Justin Thomas wins US PGA and confirms years of potential

The American Justin Thomas claimed the US PGA, his first major victory, by two strokes, to add to the three tournaments he has already won this season

What a role reversal. Three weeks ago, as a close friend and Open Championship housemate, Justin Thomas swigged from the Claret Jug won by Jordan Spieth. Perhaps this part in a Sunday blowout the final piece of inspiration needed by Thomas to press home years of promise. Now he, the US PGA Champion, can fill the Wanamaker Trophy with whatever he prefers. The running of first-time major wins is now eight from the last nine such events.

On a ferociously hot, gripping North Carolina afternoon Thomas prevailed by two, at eight under par. He has made something of a habit of following in the footsteps of Spieth. In 2013, a year after Spieth led the University of Texas to the college golf championship, Thomas did likewise for the University of Alabama.

Still, it has taken until recent times for the 24 -year-old Thomas to carry such form properly into the professional ranks. Before this major victory he had won three times on the PGA Tour this season. At one of those tournaments, in Hawaii, Thomas shot 59.

There was never even a remote chance of a recur performance here, which owes all is Thomass ability to emerge from a tense scrap. At 5pm on Sunday he was part of a five-way tie for the result. Merely half an hour earlier Hideki Matsuyama had led the championship by one.

The momentum shift in Thomass favour came on the 13 th, where he chipped in for a birdie to move to eight under par. He maintained that position until the penultimate hole, where a glorious tee shot set up a 14 ft birdie opportunity. Thomas converted, delivering a fatal blow to the already fighting Matsuyama in the process.

Thomas took to the 18 th with a two-stroke leading, with even a drive into a bunker insufficient to halt his victory marching. By this juncture the rest were scaling an ice mountain in slippers. Thomass fourth round was of 68 shots.

Matsuyamas one-over-par 72 an outcome maybe linked to the intense pressure attached to another attempt at becoming the first male Japanese major win ensured a share of fifth which does not fairly reflect his earlier contribution. Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed and Louis Oosthuizen shared second. Reed and Molinari had returned Sunday 67 s.

Rickie Fowlers four birdies in succession from the 12 th tee raised his hopes of ending his major wait. Yet having reached five under, Fowler required more from Quail Hollows famous Green Mile closing stretch. There was to be no continuation of the surge.

What a week this proved for Jordan Smith, the 24 -year-old from Bath. Two years ago, he did not even have status on the tour immediately underneath the European Tour. Smith duly progressed to the point of winning the European Open on his previous start, thereby earning a maiden major start. How Smith made the most of it: his Sunday 68 meant an aggregate of one under and a guaranteed return to the US PGA next year.

Im still pinching myself, Smith acknowledged. Ive had some really good groups, enjoyed the whole experience and objective up playing some really good golf, so Im happy.

Smiths total was one better than Paul Casey and two ahead of Ian Poulter. Jason Day put aside his disastrous eight at the final hole on Saturday to post a one-under 70, for the same 72 -hole tally.

Dustin Johnson Sunday 67, which earned him a top-2o finish, evoked memories of his opening to 2017. The world No1 has struggled, by his own admission, since toppling down a flight of steps the day before the Masters.

Going into Augusta Im playing the best golf of my career, Johnson said. Everything was working very well. Then regrettably I didnt get to play the Masters and Ive fought a little bit this whole summertime. Its all due to what happened right before Augusta, slipping and hurting my back.

I feel like the game is coming around. Its starting to feel a lot better. Ive get confidence in it again. Its close to being really good.

Spieth signed off with a 70 and words of encouragement from his caddie, Michael Grellar. Spieths total was plus two, with the Texan now set for a breach before beginning an attack on the FedEx Cup he won in 2015.

Michael is telling me strolling off 18 today, he goes: Hey, only want you to know thats a great year in the majors, Spieth said. He guesses Im frustrated maybe with how the coming week ran. But we won a major. We had a chance to win at Augusta, too.

The US Open and here I didnt have a chance to win, which is a downer. But overall, when I look back on the year in the major championships, it was fantastic. If I did this every year, I would go down as the greatest ever to play the game.

