Jimmy Fallon’s puppies predict a landslide Super Bowl victory this year

With Super Bowl 50 just days away, Jimmy Fallon is turning to his most trusted advisors to predict the winner.

Its a time-honored tradition at Fallons Tonight Show to let puppies call the winner of major sporting events.Not only do they amuse us for sport, but they get to munch on all the kibble they wantand Fallon has a hell of a lineup.

If the puppies have anything to say about it, itll won’t just be a clear victoryit’ll be a landslide.

But make no mistake. Right or wrong, this year’s puppies called the Broncos to win it all.

Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

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Champions Leicester City: 7 reasons why Foxes won Premier League title

(CNN)It’s the fairytale that has gripped the imagination of millions around the world — and like all good fairytales this one had a happy ending.

Unheralded English soccer team Leicester City, dismissed as non-starters to win the league this season — indeed the club was tipped for relegation — was crowned champion after nearest rival Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea Monday.
    As recently as seven years ago, Leicester — pronounced “Lester” — was relegated to English football’s third tier and the idea of even playing in the Premier League was a distant dream.
    In August, just weeks after Leicester had escaped demotion from the Premier League where it had spent most of the year 20th out of 20, you would have got better odds on Kim Kardashian becoming president of the U.S. by 2020.
    Or to put it in a sporting context, the Cleveland Browns — 200-1 to win the 2017 Super Bowl — have the worst odds going in the NFL. Although, unlike Leicester, it had previously won an NFL title in 1964.
    So just what was the secret to the Foxes’ remarkable success?

    Player recruitment

    Leicester’s preferred starting XI cost just $32 million, which must make accountants of the Premier League’s biggest clubs who have spent millions on star players green with envy.
    The much-heralded signings of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy, all of who made the PFA Team of the Year, for relatively small transfer fees have been key to the team’s relentlessly consistent performances on the pitch.
    Head of scouting Steve Walsh, also one of manager Claudio Ranieri’s three assistants, deserves much of the praise for those signings.
    So the story goes, Walsh went to France to watch Ryan Mendes — now at Nottingham Forest in England’s second tier — and, instead, came back with Mahrez for the paltry fee of $520,000.
    The Algerian could be reportedly worth around $51 million — almost 100 times more than Leicester paid for his services.
    Ranieri also took some convincing to sign talisman Kante, before persistent pressure from Walsh eventually persuaded the club to part with $8.2 million for the Frenchman.
    In contrast, Louis van Gaal has spent $416 million in his two years as Manchester United manager with very little success.

    Pizza incentive

    Dubbed “The Tinkerman” for the way he would frequently alter his starting team, manager Claudio Ranieri has overseen a drastic transformation in his side’s fortunes over the course of the season.
    While the likes of Vardy and Mahrez had no issues scoring, it was the defense that most concerned Ranieri as his team failed to keep a clean sheet until late October.
    “Before every game, I said, ‘Come on boys, come on. Clean sheet today.’ No clean sheet,” Ranieri said at the time.
    “I tried every motivation. So finally, before the game against Crystal Palace, I said: ‘Come on boys, come on. I offer you a pizza if you get a clean sheet.’
    “Of course, my players made a clean sheet against Crystal Palace (October 24). One-nil.”
    Ranieri kept his word, taking his players to a local restaurant where they made and ate their own pizzas.
    The Italian’s “Tinkerman” nickname has also become redundant — the 64-year-old has used the fewest players of any manager in the Premier League.

    Season-defining matches

    There is often a moment on which a team’s season hinges; for Leicester there were several.
    Defender Robert Huth’s late header in a 1-0 win against Tottenham, which would go on to be Leicester’s closest rival, at White Hart Lane in January now looks pivotal.
    Then, in February, came Leicester’s swashbuckling disposal of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with Mahrez displaying all his trademark stepovers, feints and flicks in a 3-1 victory.
    A 2-1 defeat against Arsenal just days later was meant to spell the end of Leicester’s dominance but they refused to crack under the mounting pressure, most notably in April’s home game against West Ham.
    Having surrendered a one-goal lead, Leicester was 2-1 down and down to 10 men going into the final minute. The Foxes were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds, which Leonardo Ulloa dispatched with confidence to send Leicester’s King Power Stadium into raptures.
    It was a draw that felt like a win.

    Big teams’ inconsistency

    This was meant to be Arsenal’s year.
    Manchester City and United had both fallen short until, at the turn of the year, it appeared as though the Premier League title race would be between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Ranieri.
    Surely, after snatching a last-gasp winner against Leicester at the Emirates, the momentum was with Arsenal and it would go on to win a first Premier League trophy since 2004.
    The subsequent run of results from each team epitomized the difference between Arsenal’s fragile mentality and Leicester’s never-say-die tenacity.
    In the next seven matches, the Foxes would go on to record 19 points out of a possible 21, while Arsenal picked up only nine.

    Smells like team spirit

    “Of all the factors, the most imperative has been the team spirit,” former Leicester defender Matt Elliott told CNN.
    “The players don’t talk about themselves. It’s a collective effort — ‘we’ve got the spirit and the will to win.'”
    The crux of this team is formed of players who were previously deemed not good enough for the Premier League.
    Marc Albrighton, released by recently relegated Aston Villa at the end of last season, has gone on to make the joint-highest appearances of any Leicester player this season.
    Mahrez alludes to this togetherness, potentially born out of rejection, as “the revenge of the barefooted men.”
    “I like that image,” the 25-year-old told French newspaper L’Equipe. “We were not programmed to become professional footballers.
    “I think we live our lives with a certain form of indifference. With N’Golo, I laugh about it. Our story is impossible, even if nothing is yet done.”

    Buddhist monks

    Then there are the Thai monks who, some believe, have given Leicester a spiritual edge over its opponents.
    In Thailand, the home of Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, regular blessings of the Leicester pitch, the spreading of good karma and an “unbeatable fabric” have all been touted as reasons behind the club’s success.

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    Jimmy Fallon has puppies predict the winner of Sunday’s big game

    Nine puppies, two bowls of food, only one winner.

    Jimmy Fallon honored the beloved tradition of having puppies predict the winner of Super Bowl LI on The Tonight Show Thursday night.

    Nine squirmy little puppies, including crowd favorite Gary Frick Jr., have chosen. And the winner is…

    The Atlanta Falcons!

    Can’t argue with these pups. We’ll have to wait for Sunday night to see if they’re really cut out for this job.

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    Chicago Bears fan trolls Jay Cutler from beyond the grave

    Even when you’re six feet under, you can still get one last dig. And lifelong Chicago Bears fan Elizabeth Bowman is (no longer living) proof.

    Bowman died on Monday, but she used her obituary in theChicago Tribuneto lay out her feelings about Jay Cutler one last time. Cutler isn’t the most popular athlete aroundhe even landed a spot alongside Lance Armstrong in a Forbesslideshow of the most disliked athletes in America. And while Cutler is probably somewhat used to taking jabs for his performances and moody behavior, Bowman’s roast from beyond the grave has to be a new one.

    The obit reads:

    Elizabeth Porter Bowman, 78, of Northbrook, Illinois died peacefully January 9, 2016, surrounded by her children. Betsy was an elementary school teacher and later a tutor, but her passion and focus was being a dedicated and involved mother and grandmother. She was a woman of loyalty, integrity, opinion, curiosity and intelligence. A lifelong fan of the Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears (except Jay Cutler)

    Savage even in the afterlife.

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    Leicester City: Fantastic Foxes that dared to dream

    (CNN)Until now, the much vaunted English Premier League has delivered decidedly foreseeable conclusions, with the past 20 seasons throwing up the same four title winners.

    Thanks to Leicester City, that could all be about to change.

      A year ago to the day, Leicester sat bottom of the Premier League table on just 19 points — a yawning seven-point chasm between the club and any chance of top-flight survival.

      Fast forward and Premier League leaders Leicester sit pretty on 60 points with a game in hand over immediate rivals Tottenham Hotspur — a remarkable 41-point shift.

      The Great Escape

      It’s a triumph of football over finance, and according to Gary Lineker should Leicester go on to win the title it will be “quite possibly the most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport,” the former Foxes striker wote in Monday’s Guardian.

      In truth this glorious charge has its roots in the club’s gritty escape last season.

      Even then their unlikely ascent didn’t begin until April 4 as the club staggered back from the brink to win seven of their remaining nine games.

      What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

      If that was the form of champions, most pundits were still predicting Leicester would be relegated this season.

      After all, their savior Nigel Pearson had unceremoniously left the club amid an off-pitch debacle involving — among others — his son.

      Many of those same pundits largely ridiculed the appointment of Pearson’s successor — veteran Italian coach Claudio Ranieri — by the club’s Thai billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

      The bookies’ view was equally scathing, with Ranieri’s men at 5000/1 to win the Premier League title.

      The unlikely lads

      Except the Leicester players — notably Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez — weren’t paying attention to either the pundits or the bookies.

      Just four years on from playing for non-league minnows Fleetwood Town, the former factory-worker Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s consecutive Premier League goals record, scoring in 11 straight games.

      In 2010, Vardy had been earning 30 a week playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels; suddenly he was the man in golden boots the whole world was talking about.

      Mahrez has arguably been even better, as calls for the mercurial Algerian to win the PFA Player of the Year grow louder by the week.

      While Vardy and Mahrez have grabbed the headlines, journeyman defenders have united to form a near-impenetrable defense, while N’golo Kante has seemed to emerge from the ether, dominating midfield battles like a pocket-size Patrick Vieira.

