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ROME | Italy leaves it late to earn 1st competitive win in a year

ROME — Italy is finally showing signs of emerging from its crisis, nearly a year after failing to qualify for the World Cup. Cristiano Biraghi‘s goal in stoppage time earned the Azzurri a much-needed 1-0 win in Poland on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League. Playing in Group 3 of League A, Poland became the … Continue reading ROME | Italy leaves it late to earn 1st competitive win in a year

UDINE, Italy | Amid rape case, Ronaldo asks for space to celebrate goal

UDINE, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo asked his Juventus teammates to be left alone. For all that he’s embroiled in – accused of rape nine years ago – the soccer superstar wanted some space so he could celebrate his goal on Saturday alone in front of a TV camera. He leaped into the air with an … Continue reading UDINE, Italy | Amid rape case, Ronaldo asks for space to celebrate goal

UDINE, Italy | How many squirrels in Central Park? Count aims to find out

UDINE, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo asked his Juventus teammates to be left alone. For all that he’s embroiled in – accused of rape nine years ago – the soccer superstar wanted some space so he could celebrate his goal on Saturday alone in front of a TV camera. He leaped into the air with an … Continue reading UDINE, Italy | How many squirrels in Central Park? Count aims to find out

UDINE, Italy | Ronaldo goal helps Juventus extend perfect start in Serie A

UDINE, Italy— Cristiano Ronaldo‘s form doesn’t appear affected by a lawsuit accusing him of rape. Ronaldo scored Juventus’ second goal in a 2-0 win at Udinese to extend the Bianconeri’s perfect start in Serie A on Saturday. Shortly before the break, Ronaldo blasted a powerful shot from 10 yards past Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet. Immediately … Continue reading UDINE, Italy | Ronaldo goal helps Juventus extend perfect start in Serie A

UDINE, Italy | Ronaldo scores for Juventus amid rape allegation

UDINE, Italy — Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Juventus in the Italian league on Saturday, a week after a Nevada woman filed a civil lawsuit accusing him of rape nine years ago. Late in the first half against Udinese in Serie A, Ronaldo found the target with a powerful angled shot into the far corner for … Continue reading UDINE, Italy | Ronaldo scores for Juventus amid rape allegation

ZADAR, Croatia | Through the legs: Coric’s ‘tweener’ draws bows at Davis Cup

ZADAR, Croatia — Borna Coric pulled off a through-the-legs lob shot winner that drew bows from the crowd en route to giving Croatia a 1-0 lead over the United States in the Davis Cup semifinals Friday. Early in the third set of a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Steve Johnson, Coric ran down a … Continue reading ZADAR, Croatia | Through the legs: Coric’s ‘tweener’ draws bows at Davis Cup

ROME | Quagliarella scores airborne backheel volley against Napoli

ROME — Fabio Quagliarella’s airborne back-heel volley against Napoli is already in the running for Serie A goal of the season. The former Italy striker athletically flicked the ball into the far corner to complete Sampdoria’s 3-0 win over visiting Napoli on Sunday. In the Genoa club’s first home match since 43 people were killed … Continue reading ROME | Quagliarella scores airborne backheel volley against Napoli

ROME | Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start

ROME  — Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoreless after three matches with Juventus. Juventus, however, is doing just fine. Mario Mandzukic scored one and set up another with a backheel pass as the Bianconeri won at promoted Parma 2-1 on Saturday to remain perfect. With Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa in attendance at Parma’s Ennio Tardini … Continue reading ROME | Ronaldo still scoreless as Juventus extends perfect start