Spieth was waiting at the back of the 18 th green and therefore among the first to congratulate his contemporary on victory. It is party time again.

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Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer to win Rogers Cup final

Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday

Alexander Zverev kept his winning streak alive with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.

The 20 -year-old Zverev, the winner last week in Washington, posted a 10 th straight match victory and aimed the 36 -year-old Federers own winning streak at 16. The German also tied Federer with a fifth tournament victory this year, although Federers haul includes two major titles. Zverev also got even for a loss to Federer at Halle in June and leveled their career head-to-head record at two wins each.

Zverev used some sharp groundstrokes to keep Federer from taking control early and got the only service breaking he needed to win the first set. Zverev escaped a break phase at 1-0 in the second defined with consecutive hotshots, then transgressed a mistake-prone Federerfor a 4-3 result and served out the match.

Zverev, the youngest Rogers Cup finalist since Novak Djokovic in 2007, was coming off an emotional victory over Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in the semi-finals. Federer missed a chance to tie-in Ivan Lendl for second place all day with 94 tournament wins. Jimmy Connors results with 109.

In the doubles final, fifth-seeded Frenchmen Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut beat seventh-seeded Rohan Bopanna of India and Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 10 -6.

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Diego Costa accuses Chelsea of being unfair and treating him like a criminal

Diego Costa has accused Chelsea of treating him like war criminals and exposed he will not return to the club, who he hopes will allow him to return to Atltico Madrid

Diego Costa has accused Chelsea of treating him like war criminals and revealed he will not return to the club, which he still hopes will sanction his return to Atltico Madrid.

The 28 -year-old striker, who has been informed by Antonio Conte he has no future at Stamford Bridge, told the Daily Mail that the Chelsea manager absence charisma and that he is happy to continue accepting penalties for refusing to train with the reserves at the clubs Cobham training base. They want me to be there training with the reserves, Costa said.

I wouldnt be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact with the guys. Im not a criminal. I dont think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that. I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me. I take the make each week but Im not driven by money. You know that the manager doesnt want me. I am waiting for Chelsea to define me free. I didnt want to leave. I was happy. When the manager does not want you, you have to go.

Costa made a text conversation with Conte in which the Italian informed him his Chelsea career was over public knowledge in June , insisting he would have to find a way out of the club. But Costa, who scored 20 Premier League goals to help Chelsea win the title last season, said he was close to agreeing a new contract as recently as January at Stamford Bridge but believes Conte intervened before he could put pen to paper.

I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it, he said. I suspect the manager was behind it. He has his own opinion and that will not change. I respect him as a great coach-and-four. He has done a good job and I can see that. But as a person no. He is not a coach-and-four who is very close with his players. He is very distant. He doesnt possess … charisma.

Costa remains hopeful of securing a return to Atltico, where he played for four years between 2010 and 2014 before joining Jos Mourinhos Chelsea. Costa acknowledges the Manchester United manager has contacted him to check I am OK and insists he never had any problems with the Portuguese.

He adds he has informed the Chelsea director, Marina Granovskaia, of his intentions to depart for La Liga and that he has rejected offers to leave Chelsea, who he accuses of trying to sell him to Chinese clubs. I want the deal with Atltico resolved this month, added the Spain striker. My idea would be to go to Madrid, train there, get into the best physical shape and be ready to fire ahead of the World Cup.

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Kevin Kisner leads US PGA but players make hard work on day three

Kevin Kisner is on seven under par, one ahead of Chris Stroud and Hideki Matsuyama, after the third round at Quail Hollow of a US PGA that has not been easy on the eye

The 99 th playing of the US PGA Championship has sporting parallels. There is, for example, the grim scoreless depict that football hipsters insist is wonderfully entertaining on grounds of defensive performance. Factor in a dour five-day cricket Test that ends without a winner and a fuller picture can be drawn.