      “A collection of individuals who couldn’t win a football match for love nor money a year ago have turned into an invincible force,” wrote Lineker, who now works as a television presenter.

      The joke in Leicester is that the team’s revival is related to Richard III’s burial in the city last year.

      No wonder, then, that Lineker turned to Shakespeare as he searched for words to inspire the Leicester players, who after Monday’s game against relegation threatened Newcastle have eight games to secure sporting immortality.

      “Don’t be afraid, my team. Make it yours. As Shakespeare’s Richard III said: ‘What do I fear? Myself?'”

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      Heinz’s ‘Weiner Stampede’ Super Bowl ad is full of dogs dressed as hot dogs

      Heinz’s latestKetchup commercial is like an extra side of adorableness.

      The condiment giant’s Super Bowl 50ad treats us to a stampede of wiener dogs dressed up as actual wieners (meaning hot dogs, not the other kind; get your mind out of the gutter). You’ll squeal in delight as you watch these pooches run through a picturesque fieldstraight into the arms of a condiment family. Because nothing goes together quite like mustard and ketchup on top of a hot dog.

      You know what they say, man’s best friend is a hot dog.

      Screenshot viaHeinz Ketchup/YouTube

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      Leicester City: Foxes edge closer to English Premier League crown

      (CNN)Leicester City must wait at least one more day for the happy ending to its remarkable fairytale.

      The league leader’s hopes of celebrating its first ever English Premier League title were put on hold Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
        The Foxes, who at the start of this season were ranked as 5000-1 outsiders to win the league, needed victory at Old Trafford to secure the title.
        But United started the match determined to spoil the party, playing with verve and freedom and looking nothing like the side that has appeared shackled in attack so often this season.
        The 20-time champion quickly deflated the traveling Leicester fans with a goal inside 10 minutes.

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        Antonio Valencia stood up a cross that evaded everyone in the penalty area, before Anthony Martial ghosted in at the far post and swept the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.
        Leicester, conversely, looked edgy and nervous and had Schmeichel — son of legendary United goalkeeper Peter — to thank for not going two goals down after he pulled off a brilliant save low to his right.
        Sunday was the first time that the Leicester keeper had played at Old Trafford, where his father won five Premier League titles during his spell as a United player.

        Morgan equalizer

        However, a spirited Leicester team haven’t come this far — the draw put them eight points ahead of second place Tottenham Hotspur — for nothing.
        Nine minutes after Martial put United ahead, Leicester captain Wes Morgan got his head onto Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick to divert the ball past a helpless David de Gea.
        With tensions rising, United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini was lucky to escape a red card after appearing to land an elbow on Robert Huth’s throat.
        If referee Michael Oliver failed to see the incident, Fellaini potentially faces a retrospective ban.
        Leicester had loud appeals for a penalty turned down soon after the equalizer. Riyad Mahrez pulled out one of his trademark feints, completely deceiving Marcos Rojo who clumsily brought down the Algerian, but Oliver was unmoved.
        The hosts achieved a season-high 70% possession in the game and limited Leicester to chances from set pieces.
        Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa was unfortunate not to get a heavier touch on Morgan’s knock-down and the ball popped up into De Gea’s outstretched arms.
        “The performance was good after the first 15 minutes,” Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports after the game.
        “Before our goal we were a little, little scared. United started very, very well and as big, big teams move the ball very well, it was very difficult for us to restart and make something good.

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        “I was worried but we have a very good heart and I said ‘OK, sooner or later we react.’ After their goal we had to react immediately and, fortunately with the first free kick, we scored.
        “After our goal I think we played better, there were good chances for us and I think the draw is a right result.”
        Louis van Gaal’s men began to pile on the pressure in the closing stages and felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty.
        Drinkwater clipped Memphis Depay’s heels down the right, but referee Oliver deemed the foul outside the box and subsequently sent the Leicester midfielder off for a second yellow card.
        The Foxes’ vociferous fans were a constant source of noise in their corner of Old Trafford, willing the team to score the goal that would see them crowned champion.
        But it was United which came the closest to winning the match after a tackle from Robert Huth inadvertently played the ball into Wayne Rooney’s path, but Schmeichel was out quickly to smother the chance — just one of a number of key saves the Leicester keeper made.
        Leicester will now wait will bated breath for the outcome of Tottenham’s match against Chelsea Monday.
        If Spurs fail to beat its opponent, Leicester will be crowned champions.
        But Ranieri won’t be watching.
        “I would like to watch the match but I think I am on a flight back from Italy,” the Italian said with a wry smile. “So it will be difficult to watch.
        “Maybe when I land I will find out the result.”
        Meanwhile, the draw for United diminished their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, with Van Gaal’s team now four points behind fourth-place Manchester City.

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        Animals are better at predicting World Cup matches than you. (Well, some of them are)

        (CNN)Everything is falling into place.

        And, most importantly, the animals are coming out to play.
        Since Paul the Octopus won the hearts of soccer fans around the globe eight years ago, fortune-telling animals have been tasked with predicting World Cup winners. This year’s furry favorite is Achilles the deaf cat. Let’s see how he fares against past prognosticators.

          Paul the Octopus

          Overall success rate: 85%
          Can an animal be an octopus and a GOAT at the same time? When it comes to animal prognosticators, Paul is truly the greatest of all time. In 2010, the cephalopod made eight correct predictions during the World Cup and nailed the finals with a prophetic victory pick for Spain.
          Paul, beloved by the world, was not without his enemies. When he correctly predicted that Germany would boot Argentina, Argentinian chef Nicholas Bederrou posted an octopus recipe on Facebook. Fans of opposing countries made sushi-related death threats.
          Following the 2010 World Cup, Paul retired to a quiet aquatic life. At the time, Mark Oakley, spokesman for Germany’s Oberhausen Sea Life Center, where Paul lived, told CNN, “He has been a superstar and deserves a quiet retirement. Paul the octopus is arguably the most famous sea creature there has ever been.”
          A few short months later, Paul passed away in his tank, devastating fans worldwide. Our thoughts and prayers remain with Paul’s aquarial family, as every four years the painful wound is reopened.

          Nelly the Elephant

          Overall success rate: 90%
          Despite Paul’s celebrity and buoyant personality, a more clairvoyant creature exists. Enter Nelly the Elephant, whose 90% success rate makes her exceedingly … um … relephant.
          She made predictions about the 2006 Women’s World Cup, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008. Her method: kicking soccer balls into nets marked by country flags.
          She correctly shot the ball 30 out of 33 times.
          Perhaps Nelly’s prophetic abilities stemmed from her soccer skills. Former players always make the best commentators.

          Panda Cubs

          Overall success rate: We never got to find out
          In a half-hearted attempt to claim divination glory, China entered the fortune-telling animal game in 2014. The nation’s state media announced it would have a group of panda cubs at its Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre predict winners by climbing trees to choose flags.
          But before the cubs could earn fame, Chinese authorities called the project off. They decided not to subject the cubs to incessant camera coverage and over-eager fans. (Maybe Paul’s death threats played a role?)
          The oracle life is just not for every animal. These precious pandas simply couldn’t handle the limelight.

          Predictaroo the Kangaroo

          Predictaroo, originally known as Flopsy, is the Jaden Smith of the fortune-telling world: Critics question her talent, but she’s got a sizable social media following and a career based off the success of an accomplished father.
          Her owner is conservationist Bindi Irwin, daughter of “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Bindi combined her star power with the support of the Australian Zoo to launch Flopsy onto the world stage.
          After renaming her Predictaroo, Bindi created a series of videos announcing her match predictions.
          Predictaroo has over 16,000 Twitter followers, and videos featuring the marsupial have more than 100,000 views.
          By choosing between two food bowls, she predicts not just World Cup soccer games but also rugby and even crocodile tracking.

          Shaheen the Camel

          Overall success rate: 66%
          Discovered by the newspaper Gulf News, Shaheen enjoyed a respectable streak in 2014, when he picked 19 out of 29 World Cup matches correctly.
          The clairvoyant camel made his picks by chewing on signs portraying each country’s flag. Though his success rate isn’t spectacular, Shaheen’s accuracy increased as the competition went on. Perhaps the pressure of the game inspired this camel. Don’t all dromedaries live for drama?

          Achilles the Cat

          Overall success rate: 100% (for now)
          Achilles appears to be 2018’s World Cup animal oracle. He presides at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and chooses between bowls of cat food marked with countries.
          Although he is deaf, museum officials feel his hearing loss is an advantage that allows him intense concentration in making his picks. If the strategy doesn’t work out, he can always fall back on his day job — catching rats in the museum basement.
          Unsurprisingly, Achilles picked Russia to win in its first-round match over Saudi Arabia. At the moment, he’s one for one, and fans all over the world are awaiting his predictions with anticipation.

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          Champions Leicester City: 7 reasons why Foxes won Premier League title

          (CNN)It’s the fairytale that has gripped the imagination of millions around the world — and like all good fairytales this one had a happy ending.

          Unheralded English soccer team Leicester City, dismissed as non-starters to win the league this season — indeed the club was tipped for relegation — was crowned champion after nearest rival Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea Monday.
            As recently as seven years ago, Leicester — pronounced “Lester” — was relegated to English football’s third tier and the idea of even playing in the Premier League was a distant dream.
            In August, just weeks after Leicester had escaped demotion from the Premier League where it had spent most of the year 20th out of 20, you would have got better odds on Kim Kardashian becoming president of the U.S. by 2020.
            Or to put it in a sporting context, the Cleveland Browns — 200-1 to win the 2017 Super Bowl — have the worst odds going in the NFL. Although, unlike Leicester, it had previously won an NFL title in 1964.
            So just what was the secret to the Foxes’ remarkable success?

