Le­ices­ter City bids farewell to owner

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

A melan­cholic lyric has been added to honor the owner who made one of the great­est sport­ing un­der­dog suc­cesses pos­si­ble: “Cham­pi­ons of Eng­land. You made us sing that.” It is why Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha will al­ways be held in deep re­gard by the peo­ple of Le­ices­ter, where soc­cer re­turned for the first time since the Thai en­tre­pre­neur’s death.

“The Boss” was the sim­ple mes­sage on many T-shirts as up to 20,000 peo­ple em­barked on a mile-long walk to the sta­dium where, two weeks ago, the 60-year-old owner died when his he­li­copter spi­raled out of con­trol shortly after tak­ing off from the cen­ter cir­cle. Le­ices­ter City, the 2015-16 Pre­mier League cham­pion as 5,000-to-1 un­der­dogs, tied Burn­ley 0-0.

Ja­pan beats MLB in Al­lS­tar bat­tle: Yuki Yanagita had a home run and four RBIs as Ja­pan scored the first nine runs and beat the MLB All-Stars 12-6 at the Tokyo Dome to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game ex­hi­bi­tion se­ries.

Czechs lead US in Fed Cup fi­nal: Barbora Strycova and Ka­te­rina Sini­akova won their sin­gles for the Czech Repub­lic to take a com­mand­ing 2-0 over the de­fend­ing cham­pion United States at Prague’s O2 Arena. Strycova ral­lied from a set down to de­feat Sofia Kenin 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4. Sini­akova stretched the ad­van­tage by dis­patch­ing Ali­son Riske 6-3, 7-6 (2) to the de­light of more than 14,000 fans. To win, the 18-time cham­pion U.S. must be­come the first team to come back from 2-0 down in the fi­nal.

For­mer French Open fi­nal­ist Lu­cie Sa­farova will re­tire after the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary due to undis­closed health con­cerns and will not play in any tour­na­ments be­fore then.

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