Somebody will prevail at this major eventually but the event has already triggered a debate. Those seeking spine-tingling amusement need look elsewhere. On a tense third day, during which standing still was valuable to many of those in the upper echelons of the leaderboard, golf purists insisted this is what major championship play should be all about. It is, though, a hard sell. The margin between good and bad shoots has at times been impossible to decipher.

To the basic particulars. Kevin Kisners 72 means he results, by one, at seven under. Chris Stroud, the world No203, and Hideki Matsuyama are those closest.

The latest sign that Matsuyama may wilt under the pressure of trying to deliver a first major win for Japan arrived as he slipped to a 73. He is, though, very much part of this equation. Justin Thomas, who fell short at the US Open in June, afforded himself redemption with a 69 which moved him to five under.

Golfs administrators likely cannot wins. They would be chided for supervising a major setup that delivers the various kinds of target golf and low scores that are common on the PGA Tour. Brutal exams as delivered most commonly at the US Open have also been subject to widespread howl. Yet surely it is feasible to have something in the middle. Quail Hollows treacherous greens, combined with iffy pin placements, have thus far ensured a spectacle which is unlikely to appeal to the broader masses. On a couple of pits, it has been stretched, told Jordan Spieth after his third round, in submitting his application to join the diplomatic corps. Exhibit A: the 1st, which did not yield a single birdie from 75 Saturday players.

Of course, whoever strolled off with the Wanamaker Trophy will not devote a second thought to external sentiment. Kisner and Stroud are attempting what would be stunning successes given their positions in golf. The former has never recorded a major top 10. Of those in close pursuing merely Louis Oosthuizen, at minus five, has a major to his name. Jason Day was in the same category before encountering comedy chaos on the 18 th.

Rickie Fowler played the last three holes in four over, a 73 meaning he sits at one under. Paul Casey had a similarly dire finish, meaning a 74 for even aggregate. Patrick Reeds 69 moved him to minus two.

Given that Spieth had forcibly insisted there would be no added pressure attached to this, a first go at a career grand slam while seeking to be the youngest player to complete it, he would not be heading for the bottom of a whisky bottle upon realisation victory would pass him by. Spieth started day three at the same figure over par and remained there, a scenario affected in no small proportion by an ugly doubled bogey at the last.

I didnt have it written in a diary from when I was young that I need to win a career grand slam as the youngest ever, said Spieth of the broader painting. That wasnt the goal. The goal was to try and win them all. The goal was to try and get on the PGA Tour and then from there see what happens. And I will have a lot of opportunities.

The PGA Championship I think is going to be the most severe for me. If we look historically back on my career, I guess I will play this tournament worse than the other three majors simply in the way that its set up.

I feel like my game genuinely suits the other three majors maybe more than a PGA Championship. But I believe we can play anywhere and can win anywhere. Its merely a matter of having everything in sync at the right time.

Typically, Spieth will not lack Sunday motivation. We could violate the season into quarters, he added. This is the start of the fourth quarter.

At the US Open on Sunday, I was out of it but I gathered a little something off that round that led to two wins in two tournaments after that including a major. Just one round like that can do that. Thats what Im looking to do here.

Rory McIlroy had likely come to terms with the year not yielding another major title even before his third round. The Northern Irishman has suffered all manner of interruptions in recent months, with a rib problem still affecting him. Im looking forward to 2018, told McIlroy with a rueful smile after posting a 73. Hercule Poirot is scarcely required to discover the roots of the four-times major champs problems; 30 putts on Saturday emerged from a total of merely 49 ft.

A figure that bothered McIlroy more, and rightly, related to hour. Five hours and 20 minutes out there in that heat was a little too long for my penchant, he said. For tournament organisers to allow such a situation, let alone contribute to it, represents a gross dereliction in respect of creating this sports appeal. Of that there can, at least, be no doubt.

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Morocco to challenge North American joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

Morocco announced a last-minute challenge to the joint proposal of the United States, Mexico and Canada for the right to host the 2026 World Cup

Morocco has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup, positioning itself as a last-minute challenger to the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The Moroccan football federation unveiled the bid on Friday with a brief two-sentence statement, corroborating it had submitted a formal application to the relevant Fifa committees. The announcement came hours before Fifas deadline for countries to confirm their intention to bid, and denies the North American bid an unopposed victory at the eleventh hour.

