Copa MX

Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners

GOSFORD, Australia (AP) Usain Bolt's attempt to win a contract to play as a professional in Australian football's A-League began in earnest on his 32nd birthday Tuesday when he trained for the first time with the Central Coast Mariners.

The eight-time Olympic sprint champion began an "indefinite" training period with the Mariners with a 15-minute passing drill under the eyes of head coach Mike Mulvey.

A crowd of around 50 reporters and photographed crowded around the players tunnel at the Mariners' Central Coast Stadium to catch a glimpse of Bolt who smiled and offered a thumb's up.