            Player recruitment

            Leicester’s preferred starting XI cost just $32 million, which must make accountants of the Premier League’s biggest clubs who have spent millions on star players green with envy.
            The much-heralded signings of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy, all of who made the PFA Team of the Year, for relatively small transfer fees have been key to the team’s relentlessly consistent performances on the pitch.
            Head of scouting Steve Walsh, also one of manager Claudio Ranieri’s three assistants, deserves much of the praise for those signings.
            So the story goes, Walsh went to France to watch Ryan Mendes — now at Nottingham Forest in England’s second tier — and, instead, came back with Mahrez for the paltry fee of $520,000.
            The Algerian could be reportedly worth around $51 million — almost 100 times more than Leicester paid for his services.
            Ranieri also took some convincing to sign talisman Kante, before persistent pressure from Walsh eventually persuaded the club to part with $8.2 million for the Frenchman.
            In contrast, Louis van Gaal has spent $416 million in his two years as Manchester United manager with very little success.

            Pizza incentive

            Dubbed “The Tinkerman” for the way he would frequently alter his starting team, manager Claudio Ranieri has overseen a drastic transformation in his side’s fortunes over the course of the season.
            While the likes of Vardy and Mahrez had no issues scoring, it was the defense that most concerned Ranieri as his team failed to keep a clean sheet until late October.
            “Before every game, I said, ‘Come on boys, come on. Clean sheet today.’ No clean sheet,” Ranieri said at the time.
            “I tried every motivation. So finally, before the game against Crystal Palace, I said: ‘Come on boys, come on. I offer you a pizza if you get a clean sheet.’
            “Of course, my players made a clean sheet against Crystal Palace (October 24). One-nil.”
            Ranieri kept his word, taking his players to a local restaurant where they made and ate their own pizzas.
            The Italian’s “Tinkerman” nickname has also become redundant — the 64-year-old has used the fewest players of any manager in the Premier League.

            Season-defining matches

            There is often a moment on which a team’s season hinges; for Leicester there were several.
            Defender Robert Huth’s late header in a 1-0 win against Tottenham, which would go on to be Leicester’s closest rival, at White Hart Lane in January now looks pivotal.
            Then, in February, came Leicester’s swashbuckling disposal of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with Mahrez displaying all his trademark stepovers, feints and flicks in a 3-1 victory.
            A 2-1 defeat against Arsenal just days later was meant to spell the end of Leicester’s dominance but they refused to crack under the mounting pressure, most notably in April’s home game against West Ham.
            Having surrendered a one-goal lead, Leicester was 2-1 down and down to 10 men going into the final minute. The Foxes were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds, which Leonardo Ulloa dispatched with confidence to send Leicester’s King Power Stadium into raptures.
            It was a draw that felt like a win.

            Big teams’ inconsistency

            This was meant to be Arsenal’s year.
            Manchester City and United had both fallen short until, at the turn of the year, it appeared as though the Premier League title race would be between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Ranieri.
            Surely, after snatching a last-gasp winner against Leicester at the Emirates, the momentum was with Arsenal and it would go on to win a first Premier League trophy since 2004.
            The subsequent run of results from each team epitomized the difference between Arsenal’s fragile mentality and Leicester’s never-say-die tenacity.
            In the next seven matches, the Foxes would go on to record 19 points out of a possible 21, while Arsenal picked up only nine.

            Smells like team spirit

            “Of all the factors, the most imperative has been the team spirit,” former Leicester defender Matt Elliott told CNN.
            “The players don’t talk about themselves. It’s a collective effort — ‘we’ve got the spirit and the will to win.'”
            The crux of this team is formed of players who were previously deemed not good enough for the Premier League.
            Marc Albrighton, released by recently relegated Aston Villa at the end of last season, has gone on to make the joint-highest appearances of any Leicester player this season.
            Mahrez alludes to this togetherness, potentially born out of rejection, as “the revenge of the barefooted men.”
            “I like that image,” the 25-year-old told French newspaper L’Equipe. “We were not programmed to become professional footballers.
            “I think we live our lives with a certain form of indifference. With N’Golo, I laugh about it. Our story is impossible, even if nothing is yet done.”

            Buddhist monks

            Then there are the Thai monks who, some believe, have given Leicester a spiritual edge over its opponents.
            In Thailand, the home of Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, regular blessings of the Leicester pitch, the spreading of good karma and an “unbeatable fabric” have all been touted as reasons behind the club’s success.

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            Leicester City: Buddhist monks and karma powering Foxes to glory

            (CNN)Leicester City stand on the brink of footballing and sporting history.

            Victory at Manchester United on Sunday will secure the Foxes’ first English Premier League title — a result that would leave fans, pundits and even fellow professionals in a state of wondrous disbelief.
              Many have sought the secret to the team’s shock success over the last year, with teamwork, tactics, togetherness and inspirational manager Claudio Ranieri among the more plausible reasons.
              Meanwhile, the reburial of Richard III – which took place in March 2015 and which coincided with the team’s dramatic rise from the relegation zone — often gets a mention too.
              But in Thailand, the home of the club’s owners, there’s a belief that one of sports’ most unlikely triumphs has more to do with spirituality.
              Over the last three years, Buddhist monks have been visiting the club to bless the pitch, bestow special sacred cloths on the players and spread karma.
              And chief monk Phra Prommangkalachan is in little doubt that his unseen powers are propelling Leicester’s unforeseen rise.

              ‘Unbeatable fabric’

              As dawn breaks over the Golden Buddha temple in central Bangkok, the city bustles into life.
              You need to be up early to catch a meeting with the monk who some say is central to Leicester’s extraordinary fortunes this season.
              Not many temples in the Thai capital are adorned with soccer shirts, but this one is festooned with Leicester City ones.
              Perhaps appropriately, a distinctive flash of blue is worn by the assistants of Phra Prommangkalachan — the monk who has made over a dozen trips to the King Power stadium at the request of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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              While these beliefs may be common practice in Buddhist-worshiping Thailand, Phra Prommangkalachan admits the players were somewhat skeptical at first.
              “Well, they’re from a different religion. They’re not Buddhists, therefore for our first meeting they were a bit indifferent.
              “But Mr Vichai wanted blessings made for the club and each individual player, so we did the water-blessing with them.
              “After a while they conformed to what the club wanted and they liked to perform the blessings which were auspicious and morale-boosting for them.”

              ‘A question of reality’

              Away from the inner sanctum of the temple, Bangkok’s pride in Leicester’s achievements is obvious.
              Fans chat enthusiastically about Jamie Vardy’s speed and N’Golo Kant’s work-rate as well as their delight that Thailand is finally gaining recognition in the upper echelons of one of the world’s top leagues.
              “I am so proud of them (the club),” says one fan. “They show that Thais are able to succeed at anything if they put their mind to it — and are not inferior to anyone.”
              It’s a morale-boosting sentiment that comes at the right time for this football-loving nation.
              In March, Thailand finished top of their Asian Football Confederation group to progress to the final round of World Cup qualifiers for only the second time in their history.
              In August they face a group of death against top seeds Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
              But this time they won’t be doing it alone.
              Leicester City’s academy has committed to sending a small team of experts to assist the “War Elephants” in analyzing their opposition.
              In the same month, the academy will be working alongside Thai broadcaster “Workpoint TV” to begin the search for Leicester’s first Thai Premier League star, as part of a new reality TV series.
              Thousands of children aged between 13 and 15 are expected to apply.
              Thailand’s top sports broadcaster — Peerapol “Champ” Euariyakul, who has close links with the owners — says the ambitions of Vichai and his son Aiyawatt are inspiring Thai people to dream big.
              “They’ve shown that fame and salary isn’t important,” he said.
              “What matters more is the heart, the unity and the belief. It’s inspired people to think if Leicester can do it — even if I’m a small guy, even if I’m a small team, we can accomplish anything.”
              If Leicester fail to beat United on Sunday, they could still be crowned champions the following day — providing Tottenham fail to win at Chelsea on Monday.
              Should that scenario not come about, the Foxes will be champions if they beat Everton at home on May 7 or Chelsea away on Sunday May 15, the final day of the season.

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              If karma does take Leicester all the way to the Premier League title, one wonders what it will do next season when the Foxes step up to take their place among Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
              Back in the Golden Buddha temple, Phra Prommangkalachan’s reply sounds ominous for Europe’s top clubs.
              “If they continue to uphold the law of karma, it will be their power,” said Prommangkalachan. “If they still have consciousness and good intention and determination to do good deeds — power will remain with them forever.”
              Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich — you have been warned.

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              Jimmy Fallon’s puppies predict a landslide Super Bowl victory this year

              With Super Bowl 50 just days away, Jimmy Fallon is turning to his most trusted advisors to predict the winner.

              Its a time-honored tradition at Fallons Tonight Show to let puppies call the winner of major sporting events.Not only do they amuse us for sport, but they get to munch on all the kibble they wantand Fallon has a hell of a lineup.

              If the puppies have anything to say about it, itll won’t just be a clear victoryit’ll be a landslide.

              But make no mistake. Right or wrong, this year’s puppies called the Broncos to win it all.

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              Leicester City: How Foxes and their fans painted Bangkok blue

              (CNN)At the start of the soccer season, who would have believed one million people could bring Bangkok to a standstill in honor of… Leicester City?

