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Champions Leicester collect EPL trophy

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2016 | 5:18 AM
Leicester City's captain, Jamaican international Wes Morgan (centre) and manager Claudio Ranieri lift the trophy as the team celebrated winning the English Premier League, after the match against Everton at the King Power Stadium, Leicester, England yesterday.

 

LEICESTER, England (AP) - In scenes that would have seemed absurd a year ago, Leicester's captain Wes Morgan collected the English Premier League (EPL) trophy yesterday after one of the most improbable turnarounds by a sports team.

"It's the best time of my life," Morgan, a Jamaican international who joined Leicester as a second-tier club four years ago, said on the field. "You just want to enjoy every minute."

Fireworks erupted on the King Power Stadium pitch before yellow and blue streamers cascaded from the roof after the preseason 5,000-1 title long shots got their hands on the biggest prize in English football.

Before the biggest party in the club's 132-year history, the Foxes completed their first game since securing their first-ever top flight title without playing on Monday, with a swaggering 3-1 victory over Everton.

Jamie Vardy, the striker signed from non-league Fleetwood Town four years ago, returned from suspension with a double to take the club top-scorer's tally to 24, with a penalty miss denying him a hat-trick.

But it was apt that midfielder Andy King was also on the score sheet. The lifelong Leicester player has been on the journey as the club climbed back from the third tier in 2009 to the top flight only two years ago.

Earlier yesterday Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland were on the hunt for points to stave off relegation, just as the champions were doing a year ago. Sunderland were the only one of the trio to win.

Sunderland beat Chelsea 3-2 to climb out of the relegation zone with two games remaining as the deposed champions saw captain John Terry sent off.

Newcastle who were 0-0 by already-relegated Aston Villa, are a point behind and have played a game more than north-east rivals Sunderland. Norwich are below Newcastle in the drop zone after losing to Manchester United 1-0.

Juan Mata's goal for United took Louis van Gaal's side within one point of Manchester City in the fourth and final Champions League place. In other matches, visitors Swansea beat West Ham 4-1, Bournemouth drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace beat Stoke 2-1.