Bolt plans to retire after Rio Games
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 another three golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight golds and two silvers. He has six gold medals from the Olympics . . . IOC President Jacques Rogge said the Olympic body will consider whether Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva should be dropped as an ambassador following her comments about homosexuals. Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality and criticized two Swedish athletes who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors in support of gay rights. The next day, Isinbayeva said her comments in English may have been misunderstood . . . Ben Johnson, the disgraced 51-year-old former sprinter is now promoting an anti-doping campaign. The Canadian won the Olympic 100-meter gold medal in world-record time at the 1988 Seoul Games, then had it stripped. Johnson acknowledges part of why he joined the Pure Sport campaign, is so perhaps he'll be remembered for more than a failed drug test.
Sheppard is out at WUFC 1510
Pete Sheppard’s afternoon program on WUFC 1510 with cohost Darwin Zook has been absent the past two days, with NBC Sports Radio programming filling the void. Now we know why. Sheppard said he has had a mutual parting of the ways with 1510, the station he joined not long after abruptly quitting his WEEI weekend program while on the air in April. He said he has a better opportunity coming along that he plans to announce later in the week.
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Noel earns season’s first Gold Helmet
Sacred Heart sophomore quarterback RJ Noel earned the season’s first Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet from the New England Football Writers. In his first collegiate start, the Lowell High graduate passed for 201 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 104 more and a touchdown in a 37-21 win over Marist . . . West Texas A&M’s athletic director Michael McBroom said the NCAA is investigating after the university reported violations found during an internal audit of the football program. McBroom said the Canyon, Texas, school has self-imposed sanctions after reviewing the audit . . . Gary Walters will step down as Princeton’s athletic director after the 2013-14 academic year. Walters, entering his 20th year as the Tigers athletic director for 38 varsity sports, was the starting point guard on Princeton’s 1965 NCAA Final Four men’s team with Bill Bradley.
Liggins denies domestic abuse charge
Oklahoma City Thunder guard DeAndre Liggins was arrested over the weekend after his girlfriend told police he attacked her in front of their 2-year-old son, but his lawyer said the NBA player denies ‘‘ever laying a hand on a female.’’ No charges had been filed as of Wednesday in connection to the Saturday incident . . . Nets coach Jason Kidd is buying a portion of Jay-Z’s minority share of the team, a source confirmed for ESPN.com. There is no rule against coaches owning a stake in teams, but there is a rule against players or agents doubling as owners. Jay-Z formed the agency Roc Nation and represents several notable athletes . . . In the WNBA, Siemone Augustus scored 23 points to lead the host Minnesota Lynx to a physical 83-74 win over the Los Angeles Sparks in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference . . . Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points as the host Atlanta Dream clinched a playoff spot with an 89-80 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever.
Burton, Childress are set to part ways
Without committed sponsorship in place, and a desire to scale back his schedule in two years, Jeff Burton and NASCAR team owner Richard Childress decided to cut ties following this season. Burton, 46, winless since 2008, faces an uncertain future after ending a relationship with RCR that dates to 2005 . . . Anaheim officials have extended the stay of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the city by at least three years and hope to use the time to strike new deals to keep the team in place even longer. The City Council voted 4-1 to delay the Angels’ option to leave the city from 2016 to 2019, allowing time for negotiations that city officials hope could keep the team until 2057 . . . In the MLS, Justin Meram and Ryan Finley each had a goal and an assist to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 win over the visiting Houston Dynamo . . . Lamar Neagle scored off of a free kick by Marc Burch midway through the first half to lead the surging Seattle Sounders to their sixth win in seven matches, 1-0 over visiting Chivas USA . . . The MBTA has scheduled a train to originate at South Station and end at Gillette Stadium fans coming to the Sept. 10 international friendly between Brazil and Portugal. The round-trip ticket will cost $15 and will be available at South Station, North Station, Back Bay and Dedham Corp. Regular commuter rail tickets and passes cannot be used.