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August 7, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn
What grooming essentials does the world's fastest man pack in his Dopp kit? We put that question to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt during his whirlwind tour of the Southland last October, and, in honor of his recent accomplishments -- winning the 100 meters in an Olympic-record 9.63 seconds and becoming only the second man to win the event in two consecutive Olympic Games -- we thought we'd share a few of the items he packs when he's on the run....
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April 1, 2014 | By David Wharton
One thing seems certain: Usain Bolt will not race at a big Rome track meet in June. The reason for him skipping the Diamond League circuit stop is less clear. Organizers initially announced that the world's fastest man was suffering from an injury. But Bolt's agent told the Associated Press that his healthy client does not have a contract to compete in the event. Meet director Luigi D'Onofrio responded up with a vague statement about the mix-up. "We have been informed of the problems of Usain some days ago and we have been following with concern the evolution of the story, because of the agreement we had with his management," D'Onofrio stated.
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September 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Not so fast. It seems that Usain Bolt -- who can usually be seen sprinting ahead at blurry speeds -- is now backtracking on his plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Bolt previously vowed to quit running after Rio, but during a stop on his current book tour, he acknowledged reconsidering. "I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring," Bolt was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "They think I should carry on, and so do my sponsors.
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September 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Not so fast. It seems that Usain Bolt -- who can usually be seen sprinting ahead at blurry speeds -- is now backtracking on his plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Bolt previously vowed to quit running after Rio, but during a stop on his current book tour, he acknowledged reconsidering. "I think my fans especially have really voiced their concern about me retiring," Bolt was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. "They think I should carry on, and so do my sponsors.
HEALTH
August 31, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt hardly fits the physical profile of most of his peers. At 6-feet-5, he towers over most other shorter, stockier runners. This seems to work for the 23-year-old Bolt, who recently set world records in the 100 meter and 200 meter races at the 12th World Track and Field Championships in Berlin. Why he's faster than his cohorts, despite being significantly taller, is the subject of much speculation among coaches, exercise physiologists and geneticists. "Most sprinters are pretty small people," says Carl Foster, a professor in the department of exercise and sports science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By David Wharton
One thing seems certain: Usain Bolt will not race at a big Rome track meet in June. The reason for him skipping the Diamond League circuit stop is less clear. Organizers initially announced that the world's fastest man was suffering from an injury. But Bolt's agent told the Associated Press that his healthy client does not have a contract to compete in the event. Meet director Luigi D'Onofrio responded up with a vague statement about the mix-up. "We have been informed of the problems of Usain some days ago and we have been following with concern the evolution of the story, because of the agreement we had with his management," D'Onofrio stated.
SPORTS
October 10, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
How would the world's fastest man do in soccer? We may find out one day, because Usain Bolt, the men's 100-meter champion at the London Olympics, said Wednesday that he might try his hand at it when he retires from track. “I have said I wanted to try football,” said Bolt, the world-record-holder at both 100 and 200 meters. “I always wanted to try to play soccer. Maybe at the end of my career. It would be something that I would love to try. “I watch it on TV and see these guys play.
SPORTS
June 6, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Justin Gatlin beat six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt in a 100-meter race on Thursday at the Rome Golden Gala Diamond League meet. Gatlin finished in 9.94 seconds, 0.01 second ahead of Bolt. Bolt, a Jamaican, suffered a minor hamstring injury earlier in the season but was the fastest runner out of the blocks on Thursday. ”I think [that] threw me off a little bit,” Bolt joked to the BBC. Gatlin, an American, won an Olympic medal in 2004 but served a four-year suspension and had a world record stripped after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs in 2006.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - It's always entertaining when Usain Bolt competes, and on Tuesday the Jamaican 100-meter gold medalist returned to the track to run the first heat of the 200 and put on a show for the crowd during the morning track-and-field session at Olympic Stadium. Bolt went through his usual pre-race poses and gestures and put in some effort before jogging to the finish line in time to win his heat in 20.39 seconds. The fastest qualifying time was posted by Alex Quinonez of Ecuador, a national-record 20.28.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
  LONDON---The brilliant minds at the Guardian were at it again, putting up an animated, brick-by-brick look at Usain Bolt's victory in the 100 meters. "How could we ever have doubted him?" It's hard to say if this offering was better than the Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte, brick-by-brick showdown in the 200-meter individual medley. Call it a photo finish. ALSO: Usain Bolt stars in morning track session Aly Raisman wins gold medal in floor exercise Canada says they lost to referee, not U.S. in women's soccer        
SPORTS
September 19, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USA Diving announced Thursday that six cities, including Riverside, Calif., are under consideration to host the Olympic diving trials for the 2016 Summer Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro. Also under consideration are Atlanta, Greensboro, N.C., Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Tucson, Ariz. Riverside opened a new aquatics center at Riverside City College in 2011.  “We are thrilled to see so many incredible cities express an interest in hosting our Olympic trials.
