Leicester Crowned EPL Champions at Stamford Bridge

first_img18Sunderland35711174058-1832 Chelsea holds Spurs to end their ambitionLeicester City has won the Premier League title in one of the greatest sporting stories of all time.Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea last night confirmed a stunning achievement for Claudio Ranieri’s side.Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated last season. PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts 1Leicester City362211364343077 4Man City361971068383064 8Liverpool3515101059481155 2Tottenham361913467283970 12Watford35128153642-644 13Swansea361110153750-1343 But they have lost just three league games in what has been described as a “fairytale” and the “most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport”.Closest challengers Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and last year’s champions Chelsea, have all failed to match the Foxes’ consistency across the season.“In terms of domestic football, Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest achievement ever and I think it will never be surpassed,” former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage told BBC Sport.“It is incredible. This is a turning point in Premier League history.”Savage added: “I’m speechless, it is unbelievable. I’ve seen England win the Ashes and get OBEs and MBEs. This Leicester team’s achievement is greater than any of that. They should be recognised in the honours list.”After Leicester drew 1-1 at Manchester United on Sunday, Tottenham needed to win all three of their remaining league games to catch the Foxes.But their title hopes were ended when they squandered a 2-0 lead to only draw at London rivals Chelsea.Match of the Day pundit and former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and England striker Alan Shearer said Leicester’s achievement was “the biggest thing ever in football”.Shearer, who won the Premier League in 1995 with underdogs Blackburn, told BBC Sport: “For a team like Leicester to come and take the giants on with their wealth and experience – not only take them on but to beat them – I think it’s the biggest thing to happen in football.”Former Leicester, Everton and England striker Gary Lineker described his hometown team’s achievement as “the biggest sporting shock of my lifetime”.The Match of the Day presenter had suggested the Leicester players were on the “edge of sporting immortality” last month.Leicester East MP Keith Vaz said: “This is a miracle which has captured the imagination of the sporting world and beyond. People in every corner of the globe now know where Leicester is.”Former Foxes manager Martin O’Neill, who led the club to their previous highest Premier League finish of eighth in 2000, said: “Not only is it a brilliant story, but it gives everyone that little bit of hope again. That romance has not left football.“It’s been the talk of Europe, there’s no question about that. Everything about this season has been remarkable.”It is Leicester’s first top-flight title and the club, owned by Thai billionaire businessman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, has also qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions’ League group stages for the first time.The Foxes started the season among the favourites for relegation and only the three promoted sides – Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth – were longer odds for the league title.Ranieri, who took over from the sacked Nigel Pearson in the summer, was seen as an uninspired choice by some fans and pundits after his predecessor had overseen a run of seven wins in nine games as Leicester escaped relegation in 2014-15.The Italian’s previous job ended abruptly when his Greece side lost to European minnows Faroe Islands during Euro 2016 qualifying.Yet the charismatic 64-year-old’s side – assembled for less than £30m and playing pacy, direct, counter-attacking football – has confounded the experts.STANDINGS 9Chelsea351212115548748 10Stoke36139143852-1448 19Norwich3587203561-2631center_img 11Everton351014115549644 5Man Utd35179943311260 14West Brom361011153246-1441 3Arsenal361910759342567 17Newcastle3689193964-2533 7Southampton361691153391457 6West Ham351514660431759 16Cry’ Palace36109173646-1039 15Bournemouth36118174363-2041 20Aston Villa3637262772-4516 Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bradley Voigt’s career-high 6 goals leads offensive resurgence in win over Albany

first_imgBradley Voigt’s first goal of the season ended with a stomp. In the postgame press conference, Voigt cracked a grin. With No. 20 Syracuse in desperate need of a bounceback following last week’s loss to unranked Colgate, Voigt delivered a shot off the right side of the crease that found a hole to the right of Albany goalkeeper Nate Siekierski. Voigt turned and pumped his fist. For the first time this season — in a new role — SU’s “big and crafty guy” delivered. Last weekend offered Voigt a similar spot, one that sent line drives into the chest of Colgate’s goalkeeper. He waited, as always, and fired, as always. But Saturday was different, and the shots kept coming.Behind a career-high six goals from Voigt,  No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) dominated No. 15 Albany (0-1) 13-5. Coming off their first season-opening loss since 2013, and up against the same team that beat them 15-3 a season ago, the Orange were boosted by an unlikely top-option in Voigt, who has never scored more than two goals in a game in his entire four-year Syracuse career.“We were just moving good off ball,” Voigt said. “I think we were definitely more comfortable in the offense that were running right now.”Coming into the season, there was uncertainty as to who will see a majority of the minutes as the third member of SU’s attack line. As early as the Orange’s fall intra-squad scrimmage, Voigt ran with the first line. Come the week leading up to SU’s season-opener against Colgate, Syracuse attack Stephen Rehfuss said he’d “earned it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut with the loss of Brendan Bomberry, the Orange were hard-pressed to find a piece that would fill the void. Voigt contributed sporadically in his three year career prior to the 2019 season, scoring 19 goals. Minus Bomberry, SU was in need to a player who could set in the right spots in front of the net and receive short passes on the interior for doorstep deliveries. Thrice Voigt got that shot against Colgate and it didn’t find the back of the net. But against Albany, the senior started about five feet further out. His first shot went through the right side, then he hit another from the same spot. In the second quarter, he hit one from the left side. Brendan Curry brought shifts each time he took the ball down the field and Nate Solomon worked as the Orange’s primary dodger around the crease, but the opportunities kept coming to Voigt.After the Orange were dominated on possessions a week ago, SU head coach John Desko ran a number of ground ball drills in practice to help fix the problem. After numerous one-on-one, two-on-one and three-on-two drills, the Orange responded by outpacing the Great Danes 44-24 on ground balls. Whenever the ball was knocked loose, SU was there to scoop it up and start up the offense again. “We kicked ourselves,” Desko said of the ground balls. “We’ve always been a pretty good ground ball team and Colgate just kind of woke us up.”The increased possession found Voigt in spots teammates said he excels in. Last season, Bomberry earned a lot of his points by hanging around the crease to the left or right flank of the goalposts. Multiple times, SU found him in that exact spot, and all he needed to do was finish.He found the goal, then again, then again, then again. Prior to his fifth goal of the contest, Voigt spied Solomon as he made a run around the crease and fired a shot around the corner of the goal. The ball deflected off the leg of Siekerski, and Voigt — continuing the trend the Orange set all game, just cleaned up.Though Desko has said the role is one Voigt was prepared to fill, after the game he conceded he couldn’t envision a game of this magnitude, and so quickly. But at the postgame press conference, Voigt said his performance wasn’t about what he could do on the field, it was about what he couldn’t. He’s not a dodger. He doesn’t make things happen behind the net. That’s not his game, and it doesn’t have to be. In the final quarter, when SU pulled Porter and the game was already decided, Rehfuss found Voigt streaking to the net. Open again. Voigt put in the shot and raised his stick in the air and finished his historic day with skip behind the goal as he gazed towards the Carrier Dome ceiling. Nothing was different about Saturday, he said. The opportunities just came, and he finished.“I guess I just felt better during the game today,” Voigt said. “The shots were just going.” Comments Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Teachers to get A.V. High bonus

