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  • 18 Jul
    Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has praised the impact Claudio Ranieris Foxes have had on the city after winning the clubs first top-flight trophy in its 132-year history. It was party-central in Leicester on Monday night as Leicester City were named Premier League champions and local lad Mark Selby won his second world snooker championship.On top of that, Leicester Riders won the British Basketball League title last month, and even Leicestershires cricketers - the whipping boys of the county game for the last few years - are flying high in Division Two. Cockerill - whose Tigers have reached the Aviva Premiership play-offs - has been impressed by the Foxes all season, crediting the spirit among the squad for their historic Premier League title victory and he thinks it has been a great sporting year for the whole city of Leicester.Unbelievable. A fantastic start to the season, everybody thought they would drop off and theyve kept going to the big teams and beating them and they have a fantastic away record, Cockerill told Sky Sports News HQ.You go and watch them play and you can see the spirit and the energy and the commitment for each other. The supporters have been outstanding. My two daughters have to go to school dressed in blue, so that was an interesting discussion around the breakfast table. Leicester boss Richard Cockerill is thrilled with Leicester Citys success Its been fantastic for the city - the buzz around the place with the football is just unbelievable.The former England international believes Ranieris side have demonstrated the spirit of the city with their performances throughout the season and says they have put Leicester on the map. You only come here to play sport or visit the Cathedral, so its fantastic for the city and we wont have to explain where Leicester is any more because the world knows where it is now, he added. From the football perspective theres not many local lads in that side but clearly theyve bought in to what the citys about the supporters have got behind it.City were unable to win the league at Old Trafford on Sunday when they drew 1-1 with Manchester United, but became champions on Monday night after Tottenham were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea.In some ways I was sort of hoping theyd have to win against Everton at the weekend and have the grand finale at home but they can now have that celebration all together, said Cockerill. Leicester City players celebrate winning the Premier League title during a training session at their Belvoir Drive training ground I think it just shows that sport is special and its not just money that buys success. It helps, but I think that the romance of a team that can come from where they have come from - their starting team cost £23m - compared to Man Citys which is £280m or something.I think we are under a bit of pressure to deliver now as well so if we can do the same with the Premiership thatll be nice and maybe wed follow them round in an open top bus rather than be at the front.Leicester host Everton this Saturday where they will play for the first time as Premier League Champions, live on Sky Sports 1. Also See: Ranieri: Title is a one-off How Leicester did it differently WATCH: Foxes flag celebrations Ranieri: Heart and soul won it Jackie Robinson Dodgers Jersey . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. 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EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State needs Eron Harris to score, and do some of it with 3-point shots instead of most often choosing to dribble and drive to the basket.Ive been trying to figure it out, he said after he started the scoring in each half by making multiple 3-pointers to help the Spartans stay in front throughout and beat Tennessee Tech 71-63 Saturday at the Breslin Center.Harris, a senior guard, hit a trio of 3-pointers early in the first half, and two early in the second half and scored 20 points. He was 5 of 11 from behind the 3-point line.It seemed like every time we made a push, Eron Harris answered it, Tennessee Tech coach Steve Payne said.Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said Harris heeded the 3-point shot request, and played well while Izzo shuffled lineups due to multiple injuries and 28 fouls being called on the Spartans.If I looked frustrated, I probably was, Izzo said. We had some bizarre lineups in my dreams I didnt have. In my nightmares I didnt have. We got a win though, and we went to Eron and ran some things for him. He played pretty good.Junior guard Aleksa Jugovic, the top scorer for the Golden Eagles (4-7) this season at 17 points per game, scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting. Senior guard Kajon Mack scored 12 points.Michigan State freshman center Nick Ward, who scored 10 points, bothered and blocked shots on the defensive end and scored inside to help the Spartans (7-4) build a 58-44 lead with 11:29 remaining. Foul trouble limited him to 12 minutes.Michigan State led by 18 points five minutes into the game, but Tennessee Tech trimmed it to 10 by halftime and closed it to single digits in the games final minute.Thats a good team, Izzo said. We had them down by 18 a couple of tiimes, and it was a case where if you can get them down by 20 it becomes 30.ddddddddddddBut they didnt let that happen.BIG PICTURETENNESSEE TECH: The Golden Eagles came in averaging 76.2 points per game on 43 percent shooting, but managed just 27 points on 35 percent shooting in the first half to trail by 10. They improved to 40 percent in the second half.MICHIGAN STATE: The injury-hampered Spartans played without two recent starters, sophomore guard Matt McQuaid (concussion symptoms) and freshman forward Miles Bridges (ankle), but had more than enough for Tennessee Tech. McQuaid should be back this week, and Bridges, whose 16.7 points per game average leads the team, could return by next weekend.SMITH-IZZOMichigan State coach Tom Izzo received the USBWA Dean Smith Award in a short ceremony before the game. The award goes to the individual who embodies the spirit and values of the late North Carolina coach. Izzo was named the winner in October.FREE THROWSThe Spartans made 17 of 30 free throws (56.7 percent) and came into the game shooting 62 percent for the season.We are going to start making them or Im going to get fined, Izzo said. That 20 hours (of practice time allowed each week) is going to turn into 20 hours just on free throws.UP NEXTTENNESSEE TECH: The Golden Eagles head back to their home state, but stay on the road when they take on the big school back home, the University of Tennessee on Tuesday.MICHIGAN STATE: The Spartans, three games into a five-game stretch of home games, hit the practice floor for a week and take finals before hosting Northeastern on Dec. 18. ' ' '