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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- As Usain Bolt parties in London, around 30 Olympic medalists including nine champions have headed to Switzerland for the first major track and field meeting since the Rio de Janeiro Games.Still, none are named Bolt -- now being photographed daily outside nightclubs by British paparazzi -- and without the sports biggest star there are unsold tickets for the Athletissima meet in the Diamond League series.Bolts absence lets fellow Jamaican sprint gold medalists Elaine Thompson and Omar McLeod take center stage at the 14,000-capacity stadium in the International Olympic Committees home city of Lausanne.Meet director Jacky Delapierre said the stadium would have been sold out for sure if Bolt was running, though noted the sport must get ready for a new era.We have to be prepared for the future without Bolt, Delapierre, who has worked in track for nearly 40 years, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. We are at the end of a cycle now.Delapierre is in talks to bring Bolt back to Lausanne for likely the last time next July ahead of the 2017 world championships in London.You can have a show without Bolt, the veteran organizer said, reminding that the stadium was full for his July 2015 meeting. You have to sell a show. There (are) new athletes.Freshening up tracks headline series is a priority for meet directors, who plan talks in Brussels next month after the Diamond League finals program. Some already met with IAAF President Sebastian Coe in Rio this month, Delapierre said.I think athletics has a good future beside Bolt, he said, urging the sport to work now on finding a new vision. We have not to wait for one more year with Bolt.Looking to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 22-year-old McLeod could build on his 110 meters hurdles gold to become a star.I know for sure the sport wont die when Bolt is gone, the former University of Arkansas student told The AP. I know that there are a lot of athletes who will step up to the plate, especially in the sprints.McLeod acknowledged that, although Bolts showmanship cant be copied, athletes need to entertain the crowds.I definitely think personality goes a long way, he said. People pay to see personality, people pay to see fast times.Olympic champions also in action Thursday include 100 and 200 champion Thompson in the shorter event, while Bolts 4x100 relay teammate Asafa Powell headlines the mens 100.Matthew Centrowitz, the 1,500 champion, runs in a rare 1,000-meter race, and other United States gold medalists include Dalilah Muhammad in the 400 hurdles, Michelle Carter in shot put, and Tianna Bartoletta in long jump.In the 100 hurdles, Kendra Harrison aims at the 12.20 seconds world record she set in London last month after missing out on selection for the American Olympic team. [url=http://www.cheapairjordan-shoes.com/]Cheap Air Jordan Shoes[/url] .500 on the season. 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He needed only eight pitches to navigate his final inning.I just said two words: `Im good, Scherzer said. You just know where youre at physically. You know how the balls coming out of your hand. I just knew even at 98 pitches I was still strong. I knew I had 115 in the tank, so I knew I was good to go out there for the seventh.Washington maintained an 8 1/2-game lead in the NL East over the New York Mets, who won 5-0 at Cincinnati.Trea Turner and Chris Heisey both homered during a five-run third inning for the Nationals, who won for the 12th time in 14 meetings against Atlanta this season.That one inning got away from us real quick, Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. It kind of happened before you knew it happened a little bit.Ryan Weber (1-1) lost in his first start of the season for Atlanta. Weber allowed five runs in three innings as the Braves had a six-game winning streak snapped.Washington created problems for Weber the second time he went through the order. Turner smacked a two-run homer to left with an out in the third to give the Nationals the lead. Weber put the next two men on and, after a pop out, Heisey blasted his ninth home run to left to make it 5-1.I left one just middle-in, right in (Turners) wheelhouse and after that my ability to limit the damage was not that good, Weber said. I made another bad pitch to Heisey and then it was really out of hand.Turner, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, added an RBBI single in the fourth.ddddddddddddAtlanta scored twice in the ninth off closer Mark Melancon to pull within 6-4, but the right-hander ended the threat by getting catcher Anthony Recker to fly out with a man on first.RESTING REGULARSThe Nationals fielded a lineup that did not include OFs Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Wilson Ramos and 1B Ryan Zimmerman. Washington arrived home early Monday morning after a Sunday night loss at the New York Mets.Some of my guys are walking around like zombies, and thats the reason why, Baker said. Im not overlooking the Braves at all. Im just trying to preserve and take care of my guys. Who I feel sorry for are the fans who came out today to see their favorite players play. I cant help it. You have to blame the schedule-makers and the TV-makers for that.INCIARTE STREAK TO 16Atlanta CF Ender Inciarte extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a pair of singles in five at-bats. He is 30 for 70 (.429) since Aug. 19 and owns the longest active hitting streak in the majors.TRAINERS ROOMBraves: Snitker said he hopes RHP Matt Wisler (sore side) can return to the rotation next week. Atlanta skipped his turn Monday. Id like to get him back out there, obviously, Snitker said. 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