Alex Zanardi seriously injured again in handbike crash

ROME (AP) — Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi was seriously injured again in a handbike crash on Friday — nearly 20 years after losing both of his legs in a horrific auto racing accident. ...

Rusty Ronaldo looking to improve in Italian Cup final

ROME (AP) — A missed penalty. A series of missed chances. A miserable performance grade. For Cristiano Ronaldo, nothing seemed to go right in the Italian Cup semifinal match against ...

'We were defenseless': Virus left its mark on Italian soccer

ROME (AP) — Inter Milan’s team physician was hospitalized with the coronavirus. Giuseppe Bergomi, the club’s celebrated defender, was in so much pain from COVID-19 that he couldn’t s...

Atalanta coach feared for his life as he fought virus

When Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini was struggling with the coronavirus in mid-March, the prospect of entering Bergamo’s hospital -- which was overflowing with COVID-19 patients at the time -- ma...

Cortina requesting to postpone ski worlds from 2021 to 2022

The Italian Winter Sports Federation was making a formal request on Monday to postpone next year’s Alpine skiing world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022. Italian Ol...

Ronaldo reports to Juventus for tests after 10-week absence

Cristiano Ronaldo reported to Juventus’ training center for medical tests on Tuesday after a 10-week absence. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner observed a two-week isolation period at...

Extra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, again

ROME (AP) — Baseball. In Japan. At the Olympics. For World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari, it seems like such a sure home run that he can’t even imagine ...

Brescia captain says his team opposes resuming Serie A

ROME (AP) — With his team based in the Lombardy region where nearly 15,000 people have died from the coronavirus, Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello said his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A...

No soccer balls in sight: Serie A teams train individually

ROME (AP) — No soccer balls. No contact with teammates. And no entering the locker room. One by one, Serie A players are returning to the training field this week under a strict set ...

Ronaldo to Totti: Vieri’s Instagram show stars old teammates

ROME (AP) — Robbie Keane’s home fridge contained 300 beers and nothing else. Luigi Di Biagio orchestrated an overnight escape from training camp in his pajamas. Álvaro Recoba used to hide in the woods...

Italian government sets May 18 return for soccer training

ROME (AP) — Nearly seven weeks after the last game was played, Italy’s top soccer division finally has a target date to resume practice. Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that ...

AP Interview: Sports medicine leader promotes virus protocol

ROME (AP) — While soccer leagues around Europe are still debating whether and when to resume playing, the leader of the continent’s Federation of Sports Medicine Associations is calling for a detailed...

Serie A players reject pay cut proposal as 'unmanageable'

ROME (AP) — The Italian soccer players’ association rejected a proposal from Serie A clubs on Monday to reduce salaries by a third if the season does not resume as “unmanageable.” T...

Handle with care: Brignone's crystal globes come in the mail

ROME (AP) — The package that Italian skier Federica Brignone anxiously awaited while in isolation wasn’t from Amazon or the local supermarket. Amid a worldwide suspension of sports e...

Captain to chief negotiator: Chiellini works out salary cuts

ROME (AP) — Best known for his aggressive defending on the soccer field, Giorgio Chiellini is proving to be an effective negotiator in the board room, too. The Juventus captain — who...