MILAN (AP) — Juventus is set to break a slew of records in Serie A — again.
The team's 2-1 win over AC Milan this weekend, coupled with Napoli's draw against 10-man Genoa, has left Juventus...
MILAN (AP) — Mauro Icardi had a mixed reception on Sunday in his first appearance on the field at San Siro since early February.
The former Inter Milan captain could not prevent his team...
ROME (AP) — Napoli's unexpected loss means Juventus is only two wins away from clinching a record-extending eighth straight Serie A title.
ROME (AP) — The Italian news agency ANSA is reporting that another infant boy has died in Italy as the result of a circumcision performed at home.
Spalletti says Icardi will start for Inter at Genoa
MILAN (AP) — Mauro Icardi will make his first appearance for Inter Milan in nearly two months when the team visits Genoa on Wednesday.
Inter coach Luciano Spalletti says Icardi will be in...
Piatek scores again as AC Milan beats Empoli 3-0 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — When it comes to scoring in Serie A, only Cristiano Ronaldo is more prolific than Krzysztof Piatek.
But only just.
Netting in AC Milan's 3-0 win over relegation-threatened...
Piatek scores 2 as Milan beats Atalanta 3-1 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Krzysztof Piatek looks to be firing AC Milan back into the Champions League.
The Poland international scored twice as Milan came from behind to beat Atalanta 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday. Piatek has four goals from three league starts since joining Milan from Genoa in January for a reported 35 million euros ($40 million). He also scored two in the Italian Cup for the Rossoneri.
Workers carefully remove remains of collapsed Genoa bridge
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Work is underway to remove what is left of the Morandi Bridge, the key highway span in the Italian city of Genoa that collapsed in August, killing 43 people.
Engineers spent hours Saturday lowering a 36-meter (118-foot) long chunk of road, the start of demolition efforts to clear the way for a new bridge to be built. The delicate, time-consuming operation was necessary given the unstable remains of the bridge that crosses a populated area.
Piatek scores 2 as Milan beats Napoli to reach semifinals
MILAN (AP) — Krzysztof Piatek was given a standing ovation when he went off the field on Tuesday after scoring two goals on his full AC Milan debut to send his new side into the Italian Cup semifinals.
Piatek, who joined Milan from Genoa last week for a reported 35 million euros ($40 million), scored both goals inside 27 minutes to help Milan beat Napoli 2-0.
Genoa wins at Empoli 3-1 to move toward Serie A safety
ROME (AP) — Genoa took a step toward safety with a 3-1 win at relegation-threatened Empoli in Serie A on Monday.
Christian Kouame, Darko Lazovic and Antonio Sanabria scored for Genoa while Giovanni Di Lorenzo had a temporary equalizer for Empoli.
Genoa moved up to 13th place, nine points above the drop zone, while Empoli remained 17th, only three points above the bottom three.
Milan new signing Piatek: I was born ready
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan has lost its most proven scorer and replaced him with a relatively unproven one.
However, while Gonzalo Higuain failed to shine during his six months on loan from Juventus, Krzysztof Piatek set Serie A alight in the opening half of the season. And the same day Higuain joined Chelsea, Piatek completed a move to Milan for a reported 35 million euros.
Paqueta proving he’s worth the hype as settles at AC Milan
MILAN (AP) — Lucas Paqueta is settling in at AC Milan and beginning to prove he is worth the hype.
While the Brazil international did not score in a 2-0 win at Genoa on Monday, he was at the heart of most of the Rossoneri's good play and hit the woodwork.
Fabio Borini and Suso scored as Milan moved back into fourth spot in Serie A and the final Champions League qualifying berth.
Genoa announces $229M project to replace collapsed bridge
MILAN (AP) — Genoa's mayor on Tuesday announced that a 202-million-euro ($229 million) project by hometown architect Renzo Piano inspired by a naval ship has been chosen to replace the Morandi Bridge that collapsed last summer, killing 43 people.
The project will be carried out by three Italian firms, construction firm Salini Impregilo, state-run shipbuilder Fincantieri's infrastructure subsidiary and the Italferr state railway subsidiary, which will be charged with engineering aspects.
1 dead, 44 injured in Switzerland bus crash
BERLIN (AP) — Zurich police say a tour bus on its way to Germany has crashed in Switzerland, killing one person and injuring 44 others.
