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Brazil's Santos and Robinho part ways amid pressure over rape conviction

S - Santos and veteran international striker Robinho said Friday they had agreed to part ways amid pressure brought to bear on the Brazilian soccer team over his conviction in Italy of having raped a young woman in 2013 when he played for Milan.

Messi v Ronaldo in Champions League group stage, Man Utd to face PSG

Geneva - Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will come up against each other in this season's Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were placed in the same group in Thursday's draw.

Mbanda jumps from the back row to the coronavirus front line

Rome - Italian international Maxime Mbanda has leapt from the back row on the rugby pitch to the front line in the fight against the coronavirus, becoming a volunteer ambulance driver in Parma, and bears witness to a frightening reality on the pandemic.

Coronavirus could force Italian clubs to ban fans

Rome - Italian sport is likely to suffer even greater disruption as the authorities prepared on Monday to announce further measures to combat coronavirus, but Napoli's Champions League match against Barcelona on Tuesday is not at risk.

Inter Milan's Lukaku targeted by racist chants at Cagliari

Milan - Inter MIlan striker Romelu Lukaku was targeted by racist chanting on Sunday before slamming home the winning penalty in his side's 2-1 Serie A triumph at Cagliari on Sunday.

Ajax's De Ligt joins Juventus for 75 mln euros: Italian club

Rome - Dutch central defender Matthijs de Ligt signed Thursday for Juventus from Ajax for 75 million euros ($84.2 million), the Italian champions said.

Trieste half-marathon chiefs back down over controversial African ban

Rome - Trieste half-marathon organisers, who were accused of racism when they refused to allow African runners to take part in their May 5 race, backed down on Saturday after a barrage of criticism over their contentious decision.

Vettel continues to outpace Hamilton, but gap shrinks

Monaco - Sebastian Vettel outpaced championship-leading title rival Lewis Hamilton by just eight-hundredths of a second to keep Ferrari on top in Saturday’s third free practice for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.

Ronaldo gets nod for Juventus debut against Chievo

Milan - Cristiano Ronaldo is curious to find out about life in Serie A and will make his debut in the opening match of the season for champions Juventus against Chievo in Verona, coach Massimiliano Allegri confirmed on Friday.

Sampdoria and Genoa's Serie A games postponed after bridge collapse

Milan - Both Genoa clubs had requested that their opening games of the season be pushed back with Sampdoria due to host Fiorentina and Genoa playing at AC Milan on Sunday.

Expectant Juventus fans await first glimpse of megastar Ronaldo

Villar Perosa - Juventus fans will get their first look at superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in the famous black and white stripes when he makes his debut on Sunday in an intimate alpine setting.

Higuain signs for AC Milan as Bonucci returns to Juventus

Rome - Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday moved to AC Milan in a three-player swap deal between the seven-time European champions and Juventus that will see Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin after just a season away.

AC Milan's Europa League ban appeal set for Thursday

Lausanne - AC Milan's appeal against a European ban for breaking UEFA's financial fair play rules will be heard Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the court announced.

Israel hopes for revelation by hosting start of Giro cycling race

Jerusalem - Often in the news as the epicentre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem will later this week become the backdrop of the start of one of cycling's biggest races, the Giro d'Italia.

Cycling: World champ Sagan presents Pope with bicycle

Vatican City - Three-time world cycling champion Peter Sagan presented Pope Francis with a bicycle in the yellow and white papal colours during a visit to the Vatican on Wednesday.

Emotions run high as Anne Frank row rages in Italy

Milan - Emotions were still running high in Italy, days after Lazio fans posted anti-semitic photos of Anne Frank in a Roma jersey in the stands of the Stadio Olimpico.

Turin bomb scare sparks stampede, leaving 1,500 injured

Turin - More than 1,500 people were injured, three seriously, after a bomb scare triggered a stampede among Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in Turin, local authorities said Sunday.

Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash

Rome - Veteran Italian Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday after colliding with a van while out training on his bike, his Astana team said, plunging the cycling world into mourning.

Cycling: Italy's Scarponi killed in training crash: team

Rome - Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

Italy's Scarponi killed in road accident: team

Rome - Veteran Italian cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed on Saturday in a road accident while out training on his bike, his Astana team and Italian media said.

Olympian's thanks for medal found in rubbish heap

Rome - An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating Sunday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger via a message on Facebook."I'm really happy!

Italian Prime Minister dismisses Rome 2024 chances

Milan - Italy Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he believes Rome's hopes of relaunching their ailing bid to host the 2024 Olympics are over, two days after a resounding 'No' by the city's mayor.

Back bid or we throw in towel: Olympics chief to Rome mayor

Rome - Rome will abandon its bid to host the 2024 Olympics if sceptical new mayor Virginia Raggi does not back it by early next month, the president of Italy's Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

Nico Rosberg wins Italian Grand Prix

Monza - Nico Rosberg pounced on a poor start by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza and cut his championship lead to just two points.

Rome mayor reticent on 2024 Olympic bid

Rome - Rome mayor Virginia Raggi remains reticent on her city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics, saying Monday that it would be better to first think about "abandoned municipal installations".

Italian sports agent charged with doping in Kenya

Nairobi - Italian sports agent Federico Rosa, who managed disgraced former marathon star Rita Jeptoo, was on Thursday charged in a Kenya court with doping offences.

Argentinian FIFA suspect hands himself in

Rome - Argentinian sports marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco, who has been indicted by US authorities in the FIFA corruption scandal, turned himself into police in Italy on Tuesday.

Juve oust Lyon to keep Europa dream alive

Turin - Juventus remained on track for the Europa League final at their home stadium after a 2-1 win over Lyon in their quarter-final second leg in Turin on Thursday.

Fognini stuns Murray to pull Italy level

Naples - Italy's world number 13 Fabio Fognini stunned a tiring Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level their Davis Cup quarter-final tie 2-2 with Britain in Naples on Sunday.
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