After a party, Usain Bolt gets into car accident


After a party, Usain Bolt gets into car accident

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Usain Bolt was involved in a minor car crash shortly before dawn Sunday in his Caribbean homeland of Jamaica but was not hurt, according to the publicist for the world's fastest man. Carole Beckford said the three-time Olympic champion was returning from a party with friends in the early hours Sunday when he was involved in a "fender bender" in Jamaica's capital of Kingston. "There were no injuries at all. He is fine and resting at home," Beckford told The Associated Press in Jamaica. Police in the Half-Way-Tree area where the accident took place say they are still investigating, but it appears that the sprinting champ somehow lost control of his black BMW and swerved into guard rails shortly after 5 a.m. local time. Fellow Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell was traveling in another car at the time and was at the scene of Bolt's accident. "My friend and countryman (Bolt) is ok after a fender bender," Powell's Twitter account said Sunday morning. Powell's Twitter feed dispelled rumors that he was also hurt: "Contrary to the news, I was in another car." Bolt and Powell had just returned to Jamaica after competing at the Diamond League meet in Norway. At that meet, Bolt recovered from a poor start to win the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds, beating Powell by 0.06 seconds. Bolt remains undefeated this year. The Jamaican star hasn't lost since failing to defend his title in the 2011 world championships in South Korea after being disqualified in the final for a false start. It's not the first time Bolt has been in a worrying car crash in Jamaica. In 2009, Bolt crashed a BMW into a ditch along a highway. He required minor surgery on his left foot after stepping onto thorns while getting out of the wreckage. A month after the accident, Bolt told reporters: "After something like that you look at life through and over, and look at what has gone wrong -- where you should improve or should be careful." Bolt's coaches could not be reached for comment Sunday. Beckford said she would release further details when they became available. Bolt emerged as a global superstar after his stellar 2008 performance at the Beijing Games, where he became the first sprinter to set three world records in the same Olympics. He gave much of the credit for his 2008 renaissance to his willingness to act the part -- to stop the late-night partying, which he conceded could be over the top, and spend more time in the gym. The news of Bolt's car accident worried his fans in Jamaica, where the charismatic athlete is regarded as a national treasure. "?He should be more careful on the roads," said Rashalee Mitchell, an assistant lecturer at Jamaica's University of the West Indies. "Jamaica cannot afford to lose a precious athletic gem as Lightning Bolt.'"

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2016-17 NBA Awards: All-Wizards Edition

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On Monday night, the NBA's best and brightest will converge in New York City for the first annual NBA Awards.

In years past, the NBA's annual awards have been revealed throughout the playoffs, but for the first time ever, all the awards will be handed out on one night.

The Wizards are up for one award: "Best Playoff Moment."

The Wizards we're bounced in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but John Wall's Game 6 buzzer-beater was arguably the top moment of the 2016-17 playoffs. While the Wizards aren't up for any other awards, we decided to hand some out in advance.


Wizards' MVP: John Wall

— John Wall wasn't just the Wizards' MVP, but one of the NBA's best players in 2016-17. In fact, other than LeBron James, Wall is arguably the best player in the Eastern Conference. He may not win the NBA MVP award, but he's definitely one of the 5-10 potential candidates.

Wizards' Most Improved Player: Bradley Beal

— Bradley Beal's 2016-17 season was injury-free, and in-turn, was his best season as a pro. He increased his points per game from 17.4 to 23.1 and improved his shooting from both the field and from beyond the arc. The Wizards had the second best backcourt in the NBA in 2016-17, and Beal was a huge reason why.

Wizards' Best Newcomer: Scott Brooks

— The NBA Coach of the Year award is likely headed to Houston's Mike D'Antoni or Miami's Erik Spoelstra. But Brooks deserves recognition. In his first season with the Wizards, the former Thunder head coach led the team to 49 wins and within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. Of all the additions the Wizards made last offseason, Brooks' was the most significant.

Wizards' Most Quotable: Markieff Morris

— Markieff Morris wins this one in a landslide

Wizards' Best Dressed: Kelly Oubre

— he wore a customized surgeon's mask to a game. It's his award and everybody else is just playing games. 

Honorable Mention: Jason Smith

— The 7-footer was a great addition in his first season with the Wizards, improved his range and became a credible threat from beyond the arc off the bench, and was one of the most entertaining players on the team. He didn't win any awards, but he deserves some recognition.