The dpa news agency reported Sunday that bus traveling to Duesseldorf from Genoa in Italy crashed at 4:15 a.m. south of Zurich, a city in northern Switzerland that is the country's financial hub.
Zurich canton (state) police say the bus went into a skid on the snowy road and crashed into a wall.
Genoa mayor says new bridge to be built by Christmas 2019
ROME (AP) — Genoa's mayor is promising that his city will have a new bridge by Christmas 2019 to replace the one that collapsed in the summer, killing 43 people.
Mayor Marco Bucci on Saturday inaugurated a site that will demolish the pillars and parts of the span that remained standing when much of the Morandi Bridge's roadbed gave way on Aug. 14, sending dozens of vehicles plunging into a dry riverbed.
Genoa hires former Italy coach Prandelli, fires Juric again
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa hired former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Friday to replace Ivan Juric, who was fired by the club for a third time following poor results.
Genoa made the announcement a day after the team was knocked out of the Italian Cup by third-division club Virtus Entella, losing on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
La Scala struck falling bridge from ‘Attila’ after Genoa
MILAN (AP) — Director Davide Livermore had envisioned a falling bridge to emphasize a dramatic encounter in Verdi's "Attila," which opens La Scala's season next week with a new production.
But the director said Friday that he changed the staging immediately after the Aug. 14 collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa that killed 43 people.
Grieving Genoa seeks relief from derby after bridge collapse
ROME (AP) — The local economy is devastated. The traffic is endless. A general sense of mourning lingers.
In the more than three months since 43 people were killed in the Morandi highway bridge collapse, Genoa's residents have had little to smile about.
The city derby on Sunday — the first meeting between Genoa and Sampdoria since the bridge tragedy — could provide an opportunity for some relief.
Genoa mayor aims to start demolition next month
ROME (AP) — Genoa's mayor says demolition is planned to start next month on part of the highway bridge whose collapse killed 43 people in August.
Marco Bucci told SkyTG24 TV Monday that demolition of a supporting pillar on one end of the Morandi bridge should begin around Dec. 15. That end stands near industrial buildings. To be demolished later is the pillar near apartment buildings, whose evacuated occupants hope to retrieve belongings.
Napoli fights back to beat Genoa 2-1 and stay close to Juve
MILAN (AP) — In a match which had to be suspended for nearly 15 minutes because of rain, Napoli almost saw its Serie A title hopes given a dousing, too.
Napoli fought back from a goal down and needed a late own goal to win at Genoa 2-1 on Saturday and keep within sight of leader Juventus.
Carlo Ancelotti's side cut the gap to three points to Juventus, which visits AC Milan on Sunday.
Inter Milan can move back level on points with a win at Atalanta, also on Sunday.
Italy makes cross-border bust of nearly 600 pounds of heroin
ROME (AP) — European authorities say they have seized 270 kilograms (595 pounds) of heroin in Genoa's port and allowed part of it to travel on, under police surveillance, to its final destination in the Netherlands where two people were arrested.
Eurojust, the European agency that coordinates cross-border investigations, called the drug bust the largest in Genoa in 20 years.
After record Serie A start, Juventus set for Man U visit
MILAN (AP) — Juventus is enjoying its best start to a Serie A season and shows no sign of letting up ahead of an important week for the Italian champion.
Juventus hosts Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday before playing AC Milan at San Siro in Serie A on Sunday.
Cristiano Ronaldo may not have found the net for Juventus in Saturday's 3-1 win over Cagliari, but the Portugal international has helped his new club win 10 of its opening 11 league games.
Sub-par Juventus still beats Cagliari 3-1 in Serie A
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan and Napoli are blasting opponents while Juventus seems content to grind out results in Serie A.
Juventus barely stepped out of first gear to beat Cagliari 3-1 on Saturday ahead of its Champions League meeting with Manchester United on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Inter and Napoli both scored five goals in their wins against Genoa and Napoli but they remain six points behind Juventus, which faces Milan next Sunday in a tricky week for the defending Italian champion.
Gattuso’s intensity making an impact at AC Milan
ROME (AP) — Gennaro Gattuso's ability to transmit his own combative spirit to his AC Milan players didn't just save his job during the Rossoneri's roughest stretch of the season, it also propelled the team into the Champions League places.
A week ago, Milan was in crisis following a last-gasp derby defeat to Inter Milan and a discouraging loss at home to Real Betis in the Champions League.
Its next two matches, however, were hard-fought victories over Sampdoria and Genoa in the Italian league.