The US-Mexico-Canada bid, first reported by the Guardian and formally announced at an April news conference in New York City, remains the overwhelming favorite to win hosting rights for the 2026 tournament. A successful joint bid would mark the first time the Football world cup has been hosted by multiple countries since the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.

Under the proposal, the US will host 60 games including every match from the quarter-finals onwards with Mexico and Canada dividing the remaining 20 fixtures equally. The United States previously hosted the Football world cup in 1994, and that 24 -team, 52 -match tournament still holds the attendance record( with nearly 3.6 million spectators ), despite a subsequent expansion of the format to 32 squads and 64 matches.

Mexico hosted the tournament in 1970 and 1986, while Canada hosted the womens World Cup in 2015.

In May, Fifa announced a four-stage bidding process for the 2026 tournament with a final decision in May 2020. It later confirmed that the previous two World Cup hosts, Europe and Asia, will not be eligible to host the tournament.

That left North Americas Concacaf( which last hosted in 1994 ), Africas CAF( which last hosted in 2010 ), South Americas Conmebol( Brazil in 2014) and Oceanias OFC( never ).

The CAF offered its backing to the Moroccan bid last month, and Morocco could spring an upset if it can broker an adequate voting confederation. Europe has 55 members in the Congress, Africa 54, Asia 46, Concacaf 35, Oceania 11 and South America 10.

Fifa will now inspect the two finalists bids and report to the governing bodys member associations by March. The final referendum will take place at the Fifa congress in June.

Weve always been prepared for the fact that other countries could also decide to bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement on Friday. Competition is good, and overall it shows the value and importance of the World Cup.

Over the next eight months weve got a lot of work to do.

The North American bid is bolstered by a fleet of gleaming new NFL stadia built over the past two decades that are suitable for international matches, which puts it in step with the cost-conscious, infrastructure-ready leanings of the day.

But Morocco, which would become only the second African nation to host a World Cup after South Africa in 2010, has six soccer stadiums with 45,000 seats or more already in use, meaning it would not require as much new construction as previous host nations.

The North African country with long coastlines along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea previously bid for the Football world cup in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010.

Two years ago, the Daily Telegraph reported that Morocco had, in fact, won the vote to host the 2010 competitor even though Fifa awarded the tournament to South Africa. Morocco also came close in its campaign for the 1998 tournament, losing to France in the final round by a margin of 12 to seven.

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Hideki Matsuyamas brilliant 64 reels in Kevin Kisner at US PGA

Americas Kevin Kisner arrived at the US PGA halfway on eight under alongside Hideki Matsuyama while Rory McIlroy made the cut but told Quail Hollow is two shots harder than usual

To the certainties in this world being demise and taxes, maybe climate postpones should be added when it comes to the US PGA Championship. Perhaps the upcoming switching of this event to May is a smarter notion than anybody has given the PGA of America credit for. Person, somewhere seems deep against the tournament in its current position.

Suspension of play, shortly before 5pm local period on Friday, ensured a sixth such scenario in a row at this championship. Menacing skies delivered the predicted blizzard, with tournament officials encountering their latest organisational headache as they seek to conclude this major on time. At least they have been in this movie before. A wider threat resonates in more ominous forecasts on Saturday and Sunday.

Spectators were urged to evacuate Quail Hollow on the halting of play as lightning approached. Golf did at least resume, 100 minutes after being stopped.

Only the elements could briefly halt Hideki Matsuyama. Japan has surely never been closer to hailing a male major champion, a matter emphasised as he charged through the second-round leaderboard. The human who shot 61 to win at Akron on Sunday created six birdies in 15 pits, including four in a row, in moving to seven under par, one adrift of Kevin Kisner. Matsuyama returned to the course to better that position, tying the result with a birdie at the 17 th before taking four at the last to complete a 64.

