Teary Le­ices­ter grieves its late owner

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

The smiles re­turned briefly to Le­ices­ter’s play­ers Satur­day fol­low­ing the most trau­matic week of their ca­reers.

In its first game since the death of club owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha in a he­li­copter crash last week­end, Le­ices­ter won an emo­tional and highly charged English Premier League match at pro­moted Cardiff, 1-0.

“That was a tough game, not just on the pitch but men­tally,” goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel said. “I am proud of this team and the club. The way ev­ery­one has han­dled them­selves has been un­be­liev­able.”

The tears shed by Sch­me­ichel summed up the mood at Cardiff as a huge ban­ner, a Thai flag with “RIP Vichai” and the Le­ices­ter badge, was un­furled be­fore the game . . . .

James Mil­ner scored his 50th league goal as Liver­pool drew at Arse­nal, 1-1, to move one point ahead of sec­ond-place Manch­ester City. City plays Sun­day against Southamp­ton at home . . . .

Manch­ester United Man­ager Jose Mour­inho called him­self “the luck­i­est man­ager in the Premier League” af­ter his sev­en­th­place side came from be­hind to win at Bournemouth, 2-1. Mour­inho called his team’s firsthalf dis­play a “dis­as­ter.”

SPAIN: Barcelona’s Luis Suarez net­ted his sec­ond goal of a 3-2 come­back win at Rayo Val­le­cano in the 90th minute in Madrid, ex­tend­ing his scor­ing run with Lionel Messi in­jured.

Barcelona in­creased its league lead to four points over Atletico Madrid, which drew at Le­ganes, 1-1, and Alaves.

Emer­gency ser­vices said three peo­ple were hurt when rad­i­cal fan groups sup­port­ing Barcelona and Rayo Val­le­cano clashed be­fore the match.

Cherun­dolo joins staff

U.S. men’s na­tional team in­terim coach Dave Sarachan added an up-and-com­ing coach to his staff.

Steve Cherun­dolo, a long­time U.S. de­fender who en­tered the coach­ing ranks af­ter re­tir­ing in 2014, will serve as an as­sis­tant dur­ing a 10-day camp that will in­clude matches against Eng­land on Nov. 15 at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium and Italy five days later in Genk, Bel­gium.

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