              But that’s exactly what happened Thursday when the Premier League’s most unlikely champion ever paraded the trophy through the streets of the capital of Thailand.
                Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and his players, who finished 10 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal, visited Bangkok as guests of the club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
                And despite forecasts of rain and the release of details of the parade only a day earlier, the streets of the soccer-mad city were packed as fans flocked to hail Ranieri and his band of heroes.
                It was the first time a victory parade for a Premier League team had been held outside England.
                Foxes stars including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan soaked up the acclaim from the top of an open-top bus as it was led by a convoy of Thai tuk-tuks adorned with Leicester’s badge.

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                Darren Robinson, who hails from Leicester and now runs a sports bar in Thailand, told CNN the team’s visit was “massive.”
                “It’s my club and has been since I was four years old,” he added. “My first game was in 1969 — my dad took me, and I have been hooked ever since.”
                His young son Connor said: “When I grow up, maybe I’ll be Leicester City player… or maybe I’ll be a Leicester City fan.”
                Parinda Chanprakhon, who has followed the Foxes on their stunning journey from relegation struggler to winner, dressed in the club’s blue and white colors as she took in the occasion with friends.
                “I’m so excited and so impressed by Leicester City — I like them very much,” she told CNN.
                But it wasn’t just Leicester fans paying tribute to what the club has achieved in this most remarkable of seasons.
                Will Fearon, a Bolton supporter, explained: “I came for the atmosphere, and I think it’s an amazing thing Leicester has done. It’s been a bit of a fairytale.”
                The Foxes, it’s fair to say, have well and truly shaken up the old order of soccer in England.
                And now they are on the way to doing the same in Thailand, where most soccer fans have tended to follow traditionally powerful clubs such as Manchester United or Liverpool.
                Sitthidej Manop attended the parade wearing a United shirt but said: “Today I’m here to give my support to Leicester, because I’m proud.
                “It feels like the Thai people have won the Premier League.”

                Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

                Jimmy Fallon has puppies predict the winner of Sunday’s big game

                Nine puppies, two bowls of food, only one winner.

                Jimmy Fallon honored the beloved tradition of having puppies predict the winner of Super Bowl LI on The Tonight Show Thursday night.

                Nine squirmy little puppies, including crowd favorite Gary Frick Jr., have chosen. And the winner is…

                The Atlanta Falcons!

                Can’t argue with these pups. We’ll have to wait for Sunday night to see if they’re really cut out for this job.

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                Leicester City: Foxes edge closer to English Premier League crown

                (CNN)Leicester City must wait at least one more day for the happy ending to its remarkable fairytale.

                The league leader’s hopes of celebrating its first ever English Premier League title were put on hold Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
                  The Foxes, who at the start of this season were ranked as 5000-1 outsiders to win the league, needed victory at Old Trafford to secure the title.
                  But United started the match determined to spoil the party, playing with verve and freedom and looking nothing like the side that has appeared shackled in attack so often this season.
                  The 20-time champion quickly deflated the traveling Leicester fans with a goal inside 10 minutes.

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                  Antonio Valencia stood up a cross that evaded everyone in the penalty area, before Anthony Martial ghosted in at the far post and swept the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.
                  Leicester, conversely, looked edgy and nervous and had Schmeichel — son of legendary United goalkeeper Peter — to thank for not going two goals down after he pulled off a brilliant save low to his right.
                  Sunday was the first time that the Leicester keeper had played at Old Trafford, where his father won five Premier League titles during his spell as a United player.

                  Morgan equalizer

                  However, a spirited Leicester team haven’t come this far — the draw put them eight points ahead of second place Tottenham Hotspur — for nothing.
                  Nine minutes after Martial put United ahead, Leicester captain Wes Morgan got his head onto Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick to divert the ball past a helpless David de Gea.
                  With tensions rising, United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini was lucky to escape a red card after appearing to land an elbow on Robert Huth’s throat.
                  If referee Michael Oliver failed to see the incident, Fellaini potentially faces a retrospective ban.
                  Leicester had loud appeals for a penalty turned down soon after the equalizer. Riyad Mahrez pulled out one of his trademark feints, completely deceiving Marcos Rojo who clumsily brought down the Algerian, but Oliver was unmoved.
                  The hosts achieved a season-high 70% possession in the game and limited Leicester to chances from set pieces.
                  Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa was unfortunate not to get a heavier touch on Morgan’s knock-down and the ball popped up into De Gea’s outstretched arms.
                  “The performance was good after the first 15 minutes,” Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports after the game.
                  “Before our goal we were a little, little scared. United started very, very well and as big, big teams move the ball very well, it was very difficult for us to restart and make something good.

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                  “I was worried but we have a very good heart and I said ‘OK, sooner or later we react.’ After their goal we had to react immediately and, fortunately with the first free kick, we scored.
                  “After our goal I think we played better, there were good chances for us and I think the draw is a right result.”
                  Louis van Gaal’s men began to pile on the pressure in the closing stages and felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty.
                  Drinkwater clipped Memphis Depay’s heels down the right, but referee Oliver deemed the foul outside the box and subsequently sent the Leicester midfielder off for a second yellow card.
                  The Foxes’ vociferous fans were a constant source of noise in their corner of Old Trafford, willing the team to score the goal that would see them crowned champion.
                  But it was United which came the closest to winning the match after a tackle from Robert Huth inadvertently played the ball into Wayne Rooney’s path, but Schmeichel was out quickly to smother the chance — just one of a number of key saves the Leicester keeper made.
                  Leicester will now wait will bated breath for the outcome of Tottenham’s match against Chelsea Monday.
                  If Spurs fail to beat its opponent, Leicester will be crowned champions.
                  But Ranieri won’t be watching.
                  “I would like to watch the match but I think I am on a flight back from Italy,” the Italian said with a wry smile. “So it will be difficult to watch.
                  “Maybe when I land I will find out the result.”
                  Meanwhile, the draw for United diminished their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, with Van Gaal’s team now four points behind fourth-place Manchester City.

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                  Leicester City: Fantastic Foxes that dared to dream

                  (CNN)Until now, the much vaunted English Premier League has delivered decidedly foreseeable conclusions, with the past 20 seasons throwing up the same four title winners.

                  Thanks to Leicester City, that could all be about to change.

                    A year ago to the day, Leicester sat bottom of the Premier League table on just 19 points — a yawning seven-point chasm between the club and any chance of top-flight survival.

                    Fast forward and Premier League leaders Leicester sit pretty on 60 points with a game in hand over immediate rivals Tottenham Hotspur — a remarkable 41-point shift.

                    The Great Escape

                    It’s a triumph of football over finance, and according to Gary Lineker should Leicester go on to win the title it will be “quite possibly the most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport,” the former Foxes striker wote in Monday’s Guardian.

                    In truth this glorious charge has its roots in the club’s gritty escape last season.

                    Even then their unlikely ascent didn’t begin until April 4 as the club staggered back from the brink to win seven of their remaining nine games.

                    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

                    If that was the form of champions, most pundits were still predicting Leicester would be relegated this season.

                    After all, their savior Nigel Pearson had unceremoniously left the club amid an off-pitch debacle involving — among others — his son.

                    Many of those same pundits largely ridiculed the appointment of Pearson’s successor — veteran Italian coach Claudio Ranieri — by the club’s Thai billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

                    The bookies’ view was equally scathing, with Ranieri’s men at 5000/1 to win the Premier League title.

                    The unlikely lads

                    Except the Leicester players — notably Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez — weren’t paying attention to either the pundits or the bookies.

                    Just four years on from playing for non-league minnows Fleetwood Town, the former factory-worker Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s consecutive Premier League goals record, scoring in 11 straight games.

                    In 2010, Vardy had been earning 30 a week playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels; suddenly he was the man in golden boots the whole world was talking about.

                    Mahrez has arguably been even better, as calls for the mercurial Algerian to win the PFA Player of the Year grow louder by the week.

                    While Vardy and Mahrez have grabbed the headlines, journeyman defenders have united to form a near-impenetrable defense, while N’golo Kante has seemed to emerge from the ether, dominating midfield battles like a pocket-size Patrick Vieira.

                    “A collection of individuals who couldn’t win a football match for love nor money a year ago have turned into an invincible force,” wrote Lineker, who now works as a television presenter.

                    The joke in Leicester is that the team’s revival is related to Richard III’s burial in the city last year.

                    No wonder, then, that Lineker turned to Shakespeare as he searched for words to inspire the Leicester players, who after Monday’s game against relegation threatened Newcastle have eight games to secure sporting immortality.

                    “Don’t be afraid, my team. Make it yours. As Shakespeare’s Richard III said: ‘What do I fear? Myself?'”

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                    Champions Leicester City: 7 reasons why Foxes won Premier League title

                    (CNN)It’s the fairytale that has gripped the imagination of millions around the world — and like all good fairytales this one had a happy ending.

                    Unheralded English soccer team Leicester City, dismissed as non-starters to win the league this season — indeed the club was tipped for relegation — was crowned champion after nearest rival Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea Monday.
                      As recently as seven years ago, Leicester — pronounced “Lester” — was relegated to English football’s third tier and the idea of even playing in the Premier League was a distant dream.
                      In August, just weeks after Leicester had escaped demotion from the Premier League where it had spent most of the year 20th out of 20, you would have got better odds on Kim Kardashian becoming president of the U.S. by 2020.
                      Or to put it in a sporting context, the Cleveland Browns — 200-1 to win the 2017 Super Bowl — have the worst odds going in the NFL. Although, unlike Leicester, it had previously won an NFL title in 1964.
                      So just what was the secret to the Foxes’ remarkable success?

