Powell to meet with Puma

first_imgAsafa Powell is to meet with Puma executives in Austin, Texas, next month to begin ‘fleshing out’ some of the ideas he has for making his relationship with the sporting goods company mutually beneficial. The 32-year-old former world record holder is two months into his multi-year deal with Puma and said the company has been very receptive to his ideas. “We went to Germany last month and we were just throwing out ideas and they were just absorbing everything,” he said. “It’s like they didn’t know that I would have wanted to do all these things with them, so they were just absorbing everything and wanted to do it. They were interested in everything I lined out and they were excited to work with me.” Based on his experience with Puma so far, the former world record holder, who was once signed to Nike and Li Ning, believes them to be different than other shoe companies. FANTASTIC COMPANY “They are just fantastic people. Other companies are just about business, they don’t have a relationship with the athletes, but this company is a great company. I have been with them for a couple of months and I am very happy with them and very excited about how things are going.” Meanwhile, Powell’s coach and brother, Donovan, is also reaping the benefits of his younger brother’s successful return to the track after the unfortunate events of 2013. Powell began training with his brother while serving a six-month drug suspension after ingesting a tainted supplement. The company that manufactured the supplement agreed to an out-of-court settlement, which exonerated the athlete and his former MVP clubmate, Sherone Simpson. Powell returned to the track and was the third fastest man in the world for 2015, courtesy of his 9.81 run in Paris on July 4. He was also a member of Jamaica’s gold medal sprint relay team at the World Championships in Beijing, China, this past August. That success has seen a number of athletes wanting to join his brother’s Fast Twitch club that is based in Texas. “We are building from scratch and hopefully we can expand. We have a few athletes coming in now that they see what my brother is doing,” said Powell, referring to a number of Jamaican athletes like Natasha Morrison and Kerron Stewart, who joined the club in the off season. Powell revealed that there are many more athletes waiting to join. “I think that is what people wanted to see. They wanted to see if he knew what he was doing, so now the amount of people, trust me, we just have to wait and get everything in order. We are just trying to start from scratch and build an empire.”last_img read more

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Mighty Gor make history by progressing to CAF CC Group Stages

first_imgFrancis Kahata scored the all important goal that sailed Gor through, just a minute after Harun Shakava had scored an own goal. Despite Thabo Mnyamane’s goal that took SuperSport 2-1 after 68 minutes, Gor managed to hold on for the historic feat that assures them of at least Sh27mn in grants.K’Ogalo missed two first team players in Jacques Tuyisenge and Ernest Wendo, but head coach Dylan Kerr still fielded a strong side. Meddie Kagere spearheaded the attack with support from Bernard Ondiek and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo.Philemon Otieno who had played at right back over the last two games was drafted back into midfield to take charge of Wendo’s absence while Joachim Oluoch started off at right back.Boniface Oluoch training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUKeeper Boniface Oluoch was kept busy between the sticks by the hosts in the opening 45 minutes as the hosts piled pressure in a bid to get that single goal that would put them squarely back into contention.In the 15th minute, the hosts had a chance when Sipho Mbule dragged a shot from distance but it flew over the bar. Seven minutes later, Mbule attempted to turn provider releasing Luke Le Roux, but the latter’s cross was well collected by Oluoch.In the 28th minute, Oluoch was forced into a save again, this time making an easy catch to pick out Thabo Mnyamane’s freekick.SuperSport had forced Gor to play on the back-foot but the Kenyan champions had a chance two minutes to the break when Ondiek broke through but his effort went inches wide.In the second half, the hosts started off with punch in attack. Dylan Stoffels had two chances, first with a shot that was well saved by keeper Oluoch and the second, he took a heavy first touch off a Jamie Weber cross allowing the defense to clear.The pressure finally bore fruit in the 59th minute when Shakava cleared a cross into his own net, but the joy was short-lived as from a quick restart, Kahata put the ball beyond the keeper from a George Odhiambo cross.Gor Mahia’s Meddie Kagere vies for the ball with SuperSport United’s Mogan Gould during the first leg of a CAF Confederation Cup play-off round in Machakos on April 8, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAt this point, SuperSport needed at least two more goals to assure themselves a place in the group stages and they kept the pressure. In the 68 th minute, they made it 2-1 when Mnyamane found space to shoot, beating Oluoch.The second goal added adrenaline to Matsatsantsa and Oluoch was forced to make two great saves off Darren Smith one on one.On the opposite end, Reyaad Pieterse also made a great save to deny Gor Mahia. The Kenyans managed to hold on to the score and despite Kerr marking his third loss since joining Gor, he had done just enough to make history with K’Ogalo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A Gor Mahia die hard fan singing the K’Ogalo anthem with passion. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18- Record 16-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have made history by becoming the first Kenyan team to progress to the group stages of continental football in the new era of CAF club games.Despite losing 2-1 to SuperSport United in the return leg of the play-off round in Pretoria on Wednesday night, the Kenyan champions advanced on the away goals rule after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.last_img read more

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Women’s Basketball Visits Wichita State Sunday

first_imgWICHITA, Kan. – The Drake University women’s basketball team visits Wichita State on Sunday as the Bulldogs close their first Missouri Valley Conference road trip of the season. The contest is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3. In its last game Friday, Drake (9-5, 2-1 MVC) won at Missouri State by a score of 82-75. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led the Bulldogs with 19 points, including 11 in the final two quarters, to go along with six rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) just missed a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds to go with three assists. Freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added 12 points and a pair of assists off the bench. The contest between the top two teams in the MVC’s preseason poll featured six lead changes and six ties. Drake, voted number two by the preseason voters, was able to hold off the favorites, Missouri State, with several big shots to answer several from the Lady Bears. The Bulldogs made their last seven shots in the game to hold on for their first win in Springfield, Mo. since Feb. 8, 2009. Wichita State (3-11, 0-3 MVC) is led in scoring by a pair of newcomers in Rangie Bessard (12.6) and TaQuandra Mike (11.6) while Bessard averages a team-leading 8.0 rebounds a game. Drake is seeking its first win in Wichita, Kan. since Feb. 6, 2009. Following Sunday’s game, Drake returns home to host Indiana State on Friday, Jan. 15 for a 7 p.m. game. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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