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Riyad Mahrez praised
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Leicester moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following their 4-0 victory over Swansea at the King Power Stadium on Sunday. Claudio Ranieris men made light of the absence of top scorer Jamie Vardy with replacement Leonardo Ulloa scoring twice.Ulloa was just one of the players to step up. Here, we pick out five men who made the difference without the teams star striker… Riyad Mahrez praised the whole team for their efforts in beating Swansea Riyad MahrezMahrez had suffered a dip in form of late, having gone three games without directly contributing to a goal for only the second time this season. But this was the winger back to his best. Sometimes I have to score, he acknowledged afterwards. And he did.Mahrez was magnificent, his whole performance from start to finish, Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports. Some of the things he does with a football are just unique. The moment that mattered came when he pounced on Ashley Williams error to settle everyones nerves. Leicester distance covered Player Distance NGolo Kante 11.7km Riyad Mahrez 11.5km Danny Drinkwater 11.2km But it was more than the goal; more, even, than the skills. What he has also brought to his game is the ability to work for his team, added Redknapp. Hes bought into this team ethic. Only NGolo Kante covered more ground than Mahrez on Sunday. It was exactly what was required.Jeffrey SchluppIn his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Ranieri set the scene. I told Jeff, Now I need you. You are our strength. You are so powerful. And he made another good match. Indeed, Jeffrey Schlupp was integral to Leicesters win. Claudio Ranieri says Leicester gave a fantastic performance in their 4-0 win He was brilliant with his pace and running off the ball, said Redknapp. He was a great outlet. The Ghanaian was clocked at 33.6 kilometres per hour - the fastest man on the pitch - and caused so many problems for Swansea full-back Angel Rangel.In particular, there was the run for the third goal that killed the game as he set up Ulloa for the tap-in. This was Schlupps first start since November but when he was needed by his manager and his team-mates he responded with a strong display.Leonardo UlloaThere was pressure on the big target-man going into this one as not everyone was convinced he could adequately replace Vardy. After all, his previous Premier League start had come in a goalless draw against 10-man Bournemouth in January. Leonardo Ulloa scored his first brace of the season for Leicester I feared for him a bit today but he coped with it admirably, said Redknapp. You bring in players and you worry about the Vardy effect but Ulloa was magnificent. He walked away with his first brace of the season and the man-of-the-match award.Demarai GrayThe January signing from Birmingham is yet to start a Premier League game but Ranieri has been keen to keep him involved in things - this was the 19-year-olds ninth appearance off the bench and another glimpse of the quality he can bring. Gray beat both Williams and Jefferson Montero on the flank to set up the fourth goal as his shot was parried out to Marc Albrighton. With his first assist having come in his previous outing against Sunderland, it seems Gray is ready to make a real impact at just the right time.Marc AlbrightonOf course, Kante covered the most ground (11.69 kilometres), Shinji Okazaki made the most sprints (86) and the defence kept another clean sheet. By comparison, Albrightons brief cameo was insignificant. However, it was also symbolic. Marc Albrighton came off the bench to score his first goal since the opening day Albrighton had not scored since the opening day of the season but came off the bench with eight minutes to go to net the fourth goal of the afternoon - and with his weaker foot. It summed it all up on a day that so many of this Leicester squad took the chance to give that little bit more.ConclusionEvery single Leicester player should win the PFA award, said Redknapp. Every one of them has been a star this year. This was the sort of performance to hammer home that message as the star names and the fringe figures all helped to make a difference.First the focus was on the key individuals. Then it was the familiar starting line-up that we all saw week in, week out. Now its the whole squad in the spotlight. Without Jamie, everyone gave something more, Ranieri told Sky Sports afterwards. Leicester are on the brink. 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Chiasson snapped a third-period tie and lifted the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 victory on Monday night.Lawrence, KS (SportsNetwork.com) - Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 20 points and 13th- ranked Kansas pulled away in the second half for a 78-62 victory over Kent State at Allen Fieldhouse. Perry Ellis tallied 15 points and eight rebounds and Frank Mason III scored 14 for the Jayhawks (10-2), who bounced back from a 77-52 loss to Temple in Philadelphia on Dec. 22. Kansas ran its home winning streak to 14 going back to last season. Jimmy Hall had 13 points with eight rebounds, Khaliq Spicer scored 11 and Kris Brewer had 10 points for the Golden Flashes (8-4), who fell to UTEP, 78-75, in the championship game of the Sun Bowl Invitational in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 22. The Jayhawks had their eight-game winning streak snapped versus the Owls, but got back on track Tuesday thanks to solid inside play. Kansas held a 44-31 reboundinng advantage and limited the Golden Flashes to 10-of-31 shooting in the second half.dddddddddddd Kansas raced to a 10-3 lead, but Kent State rallied for the next seven points and eventually took a 22-16 lead following a Brewer jumper at the midway point. The Jayhawks bounced back to grab a 39-33 edge at the half and stretched the cushion to 44-33 following a Oubre layup. Kansas led by as many as 21, and the advantage never dipped under nine. Game Notes Kansas hosts UNLV on Sunday, while the Golden Flashes conclude non-conference play against Texas-Pan American on Friday ... Kansas is 12-1 against current membership of the Mid-American Conference ... The Jayhawks shot 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second half and outscored Kent State, 19-0 in fast break points. ' ' '
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