Leicester starts post-Ranieri era with 3-1 win over Liverpool

Leicester began life without manager Claudio Ranieri by easing its English Premier League relegation fears after a stirring 3-1 home victory over Liverpool on Monday.In its first game since Ranieri was sacked last Thursday by the club’s Thai owners, Jamie Vardy scored twice for last season’s struggling champion. Five consecutive league defeats sent it spiraling down the standings.There was a strong show of support for the former manager at the game, with fans donning Ranieri masks and holding placards inside and outside King Power stadium. It helped propel Leicester out of the relegation places and up to 15th, two points above the drop zone with 12 games remaining.Vardy scored 24 league goals last season but the England international’s strikes in either half were just his sixth and seventh of this campaign.“We’ve come in for a lot of unfair stick with things that have been in the press, but you’ve seen that the lads wanted to react,” Vardy said.“We needed to show that we’ve got that fight, and win or lose as long as the performance was right, we could hold our heads up high.”Liverpool, which was out of sorts despite a warm-weather training break in Spain, could not match Leicester’s energy, intensity and commitment. Before facing Liverpool, it had won just five league games. Danny Drinkwater also netted with a superb long-range strike. One banner held aloft said “Thank you Claudio for making our dreams come true.”Leicester’s players, some of whom have denied any part in an alleged revolt that led to Ranieri’s sacking, had their names cheered by fans and appeared up for the highly charged occasion.With Ranieri’s assistant, Craig Shakespeare, in interim charge, Leicester made a bright start. It remains in fifth place.Ranieri was dismissed nine months after masterminding one of the biggest sporting shocks of all time by leading the 5,000-1 outsider to league glory.But Leicester has failed to replicate that form. Shinji Okazaki forced Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet into an early diving save.Center back Robert Huth wastefully headed over from a corner, and Mignolet blocked Vardy’s volley as Leicester showed plenty of attacking intent.The home side’s pressure was rewarded when a through ball from Marc Albrighton sent Vardy away on goal and last season’s leading scorer calmly slotted past Mignolet to give Leicester the lead after 28 minutes.Just 11 minutes later, Leicester fans were on their feet again to acclaim an outstanding goal from Drinkwater, the midfielder sending a dipping volley past Mignolet from fully 30 metres.Vardy got his second on the hour when he headed in a Christian Fuchs cross and, although Liverpool enjoyed its best spell after Philippe Coutinho pulled a goal back in the 68th, Leicester held firm.Whether Leicester moves quickly to appoint a permanent successor to Ranieri or lets Shakespeare make his case to step up remains to be seen.Nigel Pearson, sacked by Leicester in June 2015 after saving the club from relegation, a move which led to Ranieri’s appointment, is among the names linked with the job. Guus Hiddink, Roy Hodgson, Roberto Mancini, and Martin O’Neill are also in the frame.

