first_img United look unlikely to be with them, given that cross-town rivals Manchester City are four points ahead in fourth place. As things are progressing, record 20-time English champions United could see Leicester guarantee the title by winning at Old Trafford in three games time. Leicester are in unfamiliar territory but not showing it. There are no nerves, no sign of anxiety from Claudio Ranieri’s team. Some observers suggested the manager was crying when he entered the field after yesterday’s fifth successive win. “It’s fantastic when you see before the match a lot of old ladies with Leicester shirts outside the stadium,” Ranieri said later. “I said, ‘Unbelievable, they came from Leicester to support us.’ That is emotional; that is fantastic; that is football. “I want, through you, to say thank you for the support. It’s unbelievable. They are amazing. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream. But to do this, we must be concentrated.” It’s looking bleak for Sunderland, who are four points from safety but with a game in hand over Norwich. There was little at stake in yesterday’s third game apart from Liverpool gaining confidence ahead of their Europa League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, which is locked at 1-1. Liverpool dislodged Stoke from eighth place by beating the Anfield visitors 4-1. Alberto Moreno’s fine Liverpool opener was cancelled out by Bojan Krkic in the 22nd minute. But Daniel Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead before half-time and substitute Divock Origi netted twice after the break. POOR CHANCES FOR UNITED LONDON (AP): Leicester’s first target was exceeded long ago: Premier League survival. Another landmark was achieved yesterday: Champions League qualification for the first time. By the end of the month, Leicester should have secured the prize once simply unthinkable for such a team: the Premier League trophy itself. Jamie Vardy’s double at Sunderland sealed a 2-0 victory that guaranteed a coveted top-four finish. Leicester remain seven points clear at the top and are starting to resemble a Premier League thoroughbred with their effortless march to a first title. This isn’t what a title run-in should look like for a team yet to win the league title in its 132-year history and were in a relegation scrap this time last season. Tottenham are waiting to pounce on any slip-up by Leicester. The second-place London club responded to Leicester’s Sunderland success by ending a 15-year wait for a home win over Manchester United. A 3-0 victory was secured by Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela scoring within five minutes, 46 seconds in the second half. It pushed Tottenham a step closer to joining Leicester in the Champions League next season, having only featured in Europe’s top competition once before.last_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Fort St. John CX152 Dirty Harry Team brought home an award for the CX Division Jet Boat Racing at the recent Western Zones Awards night in Grande Prairie.Team driver, Clayton Wolsey and navigator Ryley Tschiedel brought home the 2018 CX Division 3rd Place Title.Clayton’s brother, Trapper Wolsey, says his brother was the only one to place an award from Fort St. John.- Advertisement -“He was the only one that placed there from Fort St. John. I got fourth and Stacy Kelm, he got fifth in our class and then Gord Humphrey he ended up fourth in a numbered class.”Trapper says his brother capitalized on his downtimes during the race.“They did some good racing and they had some good times. While we were having boat issues and stuff like that, they were capitalizing on making up time on us.”Advertisement Wolsey says that the teams are now getting the boats ready over the winter as they wait for next season in anticipation for the World Jet Boat Race Championship as it is coming to the Peace in July 2019.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK  — Michael Conforto’s major league debut for the New York Mets was just about everything he imagined.Well, except for the final result.“It was like a dream for me,” Conforto said after the Mets’ 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. “This whole day was like a dream for me.”The Mets’ first-round draft pick last year was promoted from Double-A Binghamton earlier in the day. Conforto drove in the Mets’ first run with an RBI groundout in the fifth inning, and finished 0-for-3.“I was so excited,” he said. “I had a lot of fun out there. Didn’t go quite the way I had dreamed it, but I think I did a lot of good things out there tonight. Got that first RBI and, you know, felt comfortable out there, so that’s the most important thing.“Just makes me want to come back tomorrow.”He certainly made a good first impression on manager Terry Collins.“He’s got a nice approach, some patience at the plate,” Collins said, “so I was very pleased with what I saw.”In a series already upended by a birth, the anticipation of another brought even more uncertainty to Friday night’s matchup. With Los Angeles starter Zack Grienke already scratched to be with his wife as she had the couple’s first child in Los Angeles, the Mets’ Jonathan Niese was close to missing his start as well for the same reason.The left-hander’s availability was in question, with his wife expected to go into labor at any time. Approximately 90 minutes before game time, Niese decided he was going to take the ball.Things didn’t go so well for him on the mound, however. Justin Turner homered and drove in three runs against his former club, and emergency starter Ian Thomas hurled five effective innings.“Just one of those things where they got to him a little early and some other things happened in his personal life,” catcher Kevin Plawecki said. “I thought it showed his character, just to want to even be here and compete, and I think he gave us 110 percent, and that’s all we can ask.”Thomas (1-1) allowed one run and three hits over five innings in his first major league start. The rookie left-hander, recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma on Wednesday, pitched in place of Greinke— who left the team Thursday morning.The Dodgers scored early and often off Niese (5-9), who allowed six runs and eight hits — including home runs by Turner and Yasiel Puig — in three innings.Jimmy Rollins also homered off Hansel Robles in the eighth for the Dodgers, giving the veteran shortstop 32 career home runs against the Mets.Niese had quietly strung together eight consecutive quality starts before Friday’s outing. Howie Kendrick started things off with a one-out single in the first inning, followed by a hard-hit RBI double by Turner to right-center.Niese didn’t fare any better in the second, loading the bases with no outs after consecutive singles by Kike Hernandez and Jimmy Rollins, and a hit batter. Thomas then grounded into a run-scoring double play, followed by an RBI double to left by Joc Pederson to give Los Angeles a 3-0 lead.Turner struck again in the third, crushing a 3-2 fastball into the seats in left-center field— a few rows behind the Party City Deck. Scott Van Slyke singled, followed by Puig’s homer on a 1-0 count, landing in almost the same spot as Turner’s and increasing the Dodgers’ lead to 6-0.MAKING MOVESThe Mets made a move to bolster their struggling offense, acquiring infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves after the game for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.In corresponding moves, the Mets designated outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment and optioned infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas. Third baseman David Wright was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list.TRAINER’S ROOMDodgers: LF Alex Guerrero, originally slated to bat fifth Friday night, was a late scratch due to back stiffness. … 1B Adrian Gonzalez, who leads the team with 21 home runs, was given the night off. “He’s played both of the day games after the night games and I wanted to get him a day,” Mattingly said. … LHP Brett Anderson (irritated Achilles’ tendon) threw a bullpen and took part in agility drills before Friday’s game. He is a possibility to start on either Sunday against the Mets or Tuesday in Los Angeles against Oakland.Mets: LF Michael Cuddyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Friday night’s game with inflammation in his left knee. The move was made retroactive to Wednesday.UP NEXTDodgers: Los Angeles had yet to announce a starter for Saturday’s matchup, awaiting Greinke’s status.Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (8-7, 3.19) takes the hill for the Mets on Saturday night, coming off a 7-2 loss in Washington on Monday in which he allowed five runs (four earned) over seven innings. Still working his way back from 2013 Tommy John surgery, the 26-year-old flamethrower has been uncharacteristically wild of late— walking 13 over his past three outings.___AP freelance writer Charles O’Brien contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more