So, I decided after my last 800m media race heroics at the World Championships in Moscow that I would hang up my spikes and go out in glory. I retired from the IAAF media race as the two-time Caribbean champion and with a personal best despite a back injury. Please note, I said 800m. As a Jamaican, I’m not wired for anything over 400m, so this is new frontier, people. Anyway, I decided to retire also to make a statement, having failed in my bid to get the IAAF to stop its prejudice against Jamaican journalists like myself and add a shorter race to the schedule … say a 100m … or 50m, so we can accommodate the … ‘not so fit’ among us. But I’ve received so many questions about whether or not I’m going to be competing – from colleagues, IAAF friends, fans – (laughs). I haven’t decided if I will change my mind about not competing yet, but I did take up an entry form and filled it out, just in case. After all, I can’t allow Jamaicans to go through another non-registration crisis after that Nesta Carter mess up! This is how it’s done JAAA. Wow! What a start to the 2015 World Championships. An amazing opening ceremony – especially by World Championships standards – huge crowd inside the Bird’s Nest, great action already in the men’s 100m as the top dogs sounded their barks ahead of what should be one of the best races in a while. The first day covering these championships is always such an adrenaline rush. After days of build-ups and previews, long drives to interviews and all that kind of stuff, it’s always, such a release to get the real thing started -the emotions, the thrill of competition, the sights, the sounds, and the wanton joy of capturing it all. There has certainly been enough happening to keep me busy for almost all 24 hours of each day since I’ve been here. From the Stephen Francis vs JAAA situation, the Nesta Carter debacle, Bolt vs Gatlin, Asafa and his chances, Shelly-Ann, Elaine, and the list goes on and on. TOUCH OF DRAMA NEW FRONTIER The truth is Jamaica’s track and field has always had a touch of drama about it. It’s a maze of politics, alliances, and relationships – all the ingredients for a good daytime series. I don’t always see eye to eye with Stephen Francis, or the JAAA, but in this case – in both cases – I think he has some solid points. Was the camp in Tottori fashioned to ensure that every athlete received optimal levels of preparation? How could a 5000m athlete possibly benefit from being at that camp, for instance? Has the JAAA management team done a good enough job? Is there enough accountability? No! Anyway, that’s for another discussion.
“This stings for sure,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who certainly knows that feeling after the Super Bowl collapse two seasons back against New England, and then last winter’s divisional playoff loss here that ended almost exactly the same way as Thursday night’s defeat. “We knew this would be a competitive fight that would come down to the end, and it did.”Competitive? For sure.Classic? Not even close.“It wasn’t pretty, it was sloppy,” All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said. “But at the end we got a win.”What NFL fans got ultimately might be an indictment of the preseason.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Late rally lifts Lyceum past JRU to stay unbeaten “It just came down to closing really,” Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant said.This was one opening show that artistically deserved to close after one night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Julio Jones’ case, it’s simple to say, “Who needs it?”Jones didn’t play a down in August, but he was unstoppable against a Philadelphia defense that handled everyone else, especially the scatter-shot arm of Matt Ryan. While local native Ryan once again was struggling at the Linc, Jones still managed to make 10 receptions for 169 yards. Only when Atlanta got within the Eagles 20-yard line did Jones not dominate — in great part because Ryan kept making misguided throws.Frankly, while Jones seemed to be in all-world form, Ryan — a virtual non-participant in the exhibition games — looked rusty.The Eagles weren’t a whole lot better. Other than their opportunism and some creativity, they also were plagued by mistakes on both sides of the ball.Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles caught another pass; it didn’t score a touchdown as the quarterback did against the Patriots, but it set up one of Jay Ajayi’s two TD runs. That was fun.But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions, and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game.“It wasn’t a rhythmic game but we fought hard and did the job,” Foles said. “Winning isn’t easy, especially against Atlanta. It was a dogfight. Our defense did a great job.”If this is a harbinger of what the other openers might look like on Sunday and Monday, fans might want to juggle their viewing schedules. Remember, virtually every team preserved regulars for the games that count. Unfortunately, that just might mean counting the number of flags that fly and errors that occur from Miami to Minneapolis, from Detroit to Denver, more so than the touchdowns going up on the scoreboard.“We made a ton of mistakes today,” safety Malcolm Jenkins noted. “But every time we got out there, we dealt with the situation. If we made mistakes, we moved on and we tried to win the situation.”The Eagles did, displaying the kind of resilience that helped them to last season’s title. The Falcons flopped again in a tight spot, though it’s inconceivable such a talented group will continue to get in its own way like this again. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown And even with a weather delay featuring some lightning before the Eagles and their fans could celebrate the unveiling of the banner for their first championship since 1960, this wasn’t exactly a sparkling display of football.You can credit two pretty staunch defenses if you want. Yet despite neither team reaching 300 yards in total offense, neither D was dynamic because plays were there to be made. The offenses rarely could do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And then there were the penalties. Altogether, 30 points were scored — and two teams expected to contend for the NFL title compiled 26 penalties. It’s never a good sign when flags nearly equal points.Hey, the Super Bowl champions gained 232 yards and gave away 101 in penalties. Atlanta, which must think there are hot coals lining the red zone at the Linc, gained 299 but had 135 yards in penalties. 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Ray Wilkins has warned football supporters they will all be punished for the offenses of the minority if fans don’t help the authorities stamp out the throwing of projectiles at matches.This weekend’s FA Cup action was marred but a number of coin throwing incidents.Chelsea have vowed to ban the ‘idiotic and dangerous’ fans responsible for throwing objects at Manchester City players as they celebrated scoring at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Meanwhile, the Football Association have launched an investigation into the events which saw West Brom winger Chris Brunt hit with a coin thrown from a section of his own supporters against Reading.The Baggies star said he was “disgusted” and “ashamed” by the incident, and former player and coach Wilkins believes fans have the responsibility to turn offenders in.“This has got to stop, it’s just ridiculous,” Wilkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Do we want to start seeing football matches from behind fences or netting again? Because that’s where we’re heading.“These are extremely dangerous situations, especially the one with Chris Brunt. The coin hit him just below the eye so that could have been really serious.“I would also say that somewhere along the line, because it is a criminal offence, we’ve got to self-police our grounds as well. Even if CCTV didn’t pick it up, someone is that stadium knows who threw that coin.”