Matsuyama was not alone in making progress, even if his is more striking. Jason Day, who offered such a grim analysis of his golf before striking a ball here that it voiced impossible he could vie, instead explosion himself into arguing. Another major champion, Louis Oosthuizen, also persists promisingly behind the leaders. Matsuyama, though, is the clear and present danger to all as he pursues national history while in the form of his life.

What Rory McIlroy does not know about this venue is likely not worth bothering about. His assessment of what will or, more pertinently, will not transpire over the weekend is therefore telling. A low round here used to be a 61 or a 62, he said. A low round now is a 66 or a 67. Youre playing your ass off to get that. Id say if I shoot two 67 s over the weekend, Im going to have a really good chance. McIlroy has posted both 61 and 62 here in previous tournament play.

This is not the Quail Hollow we have gotten to know over the last 10 years, he added. Its a quite different golf course. Even if they didnt do anything else with the golf course and only changed it to full Bermuda[ grass] like it is now, all of a sudden it builds the golf course two shootings more difficult.

The popularity or otherwise of modifications to this course will be a matter of future debate. It is very unlikely any player will enjoy a procession towards the Wanamaker Trophy despite the early touch of Kisner. The 33 -year-old, who has never recorded a top-1 0 major finish, signed for back-to-back 67 s for an eight under par total.

If McIlroys matching 72 s appear uninspiring, the Northern Irishman was in grave danger of missing the cut after four bogeys in five back-nine holes. The two-shot recovery emphasised McIlroys willingness to battle.

As McIlroy scrapped, one of his playing partners prospered. Rickie Fowler, who is yet to add a major title to his otherwise stellar CV, posted a second round of 70 to move to three under. His prominence is all the more impressive given a triple bogey seven in the early stages of day one, which threatened to derail his challenge.

You dont want to get ahead of yourself, said Fowler. This week Im going to have a good chance. The thing is I have got to manage that properly.

I have to stay patient. I have to go through the process, make sure were attaining the right decisions on each pit with each shooting. With the style Ive been playing, how Im swaying the coming week and last week going into it, I know I can win this week. Its more in between the ears, and not get ahead of myself. If we do that, it will be all right.

There will be no successful defence byJimmy Walker. His 69 could do no more than get him back to plus eight. Phil Mickelson also departed North Carolina earlier than he would have hoped, at 11 over. This was his first missed US PGA cut since 1995. Im not really focused out there, said a despondent Mickelson. Im having a tough time controlling my thoughts and not letting them wander to what I dont want[ to] happen. Amateur golfers the world over know the feeling.

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Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy muddle their US PGA Championship lines

Thorbjorn Olesen and Kevin Kisner set the early pace at four under, with the majority of the big names back in the pack at Quail Hollow

Proof that the 99 th US PGA Championship will not be the domain of merely two players should not have been necessary. Nonetheless, such a prompting was likely useful. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, the dynamic duo who dominated pre-tournament debate, matched opening-round scores.

That the number in question is 72, one-over par, is barely cause to rule either of them out of lifting the Wanamaker Trophy but it will also offer incentive to others in the field. The early signs are this will be an attritional major.

Denmarks Thorbjorn Olesen, a player with a distinctly average record in the final major of the year, heads proceedings with Kevin Kisner, of the USA, at minus four. Among the big names to hover with intent are Paul Casey and Rickie Fowler, who are two from the result. The relatively high state of the scoring exemplified another point; that changes as made to Quail Hollow in the past year, particularly on the greens, render this a most varied venue to the one McIlroy has enjoyed such success on. These greens are trickier than Augusta National, observed Adam Scott. The 2013 Master champion did not seem to mean this as a compliment.

McIlroy had been in fine stance at two under before a stumble which in many respects epitomised the annoyances of his season. The Northern Irishman observed water from the 14 th tee en route to a double bogey, with chances to atone for that error passed up on the par five 15 th and the last two pits. Fowler, playing alongside McIlroy and Jon Rahm, recovered wonderfully from a triple-bogey seven at the 5th. Rahm is one under.

