LONDON, England:He came to breathe life into a stadium that many consider a White Elephant these days, but in the end, Usain Bolt’s two 100-metre runs at yesterday’s Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, had Lazarus-like effects on his own season, as he left a soaking London Olympic Stadium in burning excitement.Two races, two wins, twice the clock showed 9.87, as track and field’s poster boy crossed the line and perhaps wiped the smile off his rivals’ faces in front of nearly 50,000 pro-Bolt fans.Even worse – or better, depending on your perspective – Bolt, who had not gone this fast since the Brussells Diamond League in September 2013, seems to have more, shaking his head after the second of his two assignments, disappointed that he did not post a faster time. You would think that a man who has been struggling the way he has since the start of the season would throw a party after clocking 9.87 twice within an hour, in negative wind (-0.8) and wet and chilly conditions.Message to himselfStill, the world 100m and 200m Olympic and world champion feels his triumphant return to London – and form, is more a message to himself – even if he did have something to say to those with gold medal ambitions for next month’s World Championships in Beijing.”I was never number two. I am still number one. So, that’s the plan until I retire,” Bolt affirmed.”This does help my confidence going into the World Championships and it helps that I can see the results after putting in the work on the track. So it looks good,” added Bolt.Like he did in the heat a bit earlier American Mike Rodgers was second, clocking 9.90 with another Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole, the Commonwealth champion, taking third in the fastest time he has ever registered, 9.92. It did seem to come at a price, however, with the towering sprinter suffering cramp in both legs. Nesta Carter finished seventh in 10.08.Bolt, who came into the meet with 62 athletes running faster than his 10.12 posted earlier this year, is now the sixth fastest in the world, but there’s no doubting where he intends to be by the time he leaves Beijing.The sprinter says he will talk to his coach about whether or not another race is necessary with the possibility of an appearance at the upcoming Stockholm Diamond League. He also noted that he will probably pay another visit to his doctor Hans-Wilhelm M¸ller-Wohlfahrt to ensure everything is in order.Kimberly Williams, 14.15m was second in the women’s triple jump after surrendering the lead to Olga Rypakova (Kazakhstan), whose 14.33m win took her to second place in the diamond race with Dana Veldakova (Slovakia), 13.66m taking third.McPherson third in 400mIn the first track event of the evening, the women’s 400 metres, Stephenie-Ann McPherson was the best-placed Jamaican, finishing third in 50.91 with American Natasha Hastings, holding off country-woman Francena McCorory, 50.67, after running a season best 50.24.Both Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day posted 51.43 with Williams-Mills finishing a place ahead of Day in fifth.It was another tough day in the office for world leading discus man Jason Morgan, who fouled twice, settling with a 59.60m mark, which left him languishing in ninth position.The event was won by Philip Milanov (Belgium), 65.14m who moved into third place in the Diamond race with four points with Robert Urbanek (Poland), 64.47m and Benn Harradine (Australia), 63.98m taking second and third places respectively. Diamond race leader Piotr Malachowski (13 points) was fourth with 63.83m.The Jamaican-based Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain) posted a personal-best 20.05 to win the 200 metres ahead of Dedric Dukes (USA), 20.14 and Anaso Jobowana (South Africa), 20.20. Jamaicans Nickel Ashmeade, 20.24 and Julian Forte, 20.25 were fourth and fifth.Jasmin Stowers was back to her best, winning the 100m hurdles in 12.47 ahead of Dawn Harper-Nelson, 12.64 and Brianna Rollins, 12.65 in another US sweep in the event.Elaine Thompson is the only Jamaican in action on today’s final day of the two-day meet. She competes in the 200m at 9:58 a.m.
Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps in March 2017. Fansler is facing calls for him to resign from both caucuses after a woman alleged he assaulted her. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The fallout from the assault allegations against Bethel Democratic Rep. Zach Fansler continued Monday, with members from both parties calling for him to resign.Listen nowFansler didn’t show up in the Capitol on the first weekday since the Juneau Empire reported that Juneau police and the Department of Law were investigating him.The Juneau Empire reported Fansler was drunk and slapped a woman repeatedly, rupturing her eardrum, when she denied his sexual advances.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Ivy Spohnholz said Fansler can’t adequately represent his constituents at this point.“I join House majority coalition leadership in calling for Representative Fansler’s resignation,” Spohnholz said. “I think that as leaders, we are called to a higher standard — the highest standard – of behavior, ethical and moral.”The House majority caucus is scheduled to meet Monday evening.It will be the first caucus meeting since the allegations became public and could lead to Fansler being removed from the caucus and losing committee assignments.If Fansler doesn’t resign, he could be expelled from the House by a two-thirds vote – or 27 of 40 — of House members.The House Rules Committee also is meeting tonight. That committee would be responsible for starting the process of expelling Fansler.Spohnholz said Fansler’s position in the House shouldn’t wait for the resolution of a potential legal case.“It’s clear that Representative Fansler stepped over a line,” Spohnholz said. “Whether the court of law convicts him of that is a separate matter.”Anchorage Republican Rep. Charisse Millett said she expects Fansler to “do the right thing” and resign.“We have got to stop tolerating this behavior,” Millett said. “We have got to stop sweeping it under the rug. And we have got to honor the victims and their bravery coming forward.”House members said they believe Fansler is still in Juneau.It’s not clear when or if he will visit the Capitol again.