Gatlin makes statement
BEIJING — Former Chelsea forward Demba Ba ( pictured) has signed for Didier Drogba’s old club Shanghai Shenhua in a deal that was reported Sunday to be a “possible” record for the Chinese Super League.
The Senegal international was reported to have signed a three-year deal worth 16 million euros ($17.9m), Xinhua news agency said on its website, after the Shanghai club confirmed the 30-year-old would be joining.
The figure would eclipse the previous CSL record of 15 million euros paid in January by champions Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazilian Ricardo Goulart.
The Shanghai club did not confirm the figure, Xinhua added, referring to a “possible record transfer fee”.
Shanghai Shenhua - who are sometimes called Shanghai Greenland Shenhua - did not reveal any financial details in a statement released on its website Saturday announcing Ba’s arrival at the club.
Ba makes a switch to China from Turkish first division side Besiktas, where he scored 27 goals in 44 games last season, the statement added.
The journeyman striker, who also played for West Ham United and Newcastle United in the Premier League, had been tipped for a return to England. West Bromwich Albion were understood to be the leading contenders for his signature.
But he will instead line up alongside former Everton star and Socceroo Tim Cahill and Mali international Mohamed Sissoko, who arrived in China from La Liga side Levante after spells at Paris Saint-german and Liverpool.
Ivory Coast veteran Drogba –– who left Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of last season - and his former teammate at Stanford Bridge, Nicolas Anelka, both played for Shanghai. The CSL is now among the biggest spenders in world football leagues. It was second only to the Premier League during the recently closed winter transfer window, according to statistics from German website transfer market.
It is also currently the highest-attended football league in Asia.- AP LONDON — Australia great Shane Warne has told England new-ball duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad to expect plenty of “sledging”, or verbal abuse, to come their way during the upcoming Ashes series.
Anderson has contrasted the sporting atmosphere which prevailed during England’s recent series with New Zealand to the ‘needle’ that existed during the last Ashes campaign, which Australia won 5-0 on home soil in 2013/14.
Infamously told by Australia captain Michael Clarke to “get ready for a broken fucking arm” during the first Test in Brisbane while batting as a tailender, Anderson said he hoped the latest series between the archrivals could be played in the same spirit as England’s series with New Zealand.
“That was a really positive series and the nature of both sides’ cricket was helped by the spirit the game was played in,” said Anderson.
However, retired leg-spin star Warne, in a column for Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, wrote: “Are you for real Jimmy? Seriously! This is the Ashes and I can tell Jimmy now that he is going to cop it from the Aussies more than anyone. When he’s batting, it will be 11 against one in the middle.
“I reckon Michael Clarke and his team will carry on from the last (Ashes) series and give it to Jimmy and Stuart Broad.” OREGON — Somehow Justin Gatlin keeps getting faster and faster.
Five years after completing a four-year doping ban that would have ended the career of most sprinters, the controversial American unloaded an eye-popping 19.57 seconds in the 200 metres at the U.S. world championships trials on Sunday. At age 33. Only four men, including world record holder Usain Bolt (19.19), have ever run faster.
Gatlin’s coach, Dennis Mitchell, had told him to just go out and make the American team for Beijing by finishing in the top three. But Gatlin had other ideas. “I wanted to go out and make a statement, and that’s what I did,” he said.
A fast start and a solid run around the bend, and he was gone.
“I would say it’s the most complete technically 200 I ever ran,” said the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who reaped gold in the 100m and 200m at the 2005 world championships before his 2006 positive test for the banned steroid testosterone.
“It hurt,” he said of Sunday’s race, “but I hope I can do better than that.” He chuckled when asked how fast. Someone even asked if he could threaten Michael Johnson’s 1996 American 200m record of 19.32 seconds.
“Growing up, to even speak of a 19.3, that’s Michael Johnson,” Gatlin said. “You can’t even say the words that you
Warne added: “There isn’t anyone in world cricket who doesn’t know about Stuart Broad’s concerns with the short ball.
“When either of those two (Anderson and Broad) bat, the Aussie fielders will be like koalas round a eucalyptus tree.”
Broad, in comments given to British newspapers published on Sunday, said England would not win the Ashes by “out-sledging” Australia.
“We have to be aware that they will be aggressive towards us, but we have to look them in the eye and be up for a battle, but I don’t think we have to rise to it,” Broad said.
“You have seen in the past couple of months guys playing with smiles on their faces and playing aggressive, free-flowing positive cricket and that is how we will beat Australia. We won’t beat them by out-sledging them,” he added.
Broad said the fact that England had recently appointed Australian Trevor Bayliss as their new coach would give the series an extra edge.
“I love the fact he’s Australian and could potentially take the Ashes away from Australia,” said Broad.
The first Ashes Test starts in Cardiff on July 8.
Meanwhile, England rookie Markark Wood has extra motivation to go after Watson in look up to that, or look up to him, 19.3.3 was something unfathomable.” Can it be duplicated by an American?? “I’m going to go out there and give 100 00 percent effort every time I have an opporrtunity to do so. If 19.3 is in the scope thenen I’ll go for that,” Gatlin said.
“But right now to even think aboutut that, I have to think about the great Michael Johnson and what he’s brought to the track and field world. I’m just honnoured to be able to say I’m on that shortrt list of Americans who have run that fast.”t.”
Ordinarily Gatlin, the year’s fastest at 100m and 200m, would be looked at with th awe for his accomplishments.
But his two doping suspensions - he was banned for a year in 2001 after teststing positive for an amphetamine conntained in attention deficit disorder medidication (ADD) he had taken since a youthth - have left some, especially Europeans,ns, calling for his banishment from the sport.rt.
Yet there he will be, taking on Bolt in the 100m and 200m metres in August’s t’s world championships.
They have not met since 2013 but withth Bolt underperforming this spring andnd summer, Gatlin has become the man to beat, at least in the 100m.
Asked if the worlds were ready for him,m, controversy and all, Gatlin said, “I don’tt know.
And at this point in time all I can worry about is myself.”
JUSTIN Gatlin became the fifthfastest 200m runner in history as he won Sunday’s final at the USA Track and Field outdoor Championships.