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Vardy commits to Foxes

first_img Press Association The 27-year-old joined Leicester in the summer of 2012 from Fleetwood Town and has netted 21 times in 70 appearances for the club, including 16 goals last term as the Foxes won the Sky Bet Championship title. Vardy, who was named Players’ Player of the Year by his Leicester team-mates for last season, told lcfc.com: “I’m over the moon. We all know that the club wants to keep improving and stay in the Premier League, and I definitely want to be a part of that. “Everyone knows the way that I’ve come back into football (from non-league), and we managed to get promoted last season, but now it’s all about making sure that we stay in the Premier League. “(Manager) Nigel Pearson brought me here and he wants the club to maintain their Premier League status. He was a big influence (on him signing a new deal) and now I’ve just got to repay him on the field.” Vardy joins Danny Drinkwater, Matty James, Liam Moore, Wes Morgan, David Nugent, Jeff Schlupp, Kasper Schmeichel, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Marcin Wasilewski in signing new deals since winning Leicester secured promotion in April. center_img Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract tying him to the Barclays Premier League newcomers until June, 2018.last_img read more

Froome claims fourth Tour de France title

first_imgBy Julien PretotPARIS (Reuters) – Chris Froome put on a near-perfect performance to claim his fourth Tour de France and move within one title of cycling’s greatest on Sunday as Team Sky tightened their grip on the classic race.The Briton suffered a few wobbles throughout the 3,540-km race but was always in control over the three weeks thanks to his high-calibre team mates who sheltered him when it mattered in the mountains, leaving the lanky rider to make the difference in the time trials that book-ended the 104th edition.Sky, who have the biggest budget of the peloton, have now snatched five of the last six titles and came within a whisker of placing two riders on the podium as Spain’s Mikel Landa missed out on the top three by one second.Froome is now one title behind all-time greats Belgian Eddy Merckx, Spain’s Miguel Indurain and French duo Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.He is the first to win three consecutive titles since Indurain, who prevailed from 1991-95.The disgraced Lance Armstrong’s seven titles since then have been erased from the record book.“I’m speechless, it’s amazing,” Froome said after getting off his bike and hugging his wife Michelle and son Kellan.“The Champs Elysees never disappoints, there is something magical when you have spent three weeks thinking about this moment, it’s just so rewarding every time.“Each win has been so unique, such a different battle and this will be remembered as the closest and most hard-fought.”Colombian Rigoberto Uran finished second overall, 54 seconds behind, and France’s Romain Bardet, runner-up last year, was third, 2:20 off the pace after both riders lost time to Froome in Saturday’s final time trial.Sky’s team principal Dave Brailsford said there was no reason Froome could not add to his tally and become the most successful rider in the race’s history.“I think Chris can go on, there is no reason to think that he can’t,” he said. “Physically he has got what it takes and I don’t think that’s going to diminish in the next year or so.”Sunday’s largely processional stage from Montgeron — where the first Tour started in 1903 — to the Champs Elysees in Paris was won by Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen in a bunch sprint.The 103-km ride was the occasion for Froome to sip rose Champagne with his team mates as the real racing began only when the peloton, who went through the Grand Palais, reached the Champs Elysees and the sprinters wound it up.Froome’s victory was the first one achieved with a gap of less than a minute and while there was no repeat of last year when he had to run up Mont Ventoux without a bike, he did have mechanical scares that his rivals failed to exploit.Slowed DownIn the ninth stage, they slowed down for him after Fabio Aru attacked near the top of the final climb with Froome waiting for assistance. A week later his main rivals did not go for the throat when the Briton broke a spoke in his rear wheel and found himself trailing by 45 seconds.He also lacked his usual dominance in the climbs and was beaten in a brutal uphill finish in Peyragudes as the 26-year-old Bardet won the stage to fuel hopes of a first home champion since 1985.Froome always had the safety net of Saturday’s 22.2-km sprint around the streets of Marseille where Bardet cracked and almost lost his podium place.France had a great Tour with five stage wins, including a double by Warren Barguil, who won the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification, reviving memories of Richard Virenque.Australian Michael Matthews’s versatility earned him the green jersey for the points classification, helped by the fact that world champion Peter Sagan was kicked out of the race for causing a crash that ended Mark Cavendish’s race.Germany’s Marcel Kittel won five stages but crashed a few days before the finish.Britain’s Simon Yates won the white jersey for the best under-25 rider after finishing seventh overall, one year after his twin brother Adam achieved the same feat.last_img read more

Several Sumner County athletes will be competing this weekend at state track meet

