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Bolt will leave 'Ali-sized' hole, says Coe BEIJING: Usain Bolt has done for athletics what Muhammad Ali did for boxing, but the sport will survive when the sprint king eventually retires, according to new IAAF president Sebastian Coe.The Jamaican superstar, who has captured a staggering 17 of the last 18 sprint gold medals at the Olympics and world championships since 2008, has suggested he could hang up his spikes after next year's Rio Games.Bolt's retirement would leave a gaping void for the crisis-hit sport as it continues to fight accusations of widespread doping, but Coe on Sunday expressed confidence in the next generation of track and field athletes."I do sort of feel that I'm in sort of 1960s, 1970s time warp," Coe told a news conference on the final day of the world championships in Beijing. "It's the kind of conversation that was probably taking place in boxing at that time as to what happens after Muhammad ...

Kiprop wins third straight world 1500m gold BEIJING: Kenyan Asbel Kiprop stormed to his third consecutive world 1,500m title in Beijing on Sunday.Kiprop, who also won Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Games, clocked 3min 34.40sec after a startling turn of pace over the last 50 metres saw him move through the field with aplomb for gold.Teammate Elija Manangoi took silver in 3:34.63, with Morocco's Abdalaati Iguider nipping past Algeria's Olympic champion Taoufik Makhloufi for bronze (3:34.67).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Bayern sell Brazil defender Dante to Wolfsburg BERLIN: Bayern Munich confirmed on Sunday they have sold Brazil centre-back Dante to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee with the 31-year-old set to sign a three-year contract.Dante has fallen out of favour with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola due to a lack of pace and the Brazilian, whose full name is Dante Bonfim Costa Santos, has found himself on the bench for Bayern's three league games this season.He made his first Bundesliga appearance of the 2015/16 ...

US extend dominance in world 4x400m relay BEIJING: Veteran Lashawn Merritt displayed all his experience by anchoring the United States to a sixth consecutive victory in the men's world 4x400 metres relay on Sunday.The US quartet of David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Bryshon Nellum and Merritt timed 2min 57.82sec to stretch a winning run that dates back to Helsinki in 2005.Trinidad and Tobago claimed silver in 2:58.20 with Britain taking bronze (2:58.51).Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015

Benitez delighted with Bale double on Bernabeu bow MADRID: Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has hailed the impact made by Gareth Bale as the Welshman scored twice in Los Blancos 5-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday.Benitez has been questioned early in his reign at the Santiago Bernabeu for playing Bale in a more central role as Madrid struggled to score goals in pre-season and were held 0-0 away to newly promoted Sporting Gijon last weekend.However, there was no such problem in Benitez's ...

Belief powers Nishikori bid for Open final return NEW YORK: Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, last year's US Open runner-up, makes another bid to become the first Asian man to win a Grand Slam singles title starting Monday.The 25-year-old winner of 10 ATP titles will begin his run Monday morning at Louis Armstrong Stadium against Benoit Paire, having beaten the Frenchman in both prior meetings, most recently in the third round at the 2013 French Open."I believe in myself," Nishikori said. "This past ...

Wonder cure puts Naholo in All Blacks World Cup squad WELLINGTON: Waisake Naholo completed a stunning comeback from a broken leg Sunday when he was named in the New Zealand World Cup squad, while stalwarts Israel Dagg and Cory Jane missed out.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen selected 17 forwards and 14 backs to head to England to defend their world crown, putting his faith in the traditional Fiji medicine that appears to have healed Naholo's fracture within a week. Naholo, the top try scorer in ...


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