Usain Bolt will take on Team India’s Yuvraj Singh in a unique cricket face-offJamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his maiden visit to India early next month, not to race but to compete in a cricket face-off against India discard Yuvraj Singh here.Both the Puma ambassadors are coming together for the event on September 2, organised by the sportswear giants at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. “Puma brings Usain Bolt down for a one-of-a-kind cricket face-off between two sporting legends. For the first time ever, watch the Fastest Man on Earth — Usain Bolt, challenge Yuvraj Singh to an exclusive cricket showdown at Chinnaswamy Stadium on September 2,” said a media release issued today.The face-off has been titled ‘Bolt and Yuvi – Battle of the Legends’. The 28-year-old sprint superstar from Jamaica, a multiple Olympic and world champion, is an ardent cricket lover and had expressed his desire in the past to play in the Indian Premier League as a fast bowler.Bolt ran his season ending race three days ago in Warsaw, Poland by clocking a new world indoor best time of 9.98 secs to win the 100m race in the 5th Warszawski Memorial Kamili Skolimowskie. The time, clocked in the main football stadium under a closed roof, bettered the previous mark of 10.05 secs of Frankie Fredricks.Bolt had recently revealed that he will put back his planned retirement until 2017 at the request of his sponsors. The six-time Olympic gold medallist and 100m and 200m world record holder had earlier intended to retire from the track after the 2016 Rio Olympics. It was learnt that Athletics Federation of India has no role in Bolt’s maiden visit to the country.advertisement”We have no role in Bolt’s visit to India. He is a PUMA ambassador, so too Yuvraj,” an AFI official said. Left-handed flashy all-rounder Yuvraj was awarded the Man of the Series trophy in India’s triumph in the 50-over World Cup in 2011.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Firefighter Steve Toledo said that flames were as high as 80 feet when engines arrived ”The people were burned pretty bad,” he added. Neighbors took the injured family members in as they awaited paramedics, comforting them, and praying together. ”We said a prayer _ they’re a very Christian family,” said Deborah Mann, who lives across the street from the Ewarts, and who cared for Ewart’s parents. ”When we saw David we told him we prayed for his family, that everyone would be OK.” David Ewart was burned over 50 percent of his body, his shoulders, chest and back were blackened; son Michael was burned over 90 percent of his body and Hugh Ewart, reluctant to jump onto the play equipment, fell from the balcony and broke his nose. David and Michael were transferred taken to the Grossman Memorial Burn Center in Sherman Oaks at midday. Ewart’s mother, who neighbors affectionately call `Grandma,’ stayed by her husband as paramedics treated him. She Jonathan and Heather were transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where the children were treated and released a short time later. Esther Ewart is expected to be released Wednesday. VALENCIA — Six family members were injured — three of them critically — in a pre-dawn house fire today in Valencia, the scene of a huge holiday party the night before. Neighbors said they awoke to screams from the Via Escobar home, and raced to help David Ewart, his elderly parents who were visiting and his three children. ”I heard screaming,” next door neighbhor Kim Altobello said. ”I was already awake getting ready for work and I just heard Heather screaming and screaming. I said, `Call 911!’ I didn’t know what was happening.” Ewart, 50; his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11; and his parents Hugh and Esther Ewart escaped through a second-story window and onto a balcony, using a treehouse ladder to get to the ground. ”Her hair was singed but she seemed OK,” Mann said. ”She held his hand, kept him covered with a blanket.” Ewart, an accomplished violinist who played with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, holds a large Christmas party every year. The family home was decked to the hilt for the holidays, yet Monday morning icicle lights hung sooty and dripping from the eaves, decorations sat among the family’s charred belongings. Mann said the party was legendary in the Valencia neighbhoorhood and that Ewart had pony rides for the children and a small petting zoo in his yard. As residents helped the Ewarts and evacuated others from homes in case the fire spread, next door neighbor Jon Delling, 20, used a garden hose to spray at flames shooting in the air. ”I heard screaming, I thought it was a dream,” Delling said. ”Then I woke up and it was real. We ran outside. People were running in the back yard making sure everyone was out of the house.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!