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  • Andrea Petkovic wins Tournament of Champions final November 3, 2014

    Sofia: Fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany rallied to defeat third-seeded Flavia Pennetta 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the season-ending Tournament of Champions, clinching her third WTA title of the year. Pennetta started aggressively and the Italian broke Petkovic's serve three times to win the opening set in...
  • Pirlo key for Juventus as they look to progress in Champions League November 3, 2014

    Andrea Pirlo is finally getting into his elegant stride for Juventus, just in time for the match which is likely to determine whether or not they progress to the knockout stages of the Champions League. After successive 1-0 defeats away to Atletico Madrid and Olympiakos in Group A, Serie A leaders...
  • Serie A: Juventus beat Empoli 2-0 to move three points clear November 2, 2014

    Defending champion Juventus took advantage of Roma's loss at Napoli to move three points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-0 win at Empoli on Saturday. Andrea Pirlo broke the deadlock with a trademark free kick on the hour mark and Alvaro Morata sealed the result on the...
  • Italian football in danger of dying, says Juventus president October 25, 2014

    Italian football will soon be dying if it does not overcome its deep-rooted structural problems, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli said on Friday. "We are in progressive decline," he told a shareholders' meeting in Turin. "Italian football will soon be dying if it is unable to face up to a double challenge: on...
  • David Ferrer beats Seppi to advance at Valencia Open October 23, 2014

    Valencia: Top-seeded David Ferrer powered his way past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Valencia Open on Wednesday. The Spaniard's consistent first-serve accuracy and powerful forehand returns proved too strong for his Italian opponent. Ferrer will play countryman Fernando Verdasco next. Earlier, Pablo Andujar caused the...
  • Andrea Petkovic loses in first round in Luxembourg October 15, 2014

    Top-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany exited the Luxembourg Open in the first round on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-2 to Pauline Parmentier. The 78th-ranked Frenchwoman posted her first victory on the main Tour over Petkovic after breaking her five times. Having taken a 3-1 lead, Petkovic lost 11 of the next 14 games...
  • Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli out for another month October 5, 2014

    Turin: Juventus and Italy defender Andrea Barzagli will be sidelined for another month after seeing a specialist on his injured right foot. Barzagli underwent surgery in July but has struggled since returning to training and is still in persistent pain. On Sunday, Juventus says Barzagli saw a specialist and a scan revealed...
  • Tommy Robredo beats Andreas Seppi to reach semis of Shenzhen Open September 26, 2014

    Fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain outlasted eighth-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to reach the Shenzhen Open semi-finals on Friday. Robredo hit 19 aces in the 2-hour, 36-minute quarter-final at Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center. He awaits either qualifier Viktor Troicki of Serbia or sixth-seeded Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. Second-seeded Andy...
  • Andreas Seppi retires at Moselle Open September 16, 2014

    Metz: Igor Sijsling advanced to the second round of the Open de Moselle on Tuesday after Andreas Seppi retired with a lower back pain. Sijsling, ranked 74th in the world, was leading 60, 41 when his Italian opponent called it quits after just 39 minutes on court. In a match pitting together...
  • Andrea Pirlo out a month with bruised hip August 28, 2014

    Turin: Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the first month of the Serie A season because of a bruised right hip. Pirlo was injured in a preseason match and Juventus says a medical exam revealed a pulled tendon that requires 30 days to heal. Threetime defending champion Juventus opens the Italian league...
  • BopannaQureshi suffer firstround defeat in US Open August 27, 2014

    New York: India's Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam Qureshi suffered a first round defeat in the men's doubles of the US Open tennis here at the Flushing Meadows. Bopanna and Qureshi, who were seeded 13th, went down 67 (1012), 64, 67 (57) to the unseeded Italian pair of Daniele...
  • Serena Williams beats Petkovic in Stanford semifinal August 3, 2014

    Stanford: Serena Williams has put to rest any lingering concerns about her scary departure from Wimbledon with a strong showing in her hardcourt opener. Williams reached her fourth final of the season by taking the last eight games to beat Andrea Petkovic 75, 60 on Saturday in the Bank of the...
  • Andrea Petkovic beats Venus Williams at Stanford August 2, 2014

    Stanford: Eighthseeded Andrea Petkovic ended Venus Williams' run in the Bank of the West Classic, beating the former topranked player 61, 36, 75 in the quarterfinals on Friday. Following a shaky start, the 25thranked Williams picked up her game in the second set and appeared poised to take over the...
  • Andrea Petkovic through, Samantha Stosur out at Stanford July 29, 2014

    Germany's Andrea Petkovic reached the second round of the Bank of the West Classic with a 61, 64 win over Croatia's Alja Tomljanovic on Monday and also benefited from the elimination of an experienced potential opponent in the next round. Petkovic dropped serve twice but produced six breaks of her own...
  • Qualifier Pablo Cuevas upsets Andreas Seppi in Umag 2nd round July 25, 2014

