Track and Field legend Usain Bolt has said that whatever the outcome of a possible appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) by the legal team of Jamaican sprint relay teammate Nesta Carter, the two will always remain friends.Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team of Bolt, Carter, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas, which won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China had to hand over the gold medals to the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) yesterday.This was after Carter was disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the Games, after retroactively testing positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.NO RECENT CONTACTBolt told The Gleaner that he does not know how the other affected members of the team are feeling as he has not spoken with any of them since Wednesday’s ruling.”I haven’t had a discussion with anybody,” Bolt said. “I haven’t seen anybody in a while, so I guess when we see them, we’ll have a discussion.”It has been public discussion that Bolt and his teammates may now harbour bad feelings towards Carter, especially since being stripped of the medal means he can no longer claim to have won a ‘triple treble’ of Olympic gold medals in the 100m and 200m sprints as well as the 4x100m relays.However, Bolt has dismissed this, saying his friendship with Carter is too strong to be affected by the decision.”I’m not gonna despise anybody for anything,” Bolt said. “Nesta and I are still friends. We came up through the ranks in high school, so we’re still friends, and I really don’t have a problem with Nesta.”Bolt said that all that is on his mind at this moment is continuing to win in 2017, although he has not yet finished planning which meets he will compete in this season.”It’s all about winning, and that’s always my focus. That’s what I want,” Bolt added. “My calendar’s not made up yet, and we’re (he and his management team) just taking our time and working our way from there. I’m not sure which race I’ll be running yet though.”
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Tobias Harris had 14 points and eight rebounds in his first game for Philadelphia and Joel Embiid scored 15 and grabbed 12 boards despite playing with a stomach flu.The Sixers made a flurry of moves before Thursday’s trade deadline, acquiring Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Clippers, James Ennis from Houston and Jonathon Simmons from Orlando.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“You couldn’t ask for any better,” Harris said. “To play like that, get that reaction from fans, it meant a lot to me. It was awesome. Feels good to be appreciated.”Nikola Jokic led Denver with 27 points and Jamal Murray had 23. The Nuggets, who have the second-best record (37-18) in the Western Conference behind Golden State, were missing two of their top five scorers: Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I thought they were unselfish,” Brown said. “They shared the ball. We moved when we didn’t have the ball. We have more to give.”The Sixers took a 50-34 lead when Simmons lobbed an alley-oop pass to Butler for a one-handed jam and Ennis hit a 3 off a cross-court pass from Harris. But Denver answered with a 22-6 run to tie it at 56 at halftime. Philly led 83-82 after three quarters.Harris helped ignite an early 10-0 run. He hit a 3-pointer, 8-footer and dished to Redick for an open 3 to cap the burst. Marjanovic got a loud ovation when he entered the game midway through the first and another one after he scored on a driving layup.KEEP THE CORESixers GM Elton Brand said the team plans to retain Butler and Harris, who are both playing the final years of their contracts.“I’ve gotten all assurances from the managing partners that we can bring them back and sign them for whatever it takes to sign them. 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The International Champions Cup win in Singapore was also a boost for Arsenal’s new manager Unai Emery against his former club, now under Germany’s Thomas Tuchel.Ozil (right) is embraced by Sead Kolasinac (centre) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (left) after his goal put Arsenal ahead. Photo/COURTESYOzil, named as captain after his torrid week, was quickly into his stride with midfield partner Henrikh Mkhitaryan against a PSG line-up shorn of its World Cup stars.He opened the scoring with a tap-in at the far post after Mkhitaryan released Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in space and the Gabonese forward passed back across the face.Ozil’s exquisite flick during a length-of-the pitch move nearly produced Arsenal’s second but Gianluigi Buffon saved well from Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi.The Italian great also denied Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan, while at the other end teenager Timothy Weah twice went close and Christopher Nkunku curled one over.Unai Emery named a strong line-up for the pre-season friendly in Singapore as Ozil was handed the captain’s armband. Photo/COURTESYAfter the break, an Nkunku free kick drew a flying save from Arsenal substitute Emiliano Martinez, before Weah went down for a 59th-minute penalty which Nkunku converted with aplomb.But Lacazette hit back with two goals in four minutes — first a sumptuous, near-post heel-flick which sailed past the nonplussed Buffon, and then a close-range header.Substitute defender Holding added the fourth with a towering header on 87 minutes, before Nketiah swept home Arsenal’s fifth with the last kick of the game.Ozil, who is of Turkish heritage, sent shockwaves through Germany this week when he quit the national team complaining of “racism and disrespect” from football authorities.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The German midfielder celebrates after scoring 12 minutes into his first taste of pre-season action for Arsenal in Singapore. Photo REUTERSSINGAPORE, Singapore, July 29 – Mesut Ozil fired Arsenal to a 5-1 friendly win over Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday as he cast aside a turbulent week after quitting Germany’s national team claiming racism.Ozil put Arsenal ahead in the 13th minute before Alexandre Lacazette’s quickfire double and late strikes from Rob Holding and Eddie Nketiah against a youthful PSG side.