Im merely frustrated with that[ bad] stretching, but Im right in it, said McIlroy. It wasnt very easy. It was tough. The greens were difficult. They got very grainy as the day went on as well. If you only hit a putt a tiny bit off line, it exaggerated it. It was tough to hole putts this afternoon. Hopefully the surfaces are a little better tomorrow morning and we can hopefully hole some more putts. Im merely five behind; this is a tough golf course.

Spieth, who formed part of the morning wave, endured a poor day with putter in hand. Yes, it truly does happen. Im pretty solid with the leading, he told. So that was various kinds of the goal, to grab the result. Its much easier when you are on the front page of the leaderboard than it is coming from behind. Dedicated its the first round I know Im still in it but I know that tomorrows round becomes that much more important to run my route[ up] and stay in it. Ive got to make up ground. I cant putt any worse than I did today.

Brooks Koepkas opportunities at Quail Hollow were always stronger than bizarrely long odds of 251 suggested. Koepka has driving accuracy and distance, which are valuable commodities at this venue. A US Open triumph in June also improved the Americans belief in his level of talent which is now reflected by that success. Koepka signed for a 68, after which he highlighted the value of a level head.

We focus in on these majors and thats when youre trying to peak, trying to play your best, he said. Sometimes its a lot simpler than people suppose. I believe people kind of subconsciou themselves out quite a bit in a major, put too much pressure on themselves. Its the same game Ive been playing for 23, 24 years. All youve got to do is put the ball in the hole and move on.

I suppose people get quite frustrated sometimes in majors. Ive insured it a lot. Youve just got to stay really patient and realise sometimes bogey is not a bad score out here. Its quite difficult but youve just got to realise that, you know, youre in the first round of a four-round event. So one pit isnt going to kill you.

I try not to make a double-bogey. Thats kind of my aim in a major; if I can maintain doing that I dont know the last time I did in a major. It takes one pit to recover from a bogey and it takes two to come back from a double. Youre not going to make many birdies in a major championship, so you need to stay patient.

Tommy Fleetwood appeared at this major having been afforded considerably less spotlight than was the occurrence at the Open, in his hometown of Southport, last month.

Perhaps that lack of attention boosted Fleetwoods mindset; he opened with a 70, the same score as Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Justin Rose, amazingly, could fare no better than 76, a rating matched by Luke Donald. Casey opened with a 69, which placed him alongside Patrick Reed.

Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els hoped for happier starts to their 100 th major appearances. Els tumbled to a morning 80 while Mickelson, who remains without a win since the 2013 Open, posted a 79 afterwards in the day.

John Daly rolled back the years, however, when marauding to minus one and a share of seventh. It didnt last and he finished with a seven for a round of 74.

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Sixteen-year-old killed when log falls on him during high school football drill

A high school football player lifting a large log with team-mates as part of a Navy Seals-style drill was hit in the head by the log and succumbed Thursday

A high school football player lifting a large log with team-mates as part of a Navy Seals-style drill was hit in the head by the log and died Thursday, creating the issue of accommodating such military training to young athletes.

Joshua Mileto, a 16 -year-old Sachem East High School junior, and about five of his team-mates were carrying the log overhead when the accident happened at a preseason workout camp supervised by a half-dozen coach-and-fours, Suffolk County police said.

The 5ft 6in, 134 lb broad receiver and defensive back was declared dead later at a hospital.

Sachem East graduate Carlin Schledorn, who played football as a junior, told carrying the log about 12 ft( 3.7 m) long and the diameter of a utility pole was a squad constructing exercise.

Its very big. Its like a tree, and its a challenge for people who weightlift, he said. Five or six people do it at once. I feel horrific for the team and coaches because I know them, and they are all great men.

School officers, including the head coach-and-four, did not comment on the exercise.

A person at Miletos home declined to speak with reporters.

Classmate Olivia Cassereli told Mileto cared about everyone else.

He put others before himself, and everyone loved him and was friends with him, said Cassereli, who called him her best friend.

Some colleges and other high schools around the country have incorporated log-carrying drills and other military-inspired exercisings into their football preparations in recent years, sometimes bring back Seals to teach and motivate. Some coach-and-fours and players say the tough tasks help forge teamwork.

