LONDON, AP – Jamie Vardy’s unconventional route to the English Premier League’s record book began with heartbreaking rejection from his hometown club at 16 and back-breaking work in a carbon-fibre factory. It later took in a conviction for assault, a police curfew that prevented him from completing games for his local team, and a 30-pounds-a-week ($45-a week) contract. And it involved working his way right up English football’s pyramid, first playing on muddy pitches against plumbers and electricians, then uncompromising lower-league defences, and then the bright lights and the big boys of the Premier League. One thing was a constant for Vardy on that up-and-down journey: An ability to score goals – and plenty of them. The hard work has paid off and tomorrow could see his crowning glory, as he goes in search of a scoring record for the ages. The 28-year-old striker, whose direct and hard-working playing style is straight out of the Sunday leagues, has scored in 10 straight Premier League games for Leicester, and another goal against Manchester United this weekend would see him break the record for scoring in consecutive games in the division. The record has been held by former Man United star Ruud van Nistelrooy since 2003. “There’s a lot of hard work gone into it,” Vardy says, “and long may it continue.” Vardy’s blossoming at the highest stage is a shock to most, although some say they saw it coming. Andy Pilley is the chairman of Fleetwood Town, an unheralded club in northern England that took a 150,000-pound ($225,000) punt on Vardy in 2011 when others were holding off despite his prolific form in non-league football. Fleetwood were also a non-league team then, and Vardy scored 32 goals in 34 games the following season to help them break into the Football League. Leicester soon came calling. “I remember saying, ‘We will watch when you play for England and when you play in the Premier League,'” Pilley told The Associated Press. “And, sure enough, that’s come true.” Vardy is currently top of the Premier League’s scoring charts with 13 goals — four more than his nearest rival — after 13 games and is playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney in England’s national team. He isn’t too dissimilar to a younger version of Rooney in the way he harasses defenders and grafts for his team, with a scrapper’s mentality. But he is quicker than Rooney ever was, and loves playing on the shoulder of defenders and seeing space ahead of him. This season, everything’s gone right — playing in a Leicester team that has bulldozed its way to the top of the league, Vardy has scored a goal every 74 minutes, all from inside the penalty area. He had only one goal at this stage last season. “It’s been a meteoric rise,” England assistant coach Gary Neville says. “The reports coming through (last season) were that he was raw, a little erratic in front of goal, but lightning quick and a handful. “He’s come into this season and he’s a completely different player. He was unpolished last season. Look at him now.” Vardy has been wearing a cast to protect two broken bones in his wrist, and scored a record-tying goal against Newcastle on Saturday while playing through injury. In truth, he’s taken knocks throughout his career. He joined the youth system of his boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday in 2002 but was released at 16, after being told he was too small. He quit football for eight months and worked in a carbon-fibre factory, a job he had to leave because of the stress on his back.
Wesley Sneijder 1 Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder is on the verge of agreeing a loan move to AC Milan, according to reports in Italy.The Galatasaray playmaker is reportedly unhappy with life in Turkey at the moment after disputes erupted over players receiving their salaries late.United have been heavily linked with Sneijder, with new manager Louis van Gaal a big fan of the 30-year-old from his time in charge of the Dutch national team.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, AC Milan are now readying a January loan offer for Sneijder.The Serie A giants are reportedly willing to offer Sneijder the chance to join on loan until the end of the season, as they prepare to lose Keisuke Honda for one month due to the Asian Cup.Sneijder previously spent four years at the San Siro with Inter Milan, helping the club win the Champions League in 2010.
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Samsung India launches a new Orchid Gray colour variant for its 2017 flagship phones — Galaxy S8 and S8+. By adding the new colour option, Samsung Galaxy S8 is now available in — Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Gray colour variants, while the Galaxy S8+ is available in four colour options including — Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Coral Blue and Orchid Gray. The Orchid Gray colour Galaxy S8 and S8+ are already up for pre-orde on Flipkart and Samsung stores across the country. Commenting on bringing the new colour to the S8 and S8+, Asim Warsi, Senior Vice President, Mobile Business, Samsung India says, “To further fuel the unprecedented response to Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung is pleased to introduce the all new Orchid Gray colour. Through this stunning colour, our consumers would make a style statement that would set them above and apart from everyone else.”The new Orchid Gray colour Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ features the same specs as the base variant. In terms of the specifications, Galaxy S8 comes with bezel-less design and 5.8-inch Infinity Display, while the S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch display screen. Further, the flagship phones are powered by industry-first 10nm processor – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC. “The processor allow for smooth multitasking with 20 per cent less battery consumption than before. Now users can enjoy a seamless, interruption-free experience when playing graphically-intensive games,” says the company.Also Read: Samsung launches refurbished Galaxy Note 7 aka Note 7FE with smaller battery, cheaper priceOn the optics front, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ come equipped with 12-megapixel camera on the rear, while sports an 8-megapixel front facing camera. The back camera comes coupled with Dual Pixel Technology, while on the other hand the selfie shooter comes with smart autofocus and F1.7 aperture which is said to allow users to capture bright and high-res picture even in low light situation.advertisementSamsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ also includes several other features like — IP68 water and dust resistance, hybrid dual SIM slot, always-on display and fast and wireless charging capabilities. The flagship phones come with 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.Pricing and availabilityThe new Orchid Gray variant of the Galaxy S8 is priced at Rs 57,900, while the Galaxy S8+ costs Rs 64,900. The smartphones will be available for pre-order from July 5 to 11 on Flipkart and Samsung Shop and will go on sale starting July 12. This means consumers can buy the new Orchid Gray colour Galaxy S8 and S8+ from either online or offline stores.Further, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (Orchid Gray) buyers will also get dual benefit offer of a free Convertible Wireless Charger which is worth Rs 4,499 and Rs 3,000 cashback on HDFC credit card.