André: It’s Jamaica vs the USA in the men’s 4x100m relay final. This is gonna be fun – two strong teams going at each other for bragging rights in an exciting and dramatic event. KC: After losing to the United States at the World Relays in the Bahamas, I do not think the Jamaicans will be taking their opponents lightly this time around. André: Well, I’m not sure they took the Americans lightly in The Bahamas, but none of the Jamaicans were in good physical shape at the World Relays. That has changed. Usain Bolt is back to his best, Asafa Powell has been running well and there have been solid performances by the Jamaicans all around since then. KC: Yes, things will be much different this time around as with Bolt in such magnificent form, he only needs to get the baton on the anchor leg in a good position. I think anyone on his leg will be scared to death. André: As they should be. The Jamaicans will start with the reliable Carter as usual with the interesting tweak being Asafa Powell on the back straight. Powell has never had to handle the baton twice – receive and hand off. So, it will be interesting to see how he manages, but his speed on the back straight against Gatlin is key for the Jamaicans and will prevent the Americans from building a big lead if at all for the anchor man. KC: On paper, the Americans are the favourites here as Trayvon Bromell, Mike Rodgers and Tyson Gay are well rested. With Bromell on the lead off leg, Carter cannot allow him to get away too far from him as this could be danger for us. Also, as you know, Powell will be up against Gatlin on the second leg. André: It seems we will be running Nickel Ashmeade on the third leg against Gay. Ashmeade isn’t in good form, but he’s a better curve runner than Gay right now, I believe. The Jamaicans only need to get the stick around to restore order and continue their dominance at World Champs and Olympics. KC: It is Rodgers who will be anchoring for the United States as Bromell is expected to give them a good start. The key will be the third leg. Ashmeade cannot allow Gay to get away from him here and give the anchor man a big lead. André: I expect that all the legs will be close, Asafa’s execution is key but once whoever is on anchor is within a few steps of Bolt, it’s game over for the US. KC: I am a bit concerned with Asafa on the second leg as this is new territory for him as he is used to just getting the baton and not passing it. I have been in tremendous form in my selections over the past five days and I hope this will continue and I am giving the USA the slight edge here to win gold as Bolt will have too much to make up on the anchor leg.
No amount of pretty passing, silky skills, fancy footwork, possession and high pressing can win you a game if you don’t get the ball over the line.With that in mind, it’s key for teams to have plenty of quality in their forward line, with most opting to have at least three senior strikers on their books.But with some players misfiring this season and others unable to force their way into their respective teams, it’s likely there will be some movement before the January transfer window ends.So which strikers are available and ready to boost your team’s chances of glory? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to find out the top ten forwards available in January… 2. Nolito (Celta Vigo) – Arsenal are this mans suitors in the Premier League, while Barcelona appear very keen on re-signing the player who was once a forward for their B team. The 29-year-old has been superb in Galicia but would cost around 18m, even though theyve just snapped up French striker Claudio Beauvue. 7 7 5. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) – No, not that one, although Tottenham are interested in this young Frenchman, which could make things really complicated and make Stan Collymores head explode during commentary. The 19-year-old has impressed with the Cottagers this season but he can leave on a free at the end of the campaign, which could persuade them to sell up for under £5m. 7 7. Jackson Martinez (Atletico Madrid) – Click the right arrow above to find out what other top strikers are available this January… – Without a Liga goal since October, the Colombian has struggled to replicate the sensational goal-getting he was renowned for at Porto. In total the 29-year-old has hit two strikes in 14 appearances and his employers could attempt to cut their losses and sell the player on in the January transfer window. Tottenham reportedly bid £23m for the player who cost £26.8m in the summer. 7 3. Sebastien Haller (Utrecht) – We know its best to be wary about signing strikers from the Eredivisie, but France Under-21 international Haller doesnt appear to be a flash in the pan. A regular at all youth levels for his nation, the player is in his second campaign with Utrecht and had already been amongst the goals for Auxerre. He wont cost too much and will have sell on value too if he does flop. 1. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain) – With his contract ending at the end of the current campaign, the Argentine has several options but PSG could decide to cash in this month with the forward barely making an impact this term. Chelsea and Manchester United are amongst the teams interested in signing him and his experience will make him a wanted man. 7 7 7 4. Saido Berahino (West Brom) – Its all gone a bit wrong for the striker since a move to Tottenham failed to materialise in the summer and is now a substitute more often than he a starter in Tony Pulis team. If he wanted to switch clubs before, he must certainly want to now and is likely to welcome any interest, even from a struggling Premier League outfit. 6. Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) – The youngsters first foray in the Premier League ended early with the player returning from a loan spell at Crystal Palace having made just two starts, both in the League Cup, and seven substitute appearances. His prolific form on loan at Middlesbrough and Derby in recent years still makes the 22-year-old a wanted man and he could be an able back up for a team in the lurch.
The third annual Emancipation Day DC celebration will kick off April 16. The event, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, will feature a parade, workshops at the John H. Wilson Building, fireworks and more. The event will also include performances by Doug E. Fresh, Black Alley Band, Arrested Development, Talib Kweli and Raheem DeVaughn at Freedom Plaza. For more information: http://emancipation.dc.gov/