New York Giants

Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to train with Usain Bolt

Leave a comment

Odell Beckham Jr. is feeling so fast that he reached out to Usain Bolt on Twitter.

The New York Giants wide receiver clocked 21.85 miles per hour during his 61-yard touchdown catch and run on Sunday night, fastest of any ball carrier in week 14, according to the NFL.

Beckham was not the fastest NFL ball carrier this season — Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin clocked 22.25 mph in September, according to the league, and others have been faster.

Bolt reportedly averaged between 23 and 28 mph during his world-record 100m of 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.

None of that stopped Beckham from tweeting his 21.85 mph video at Bolt’s account at 12:01 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Beckham’s mom was an All-American sprinter for LSU in the 1990s.

VIDEO: Bolt: I received offers to play WR in the NFL

Alicia Keys, Ethan Hawke, Olympians among New York City Marathon finishers

Alicia Keys
Leave a comment

Some of the more than 50,000 starters in Sunday’s New York City Marathon included a few names who were recognizable to people who have never followed a 26.2-mile race.

Start with the Olympians. Most years, non-track and field Olympians line up for the five-borough race.

This year’s edition included three-time Olympic Alpine snowboarder Chris Klug, famous for overcoming a liver transplant to win bronze in 2002.

Klug, 42, clocked 4 hours, 13 minutes, 51 seconds, or about five minutes slower than 2002 Olympic teammate snowboarder Tricia Byrnes in 2011.

James Blake, a retired Beijing 2008 semifinalist, became the second prominent tennis player to complete the race in as many years, finishing in 3:51:19 and receiving a milkshake from Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist Victoria Azarenka.

In 2014, two-time Olympian Caroline Wozniacki ran it in 3:26:33, training while competing on the WTA Tour and spending the night before the race eating popcorn next to Serena Williams at a New York Rangers hockey game.

Other celebrity finishers from Sunday:

Alicia Keys, singer — 5:50:52
Ethan Hawke, actor — 4:25:30
Tiki Barber, retired NFL running back — 4:50:56 (after a 5:14:37 in 2014)
Nev Schulman, MTV host — 3:34:31

MORE: Kenya marathon runner-up arrested for cheating in race

David Wilson gets one chance to qualify for USA Track and Field Championships

1 Comment

NEW YORK — Former New York Giants running back David Wilson‘s one and only shot to qualify for the USA Track and Field Championships in the triple jump comes at the Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday (NBC, 1-3 p.m. ET).

His goal at his first track meet in four years is to jump more than half a foot farther than his personal best from 2011 and earn a spot in the U.S. Championships field in two weeks in Eugene, Ore. Next year, he wants to make the three-man Olympic team and win a medal in Rio de Janeiro.

Wilson, who was forced to retire from football at age 23 last year due to spinal stenosis, said he’s getting his feet wet in Saturday’s meet in the same city where he played two NFL seasons.

“I always put football first, even in college when I was running,” Wilson, who added he’s down to 189 pounds after playing in the NFL at 210, said Thursday. “Only time that track was first was meet days, when there was a track meet. Same thing in high school.”

The meet at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island is his only chance to reach the U.S. Championships qualifying standard of 16.30m.

Wilson’s personal best from Virginia Tech was 16.20m.

At least 15 athletes (plus Diamond League winner Christian Taylor, who has a bye into the World Championships and doesn’t have to triple jumpm at Nationals) have jumped 16.30m in the qualifying window, combining USATF and IAAF lists.

If fewer than 18 athletes reach the U.S. Championships qualifying standard, the next best jumpers will be added until the field hits 18. So Wilson could make Nationals if he jumps slightly shorter than 16.30m.

Wilson said he hopes to jump 16.40m Saturday, but he also promised his father he would jump 55 feet (about 16.76m) for Father’s Day.

“I will consider it successful and a win if I left the track Saturday and was qualified for USAs,” said Wilson, who trains with Olympic silver medalist Will Claye.

Wilson hoped to compete at a meet in Chula Vista, Calif., last month but said he suffered a right hamstring strain on a training jump. Wilson said he feels 100 percent now and said his longest jump in training, while doing an eight-step run-up versus 12 for competition, was about 15.5 meters.

The top three finishers at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials are in line to make the Olympic team. The third-ranked U.S. triple jumper the last four years leaped 16.98m (2015), 17.10m (2014), 17.22m (2013) and 17.07m (2012).

Wilson said he missed football “like you being in love with a girl and she breaking up with you.”

“I haven’t competed in anything since football,” Wilson said. “I was playing people in pool, cards, Uno, Connect Four to fill the void.”

Lance Armstrong: I’m Lord Voldemort