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MONACO -- The worlds fastest man is slowing down.Usain Bolt again said he doesnt plan to run the 200 meters in his final season, realizing that his world record of 19.19 seconds is now likely beyond him.Speaking Friday in Monaco before picking up the IAAFs male athlete of the year award for a sixth time, the 30-year-old Bolt said he thought he could dip under the 19-second barrier at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But coming off the bend in the final, he felt his legs didnt have a record-beating performance in them.After last season, I kind of figured out that no matter how hard I work at this point, it probably is going to be hard to get the 200-meter world record, Bolt said. And its a lot more work and for me, coming to the end of my career, Im not trying to do too much work.He also didnt sound optimistic about breaking his 100-meter record of 9.58, either.If I can go through my season -- which I doubt -- without any injuries, then anything is possible, he said.Bolt ruled out a return for the 2020 Tokyo Games. The nine-time Olympic champion said his coach has told him, `Do not retire and come back to the sport, dont ever do that. ... So you have got to make sure you are sure.Not to brag or anything, but a lot of people at 30 havent accomplished what Ive accomplished, so, for me, I think Ive done all I wanted to, Bolt said.He made it clear that his last season would be more of a farewell tour than a final drive for more records. Hes targeting a few races in his favorite places: he mentioned Ostrava, Lausanne and Paris.This season is pretty much mainly for the fans, Bolt said. A lot of people always wanted to see me compete and havent had the chance.There are some things he is certain he wont be doing:- He ruled out playing American football, saying he doesnt want to get hit.- He also ruled out switching to bobsled, like American hurdler Lolo Jones, saying anybody who knows me knows I dont do well with cold.- And there is zero chance that he will challenge 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha to a race over 400 meters.That wont happen, Bolt said. Not even for charity.Bolt said his immediate plans in retirement are pretty much to do nothing.No more training. I dont have to go to the track unless I want to, he said.Bolt pinpointed the world championships in 2007 as a turning point in his career. After placing second behind Tyson Gay in the 200, Bolts coach told him to get serious.`Youre slacking off in the gym. If you want to win you have to get stronger, Bolt said he was told. From then on, I just took the step and worked.The next year, he won the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay at the Beijing Olympics. He repeated those feats in London and Rio.Bolt thinks he could have done even better had he knuckled down earlier.I was asked the question earlier what would I have told my 14-year-old self, and I thought it would be definitely to get serious quicker, Bolt said. I think when I was transitioning to being a professional I was relying more on my talent than actually on the work I was doing.Although he stressed that it wasnt a regret, Bolt said that breaking the 19-second barrier in the 200 was probably his only unrealized running ambition.It was something that was possible, could be possible, and I missed out on, he said.Coming off the bend in the 200 in Rio, he realized it was beyond him.In my mind I genuinely thought that I could have run under 19 seconds until I came off that corner, and my legs decided that we werent going to do anything about this, he said. 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Despite dominating possession, Schalke needed an own goal from Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough a minute before the interval. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfans corner and bundled the ball into his own net. Match FactsAugust 3, Edgbaston Start time 11am (1000 GMT)The Big PictureEdgbaston is like our Gabba, Stuart Broad said last week. After defeat at Lords, Englands confidence has soared again on the back of a thumping win at Old Trafford and now they arrive at a venue with good memories. They have won three of their last five Tests here by large margins, including last year when they reclaimed the lead in the Ashes, spurred on by the most vocal crowd in any English venue.But this series is still just 1-1. Old Trafford was the type of match Pakistan have not had to play in quite some time: asked to field first on a good batting pitch, with a four-man attack stretched to contain England. Yasir Shahs drastic change in fortunes meant Misbah-ul-Haq was always struggling to stem the flow of runs. Pakistans chances of pushing England in this match could well rest on the toss. Win it, put a decent score on the board and follow the Lords template.England will again have to cover for the absence of Ben Stokes after his calf injury. Chris Woakes form has meant that Stokes loss has not been as keenly felt as it might have been this summer, but his fiery pace bowling did add