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Ligue 1: Thierry Henry still seeking first win with Monaco

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PARIS (AP) Thierry Henry still seeks his first win as a coach after Monaco drew at home with Dijon 2-2 in the French league on Saturday.

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The France great replaced Leonardo Jardim this month and has drawn two games and lost one. He inherited a squad low on confidence and decimated by injury, however, with first-choice forwards Radamel Falcao and Stevan Jovetic and No. 1 goalkeeper Danijel Subasic all sidelined.

Henry would have been proud of Monaco’s opening goal, powerfully volleyed home by German defender Benjamin Henrichs after 30 minutes.

But poor defending led to Dijon’s equalizer four minutes later, with defender Mickael Alphonse given too much space.

After midfielder Mehdi Abeid turned in a cross from the right in the 58th to put Dijon ahead, Poland defender Kamil Glik headed in a free kick in the 79th to prevent a demoralizing defeat.


Portuguese forward Rafael Leao scored his first goal for Lille to beat Caen 1-0 at home and stay second behind Paris Saint-Germain.

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Montpellier remained three points behind Lille in third place after winning at Toulouse 3-0.

So much for not celebrating scoring against your former club.

After making it 2-0 in the 25th with a sharp finish, striker Andy Delort sprinted away in brazen jubilation and slid on his knees as he let out a shout of joy. Delort is on loan from Toulouse, but made it clear this week he does not want to go back there next season.

Delort’s strike partner, Gaetan Laborde, also scored and their partnership is blossoming. At the back, Montpellier has the second best defense behind PSG.

Memphis Depay came off the bench to set up one goal and score the other as fourth-place Lyon won at 10-man Angers 2-1.

Lyon played with an extra man from the 34th minute, after Angers captain Ismael Traore was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on striker Moussa Dembele.

But the visitors couldn’t make the breakthrough until midway through the second half when midfielder Houssem Aouar headed in after being set up by Depay.

Dembele then broke free down the left and squared the ball to Depay, the Netherlands forward finishing with a powerful strike.

Spanish striker Cristian Lopez’s scored a consolation in the 89th.

Fernandes scores first goal, says Ronaldo backed Manchester United move

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It’s probably not a surprise that a young Portuguese player would fancy Manchester United given the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford early his career.

Bruno Fernandes admits that those images danced through his head well before he signed with the Red Devils in January.

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It’s also not a shock that United would turn to their former player for a take on the playmaker before buying him from Sporting Lisbon.

Fernandes says he’s grateful that CR7 endorsed BF18. From Sky Sports:

“I know some people asked Cristiano what he thought of me and what I was like as a player and a person,” Fernandes said. “I know he spoke highly of me and gave me a good reference, so I sent him a message after to thank him for his kind words.”

Fernandes has 19 caps and two goals for Portugal, while Ronaldo has a few more with 164 and 99.

He now has a goal and an assist in four appearances for United. Ronaldo finished with 118 goals and 69 assists in 292 appearances for the Red Devils.

Here’s the finish:

Eden Hazard suffers fracture ahead of Man City in UCL, El Clasico

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Eden Hazard is set to miss the Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League first leg against Man City with a broken fibula.

Hazard had only returned to the lineup for two matches following a three-month absence with an ankle injury.

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The 29-year-old has made just 15 appearances for Real since arriving in a big-money move from Chelsea, scoring once with five assists.

He has never appeared in less than 30 league matches over the course of his career, five times missing one or zero matches.

Of course, all of his absences show that Real is very comfortable playing and winning without Hazard. Zinedine Zidane’s men lost Sunday to drop behind Barcelona in La Liga, but that was just its second loss of the league season.

Real will be taxed in depth like its rivals, with Wednesday’s visit from Man City followed by an El Clasico at the Bernabeu on March 1. Barcelona hosts Napoli on Tuesday.

Whether you like the playmaker or despise him, there must be some sense of sympathy for his latest ailments (even if Man City and Barca fans will likely offer a Jerry Seinfeld-esque, “That’s a shame”).

Watch Live: Manchester United, Wolves host bottom three battlers

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A pair of Premier League basement dwellers face stiff tests in their bids to win another season in the top flight.

Manchester United hosts Watford on NBCSN while Wolves welcome Norwich City on CNBC as both home sides aim to improve the health of their top four hopes in 9 a.m. ET kickoffs.

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Lineups notes from both matches:

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Three Serie A matches suspended due to virus deaths in Italy

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ROME (AP) Three Serie A soccer matches scheduled for Sunday in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto were suspended late Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the virus from China.

On orders from the Italian government, the games called off were: Inter Milan vs. Sampdoria, Atalanta vs. Sassuolo and Hellas Verona vs. Cagliari.

Three other matches in Genoa, Turin and Rome on Sunday are going ahead as scheduled.

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A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown on Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the coronavirus from China, and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the origin of the outbreak abroad.

“The government is working on urgent measures to decisively confront and contain the cases of coronavirus contagion,” read a letter from Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora to Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago shortly before midnight local time on Saturday. “Those measures also include the sports world in order to prevent risks and to better take care of the health of those involved in the events and competition.

“Following measures taken by the cabinet for protective reasons and maximum precaution, on orders of the government I’m asking you to suspend all sports events of every level and discipline planned for the Lombardy and Veneto regions on Sunday.”

The secondary contagions prompted local authorities in the Lombardy and Veneto regions to close schools, businesses and restaurants and to cancel sporting events and Masses.

The mayor of Milan, Italy’s business capital and the regional capital of Lombardy, shuttered public offices.

A 78-year-old man infected with the virus died in Veneto. A postmortem on a 77-year-old woman in Lombardy came back positive, though it wasn’t clear if illness from the virus caused her death.

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