                      Player recruitment

                      Leicester’s preferred starting XI cost just $32 million, which must make accountants of the Premier League’s biggest clubs who have spent millions on star players green with envy.
                      The much-heralded signings of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy, all of who made the PFA Team of the Year, for relatively small transfer fees have been key to the team’s relentlessly consistent performances on the pitch.
                      Head of scouting Steve Walsh, also one of manager Claudio Ranieri’s three assistants, deserves much of the praise for those signings.
                      So the story goes, Walsh went to France to watch Ryan Mendes — now at Nottingham Forest in England’s second tier — and, instead, came back with Mahrez for the paltry fee of $520,000.
                      The Algerian could be reportedly worth around $51 million — almost 100 times more than Leicester paid for his services.
                      Ranieri also took some convincing to sign talisman Kante, before persistent pressure from Walsh eventually persuaded the club to part with $8.2 million for the Frenchman.
                      In contrast, Louis van Gaal has spent $416 million in his two years as Manchester United manager with very little success.

                      Pizza incentive

                      Dubbed “The Tinkerman” for the way he would frequently alter his starting team, manager Claudio Ranieri has overseen a drastic transformation in his side’s fortunes over the course of the season.
                      While the likes of Vardy and Mahrez had no issues scoring, it was the defense that most concerned Ranieri as his team failed to keep a clean sheet until late October.
                      “Before every game, I said, ‘Come on boys, come on. Clean sheet today.’ No clean sheet,” Ranieri said at the time.
                      “I tried every motivation. So finally, before the game against Crystal Palace, I said: ‘Come on boys, come on. I offer you a pizza if you get a clean sheet.’
                      “Of course, my players made a clean sheet against Crystal Palace (October 24). One-nil.”
                      Ranieri kept his word, taking his players to a local restaurant where they made and ate their own pizzas.
                      The Italian’s “Tinkerman” nickname has also become redundant — the 64-year-old has used the fewest players of any manager in the Premier League.

                      Season-defining matches

                      There is often a moment on which a team’s season hinges; for Leicester there were several.
                      Defender Robert Huth’s late header in a 1-0 win against Tottenham, which would go on to be Leicester’s closest rival, at White Hart Lane in January now looks pivotal.
                      Then, in February, came Leicester’s swashbuckling disposal of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with Mahrez displaying all his trademark stepovers, feints and flicks in a 3-1 victory.
                      A 2-1 defeat against Arsenal just days later was meant to spell the end of Leicester’s dominance but they refused to crack under the mounting pressure, most notably in April’s home game against West Ham.
                      Having surrendered a one-goal lead, Leicester was 2-1 down and down to 10 men going into the final minute. The Foxes were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds, which Leonardo Ulloa dispatched with confidence to send Leicester’s King Power Stadium into raptures.
                      It was a draw that felt like a win.

                      Big teams’ inconsistency

                      This was meant to be Arsenal’s year.
                      Manchester City and United had both fallen short until, at the turn of the year, it appeared as though the Premier League title race would be between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Ranieri.
                      Surely, after snatching a last-gasp winner against Leicester at the Emirates, the momentum was with Arsenal and it would go on to win a first Premier League trophy since 2004.
                      The subsequent run of results from each team epitomized the difference between Arsenal’s fragile mentality and Leicester’s never-say-die tenacity.
                      In the next seven matches, the Foxes would go on to record 19 points out of a possible 21, while Arsenal picked up only nine.

                      Smells like team spirit

                      “Of all the factors, the most imperative has been the team spirit,” former Leicester defender Matt Elliott told CNN.
                      “The players don’t talk about themselves. It’s a collective effort — ‘we’ve got the spirit and the will to win.'”
                      The crux of this team is formed of players who were previously deemed not good enough for the Premier League.
                      Marc Albrighton, released by recently relegated Aston Villa at the end of last season, has gone on to make the joint-highest appearances of any Leicester player this season.
                      Mahrez alludes to this togetherness, potentially born out of rejection, as “the revenge of the barefooted men.”
                      “I like that image,” the 25-year-old told French newspaper L’Equipe. “We were not programmed to become professional footballers.
                      “I think we live our lives with a certain form of indifference. With N’Golo, I laugh about it. Our story is impossible, even if nothing is yet done.”

                      Buddhist monks

                      Then there are the Thai monks who, some believe, have given Leicester a spiritual edge over its opponents.
                      In Thailand, the home of Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, regular blessings of the Leicester pitch, the spreading of good karma and an “unbeatable fabric” have all been touted as reasons behind the club’s success.

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                      Leicester City: Buddhist monks and karma powering Foxes to glory

                      (CNN)Leicester City stand on the brink of footballing and sporting history.

                      Victory at Manchester United on Sunday will secure the Foxes’ first English Premier League title — a result that would leave fans, pundits and even fellow professionals in a state of wondrous disbelief.
                        Many have sought the secret to the team’s shock success over the last year, with teamwork, tactics, togetherness and inspirational manager Claudio Ranieri among the more plausible reasons.
                        Meanwhile, the reburial of Richard III – which took place in March 2015 and which coincided with the team’s dramatic rise from the relegation zone — often gets a mention too.
                        But in Thailand, the home of the club’s owners, there’s a belief that one of sports’ most unlikely triumphs has more to do with spirituality.
                        Over the last three years, Buddhist monks have been visiting the club to bless the pitch, bestow special sacred cloths on the players and spread karma.
                        And chief monk Phra Prommangkalachan is in little doubt that his unseen powers are propelling Leicester’s unforeseen rise.

                        ‘Unbeatable fabric’

                        As dawn breaks over the Golden Buddha temple in central Bangkok, the city bustles into life.
                        You need to be up early to catch a meeting with the monk who some say is central to Leicester’s extraordinary fortunes this season.
                        Not many temples in the Thai capital are adorned with soccer shirts, but this one is festooned with Leicester City ones.
                        Perhaps appropriately, a distinctive flash of blue is worn by the assistants of Phra Prommangkalachan — the monk who has made over a dozen trips to the King Power stadium at the request of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

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                        While these beliefs may be common practice in Buddhist-worshiping Thailand, Phra Prommangkalachan admits the players were somewhat skeptical at first.
                        “Well, they’re from a different religion. They’re not Buddhists, therefore for our first meeting they were a bit indifferent.
                        “But Mr Vichai wanted blessings made for the club and each individual player, so we did the water-blessing with them.
                        “After a while they conformed to what the club wanted and they liked to perform the blessings which were auspicious and morale-boosting for them.”

                        ‘A question of reality’

                        Away from the inner sanctum of the temple, Bangkok’s pride in Leicester’s achievements is obvious.
                        Fans chat enthusiastically about Jamie Vardy’s speed and N’Golo Kant’s work-rate as well as their delight that Thailand is finally gaining recognition in the upper echelons of one of the world’s top leagues.
                        “I am so proud of them (the club),” says one fan. “They show that Thais are able to succeed at anything if they put their mind to it — and are not inferior to anyone.”
                        It’s a morale-boosting sentiment that comes at the right time for this football-loving nation.
                        In March, Thailand finished top of their Asian Football Confederation group to progress to the final round of World Cup qualifiers for only the second time in their history.
                        In August they face a group of death against top seeds Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
                        But this time they won’t be doing it alone.
                        Leicester City’s academy has committed to sending a small team of experts to assist the “War Elephants” in analyzing their opposition.
                        In the same month, the academy will be working alongside Thai broadcaster “Workpoint TV” to begin the search for Leicester’s first Thai Premier League star, as part of a new reality TV series.
                        Thousands of children aged between 13 and 15 are expected to apply.
                        Thailand’s top sports broadcaster — Peerapol “Champ” Euariyakul, who has close links with the owners — says the ambitions of Vichai and his son Aiyawatt are inspiring Thai people to dream big.
                        “They’ve shown that fame and salary isn’t important,” he said.
                        “What matters more is the heart, the unity and the belief. It’s inspired people to think if Leicester can do it — even if I’m a small guy, even if I’m a small team, we can accomplish anything.”
                        If Leicester fail to beat United on Sunday, they could still be crowned champions the following day — providing Tottenham fail to win at Chelsea on Monday.
                        Should that scenario not come about, the Foxes will be champions if they beat Everton at home on May 7 or Chelsea away on Sunday May 15, the final day of the season.

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                        If karma does take Leicester all the way to the Premier League title, one wonders what it will do next season when the Foxes step up to take their place among Europe’s elite in the Champions League.
                        Back in the Golden Buddha temple, Phra Prommangkalachan’s reply sounds ominous for Europe’s top clubs.
                        “If they continue to uphold the law of karma, it will be their power,” said Prommangkalachan. “If they still have consciousness and good intention and determination to do good deeds — power will remain with them forever.”
                        Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich — you have been warned.

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                        Jimmy Fallon has puppies predict the winner of Sunday’s big game

                        Nine puppies, two bowls of food, only one winner.

                        Jimmy Fallon honored the beloved tradition of having puppies predict the winner of Super Bowl LI on The Tonight Show Thursday night.

                        Nine squirmy little puppies, including crowd favorite Gary Frick Jr., have chosen. And the winner is…

                        The Atlanta Falcons!

                        Can’t argue with these pups. We’ll have to wait for Sunday night to see if they’re really cut out for this job.

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                        Jimmy Fallon’s puppies predict a landslide Super Bowl victory this year

                        With Super Bowl 50 just days away, Jimmy Fallon is turning to his most trusted advisors to predict the winner.

                        Its a time-honored tradition at Fallons Tonight Show to let puppies call the winner of major sporting events.Not only do they amuse us for sport, but they get to munch on all the kibble they wantand Fallon has a hell of a lineup.

