MILAN (Reuters) - Juventus were held to a 2-2 draw at Atalanta on Friday after a rare defensive mix-up by the Serie A leaders allowed the hosts to snatch a late equaliser. Juventus, who moved nine points clear of AS Roma, have one of the strongest defences in Europe and have conceded only 22 goals in the league all season in 34 games. Fifth-placed Atalanta have been one of the surprise packages in Serie A this season, losing only three times at the Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium, and they gave Juve a hard time as expected. Juventus twice escaped after mistakes by defender Giorgio Chiellini set up the hosts but there was no let-off when Andrea Conti forced Alejandro Gomez's cross over the line on the stroke of halftime. Juve's usually impregnable defence let them down when Pjanic and Stephan Lichtsteiner collided while trying to clear and the ball ran loose to Freuler.
Zidane also said players who performed well against Deportivo would hold no hard feelings against him should they find themselves on the bench against Valencia. "I don't just drop players, I speak with them and explain my thinking and we move forward together," he added. "...I understand this debate but now I'm the coach of Real Madrid, I have to decide, and I'm always thinking about what's best for Real Madrid as a family. "I know I have an extraordinary squad and everyone is committed ...We all want to follow the same path." Bale is still suffering from a calf injury while Ramos returns from a one-game suspension for getting sent off against Barcelona.
ALOR SETAR: PAS delegates have been directed not to raise 'sensitive' and petty issues that could cause disunity at its muktamar starting Saturday. "The president gave a directive and warned delegates not to raise sensitive issues during the muktamar. He said even Hadi would refrain from raising issues that he deemed to be sensitive. "The delegates were told not to raise petty issues during the debates that could stir disunity in the party," he added. However, in terms of strategy, it is up to the party to plan," he said when asked on political cooperation between PAS and PKR.
(Reuters) - Sunderland manager David Moyes has said he "knows how to run a club" and defended his credentials after being jeered by some supporters during Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at fellow Premier League relegation candidates Middlesbrough. "I'm fortunate that I know a lot more about the running of the club and what goes on so I'm a little bit privy to that," Moyes told reporters on Friday. "All I want is the supporters to get behind the players and make sure we give the players every opportunity to win the game." Sunderland are on a nine-game winless streak but the 54-year-old Scot is still optimistic about their chances of top-flight survival. "If we can win tomorrow it will give us an opportunity to go again," Moyes added.
We must find the right solution to stop Lukaku and all the other players." Asked which striker he would prefer in his team, Conte said: "For me, my players are the best in the world. Everton are a really good team, a strong team, with great players in their squad and a physical team," said Conte. "When we started this season, our first target was to play in the Champions League next season. But, for sure, now we stay in a position to try also to win the league."
Here is what the fans have to say about their two clubs:Tottenham: Mike Leigh, Spurs Show podcast, Playback Media: "Form goes out of the window in North London derbies. "As far as the title race is concerned, no one except the most crazed Spurs fans honestly expects Chelsea to lose and draw two of their remaining games. "I think Spurs will win 2-1 this weekend. Arsenal: Akhil Vyas, Arsenal Supporters Trust:"The FA Cup win last weekend is huge for Arsenal’s confidence and a welcome reminder that we can compete against big teams. The majority of fans still think it's time for a change and a victory at Wembley could be a perfect way to go out."
STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Former world number one Maria Sharapova cruised into the Stuttgart Grand Prix semi-finals on Friday, extending her winning comeback from a doping suspension with a smooth 6-3 6-4 victory over Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit. Sharapova has also received wildcards for upcoming tournaments in Madrid and Rome, angering some players who say a doping offender should start from the lower-tier tournaments and earn back ranking points instead. "I thought I had a really good rhythm today," Sharapova told reporters. We work too hard to come out here and not to give it everything we have. The U.S.-based Russian will next play the winner of the quarter-final between France's Kristina Mladenovic and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he would be disappointed if his team failed to win the Premier League title this season, despite the four-point gap separating them from leaders Chelsea. Spurs, who last won the league in 1961, stuttered in last season's run-in to concede the title to surprise package Leicester City. Pochettino believes his squad have since improved their ability to focus as they prepare to host Arsenal in Sunday's North London derby. "I will be very disappointed if we don't win the title," Pochettino told a news conference on Friday. Spurs are unbeaten at home in 17 league games season but have failed to claim a local derby victory since 2015.
