Leicester ready for big party

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s players are getting ready for another big party – and this time the fans are invited.Images of the Leicester squad celebrating its unlikely Premier League title triumph in Jamie Vardy’s house on Monday night were posted on social media and went global. Wes Morgan, Leicester’s captain, was filmed being spun around the kitchen floor while jubilant teammates danced around him, savouring one of the greatest-ever sporting stories.On Saturday, Morgan will have the honour of lifting the Premier League trophy in front of more than 30,000 fans at Leicester’s atmospheric King Power Stadium. Add Morgan’s name to the likes of Manchester United’s Roy Keane, Arsenal’s Tony Adams and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany, some of the other inspirational captains to have got their hands on English football’s biggest prize.FEEL-GOOD TALESThe Leicester story is rich with feel-good tales, notably Vardy’s rise from playing non-league football to being English champions in the space of five years. Morgan’s backstory is also one to gladden the heart, too.The 32-year-old centre back was released by Notts County as a youngster and also had to start again in the non-leagues. He got another chance in the professional ranks, this time with Nottingham Forest in 2001, but was overweight and was worked extra hard by the club’s fitness staff.He became a mainstay of Forest’s team for a decade before moving to Leicester in 2012, and only got his first taste of top-flight football at the age of 30. He was error-prone in the early stages of last season but is now a commanding presence in the defence alongside fellow centre back Robert Huth.Leicester will be presented with the trophy after tomorrow’s match against Everton, which will be as much a celebration as a game of football.”I’m just going to try and hold back the tears,” Morgan said. “I think it’s going to be very emotional. It’s the biggest moment of my life. I can’t wait to lift the trophy and get my hands on it.”There’s another treat for Leicester fans tomorrow: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing before the game, honouring a commitment he gave to Ranieri in a conversation six weeks ago if Leicester went on to win the Premier League.Leicester, 5,000-1 long shots for the title at the start of the season, have achieved the unthinkable with two games still to play. For many other teams in the Premier League, there’s still plenty at stake.RACE FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUELeicester and second-place Tottenham are already guaranteed to be playing in the Champions League next season. There is a massive scrap behind them for the other two berths in Europe’s top club competition, and some big teams are going to miss out.Arsenal and Manchester City currently occupy third and fourth place, and they meet at City’s Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A loss for City could leave the team in danger of being caught by Manchester United and West Ham, who are fifth and sixth, respectively and have games in hand on Arsenal and City.last_img read more

Suspicious person in Grande Prairie

first_imgGrande Prairie RCMP are advising of a suspicious person reported to the detachment on Friday October 15 at 5:25 p.m. near Lions Park at 100 Street and 91 Avenue.Police say that a 10 year old girl and her friend were delivering newspapers when they were approached by a male (on foot) with a dark complexion, dark shaggy shoulder length hair and wearing a dark blue or black jacket.   Reportedly, he told the children to come with him, at which point they ran from the area.RCMP welcome any information that may prove helpful in solving this incident and encourage the public to call Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at (780)830-5700, or if you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at http://www.tipsubmit.ca.- Advertisement –last_img read more

A BETTER CALL?

first_imgHowever, it one-ups the iPhone by folding open lengthwise to reveal a QWERTY keyboard and a second, non-touch sensitive screen. The lack of a hardware keyboard has been one of the main complaints about the iPhone. The Voyager will connect to Verizon Wireless’ latest data network, providing speeds much higher than the AT&T network the iPhone uses. The Voyager also has direct access to Verizon Wireless’ online music store. However, the Voyager will not come with a large built-in memory for songs and video, offering instead a slot for memory cards up to 8 gigabytes. Nor are its screens as large as the iPhone’s. It’s an open question whether the Voyager can encroach on the iPhone’s cachet or match its ease of use. Apple has sold more than 1 million units since the phone-cum-iPod hit the market June 29. In announcing its holiday lineup, Verizon Wireless did not say how much the Voyager or three other new phones would cost. It also didn’t give a specific launch date, saying only that they would be in stores before Thanksgiving. Verizon also showed off an LG phone called the Venus. It has two screens on its face, of which the smaller is touch sensitive, with controls for the phone’s music player and camera. The phone slides open to reveal a numeric keypad. Verizon Wireless is also bringing out a version of the BlackBerry Pearl, with fast data network access. The slim e-mail oriented phone is already available on the slower networks of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. (Like Verizon, AT&T has a third-generation cellular broadband network, but it’s not used by the AT&T Pearl.) The fourth phone in the lineup is the Juke, by Samsung. A small unit that flips open like a jackknife, it features an iPod-like wheel to control the music player. Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. of New York and Vodafone Group PLC of Britain.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Peter Svensson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – In time for the holidays, Verizon Wireless is launching a cell phone that looks much like the hottest phone so far this year: Apple Inc.’s iPhone. Like the iPhone, the LG Voyager features a large touch screen, a camera and extensive multimedia, Web browsing and e-mail capabilities. last_img read more