This partnership will also see PUMA working with Powell to design a Sub-10 King line of sportswear and spikes. Speaking about the new partnership with PUMA, Asafa Powell said, “PUMA has played a huge role in Jamaican track and field throughout my career – supporting the high-school programme that fosters young athletes, partnering with the JAAA and Jamaica Olympic Association and elite athletes such as Usain. It’s a brand I’ve been very familiar with throughout my career, and their longstanding commitment to Jamaican athletics is key as we continue to build and work to maintain our recent successes.” “They understand Jamaican culture, history, people and also the sport that this country loves, and I am very happy to be working with them,” Powell added. “Having Asafa as part of our team here at PUMA is great news for us. He has played such an important role in Jamaican track and field for more than a decade, demonstrating a consistently high level of performance throughout his sprinting career, which is a great testament to a great man,” said Pascal Rolling, PUMA’s head of sports marketing for Running. “He inspires those around him, is an excellent role model, and will bring great value to PUMA in the years ahead.” Asafa Powell has run the most sub-10-second 100m sprints in the history of track and field. The Commonwealth, World Championship and Olympic medallist has dipped below the 10-second mark 94 times and was the first Jamaican to win the IAAF Sportsman of the Year. Powell, who clocked the first sub 10 second time of the 2015 track season, was the first Jamaican to ever hold the world record for the 100m dash, with times of 9.77 and 9.74. Sub-10 King line PUMA yesterday announced a new endorsement deal with Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell. The former 100m world record holder who holds the record for the most sub-10-second 100m sprints having dipped below that mark 94 times, joins the Global Sports Brand’s growing portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, this roster has recently been bolstered by key additions, including NCAA 100m Champion Jenna Prandini, Australian sprint hurdler Michelle Jenneke and French 800m runner Pierra-Ambroise Bosse. Asafa Powell will become an ambassador for the PUMA brand in an Olympic year and beyond. He will feature in both global marketing activations promoting Running Training product lines and brand campaigns in the lead up to to the 2016 Olympics.
That’s the area where Larry Bigbie presently finds himself. Eight years after being drafted in the first round (21st overall) by Baltimore and at a point when he has spent parts of six seasons in the majors, Bigbie finds himself, by his own admission, starting over. VERO BEACH, Fla. – In the caste system that is the Dodgers’ spring-training clubhouse, one end of the room is occupied by the establishment, those well-compensated veterans who have nothing to worry about over the next five weeks except getting themselves ready for Opening Day. The other end, appropriately the one closest to the exit door, is populated by guys who cross their fingers and hold their breath every time cuts are announced. As it is, he isn’t entirely sure he is ready for spring training. Bigbie’s minor-league contract with the Dodgers has an escape clause, which he won’t exercise unless he receives a major-league offer from another club. But Bigbie says he’ll have to play a few Grapefruit League games before knowing if he has fully recovered. If he hasn’t, he has no problem completing his comeback at Triple-A LasVegas. “I just want to get back to doing things the way I used to do them,” Bigbie said. “That starts with staying healthy.” Penned in: Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked why veteran Elmer Dessens, who has 135 career starts, isn’t part of the long list of candidates for the vacant fifth spot in the rotation. Little gave a political answer, saying he simply had forgotten to mention Dessens when naming the candidates earlier this spring. But that was a dubious explanation at best. The fact is, Dessens’ only shot at the job is for all of the other seven candidates to fail miserably. Barring that, the right-hander will return to the unglamorous middle relief role he had all last season, when he made a combined 62 appearances and posted a 4.56 ERA for the Dodgers and Kansas City. “They have a lot of pitchers here,” a resigned Dessens said. “I will do whatever they want me to do. Of course I want to start. That’s why I went to winter ball (Hermosillo of the Mexican League), to build up my innings. They haven’t told me what my (relief) role will be, so I’ll just wait until the (Grapefruit League) games start and see what happens.” Dessens, 36, is entering the final season of a two-year, $3.4 million contract. Logic would suggest the Dodgers will lose him to free agency if they don’t have a rotation spot for him, but he also could be used as trade bait later in camp. Field day: Former Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller, forced into retirement last season by a knee injury and now serving as a special assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, will don a uniform today and begin a five-day stint as a special spring-training instructor. Among other things, he is expected to work closely with third-base prospect Andy La Roche. “If they think I can help some of the guys by giving my input, I’m willing,” Mueller said. He also is expected to address the team at today’s morning meeting. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For that, he can thank the hernia that ended his 2006 season four months early, forcing him to watch his St. Louis Cardinals teammates win the World Series without him. “It’s just unfortunate,” Bigbie said. “After 2004, I felt like my career was in a pretty good position. Now, I’m pretty much back to square one, where I have to re-establish myself.” It was two springs ago, during his routine physical with the Orioles, that a doctor told Bigbie he had the beginnings of a hernia that needed to be monitored even though he was cleared to play. But Bigbie never really thought about it again, at least not until he returned last May from a broken foot and found that his energy level had plummeted. The hernia was surgically repaired, after which Bigbie was given a recovery time of eight-to-12 weeks. But when he suddenly felt much better after six weeks, he grabbed a bat and went to the cage. That fateful decision would lead to an abdominal strain, a lost season and a winter of uncertainty before Bigbie finally hooked on with the Dodgers on Jan. 30. “It set me back a little bit,” he said. “If I had waited another month, I could have been ready for the playoffs.”