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Several Sumner County athletes will be competing at Wichita State University this weekend at the high school track meet, the largest high school participatory state sporting event in Kansas. All classifications will be competing at Cessna Stadium starting Friday and going through Saturday.Wellington qualified in five events — fewer than it has had in recent years.Conway Springs has 11 athletes qualified in Class 3A. Caldwell also has 11 competing in Class 1A.Schools from across Kansas competed in regionals last weekend, and the top four in each event moved on to the state meet.Jessica Heidel of Belle Plaine may have the best chance of any Sumner County athlete to come home with medals. She is qualified in three events. She has the second best distance in 3A in the long jump and triple jump and the fifth best time in the 100 meters.Also in 3A, MaKayla Hollis of Conway Springs, has the second best height in the pole vault.Lucas Schafer of Conway Springs has the second best height in the high jump, and fifth best in pole vault in boys 3A.In Class 2A, Kaleb Hunt of Oxford has the second best high jump in this class. He is also qualified in the 200 run and 110 hurdles.In Class 1A Caldwell has a lot of athletes, but only Shelby Schmidt in the 200, has a top five qualifying time.There are 16 in each event, and anything can happen at the state meet.Friday is usually the track qualifying round, with finals Saturday. The 100 meters’ qualifying is held Saturday morning and the finals that afternoon. Field events start Friday and continue Saturday.Here is a complete list of Sumner County athletes qualified for the state meet, along with their times and distances in the regionals.Class 4AWellingtonGirls 4×100 relay:51.99. (Taylor McGlothlin, Jaycee Schettler, Dietra Sober, Camryn Ricke 9, Taryn Stoddard, Sierra Rademacher). Only four run but six are qualified.Girls 400:Taylor McGlothlin, 1:01.18Girls pole vault:Shelby McNamara, 8-00Boys pole vault:Matthew Mason, 11-00Lukas Soria, 11-00.Class 3AConway Springs, Belle PlaineGirls 4×100Conway Springs: 51.96. (Jera Wolke, Madelyn Koester, Makenzie Curry, MaKayla Hollis, Emma Barkley).Girls 4×400Conway Springs, 4:21.63(Makenzie Curry, Emma Barkley, Kayla Koester, Madelyn Koester, Lacey Pauly)Girls 3200Devyn Smith, Belle Plaine, 12:51.07Girls pole vaultMaKayla Hollis, Conway Springs, 10-06.00Abagail Heimerman, Conway Springs, 9-06.00Girls triple jumpJessica Heidel, Belle Plaine, 36-07.50Boys triple jumpLucas Shaffer, Conway Springs, 43-00.50Girls shot putAlicia Carter, Conway Springs,  38-04.75Kenzie Biehler, Conway Springs, 37-00.50Miranda Huff, Conway Springs, 35-03.00Boys JavelinMason Misak, Conway Springs, 161-07      Girls long jumpJessica Heidel, Belle Plaine,  17-00.00Boys high jumpLucas Shaffer, Conway Springs,  6-04.00Girls JavelinSkylar Misak, Conway Springs, 124-10Alicia Carter, Conway Springs, 118-01    Girls 100Jessica Heidel, Belle Plaine,  12.98Class 2AOxfordBoys 110 hurdles, Oxford, 16.65Boys 200Kaleb Hunt, Oxford, 23.98Boys high jumpKaleb Hunt, Oxford, 6-02.00Class 1ASouth Haven, Caldwell and ArgoniaBoys 110 hurdlesJordan Schmidt, Caldwell, 17.93Girls 4×100Caldwell, 52.69(Emberly Blake, Suzann Hagar, Tylyn Ward, Hanna Stuewe, Shelby Schmidt, Madeline May)Boys 4×100Caldwell, 46.22(Dakota Volavka, Justin Brown, Colten Ward, Ross Kuehny, Jordan Schmidt, Jalen Risley)South Haven, 47.30(Dallas Anderson, Zach Bacon, Alex Nicholson, Zachariah Pounds, Garrett Bacon, Lucas Cully)Girls 400Suzann Hagar, Caldwell, 1:02.39Boys 400Colten Ward, Caldwell   52.86Seth Hemberger, Argonia  54.04Girls 200Shelby Schmidt, Caldwell   48.67Boys 300 hurdlesJordan Schmidt, Caldwell   44.09Girls 200Jennifer Grado-Leon, South Haven   28.30Boys 200Seth Hemberger, Argonia   25.17Girls 4×400Caldwell    4:27.03(Suzann Hagar, Tylyn Ward, Hanna Stuewe, Shelby Schmidt, Madeline May, Paytn Dvorak)      Boys 4×400Caldwell  3:41.70(Colten Ward, Ross Kuehny, Dakota Volavka, Justin Brown, Adrian Arnett, Jalen Risley)South Haven   4:40.44(Dallas Anderson, Alex Nicholson, Zach Bacon, Zachariah Pounds, Ryan Ingram, Lucas Cully)Boys 3200Zach Haxton, Argonia   11:38.13Rustin Blaylock, South Haven   11:39.58Jaryn Halling, Caldwell  11:43.40Boys pole vaultDakota Volavka, Caldwell  9-06.00Girls 100Jennifer Grado-Leon, South Haven   13.34last_img read more