Canadian men hope for turnaround at rugby sevens stop in Las Vegas

The Canadian men will likely have to excel in their remaining pool games against No. They currently stand 12th after four events on the 2016-17 World Series.Success won’t be easy in Las Vegas with the poor showing in Sydney resulting in a tough draw.Canada’s opening match Friday is against top-ranked South Africa, which has won three stops this season including the last two in Wellington and Sydney. That lack of bench strength is felt especially on the second weekend of back-to-back tournaments.“We have to hope our senior players stay healthy,” he said. Canada coach Damian McGrath, who took over the team this season, says his players know that poor on-field results over the last two years cost them the funding.“That’s certainly a motivating factor for them. “Injuries are part and parcel of rugby. It was 3-2-1 in Sydney and placed 13th, with a tie against Argentina dropping the Canadians into consolation play.The Canadian men won five of six matches last year in Vancouver, losing to Wales on a last-second try, and finished ninth.For McGrath, the blueprint for success is simple this season.“I need our key players to be healthy, that’s for sure,” he said.He says the drop off from Sydney to Wellington was largely due to the loss of playmaker Nathan Hirayama and having Justin Douglas, Adam Zaruba and Pat Kay struggling to play through illness or injury.Unlike top teams on the circuit, Canada simply doesn’t have the depth to survive such shortfalls, according to McGrath. He suffered a slight tear of the hamstring trying to run down a Scot in the final game at Wellington.Hirayama is not 100-per-cent fit but is back in training, McGrath says he will be monitored this week and will not play unless deemed good to go. I just hope we can get through this one unscathed and then really show the Canadian public on home soil just how good the core of the sevens team is.”Organizers say they have already sold 73,000 tickets for the Canada Sevens, with the two-day capacity just over 75,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.The good news for McGrath is Hirayama returns from the hamstring injury that forced him to watch the Sydney event from the sidelines. Failure to do so means finishing anywhere from ninth to 16th.The margins can be razor-slim.Canada went 4-2-0 in Wellington and finished fourth. It helps that the Vegas event is spread over three days, rather than the normal two, giving him more recovery time.Balancing that is the fact that the tournament is played on a narrow, unforgiving artificial turf field at Sam Boyd Stadium.“We still have another five tournaments to go after Vegas so it would be foolish to force Nate just to have him play,” McGrath said. And even if we do include him, I’ll be selective about how we play him.”Phil Berna returns to the squad, recovered from surgery to repair an arm broken in December in Cape Town. “If we’re unsure then we won’t risk him. 7 Wales and No. 10 France to advance to the elite Cup quarter-finals.Making the Cup quarters means a top-eight finish. They want to show that A) they’re better than probably the results reflect and B) that they deserve to be funded alongside other sports.”The Canadian men finished 13th on the world circuit last season, ninth in 2014-15 and sixth in 2013-14. His World Series career count now stands at 94 tries and 470 points. After a disappointing 13th-place finish in Sydney and news that Own The Podium is cancelling funding to the program, the Canadian men’s rugby sevens team looks to reverse its fortunes this week in Las Vegas.The hope is to build some momentum — or at the very least avoid injury — with the Vancouver stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series looming March 11-12. He replaces Matt Mullins (plantar fasciitis), who may be available for Vancouver if needed.Luke Bradley, rewarded for showing well in training, comes in for Karsten Leitner.The Vegas tournament will be a Canadian-record 53rd for veteran John Moonlight, surpassing Phil Mack’s mark of 52 strips on the World Series.Moonlight, 29, made his debut at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual teens half as likely to play sports, finds UBC study

Saige, 16, identifies as being gender non-binary and found it hard to fit in with peers and teammates on the basketball team.“The coaches were actually really nice, but I had a [physical education] teacher that was really horrible. Similarly, participation numbers also dropped for lesbian girls, bisexual girls and bisexual boys.It is the first study in Canada to track sports participation trends of sexual minority youth. Prof. Adolescent Health Survey taken by 99,373 students across British Columbia between 1998 to 2013. “For example, when I came out as queer, or gender non-binary, they would erase it and they would misgender me.”

