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LONDON -- When the English Premier League champions take on the runners-up, the stage should be set for a clash between two teams bursting with confidence. Buy Air Max Shoes Online .That wont be the case when Leicester hosts Arsenal on Saturday.Not after both teams slumped to embarrassing defeats on the opening weekend of the new season. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri even talked about his teams target of avoiding relegation after a 2-1 loss to newly-promoted Hull, while Arsene Wenger conceded that his Arsenal side just wasnt ready for an opening match that ended in a 4-3 home defeat by Liverpool.Along with the final score, a worrying aspect of Leicesters game was just how much Ranieris defense lacked the protection of combative midfielder NGolo Kante, who has joined Chelsea.Having built last seasons success largely on a counter-attacking game, Leicester also found it harder to change roles and take the game to its opponent.We need to put things right early, look forward to the next game and get a result there, captain Wes Morgan said. Were at our home ground and we want to put on a good display.There was better news off the pitch, though, with Leicesters announcement on Wednesday that Algeria playmaker Riyad Mahrez, a key figure alongside 24-goal Jamie Vardy in last seasons title triumph, had signed a new contract through to 2020.The King Power Stadium is already sold out for a game that will set Vardy, who squandered a series of chances at Hull, against the team he rejected following a transfer offer soon after the end of last season.For their part, traveling Arsenal fans will be hoping that some of the first-team regulars who were rested against Liverpool -- including center-half Laurent Koscielny -- will be back in the side but there will be no expectations of a repeat of their teams remarkable 5-2 victory in the Midlands last season.The 66-year-old Wenger said he may be tempted to take the gamble of reintroducing Koscielny into the side while revealing both Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi face three weeks out after picking up knocks against Liverpool.I will have to take a gamble maybe, but I will still have 48 hours to decide that, Wenger said Thursday. If I have to take a gamble on one, its certainly on him (Koscielny).Wenger also took time to hit back at long-running claims that he is unwilling to spend big money to bring in players.You are absolutely convinced that I do not want to spend the money, but I reassure you we are ready to spend the money, he said. Buying calms the fans, of course, but we have to make sure...it is important to spend money but we have to spend it the right way.Elsewhere, Liverpool heads for newly-promoted Burnley, while Chelsea is away to Watford after Antonio Conte celebrated his first league match as Blues manager with a home win over West Ham on Monday night.Here are some other things to look out for this weekend:---POGBA POISEDThe action starts early, with Manchester United at home to Southampton on Friday night.Buoyed by his teams encouraging 3-1 win at Bournemouth, which included a debut league goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jose Mourinho takes charge for his first league game at Old Trafford.However, the spotlight looks certain to fall on the return of midfielder Paul Pogba to United from Juventus for a world record fee of $116 million. Suspended for the game at Bournemouth following yellow cards collected in Italy, Pogba has declared himself fit after going all the way to the Euro 2016 final with France last month.You have to ask the manager, but I feel very good and have been training for 10 days. I am OK, Pogba told the Manchester Evening News on Wednesday. I am quite used to this (busy summer). I played the World Cup two years ago when at Juve, and three years ago I was at the under-20s World Cup as well. So I am OK. It is about your body and I have been training on my holidays.---BROKEN HART?The team sheet for Manchester City before Saturdays game at Stoke will reveal if there has been yet more heartbreak for Englands struggling goalkeeper, Joe Hart.Dropped in favor of Willy Caballero for the win over Sunderland and then the midweek victory over Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League playoffs, Harts future is already the subject of intense speculation.New manager Pep Guardiola, who has also dropped City regulars Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri, wants a `sweeper-keeper who can play a supporting role outside the penalty area.Its the latest setback for Hart, who was criticized during Englands lackluster campaign at Euro 2016.---WEST HAM WOESA right-thigh injury sustained by West Hams record signing Andre Ayew in the loss to Chelsea has left the Ghana striker facing a significant rehabilitation period, according to the clubs head of medical and sports science, Stijn Vandenbroucke.Ayew, who was signed for 20.5 million pounds ($26.75 million) from Premier League rival Swansea, had a scan on Wednesday. Vandenbroucke said the medical team would assess the results with a leading consultant before drawing any conclusions.However, Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham joint-chairman David Sullivan, wrote on Twitter: We are devastated that Ayew will be out for about 4 months. He needs surgery. Cheap Nike Air Max Mens Shoes . Halifax beat the Saint John Sea Dogs 7-5 on the strength of two goals apiece from Nikolaj Ehlers, Matt Murphy and Brent Andrews. Jonathan Drouin also scored and had three assists while Zachary Fucale made 17 saves for the Mooseheads (16-8-0), who led 6-1 after two periods. Wholesale Air Max Shoes Free Shipping . All of the scoring came in the final 20:04. Lucic scored on a power play at 15:46 of the third period, when he tipped a shot over Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for a 3-1 lead. http://www.cheapairmaxshoeswholesale.com/ . