Leicester suffer fifth straight loss

first_img TEAM EFFORT Olsson’s goal came from more of a team move, with Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson combining to send the Sweden international through down the left. He closed in on Schmeichel and buried a low shot inside the goalkeeper’s near post. Watched by its Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, Leicester dominated the second half but couldn’t end its goal drought as substitute Slimani was denied by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and Jamie Vardy blazed high and wide from the edge of the area. “It’s hard to put it into words,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “We need to get out of this, we need to keep on fighting. “We haven’t changed much. It seems that we’re not having the rub of the green or something, but we believe in ourselves as a bunch of lads.” Swansea moved above Leicester and four points clear of the bottom three. SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Leicester’s title defence in the Premier League sunk to a new low yesterday when the slumping champions lost 2-0 to Swansea for a fifth straight defeat. Two first-half goals by defenders did the damage for Swansea, with centre back Alfie Mawson volleying home in the 36th minute and left back Martin Olsson adding a second with a low drive in stoppage time. Leicester dropped to 17th place in the 20-team league, one place and one point above the relegation zone. Just nine months ago, the unfashionable club from central England enchanted the sporting world by becoming the most unlikely champion at preseason odds of 5,000-1. Leicester is still to score a league goal in 2017 – it’s more than 10 hours of play since Islam Slimani’s winner against West Ham on December 31 – and the defence can’t keep them out at the other end. “It’s the same. It’s unbelievable,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “We have two problems; we concede goals and don’t score. We have to stick together and find a solution. It’s not possible to continue this way.” Both of Swansea’s goals were excellently taken. Mawson executed his like a striker, meeting a header back across the area by fellow centre back Federico Fernandez with a sweet first-time strike from 10 metres that flew past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. It was Mawson’s third goal in his last six games.last_img read more

Olynyk’s hot shooting powers Heat past Hawks

first_imgOlynyk’s first two 3s in his streak of four straight for the Heat capped a 14-0 run for a 42-36 lead.Following a basket by Atlanta’s Damion Lee, Olynyk sank two more 3s before a miss ended his hot stretch.“He’s one of our best shooters,” said Spoelstra of Olynyk. “He works on it all the time and it’s such a weapon. And he picks the right spots. It’s all because his heart’s in the right place. He doesn’t want to take all the shots. He only wants to shoot open ones.”Olynyk also had eight rebounds and five assists.Josh Richardson also had 19 points, with four blocks and three steals, and Justise Winslow had 18 for Miami.Miami stretched its lead with a 12-0 run late in the third quarter and increased the advantage to 20 points early in the final period.Even without some of its top players, Miami had plenty of depth to control the game. The woeful Hawks have lost seven of eight and 13 of 15 to solidify their hold on the worst record in the Eastern Conference.“Energy wise, our gas tank hit empty,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 20 points, Lee and Tyler Dorsey each had 15. No other Hawks player scored in double figures.“It’s just one of those nights when we dug ourselves a hole,” Dorsey said.TIP-INS Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award One 3-pointer at a time.Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-86 on Wednesday night, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBy logging his first two minutes in the game, Olynyk earned a $1 million bonus for reaching 1,700 for the season.That sort of detail doesn’t go unnoticed on a team. Olynyk’s teammates and coach Erik Spoelstra are expecting the 7-foot forward to pick up some tabs. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Dinner, drinks, beers all that is on him,” Spoelstra said. “I’m going to see if I can get tickets to a play. All that is on him. I’m going to bill his account for everything.”Spoelstra and his players have reason to celebrate.Miami rested Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson one day after clinching a playoff berth by beating the Hawks in Miami.Olynyk made five of six 3s in the second period. His career high for 3s in a game is six.“I was kind of in the zone,” he said. “I felt like whatever I threw up was going to go in.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Heat: Spoelstra said Dragic (right ankle), Wade (left wrist) and Johnson (left ankle) have played through injuries as the Heat “made a pretty big push without exhaling at all” to clinch the playoff spot. … Rodney McGruder had 14 points. Wayne Ellington had 11. … Miami made 17 of 38 3s.Hawks: G Antonius Cleveland had five points in 12 minutes in his return after missing 18 games with a left ankle injury. He appeared in his first game since Dec. 18 with the Mavericks. … Center Dewayne Dedmon (sore rib) was cleared following pregame warmups. He had six points and eight rebounds after missing Tuesday night’s game.SHORT RESTSpoelstra said he’s not shutting down his starters before the playoffs.“Right now we’re not shutting everybody down,” Spoelstra said.Wade is confident he’ll be ready for the postseason.“I’ve got three more games,” Wade said before the game. “Yeah, I’ll be out there.”REMEMBERING KINGThere was a pregame moment of silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.UP NEXTHeat: At New York on Friday night.Hawks: At Washington on Friday night. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sixers roll to 12th straight win, oust Pistons from playoff race LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ATLANTA — With an extra $1 million in his pocket, Kelly Olynyk could have afforded a spending spree.“Instead, I just made it rain,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more