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.
IT’s only April but racing fans will this afternoon get a sneak preview of what is expected to be one of many epic clashes between FRANFIELD and BIGDADDYKOOL.Horses with contrasting running styles and a two-year age difference, six-year-old FRANFIELD and his four-year-old rival have one thing in common, indisputable stamina which has made them the country’s top two stayers.The Legal Light Trophy, run over nine furlongs and 25 yards, is the season’s first major grade one distance race for older horses, setting the tone for the bigger races at the back end of the year after the three-year-olds have completed their classic campaigns.Facing four rivals, none of whom can match them for class, FRANFIELD and BIGDADDYKOOL have a score to settle, last November’s much-disputed 10-furlong Superstakes.Richard Azan’s FRANFIELD was disqualified for drifting BIGDADDYKOOL inside the final half-furlong after getting rid of SEEKING MY DREAM in a terrific stretch battle.Though they subsequently faced each other in December’s Diamond Mile when BIGDADDYKOOL placed second behind SEEKING MY DREAM and FRANFIELD finished down the track in sixth position, today’s distance is the ideal trip for both horses.trained wellUnraced since landing the 12-furlong Harry Jackson marathon on New Year’s Eve, BIGDADDYKOOL has trained well for the Legal Light, putting down fast exercise times at five, six and seven furlongs this month.However, while BIGDADDYKOOL was cooling out in his stall earlier this season, FRANFIELD was out and about, placing third behind CAMPESINO at 1300 metres and finishing second to SEEKING MY DREAM in the 1500-metre Chairman’s Trophy.Brought to the boil by Azan, he stubbornly made all the running to beat United States-bred BLUE DIXIE by a short head in last month’s 1820-metre Bonnie Blue Flag Trophy.Though BIGDADDYKOOL ran a big race and was duly awarded the Superstakes in the stewards’ room on his first grade one appearance, FRANFIELD literally made all the running that afternoon with 57.0 kilos and had to fight off the country’s top miler, SEEKING MY DREAM, the entire way.The Superstakes all but fell into BIGDADDYKOOL’s lap, closing in for the kill in the stretch run, seven pounds lighter than FRANFIELD, who still had enough fight in him to take the race to the wire.In what is expected to be a match race, FRANFIELD being more pacey makes him the controlling speed in the event. BIGDADDYKOOL is racing for the first time in four months and will find it hard to outfinish his older rival, especially with a four-pound swing out of the Superstakes against him.
Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women’s team prepare for a match.Philadelphia Lone Star Football Club have announced a first-ever jersey sponsorship deal for the women’s team with Cypher Language Services as Platinum Sponsor.According to a release from the club, Cypher Language Services will feature prominently on the front of Philadelphia Lone Star Women’s new home and away jerseys in their inaugural WPSL season.“We are thankful to Cypher Language Services for not only sponsoring our men’s first team, but also jumping onboard to support our women’s team,” said Philadelphia Lone Star Football Club President and Executive Director Paul Konneh. “Cypher Language Services has a great history of supporting local soccer and as we continue to expand our brand we are excited to have a local company that believes in what we are doing within our community.”Cypher Language Services, according to the club, has been a strong supporter of the club for the past two years. Last season, the company became the first-ever sponsor of the club’s Under-23 team during their inaugural season in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL). Late last year, Cypher Language Services signed a multi-year partnership agreement as Platinum Sponsor of the First Team until the end of the 2020 season..“Cypher Language Services is very excited to expand our continued sponsorship of the Philadelphia Lone Star Football Club (PLSFC) to its new women’s team,” said Juan Lara and Paul Rossert, co-owners of Cypher Language Services. “When we found out that the club would be launching a new women’s team, we saw this as a natural progression of our continued commitment to help soccer grow in the Philadelphia area. We wish the team all the best in their inaugural season in the WPSL and we look forward to watching some exciting soccer on the pitch!”For his part, women’s team head coach, Charlie Flowe, said: “I speak for all of us from the women’s team and we are truly thankful to Cypher Language Services for being our first-ever title sponsor. Our club was founded by West African immigrants and our women’s team roster has players from all over the world so it’s only fitting to partner with an immigrant-owned language service provider based in Philadelphia, PA. Cypher’s support of our women’s team shows us how much they care about equality and growth of the women’s game.”In addition to having their logo placed on the kits of the women’s team, Cypher Language Services will also have a banner with their logo displayed at the South Philadelphia Super Site during all home games and will feature as presenting sponsor of post-match highlights and game recaps.Philadelphia Lone Star FC Women will debut their away kit on Friday, May 31 when they travel to Maryland to face OPSA Magic in the season opener at 7:30 p.m. at the Centennial High School Stadium in Ellicott City, Maryland. The home kit will be introduced on Saturday, June 8 when the women’s team hosts CAFC Osprey at 5:p.m. at the South Philadelphia Super Site in Philadelphia, PA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)