Leices­ter City bids farewell to owner

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Sports/weather -

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.

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.

Sep­a­rated from male sup­port­ers, hun­dreds of Ira­nian women watched as eight-time Ja­panese cham­pion Kashima Antlers won the Asian Cham­pi­ons League for the first time on ag­gre­gate af­ter draw­ing the sec­ond leg with Ira­nian cham­pion Perse­po­lis 0-0 in Tehran’s Azadi Sta­dium. Women have been mainly pro­hib­ited from at­tend­ing men’s games and other sports events in Iran since the 1979 Is­lamic revo­lu­tion.

AAJa­pan 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 due to undis­closed health con­cerns and will not play in any tour­na­ments be­fore then. Sa­farova, 31, has won seven WTA Tour sin­gles ti­tles and is a five­time Grand Slam dou­bles cham­pion with Bethanie Mat­tek-Sands.

Top-seeded Ste­fanos Tsit­si­pas re­cov­ered from a set down to beat Aus­tralian teenager Alex de Min­aur and win the Next Gen Fi­nals in Mi­lan. The 20-year-old Greek, who had been the al­ter­nate last year, pre­vailed 2-4, 4-1, 4-3 (3), 4-3 (3).


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