SPORTS IN BRIEF 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 2015-16 Premier League champion as 5,000-to-1 underdogs, tied Burnley 0-0.
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