AC Milan moves into Champions League places with 2-1 win
MILAN (AP) — Alessio Romagnoli scored a spectacular goal in added time as AC Milan beat Genoa 2-1 in Serie A on Wednesday to move into the Champions League places.
Romagnoli, a center back, met a punched clearance from goalkeeper Andrei Radu with a lobbed volley from beyond the area.
The winner made up for Romagnoli's own goal earlier, after Suso had given Milan an early lead.
Ronaldo keeps his focus, Juventus struggling to do the same
MILAN (AP) — Despite his off-the-field turmoil, Cristiano Ronaldo is still scoring goals. His teammates, however, let Juventus down.
Ronaldo has scored five goals in nine matches, and two in three matches since being accused of rape last month.
On Saturday, Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead in the 18th minute at Genoa. Then something odd happened.
Ronaldo scores but Juventus’ perfect start ended by Genoa
MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to net 400 goals across Europe's top five leagues.
It wasn't enough on Saturday to maintain Juventus' perfect start to the season.
Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape in a civil lawsuit in the United States, scored in the 1-1 draw against Genoa. It was his fifth Serie A goal in nine matches.
Ronaldo has 311 goals in La Liga for Real Madrid, and 84 in the English Premier League for Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo expected to play for Juventus on Saturday
MILAN (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Juventus started with a selfie, included a goal in a practice game, and will likely end up with a starring role on Saturday.
Ronaldo, who has been accused of rape and is facing a civil lawsuit in the United States, had the weekend off while his Italian team was idle during a break for international matches.
Former Italy international Antonio Cassano retires
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Former Italy international Antonio Cassano has announced his retirement after training for less than a week with Virtus Entella.
Cassano says in a statement: "The day has come where you decide that it's really over. I have other priorities now."
Entella, based near Cassano's current home in Genoa, announced a week ago that Cassano would begin training with the club "without any contractual obligation."
Italy held 1-1 by Ukraine as winless streak reaches 5
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italy's winless streak reached five matches following a 1-1 draw at home with Ukraine in a friendly on Wednesday — extending the Azzurri's poor run of form following their failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Ruslan Malinovskyi equalized seven minutes after Federico Bernardeschi's opener early in the second half.
First coaching changes in Italy, Spain and Germany
Less than two months in the season, the first coaching changes came in Germany, Italy and Spain on Tuesday.
Genoa, which is mid-table in Serie A, fired Davide Ballardini and brought back Ivan Juric. Last-place Chievo dismissed Lorenzo D'Anna.
The team at the bottom of the Spanish league is also looking for a new coach after the exit of Leo Franco at Huesca.
Genoa and Chievo become 1st Serie A clubs to change coaches
ROME (AP) — Genoa and Chievo Verona have made the first coaching changes of this season's Serie A.
Genoa, which is in 11th place with a game in hand, fired Davide Ballardini and brought back Ivan Juric on Tuesday while last-place Chievo sacked Lorenzo D'Anna without immediately naming a replacement.
Genoa's move comes two days after a 3-1 loss at home to Parma and with a visit to Italian league leader Juventus next after the international break.
Giovinco back in Italy squad after 3-year absence
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Sebastian Giovinco is back in the Italy squad after an absence of nearly three years, but Mario Balotelli has been left out.
Italy coach Roberto Mancini included the 31-year-old Toronto FC forward in the 28-man squad he named Friday for upcoming matches against Ukraine and Poland.
Giovinco, who has scored one goal in 23 appearances for Italy, last played for his country on Oct. 15, 2015.
Giuseppe Rossi escapes ban after positive doping test
ROME (AP) — Former Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi escaped a ban on Monday despite failing a doping test.
The American-born Rossi tested positive for an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent.
The anti-doping prosecutor was seeking a one-year ban but the 31-year-old Rossi was given only a reprimand following Monday's hearing.
The test was in May after Rossi played for Genoa at the end of the last Serie A season.
Genoa’s Piatek off to best Serie A debut in 70 years
ROME (AP) — Krzysztof Piatek is off to the best start for a Serie A debutante in nearly 70 years.
The 23-year-old Poland striker scored both of Genoa's goals in a 2-1 win over Frosinone on Sunday to raise his tally to eight in six matches.
The last player to achieve the feat was Karl Aage Hansen with Atalanta in 1949-50.
Overall this season, Piatek has scored 12 goals in all competitions — including his four-goal performance in the Italian Cup in August.
