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Manchester giants shock rivals, edge closer to world class signing

Manchester United fans, look away right now! The Red Devils may have been hot on the trail of Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte for quite a while now; however, reports in The Guardian state that their bitter rivals Man City are now the favourites to land the Frenchman after agreeing to splash out €50m to meet his release clause!

The Citizens’ sporting director Txiki Begiristain was spotted in the Basque country last month, with reports in the press revealing that he was there to broker a deal for Laporte at the ‘specific request’ of incoming boss Pep Guardiola.


Claudio Ranieri: “I never expected this when I arrived"

Leicester City achieved the impossible last night, becoming the 24th team in the history of English football to win the top division title, and achieved that unlikely dream with the nicest man possible at the helm of affairs.

Known in this land as the 'Tinkerman' during his 199 game stay at Chelsea, Ranieri will now forever be a Champion, having led Leicester City to the summit of professional sport in England, a modern day sporting fairytale if one ever truly existed.


Tottenham blow 2 goal lead at Chelsea as Leicester City are crowned Champions

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It was always destined to be a Memorable Monday in England and for nearly an hour it looked like Tottenham Hotspur were going to achieve the unlikely distinction of winning at Stamford Bridge for the first time in 26 years, and perhaps more crucially push the Premier League title race into week 37 as they opened up a two goal lead in the first half courtesy strikes from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. However, Gary Cahill halved the deficit in the 58th minute with a fantastic finish for a centre half before a gorgeous strike from Eden Hazard in the 83rd minute decided the Premier League title race in favour of Leicester City, as Chelsea held local rivals Tottenham 2-2 after a hard fought, bruising and often overly physical contest in which 9 Tottenham players were booked, and at least three escaped being shown red cards as Mark Clattenburg struggled to keep control of an emotional contest.

The game itself was typically one of two halves with Tottenham taking their chances in the first period and Chelsea spurning theirs. Harry Kane beat the Chelsea offside trap, danced around Asmir Begovic before passing the ball with his left foot into an empty net to give Tottenham's travelling fans reason to celebrate in the 35th minute.


Klinsmann Submits 40-Player Preliminary Roster For 2016 Copa America Centenario

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has submitted the 40-player preliminary roster for the historic 2016 Copa America Centenario. Tournament rules require the final 23-player roster to be turned in no later than May 20 to the Local Organizing Committee. All the players on the final list must come from the preliminary roster.

The U.S. will begin training camp May 16 in Miami and play three preparation matches in advance of their opener against Colombia on June 3 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.


Mane puts Man City to the sword with fabulous hat-trick

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Another fine hat-trick from Southampton forward Sadio Mane earned the Saints a thoroughly deserved 4-2 win over a Manchester City side that just weren't at the races today, quite clearly distracted by their trip to Madrid in midweek in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Manuel Pellegrini did his bit to freshen up his squad, playing what was very much a second string side, with not more than 2 of today's starting eleven expected to feature from the start on Wednesday, but the game appeared to be very much on the minds of those who were playing as well as City were mentally not at their sharpest today and suffered as a result.


Wayne Rooney: "It's going to be tough to get in the top four"

Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney admitted that his side could struggle to get into the Top 4 this season after having dropped points at home to Leicester City in what he believed was a must win game. United have 60 points from 35 games this season and trail local rivals Manchester City by 4 points and Arsenal by 7.

Rooney spoke to Sky Sports after the game, saying, "It's going to be tough to get in the top four now, we felt before this game we had to take maximum points from our remaining games."


Manchester United deny Leicester's coronation for at least a day

Leicester City haven't been crowned Champions of England... yet. The Foxes, who came to Old Trafford today knowing that a win would give them their first ever English Top Division title, will have to wait and watch to see the outcome of tomorrow's game between Chelsea and Tottenham to learn whether they are Champions, or will they need to do the business on their own patch when Everton visit the King Power Stadium next weekend.

An early goal from Anthony Martial in the 8th minute, finished powerfully at the near post following an excellent cross from Antonio Valencia put Manchester United in front in this game, but Leicester's Captain Fantastic Wes Morgan drew the Foxes level just 9 minutes later in what were the only goals of a game which finished 1-1. The game itself had many contentious moments, penalties not awarded, cards shown and sometimes not, hair clutching, and even flying elbows, all of which are likely to draw plenty of post match attention from the world's media.


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