first_imgLANCASTER Teachers could get $2,000 more a year to work at Antelope Valley High School, which has been ordered by state officials to boost its staff of teachers considered “highly qualified.” To receive the annual stipends, teachers who meet the criteria to be considered “highly qualified” under President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act must commit to teaching at Antelope Valley High School for three consecutive years beginning next fall. The incentive is open to instructors who currently teach at Antelope Valley High School or who are willing to transfer to the school from other campuses in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. “Each year, we fall short of having enough fully credentialed teachers districtwide, but because of some mandates regarding Antelope Valley High School from the state, we want to make sure everyone is highly qualified,” Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said. “We want to recruit some of our best internally.” Right now, about 85 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teaching staff is considered highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act, meaning they are teaching in the subject in which they majored or minored in college and have either an intern, preliminary or clear teaching credential. Ensuring that 100 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teaching staff possess the proper teaching credentials was one of three sanctions announced by the state in March against the school for failing to improve standardized test scores. The state also ordered the school to hire a trustee who will oversee school operations and have the authority to overrule administrators’ decisions, and to ensure that tutoring and other services are accessible to all students who need them. Depending on how many new teachers the district hires and how many of the remaining 15 percent or so of Antelope Valley High teachers finish the process of obtaining the proper credentials, Azevedo estimates that the school will need less than a dozen highly qualified teachers to transfer from other schools. Teachers who transfer will have to be matched up with available openings in their areas of subject expertise, Azevedo said. The district may have to move from Antelope Valley High teachers who do not become fully credentialed in time. “We will have programs to help them make it. We could do involuntary transfers, but we don’t want to do that. We may have to move some teachers, but we want to do that as a last resort,” Azevedo said. To be eligible to receive the stipend, district teachers must have a preliminary or clear credential in their subject area, have a minimum of three years of successful teaching with positive reviews and evaluations, and possess a certificate to teach English-language learners. The incentive program will run for three years beginning next school year. Teachers who enter the program in years two or three would only receive the stipends through the 2008-09 school year. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mahrez to Arsenal? Leeds to appoint Karanka? Klopp to land £50m Saints star?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsene Wenger plans to start his new Arsenal era by landing two stellar signings. Wenger, 67, will today finally seal a two-year deal. Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, who yesterday handed in a written transfer request, is a £40million target. (The Sun)Jurgen Klopp is hoping his magic touch can help Liverpool pull off a major surprise and land £50m-rated Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City are locked in a four-way battle for Southampton’s Dutch centre half with Antonio Conte’s newly-crowned champions believed to be in pole position. But it is understood that Liverpool have a genuine chance of doing a deal because van Dijk is attracted by the proposition of playing for Klopp. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea want Paris Saint-Germain star Alphonse Areola to replace Asmir Begovic, who has joined Bournemouth. (The Sun)Michy Batshuayi is open to leaving Chelsea on loan in the search for more first-team football, with West Ham keen on the striker. (London Evening Standard)Manchester United have issued a firm hands-off warning to Real Madrid over David De Gea. New La Liga champions Real are targeting goalkeeper De Gea again this summer, after narrowly failing to sign him two years ago in a £29million deal. But United will rebuff any approach from Real to sign the Spain international. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United are swooping for Spanish starlet Roberto Gonzalez from Real Betis. United will snap up Spanish youth international attacker Gonzalez and pay compensation to the Seville outfit. (The Sun)Aitor Karanka is close to being named as new Leeds boss – after his big mate Victor Orta was hired as Elland Road’s director of football. (Daily Mirror)Fraizer Campbell is wanted by Huddersfield for their Premier League campaign. The Crystal Palace striker is out of contract this summer and available to David Wagner on a free transfer. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Outgoing Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel would be a great fit for Crystal Palace, Paul Elliot tells talkSPORTManchester City FC transfer news: Nolito admits he wants to leave the club this summerTransfer news: Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham all keen on Monaco defender Djibril SidibeTransfer news: Iker Casillas targeted by Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool as goalkeeper prepares to leave PortoArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United interested in Torino star Andrea Belotti but refuse to meet £86million feeFiorentina set sights on West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang as they look to lure Spaniard back to Serie ATransfer news: Atletico Madrid ready to move for Diego Costa IF Antoine Griezmann joins Manchester Unitedlast_img read more