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SPORTS BRIEFS

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SOCCER

Monaco snatch late win

AS Monaco recovered from two goals down to steal a 3-2 win against lowly Montpellier Herault with a penalty by Brazilian Fabinho five minutes into stoppage-time in a thrilling Ligue 1 clash on Thursday. The hosts looked to be heading for a first league win of the season as they took 2-0 lead into the break, but Monaco fought back and Fabinho scored from the spot with seconds remaining after goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali brought down Fabio Coentrao. The victory took Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco up to 10th on 11 points from seven games, six adrift of leaders Paris Saint-Germain, while Montpellier are bottom with just one point. Home defender Daniel Congre opened the scoring after 26 minutes when he netted from close range after Hilton’s header from Ryad Boudebouz’s corner was saved by Danijel Subasic. Boudebouz was also involved in Montpellier’s second goal when his curling free-kick struck Monaco striker Guido Carrillo on the back and settled in the bottom corner of the net. Coentrao pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 56th with a low shot past Ligali following a corner before Thomas Lemar leveled nine minutes later after Nabil Dirar’s cross. The stage was then set for Fabinho to step up and score the winning penalty after the hapless Ligali had spilled a cross and bundled into Coentrao as he tried to collect the ball.

SOCCER

Toloi goal downs Empoli

Brazilian defender Rafael Toloi scored in the first half to give Atalanta BC a 1-0 win against Empoli in Thursday’s lone Serie A match. Atalanta moved level ninth with AS Roma, seven points behind leaders Inter. Empoli remained one point above the relegation zone. Toloi redirected a cross from Maxi Moralez shortly after the half-hour mark with a header for his first Italian league goal. Empoli protested fruitlessly for a penalty in the 85th when Toloi collided with Manuel Pucciarelli inside the area.

MOTOR RACING

Grosjean tipped for Haas

French driver Romain Grosjean is the leading candidate to join the new US-owned Haas Formula One team. Haas have scheduled a news conference for a driver announcement on Tuesday next week at their Kannapolis, North Carolina, headquarters. Grosjean drives for Lotus, who have severe financial problems and are in takeover talks. The team’s freight arrived late for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix and its hospitality unit was not in operation yesterday at the Suzuka circuit. Haas founder and chairman Gene Haas is co-owner of the successful Stewart-Haas NASCAR team. The team is said to favor an experienced driver. The 29-year-old Grosjean, who made his F1 debut in 2009, has said he has made his mind up his future, without publicly declaring the team.

GOLF

Hebert, Wiesberger lead

Benjamin Hebert of France and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shared the lead at seven-under-par after the opening day of the European Open Bad Griesbach, Germany, on Thursday. Hebert fired eight birdies and had a bogey on the seventh to finish the day on 64. Wiesberger had seven birdies and no bogeys to tie for the lead. Two Englishmen had a share of third place at six-under. Graeme Storm shot six birdies in his opening round and Richard Bland opened his round by carding birdies in each of his first four holes. Also at six-under were Richard Green of Australia, Darren Fichardt of South Africa and Richard Finch of England. A group of 11 golfers followed at five-under, including German veteran Bernhard Langer.

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