Bolt loses 2008 Olympic relay gold in teammate's doping case
GENEVA (AP) — Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals in a doping case involving Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter.
The IOC said Wednesday that Carter tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, in re-analysis of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Carter and Bolt were teammates on the winning 4x100-meter team, which set a world record of 37.10 seconds. Carter ran the opening leg, and Bolt took the baton third in a team that also included Michael Frater and Asafa Powell.
"The Jamaican team is disqualified," the IOC said in a statement. "... the corresponding medals, medalist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned."
The relay title in Beijing completed the first of Bolt's gold medal sweeps in the 100, 200 and relay at three straight Olympics.
Bolt set world record times for all three sprint titles at the Bird's Nest, establishing himself as the defining superstar of Olympic track.
Boston Celtics, reach deal to put GE logo on uniform
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics will take to the parquet court next season wearing a General Electric Co. logo on their uniforms.
The team said Wednesday it has a three-year deal that makes the company its exclusive data analytics partner. The agreement calls for a GE patch — in green and white, not the traditional GE blue — on jerseys above the player's left breast.
The Celtics are the third NBA team to announce a deal to wear a sponsor's patch on its jersey since the league gave the go-ahead. The Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings also have deals that were worth a reported $5 million apiece.
Financial terms of the Celtics deal were not announced.
GE moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Boston last summer.
McIlroy aiming to return from injury at WGC-Mexico in March
Rory McIlroy is targeting the Mexico Championship in March as his return to tournament action from injury.
McIlroy aggravated a rib stress fracture while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng two weekends ago. Those injuries typically take about six weeks to heal, and he believes he'll be ready to play again in the first World Golf Championship of the year, from March 2-5.
"I feel like I can maybe get back before that, but if I were to play (the) Honda (Classic) and then go straight to Mexico, I'd be playing two weeks in a row. I'd like to ease my way back in gently," he said on Tuesday.
He said the Mexico Championship in Mexico City was ideal because there was no cut.
"I can see how everything feels, and I have a week off after that," he told The Clubhouse golf podcast.
McIlroy, the world No. 2, has already missed the Abu Dhabi Championship, and pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic next week. The injury means he will also miss the Genesis Open in California and Honda in Florida next month.
He put the rib injury down to an extra-busy offseason, when he hit a lot of balls to make a swing change and test drivers.
"My muscle just said, 'We've worked hard, and we don't want to work hard anymore,'" McIlroy said. "I didn't imagine hitting so many balls would lead to this."