No Vardy, no problem for leaders Leicester

first_img By extending their unbeaten run to nine games, Leicester officially knocked Manchester City and Arsenal out of the title race a year after the central England team’s priority was fighting relegation. Fourth-place Arsenal, who have gone 12 years without winning the league, were held 0-0 by Sunderland in yesterday’s other game. It was a valuable point for Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone by going above Norwich on goal difference. “It is frustrating because we play to win the title,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Arsenal’s season now rests on holding on to fourth place and qualifying for the Champions League, with Manchester United five points behind in fifth place. United also have an FA Cup final to look forward to. Louis van Gaal’s side discovered yesterday that they will face Crystal Palace on May 21 in a repeat of the 1990 final. In a semi-final overshadowed by Leicester’s game, Palace beat Watford 2-1 with all three goals coming from headers. Yannick Bolasie’s opener was cancelled out by Troy Deeney but Connor Wickham restored Palace’s lead. United also beat Everton 2-1 on Saturday. MAN CITY OUT LONDON (AP): No Jamie Vardy, no problem for Leicester. Even with their top-scorer suspended, the Premier League leaders still overpowered Swansea 4-0 yesterday to move another step closer to collecting the trophy. The only team which can now catch Leicester is Tottenham, but the preseason 5,000-1 outsiders have their destiny in their own hands. Tottenham are eight points behind Leicester in second place going into today’s game against West Bromwich Albion. Regardless of what Tottenham do in their last four games, Leicester will be guaranteed the top flight for the first time in its 132-year history by collecting five points from their remaining three fixtures. Leicester dismantled Swansea with their biggest win in three months. Vardy’s replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice after Riyad Mahrez’s opener and Marc Albrighton completed the rout. “I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “Now is the right moment to push. If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment (again). “Now there are only three matches, we know they are very important for our history but for this reason we give everything. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.” The attacking threat provided without 22-goal Vardy will have reassured the Foxes they can cope without him for longer. The England striker is waiting to discover from the English Football Association if his one-match ban will be extended over the angry reaction to being sent off in last weekend’s draw against West Ham. “Without Jamie, everyone makes something more and it was a fantastic show to see my players fight and play together,” Ranieri said.last_img read more

Custos hails Bruising gym founder

first_imgBruising Gym founder and head coach Carl Grant was praised for his foresight in setting up the gym and congratulated for the work he is doing in the Stony Hill area by Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment Brown at the gym’s seventh anniversary celebrations at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School last Saturday night.Parchment-Brown said that it was noteworthy that Grant was taking time to nurture and train his boxers, who, she noted, were doing well both locally and overseas. She urged him to continue doing so as it was a well needed service to his community.Parchment-Brown also presented Grant with his AIBA 3-Star Certificate, for which he qualified last year. This is the highest qualification in amateur boxing and is awarded by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after the recipient receives special training and passes the relevant examinations. He is the only Jamaican currently holding this certificate.Grant told The Gleaner afterwards that he was encouraged by the words of the custos and that this provided him with the incentive he needed to continue working with the young people in the area.At the presentation ceremony, boxers Felice Groves, Kestna Davis, Michael Gardener, and Omar Campbell were awarded plaques for being the representatives from the gym who have been selected to represent Jamaica in international competition. They received their awards from Winston Chung, a sales representative of Diamond Paints, one of the gym’s sponsors.Outstanding graduatesSakima Mullings and Richard Holmes were recognised for being outstanding graduates of the gym’s amateur programme. Mullings was crowned Wray and Nephew Contender champion in 2014 and Holmes was runner-up in the same competition this year. These awards were presented by Wray and Nephew Contender champion 2015 Kemahl Russell.Three individuals who have made substantial contributions to the gym’s growth, and to boxing in Jamaica, were also honoured. They were William Tavares-Finson, who was president of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control when the gym was founded; Leroy Brown, also a former president and now general secretary of the board; and Robert Forbes, owner of the Olympia Crown Hotel. These awards were presented by Everoy Chin, who is the consul general in Jamaica for the Republic of the Phillipines and a member of the Jamaica Boxing Board.last_img read more

Social Media Reaction of Emmanuel Ogbah Being Drafted by the Browns

first_imgE MAN!— Trey Johnson (@TJbackitupnStop) April 29, 2016 God is good congrats to my boy!!’ He’s about to take over the league!— Victor Irokansi (@CoachVic_) April 29, 2016 Congrats Eman!!!! Just the beginning!!!!— Joe Bob Clements (@joebobclements) April 29, 2016 Pistols firing for the good guys! CONGRATS @EmanOgbah!— Yves Batoba (@YBatoba) April 29, 2016 Congrats @EmanOgbah! We are extremely proud @Browns got a blue collar player who takes care of business & works hard— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) April 29, 2016 Let’s go to work @EmanOgbah !! #gopokes #big12 #dawgpound— Bigshot Bowie (@BigshotBowie) April 29, 2016 @EmanOgbah congrats big dawg! Go get that bag ??— Jordan Burton™ (@bighit20) April 29, 2016 Ogbah’s bicep veins alone make him a great pick— Bottlegate (@Bottlegate) April 30, 2016 Congrats bro Now Go turn up big dawg. #ClevelandBrowns ???— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) April 29, 2016 @EmanOgbah congrats bro— Jhajuan Seales (@Jseales_OSU81) April 29, 2016 Congrats @eman_osu38! So excited for you! #nfldraft @ Boone Pickens Stadium— Allison Gappa (@AllisonGappa) April 29, 2016 Congrats @EmanOgbah ! #NFLDraft— Kyle Crutchmer (@KyleCrutchmer) April 29, 2016 Social media was straight fire after Emmanuel Ogbah had his name called on Friday. With the first pick of the second round of the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns put Ogbah’s dreams to life. Here’s the social media aftermath:@EmanOgbah congratulations. #oklahomastate #gopokes— Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) April 29, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Go get the money E Man ??@EmanOgbah— Zach The Punter (@ZachSinor29) April 29, 2016last_img read more