LONDON (AP):Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements yesterday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the English Premier League for the first time.Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challengers Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champions Chelsea.With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester are champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.”Championes! Championes! Ole! Ole! Ole!” the jubilant Leicester players sang as they jumped up and down with their arms on each other’s shoulders inside Vardy’s house.”Nobody believed we could do it, but here we are Premier League champions and deservedly so,” Leicester captain Wes Morgan said. “I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers.”FIRST JAMAICA TITLE-HOLDERMorgan is the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League.Just two years ago, Vardy and many of his teammates were playing in the second tier and then came close to instantly dropping out of the Premier League. They started this season as among the favourites to be relegated again. But last night, fans – who never dreamed their modest club in a city with a population of 330,000 would conquer wealthier rivals – descended on Leicester’s King Power Stadium to party into the night.”People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong,” Morgan said. “This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”Leicester, who will collect the trophy on Saturday when they host Everton at home, had not even finished higher than second since 1929.English soccer have not had a first-time champion of the top flight since Nottingham Forest in 1978. And for the last 20 years, the Premier League trophy has never left London or Manchester, with Arsenal, Chelsea, United and City sharing the trophy among them.Unlike that title-winning quartet or 1995 champion Blackburn, Leicester have achieved their success without lavish spending on their squad.Chelsea’s draw also ensured Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri became a league title winner for the first time in his career, 12 years after the 64-year-old Italian was fired by the Blues.”Let’s do it for Ranieri,” read one Chelsea fan’s banner during yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge, where the trophy was presented to Chelsea last May.”It’s the greatest achievement in the history of English football and it was led by an Italian,” Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, tweeted.Leicester missed a chance to seal the title on Sunday when they were held to a draw by Manchester United, but Chelsea ensured that the party wasn’t delayed any longer.Tottenham had to win at Chelsea to keep their bid for a first title since 1961 alive and led 2-0 thanks to goals from striker Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, before Chelsea staged a second-half fight back to draw in a fiery London derby, where tempers frayed and tackles flew in from everywhere.”What a game,” Leicester defender Robert Huth tweeted. “Makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!”Centre half Gary Cahill pulled a goal back for Chelsea early in the second half and with Tottenham clinging on, the equalising goal was scored by Eden Hazard.Ranieri called Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to thank him for Chelsea’s part in delivering the title to Leicester, which is owned by Thai retail giant King Power.”(Ranieri said) five times ‘Thanks’, because of the emotion,” Hiddink said. “I didn’t see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit.”One bookmaker, Sky Bet, said it paid out £4.6 million (US$6.8 million) to punters who backed Leicester to win the title, with 128 putting money on the team at 5,000-1.No sports team has defied such odds to triumph, and Leicester’s improbablesuccess has provided a feel-good story for a country divided as they prepare to vote on whether to remain in the European Union.”Many congratulations to Leicester,” British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted. “An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”
Coming in second place was Kevin Shaw as he finished with a time of 1:51:00. Third was Matt Ellis in 1:55:57.Fourth place went to Roger St. Jean. He edged Darren Guliov as they finished with times of 1:58:01, and 1:58:03 respectively. Davide Loro was sixth, seventh place went to Sam Keats, and eighth place was Dawit Feyissa.- Advertisement –
Tata Communications has partnered with Kaltura to combine Tata’s content delivery network (CDN) with Kaltura’s open source online video platform.The pair said that the integrated offering will enable media companies, enterprises and educational institutions to manage the entire video process, from acquisition to delivery, through a single interface.“The single application interface allows content owners to focus more on creating quality content for both on-demand and live delivery and less on media workflow and distribution. By joining with Kaltura, we are making executing online video strategy easier than ever,” said Genius Wong, senior vice president of global network services at Tata Communications.
Netflix co-founder and CEO, Reed HastingsNetflix boss Reed Hastings has said he is not worried by the prospect of direct competition from the combined forces of Vivendi and Mediaset in Europe, adding that the SVoD company’s progress in Italy so far has been in line with expectations.In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa, Hastings said that Netflix faced competition in the US from rivals including Amazon, Comcast and Hulu, but that all had managed to grow. He said that it is clear that in Europe “the competition will be fierce and will do everything possible to create an interesting offering, but we are Netflix.”Asked if Netflix’s progress in Italy – where the streaming video service is estimated to have around 200,000 subscribers – has been too slow, Hastings said that the company was investing heavily in the country and that he was confident that Netflix’s first Italian production, crime drama Suburra, will be a great success.Hastings said that Netflix’s progress was in line with expectations. The company has previously said it planned to reach one third of Italian homes in seven years.Hastings said that Netflix was working to secure the rights to future seasons of flagship drama House of Cards, for which Sky holds the rights in Italy, but admitted it would remain unavailable on Netflix for the time being. He said he Netflix was getting closer to securing a deal for its other leading original, Orange is the New Black, which is currently distributed via Mediaset’s Infinity platform, and was confident that Netflix would be able to distribute the fourth season of the show.Hastings said that Netflix still plans to launch in China, the largest market where it is not yet present, but added that securing licences was extremely complicated, while the availability of broadband infrastructure was also challenging.
New York-based media group Hearst is to buy a majority stake in children’s TV producer and distributor Litton Entertainment.The transaction is expected to close on February 1 following an agreement, terms of which were not disclosed, was struck between Hearst Television and Litton.Hearst has a range of media assets, including an ownership stake in A+E Networks, 30 TV stations in the US, magazines including Cosmopolitan and Elle, and investments in BuzzFeed, Vice Media and AwesomenessTV.Litton produces programming such as ABC’s Litton’s Weekend Adventure block, CBS’s CBS Dream Team: It’s Epic!, and CW’s One Magnificent Morning through its Litton Studios division.Dave Morgan founded Charleston-based Litton in 1988, and remains president and CEO. Before that, he held an executive management role at Hearst Radio.“We’ve known Dave since the early days of his career with Hearst and have admired the first-class brand of Litton Entertainment that he and his team have built over the years,” said Hearst TV president Jordan Wertlieb.“Providing quality, family-friendly programming to viewers is an important tenet of Hearst Television, and adding Litton’s assets and expertise to our company through this partnership will be a terrific complement to our businesses.”