Gatlin makes state­ment

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

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.”

— Reuters

JUSTIN Gatlin be­came the fifth­fastest 200m run­ner in history as he won Sun­day’s fi­nal at the USA Track and Field out­door Cham­pi­onships.

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