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The last time Burnley were promoted to the Premier League they came up in second place, nine points behind Leicester City (whatever happened to them?).
Then, as now, Sean Dyche was in charge, and he described the 2014 achievement as almost sneaking out of the Championship. “No one expected it at the start of the season, two years ago we were under the radar,” the Burnley manager said. “This promotion has had to be designed, we lost key players and we had to spend money to replace them. We always knew what our target was and we stuck to our task week in week out, so it feels like a bigger achievement.Continue reading...
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Combining results from Test, ODI and T20 matches over a series not only rewrites history but suggests white-ball victories are equal to winning a Test match, and that is simply not the case
The Ashes wins of 2009 and 2010-11 were among Andrew Strauss’s finest moments as England captain. At the time, anyway. In the future they may be perceived differently. Under the new points system proposed by the ECB for bilateral series, England would have lost on both occasions.
In case you’ve been otherwise engaged on another planet, or in Leicester, for the last few weeks, let’s get down to brass tacks. The system was first trialled for the women’s Ashes in 2013, and involves merging all three forms of the game to decide one winner. It is likely to be used for the forthcoming men’s series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, with four points for a Test win and two for victories in ODIs or T20s.Continue reading...
• Kosovo now likely to apply for Fifa membership
Kosovo was accepted as a member of Uefa on Tuesday, becoming the 55th member of European football’s governing body despite strong opposition from neighbouring Serbia, from which it declared independence in 2008.
Uefa’s annual Congress voted by 28 votes to 24 to accept Kosovo’s application. Two votes were declared invalid.Continue reading...
In US sports, parity is celebrated – which means Leicester’s rag-to-riches tale has no true comparison, although Kurt Warner’s 1999 Rams perhaps come closest
To put 5,000-1 in perspective, consider the company it kept. On English oddsmaker William Hill’s lineup this past August, “Leicester City wins the Premier League” was deemed to fall at roughly the same statistical chances as:
1. Christmas being the warmest day of the year in the UK.Continue reading...
Claudio Ranieri arrives at Leicester City training on Tuesday as a Premier League-winning manager, but says he still wants the team to improve for next season. Ranieri says there was no secret to Leicester’s success, and that it was down to the players’ ‘heart and soul’
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- ‘Ranieri for President!’ Leicester City fans across the world celebrate a miracle
A selection of newspaper front pages from across Europe and around the world, featuring Leicester City’s Premier League gloryContinue reading...
• Cherries had reported a loss of £38.3m with a wage bill of £30.4m
Bournemouth were fined £7.6m by the Football League for breaching Financial Fair Play rules in their promotion-winning season.
The club’s accounts were published at Companies House on Friday 29 April and they revealed the Cherries had reported a loss of £38.3m as they won the Sky Bet Championship in the 2014/2015 campaign.Continue reading...
First, a quick notice for any of you who bet online with William Hill, particularly if you do Lucky15s with them. A reader alerts me to a problem with their automatic calculation of returns, which, for the past week or so, has not been paying double the odds for a single winner as it should. The reader has had to approach customer services on several occasions to have the return recalculated.Continue reading...
Claudio Ranieri’s side started as relegation contenders, and ended as champions. The story of the modern era’s most remarkable top-flight season, as it happened
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• Mikel Landa and Vincenzo Nibali favourites to win race
The Giro d’Italia will take place without a British rider for a second successive year.
Two Irishmen – Philip Deignan and Nicolas Roche – are slated to start the year’s opening Grand Tour, which begins in Apeldoorn, Holland with a 9.8km time-trial on Friday.Continue reading...
• Fourth place may not be enough for Champions League qualification
Manchester City and Liverpool’s presence in the semi-finals of the Champions League and Europa League respectively means there is a possibility that five English clubs could represent England in European football’s elite competition next season.Continue reading...
• Italian celebrates first league title in managerial career
• ‘Now I am an old man I can feel it much better,’ he says
Claudio Ranieri says his emotions were at “the maximum level” after Leicester were crowned Premier League champions.
Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea ensured the Foxes completed one of the greatest shocks in English football as they won the title for the first time in the club’s 132-year history.Continue reading...
This week’s winner is Alan Purdie, who wins the brilliant I Believe in Miracles on DVD. Next week we’d like your takes on … Leicester City winning the Premier League. Send your efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday 9 May as a jpeg, complete with a caption. Anyone who forgets will have to think up a subject for next week’s GalleryContinue reading...