back positive.

Later Sunday, Powell, a former world-record holder from Jamaica, said he was caught for using the banned stimulant oxilofrine that showed up in a test at last month's Jamaican trials.
Jamaica's Sherone Simpson, too, revealed she was caught for doping.
Gay didn't name the substance found in his system and added that he never knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs. He pulled out of next month's world championships in Russia.

"I don't have a sabotage story," Gay was quoted as saying by Reuters. "I basically put my trust in someone and was let down. I made a mistake.
"I know exactly what went on, but I can't discuss it right now."
Gay and Powell, both 30, become the second and third high-profile track stars in a month to be embroiled in a doping scandal.
Two-time Olympic 200-meter champion Veronica Campbell-Brown was provisionally suspended in June after she tested positive for a banned substance.

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The Jamaican sprinter reportedly had traces of a banned diuretic, which is used as a masking agent, in a sample she provided to testers at Jamaica's International Invitational World Challenge in May.
British newspaper The Guardian reported the banned diuretic was from a cream she was using in an attempt to recover from a leg injury.
Gay was one of the athletes shown on USADA's website as part of My Victory, "an initiative in the fight to preserve clean sport."

In a statement Sunday, USADA said it "appreciates" Gay's handling of the affair.
"In response to Mr. Gay's statements, USADA appreciates his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated," it said.
"The B sample will be processed shortly, and as in all cases all athletes are innocent unless or until proven otherwise through the established legal process, and any attempt to sensationalize or speculate is a disservice to due process, fair play, and to those who love clean sport."

USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said it was "not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete."
"As we approach the world championships, we will remain focused on the competition at hand and winning the right way," he said in a statement.
Gay posted the fastest time in the 100 meters this year when he clocked 9.75 seconds at last month's U.S. trials in Iowa.
For an athlete who has struggled with injuries, it provided hope -- and a possible challenge to sprint king Usain Bolt of Jamaica -- ahead of the world championships in Moscow that begin August 10.
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Gay won gold in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2007 world championships in Osaka but suffered a hamstring injury a month before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

He didn't make the 100-meter final.
Last summer at the 2012 Olympics in London, Gay finished fourth in the 100 meters, edged by fellow American Justin Gatlin -- Gatlin once served a four-year ban for doping -- by one-hundredth of a second for the bronze.
Powell held the world record in the 100 meters for three years prior to Bolt beating it in 2008. He was part of Jamaica's victorious 4x100-meter relay team at the 2008 Olympics.
"I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends, and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules," Powell said in a statement as reported by the online version of the Jamaica Gleaner. "I am not now, nor have I ever been a cheat.

"This result has left me completely devastated in many respects."
Powell could have been picked to compete in the relay in Moscow but acknowledged that now wasn't a possibility.
Simpson, in a statement also reported by the Gleaner, said she tested positive for oxilofrine.
She won gold at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in the 4x100-meter relay.
"As an athlete, I know I am responsible for whatever goes into my body," the 28-year-old said. "I would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system."


In the world-class time of 2:05:30, Eliud Kipchoge won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, replacing Shami Dawit(Ethiopia) as course record holder.

At the 40th kilometers Kipchoge broke away from his last pursuer, Limenih Getachew, and improved the previous record by 28 seconds. The number one seeded Kenyan ran well ahead of the Ethiopian Getachew (2:07:35, a personal best) and his compatriot Lawrence Kimaiyo (2:10:27) to the finish.

Jan Oliver Hämmerling finished as best German in 18th place with a time of 2:27:15, but the Algerian Mourad Bekakcha won the Hamburg Championships. He improved his personal best by over a minute, running 2:27:04. Dennis Mehlfeld from the Lauf Team Haspa Hamburg Marathon was third in 2:27:55 and was also ranked among the top 20 overall.

Winner of the women's competition was the Lithuanian Diana Lobacevske with a personal best of 2:29:17, the Swiss Maja Neuenschwander (2:30:50) became 2nd and Priscilla Lorchima from Kenya (2:31: 23) was third. Lisa Hahner reached a respectable fourth place after falling down on the first 9 kilometers.

Hahner failed to qualify for the World Championships. Katharina Heinig and Mona Stockhecke were also classified in the top 10. Heinig came in with a time of 2:34:20, Stockhecke with 2:36:50. Both significantly improved their personal best, Heinig by almost five minutes.

The relay of the Lauf Team Haspa Marathon Hamburg with the twins Diana & Elina Zujew, Jana and Kim Elisa Sussmann secured best women's relay in an impressive 2:35:32 the 2nd place in the overall relay standings. Winner was the Team Leipziger Laufladen in 2:31:41.

The first winner of the day was the hand cyclist Vico Merklein - with over three minutes ahead of the 2nd, Arkadiusz Skrzypiński. With a time of 1:06:00, Merklein secured not only the first place, but also improved his result from last year by over three minutes.

The women's competition was won by Silke Pan (1:27:12) well ahead of Sabine Dittmann (1:46:16) and Kerstin Rossek (2:32:44).

12,500 marathoners and approximately 1,500 relays started at 9.00 a.m. Frank Thaleiser, CEO of Hamburg Marathon Veranstaltungs GmbH, offered a positive summary: "Hamburg has shown that running means understanding among nations.

750,000 enthusiastic spectators at the track and also the runners did not let them stop. The minute of silence for Boston and the applause afterwards were very moving moments.

During the run, our thoughts were with the victims of Boston.
We are obviously very pleased about the new course record of Eliud Kipchoge, but it is sad that Lisa Hahner did not make the World Cup standard.
The weather was outstanding as always in Hamburg and we are already looking forward to the 4th May 2014.

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Usain Boltdid what he needed to do and precious little more in the 200-meter semifinals Wednesday night.

Bolt, working on a double-double of the Olympic 100 and 200s from Beijing and London, positioned himself to complete that unprecedented feat on Thursday night in the final. His time of 20.18 won his heat with a minimum of obvious effort, slowing to a jog with about 20 meters left.

But he will have serious competition in the final. CountrymanYohan Blakeran a 20.01-second 200 while completely shutting down the jets in the final 20 meters. In fact, he was nearly caught at the line by the onrushing tandem of AmericanWallace Spearmon(20.02) and FrenchmanChristophe Lemaitre(20.03). Clearly, Blake can go much faster – his personal best is 19.26, and he upset Bolt in this event in the Jamaican national trials – but the same cannot be said for certain of Spearmon and Lemaitre.

There had been speculation that the perfect weather conditions Wednesday night – clear skies, moderate temperatures and no wind – might spur Bolt to go after his own world record time of 19.19 or Olympic record of 19.30 in the semis. But it was obvious coming off the turn that the sprint king was not going to expend too much energy without a gold medal on the line.

Bolt already has given Blake fair warning that he will be up against it Thursday night: “I’ve toldYohan Blakethat the 200 meters is going to be different because the 200 is my pet event, I’ve said that to him already. And I’m not going to let him beat me again. Trials woke me up. Yohan gave me a wake-up call. He said, ‘Usain, this is an Olympic year, wake up.’ So I’m happy and I’m grateful for that moment because after that I refocused and I got my head together and I got my head in the game.”

Fellow JamaicanWarren Weiralso advance to the eight-man final. AmericanMaurice Mitchelldid not qualify for the final.

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