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LONDON---Jamie Vardy s record
scoring streak coming to an end was
no problem for Leicester. Riyad
Mahrez just grabbed his first hat trick
instead yesterday and sent the sea-
son s surprise package back to the
English Premier League summit, tak-
ing advantage of Manchester City
Marko Arnautovic scored twice from
Xherdan Shaqiri s assists as Stoke tore
City apart 2--0 at a chilly Britannia
Stadium before Mahrez secured
Leicester s 3--0 victory at struggling
"It s the perfect day for me," the
24-year-old Mahrez said.
Leicester displayed the attacking
swagger sorely lacking in City s per-
formance at Stoke as Manuel Pelle-
grini s side went a fourth away game
without a win in the league.
"In this game we are playing with
the same players in the last three
games," Pellegrini said, bemoaning
injuries to Vincent Kompany, Yaya
Toure and Sergio Aguero.
"Maybe it s the reason why we
didn t play with the energy that we
need to win."
As City dropped to third, Arsenal
went to second---two points behind
Leicester---by halting a three-game
winless run with a 3--1 victory over
Sunderland that saw Olivier Giroud
score for both teams.
Manchester United endured a fifth
0--0 draw in nine games in all com-
petitions as West Ham frustrated Louis
van Gaal s fourth-place team.
Tottenham drew 1--1 at West
Bromwich Albion after Dele Alli s
opener was canceled out by James
McClean. Tottenham remains three
points behind United---the only team
to beat the north London club in the
league on the opening day.
Joleon Lescott put Aston Villa in
front at Southampton but Oriol Romeu
equalised for the hosts. The 1--1 draw
extended Villa s winless streak to 14
games since the opening day, but the
bottom-place team did collect only
its second point since August.
Watford moved into the top half of
the standings by beating Norwich 2--0
as captain Troy Deeney scored for a
fourth consecutive game.
In the late game, Chelsea hosted
Whether Leicester can realistically
depose Chelsea as champions might
become clearer by the end of Decem-
ber, with games against Jose Mour-
inho s team, Everton, Liverpool and
Man City to come.
Leicester s victory at Swansea will
cast further doubt on the future of
home manager Garry Monk whose
team has taken only six points out of
out a possible 33.
Although Vardy last weekend broke
the Premier League era record of scor-
ing in his 11th consecutive match, he
was targeting the all-time pre-1992
topflight record of 12 games. The strik-
er s best chance came in the 15th
minute but Mahrez had already scored
his first ten minutes earlier, squeezing
the ball into the net following a cor-
The Algerian appeared offside when
he collected N Golo Kante s pass before
netting past Lukasz Fabianski in the
22nd. And rather than trying to claim
the scoring record, Vardy laid the ball
off in the 67th for Mahrez to complete
a first career hat-trick. (AP)
LONDON---Chelsea s title
defence sunk to a new low
yesterday when Bournemouth
became the first Premier
League newcomers to beat the
west London team in more
than 14 years.
Bournemouth s 1--0 victory
at Stamford Bridge will rank
as one of the biggest in the
125-year history of the south
coast team, which is playing
in the top flight for the first
time. Having avoided defeat
in its last two league games---
encouraging results by
Chelsea s new modest stan-
dards this season---Chelsea s
eighth loss in 15 league games
will pile the pressure back on
manager Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea is approaching the
midway point of the season
an alarming 17 points behind
surprise leader Leicester.
Having repelled waves of
Chelsea attacks, Bourne-
mouth s goal came in the 82nd
minute when Glenn Murray
exploited the hosts failure to
clear a corner by heading into
the net less than two minutes
after coming on as a substi-
"The boys are gaining belief
every week and I think it
showed," Murray said.
A first league win since
September took Bournemouth
out of the relegation zone and
was masterminded by man-
ager Eddie Howe despite an
ever-lengthening injury list.
"It s great to see for their
own self-belief," Howe said.
"If they can do it here they
can do it anywhere."
"We ve got the Special
One," Bournemouth fans
chanted about their 38-year-
old manager, adopting Mour-
inho s self-styled description.
Mourinho s Chelsea is only
two points ahead of
Bournemouth in 14th place---
in the league it won in May---
following its first defeat against
a newly -promoted team since
While Chelsea has enjoyed
hundreds of millions of dollars
of investment from billionaire
Roman Abramovich in the last
12 years, Bournemouth has
only benefited from more
modest Russian investment
from Maxim Demin since 2011.
Bournemouth came close
to dropping out of the four
professional leagues in 2009
before embarking on a
remarkable rise. Chicago-
based PEAK6 Investments last
month bought a quarter of the
team, which plays in a stadium
with a capacity of less than
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, centre, scores a goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and
Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium in London, yesterday.
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, second left, scores
his side's first goal of the game during the
English Premier League soccer match between
Leicester City and Swansea City at the Liberty
Stadium, Swansea, Wales, yesterday. AP PHOTOS
to new low as
Vardy goal streak ends
...but Mahrez treble sends Leicester top
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