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Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 1:00 AM

Ranieri cheering for Conte

FLORENCE, Italy (AP):

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri is cheering for fellow Italian coach Antonio Conte at Chelsea to succeed him as English Premier League champions.

In Florence yesterday to be inducted into the Italian football Hall of Fame, Ranieri says of Conte: "He arrived without fanfare but he's showing that the Italian school of coaches is still valid. As a former Chelsea coach and as an Italian fan I hope that Conte can realise the goal."

Conte left Italy's national team to take over Chelsea this season, and has guided the London club to a seven-point lead.

Ranieri coached unsung Leicester to the Premier League title last season.

Cowboys delay talk of Romo's future

FRISCO, Texas (AP):

Those closest to Tony Romo on the Cowboys aren't ready to discuss the future of the Dallas quarterback, probably because they know the likely final answer.

After 156 games and franchise bests of 34,183 yards passing and 248 touchdowns, Romo's career in Dallas appears to be over after he lost the job he held for 10 years to rookie sensation Dak Prescott following a preseason back injury.

The question is, what's next?

"There's several cards to be played," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on his radio show yesterday. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be relative to our team that there's any credibility to it.

"There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made."

Zidane defends Navas after loss

MADRID (AP):

Real Madrid's first loss after a 40-game unbeaten streak was enough to put coach Zinedine Zidane on the defensive.

Two days after Madrid's unbeaten record was halted by a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla in the Spanish league, Zidane was forced to defend some of his players against criticism from fans and local media.

Most comments were aimed at goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who failed to stop Sevilla's injury-time winner on Sunday. Navas got to Stevan Jovetic's long-range shot but was unable to keep the ball from going in.

"He's having a really good season," Zidane said yesterday. "You can always ask for more, but if up until now we had gone 40 games without losing, it's for a reason, and he has been there all the way."

There have been calls for Zidane to give reserve goalkeeper Kiko Casilla a chance, but the coach said there was "no need to go over this again."

Zidane also dismissed talk about signing a new goalkeeper.