(Reuters) - Huddersfield Town kept up the pressure on the top two teams in the Championship with a 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Reading thanks to a late goal by Philip Billing on Tuesday. Billing struck from close range with eight minutes left to take third-placed Huddersfield back within four points of Brighton & Hove Albion, who trail leaders Newcastle United by a point. Newcastle beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Monday to reach 69 points while Brighton won 2-0 at Barnsley on Saturday. Huddersfield's win gives them 64 points, ahead of fourth-placed Reading on 60. Huddersfield lead the teams in the playoff places.
"We could even have won by a higher margin but their goalkeeper pulled off two outstanding saves to deny (Antoine) Griezmann," said Simeone. "It is important to have belief when you play away from home, and I thought we had that in abundance. Leverkusen fought their way back into the game in the second half but overall it is a very satisfying evening for us." "They came back in the second half but we kept at our plan until the end." "Leverkusen have nothing to lose in the second leg, so we need to be careful," warned Simeone.
City, however, then pulled clear as Stones tapped in at the far post and Sane rolled the ball into an empty net to give City a two-goal advantage ahead of the return on March 15. They were behind after 26 minutes when Sterling tapped home after Sane dazzled down the left and teed up the England winger. City were denied a penalty by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz when Aguero appeared to be upended by keeper Danijel Subasic before Monaco grabbed the lead through Mbappe. City swiftly made Monaco pay as Aguero ended a six-game goal-drought thanks to a Subasic howler. Parity was short-lived, however, as Falcao turned City defender Stones before lifting an exquisite chip over the stranded Caballero to make it 3-2 to the principality club.
LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid beat hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in a topsy-turvy encounter on Tuesday to take a firm handle on their Champions League round-of-16 tie ahead of the return leg in Spain next month. We wanted to win, we did that and the return leg will be as difficult as tonight was," said Griezmann. "They pressured us and made life difficult but the boss's changes helped us win the game tonight. "It is easy to see how Atletico have reached two finals in three years," said Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt. Savic's own goal put Leverkusen back in the game but despite constant pressure they failed to carve out an equaliser before Torres finished them off.
ROME (Reuters) - Half back Tommaso Allan says Italy are determined to prove competitive against England at Twickenham on Sunday despite conceding 96 points in their opening two Six Nations matches this year. “England are one of the best teams in the world, second after the All Blacks,” Allan told reporters on Tuesday as Italy continued preparations for their London trip at the weekend. For us it will be a great challenge. Allan has been working over the last two days with former England kicking coach Mike Catt, now part of Conor O'Shea’s Italian staff. He’s a great coach who works hard both on the skills of the team and then on the individual after training.
(Reuters) - Bogota's anti-doping laboratory has had its accreditation suspended for up to six months after it failed to comply with international standards, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday. The suspension, which began on Monday, prohibits the lab from carrying out any anti-doping activities including all analyses of urine and blood samples, WADA said in a statement. According to WADA, the suspension was due to analytical issues, which led to a failure to comply with the global anti-doping body's External Quality Assessment Scheme. During the ban, samples must be sent to another WADA-accredited laboratory, "ensuring that athletes can have full confidence in continued high quality sample analysis and the wider anti-doping system." The Bogota laboratory has 21 days to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
SEVILLE (Reuters) - Leicester City need to wipe last year's incredible title win from their memories and focus on turning their poor season around, starting with their Champions League last-16 first leg at Sevilla, striker Jamie Vardy said on Tuesday. They sit one point and a place above the Premier League relegation zone and are without a league win in 2017. "We've played better in the Champions League but for some reason it has just not clicked in the Premier League. Having lost their last two games to fellow Premier League strugglers Swansea City and lower league Millwall, Leicester would be forgiven for feeling daunted by the prospect of facing Sevilla. "It's the first time we've won a title and the lads have dipped a bit.
LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's 'other German Nico' is now the only one racing this season, following the sudden retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg, and Nico Hulkenberg is fired up for a new start with Renault. "I'm not a new Nico, (I'm) the same but definitely very motivated and keen and eager." "Being in a new team, it always takes some time to acclimatise but so far I feel already pretty integrated, I have to say. Renault Sport F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul made the team's expectations clear, saying: "You can see that he will be a leader of this team. Not just of the race team, between himself and Jo, but he will be a leader for everyone and a clear ambassador for Renault.
