Leicester City fairytale complete!

first_imgLONDON (AP):Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements yesterday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the English Premier League for the first time.Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challengers Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champions Chelsea.With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester are champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.”Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!” the jubilant Leicester players sang as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other’s shoulders inside Vardy’s house.”Nobody believed we could do it, but here we are Premier League champions and deservedly so,” Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. “I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers.”FIRST JAMAICA TITLE-HOLDERMorgan is the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League.Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to instantly dropping out of the Premier League. They started this season as among the favourites to be relegated again. But last night, fans – who never dreamed their modest club in a city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals – descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to party into the night.”People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” Morgan said. “This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”Leicester, who will collect the trophy on Saturday when they host Everton at home, had not even finished higher than second since 1929.English soccer have not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years, the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy among them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester have achieved their success without lavish spending on their squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner during yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge, where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.”It’s the greatest achievement in the history of English football and it was led by an Italian,” Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, tweeted.Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea ensured that the party wasn’t delayed any longer.Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep their bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby, where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.”What a game,” Leicester defender Robert Huth tweeted. “Makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!”Centre half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalising goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea’s part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power.”(Ranieri said) five times ‘Thanks’, because of the emotion,” Hiddink said. “I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit.”One bookmaker, Sky Bet, said it paid out £4.6 million (US$6.8 million) to punters who backed Leicester to win the title, with 128 putting money on the team at 5,000-1.No sports team has defied such odds to triumph, and Leicester’s improbablesuccess has provided a feel-good story for a country divided as they prepare to vote on whether to remain in the European Union.”Many congratulations to Leicester,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”last_img read more

‘Nothing Too Good for Liberia’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai was visibly impressed at the launching of Cellcom’s latest venture, the long-awaited 4G+LTE network, heralding the company as “always the number one, as far as I am concerned,” and attributing this to many commitments the company has lived up to.The last speaker at the program, his remarks were brief, non-political and full of wisdom. He said he had three things to say. “First,” he told the audience, “Cellcom has told us that nothing is too good for Liberia; and the second thing is that all of us must learn to give Liberia our best.I sometimes wonder why it takes people from outside to give us what is best for us… It is our obligation to give our people the best.” Third, he said, “Confidence in the government: I think all of us should develop that confidence to invest quality in the country.”Cellcom presented a very colorful ceremony at the Monrovia City Hall to launch its new, groundbreaking 4G+LTE network.At the occasion, which brought together several hundred guests from government, business, diplomatic and other sectors, the chairperson of the Board of Commissioners at the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Madam Angelique E. Weeks commended Cellcom for their many valuable services in Liberia’s telecommunication sector.Mme. Weeks said that Cellcom has made a difference by making the average Liberian to have access to communication services at very affordable costs. The LTA boss said while Cellcom has a success story as a GSM company in Liberia, its history could not have been written if its numerous consumers were not supportive of its progress.Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Dr. Federick B. Norkeh recalled that the telecommunication service monopoly was ended by Cellcom in 2004 when the company entered Liberia. “Since then,” he said, “Cellcom has made and continues to make many sacrifices to improve the communication system in the country by bringing in more advanced technological elements such as the 4G+ LTE.”Minister Norkeh said Liberians should move along with the technology as it waits for no man because technology brings employment opportunities and empowers a generation.He called on Liberians to use the opportunity provided by Cellcom and admonished other GSM companies to emulate Cellcom’s example.Cellcom GSM’s Chief Executive Officer, Avishai Marziano, assured Liberians of Cellcom’s commitment to provide affordable products.“This new era forces us at Cellcom to constantly keep pushing forward towards new frontiers with our products and services. We pride ourselves in the ability that we have always had to connect between people, the digital world and real life,” he said.He added, “I am excited about breaking grounds in Liberia again and evolving from a cellular company to a digital communication company and proud to officially launch for the first time ever in Liberia, the next generation of high speed internet…the new 4G+ LTE.”This launch, he said is as a result of a journey embarked on four years ago to develop the best network in the country and strive towards digital inclusion by empowering the internet generation. “We are not only investing in building a network, we are also, and most especially, investing in the Liberian people. We are investing in the future of the youth in Liberia by providing top-of-the-line technology, which will improve education, health care, business, and tourism,” he said.“I am proud to announce that Cellcom is currently the only operator that has an LTE license in Liberia,” Marziano said.“We are set to roll out the 4G+ LTE services in Montserrado County, for a start, before scaling up in other areas outside of the county in the coming months. “The LTE Advanced network will offer peak speeds of up to 155 Mbps, which is 10 times more than the speed offered on our previous technology platform. In effect, we are talking about a network that enables you to download a full movie in high definition in seconds. “4G+ LTE, otherwise known as long term evolution, is the most advanced version of the 4G system for mobile networks. This technology promises to bring significant improvements in data speed and latency to our customers while also contributing to the socio-economic development of the country. “With 4G+ LTE, we will deliver cutting-edge services like tele-medicine, e-banking, virtualization or real-time video streaming that will have an immediate and transformational impact on this society. Our customers will be able to download and upload files faster, as well as, enjoy online-TV and buffer free streaming of audio and video files,” Marziano said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Premier League kits with classic shirt sponsors

first_imgWe have edited in retro sponsors to take the place of their modern day equivalents.Some of the designs have improved while some… haven’t.Take a look through the gallery below to see the 2018/19 Premier League home kits with classic sponsors. Manchester City 21 deals Latest Premier League News gameday cracker REVEALED tense Everton 21 Wolves Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Brighton Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 21 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 21 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Crystal Palace Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 21 Manchester United 21 Arsenal 21 Bournemouth Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury SouthamptonTottenhamWatford shining center_img Burnley Cardiff West Ham 21 Chelsea 21 no dice 21 Newcastle United You have to admit, the kits in this season’s Premier League are pretty good looking.Most of the modern designs are well presented, however we believed we could improve them all by making one minor tweak. 21 REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 21 Huddersfield 21 21 21 huge blow 21 silverware Fulham Leicester Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? You can view the full roster of Premier League kits with classic sponsors below. REVEALED 21 21 Liverpoollast_img read more