The teen quit basketball and took up dance, finding the individual pursuit a more comfortable option for someone who defines themself as “being in-between or outside” the male-female gender divide.Saige’s experience is a common one. Saewyc said transgender youth were not included because the survey didn’t ask about transgender identity until 2013, and at least three years of data are needed for something to be considered a trend. There’s not many out, gay athletes,” said Annie Smith, co-author of the study and executive director of the McCreary Centre.She commends professional sports leagues like the NHL for starting to take steps toward promoting inclusivity.“When young people are now going to watch pro sports they’re starting to see that it’s okay to be gay and to be playing sports.”The NHL has partnered with the You Can Play Project, a non-profit group fighting against homophobia in sports. Members of the Vancouver Pride Society are planning to attend the game and have a presence on the concourse.“We are actually the first team that’s wearing special-made jerseys for this occasion,” Mr. The VGVA has been around since 1979 and has about 200 active members.“We have a few people who are 18 or fresh out of high school, but almost the entirety of our membership is adults or out of high school,” executive board member Steev Letts said.Mr. However, a 2014 national Trans Youth Health Survey done across Canada by the McCreary Centre found only 16 per cent of transgender youth said they participated in sports with a coach. “Maybe it’s just a matter of those seeds have been sown, but they won’t see any sort of fruit until a few years down the road.” Forty per cent of youth who took the survey identified themselves as non-binary.“I think there’s still definitely a lack of role models for young people in sports. By 2013, this number dropped to three out of 10. Sedin said.A number of local community leagues in Vancouver, like the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association, have been established to create a safe space to play sports for the LGBTQ community. “If it can start with us, hopefully it can spread down to other organizations and hopefully to younger ages as well.”As part of the NHL’s Hockey is For Everyone campaign, the Canucks will celebrate the local LGBTQ community at their game on Tuesday by wearing pride jerseys during warm-up. A newly released study from the University of British Columbia found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are half as likely to play sports as straight youth.The study, done with the youth research non-profit McCreary Centre Society, analyzed data from the B.C. At the beginning of February, the NHL announced that each team in the league will have a You Can Play ambassador to promote diversity, equality and inclusion. Generally, there has been an overall decrease in participation in sports from all high-school aged students, but most noticeably amongst LGB teens.“For every year that we looked, a lower proportion of LGB youth were involved in sports than straight youth,” said the study’s senior author Elizabeth Saewyc, a nursing professor who leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC.“There’s this gap and that gap has been persistent and it appears from our analogies that the gap is widening.”The study shows that five out of 10 gay students played formal or coached sports in 1998. They didn’t understand or accept my identity at all,” said the teen. The Canucks have named team captain, Henrik Sedin, as theirs.“I think we have a big chance, because [of] who we are, to show the acceptance of everyone in sports,” said Mr. Letts was surprised by the findings of the study from UBC and the McCreary Centre, because the volleyball league’s numbers have steadily expanded over the years to the point of having more people signing up than spots available. Sedin in a phone interview. Halfway through Grade 10, Saige Bflaumitsch quit public school and began taking classes online.

Meet the historian behind HockeyDB, the vast stats web archive

He was chair of the Springfield Historical Commission of Massachusetts for a dozen years, and his home in that town is a mile down the road from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. There’s always going to be more to find.” ET trade deadline. The granular detail, of referees under assault by coaches and players, was a bonanza.“Just amazing. On days such as those, the site occasionally crashes.Slate’s love of hockey and history – and his tech savvy – underpins HockeyDB, which gets about 1.3 million unique visitors a month. Every year fans swarm the site to get a quick lowdown of all the players who’ve been moved. During its two decades of operation, he’s compiled a set of encyclopedias’ worth of digital information: some 186,531 players, 7,220 teams, 416 leagues, 2,131 logos and 6,071 sets of hockey cards.Fans seeking NHL information account for the majority of traffic to the site. What began as a curious college student’s attempt to locate the alumni of his school hockey team grew into a quest with no finish line.The website made its debut on Nov. “I almost passed out when I saw what it was.”The was so much detail unavailable anywhere else.For example, on Nov. His anger boiled over. 30, 1996, two months before Connor McDavid was born and two years before Google was incorporated.Slate has spent about 20 hours a week maintaining HockeyDB over the years. Discover, for instance, that Ahmed Mahfouz of the Port Huron Prowlers has a sizable lead in the Federal Hockey League scoring race.The pursuit of obscure information fascinates Slate, and history has always been a passion. “But that’s not how I approach it. Then he “assaulted referee with stick from penalty box.”Current challenges in the search of stats include French hockey from back in the day (“there were a lot of guys who played in France”); the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League prior to the late 1990s; and the Eastern Junior Hockey League, in Slate’s neck of the woods, which played from 1993-2013 (“the information exists out there, but I’ve never been able to find it”).“People sort of expect that my website should be complete and finished,” Slate said. When the package finally arrived, he discovered a decade’s worth of game sheets half a century old from the Eastern Hockey League, whose tumultuous brand of hockey in part inspired the 1977 movie Slap Shot. (The YMCA at the corner of State and Sherman Streets, where James Naismith invented the game in 1891, was demolished long ago; today, it’s a McDonald’s and a strip-mall parking lot.)The Eastern Hockey League game sheets emerged, sequentially and neatly organized, from the estate of a man who had been the secretary for the league.“I buy a lot of things on eBay,” Slate said. By night, he’s the brains behind one of hockey’s most popular online destinations for statistics and facts about the game’s most prominent and most obscure participants – past and present.HockeyDB’s busiest day of the year will occur on Wednesday with the arrival of the National Hockey League’s 3 p.m. They had been up 1-0, but the Devils tied it early in the second period, at which point Charlotte coach Fred Creighton was tossed “for hitting the referee with water bottle throw [sic] from bench.” In the third, as Jersey went up 5-2, Charlotte’s Grant Warwick made “menacing gestures at lineman with stick” and got a 10-minute misconduct. Current standings and basic stats unfurl for 56 different leagues, from juniors through collegiate to overseas and lower-level North American minor pros. One of Ralph Slate’s great scores arrived unexpectedly through an eBay dealer he often bought from.The man behind HockeyDB, the statistics site originally known as the Internet Hockey Database, had paid $50, not knowing exactly what forgotten corner of hockey history he would find in a stack of envelopes. In the penalty box, Warwick verbally threatened the referee and received a game misconduct. Two years ago on deadline day, Slate registered some 215,000 visitors, a record for his site and more than double the daily average. Most people don’t appreciate this the way that I do,” said Slate, who by day works as the principal data architect at New England’s electric power system operator. But a dive to the depths of something as simple as a spelling mistake can yield humorous returns, such as the difference between Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, and Wayne Grotski, who played several seasons of Junior A in Edmonton in the 1970s.The stats and facts sprawl to lesser-known tangents of the sport such as the Tropical Hockey League, which featured four minor pro teams in Miami for one season, 1938-39, and was the first hockey played in the southern United States.The quickest way to see HockeyDB’s depth and breadth of information is to click on its Morning Report. 11, 1966, when the Jersey Devils beat the Charlotte Checkers 6-2, the Checkers didn’t handle losing well.