SPORTS
September 19, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
If you were shocked the Cleveland Browns traded running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis, just imagine how Richardson felt. "I turned on the radio and all of a sudden I heard," Richardson told 19 News in Cleveland, per ProFootballTalk.com. "I can't believe it. I didn't see it coming from anywhere. I have a good relationship with everybody. But I guess it's the best move for the Browns. "At the end of the day, it's the best move for both of us, I guess. I wanted to be a Brown, I didn't see it coming, but at the same time, I'm a Colt now, so I've got to move on and be ready for Sunday's game.
SPORTS
September 19, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
The Rose Bowl announced Thursday it is naming an All-Century Class by decade to commemorate the playing of the 100th game on Jan. 1, 2014. The Rose Bowl and Football Writers Assn. of America have partnered to assemble a panel of more than 50 experts to pick the team. Included among the voters is former L.A. Times columnist Mike Downey and longtime Bay Area writer Art Spander, who has attended every Rose Bowl since the mid-1950s. A coach or player will be named for each decade with the top three nominees being released weekly beginning Sunday.
SPORTS
September 4, 2013 | Staff and Wire Reports
Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. "So far, [it] is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt said of his retirement plans. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top. " Winning three more golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight golds and two silvers.
SPORTS
August 19, 2013 | By David Wharton
Talk of doping and gay rights weren't the only distractions at the recently completed track and field world championships. Vast rows of empty seats at the Moscow venue left some wondering if fans will turn out for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi early next year. Only two-thirds of the Luzhniki stadium was filled for the men's 100 meters on the opening weekend, prompting Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to give the competition a 7 out of 10 for success. "I'm used to going to the 100 final with the stadium rammed, just packed, so that was different," Bolt said at a Sunday news conference.
SPORTS
August 17, 2013 | Wire reports
Usain Bolt almost worked up more of a sweat dancing Saturday than he did in dashing to the 200-meter title at the world track and field championships in Moscow. Bolt, who had tired legs and an aching foot, clocked 19.66 seconds despite easing up about 60 meters to go. He hopped and skipped to the reggae sounds of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," much to the thrill of the crowd. In the women's 400 relay, Russia beat the United States, which was without the injured Allyson Felix , by 0.22 seconds.
SPORTS
July 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
With the track and field world championships fast approaching, Usain Bolt says he isn't going to worry about the fast times that Tyson Gay has been posting this season. "I never focus on one person," Bolt said. "It doesn't make sense. " Gay ran the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds in Switzerland on Thursday, just a little slower than the season-best 9.75 he clocked at the U.S. nationals. The American sprinter also has 2013's fastest 200-meter time at 19.74. After some early season wobbles, Bolt recently decided to remain in Jamaica for extra training.
SPORTS
August 8, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - The field for the men's 200-meter final was set Wednesday, and it promises to be as spectacular as the 100 was just a few days ago. Usain Bolt of Jamaica, trying for his second straight Olympic sprint sweep, eased to the finish line at the Olympic Stadium in 20.18 seconds, which turned out to be the fifth-best semifinal time. Jamaica's Yohan Blake had the top time of 20.01, beating American Wallace Spearmon (20.02) in a photo finish in their heat. Christophe Lemaitre of France had the third-best time, 20.03.
SPORTS
August 13, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
New York Jets rookie Geno Smith took a punch - a verbal one, at least - and his coach counterpunched. Jets Coach Rex Ryan took a swipe at West Virginia University in the wake of Mountaineers players saying the football team lacked leadership with Smith at quarterback. Ryan was asked Monday about Smith's ability to face adversity, and if that's a concern in light of the report quoting West Virginia players. “No,” he said, “but it tells me I'm glad my kid never went there.
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