                        If the puppies have anything to say about it, itll won’t just be a clear victoryit’ll be a landslide.

                        But make no mistake. Right or wrong, this year’s puppies called the Broncos to win it all.

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                        Leicester City: How Foxes and their fans painted Bangkok blue

                        (CNN)At the start of the soccer season, who would have believed one million people could bring Bangkok to a standstill in honor of… Leicester City?

                        But that’s exactly what happened Thursday when the Premier League’s most unlikely champion ever paraded the trophy through the streets of the capital of Thailand.
                          Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and his players, who finished 10 points ahead of second-placed Arsenal, visited Bangkok as guests of the club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
                          And despite forecasts of rain and the release of details of the parade only a day earlier, the streets of the soccer-mad city were packed as fans flocked to hail Ranieri and his band of heroes.
                          It was the first time a victory parade for a Premier League team had been held outside England.
                          Foxes stars including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and captain Wes Morgan soaked up the acclaim from the top of an open-top bus as it was led by a convoy of Thai tuk-tuks adorned with Leicester’s badge.

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                          Darren Robinson, who hails from Leicester and now runs a sports bar in Thailand, told CNN the team’s visit was “massive.”
                          “It’s my club and has been since I was four years old,” he added. “My first game was in 1969 — my dad took me, and I have been hooked ever since.”
                          His young son Connor said: “When I grow up, maybe I’ll be Leicester City player… or maybe I’ll be a Leicester City fan.”
                          Parinda Chanprakhon, who has followed the Foxes on their stunning journey from relegation struggler to winner, dressed in the club’s blue and white colors as she took in the occasion with friends.
                          “I’m so excited and so impressed by Leicester City — I like them very much,” she told CNN.
                          But it wasn’t just Leicester fans paying tribute to what the club has achieved in this most remarkable of seasons.
                          Will Fearon, a Bolton supporter, explained: “I came for the atmosphere, and I think it’s an amazing thing Leicester has done. It’s been a bit of a fairytale.”
                          The Foxes, it’s fair to say, have well and truly shaken up the old order of soccer in England.
                          And now they are on the way to doing the same in Thailand, where most soccer fans have tended to follow traditionally powerful clubs such as Manchester United or Liverpool.
                          Sitthidej Manop attended the parade wearing a United shirt but said: “Today I’m here to give my support to Leicester, because I’m proud.
                          “It feels like the Thai people have won the Premier League.”

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                          Leicester City: Foxes edge closer to English Premier League crown

                          (CNN)Leicester City must wait at least one more day for the happy ending to its remarkable fairytale.

                          The league leader’s hopes of celebrating its first ever English Premier League title were put on hold Sunday after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
                            The Foxes, who at the start of this season were ranked as 5000-1 outsiders to win the league, needed victory at Old Trafford to secure the title.
                            But United started the match determined to spoil the party, playing with verve and freedom and looking nothing like the side that has appeared shackled in attack so often this season.
                            The 20-time champion quickly deflated the traveling Leicester fans with a goal inside 10 minutes.

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                            Antonio Valencia stood up a cross that evaded everyone in the penalty area, before Anthony Martial ghosted in at the far post and swept the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.
                            Leicester, conversely, looked edgy and nervous and had Schmeichel — son of legendary United goalkeeper Peter — to thank for not going two goals down after he pulled off a brilliant save low to his right.
                            Sunday was the first time that the Leicester keeper had played at Old Trafford, where his father won five Premier League titles during his spell as a United player.

                            Morgan equalizer

                            However, a spirited Leicester team haven’t come this far — the draw put them eight points ahead of second place Tottenham Hotspur — for nothing.
                            Nine minutes after Martial put United ahead, Leicester captain Wes Morgan got his head onto Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick to divert the ball past a helpless David de Gea.
                            With tensions rising, United’s Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini was lucky to escape a red card after appearing to land an elbow on Robert Huth’s throat.
                            If referee Michael Oliver failed to see the incident, Fellaini potentially faces a retrospective ban.
                            Leicester had loud appeals for a penalty turned down soon after the equalizer. Riyad Mahrez pulled out one of his trademark feints, completely deceiving Marcos Rojo who clumsily brought down the Algerian, but Oliver was unmoved.
                            The hosts achieved a season-high 70% possession in the game and limited Leicester to chances from set pieces.
                            Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa was unfortunate not to get a heavier touch on Morgan’s knock-down and the ball popped up into De Gea’s outstretched arms.
                            “The performance was good after the first 15 minutes,” Claudio Ranieri told Sky Sports after the game.
                            “Before our goal we were a little, little scared. United started very, very well and as big, big teams move the ball very well, it was very difficult for us to restart and make something good.

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                            “I was worried but we have a very good heart and I said ‘OK, sooner or later we react.’ After their goal we had to react immediately and, fortunately with the first free kick, we scored.
                            “After our goal I think we played better, there were good chances for us and I think the draw is a right result.”
                            Louis van Gaal’s men began to pile on the pressure in the closing stages and felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty.
                            Drinkwater clipped Memphis Depay’s heels down the right, but referee Oliver deemed the foul outside the box and subsequently sent the Leicester midfielder off for a second yellow card.
                            The Foxes’ vociferous fans were a constant source of noise in their corner of Old Trafford, willing the team to score the goal that would see them crowned champion.
                            But it was United which came the closest to winning the match after a tackle from Robert Huth inadvertently played the ball into Wayne Rooney’s path, but Schmeichel was out quickly to smother the chance — just one of a number of key saves the Leicester keeper made.
                            Leicester will now wait will bated breath for the outcome of Tottenham’s match against Chelsea Monday.
                            If Spurs fail to beat its opponent, Leicester will be crowned champions.
                            But Ranieri won’t be watching.
                            “I would like to watch the match but I think I am on a flight back from Italy,” the Italian said with a wry smile. “So it will be difficult to watch.
                            “Maybe when I land I will find out the result.”
                            Meanwhile, the draw for United diminished their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League, with Van Gaal’s team now four points behind fourth-place Manchester City.

                            Margaret

                            Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

                            Leicester City: Fantastic Foxes that dared to dream

                            (CNN)Until now, the much vaunted English Premier League has delivered decidedly foreseeable conclusions, with the past 20 seasons throwing up the same four title winners.

                            Thanks to Leicester City, that could all be about to change.

                              A year ago to the day, Leicester sat bottom of the Premier League table on just 19 points — a yawning seven-point chasm between the club and any chance of top-flight survival.

                              Fast forward and Premier League leaders Leicester sit pretty on 60 points with a game in hand over immediate rivals Tottenham Hotspur — a remarkable 41-point shift.

                              The Great Escape

                              It’s a triumph of football over finance, and according to Gary Lineker should Leicester go on to win the title it will be “quite possibly the most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport,” the former Foxes striker wote in Monday’s Guardian.

                              In truth this glorious charge has its roots in the club’s gritty escape last season.

                              Even then their unlikely ascent didn’t begin until April 4 as the club staggered back from the brink to win seven of their remaining nine games.

                              What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

                              If that was the form of champions, most pundits were still predicting Leicester would be relegated this season.

                              After all, their savior Nigel Pearson had unceremoniously left the club amid an off-pitch debacle involving — among others — his son.

                              Many of those same pundits largely ridiculed the appointment of Pearson’s successor — veteran Italian coach Claudio Ranieri — by the club’s Thai billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

                              The bookies’ view was equally scathing, with Ranieri’s men at 5000/1 to win the Premier League title.

                              The unlikely lads

                              Except the Leicester players — notably Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez — weren’t paying attention to either the pundits or the bookies.

                              Just four years on from playing for non-league minnows Fleetwood Town, the former factory-worker Vardy has broken Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s consecutive Premier League goals record, scoring in 11 straight games.

                              In 2010, Vardy had been earning 30 a week playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels; suddenly he was the man in golden boots the whole world was talking about.

                              Mahrez has arguably been even better, as calls for the mercurial Algerian to win the PFA Player of the Year grow louder by the week.

                              While Vardy and Mahrez have grabbed the headlines, journeyman defenders have united to form a near-impenetrable defense, while N’golo Kante has seemed to emerge from the ether, dominating midfield battles like a pocket-size Patrick Vieira.

                              “A collection of individuals who couldn’t win a football match for love nor money a year ago have turned into an invincible force,” wrote Lineker, who now works as a television presenter.

                              The joke in Leicester is that the team’s revival is related to Richard III’s burial in the city last year.

                              No wonder, then, that Lineker turned to Shakespeare as he searched for words to inspire the Leicester players, who after Monday’s game against relegation threatened Newcastle have eight games to secure sporting immortality.

                              “Don’t be afraid, my team. Make it yours. As Shakespeare’s Richard III said: ‘What do I fear? Myself?'”

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                              Heinz’s ‘Weiner Stampede’ Super Bowl ad is full of dogs dressed as hot dogs

                              Heinz’s latestKetchup commercial is like an extra side of adorableness.

                              The condiment giant’s Super Bowl 50ad treats us to a stampede of wiener dogs dressed up as actual wieners (meaning hot dogs, not the other kind; get your mind out of the gutter). You’ll squeal in delight as you watch these pooches run through a picturesque fieldstraight into the arms of a condiment family. Because nothing goes together quite like mustard and ketchup on top of a hot dog.

                              You know what they say, man’s best friend is a hot dog.

                              Screenshot viaHeinz Ketchup/YouTube

                              Source: http://www.dailydot.com/

                              Champions Leicester City: 7 reasons why Foxes won Premier League title

                              (CNN)It’s the fairytale that has gripped the imagination of millions around the world — and like all good fairytales this one had a happy ending.