DeRozan hits clutch jumper to lead Raptors past Knicks

DeRozan has scored 20 or more in eight straight games against the Knicks.Knicks: The Knicks said Noah would be re-evaluated in three to four weeks. The Raptors host the Wizards on Wednesday.Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who waived Brandon Jennings on Monday and learned Joakim Noah will have knee surgery that will knock him out for at least three weeks.The Knicks led by 17 in the first half and 53-40 at halftime, but the Raptors limited them to 14 points in the third quarter to pull to 67-63. Lowry said he wasn’t really surprised because he didn’t know what to expect.“I had no idea what it would be,” he said. Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks, but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.Newcomers Serge Ibaka and P.J. … Ibaka finished with 15 points.Toronto moved percentage points ahead of Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. … DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defence after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season. Lance Thomas scored 12 points.LOSING LOWRYOn Sunday, Casey said the swelling in Lowry’s wrist was down and said the point guard was day-to-day. The Raptors listed him as questionable in their game notes Monday, but surgery was recommended after he got a second opinion Monday. Toronto then got the first eight points of the fourth against the Knicks’ stagnant second unit, taking a 71-67 lead and forcing Anthony and Rose to re-enter with 9:25 remaining.It went back and forth from there, with Lee’s 3-pointer giving the Knicks a 92-91 lead with 10.6 seconds to play. … Coach Dwane Casey needs one win for 300 has an NBA coach. “I thought some local treatment may have helped it but it just wasn’t getting any better.”PLAYING TIME, NOT PLAYING STYLEJennings’ departure came a day after Phil Jackson confidante Charley Rosen wrote on Fanragsports.com that Jennings “resists the triangle” and is a “profound disappointment” because of his erratic play.The Knicks have focused since the break on playing more triangle, Jackson’s preferred offence, while Jennings thrives in playing faster.But coach Jeff Hornacek said Jennings only wanted to play more, not differently.“Brandon obviously wanted to play more minutes here,” Hornacek said. Toronto has won eight straight meetings.Knicks: Visit the Magic on Wednesday, their first of two trips to Orlando in a seven-day span. But the Raptors got the ball to DeRozan, who spun left and launched his jumper while falling away.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto has won the last six meetings. Tucker were on the floor down the stretch as the Raptors clawed back from a 17-point, first-half deficit. “With Derrick out there, it made it awfully tough, so maybe this gives him an opportunity to get somewhere where he can play some more minutes.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host Washington on Wednesday.

