THIRD WIN HIGH HOPES FOR FINAL SEASON Meanwhile, Bolt says he is positive about his final season on the track and is boosted by his fitness after recently competing in the Nitro Athletics in Australia. “The fact I could actually sprint is a good sign. I was never able to sprint or compete this early in the season for a long time, so for me, I am really happy about that and it’s a good sign that I am on the right track,” said Bolt, who has 22 international titles on his CV. In a touching move, Bolt’s parents Wellesley and Jennifer, were presented with a specially commissioned Alphanso Blake painting, which was brushed on cedar in honour and recognition of their role and support in the sprinter’s development. “What we need in Jamaica is to highlight more of the good things that are happening in Jamaica so we can inspire others,” Barnes noted. “At his (Bolt) acceptance speech at the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, he said, ‘I am a little boy from Sherwood Content and if I can reach here, then there should be nothing that you can’t accomplish’. That was the most powerful message, here is a normal person doing great things, and everyone in Jamaica can aspire towards that.” He’s a man of many firsts and the 2016 Gleaner Honour Awards Man of the Year Usain Bolt again wrote his own chapter in history after becoming the first three-time recipient of the much-vaunted award on a day that saw other sporting icons being recognised. Bolt, who also won his fourth category award for sports, shared the sporting limelight with double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson (sports) and road race magnate Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis’ Running Events Limited (health and wellness). Already sprinting in January and a record fourth Laureus Award in hand, yesterday’s recognition was the latest highlight in what is already a great start to Bolt’s farewell season. Yesterday’s nod follows Bolt’s previous Man of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009, pushing him beyond two-time winners Edward Seaga and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart as the most successful recipient of this award. In 2012, Bolt was presented with a special Jamaica50 Global Jamaican Honour Award. The big sprinter also won category awards for sports, his fourth following sports awards in 2008, 2009, and in 2002, after his 200m gold-medal run at the World Junior Championships. “It’s always a great feeling, I’m really happy. It’s been a tough couple of years and I’m finally coming to the end of my career, so getting these awards is always a great feeling,” Bolt told The Gleaner shortly after receiving his trophy from Managing Director Christopher Barnes. Bolt, who reminisced about his early days appearing in The Gleaner’s publications, was especially proud to become the first three-time Man of the Year recipient. “I set high standards, and it’s always good to get to the top and stay there by yourself,” he laughed. “Really, it’s a great feeling, and I will continue trying to do great things even outside of track and field – you never know, I might end up winning in something else.” “Just being on TV and coming in The Gleaner and your parents cutting the articles out and saving them was and is always a wonderful feeling. This is what you dream about. Those were your big dreams back then, so it’s a good feeling (to again be awarded by The Gleaner).”
Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) defends as Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) works to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Luka Doncic made a long 3-pointer on a pass from Jalen Brunson before getting the ball to his fellow Dallas rookie for another big bucket from behind the arc.The first-year sensation’s final game as a teenager turned into a big night for the two-time NCAA champion from Villanova as well.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 22 points as Indiana lost consecutive games for the first time since the last of a season-high four straight losses on Jan. 31. Indiana had won eight of 10 coming into the game.“It’s a great home team,” Matthews said of the Mavericks, who are playoff long shots in the Western Conference but improved to 21-10 at home. “They do tend to make more shots at home. Couple breakdowns on the defensive end kind of get them in rhythm early.”The Mavericks were in a rhythm late too, making their last six 3-pointers in the final six minutes. That clutch stretch was capped by another shot from well behind the arc by Doncic for a 110-101 lead with 40 seconds remaining.Doncic hit the clincher in front of the Indiana bench and stared in that direction, saying after the game that an assistant coach had been talking trash throughout the game. He also had some good-natured banter with his former backcourt mate in Matthews.“He’s my guy,” said Doncic, who was matched up with Matthews most of the game. “He was talking a lot in the game. 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Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Doncic had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Brunson scored a season-high 24 points and the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak with a 110-101 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.Doncic, the only teenager in NBA history with multiple triple-doubles, didn’t have a shot at his fifth late. But the budding star and No. 3 overall draft pick who turns 20 Thursday had two of his seven assists on a pair of key 3-pointers, one of those by Brunson for an eight-point lead with a minute to go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m there to help keep the energy,” said Brunson, a second-round pick who was 9 of 14 from the field and had five assists. “Obviously Luka means a lot to this team, but I try to play pickup defense and stay available for my teammates. I’m there to play hard.”Wesley Matthews scored 20 points in his first game against his former team after going to New York in Dallas’ blockbuster deal with the Knicks. Matthews signed with the Pacers as a free agent. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tim Hardaway Jr. had one of the late Dallas 3s and finished with 20 points, while Dirk Nowitzki hit one early in the fourth for a five-point lead and finished with 11 points in the 40-year-old’s first home start in his record 21st season with the same franchise.Indiana’s Myles Turner, a former high school standout in the Dallas area, scored 13 points. Thaddeus Young had 11.TIP-INSPacers: C Kyle O’Quinn was given a flagrant 1 for a hard foul that sent Doncic to the floor in the first quarter. Doncic, who was going for a dunk when O’Quinn met him in midair, also lost a shoe on the play. … G Tyreke Evans was out with food poisoning, and F Domantas Sabonis was out with a sprained left ankle.Mavericks: Doncic has 16 turnovers in two games. He had seven two nights after a season-high nine. … Dallas has three 20-point scorers in the same game for the second straight game after failing to do that in the first 59 contests of the season. … F Dwight Powell scored 12 points. … G Devin Harris had five points on his 36th birthday, including a circus layup in the first halfFORMER MAVS PARADEMatthews, who got a nice ovation when the starters were announced, wasn’t the only former Dallas guard for Indiana. Darren Collison (seven points, four assists) was with the Mavericks in 2012-13, while Doug McDermott (three points) spent part of last season with them.In the second quarter, the Mavericks played a video tribute to Matthews, who stood up from the Indiana huddle on the bench and waved to the fans. “I was surprised, not with the reception, but with the tribute,” said Matthews, who spent three-plus seasons in Dallas. “I’m grateful for all the people here in Dallas. I just wish they would have lost tonight.”UP NEXTPacers: Minnesota at home Thursday, with Timberwolves going for first two-game season sweep since 2006-07.