2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Bolt makes surprise relay start to season
World 100 and 200-metre record holder Usain Bolt made a surprise 2015 season debut Saturday, running the anchor leg in a 4x100 relay heat victory at the Gibson Relays. Bolt appeared to run with ease as he took the baton from world and Olympic 200m medallist Warren Weir and brought home the victory for the Racers Lions foursome in 39.26 seconds. Mario Forsythe ran the lead leg while Michael Frater ran the second leg in the preliminary heat at Jamaica's National Stadium in Kingston.
- Awesome Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets
By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer's enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time on Saturday. The 33-year-old's serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it was his awesome delivery that blunted Djokovic's baseline game, taking his career ace haul past the 9,000 barrier with 12 more, several at vital moments. The match, the 37th in their rivalry which Federer now leads 20-17, proved to be a tale of chances taken and chances missed -- Federer converting his two break points with clinical efficiency, while Djokovic failed on all seven of his. I definitely won the big points tonight." Djokovic had two set points to level the match in the second set but both times Federer was rescued by his serve.
- Soccer-Matchwinner Suarez repaying Barcelona's faith
By Iain Rogers MADRID, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Barcelona's decision to buy Luis Suarez from Liverpool following his ban for biting an opponent at the 2014 World Cup raised a few eyebrows but it increasingly appears their faith in the Uruguay forward was justified. After setting the Premier League alight last season, Suarez had a slow start following his 81 million-euro ($90.7 million) switch to Spain, taking longer than expected to hit scoring form since the ban expired at the end of October. While he struggled to find the net himself in his first few months back, he earned praise from Barca coach Luis Enrique for his work rate and link-up play and, perhaps more importantly, managed to avoid any repeat of the controversy that has dogged his career. As the season approaches a crucial stage, Suarez is starting to motor and struck again in La Liga on Saturday following Tuesday's brace against Manchester City in the Champions League.
- William Shatner Feels 'Awful' He's Unable To Attend Leonard Nimoy's Funeral
William Shatner sent out a series of Tweets on Saturday expressing his grief over the loss of one his "dearest friends," Leonard Nimoy. Sadly, due to a prior commitment that poses a scheduling conflict, Shatner is unable to attend Nimoy's funeral on Sunday. "I am currently in FL as I agreed to appear at the Red Cross Ball tonight. Leonard's funeral is tomorrow.