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Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Chelsea

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  • Chelsea leads all-time 53W-30D-25L
  • Conte 2-0 against Leicester
  • Blues won 3-0 at home

Antonio Conte looks to get Chelsea back on the winning track in the Premier League when the Blues head to King Power Stadium to face Leicester City on Saturday (Watch live a 12:30 p.m. EDT at NBC or online via

Chelsea enters the day with a five point lead on second place Liverpool and an 8-point advantage of fifth-place Arsenal. That’s less of a surprise than Leicester’s status, as the Foxes have gone from the PL penthouse to 15th, just two wins ahead of the drop zone.

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Still, things have been better for the Foxes after a very slow start. Leicester is into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, and has two wins and a draw in its last three PL outings.

The first-place Blues blasted Peterbrough 4-1 in the FA Cup to help right a pretty steady ship following the end of their 13-match unbeaten run. Chelsea recalled Nathan Ake from his loan at Bournemouth, and the blossoming star could feature Saturday.

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What they’re saying

Leicester’s Danny Simpson on topping Chelsea“Obviously we know that they’ve got top players that have picked up their form from last season. [Eden] Hazard and Diego Costa have been banging in goals for fun which has helped them. They’re a real strong unit and we know we’re in for a good game. I think Man City were playing three at the back and we coped with that well. We looked at their weaknesses and we exploited them.”

Chelsea’s Antonio Conte on matching wits with Claudio Ranieri“Claudio is a really great manager, a great man. I am proud to know him and sometimes to call him to speak. He did a great job last season and not only then. I knew him when he was coach in Italy, at Chelsea, at Valencia.”


Chelsea’s loss at Spurs is no shame and playing at King Power Stadium is no given but the Blues should at least snare a point and control the ball. Look for the outside mids in Conte’s 3-5-2 to have a big day, whether it’s a motivated Victor Moses or Ake getting a chance to break into the fold. Call it 1-0 for the Blues.

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LIVE, FA Cup: Swansea v Tottenham kicks off quarterfinals

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Swansea City host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (8:15 a.m. ET) at the Liberty Stadium with both teams perhaps having an eye on other things rather than winning the FA Cup.

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Carlos Carvalhal‘s main aim for the Swans is to avoid relegation from the Premier League, while Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham will be fully focused on finishing in the top four.

In team news both Jordan and Andre Ayew miss out for Swansea as Carvalhal makes five changes, while Spurs are without the injured Harry Kane and make seven changes to their starting lineup with Hugo Lloris, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli on the bench.


Swansea City: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Bartley, Mawson, Olsson, Ki Sung-Yeung, Carroll , Clucas, Dyer, Abraham. Subs: Mulder, Roberts, Fernandez, Britton, Byers, Routledge, Narsingh

Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela, Eriksen, Lucas, Son. Subs: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth Dembele, Alli, Moura, Llorente

Retailer removes T-shirt from sale over Hillsborough links

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LONDON (AP) A British retailer has withdrawn a T-shirt from sale in its stores and online following complaints that its design could be associated with the Hillsborough soccer disaster.

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Topman had on sale a red shirt with a large “96” on the back and the phrase “what goes around comes around” underneath. The word “Karma” is written on one of the sleeves.

Ninety-six people were crushed to death in the Hillsborough stadium disaster, which happened in Sheffield in April 1989 at an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Topman said it “apologizes unreservedly for any offense caused by this T-shirt” and that the “garment has been removed from sale online and in stores.”

The retailer said the design was inspired by a Bob Marley track, with the number referring to the year of the re-release.

Cosmos, Miami FC petition USSF for 2018 U.S. Open Cup entry

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NASL’s decision to cancel the 2018 regular season has caused significant ramifications, with the latest forcing several clubs to be excluded from the U.S. Open Cup.

The New York Cosmos and Miami FC — both of whom participated in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup have not been named among the eligible teams for the 2018 edition following NASL’s cancellation of the league season.

Now, the two teams have petitioned to U.S. Soccer and its new president, Carlos Cordeiro, to rethink its decision and allow the clubs to play despite not belonging to a professional league.

Both clubs do boast reserve teams though — New York Cosmos B and Miami 2 — which is the lead argument from each organization as to why U.S. Soccer should grant the teams an exemption and a spot in the tournament.

Cosmos B and Miami FC 2 will both play in the NPSL once again in 2018, with both rosters largely comprised of senior team players.

As it stands, 94 teams have been placed in the 2018 Open Cup field, as announced by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday.

Both open letters from the respective clubs can be found below.

Brazil’s Luis could miss World Cup after leg fracture

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MADRID (AP) Brazilian left back Filipe Luis has a leg fracture that could stop him going to the World Cup in Russia.

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Atletico Madrid said Friday that Luis sustained the injury to his left leg in the second half of the Spanish team’s 5-1 rout of Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League round-of-16 match on Thursday.

The club did not say how long Luis will be sidelined. Similar injuries have required at least six weeks of recovery time and longer if surgery is required.

The 32-year-old Luis was called up by Brazil coach Tite for friendlies against Russia in Moscow on March 23 and against Germany in Berlin on March 27. Brazil’s first game at the World Cup is against Switzerland on June 17.

Luis was injured while trying to prevent Lokomotiv forward Eder taking a shot from inside the area in the 60th minute. He successfully cleared the ball but his leg was hit from behind.

Luis left the field on a stretcher and tests Friday in Madrid confirmed the fracture in his lower leg.

Atletico advanced 8-1 on aggregate after the victory in Russia.

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