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. PITTSBURGH -- Mike Pouncey beat Maurkice Pouncey into the world by a full 60 seconds in the summer of 1989, his first victory in a sibling rivalry that will reach a unique milestone on Sunday when the Miami Dolphins host the Pittsburgh Steelers.For the first time in their lives, the Pounceys will be in uniform in the same stadium, just not on the same sideline. When Mike runs out of the tunnel as the starting center for the Dolphins, hell see his twin brother in Maurkices familiar No. 53 in Pittsburghs black-and-gold across the way.Its a moment they always believed would come. That confidence, however, wont make it any less weird.Were best friends, but I havent given him any insight, though, Maurkice said. Hes got to go watch film like our guys got to go watch film.What theyll see are two physical marvels who in many ways are mirror images in more ways than one. Technically Mike is an inch taller (6-foot-5 to Maurkices 6-4) while Maurkices listed weight of 304 pounds gives him 5 pounds on Mike. In essence, though, their identicalness stretches beyond DNA.Were the same, Maurkice said.Its been that way since they were infants and their mother Lisa kept their hospital bracelets on until she figured out how to tell them apart. They began playing together when they were 6, got their first of many tattoos at 13, and worked side by side -- Maurkice at center, Mike at guard -- while helping Florida to a BCS title.Then their paths diverged. Maurkice left a year early for the NFL, and the Steelers made him the 31st pick in the 2010 draft. The transition wasnt easy, particularly for Mike.It was the first time we were ever separated, Mike said. I probably took it a lot harder than he did because he was making money. I was still in college.Though not for long. The Dolphins grabbed Mike with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft -- 16 spots ahead of where the Steelers picked his brother -- something Maurkice says Mike still wont let go.Its competition so much, with the Pro Bowls, with everything we do, Maurkice said.Technically Maurkice is ahead on that list, getting four invites to the NFLs annual All-Star game to three for his brother. Its a number that might be higher if not for a shredded knee that cost Maurkice all but eight snaps of the 2013 season, and a bum ankle that kept him out for all of 2015. The ability to stay healthy may be the one thing Maurkice envies about Mike, who missed Miamis first four games this fall with a fractured hip, but has avoided catastrophe.I tell him all the time hes the luckiesst dude, Maurkice said with a laugh. Cheap Air Max Shoes On Sale. This guy had a fractured hip and walks around like nothing happened to him. I sit on my couch with my foot in the air for five, six months.The two are nearly inseparable during the offseason, hopping between Miami and Pittsburgh for workouts while making the rest of the guys do a double take.All the guys get him confused, Mike said. When he comes in, they think hes me when Im not around. And the same when I go up there. Their team is very welcoming of me, coming into their facilities, working out and everything.Though the urge to play together remains very real, the business of the NFL (and common sense) has kept them apart during the season. Both are the linchpins of their respective offensive lines. When Maurkice signed a lengthy extension with the Steelers in 2014, he lobbied the Pittsburgh front office to make a run at Mike the following spring.Then the Dolphins offered Mike a lucrative extension of his own and, well, the family reunion would have to wait.Somebody comes to you and says, `Im going to give you $52 million, you going to go to the Steelers (instead)?, Maurkice said with a laugh. He jumped on it as quick as anybody.They remain in constant communication during the season, offering support and advice, though rarely congratulations.He never calls me and tells me he had a great block, Maurkice said. He tells me `You missed that guy on that play. Im like, `Youre depressing.Maurkice can take solace in this: his team is currently 4-1 and looks like a legitimate threat to head back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. The Dolphins are 1-4 and seem to be headed for an eighth straight non-winning season.On Sunday, theyll share a bro hug during warmups and perhaps scan the stands for the 80 or so friends and family coming in for the game, and maybe offer a thanks for pushing each other to remarkable heights.Hes been a real help for my career, how its gone, Mike said. And Im sure hed say the same for me.Game notes Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder), T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), DE Cam Heyward (hamstring) and LB Ryan Shazier (knee) are out. WR Sammie Coates (hand) is questionable. ... Miami TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is out. 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