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Jamaican bobsleighers face Olympic drama after ‘destructive’ coach quits

• Sandra Kiriasis quits as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team• Jamaica’s first female Winter Olympians begin campaign next weekSandra Kiriasis has quit as coach of the Jamaican bobsleigh team a few days before the start of their competition and has b…

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Usain Bolt: Lose? I can’t believe you’re asking me. We won’t have that problem

As his last world championships approach, the world’s fastest man was full of his usual confidence as he contemplates Saturday’s 100m final

One by one the stars from sport and screen paid sweet homage to Usain Bolt, each homily more doe-eyed than the last. First Asafa Powell thanked him “on behalf of the Jamaican people”. Then soapy tributes from Cara Delevingne, Thierry Henry and Virat Kohli were relayed on a giant screen. And when Idris Elba appeared to tell him “I am so impressed with you, brother; you are an exemplary athlete and an amazing human being” the impression that the Brewery in London was hosting a revivalist meeting not an athletics press conference was complete. Fortunately Samuel L Jackson turned out to be not only coarser but more heartfelt.

“Hey Usain,” he said, chuckling away. “Thanks for all the thrills, thanks for all the chills. Thanks for being the outstanding dope-ass motherfucker you have always been.” The man who has won eight Olympic gold medals, 11 world titles and broken six world records during a glittering career responded to this unbending faith with an appreciative smile, and a humbled reply. “It is great to be recognised by great people”.

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Gold Cup: USA beat Jamaica in final thanks to Jordan Morris’s late winner

A tournament that began with the surreal subversions of Florent Malouda
ended in much more predictable fashion as the favourites and hosts won their sixth Concacaf Gold Cup in California on Wednesday night.

The US needed a late winner from Jordan Morris to beat Jamaica – an outcome that was merited on the balance of play but still felt cruel on the underdogs, who defended with courage and conviction and played most of the match without their captain and best player.

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USA v Jamaica: Gold Cup final – live!

3.08am BST

18 mins: Nagbe finds himself with enough room to get off a shot from the left corner of the shot, and, as is his idiom, he goes for the spectacular. Unfortunately for him, it’s a spectacular slice that skews out closer to a throw-in than a goal kick. He’s scored them from there though.

USA 69% possession so far, by the way.

3.06am BST

16 mins: Poor touch from Acosta is intercepted by Fisher as the US try to build. And as Jamaica come forward, Arriola is caught again, and this time he’s down for longer. He’sback on his feet now, but keep an eye on him.

Meanwhile there’s a break in play and the players take advantage of it to stamp down a couple of alarming-looking divots that have popped up on the field.

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‘David slew Goliath’: Jamaica upset Mexico to reach Gold Cup final

  • Kemar Lawrence’s 88th minute free-kick seals game for Reggae Boyz
  • Jamaica will play USA in Wednesday’s final in Santa Clara

After Kemar Lawrence ripped an exquisite shot over Mexico’s wall and into the top corner for one of the biggest goals in Jamaican football history, the defender hushed his team-mates and refused to celebrate. Lawrence’s 25-yard free kick came in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.

“I think our guys were hungry,” Jamaica coach Theodore Whitmore said. “They needed it more than the Mexicans, and we did what we had to do.”

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Usain Bolt starts final season with lap of honour in home town

It was akin to a religious experience, a five-hour outpouring of love and noisy exaltation from 35,000 people to their nation’s greatest athlete

“We thank you God, for you have truly been good to Jamaica. You have blessed us with doctor, the honourable Usain St Leo Bolt, the embodiment of sportsmanship, who reminds us of the gumption and indomitable spirt of the Jamaican people. May the vibe in the stadium bring a world of justice and love, and make your kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven. Amen.”

Sporting events aren’t supposed to start with prayers from an ordained minister. But at Usain Bolt’s final race in Jamaica it somehow felt right. For this was an occasion akin to a religious experience, a five-hour outpouring of love and noisy exaltation from 35,000 people to the greatest athlete their country has ever known. Salute To A Legend, they called it. And salute they did.

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Usain Bolt starts final season with lap of honour in home town

It was akin to a religious experience, a five-hour outpouring of love and noisy exaltation from 35,000 people to their nation’s greatest athlete

“We thank you God, for you have truly been good to Jamaica. You have blessed us with doctor, the honourable Usain St Leo Bolt, the embodiment of sportsmanship, who reminds us of the gumption and indomitable spirt of the Jamaican people. May the vibe in the stadium bring a world of justice and love, and make your kingdom on Earth as it is in heaven. Amen.”

