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RYDER CUP '23: The reachable par-4 16th is the highlight on a course designed for drama

GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) — Rory McIlroy’s chances of winning the Italian Open a year ago at the Marco Simone course that will host this week’s Ryder Cup vanished when his tee shot on the reacha...

RYDER CUP ’23: A rarity in the golf world. A woman is the course superintendent

GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) — When Lara Arias started her job as course superintendent at the Marco Simone golf club outside Rome that will host the Ryder Cup next week, there was hardly any grass...

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba tests positive for testosterone. He risks 4-year ban

ROME (AP) — Once considered among the top midfielders in world soccer, Paul Pogba's career risks a premature ending after the Juventus player and France international tested positive for testosterone....

Europe Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald says Sergio Garcia 'understands' why he's not on the team

ROME (AP) — It’s been more than a quarter century since Sergio Garcia wasn’t part of Europe’s Ryder Cup team. The energetic Spaniard, who joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour, knew what...

Italy risks missing another major tournament, Ukraine halts England in Euro 2024 qualifying

ROME (AP) — After failing to qualify for the last two World Cups, Italy now risks missing next year’s European Championship, too. As defending champion. On coach Luciano Sp...

Picking Koepka from LIV Golf was easy for US Ryder Cup captain Johnson. Because everyone wanted him

ROME (AP) — When U.S. captain Zach Johnson got his Ryder Cup team together for the first time for a training camp at the Marco Simone course outside Rome on Friday, there was no need for a pep talk ab...

Marcus Thuram scores his first goal in Serie A. His father was a standout defender in the league

ROME (AP) — Marcus Thuram stood confidently with his legs shoulder-length apart, cupped his hands around his ears so as to better take in the roar of the San Siro crowd and grinned. For ...

Sarri insults his former fans then directs Lazio to win over defending champ Napoli

ROME (AP) — Former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri reacted with an offensive gesture toward the local fans when Lazio’s train arrived in the southern city on Friday. On Saturday, the bespect...

Spalletti carries 'giant' Italian flag his mom made for him to national team job

ROME (AP) — When Luciano Spalletti was 11, he asked his mom to sew a “giant” Italian flag together to celebrate the Azzurri’s 4-3 win over West Germany in the 1970 World Cup semifinals — a match that ...

As Lukaku settles at Roma, Leão still making an impact for AC Milan

ROME (AP) — While Romelu Lukaku is just getting started at Roma, AC Milan's most emblematic player remains impactful. Rafael Leão's acrobatic goal in a 2-1 win at struggling Roma on Frid...

Lukaku's arrival at Roma rekindles memories of Batistuta's move to the Giallorossi

ROME (AP) — For a brief period this week, the plane carrying Romelu Lukaku from London to Rome via Brussels was the most followed flight in the world. Nearly 50,000 people — almost all o...

US internationals Pulisic, Weah and Musah are among the new players to watch in Serie A

Alexi Lalas was considered a pioneer when he joined Padova in 1994. Nearly two decades later came Michael Bradley, first at Chievo Verona, then at Roma. Then in 2020, Weston McKennie became Juventus’ ...

AC Milan, Inter and Juventus aim to bring the Serie A title back up north after Napoli success

Figuring out which team will challenge Napoli for the Serie A title is anyone’s guess. AC Milan is going through an offseason overhaul with a host of new players. Inter Milan is still mi...

Italy coach Roberto Mancini announces surprise resignation after up-and-down tenure

Italy coach Roberto Mancini surprisingly resigned on Sunday, ending an an up-and-down tenure with the national team that included a European Championship title in 2021 but also a failed qualification ...

Padel, a rapidly growing racket game, has designs on becoming an Olympic sport

ROME (AP) — Record prize money of nearly $1 million at this week’s tournament in Rome. Recent investment from the company that owns the New York Yankees. A successful debut...