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There may not be must-win matches in mid-August, but one can certainly make the argument there are not-lose matches. Heath Miller Youth Jersey .For all the subplots surrounding Saturdays marquee match and home opener for reigning champions Leicester City against Arsenal at King Power Stadium, one fact is sure to have captured both teams attention:Only the 1992-93 Manchester United side have won the title in the Premier League era after starting the season with back-to-back losses, an unenviable position either side could face if the other emerges victorious.For all the memorable moments Leicester City created in their stunning run to the top of the table, they had a forgettable one last weekend at KC Stadium. The Foxes became the first defending champion in the Premier League era to lose their season opener, falling 2-1 to a promoted Hull City side facing a spate of distractions and a lack of match-fit bodies -- the Tigers didnt use any of their allotted substitutions.Riyad Mahrez scored Leicesters lone goal, a penalty shortly after intermission, but Jamie Vardy failed to display the razor-sharp finishing skills that propelled the Foxes to the league title and a spot for him on Englands roster for the Euros this summer. He missed three opportunities, and the Foxes also missed departed midfielder NGolo Kante and suspended defender Robert Huth as they conceded goals on either side of halftime.Newcomer Luis Hernandez, again expected to partner with Wes Morgan in central defence as Huth serves the last of his three-match ban, is expecting his team not to panic and show the same kind of resolve that made them title-winners in the spring.I think now after we lost our first game its important to stay calm, Hernandez told LCFC TV. I know its not easy to lose the first game but we need to be calm because the league is about 38 games.Its a difficult game because Arsenal are a big team with really good players but were at home with our supporters. We know that Arsenals attacking players are really good with good technique. So it will be difficult for us but we need to play together like last season with high intensity and if we do that I think we can win.Mahrez also finally ended the drama surrounding his possible exit before the transfer deadline, putting pen to paper on a new four-year contract Thursday. The Algeria international reportedly had many suitors, including Saturdays opponents, but the 2016 PFA Player of the Year opted to remain Vardys running mate as the Foxes embark on their first Champions League adventure.Im happy to continue my adventure with Leicester City, he said. Its been a pleasure to be here the last two-and-a-half years, so Im going to keep going here. Ive achieved good things with this club.Im excited to see whats going on in the Champions League with big clubs and big players -- we will see. Its for everyone, not just for the players and not just for the club, but for the city and everyone thats behind Leicester City. Its the first time that we play in the Champions League, so its fantastic.While Champions League is old hat for Arsenal -- they will be in group play in Europes top club competition for the 19th straight year -- some of their shortcomings that also are old hat have already surfaced to put heat on manager Arsene Wenger.The Frenchmans inability to finalise a deal for Vardy after triggering the release clause in his contract rankled an already-agitated fan base. And those Gunners supporters were further unnerved with a 4-3 loss at home Sunday to Liverpool, prompting chants of You dont know what youre doing directed at Wenger as the lack of summer signings exacerbated an injury-hit squad also trying to rest players who appeared in the European Championships.Buying calms the fans down, but its important to spend but even more important to spend the right way, Wenger said Thursday. You do not sign players because you think it is important or not. It is about the availability of players … to find the players that will strengthen your squad is much more difficult.One of those three summer signings, 20-year-old defender Rob Holding from relegated League One squad Bolton Wanders, was clearly out of his element along with central defender Calum Chambers during a torrid 18-minute stretch in which a one-goal lead became a three-goal deficit with a half-hour to play.Holdings disastrous performance and the lack of bodies at the position may force Wengers hand to bring back Laurent Koscielny back into the lineup as Arsenal are reportedly trying to pry either Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia or possibly Jose Gimenez from Atletico Madrid. Gimenez is believed to have a release clause of £56 million, and it may take a minimum transfer fee of £40 million to land the 21-year-old Uruguayan.We are working very hard, Wenger insisted. You are absolutely convinced that I dont want to spend the money, but I would like to reassure you that we are ready to spend the money we have. As always, not the money we havent got (because) its not my money.Koscielny had resumed practice only last week after helping Les Bleus reach the Euro final, and both Per Mertesacker and Gabriel will miss four months and six weeks, respectively, due to injuries.German midfielder Mesut Ozil and French striker Olivier Giroud were also held out for rest, but Ozil could also be pressed into duty since Aaron Ramsey was forced from the loss to Liverpool with an injury just after the hour mark. Giroud, meanwhile, could be a more effective target forward who would let Alexis Sanchez play in his customary spot on the wing.Arsenal handed Leicester City two of their three league losses last season, including a 5-2 victory in the 2015-16 corresponding fixture. It was a wild end-to-end affair in which Vardy scored a goal, hit a post and dented the crossbar in the first 20 minutes and Sanchez bagged three goals in a contest devoid of defence.The Gunners then completed the double -- and extended their league unbeaten streak over the Foxes to 19 matches (13-6-0) -- with a 2-1 victory on Valentines Day. Denny Welbeck scored in the 95th minute as Leicester were unable to scrape out a point despite playing almost all of the second half with 10 men after Danny Simpson was sent off with his second yellow card on 54 minutes.Vardy converted from the spot in that contest, and Wenger is expecting another tough match from a Foxes team that now has a championship pedigree.They have exactly the same qualities they had last year and they are a team who are very quick on the break and defend well as a unit, he said. We have to address our defensive weaknesses from last week without compromising our style of play.We need to continue being very dangerous going forward and accept the way we play. Zach Gentry Womens Jersey . