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Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 4:00 AM
Leicester supporters enter the stadium to watch the Champions League quarter-final first-leg match between Atletico Madrid and Leicester City at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid yesterday.


Spanish police detain Leicester fans

MADRID (AP) Spanish police detained bottle-throwing Leicester fans ahead of the team's Champions League game against Atletico Madrid yesterday.

At least three people were taken into custody after the brief confrontation at Madrid's Plaza Mayor, where fans from the English club gathered before heading to the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Trouble began when police tried to disperse some of the few hundred Leicester supporters at the plaza, prompting a group of fans to start throwing beer bottles at the officers.

The confrontation quickly ended when more officers arrived to help contain the fans.

Authorities at the scene said there were no reports of serious injuries.

Russia, New Zealand win gold cycling champs

HONG KONG (AP) Russia and New Zealand won the first gold medals at world track cycling championships yesterday.

The top-ranked Russian women's team of Anastasia Voinova and Daria Shemeleva won their second world title in the team sprint.

The Australian team of Kaarle McCullough and Stephanie Morton took silver and Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel Bronze of Germany got bronze at the Hong Kong Veledrome.

The New Zealand men's team of Ethan Mitchel, Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins the Olympic silver medalists retained their sprint title. The Netherlands finished in second and France won bronze.

LeBron steps up for at-risk kids

AKRON, Ohio (AP) LeBron James understands what it's like being a kid on the outside looking for hope.

He's giving them some.

James, who has been committed to helping kids in his hometown through a variety of educational programmes, is teaming up with Akron public schools to open the "I Promise School" dedicated to aiding at-risk children who might otherwise be left behind.

"This school is so important to me because our vision is to create a place for the kids in Akron who need it most those that could fall through the cracks if we don't do something," James said.

The school, which will be backed by James' family foundation, will open in the fall of 2018 and focus on children in third and fourth grades. By 2022, the school will expand to accommodate students in grades one through eight.

It's the latest initiative by the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, whose programmes have supported 1,100 kids over the past six years.