Galchenyuk scores OT winner, Canadiens rally to beat Devils

His shot from the right circle that might have hit off Devils defenceman Ben Lovejoy and trickled over the goal line before New Jersey captain Andy Greene could pull it out of the net.All three Montreal goals came in the third period after the Devils built a two-goal lead.Zajac gave New Jersey a 3-1 edge at 7:54 when he put the rebound of Palmieri’s shot into the net on a power play.Less than a minute later, Pacioretty scored on the rebound of Nathan Beaulieu’s shot to cut the margin to 3-2.Palmieri had given the Devils the lead late in the first period with his third goal in the past two games. Cory Schneider made 29 saves.Galchenyuk beat Schneider with a shot from between the circles less than a minute after Damon Severson was penalized for hooking.With the Canadiens’ net empty, Pacioretty tied the game with 51.8 seconds left in regulation. … 21. Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night.Max Pacioretty scored twice in the final 11:23 of regulation to tie the game and Alexander Radulov added a goal for the Canadiens, who won consecutive games for the first time since early January. Devils C Jacob Josefson missed the last two periods with an upper body injury.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.Devils: Travel to Washington to face the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals on Thursday night. Montreal traded D Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round draft to Dallas for defenceman Jordie Benn earlier in the day. Al Montoya had 34 saves for Montreal. Kyle Palmieri, John Moore and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost four straight games (0-2-2), the past two in overtime. Zajac intercepted a pass around the boards by Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber and found Palmieri between the circles for his team-leading 19th goal of the season.Moore stretched the lead to 2-0 at 2:38 of the third period with shot from the point that beat a well-screened Montoya.Eleven seconds later, Montreal was back in the game. … Defenceman Alexei Emelin found Radulov at the Devils’ blue line and the right wing snapped a shot past Schneider from between the circles.Zajac restored the two-goal lead at 7:54, but Pacioretty responded with his 30th and 31st goals.NOTES: With the trade deadline approaching, the Devils rested free agent D Kyle Quincey. Blake Coleman was recalled from Albany (AHL) and centred the fourth line. … New Jersey placed F Pavel Zacha (concussion) on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb.

Kucherov’s hat trick helps Lightning beat Senators

The game changed abruptly at 5:16 when Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki and Tampa Bay’s Braydon Coburn drew five-minute fighting penalties and the Senators’ Tom Pyatt was called for hooking.Kucherov scored his first goal of the game just 21 seconds later, marking the third straight game in which he has scored. … Tampa Bay got forward Byron Froese and a conditional second-round draft pick from the Maple Leafs for Boyle. 1 goalie in the wake of the Bishop trade, Andrei Vasilevskiy survived a rough start to end a five-game losing streak (0-2-3).Ottawa scored with a two-man advantage just 6:26 into the game, Kyle Turris converting his 22nd goal of the season with assists from Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman.Brayden Point tied it with an unassisted goal early in the second period. … Jonathan Drouin assisted all three of his goals and Victor Hedman assisted on two. … He made it 3-1 at 10:26 of the period, and 4-1 with his 26th goal of the season with just 13.5 seconds remaining in the period.Coburn scored the Lightning’s final goal midway through the third period.NOTES: The Senators acquired forward Alex Burrows from Vancouver for prospect Jonathan Dahlen, the 42nd pick in the 2016 draft. Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.Kucherov had the second hat trick of his career and added an assist in the third period. Tests revealed a torn labrum for Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond, who is expected to have season-ending surgery next week. Steven Stamkos, who had right knee surgery in November, took part in the Lightning’s morning skate and the team is hopeful he might return this season. Froese, 25, will be assigned to AHL Syracuse.UP NEXTSenators: Host Colorado on Thursday night in the first of three straight home games.Lightning: Will conclude a four-game homestand Wednesday night against Carolina. A day after trading goaltender Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and just hours after trading forward Brian Boyle to Toronto, the Lightning improved to 6-1-2 over their past nine games.The Senators, who won at Florida on Sunday night, are 6-6 over their past 12 games.Playing in his first game as a No.