After becoming one of the top athletes in a given sport, many professionals have a hard time finding success later on in life. For some, they seek a quieter life, perhaps explaining why we might feel it is less successful. Usain Bolt, by all indications, has no ideas of going out in such a way. The former track star, who set records in the 100m and also dominated frequently in the 200m, has began his professional soccer career. The Jamaican has signed on to play in Australia’s A-League with Central Coast Mariners. He’s long since stated his desire to play at a high level for Manchester United, and he is now getting the chance to work his way up. Expect to be hearing much more about him as the regular season begins… if he can find his feet on the field.
One man that will be a lot happier when he steps foot on the field this season will be Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. That’s because he has signed the most lucrative deal in NFL history for a defensive player, a deal that will be worth up to $135 million over six years. The deal could also see him stick around an extra season, and no matter what he will be making a cool $87m guaranteed. Not a bad deal at all. He had held out of training camp earlier this summer, but now it appears that he will be ready to go for the opening game when his Rams face the Oakland Raiders on September 10th. Last year’s Defensive Player of the Year also held out last summer, so we shouldn’t be too shocked if he has another stellar season.
The stretch run is upon us in Major League Baseball, and one team that has taken a real hit of late due to injuries is seeking to rectify that. The New York Yankees have taken advantage of the waiver trade deadline to bring in outfielder Andrew McCutchen from the New York Giants. In exchange for him, they have traded two minor leaguers as well as cash considerations. This deal is basically a rental, as he will be a free agent at the end of the season. However, there isn’t much of a downside here. The Yanks aren’t on the hook for too much, and he could help bring them some wins down the stretch and possibly in the postseason. That’d be a real boost for them as they seek to do something up against the likes of the Red Sox and the Astros.