But Douglas Casa, of the University of Connecticuts Korey Stringer Institute, which works to improve safety for athletes, questioned the wisdom of having teens perform training exercises that involves carrying a heavy object and that was developed for Navy Seals, potentially a very different clientele.

Theres so much potential for things to go wrong that I would really want people to think twice before doing something like that, said Casa, the institutes executive director.

Football, at all levels, has become still more safety-conscious in recent years amid scrutiny of head injuries in the athletic. In college football, for example, the NCAA this year barred the two-a-day contact practices that coaches once used to toughen up their squads in the preseason, though many squads had ended them already.

For high schools in Suffolk County, offseason practises are permitted as long as they are not mandated and are open to everyone, said Tom Combs, executive director of the athletic organization that supervises high school sports in the county.

What exercisings that are conducted are the privy of the school district and individuals running the workouts, he said.

In an unrelated incident, another player fell and hit his head Wednesday at the school during training, police told. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Sachem superintendent Dr Kenneth Graham widened condolences to Miletos family and friends and told support services will be offered for as long as needed.

The squads training officially starts Monday, and the football season starts in September.

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‘I don’t want tension’: Indian boxer beats China rival then offers belt back to heal border rift

Vijender Singh induces gesture of peace to Zulpikar Maimaitiali amid increasingly tense stand-off in Himalayas

An Indian boxer won a title fight against a Chinese adversary before offering to hand back the prize as a gesture of peace between the two nations which are locked in a territory conflict in the Himalayas.

Vijender Singh beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali on points on Saturday to retain his WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title and take his adversaries WBO Oriental super middleweight belt.

After the unanimous verdict in Mumbai, Singh hugged Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan and other celebrities before returning to the ring, taking the microphone and saying: I dont want this title. I will give it back to Zulpikar.

He added: I dont want tension on the border. Its a message of peace. Thats important.

The gesture follows a stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that has become increasingly tense. On Thursday, China demanded India immediately remove troops from the border, accusing it of building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border next to the Indian state of Sikkim.

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Vijender Singh with his two title belts after the match in Mumbai on Saturday. Photo: Rafiq Maqbool/ AP

The neighbours share a 3,500 km frontier, large parts of which are disputed. Indian officials say about 300 soldiers from either side are facing each other about 150 meters( yards) apart on the plateau.

The current standoff began on 16 June when a column of Chinese troops accompanied by construction vehicles and road-building equipment began moving south into what Bhutan considers its territory.

Bhutan, a small kingdom with close military and economic ties to India, requested assistance from Delhi, which sent forces-out to resist the Chinese advance.

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To avoid escalation, frontline troops in the area do not generally carry weapons, and the Chinese and Indian troops reportedly clashed by jostling: bumping chests, without punching or kicking, that are intended to force the other side backwards.

At the heart of the dispute are different interpretations of where the trijunction the point where the three countries borders meet precisely lies. China argues its territory widens south to an area called Gamochen, while India tells Chinese control ends at Batanga La, further to the north.

About 3,000 troops from both countries are reportedly stationed near Doka La, an area initial media reports told was about 15 km from Gamochen, but which satellite imagery shows could be as close as two to three kilometres away.

Associated Press contributed to this report

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Bolts time finally runs out, but he departs as the greatest champion of all

Injury took its toll and perhaps his last 100 m was one too many. Tim Adams watches the poignant objective for a peerless competitor

The roar was not the same. This time around the cacophony of Super Saturday had a sadder, even an angrier note. Five years on from securing his legend at the 2012 Olympics, Usain Bolt had hoped to bow out of the sport he has for so long electrified, with one last trademark explosion of unanswerable speed and joy. In the event, his last act as a solo athlete was to take a bronze medal behind his long-time challenger, the American Justin Gatlin.

Few athletes know more about day than Bolt. Having chased it down and explosion it into unlikely one-tenths and hundredths for more than a decade, it eventually caught up with him. His sweatshirt coming into the stadium before this final 100 m race of a peerless career bore the mottoforever faster, but his eyes and his way told a somewhat different tale. He went through the motions of his pre-race hype routine, striking the poses, but his heart wasnt quite in it.

