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Leicester offers 'unwavering support' to Ranieri
LONDON---The on-field turmoil en-
gulfing ailing English Premier League
champion Leicester led to the club issu-
ing a public show of support for man-
ager Claudio Ranieri yesterday.
Leicester has imploded since winning the
league so unexpectedly last May and is only
a point above the relegation zone having
lost 13 of its 24 games.
Just a month after Ranieri collected the
Fifa coach of the year award, there has been
mounting public discussion over Ranieri's
suitability to continue leading Leicester
while it scraps to avoid dropping out of
But the club issued a vote of confidence
in Ranieri in a bid to draw a line under such
"In light of recent speculation, Leices-
ter City Football Club would like to make
absolutely clear its unwavering support for
its first team manager, Claudio Ranieri," the
club said. "While there is a collective appre-
ciation from everyone at the club that recent
form needs to improve, the unprecedented
success achieved in recent seasons has been
based firmly on stability, togetherness and
determination to overcome even the greatest
Ranieri's immediate priority is keeping
Leicester in the FA Cup when it faces sec-
ond-tier side Derby in a replay on Wednes-
"The entire club is and will remain united
behind its manager and behind its players,
collectively and firmly focused on the chal-
lenges ahead," Leicester's statement con-
cluded. The backing was issued just before
Ranieri faced reporters. The 65-year-old
Italian said he did not ask for the public en-
dorsement from the club, which is owned
by Thai retail tycoon Vichai Srivaddhan-
"With this it finishes all the speculation,"
Ranieri said. "For me, my job is always the
same---focus on the next match. For me it's
important to try (to find) the right solution
for my players, that's it." (AP)
Du Plessis destroys
Sri Lanka in 4th ODI
CAPE TOWN---A career-best innings of
185 from Faf du Plessis led South Africa
to the highest one-day international to-
tal at Newlands as Sri Lanka's bowlers
were made to suffer yesterday.
Although Du Plessis fell three runs short
of Gary Kirsten's record for the highest score
by a South African batsman in ODI cricket,
he broke a different one as he helped the
host post 367-5 after it won the toss and
elected to bat first.
Du Plessis' score was the highest by any
batsman on South African soil, surpassing
Quinton de Kock's 178 against Australia at
Centurion last September.
After losing Hashim Amla in the second
over, South Africa went about continuing
its dominance over a hapless Sri Lanka that
already trails 3-0 in the five-match ODI se-
ries, with Du Plessis adding a century stand
for the second wicket with De Kock at better
than a run a ball.
After De Kock (55) was well caught at slip
off the bowling of Sachith Pathirana, Du
Plessis put on 137 for the third wicket with
AB de Villiers in the space of just 20 overs.
De Villiers' ploy of sweeping the spin-
ners judiciously eventually caught up with
him when he was bowled around his legs by
Pathirana to depart for 64, but Du Plessis
ramped up the onslaught in the final 10 overs,
when South Africa added 106.
Du Plessis was eventually out in the final
over when he was caught on the boundary,
attempting a six that would have taken him
past Kirsten's record.
Sri Lanka's bowler Lahiru Madushanka, right, celebrates after dismissing South Africa's
batsman Faf du Plessis, for 24 runs during the 3rd One Day International cricket match
between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, South
Africa, on Saturday. AP PHOTO
Russia picks fight
MOSCOW---Russian athletics looked set for
conflict with the IAAF over doping even as
the government admitted yesterday some top
coaches relied on giving banned substances
to their athletes.
The IAAF on Monday said Russia would probably
not be reinstated to global athletics until at least
November, extending a ban first imposed in No-
vember 2015. That means there won't be an official
Russia team at the world championships in August,
though there may be "neutral" athletes competing.
A new IAAF road map obliges the All-Russian
Athletics Federation to confront World Anti-Doping
Agency allegations the Russian state oversaw a vast
cover-up of drug use, either by accepting them or
"convincingly rebutting those findings."
ARAF first vice-president Andrei Silnov ruled
out an admission Russian doping was state-backed.
"There are no facts there, just assertions, and
we're gradually proving that it's not a state struc-
ture, a system, that kind of thing," he told The As-
A former Olympic high jump champion, Silnov
said whistle blowers about doping in Russia were
motivated by money, questioned claims that Russia
had "a culture of doping," and suggested the IAAF
was unfairly slowing down Russia's reinstatement.
Silnov held a news conference alongside former
long jump world record-holder Igor Ter-Ovanesyan,
who said East German athletes' steroid-fueled suc-
cesses during the Cold War should be seen as le-
gitimate products of "good pharmacology," rather
than condemned as doping. Silnov did not challenge
the claim. (AP)
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