                              Unheralded English soccer team Leicester City, dismissed as non-starters to win the league this season — indeed the club was tipped for relegation — was crowned champion after nearest rival Tottenham failed to beat Chelsea Monday.
                                As recently as seven years ago, Leicester — pronounced “Lester” — was relegated to English football’s third tier and the idea of even playing in the Premier League was a distant dream.
                                In August, just weeks after Leicester had escaped demotion from the Premier League where it had spent most of the year 20th out of 20, you would have got better odds on Kim Kardashian becoming president of the U.S. by 2020.
                                Or to put it in a sporting context, the Cleveland Browns — 200-1 to win the 2017 Super Bowl — have the worst odds going in the NFL. Although, unlike Leicester, it had previously won an NFL title in 1964.
                                So just what was the secret to the Foxes’ remarkable success?

                                Player recruitment

                                Leicester’s preferred starting XI cost just $32 million, which must make accountants of the Premier League’s biggest clubs who have spent millions on star players green with envy.
                                The much-heralded signings of Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy, all of who made the PFA Team of the Year, for relatively small transfer fees have been key to the team’s relentlessly consistent performances on the pitch.
                                Head of scouting Steve Walsh, also one of manager Claudio Ranieri’s three assistants, deserves much of the praise for those signings.
                                So the story goes, Walsh went to France to watch Ryan Mendes — now at Nottingham Forest in England’s second tier — and, instead, came back with Mahrez for the paltry fee of $520,000.
                                The Algerian could be reportedly worth around $51 million — almost 100 times more than Leicester paid for his services.
                                Ranieri also took some convincing to sign talisman Kante, before persistent pressure from Walsh eventually persuaded the club to part with $8.2 million for the Frenchman.
                                In contrast, Louis van Gaal has spent $416 million in his two years as Manchester United manager with very little success.

                                Pizza incentive

                                Dubbed “The Tinkerman” for the way he would frequently alter his starting team, manager Claudio Ranieri has overseen a drastic transformation in his side’s fortunes over the course of the season.
                                While the likes of Vardy and Mahrez had no issues scoring, it was the defense that most concerned Ranieri as his team failed to keep a clean sheet until late October.
                                “Before every game, I said, ‘Come on boys, come on. Clean sheet today.’ No clean sheet,” Ranieri said at the time.
                                “I tried every motivation. So finally, before the game against Crystal Palace, I said: ‘Come on boys, come on. I offer you a pizza if you get a clean sheet.’
                                “Of course, my players made a clean sheet against Crystal Palace (October 24). One-nil.”
                                Ranieri kept his word, taking his players to a local restaurant where they made and ate their own pizzas.
                                The Italian’s “Tinkerman” nickname has also become redundant — the 64-year-old has used the fewest players of any manager in the Premier League.

                                Season-defining matches

                                There is often a moment on which a team’s season hinges; for Leicester there were several.
                                Defender Robert Huth’s late header in a 1-0 win against Tottenham, which would go on to be Leicester’s closest rival, at White Hart Lane in January now looks pivotal.
                                Then, in February, came Leicester’s swashbuckling disposal of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, with Mahrez displaying all his trademark stepovers, feints and flicks in a 3-1 victory.
                                A 2-1 defeat against Arsenal just days later was meant to spell the end of Leicester’s dominance but they refused to crack under the mounting pressure, most notably in April’s home game against West Ham.
                                Having surrendered a one-goal lead, Leicester was 2-1 down and down to 10 men going into the final minute. The Foxes were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds, which Leonardo Ulloa dispatched with confidence to send Leicester’s King Power Stadium into raptures.
                                It was a draw that felt like a win.

                                Big teams’ inconsistency

                                This was meant to be Arsenal’s year.
                                Manchester City and United had both fallen short until, at the turn of the year, it appeared as though the Premier League title race would be between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Ranieri.
                                Surely, after snatching a last-gasp winner against Leicester at the Emirates, the momentum was with Arsenal and it would go on to win a first Premier League trophy since 2004.
                                The subsequent run of results from each team epitomized the difference between Arsenal’s fragile mentality and Leicester’s never-say-die tenacity.
                                In the next seven matches, the Foxes would go on to record 19 points out of a possible 21, while Arsenal picked up only nine.

                                Smells like team spirit

                                “Of all the factors, the most imperative has been the team spirit,” former Leicester defender Matt Elliott told CNN.
                                “The players don’t talk about themselves. It’s a collective effort — ‘we’ve got the spirit and the will to win.'”
                                The crux of this team is formed of players who were previously deemed not good enough for the Premier League.
                                Marc Albrighton, released by recently relegated Aston Villa at the end of last season, has gone on to make the joint-highest appearances of any Leicester player this season.
                                Mahrez alludes to this togetherness, potentially born out of rejection, as “the revenge of the barefooted men.”
                                “I like that image,” the 25-year-old told French newspaper L’Equipe. “We were not programmed to become professional footballers.
                                “I think we live our lives with a certain form of indifference. With N’Golo, I laugh about it. Our story is impossible, even if nothing is yet done.”

                                Buddhist monks

                                Then there are the Thai monks who, some believe, have given Leicester a spiritual edge over its opponents.
                                In Thailand, the home of Leicester’s billionaire owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, regular blessings of the Leicester pitch, the spreading of good karma and an “unbeatable fabric” have all been touted as reasons behind the club’s success.

                                Leicester

                                Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

                                Jimmy Fallon’s puppies predict a landslide Super Bowl victory this year

                                With Super Bowl 50 just days away, Jimmy Fallon is turning to his most trusted advisors to predict the winner.

                                Its a time-honored tradition at Fallons Tonight Show to let puppies call the winner of major sporting events.Not only do they amuse us for sport, but they get to munch on all the kibble they wantand Fallon has a hell of a lineup.

                                If the puppies have anything to say about it, itll won’t just be a clear victoryit’ll be a landslide.

                                But make no mistake. Right or wrong, this year’s puppies called the Broncos to win it all.

                                Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

                                Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/super-bowl-50-puppies-prediction-tonight-show/

                                Greenland: The football season where you can glimpse whales and icebergs

                                Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland (CNN)It’s not often you get to glimpse icebergs and whales while watching a game of soccer, but that’s only one of the reasons why the Greenlandic football season is one of the sport’s most unusual.

                                It is the only one to take place inside the Arctic Circle, while the country’s major tournament itself lasts just a week. Compare that to most major European leagues which run over nine months.
                                Then there are the considerable geographical challenges Greenland faces in putting on football matches. The country is as big as Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium combined but only 20% of the country is habitable.
                                  Moreover 80% of the country is ice sheet, the second largest in the world following Antarctica. There is also no flat land, few suitable grass areas and for nine months of the year no football can be played outside as the pitches are covered by nearly two meters of snow.
                                  The vast distances between cities and unpredictable weather conditions make travel at times near impossible, even in the summer, ensuring organizing games can be problematic.

                                  Broken bones

                                  Yet, somehow, the beautiful game not only survives, it thrives — it’s the country’s most popular sport by some distance. There are currently 5,000 players in Greenland, that’s 10% of the population.
                                  This year was the 47th year of the championships in its modern guise but up until 2016 football in Greenland was played on pitches of sand and rock.
                                  Which meant teams’ physiotherapists were kept busy. It wasn’t unusual for there to be several broken legs, noses, arms and various other bones after each game. It was actually expected and still people played.
                                  “It was just basically a hard sand pitch,” Johannes Groth, the captain of defending champions B-67 told CNN Sport. “Sometimes there were big rocks so when you played hard it would hurt very much.”
                                  “It was really dusty so we had to water the pitch just so we could control the ball,” added B-67 midfielder Patrick Frederiksen. “It was difficult to play on as you were never sure where the ball would land or bounce.”
                                  The pitch was even worse for goalkeepers said former G-44 captain Johan Frederik Zeeb, who won the championship in 2013.
                                  “In order to be a goalkeeper on those pitches you really had to give your full self,” he said.
                                  “You had to have several layers of clothing to be a goalkeeper on dirt ground. You got a lot of scratches all over your body.”
                                  Even today many players choose to wear gloves and leggings to protect their bodies, a hangover from the dirt pitches they grew up on.

                                  Bright future

                                  Two years ago Greenland stepped up its efforts to become a recognized FIFA member and invested in several artificial turfs around the country.
                                  “We have an agreement between the Danish Football Association and the Greenland Ball Games Union to develop football in Greenland,” said Danish FA president Jesper Mller.
                                  “It was our plan to build six full sized artificial pitches by 2021 but there are already 11 or 12. It has been a great success.
                                  “It’s a long journey but we’ve started it,” added Mller. “The future of Greenland football is bright.”

