Leicester City bids farewell to owner
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 201516 Premier League champion as 5,000-to-1 underdogs, tied Burnley 0-0.
The first leg of the ● Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate was postponed because torrential rain flooded La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The South American championship – which this year features one of the most intense rivalries in the world – is scheduled to start Sunday.
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 to open a 2-0 lead in the six-game exhibition series. Yanagita, who hit a gameending two-run homer in the opening 7-6 win, had an RBI single in the first off Erasmo Ramirez at the Tokyo Dome and hit a two-run homer in the third for a 5-0 lead.
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.