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Leicester took a huge step towards the Premier League title against Sunderland on Super Sunday. Nick Markakis Jersey . From front to back, the 2-0 victory bore all the hallmarks of their extraordinary season. Any lingering doubts about whether Leicester could go the distance were blown away at the Stadium of Light. An emotional Claudio Ranieri left the pitch to chants of were going to win the league from the buoyant travelling fans, and it is now difficult to imagine any other outcome.How fitting that such a significant victory should arrive in this style. Leicester showed the patience and organisation that has typified their recent run of narrow victories for just over an hour in the north east, and when the hosts began pushing forward for a winning goal, the Foxes simply picked them off on the break. Jamie Vardys goals were classic Leicester. His opener - which made him the clubs first player since Gary Lineker to score 20 goals in a top flight season - came after Danny Drinkwater received a Robert Huth header deep in his own half with his back to goal. Jamie Vardy finishes Leicesters opening goal against Sunderland It looked like an innocuous position, but the midfielder turned Lee Cattermole with two quick touches and immediately sighted Vardy, who had taken up his usual position in the outside-left channel. Suddenly, Sunderland were vulnerable. Drinkwaters pass was perfect, and Younes Kaboul couldnt get close as Vardy angled his run inside and finished clinically with his right foot.Simple but devastatingly effective counter-attacking. It was Leicester all over, and Vardys second left Sunderland with a feeling of deja-vu. This time it was substitute Demarai Gray who made it, plucking Daniel Amarteys clearance out of the sky and sliding the ball forward, where Vardy had only one thing on his mind. Claudio Ranieri speaks to Sky Sports after Leicesters latest victory The 29-year-old outmuscled and outpaced Patrick van Aanholt to break free on goal, and he kept a cool head to round Vito Mannone and finish into Sunderlands empty net. You leave space in behind and they will kill you for it, said Jamie Carragher in the Sky Sports studio. These were the kind of goals Leicester have been scoring all season.Leicester are brilliant at what they do, added Carragher. Early on in the game Sunderland couldnt get out of their own half because they defended so deep to counteract Vardys pace, but as soon as you step up that pitch youre just asking for trouble.Vardy wasnt the only Leicester player to fulfil his duties to perfection. In midfield, they were boosted by another exceptional performance from NGolo Kante. The Frenchman was the smallest player on the pitch at just over 5ft 6ins, but he dominated the centre of the park in towering style. NGolo Kante was in fine form for Leicester against Sunderland Just days after Ranieri commented that the midfielder plays like he has a pack full of batteries hidden in his shorts, Kante delivered a typically industrious display, covering more ground (11.86km) and making more high-intensity sprints (71) than anyone else on the pitch.Kante was everywhere, popping up on the flanks, contributing in attack and defence and driving Leicester on as he has done all year. The 25-year-old ranked first for tackles (seven) and interceptions (four) at the Stadium of Light, and he also posted the second-highest passing accuracy of players to have started the game with 85.7 per cent. Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy celebrate after the final whistle He provided a perfect shield for a back five whose collective understanding is strengthening with every passing week. Leicesters defensive organisation has become more and more prominent in the second half of the campaign, and with the exception of Jack Rodwells gilt-edged chance in the closing stages, Sunderland were largely nullified.Kasper Schmeichel saved their only shot on target - a deflected effort from Fabio Borini in the first half - and Leicester held firm to keep their 13th clean sheet in the 23 games in which they have started with a back four of Danny Simpson, Huth, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs. Leicesters togetherness was epitomised by Marc Albrightons hard-working display on the left-hand side, and there were similarly tireless shifts from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez.To a man, Leicester simply did exactly what was required. They are the most cohesive and effective unit in the Premier League, and with just five games of the season remaining, its starting to feel like a question of when and not if they finish the job. It is there on the table, said Ranieri, and now we have to take it. Also See: Vardy edges Leicester closer Ranieri: Everything in our hands Cheap Custom Braves Jersey .The Hanwha Eagles said the team was impressed with Morgans contact ability and base-running skills.The 34-year-old debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007 and hit . Ender Inciarte Jersey . JOHNS, N. http://www.custombravesjersey.com/custom-darren-oday-jersey-large-1287z.html . -- Canadian ski cross star Marielle Thompson accomplished two goals in one race Saturday.MINNEAPOLIS -- Vern Mikkelsen, a Hall of Fame basketball player who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers, has died. He was 85. Mikkelsen died on Thursday night surrounded by family, the Los Angeles Lakers announced on Friday. He was a six-time All-Star during 10 years with the Lakers, teaming with George Mikan and Jim Pollard in a frontcourt that to this day is considered one of the best the league has ever seen. Though he was known for his hard-nosed defence, Mikkelsen averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 rebounds in his career and emerged as one of the leagues first true power forwards. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. "I was a good basketball player, but I attribute greatness to those individuals who sacrifice their time, talents, and efforts for the benefit of others," Mikkelsen wrote in the forward to "The Vern Mikkelsen Story," which was published in 2006. "I did some of that, too, though not nearly as much as I would have liked to, looking back on it." Arild Verner Mikkelson was born in Fresno, Calif., in 1928 and grew up in the northern Minnesota town of Askov, about 95 miles north of Minneapolis. He played college ball at Hamline in St. Paul, at the time a basketball power that sent two other players to the Lakers as well. Mikkelsen was drafted in 1949 and helped lead the Lakers to championships in 1950 and three in a row from 1952-54. One of the leagues original enforcers, Mikkelsen was a physical player and fouled out a record 127 times before retiring in 1959. "He was the protector of Mikan," said Wolves president Flip Saunders, who got to know Mikkelsen during 10 years as a coach in the organization. "He loved beeing around here. Babe Ruth Jersey Large. And he was one of the best story tellers." He was later the coach and general manager of the ABAs Minnesota Pipers. "Vern was one of the first in a long line of great Lakers players, and a key link to our franchises early years in Minnesota," Lakers President Jeanie Buss said in a statement. "We appreciate his contributions to the Lakers and our legacy, and we send our condolences and best wishes to his family." Mikkelsens name hangs in the rafters at Staples Center on a banner that also is home to the retired jerseys in the organization. Mikkelsen remained a revered figure in Minnesota long after his playing days, a gracious story teller who remained close to the game long after he retired. In his later years, Mikkelsen overcame two strokes, diabetes, prostate cancer and the death of his wife of 47 years in 2002. And he remained upbeat through it all. "Keep on doing your best with what you have to work with, as we all have an obligation to take care of ourselves and live as long as possible, respecting each day as a great gift with the intention of sharing the simple, meaningful things of life with family, friends and our community," Mikkelsen wrote. He was influential in bringing the NBA back to Minnesota in the 1980s and the Timberwolves planned to hold a moment of silence to honour him on Friday night before they played the Brooklyn Nets. "During his playing days at Hamline University and the Lakers, Vern was a dominant force on the court and one of the games great power forwards," the Wolves said in a statement. "Vern was a great friend to our organization and we offer our condolences to his family." ' ' '

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