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LEICESTER VS CHELSEA

first_imgLEICESTER (4-4-2)SCHMEICHEL,SIMPSON, MORGAN, HUTH, FUCHS,MAHREZ, DRINKWATER, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON,ULLOA, VARDYCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA,PEDRO, OSCAR, WILLIAN,MATIC, FABREGAS,BABA, TERRY, CAHILL, IVANOVIC,COURTOISChelsea, after such a poor league season, confirmed their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Portuguese club Porto on Wednesday. It should give them a boost ahead of a difficult game on Monday.Remarkably, Leicester City face reigning champions Chelsea at the top of the table. The Foxes have 32 points – 17 more than the Blues, who are languishing in 14th place and just two points clear of the relegation zone.And at this stage of last season Chelsea were top – and Leicester were bottom. After 15 games of the 2014-15 campaign the Blues had 36 points, 21 more than they have now. By contrast, Leicester had 10 points, 22 fewer than they have now.Leicester are finding the net with ease; they have now scored three goals in each of their last three away games.Their latest success came at Swansea City last weekend when, for once, Jamie Vardy failed to score. He remains the Premier League’s leading scorer, with 14. But teammate Riyad Mahrez took over the limelight with a hat-trick in Wales.That was the ninth hat-trick of the season, just one short of last season’s total over the season.last_img read more

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‘Anything is possible’ – Thompson says race execution key to getting national record

first_img POWERING AWAY Despite winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.71 seconds at Saturday night’s 13th Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium, IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson rued not executing a ‘complete race’. The time is not official because the wind reading was +2.4, above the allowable +2.0 mps limit. Thompson, whose 100m PB is 10.84 seconds, believes that with good race execution and ideal conditions, she could better the national 100m mark (10.70 seconds), which is held by her training partner, Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. “Anything is possible, hopefully,” Thompson said of her chances of getting the national record in her post-race interview. Speaking about her race execution, Thompson said: “… Not the first part only, I am working on all of the 100m. My first 30 metres is not the best, so I am trying to work on that more.” Continuing, she said: “The comparison between last year and this year, I mean, last year, I was a collegiate athlete. I am not racing that much this year, but I’ll just keep on training and putting in the work and go out there and deliver.” The 23-year-old’s time was greeted by voracious cheers of approval from the National Stadium crowd. She ran from Lane Four, stamped her class over the final 20 metres and powered from the rest of a competitive field, which included American English Gardner (10.85), who finished second, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye (10.98), who placed third. The meet record is 10.86, set by American Carmelita Jeter in 2011. Thompson reiterated that she has been “training really hard and happy to come out victorious”. “It’s a stepping stone for me to see where I’m at, so I have to go home and train harder and see the mistake that I made and see if I can correct it from there,” emphasised the MVP athlete. Meanwhile, Thompson is not sure what sprint event(s) she will do at trials for this summer’s Oympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but leaves the decision to veteran tactician Stephen Francis. “I am not sure. My coach will decide. My training has been going okay so far, so I’ll just continue doing my best out there at all times.”last_img read more