Grateful Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top RJR Sportsman, Sportswoman awards

first_imgSprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

Raiders rookie Crosby wins AFC Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgRaiders rookie Maxx Crosby was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his surpassing performance in Oakland’s 17-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Crosby, a 6-foot-5, 255 pound edge rusher was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) in last spring’s NFL draft. He was a wrecking ball against the Bengals, becoming the fourth rookie in NFL history to have four sacks in one game, and forcing a fumble. Three of his sacks came in the fourth quarter.Crosby now has 6.5 …last_img read more

‘Modi doesn’t know how to speak the truth’

first_imgWith just days to go before the Lok Sabha election in Gwalior on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told a rally at Phoolbagh on Wednesday evening that while his party has delivered on promises made in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “does not know how to speak the truth”.‘Cong. waived loans’Speaking in Gwalior three days after Mr. Modi addressed a BJP rally here and attacked Mr. Gandhi’s “naamdar” family, Mr. Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister for remaining silent on his 2014 poll promises. He said the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh had waived off loans of lakhs of farmers, including two relatives of former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “The people had so much faith in Narendra Modi and his words. He said he’ll put ₹15 lakh in every bank account, will give jobs to 2 crore youth and will give loan waivers and right prices to farmers. What happened to that? These days, Mr. Modi doesn’t talk of employment, farmers, or corruption,” said Mr. Gandhi.He added that while youth were facing unemployment and agrarian crisis was pushing farmers to end their lives, Mr. Modi was “doing his mann ki baat”.Challenge for debate“He said he’ll make Gwalior a smart city. It’s been five years. Did it happen? Wherever he goes, he lies…He talks of nationalism. I want to ask him did the Congress send Masood Azhar to Pakistan? Did the Congress make him sit on a plane and send him to Kandahar? Was it our Minister who sat in the plane? Was it our Minister who gave money to a terrorist organisation? No, it was the BJP… Narendra Modi should tell the country the truth… Narendra Modi does not know how to speak the truth,” said Mr. Gandhi, adding that he had challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on the Rafale matter.Accusing the former BJP government in the State of reducing the number of factories from 400 to 80, he said a Congress government at the Centre would work with the party’s government in the State to make Gwalior an “industrial centre again”. Chief Minister Kamal Nath, while addressing the rally in support of Congress candidate Ashok Singh, said his government had waived off loans of 21 lakh farmers, while the BJP candidate from Gwalior, Mayor Vivek Shejwalkar, had not done anything for the city.“Shivraj was yelling that loans have not been waived. His own brother and nephew’s loans have been waived,” said Mr. Nath.Mr. Singh, who has contested three times before, had lost by a margin of about 29,000 votes in 2014 to the BJP’s Narendra Singh Tomar, who went on to become a Union Minister. This time, Mr. Tomar is contesting from the neighbouring Morena constituency, which was won by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew, Anoop Mishra, in 2014.last_img read more