AP Interview: Fiorentina's American owner is a soccer lifer

ROME (AP) — From Calabria to Pennsylvania, then the Bronx and beyond, new Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso has been on the move his entire life. Whether it was acclimating to the Unit...

Sarri sheds his stubborn style at Juventus and finds success

ROME (AP) — Maurizio Sarri must have learned something from those awful losses midway through last season at Chelsea, when he was getting ridiculed for stubbornly sticking with his highly technical pa...

Old-fashioned No. 9's are back in fashion in Serie A

ROME (AP) — Forget the false nine. Traditional No. 9’s are back in vogue in Serie A. From Romelu Lukaku to Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti — and even the new-look Cristiano Ronaldo ...

Before game in Saudi Arabia, Lazio aims to improve its image

ROME (AP) — After 15 years as Lazio’s president, Claudio Lotito has grown tired of his club having a negative image around the world. So as the team from Rome prepares to travel to S...

Napoli fines contested by world players’ union FIFPro

ROME (AP) — Napoli’s decision to fine its players for abandoning an in-season training camp ordered by the club is being contested by world players’ union FIFPro. The training camp w...

Mike Piazza presented as manager of Italy’s baseball team

ROME (AP) — Coaching Italy's national baseball team fits in perfectly with Mike Piazza’s current lifestyle. The Hall of Fame catcher and his family have been living in Italy for seve...

Ranieri slowly turning things around at Sampdoria

ROME (AP) — Slowly but surely, Claudio Ranieri is making an impression at Sampdoria. The Genoa team came back from a goal down for a 2-1 win over 10-man Udinese on Sunday for its sec...

Smalling scores 1 and sets up 2 as Roma beats Brescia 3-0

ROME (AP) — Chris Smalling’s transfer fee is rising match by match. The former England international scored one goal and set up two others in Roma’s 3-0 win over last-place Brescia i...

AP Interview: Commisso promises to keep Fiorentina ‘forever’

ROME (AP) — Less than six months into his tenure as Fiorentina owner and president, Rocco Commisso is already starting to grapple with Italy’s infamous bureaucracy as he attempts to build a new stadiu...

New handball rule is straining VAR system in Serie A

ROME (AP) — A recent modification by soccer's rule-making panel is the culprit for a significant increase in VAR dependence — and controversy — in Serie A this season, according to Italy’s refereeing ...

'The problem is I'm Italian': Balotelli spurs racism debate

ROME (AP) — The ball that Mario Balotelli angrily kicked high into the stands out of frustration because of racist chants is still traveling. Figuratively speaking, at least. ...

Sale of a single player set up Cagliari's sudden success

ROME (AP) — Cagliari could be on its way to becoming this season's Atalanta in Serie A — and the lucrative sale of prized midfielder Nicolò Barella to Inter Milan is a big reason for the Sardinian clu...

Italy's female soccer players aim to change law limiting pay

ROME (AP) — Italy's surprise run to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup this year went a long way toward changing misconceptions about the female game in a country where the most popular sport ...

Lionel Messi and Liverpool shine in the Champions League

ROME (AP) — Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday. Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1...

Italy's next move vs. racism: anti-terrorism listening tools

ROME (AP) — After five cases of racist chants in eight rounds of Serie A, the Italian soccer federation is considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identif...