hollywood ending set for Leicester
LONDON — England's Premier League trophy arrived in Leicester on Friday for a promotional tour. It will surely be back next month with Leicester City etched into the solid silver for the first time.
The leaders can wrap up their improbable pursuit of the biggest prize in English football Sunday with a victory at Manchester United.
Delivering the 132-year-old club's first title at the home of the record 20-time English champions would be the Hollywood ending craved by manager Claudio Ranieri.
"It's unbelievable, it's history and we know this," Ranieri said. "It is important to finish the story like an American movie. Always in the final it is okay, a happy ending.
"It's a good opportunity, but for this reason we have to be focused. Let me be calm, wait, we have time."
The trip to Old Trafford is the first of three opportunities to claim the required victory as Leicester has a seven-point lead over Tottenham. Even if Leicester fails to beat fifth-place United — owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — the title can be clinched by Monday in these scenarios:
• If Leicester loses at United, it needs Tottenham to also lose at Chelsea
• If Leicester draws at United, Tottenham has to win at Chelsea to keep the title race going.
Leicester, which is unbeaten in the league since February, will again be missing 22-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy as the striker serves the second match of a suspension for improper conduct in relation to being ejected from a game against West Ham United last week. But the Foxes more than adequately coped without Vardy last weekend as Stoke was routed 4-0.
Spain: Real Madrid forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will miss today's league match as they try to recover from injuries in time to face Manchester City in the return leg of their Champions League semifinal Wednesday. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that neither of his top two scorers was fit for the trip to Real Sociedad, where Madrid needs a win to realistically remain in the league title race. Madrid trails leader Barcelona and second-place Atletico Madrid by one point with three matches to go. Madrid hosts City after the sides drew 0-0 in the first leg, in which Madrid clearly missed Ronaldo's spark in attack and Benzema played only the first half.
Horses: Trainer Doug O'Neill says it is difficult to be around his unbeaten Nyquist "and not smile." Grins broke out across the board in the Team O'Neill shedrow as the Kentucky Derby favorite put in his final workout in advance of the May 7 race, drilling one mile in 1:41 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Tennis: Serena Williams will miss the Madrid Open because of illness. Agnieszka Radwanska will take William's place as the top-seeded player.