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Greg Lloyd Youth Jersey . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. http://www.steelerspronfl.com/Youth-Jerome-Bettis-Elite-Jersey/ . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. LONDON -- The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday in the first NFL game played at Londons home of English rugby, a sold-out and raucous Twickenham Stadium.Keenum, coming off the best start of his career, had the Rams at the Giants 15-yard line with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass in the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily picked off. Keenums intended target, Brian Quick, failed to get the quarterbacks audible and cut off his route early.Keenum, who finished 32 of 53 for 291 yards and one touchdown, has thrown an interception on the Rams final offensive play of the last three games. That likely will fuel debate on a potential quarterback change to overall No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff.Fisher said he had no intention of switching quarterbacks during the bye week.The windows are tight and the throws have to be more precise, Fisher said of Keenums throws. Ill make changes at receiver before I make a change at quarterback.The win kept the Giants (4-3) in good shape in the ultra-competitive NFC East, where no one has a losing record. The Rams (3-4) lost their third straight.The Giants entered Sunday with the worst turnover differential in the NFC at minus-10. Then tight end Larry Donnell coughed up the ball on the Giants 35, leading to the Rams lone touchdown, a 10-yard grab by Tavon Austin.But the Rams were unable to build on that early edge and instead hit the self-destruct button. Keenum threw two interceptions, both off high-sailing deflections, to safety Landon Collins, and two more in the end zone to cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie. RB Todd Gurley struggled, carrying 15 times for 57 yards, his longest run an 8-yarder.Collins returned his first pick 44 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, making several Rams miss tackles before he bowled over center Tim Barnes to draw the Giants even.I must have run at least 100 yards on that play, said a beaming Collins, who until Sunday had only one interception in his two-year career.Collins second pick set up the winning drive, which featured a 22-yard catch by Odell Beckman Jr. to the Rams 6. Rashad Jennings scored from the 1 for the Giants only offensive touchdown.Eli Manning had a pedestrian day, going 24 of 37 for 196 yards and no touchdowns. The Rams managed 20 first downs to the Giants 13.Manning said the pass rush and multiple coverage looks meant it was tough to get into a great rhythm and hit a bunch of big plays.Its not one that were necessarily going to put on our highlight taape of how were supposed to win games, but its a team game, Jennings said. Joe Greene Steelers Jersey. The defense bailed us out.The Rams final two possessions ended in the end-zone interceptions by Rodgers-Cromartie, the pro-Giants crowd of more than 74,000 roaring their approval.HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE?Los Angeles was the home team, but officials struggled to whip up a pro-Rams environment at Twickenham, where the big-screen TVs advised Quiet please, offense at work when the Rams had the ball -- and the crowd kept up a deafening din during the Rams two doomed final drives.LOPSIDED STARTThe Giants took the field looking jet-lagged, Rams the savvy travelers. That perhaps reflected the fact Los Angeles chose to fly overnight from Detroit the previous Sunday for a full week in England, while the Giants did most of their preparations at home before arriving Friday in London.The Giants gained a single first down in the first quarter on an 11-yard completion to Sterling Shepard. The Rams, by contrast, controlled 11:36 of the first-quarter clock, gained seven first downs with a balanced attack, and scored on their first two drives to lead 10-0 with less than 10 minutes gone.GIANTS RUNNING WOESNew York struggled for a seventh straight week to move the ball on the ground and Giants finished with 36 yards rushing on 20 carries for a paltry 1.8 average.GIANTS KICKERNew Giants kicker Robbie Gould made a 29-yard field goal in his only attempt and converted two extra points. He replaced Josh Brown, who was placed on the NFLs commissioner exemption list after more information surfaced about his abusive behavior toward his then-wife.Gould, cut by the Bears in September, got the surprise recruitment call Thursday as he was taking his 3-year-old son swimming. Their first question: Did he have a valid passport?Getting a fresh start and being in a place like New York and playing for the Giants, as one of the charter franchises, is something special, he said.INJURY SCAREGiants kick returner Dwayne Harris suffered what looked like a serious injury when returning the final punt of the first half. He lay still on the ground for several minutes, was immobilized and carted off the field as teammates prayed. But he returned to field the first punt of the fourth quarter. Neither team reported any other serious injuries.---Associated Press reporter Zac Boyer contributed to this story.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 

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