No doubt, in some ways, he had seen this final defeat arriving: it was the one attitude gracious loser he had never had to display, but he performed it with just as much aplomb as all the others. Bolt had come to the London World Championships having only once operated under 10 seconds this year, and nursing another round of back problems that had necessitated a visit to the German physician Hans Mller-Wohlfahrt in Munich. Qualifying was shaky in the first round on Friday when he tugged at his oracles beard and complained about the starting blocks being the worst he had ever seen. His semi-final, earlier in the evening, ensure him beaten for the first time at that stage in a major championship since his golden running began in 2008. Even so, the feeling around the stadium, and the world, was that he would have enough for one last hurrah.

One of the many things that Bolt has brought to this shortest of all sporting dramas is a sense of unfolding narrative. Because of his size, he has routinely started behind his challengers, and then inexorably reeled them in, running 41 giant strides to their 45 or 46. What used to happen at 50 metres, however, this time didnt quite happen at 95. For the first time, as he neared the line, the strain demonstrated on his face: he looked like all the others. But the pout was speedily replaced by a broad smiling of gratitude and relief.

Bolt told parting to Jamaica, where it all started, in June, but it was fitting that he should aim the greatest solo athletic career on this particular back straight-out. London 2012 wasnt his first Olympic triumph: that came in Beijing. It wasnt the scene of his most extraordinary feat: that was the triple double gold in Rio. But it was the place where his legend was most memorably forged. In that most joyous of Olympics, I was lucky enough to be at the end of the home straight-out for much of the fortnight; nothing took the breath away quite like Bolt making good on his boasts.

Even then his career was not so much about violating records as about demonstrating himself the consummate challenger: did anyone truly have the nerve, the confidence, the hubris to run past him, the greatest ever? It is eight years since Bolt ran his historic 9.58 -second world record in Berlin; “hes having” spent those years losing hundredths of a second, waiting for the rest to catch up. Perhaps inevitably it was Gatlin, 35 years old, the haunted pantomime rogue to his prince charming, who emerged to deliver the parting coup de grace.

Ever since Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic champion, returned to the sport after his second doping forbidding in 2010, he has played a shadowy Moriarty to Bolts effortless Holmes. The more fans have cheered Bolt, operating clean, the more the government had heckled Gatlin, for having run dirty. This potent morality play had its last spin here. Gatlin was booed into the stadium and booed across the line. It fell to Bolt himself to provide some comfort to the world champ, with a hug, and some whispered words of congratulation as the crowd wailed its displeasure.

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A final bolt of lightning for an adoring mob. Photo: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

One of the reasons for his global popularity is that Bolt has always understood that sport has never been worth selling your soul for. Having won the world junior games 200 m at 15( apparently so nervous that he had his way shoes on the incorrect feet) Bolt had many lucrative offers to join US college track teams. He turned all of them down, and did his training, and his partying, back home.

He has never been shy of calling himself the best the figures dont lie but he has worn that mantle with a degree of meeknes and a generous heart. The greatest sportsmen and women remind us that even at the spire of achievement it is all still a game, something you play at; they let us in on the thrill of their mastery even as they are experiencing it. Muhammad Ali could do that. Pele could do that. And Bolt has done that. The painting that will live down the ages is that of the sprinter apparently having hour for a grinning to the camera, when the second and third and fourth fastest men in the world are straining every muscle to even be in the same photo frame.

In the recent BBC documentary I Am Bolt , the sprinter confessed that the 10 seconds of glory no longer quite compensated for the 365 days of merciless work that allowed them. Its not as fun as it used to be, he told. The older I get, the less fun it is. But for all the medals and the records, it is fun in its broadest sense, the indomitable overflow of pleasure, for which Bolt will be remembered. He has dramatised all that human bodies might be capable of, and done so in a spirit not of focus but of gala. As Bolts fellow Jamaican great, Bob Marley, once expressed it: life is worth much more than gold.

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