    Croatia: Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay upset sixthseeded Andreas Seppi of Italy 63, 61 on Thursday to become the first qualifier to reach the Croatia Open quarterfinals in seven years. Also, a local wild card, Borna Coric, last year's Junior US Open champion, beat qualifier Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 76 (4), 63...
  • Conte stuns Juventus with shock resignation July 16, 2014

    Turin: Antonio Conte, who coached Juventus to three successive Italian league titles, has stunned Serie A by resigning two months after signing a deal for this season. "I need to announce the decision to mutually terminate my contract with Juventus, which tied us together for this season," Conte told the Juventus...
  • Rohan Bopanna, Andrea Hlavackova move to mixed doubles prequarters July 2, 2014

    London: Rohan Bopanna and Andrea Hlavackova saved all three break chances they faced against British team of Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae to progress to the prequarterfinals of the mixed doubles event of the Wimbledon Championships on Monday. The seventh seeded IndoCzech team brushed aside the spirited challenge of unseeded British...
  • World Cup 2014: Defender Andrea Barzagli to miss start of Juve's season July 2, 2014

    Rome: Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli, a World Cup winner with Italy in Germany in 2006, will be sidelined for three months after undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon and ankle. "Under the supervision of Juventus doctor Fabrizio Tencone the defender was operated on by Professor Sakari Orava in Turku, Finland," the...
  • World Cup 2014: I will remain available for Italy, says Pirlo June 26, 2014

    Milan: Italy's midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo says he may go back on his decision to retire from international football. The 35yearold Pirlo, who plays for Juventus, said before the World Cup that he would quit international football after the tournament in Brazil. However, on the airplane back to Italy following a disappointing...
  • World Cup 2014: Greece upset Ivory Coast 21, meet Costa Rica in Round of 16 June 25, 2014

    Fortaleza: Georgios Samaras scored an injurytime penalty to put Greece into the second round of the World Cup with a 21 win over Ivory Coast on Tuesday. Samaras was adjudged to have been tripped in the area by substitute Giovanni Sio, and calmly slotted in the spot kick for a win...
  • As it happened: Italy vs Uruguay and Costa Rica vs England, World Cup 2014 June 24, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from both the Group D matches as Italy look to shackle Suarez in Uruguay showdown whereas England seek atonement against Costa Rica. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) Italy must find a way to shut down Uruguay striker Luis Suarez when the teams clash at the...
  • World Cup 2014: Balotelli winner helps Italy edge past England 21 June 15, 2014

    Manaus: Mario Balotelli scored with a secondhalf header on Saturday to give Italy a 21 win over England at the World Cup. The Italy striker was left free by his marker Gary Cahill and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 50th minute. Claudio Marchisio scored first...
  • As it happened: World Cup 2014, England vs Italy June 15, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the second Group D match between England and Italy at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus. (Scroll down for the Live blog) The tactical approaches of England and Italy's wily coaches Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli will come under the microscope with the oppressive atmosphere of...
  • World Cup 2014: Newlook England face Italy test June 13, 2014

    The tactical approaches of England and Italy's wily coaches Roy Hodgson and Cesare Prandelli will come under the microscope with the oppressive atmosphere of the Amazon rainforest providing the backdrop for a Group D clash on Saturday. The contrasting qualities of youth and experience will compete to tame Manaus's punishing jungle...
  • Italy can repeat 2006 World Cup glory, says Pirlo June 12, 2014

    Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is hoping to end his international career by winning a second World Cup and believes the Azzurri are capable of repeating their success from 2006. "We can win the World Cup. I always play to win and I won't be satisfied by just getting out of the...
  • Andrea Pirlo signs new twoyear deal to stay at Juventus June 11, 2014

    Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has signed a new twoyear deal with Juventus which will keep him at the Serie A champions until 2016, the club said on Wednesday. Since leaving AC Milan in 2011, the 35yearold midfielder has inspired Juventus to three successive Serie A titles and his performance has been...
  • Simona Halep advances to French Open final June 5, 2014

    Paris: Simona Halep of Romania advanced to her first Grand Slam final, beating Andrea Petkovic of Germany 62, 76 (4) on Thursday. Halep will face Maria Sharapova in Saturday's final. Halep, seeded fourth at the French Open, has been steadily improving at major tournaments. She reached the fourth round at last year's...
  • Andrea Petkovic, Simona Halep reach French Open semifinals June 4, 2014

    Paris: Andrea Petkovic and Simona Halep completed the French Open semifinal pairings with straightset wins Wednesday, and one of them will be in a Grand Slam final for the first time. Petkovic, a 28thseeded German, beat 2012 French Open runnerup Sara Errani of Italy 62, 62. The fourthseeded Halep defeated 2009...
  • Petkovic advances to French Open quarterfinals June 2, 2014

    Paris: Andrea Petkovic overcame an inconsistent serve and unseeded Kiki Bertens to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open with a 16, 62, 75 victory on Monday. The 28thseeded German was broken three times in the first set, once in the second and three more times in the third. But she...