Jamaica-born American quarter-miler Sanya Richards-Ross told popular track and field outlet Athletics Weekly that she is looking to pace herself in training ahead of the 2016 season.The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships gold medal winner had a disappointing season in 2015, after failing to qualify for an individual event for the World Championships in Beijing, China.She was a member of the USA’s silver-medal winning 4x400m relay team, but will no doubt be looking to get an opportunity to defend the 400m title she won almost four years ago at the London Olympic Games at the upcoming instalment in Rio de Janeiro.As a result, the veteran sprinter, going on advice from other experienced campaigners – Kim Collins and Felix Sanchez – is planning to take things a little easier in training, pointing to an overly intense approach in her preparations as a reason for her disappointments this year.”This year I think, I over-trained,” she admitted.”At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Coach, I want to run faster than 48.7 this year. I want a PR.'”I was doing 1,000 sit-ups a day. I started running with the boys and pushed myself really hard and felt great in practice but flat in races. We couldn’t figure it out,” Richards-Ross looked back.”I don’t think anyone has won four successive relay gold (medals), so that’s what I’m going for in Rio as well as defending my individual title,” said Richards-Ross.
DHAKA (AP):OPENER Shikhar Dhawan hit a career-best 60 as India won the Asia Cup for the sixth time after beating Bangladesh by eight wickets yesterday.The home side was put into bat and posted 120-5 in a rain-hit game that was reduced from 20 to 15 overs after a two-hour delay.World T20 host India won with seven balls to spare, reaching 122-2 as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed a towering midwicket six.Dhawan and Virat Kohli combined for a 94-run partnership for the second wicket after India was reduced to 5-1.Kohli was unbeaten on 41, while Dhoni was on 20.”The top order played sensibly and made it easy for us,” Dhoni said.”It’s looking very good now, we are on track for the World T20. It’s the beauty of the side that everyone is taking responsibility to finishing the game.”Bangladesh’s fast-bowlers Taskin Ahmed (1-14) and Al-Amin Hossain (1-30) shared the wickets.To the delight of the home crowd, Al-Amin broke through in just the second over when he swung one nicely to get the edge of Rohit Sharma (1) who was caught by Soumya Sarkar at first slip.Dhawan and Kohli spent some uncomfortable moments at the crease against the pace of Al-Amin and Taskin. They took their frustration out on Abu Haider, who was playing his first match. Haider conceded 14 runs in his first over and the quick didn’t bowl further in the match.Both Dhawan and Kohli also found Shakib Al Hasan’s left-arm spin to their liking as they kept India in the hunt.Dhoni hurried the victory for India with 20 off six balls including one four and two sixes.”We are disappointed, no doubt. They played really well and we couldn’t keep the pressure,” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said.”We have exciting batsmen and bowlers, hopefully this team will carry on from here.”
GOALS:- CITY: FERNANDO 7th; DE BRUYNE 12th; AGUERO 19th; KOLAROV 90th.Kevin de Bruyne marked his return from injury to kick-start Manchester City’s title hopes. Three of City’s goals came in the opening 18 minutes, with Fernando converting Jesus Navas’ corner after seven minutes. de Bruyne added a second before Sergio Aguero headed a third. Aleksandar Kolarov claimed City’s fourth with the last kick of the game.ASTON VILLA 0 CHELSEA 4 GOALS:-STOKE: AFELLAY 13; BOJAN 53. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 68; PALOSCHI 79.Gylfi Sigurdsson and Alberto Paloschi struck as Swansea came from two goals down to damage Stoke’s European hopes. Ibrahim Afellay marked his 30th birthday by giving Mark Hughes’ side a half-time lead as he headed in Marko Arnautovic’s cross. Bojan Krkic doubled the lead early in the second half with a fine solo goal. But Sigurdsson pulled one back with a shot on the turn that wrong-footed keeper Jakob Haugaard, and Paloschi’s deflected strike earned a point.SUNDERLAND 0 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0Sunderland remain in the relegation zone after they failed to turn their dominance into goals against West Brom. Despite a first clean sheet in 17 league games, the Black Cats took only a point, wasting two excellent chances to win the game in the closing minutes. First, Fabio Borini forced a sprawling save from Ben Foster, before the keeper denied Jermain Defoe from five yards. Then the hosts had a goal disallowed in injury time when Dame N’Doye netted, but was correctly adjudged offside.WEST HAM UNITED 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 2 GOALS:- CHELSEA: LOFTUS-CHEEK 26th; PATO PEN 45th; PEDRO 46th, 59th.Aston Villa could be relegated as early as next weekend after another embarrassing performance. Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s deflected shot and Alexandre Pato’s precise penalty had given the visitors a healthy half-time lead. Pedro scored twice, slotting in Oscar’s pass and hammering home a loose ball, before Alan Hutton was sent off to compound Villa’s misery.ARSENAL 4 WATFORD 0 GOALS:- LIVERPOOL: COUTINHO 51st. spurs: KANE 63rd.Tottenham dropped two valuable points at Anfield and with Leicester beating Southampton a day later they are a massive seven points adrift of the Barclays Premier League leaders with just six games to go. Liverpool took the lead through Philippe Coutinho soon after half-time, but a tremendous reply from Harry Kane earned Spurs a point.NORWICH CITY 3 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 GOALS:-ARSENAL: SANCHEZ 4th; IWOBI 38th; BELLERIN 48th; WALCOTT 90th.Arsenal maintained their faint hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League title with an easy victory. Alexis Sanchez gave the Gunners a fourth-minute lead, then Alex Iwobi doubled their lead from 12 yards. Hector Bellerin’s shot deflected in for Arsenal’s third, while substitute Theo Walcott completed the rout in added time.LIVERPOOL 1 spurs 1 GOALS:- NORWICH: KLOSE 45th; MBOKANI 74th; OLSSON 90th. NEWCASTLE: MITROVIC 71st, PEN 86th.Norwich City moved a step closer to safety in the Barclays Premier League after Martin Olsson stole a late winner against increasingly troubled Newcastle United. Timm Klose gave Norwich the lead with a first-half header before Aleksandar Mitrovic replied. Mitrovic levelled again, from the spot, after Dieumerci Mbokani’s superb strike had made it 2-1. But Olsson drove the winner.STOKE CITY 2 SWANSEA CITY 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0 MANCHESTER CITY 4 GOALS:- WEST HAM: LANZINI 18th; PAYET 41st. PALACE: DELANEY 15th; GAYLE 75th.West Ham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered with a draw against Crystal Palace. The Eagles went in front when Damien Delaney headed his side ahead. The Hammers equalised soon after through Manuel Lanzini before Dimitri Payet’s stunning 20-yard free kick put the hosts ahead. West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate was sent off for fouling Dwight Gayle, who then equalised.