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Usain Bolt on playing for Jamaican soccer team: Anything is possible

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Usain Bolt has long said he would like to give competitive soccer a try, dreaming of suiting up for his favorite club, Manchester United.

Winfried Schaefer has other plans.

The new German coach of the Jamaican national soccer team would like to see Bolt as a member of the Reggae Boyz.

“In the German newspaper, I read about Usain Bolt saying he wants to play football, and he wants to play in Manchester,” Schaefer said, according to the Jamaica Gleaner. “He’s a Jamaican, and I want him to be on our team.”

Jamaica has qualified for the World Cup out of CONCACAF once, in 1998, and made it to the final round of qualifying with nations such as the U.S. for this year’s World Cup before being bounced.

Schaefer said Puma’s CEO talked up Bolt’s soccer skills, calling Bolt “not bad.”

“But we can make him better,” Schaefer said, according to the newspaper. “When he has good training with our team here in Jamaica, we can make him a very good player. He’s very fast, that’s clear, but when he learns with the ball then he’ll be one of the best players.”

Schaefer even put a date on his plan — after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I hope he wants to play for his country,” the coach told the newspaper. “He’s a hero here in Jamaica, and I think when he learns how to play with the ball and know what he has to do he’ll be much better. Football is easy, and I know he played many times in joke match or match for charity. But when he plays professional, and I’m his coach, we can make him very good; maybe the best player for counter-attack, nobody can stop him.”

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American Krupp, Canadian Macek fully committed to Germany

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Bjorn Krupp’s journey started at the Duluth IceForum in suburban Atlanta.

Brooks Macek piled up the points in Bantam hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the Notre Dame Hounds.

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Now they’re in the Olympic gold-medal game for Germany, having advanced further than the teams from their home countries. The U.S.-born Krupp and Canadian-born Macek have German fathers and now call Germany home with no apologies for beating or scoring against the countries of their birth.

When Macek scored a go-ahead power-play goal in what turned out to be a remarkable upset semifinal win against Canada, he pumped his fist and never felt conflicted about beating a team with the Maple Leafs on its jerseys.

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Continuity carries Germany, Russians into Olympic final

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — They forged bonds from Riga to Cologne and in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

It’s all led Germany and the Russians to a David versus Goliath Olympic gold-medal game Sunday. Even though the Russians were favorites all along and expected to win gold in a tournament without NHL stars and Germany was a longshot to even reach the semifinals after not qualifying in Sochi, these two teams are more similar than they are different.

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Their familiarity and continuity is the biggest reason they’re facing off in the final.

Germany’s core group has been together through the Olympic qualification tournament and world championships and has played the same system for the past three years under coach Marco Sturm. The Russians’ 25-man roster is made up of 15 players from SKA St. Petersburg and eight from CSKA Moscow, the two best teams in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“That’s a big key to our success,” Germany defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said Saturday. “We were very familiar with each other. … (The Russians also) should be really familiar because almost everybody plays on the same teams in Russia.”

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