By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard
The world’s fastest man wasn’t fast enough to avoid a photographer on a Segway. Usain Bolt was celebrating with the crowd after his victory in the 200m at the World Athletics Championship in Beijing. A camera op on a Segway bumped a railing and then blindsided the six-time Olympic Gold Medalist. Guess this is the only way to slow him down.
Saving Lives in Death
37-year-old IndyCar driver Justin Wilson passed away on Monday one day after being struck in the head by a piece of debris from another car during the ABC Supply 500. His brother posted on twitter that six lives were saved because Wilson donated his organs.
University of Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman was fired on Friday, one week before they were to open their season against Kent State. Beckman was on the hot seat anyway after three unsuccessful seasons in Champagne. He claims the University jumped the gun but only time will tell if the accusations against him – mistreatment of players – are true.
Meanwhile Steve Sarkisian is still the head coach for the USC Trojans. Even after a slurred speech at a high profile USC event last weekend. He is not being fired or disciplined but his drinking is apparently not a secret. Back in 2012 while he was the head man at Washington, he had the University refund a $400 dinner tab that included 45 orders of Patron.
Sark has become the butt of some jokes. One of which was done by Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin who tweeted (then deleted) that he ‘didn’t pull a Sark after dark’. Sark has to be on a short leash at USC and he might not be the only one. That short leash might also include AD Pat Hayden who hired Sark.
They say that you should never leave your feet in football. San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush learned that the hard way. Bush was slammed to the turf by Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib during a preseason game.
Week four of the Barclays Premier League is in the books and it was a fairly historical one at that. Liverpool lost 3-0 at home to West Ham United. The first time West Ham has defeated Liverpool at Anfield since 1968.
Liverpool wasn’t alone in their sorrow. Crystal Palace defeated defending champs Chelsea at Stamford Bridge 2-1 and then Swansea CIty came from a goal down to defeat Manchester United 2-1 in Swansea.
It wasn’t not a good weekend at all for some of the bigger clubs in the world.