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Leicester's Vardy and Mahrez nominated for prestigious Ballon d'Or award

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez Credit: PA

Jamie Vardy has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or award for best male footballer alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale after helping Leicester win the Premier League title.

The 29-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in a historic season for the Foxes, was named on a 30-man list of nominees for the prestigious award, which is currently held by Barcelona star Messi.

He's been nominated alongside teammate Riyad Mahrez.

France Football, the sole organisers of the prize given to the best footballer in the world following a split from FIFA, revealed Vardy and Mahrez were in contention in a tweet published on Monday evening.


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Ranieri defends decision to leave out Leicester forward

Ranieri left Vardy on the bench against Crystal Palace. Credit: Reuters

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insisted Jamie Vardy was rested rather than dropped against Crystal Palace.

The England striker was a substitute for Saturday's 3-1 win over Palace and has now failed to score in his last 10 appearances for club and country.

Vardy, who scored 24 goals in last season's title-winning campaign, came on as a second-half replacement as Ahmed Musa, Shinji Okazaki and Christian Fuchs wrapped up the Foxes' first Premier League victory for over a month.

It was the first time since March 2015 Vardy did not start a Premier League game when available but Ranieri wanted to keep him fresh as the Foxes juggle their Champions League campaign having beaten Copenhagen 1-0 last week.

"It's normal because we have to play so many matches. All the matches are important and when you see Okazaki and Musa in training I have to put them on the pitch," Ranieri said.

"It wasn't (because) of injury, if he was injured he wouldn't have come with me on the bench. I don't know if he needed a rest but if I don't have Shinji, Musa and (Leonardo) Ulloa maybe I have to play him but when you have some good players it's right to have a rest.

"Always I tinker, when we play every few days it's important to choose the right player, this time I left Vardy and (Marc) Albrighton out."

Sam Eggington beats Frankie Gavin to secure WBC International welterweight title

Frankie Gavin is knocked down by Sam Eggington Credit: Nick Potts PA Wire/PA Images

Sam Eggington secured the WBC International welterweight title after beating Frankie Gavin in the battle of Birmingham last night.

The two local rivals went head-to-head in the ring at the Barclaycard Arena.

Eggington won the fight with an eighth-round knock-out.


Coventry's Cal Crutchlow wins Australian MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow Credit: Joe Giddens PA Wire/PA Images

Coventry-born Cal Crutchlow has secured his second MotoGP win at the Australian Grand Prix.

He is now the first Briton since Barry Sheene in 1979 to win more than one race in a season.

Cal managed to fend off Valentino Rossi to take the chequered flag by over four seconds at Phillip Island.

Midlands Matchday Live: Full time scores

Premier League

  • Leicester City 3-1 Crystal Palace
  • Hull 0-2 Stoke


  • Huddersfield 1-0 Derby
  • Wolves 0-1 Leeds
  • Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

League One

  • Chesterfield 0-3 Scunthorpe
  • Peterborough 0-1 Wimbledon
  • Shrewsbury 2-4 Northampton
  • Coventry 2-0 Rochdale
  • Swindon 0-2 Walsall
  • Port Vale 2-2 Oxford United

League Two

  • Grimsby 0-1 Cheltenham
  • Luton 1-1 Mansfield
  • Portsmouth 1-2 Notts County

Midlands Matchday Live: Half time scores

Premier League

  • Leicester City 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • Hull 0-1 Stoke


  • Huddersfield 0-0 Derby
  • Wolves 0-0 Leeds
  • Aston Villa 0-0 Fulham

League One

  • Chesterfield 0-0 Scunthorpe
  • Peterborough 0-1 Wimbledon
  • Shrewsbury 1-2 Northampton
  • Coventry 1-0 Rochdale
  • Swindon 0-1 Walsall
  • Port Vale 0-2 Oxford United

League Two

  • Grimsby 0-1 Cheltenham
  • Luton 0-1 Mansfield
  • Portsmouth 1-1 Notts County

Coventry City fans protest ahead of kick off at Ricoh arena

Coventry City fans held a protest outside the Ricoh arena for the owners SISU to put the club up for sale today.

Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

Fans marched from Holbrook Park on Holbrook Lane via Hen Lane to the Ricoh Arena and then assembled at the Jimmy Hill statue.

Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson
The route was marked by Sky Blue ribbons. Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

In a statement Coventry City said they respect the fans' right to express their opinion and that they would encourage them to support the team on the pitch.

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