Giuseppe Rossi faces 1-year ban for doping case in Italy
ROME (AP) — Former Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi's injury-plagued career has another negative turn with a positive doping test.
Italy's anti-doping agency Nado Italia announced on Tuesday that Rossi will stand trial next week after testing positive for an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent.
The anti-doping prosecutor is seeking a one-year ban.
The test was taken in May while Rossi played for Genoa at the end of the last Serie A season.
The New Jersey-born Rossi is currently out of contract.
Sampdoria draws 1-1 against Fiorentina in rearranged match
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Sampdoria and Fiorentina played out a 1-1 draw in their rescheduled Serie A match on Wednesday.
The match had been scheduled for the opening weekend but was postponed after a bridge collapse that killed 43 people in Genoa.
Both teams had a chance to move second in the fledgling Serie A standings with a victory.
Boat sirens wail, Genoa pauses, month after bridge collapse
ROME (AP) — Genoa paused for a moment of silence in memory of the 43 people who died a month ago when a highway bridge collapsed.
At 11.36 a.m. local time (0936 GMT), the city marked the moment a month ago when the Morandi bridge collapsed, plunging dozens of vehicles into a dry riverbed.
Boat sirens wailed in the Italian city's harbor Friday, while buses switched off their engines and shops closed their doors to remember those who perished.
Renzo Piano offers new bridge design for his beloved Genoa
ROME (AP) — Architect Renzo Piano has offered a new bridge design for his beloved hometown of Genoa to replace the one that collapsed last month, killing 43 people, saying it must be built to last 1,000 years and be "simple, solid ... but not banal."
Quagliarella scores airborne backheel volley against Napoli
ROME (AP) — 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 in the Morandi Bridge collapse in the port city last month, Quagliarella's goal prompted celebrations inside the Luigi Ferraris stadium.
Italy: Bridge failure that killed 43 was ‘absurd,’ avoidable
ROME (AP) — Italy's transport minister says the nation's entire infrastructure urgently needs both regular and extraordinary maintenance to avoid another tragedy like the bridge collapse that killed 43 people this month.
Danilo Toninelli briefed lawmakers on Monday about the Aug. 14 collapse of Morandi Bridge in Genoa.
He told them the "absurd disaster could and should have been avoided."
Serie A to commemorate victims of bridge collapse with shirt
MILAN (AP) — Players and officials will wear a special shirt ahead of this weekend's Serie A matches to commemorate the victims of the Morandi Bridge tragedy in Genoa.
The highway bridge collapsed last week, killing 43 people.
Players will walk onto the pitch wearing shirts with the words "Genoa in our hearts" and a drawing of a heart joining the two sections of the collapsed bridge.
Italian company says new bridge can be built in 8 months
MILAN (AP) — The board of the private company that controls the bridge that collapsed in Genoa approved on Tuesday an initial 500 million euros ($576 million) in funding to help victims and finance a new steel bridge that it says can be ready in about eight months.
Report: Experts knew Genoa bridge had weakened 20 percent
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Engineering experts determined in February that corrosion of the metal cables supporting the Genoa highway bridge had reduced the bridge's strength by 20 percent — a finding that came months before it collapsed last week, Italian media reported Monday.
Footage Shows Moment of Italy Bridge Collapse
Italy bridge designer warned in 1979 of risk of corrosion
ROME (AP) — The Italian engineer who designed the Genoa bridge that collapsed and killed dozens warned four decades ago that it would require constant maintenance to remove rust given the effects of corrosion from sea air and pollution on the concrete.
The Latest: Romanian trucker is Genoa bridge’s 43rd victim
GENOA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the Italy bridge collapse (all times local):
A Genoa hospital says a Romanian truck driver who suffered severe cranial and chest injuries in the city's bridge collapse has died.
The San Martino Hospital said Marian Rosca, 36, died Saturday evening. Doctors had described him as the most severely injured of the survivors of Tuesday's collapse of the Morandi Bridge, a key artery in Genoa.
Italy’s leader demands safe roads; bridge toll rises to 43
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italy's president demanded guarantees Saturday that all the nation's roads are safe following the Genoa highway bridge collapse, after he hugged and comforted mourners at a state funeral in the grieving port city.
President Sergio Mattarella spoke quietly to victims' families before the ceremony began on Genoa's fairgrounds. Usually reserved in demeanor, Mattarella was embraced tightly for a long moment by one distraught woman.