                                  Disko Island

                                  This year’s tournament was played in Qeqertarsuaq on Disko Island. It’s an ancient volcanic island, now upgraded with a new artificial pitch sandwiched between red flattop mountains — which the locals call the Grand Canyon — on one side and a beach of black sand on the other.
                                  If it’s got the feeling of the land that time forgot, Greenland will always stand out for the brevity of its season.
                                  To qualify for one of the eight spots in the week-long tournament, 40 teams from all over the country competed in regional qualifiers during July.
                                  The final took place between B-67, from the capital city of Nuuk, who had won the tournament six out of the previous seven years and their city rivals IT-79.
                                  It was a tense affair that threatened to be a rout at times as B-67 missed chance after chance, but their gung-ho tactics left them exposed at the back to IT-79’s counterattacking football and after extra-time the score was tied at 2-2.
                                  Peri Fleischer was the man who made history, scoring the winning penalty to secure IT-79’s first ever title.
                                  “This is the club’s first championship and it means everything to us,” IT-79 captain Kaasannguaq Zeeb told CNN. “Many of the players are crying, it’s very emotional for us.
                                  “The club only started up again in 2014 with only about four or five players. We had to train with our ladies team as we didn’t have enough players to train on our own.
                                  “We have built from the bottom and now we are the champions of Greenland!”
                                  IT-79 founder Allan Geisler, who had to sail 18 hours to reach Disko Island, described their 2017 success as the “biggest achievement in our history.”
                                  “B-67 have been champions for many years so I’m glad we beat them. It’s incredible. There will be a huge party.”
                                  With the tournament over the players will now have to wait 10 months to be able to play outside again and a year for their next competitive fixture.

                                  Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/18/football/greenland-the-worlds-shortest-football-season/index.html

                                  Chicago Bears fan trolls Jay Cutler from beyond the grave

                                  Even when you’re six feet under, you can still get one last dig. And lifelong Chicago Bears fan Elizabeth Bowman is (no longer living) proof.

                                  Bowman died on Monday, but she used her obituary in theChicago Tribuneto lay out her feelings about Jay Cutler one last time. Cutler isn’t the most popular athlete aroundhe even landed a spot alongside Lance Armstrong in a Forbesslideshow of the most disliked athletes in America. And while Cutler is probably somewhat used to taking jabs for his performances and moody behavior, Bowman’s roast from beyond the grave has to be a new one.

                                  The obit reads:

                                  Elizabeth Porter Bowman, 78, of Northbrook, Illinois died peacefully January 9, 2016, surrounded by her children. Betsy was an elementary school teacher and later a tutor, but her passion and focus was being a dedicated and involved mother and grandmother. She was a woman of loyalty, integrity, opinion, curiosity and intelligence. A lifelong fan of the Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears (except Jay Cutler)

                                  Savage even in the afterlife.

                                  H/T The Score, Chicago Tribune | Screenshot viaAngela Sun/YouTube

                                  Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/bears-fan-jay-culter-obituary/

                                  Chelsea players still bear scars of last season, says Antonio Conte

                                  Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says his players are still scarred by last seasons disappointment and he has not mentioned Jos Mourinho before the clash with Manchester United

                                  Antonio Conte has suggested the most immediate legacy of Jos Mourinhos second spell as Chelsea manager was the mental scarring from which his players are still recovering as they prepare to welcome back the Portuguese to Stamford Bridge.

                                  Mourinho was dismissed last December with his sides title defence in tatters, and the team teetering a point above the relegation zone having lost nine of their 16 league games. A dismayed home support took their frustrations out on the players a few days later as they beat Sunderland comfortably, with the interim manager, Guus Hiddink, looking on from Roman Abramovichs box in the west stand. The team would go on to finish in mid-table but would have to go without European football for the first time in the Russians ownership.

                                  Conte has pointedly not mentioned Mourinho by name in his meetings with his players before Sundays visit of Manchester United but, while urging all to offer his opposite number respect, he conceded the wounds inflicted during that traumatic five-month period remain.

                                  When there are these types of season very bad seasons, because we finished 10th in the table its normal that something remains in the players, said the Italian. In their minds. In their heads. In this situation, the risk is to lose the confidence. For this reason, I continue to repeat: this new season for Chelsea is very important.

                                  Also, its very difficult because you must change what happened last season, and thats not easy. The only way we have to change is to work, to work very hard, together with the players, the club and the fans. It wont be easy to cancel a bad season like last season.

                                  When youve won three championships at a club, of course you remain in the hearts of the fans. But I must be honest: I didnt talk [about Mourinho]. I didnt talk to my players about Jos Mourinho. This topic is important because a coach is coming back who won three titles with Chelsea, and won with many players who are still here. But, for us, what is important is Manchester United and playing against a team, not just Jos Mourinho. For this reason, I didnt speak to them about Jos Mourinho.

                                  They have nothing to prove. Absolutely nothing. I think that, when you have a lot of time with a man and you won a lot with him, you love this man. You love this person for the relationship you were able to create in this time. Then, when something like last season happens, a bad season Look, its normal that the players want to win. But they have great respect for him. Its right, this.

                                  Conte, who said it would be useless to try to keep Diego Costa calmer on the pitch after the strikers fit of pique against Leicester, anticipates a tight, tactical contest on Sunday which could mirror Uniteds goalless draw at Liverpool on Monday. Uniteds ambition was questioned at Anfield and, while the pragmatist in Mourinho may seek to stifle once again, Conte claimed he would never send a side out intent merely on gleaning a point in whatever fashion they could.

                                  Its important to win, but for me also its important to win in the right way, said the Italian, who will also confront one of his former players at Juventus, Paul Pogba. Ive won games in the past with other clubs but I wasnt satisfied with the performance. When you win its important to put in a good performance for your fans, to show also our work. I think to win is important but its important also to play good football, to play with good intensity, to show always the will to win, the passion.

                                  For me, thats important. You have to start every game trying to win, and I transfer these thoughts to my players. Always. Whether we are playing at home or away. You must start the game with only one target: to win. Not to play for a draw. I dont like this. Its not football.

                                  Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/oct/21/chelsea-players-bear-scars-of-last-season-antonio-conte

                                  Former Bears Player Jeremiah Ratliff Makes Death Threats At Team

                                  A police report reveals new details about the “animated exchange” former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff had with general manager Ryan Pace at team facilities on Oct. 21. It was much, much more than that. 

                                  Over the course of two separate visits to Halas Hall, Ratliff directed death threats toward team employees and claimed to be the devil, according to a Lake Forest Police Department report released Friday. Ratliff has not been charged with any crime and hasn’t been back to Halas Hall since, reports TMZ Sports. 

                                  Ratliff arrived at team headquarters on the morning of Oct. 21, “in no condition to work,”according to The Chicago Tribune. He was subsequently sent home and later cut by the Bears the same day.

                                  Once informed of his release, Ratliff returned to Halas Hall, parked outside of the security gate and entered the building to, as he claims, retrieve his belongings. During that visit, Ratliff said “he felt like killing everybody in the building,” according to the police report. He left without further incident. 

                                  Ratliff, however, came back to Halas Hall shortly thereafter, saying he needed to get his cell phone. After this visit, in which he said, “I am the devil,” and that he “wished staff member’s children would die,” the Bears called police to request additional security, because they believe Ratliff owns multiple guns. 

                                  Shaken by Ratliff’s threats, the Bears also called the Dallas Cowboys, Ratliff’s team from 2005 to 2012, as a security precaution, reports The Dallas Morning News. Ratliff still lives near Valley Ranch, the Cowboys’ headquarters. 

                                  Ratliff’s release came as no surprise, given previous reports about his violent behavior with the team. Last December, Ratliff arrived at a team practice “behaving belligerently,” Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported earlier this month. Then-head coach Marc Trestman wouldn’t allow him to practice, which angered Ratliff further and forced Trestman to ask him to leave practice.

                                  Ratliff angrily obliged, but later returned, destroying a game clock and shoving an assistant coach to the ground. Trestman, who was fired last offseason, failed to intervene, and instead, named Ratliff a team captain the next day, justifying the move by saying that Ratliff brought intensity — a similar excuse used by Cowboys personnel to explain away Greg Hardy’s recent outburst

                                  Drawing a line between last December’s incident and recent death threats, it appears that Trestman’s foolhardy move to name Ratliff a captain only served to enable him. 

                                  Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/10/30/jeremiah-ratliff-death-threats_n_8433828.html

                                  Chicago Bears fan trolls Jay Cutler from beyond the grave

                                  Even when you’re six feet under, you can still get one last dig. And lifelong Chicago Bears fan Elizabeth Bowman is (no longer living) proof.

                                  Bowman died on Monday, but she used her obituary in theChicago Tribuneto lay out her feelings about Jay Cutler one last time. Cutler isn’t the most popular athlete aroundhe even landed a spot alongside Lance Armstrong in a Forbesslideshow of the most disliked athletes in America. And while Cutler is probably somewhat used to taking jabs for his performances and moody behavior, Bowman’s roast from beyond the grave has to be a new one.

                                  The obit reads:

                                  Elizabeth Porter Bowman, 78, of Northbrook, Illinois died peacefully January 9, 2016, surrounded by her children. Betsy was an elementary school teacher and later a tutor, but her passion and focus was being a dedicated and involved mother and grandmother. She was a woman of loyalty, integrity, opinion, curiosity and intelligence. A lifelong fan of the Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears (except Jay Cutler)

                                  Savage even in the afterlife.

                                  H/T The Score, Chicago Tribune | Screenshot viaAngela Sun/YouTube

                                  Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/lol/bears-fan-jay-culter-obituary/

                                  Jimmy Fallon’s puppies predict a landslide Super Bowl victory this year

                                  With Super Bowl 50 just days away, Jimmy Fallon is turning to his most trusted advisors to predict the winner.

                                  Its a time-honored tradition at Fallons Tonight Show to let puppies call the winner of major sporting events.Not only do they amuse us for sport, but they get to munch on all the kibble they wantand Fallon has a hell of a lineup.

                                  If the puppies have anything to say about it, itll won’t just be a clear victoryit’ll be a landslide.

                                  But make no mistake. Right or wrong, this year’s puppies called the Broncos to win it all.

                                  Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

                                  Read more: http://www.dailydot.com/entertainment/super-bowl-50-puppies-prediction-tonight-show/