another dimension to the attack at Old Trafford before he went lame. His batting, although not especially required last time out because of Joe Roots epic 254, provides ballast amid a misfiring middle order that still has a lot of uncertainty about it.It will be those top-order batsmen outside of Root and Alastair Cook where much of the attention will be this week for England. The vulnerability - or at least uncertainty - of Alex Hales, James Vince and Gary Ballance remains the major weakness of this side and leaves much on the shoulders of the two senior batsmen. Ballance, on his return, has looked the most secure but Pakistans quicks appear to have the number of Hales and Vince having picked over their techniques.Given the size of victory at Old Trafford - and the fact they have a quorum of key players in form - if England get on top early they will be difficult to stop. However, in the likes of Yasir and Mohammad Amir, not to mention the steel of their captain, Pakistan have it them to strike back.Form guide(completed matches, most recent first) England WLDWW Pakistan LWWWDIn the spotlightPretty shots alone dont make a Test career. There is a strong desire, not least from coach Trevor Bayliss, for James Vince to make it as a Test batsman but so far there has been the occasional moment of style but very little substance. He had a perfect platform at Old Trafford to take advantage of good batting conditions yet once again fell to an edged drive - what has already become a signature dismissal. England will need to consider rebalancing their side when they get to the subcontinent, so time is running out for Vince to ensure he is not the fall guy should a batsman make way.Pakistan need their senior batsmen to lift. Younis Khans eccentric footwork remains a worry, but Azhar Alis form - scores of 7, 23, 1 and 8 - has also left the top order vulnerable, exposing Younis while the ball is still hard. He was the victim of a couple of tightt lbw calls at Lords, but his first-innings dismissal at Old Trafford was limp - popping a return catch - and then he was beautifully set up by James Anderson in the second.dddddddddddd He spent useful time in the middle against Worcestershire, making 81 against a modest attack, and at a time of questionable batting talent coming through for Pakistan they can ill-afford Azhar not to deliver.Team newsSteven Finn returns to the side to replace Stokes on the ground where he made his match-winning comeback against Australia last year. Cook said it was a tight call between him and Jake Ball: I was awake at 2am thinking about.England (probable) 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 James Vince, 5 Gary Ballance, 6 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Steven Finn, 11 James AndersonSami Aslam, the 20-year-old batsman, is set to replace Shan Masood at the top of the order as Pakistan concede they cant accommodate Andersons bunny any longer. There may also be a change in the pace attack, with consideration being given to Sohail Khan replacing Wahab Riaz.Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Sami Aslam, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz/Sohail Khan, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Rahat AliPitch and conditionsThere was substantial rain over Monday night into Tuesday but the forecast for the game is good. Cook said that there was a decent covering of grass on the surface. In the County Championship this season, the pitches have ranged from the lively (against Somerset) to the dead (against Hampshire). It is not expected to break up as the game progresses.Stats and triviaThis will be Englands 500th Test match on home soil.Pakistan lost by nine wickets at this ground in 2010 after being bowled out for 72 in their first innings: the England pace attack was Anderson, Broad and Finn. Englands last defeat here was in 2008 against South Africa.Cook needs one century to reach 30 in Test cricket; Wahab needs two wickets for 50 and Rahat Ali four wickets for 50.The most wickets for an England bowler in a series against Pakistan is Andersons 23 in 2010 - Woakes currently has 18.QuotesHes going to be a danger, theres no doubt about that, and he will have learned from his experience up at Old Trafford, thats what happens when you have a tough game. Thats the beauty of a series. He can bounce back now and perhaps pose a different challenge but if we play him like we did at Old Trafford and have that same kind of game-plan we should play him better than at Lords. Alastair Cook knows England cant take their eye off the ball with Yasir ShahWe need to really improve. In the previous Test match we let them score heavily on the first two days and couldnt put pressure on them. Its difficult to come back from 600 runs but still we could have done better with the bat. We got starts, 20s, 30s and 40, but we need to go big. Misbah-ul-Haq wants bigger contributions from his batsmen Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Discount Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 ' ' '

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