Sporting events aren’t supposed to start with prayers from an ordained minister. But at Usain Bolt’s final race in Jamaica it somehow felt right. For this was an occasion akin to a religious experience, a five-hour outpouring of love and noisy exaltation from 35,000 people to the greatest athlete their country has ever known. Salute To A Legend, they called it. And salute they did.

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Bruce Arena’s USA: five questions to ponder before World Cup qualifying

After the draw with Serbia and the win over Jamaica, USA’s new coach has several issues to address before the must-win game against Honduras in March

January team camps are MLS-dominated affairs that tend to be a mix of the experimental and a participation prize event. Players who’ve performed well for their clubs but have rarely featured for the national team get some recognition and some minutes – but that rarely turns into a platform for further time with the national team.

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Bruce Arena’s USA: five questions to ponder before World Cup qualifying

After the draw with Serbia and the win over Jamaica, USA’s new coach has several issues to address before the must-win game against Honduras in March

January team camps are MLS-dominated affairs that tend to be a mix of the experimental and a participation prize event. Players who’ve performed well for their clubs but have rarely featured for the national team get some recognition and some minutes – but that rarely turns into a platform for further time with the national team.

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Jordan Morris the difference as USA beat Jamaica

  • Seattle Sounders forward scores only goal of the game
  • Bruce Arena picks up first win after return as USMNT coach

Jordan Morris scored in the 59th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 1-0 on Friday night to give Bruce Arena the first win of his second stint as national team coach.

With the US scoreless streak at 280 minutes, Benny Feilhaber set up the 22-year-old forward, last season’s Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year, who took a touch and beat goalkeeper Ryan Thompson at the near post from eight yards out. It was the second international goal for Morris, who also scored against Mexico in an April 2015 friendly.

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USA v Jamaica: international football friendly – live!

After a cagey 0-0 draw with Serbia, Bruce Arena’s team take on Jamaica in their second winter friendly. Follow all the action live with Luis Miguel Echegaray

11.42pm GMT

I gotta say, I’m excited about this game. Yes, we may not be getting the usual names from both sides but there is a lot of talent out there. Jordan Morris and the always-fun-to-watch Juan Agudelo could make an attractive partnership, and if Lletget can reproduce the same type of performance from last Sunday then he could give Arena a lot to think about.
In regards to Jamaica: Andre Blake is the best goalkeeper in Major League Soccer and the aforementioned Williams will cause a lot of headaches for USA’s back four.
Let’s hope there are some goals in this one.
Oh, kick-off is not scheduled until 7:30pm ET. Just FYI.

11.35pm GMT

Starting XI for Jamaica:

Andre Blake
Sergio Campbell
Damion Lowe
Alvas Powell
Oniel Fisher
Ewan Grandison
Jevaughn Watson (C)
Owayne Gordon
Michael Binns
Cory Burke
Romario Williams

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Usain Bolt: ‘I feel good because I know I’ve done it clean’

He won a historic triple treble at Rio, and plans to retire next year. What’s next for the fastest man alive? He talks doping, partying and his plans to settle down

To run faster than any other human being in history is such an extraordinary concept that you have to wonder what it would do to your sense of self. I wondered a lot about it on my way to Jamaica, and the first glimpse of Usain Bolt appears to confirm my worst fears. He arrives at Kingston’s empty National Stadium in blazing Caribbean sunshine, impossibly tall and lean, and approaches with the body language of a man who would rather be anywhere else.

Just 10 days earlier, the sprinter had achieved the unprecedented feat of a third consecutive triple Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, watched by hundreds of millions of adoring global fans. Photos of his post-victory celebrations in a Rio nightclub, followed by a night in a young Brazilian woman’s bed, were splashed across front pages all over the world, and the party had carried on to London. For more than a week, minibuses shuttled sparkly clubbers in high heels from Mayfair nightspots to his hotel, the paparazzi scarcely able to believe their luck.