MIRI: A teenager is feared dead after she was attacked and dragged underwater by a crocodile while bathing in a river near the Rumah Panjang Japang in Marudi. Within a minute, there was no sign of Agnes Luang, 17, as her mother who was also bathing in Sungai Tapang Peking Baram, could only watch helplessly. Marudi police chief DSP Gabriel Risut said the terrifying incident occurred at about 6.30pm Tuesday. He said the Marudi police station received a call at 7.15pm over the crocodile attack and a search party was deployed to the scene. He said the search party comprised policemen from the Marudi and Long Lama police stations, as well as the Marudi Fire and Rescue Department.
But with Southampton already knocked out of the FA Cup, they have had plenty of time to focus on Sunday's League Cup final against Manchester United. Gabbiadini is expected to lead the attack in what is their first cup final appearance since they lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest in the same competition in 1979. Saints manager Claude Puel is delighted with Gabbiadini's instant impact, which has seen him become the first Southampton player to score in his opening two Premier League games since Henri Camara in 2005. "He's a very good player and a very good guy," said Tadic after the game. "Sometimes football language is the same and it's important to speak between each other to see what he likes.
ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected requests by five Russian cross-country skiers who were suspended in a doping probe to be allowed to take part in this year's world championships, the tribunal said on Tuesday. The ruling covers Alexey Petukhov, Evgenia Shapovalova, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov, who had sought to compete at the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Finland from Feb. 22 to March 5, CAS said in a statement. (Reporting by Michael Shields)
MILAN (Reuters) - The sale of prized Italian soccer team AC Milan to a group of Chinese investors is set to be finalised on March 3, two sources close to the matter said on Tuesday, in what would be the biggest Chinese investment in a European club. The deal, valuing the club at 740 million euros ($818 million) including 220 million euros of debt, was originally supposed to close at the end of last year but the Chinese buyers struggled to get final approval from Beijing. The investors are due to pay Berlusconi the outstanding 320 million euros and are also expected to inject a further 100 million euros into the team, as initially agreed in August, the two sources said. The group has already paid 200 million euros in three separate payments to Berlusconi's family company Fininvest. The full composition of the Chinese consortium is still unknown and is due to be revealed at the closing, the two sources added.
KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 21): Based on corporate announcements and news flow today, the companies that may be in focus tomorrow (Feb 22) could be KPJ Healthcare Bhd, Hong Leong Financial Group Bhd (HLFG), Pharmaniaga Bhd, Mercury Industries Bhd, IOI Properties Group Bhd, Malaysian Bulk Carriers Bhd, Parkson Holdings Bhd, Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd, Scan Associates Bhd, Ann Joo Resources Bhd and Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd. In a statement to Bursa Malaysia today, KPJ said net profit rose to RM52.19 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2016 from RM27.29 million. For the full year, KPJ said group net profit rose to RM149.2 million from RM135.33 million a year earlier. POSH’s 4Q16 loss brings the group’s FY16 net loss to US$371.4 million, after providing for US$310.1 million on non-cash impairments. Konsortium Amanie recorded an unaudited net loss of approximately RM800,615 for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2016 (FY16) and unaudited net assets of approximately RM199,385.
In 6MFY16, Kinsteel’s net loss shrank to RM19.73 million from RM35.32 million, though revenue slid 3% to RM125.24 million from RM128.8 million previously. On prospects, Kinsteel echoed Perwaja's sentiment, saying it expects the outlook to remain challenging. Kinsteel and Perwaja are financially-distressed companies that have been classified as Practice Note 17 companies by the local stock exchange. Kinsteel shares closed slid 0.5 sen or 11.1% to four sen today, for a market capitalisation of RM41.7 million. Meanwhile, Perjawa shares ended the day 0.5 sen or 8.33% higher at 6.5 sen, valuing it at RM36.4 million.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will donate 5,000 euros (4,244 pounds) to charity after making an obscene gesture to Hertha Berlin fans after their 1-1 draw on Saturday, the German football association (DFB) said on Tuesday. Bayern scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time with hosts Hertha left fuming over the length of added time that was played. The DFB said it had ended an investigation into the incident in return for the charity payment. Linked to that is that the coach of Bayern Munich pays 5,000 euros to the Sepp-Herberger charity." The DFB charity is named after the late Germany coach and works on several social projects.