LONDON (Reuters) - IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua weighed in more than four kgs heavier than challenger Wladamir Klitschko ahead of their title fight in London. The undefeated British fighter weighed at just over 113 kgs and the Ukrainian just under 109 kgs at Wembley Arena on Friday. Klitschko, 41, signalled a V for victory sign as the pair faced off before nearly 5,000 chanting supporters. "I just have this feeling - this is my night," said Klitschko, who bookmakers rate as the underdog. "Even though there are so many beautiful people coming to watch, for now it has to be about tunnel vision."
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA ethics watchdogs have opened formal proceedings against Caribbean soccer official Gordon Derrick in a corruption investigation, they said on Friday. Investigators have recommended a ban of at least four years and a fine of at least 15,000 Swiss francs (11,799.19 pounds) against Derrick, who is president of the Caribbean Football Union and general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, the ethics panel said in a statement. The probe centres on alleged conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty, it said. (Reporting by Michael Shields)
(Reuters) - Everton need to boost their goalscoring options before next season whether the Premier League's top marksman Romelu Lukaku stays at the club or not, manager Ronald Koeman said. While Koeman is hoping the 23-year-old Belgium international will stay, he wants to build an attacking line that can share the goalscoring responsibilities next season. We will see what will happen at the end of the season," Koeman told a news conference ahead of Sunday's home clash with league leaders Chelsea. Everton, lying seventh, have maintained an impressive home record this season, losing just once in 17 games. "You want your home form to be good, to be intimidating and for the whole experience for opposition teams to be intimidating," Koeman added.
LONDON (Reuters) - Mamadou Sakho did not as originally feared sustain ligament damage on Wednesday and should be fit within weeks, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said, rekindling transfer speculation over a player valued at 30 million pounds. Although Sakho - who fell out with Klopp last year and was allowed to join Palace in January - may not play again this season, Klopp said a scan had revealed no serious damage. "When we saw pics of Mamadou Sakho it looked awful," he said. Any long-term injury would prevent Liverpool selling Sakho in the summer, as has been widely speculated. Klopp also said Liverpool's Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge had recovered from injury and were in contention to face Watford on Monday.
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he inherited a good group of players from predecessor Louis van Gaal, but that they lacked the happiness and belief that they have since discovered. That edge is something he says was missing in the players he inherited when he joined the club last July. "The group was a nice group, honestly, good people, good boys, committed people, I think Mr Van Gaal left here a good group of boys with very good relations between them and that I got in my hands. "(But) I think they missed happiness, they missed trust, belief, this extra bit that brings resilience, brings fight and they have it (now)," he told reporters on Friday. Asked whether it was a mistake to let Schneiderlin leave mid-season, Mourinho said it was hard to keep players who wanted a move.
LONDON (Reuters) - London Marathon organisers have announced plans for a mass participation half-marathon next year as part of a campaign to encourage the city's communities to interact. A statement on Friday said leading athletes will run with amateurs in a mass participation event across closed roads in London on March 4. A total of 7,500 places will be reserved for community groups from the four host boroughs in the race. As part of the campaign, plans have also been announced for a run for younger competitors, a relay for community groups and a festival in Greenwich. The London Marathon was co-founded by Brasher's father Chris, in 1981.
PETALING JAYA: Administrators of WhatsApp groups may face legal action for failing to stop the spread of false information but investigations are based on complaints, said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). “Therefore, members of the public, whether they are group administrators or members, should be careful when spreading information so that it does not become a case of spreading false information,” the commission said in a statement on its Facebook page on Friday. The MCMC said that the spreading of false information is an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA). It stressed that any investigation it conducts will not differentiate between group administrators and members. “If the group administrator or any member is found to have spread false information, then legal action can be taken against them,” it said.