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Usain Bolt: ‘I feel good because I know I’ve done it clean’

He won a historic triple treble at Rio, and plans to retire next year. What’s next for the fastest man alive? He talks doping, partying and his plans to settle down

To run faster than any other human being in history is such an extraordinary concept that you have to wonder what it would do to your sense of self. I wondered a lot about it on my way to Jamaica, and the first glimpse of Usain Bolt appears to confirm my worst fears. He arrives at Kingston’s empty National Stadium in blazing Caribbean sunshine, impossibly tall and lean, and approaches with the body language of a man who would rather be anywhere else.

Just 10 days earlier, the sprinter had achieved the unprecedented feat of a third consecutive triple Olympic gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, watched by hundreds of millions of adoring global fans. Photos of his post-victory celebrations in a Rio nightclub, followed by a night in a young Brazilian woman’s bed, were splashed across front pages all over the world, and the party had carried on to London. For more than a week, minibuses shuttled sparkly clubbers in high heels from Mayfair nightspots to his hotel, the paparazzi scarcely able to believe their luck.

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Fans in Jamaica celebrate another Usain Bolt Olympic gold – video

Fans in Kingston, Jamaica celebrate yet another Olympic gold by Usian Bolt after the sprinter wins the 100m final in Rio on Sunday night. With the victory, Bolt becomes the first man to win three successive Olympic titles on the track having taken gold in the 100m at both Beijing and London. Fans break out into chants of “Usian Bolt!” and enjoy the party

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Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Kemar Bailey-Cole reveals he has Zika virus

• Sprinter says he was ‘experiencing back pains and muscle soreness’
• Bailey-Cole still hopeful of qualifying for 2016 Rio Olympics

Jamaica’s Olympic gold-winning sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole has revealed that he is suffering from the Zika virus. The 24-year-old, who ran alongside Usain Bolt in Jamaica’s successful 4x100m relay squad at London 2012 and the world championships in 2013, said he feared it would affect his chances of making the Olympics in Rio.

Related: Jessica Ennis-Hill to miss Olympic holding camp but will compete in Rio

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Copa América winners and losers so far: from magical Messi to Dunga’s disaster

Lionel Messi has been in stellar form despite injury, and Venezuela and Mexico have impressed. But it’s been a bad couple of weeks for Brazil – and for referees

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Mexico through to Copa América quarters after seeing off Jamaica

  • Mexico beat Jamaica before 83,263 fans at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl
  • El Tri earn passage to quarter-finals with win, joining Venezuela
  • Chicharito, Peralta score for Mexico, who win 11th straight match

Javier Hernandez scored on a first-half header, and Mexico survived a tense second half to advance to the Copa America quarter-finals Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over Jamaica.

Substitute Oribe Peralta scored in the 81st minute and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made several big stops in El Tri’s 11th consecutive win in international play, including its first two Copa America games.

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Wes Morgan to miss Jamaica’s first Copa América game after ‘partying’ says coach

• Coach Winfried Schäfer says defender is “tired” and has not trained
• Leicester City captain “partied in London and Thailand” says Schäfer

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has been ruled out of Jamaica’s opening Copa América game against Venezuela, with coach Winfried Schäfer saying the defender was “tired” after celebrating the Foxes’ astonishing title victory in London, and joining the team’s official visit to Thailand.

German coach Schäfer told Jamaican newspaper The Sunday Gleaner that while Morgan had joined up with the squad in the United States, he would not be ready for their first Group C game on Sunday.

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Giles Barnes: ‘It’s about time they started talking about the Reggae Boyz’

‘Mexico broke my heart last summer,’ he admits, but the Houston Dynamo striker is hoping for revenge as part of a Jamaica team rated as an outside bet

If bright orange seats are the defining feature of BBVA Compass Stadium’s bowl, among the interior’s stand-out decor are the photographs of Giles Barnes assaulting corner flags.

Barnes walks past a framed image of his kung-fu style goal celebration when he goes through the main entrance and trots beyond another picture when he heads down the tunnel to take the field for Houston Dynamo.

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Nesta Carter’s failed drugs test could put Usain Bolt’s Beijing relay medal at risk

• Methylhexanamine reportedly found in retested 2008 Olympics sample
• Jamaica Olympic Association says it has not been notified of any rule violation

The Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter was reported to have returned an anti-doping violation for the banned stimulant Methylhexanamine. If ultimately proved, team-mates including Usain Bolt face losing their 4x100m relay gold medals from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Related: Top Jamaican at Beijing Games tests positive for drugs in sample reanalysis

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