MILAN (AP) — Thiago Motta’s first match in charge of Bologna ended in disappointment as his team hit the woodwork twice in a 1-0 defeat at home to fellow struggler Empoli in Serie A on Saturday.
Filippo Bandinelli’s second goal in as many matches was enough to give Empoli its first win of the season.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Griekspoor won their singles against Americans Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul for the Netherlands to finish top of their Davis Cup Finals group with a 2-1 win on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) — The Ymer brothers keep coming through for Sweden in the Davis Cup Finals.
A year after leading the Swedes to a surprising run to the quarterfinals, Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer got off to a good start and led their nation to victory over Argentina in the opening of the group-stage matches on Tuesday.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Former Paris Saint-Germain and Italy midfielder Thiago Motta will be named Bologna’s new coach, replacing the fired Siniša Mihajlović.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — With Bologna unable to produce a win in its opening five matches, Siniša Mihajlović became the first coach to be fired in the Serie A.
The move on Tuesday came two days after Bologna struggled to 2-2 at Spezia.
LONDON (AP) — Carlos Alcaraz will lead Spain against Novak Djokovic's Serbia next month in the Davis Cup group stage after Rafael Nadal wasn't named to the Spanish team on Monday.
Nadal is set to return to competition at this week's hard-court tournament in Cincinnati after an abdominal injury caused the 22-time Grand Slam champion to pull out of Wimbledon ahead of the semifinals.
LONDON (AP) — Retired player David Ferrer was appointed tournament director of the Davis Cup Finals on Tuesday.
The 40-year-old Ferrer, a three-time Davis Cup champion with Spain who reached a career-best singles ranking of No.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday named a bishop in his own image, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, as the new head of the Italian bishops conference, as the Italian Catholic Church comes under mounting pressure to confront its legacy of clerical sexual abuse with an independent inquiry.
Eric Clapton, a critic of coronavirus vaccines and pandemic restrictions, has tested positive for COVID-19 and canceled two upcoming European gigs.
Clapton’s upcoming shows in Zurich on Tuesday and Milan on Wednesday will be rescheduled, he announced on his Facebook page and official online site. The 77-year-old rocker tested positive following his concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 8.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan is coping better without its veteran talisman than Inter Milan. And that's bad news for defending champion Inter heading into the final four matches of the Italian league season.
ROME (AP) — For four months, Inter Milan had been pointing to its postponed match at Bologna as a chance to gain ground in the title race.
Yet a goalkeeping blunder handed Bologna a 2-1 win Wednesday as Inter wasted a lead and a chance to reclaim the Serie A lead.
MADRID (AP) — Serbia and Spain will square off in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals, organizers said after holding a draw on Tuesday.
That could mean a matchup of Novak Djokovic against Rafael Nadal when their nations play as part of Group B along with Canada and South Korea in Valencia from Sept.
ROME (AP) — A spectacular overhead kick from Álvaro Morata led to a stoppage-time score for Juventus to draw with nine-man Bologna 1-1 in Serie A on Saturday.
Morata’s acrobatic effort was going wide until Dušan Vlahović met it with a header at the far post that found the target to salvage a point for the Bianconeri.
MADRID (AP) — The latter stages of the Davis Cup Finals will be played in the southern Spanish city of Málaga in November, organizers said Wednesday.
The revamped tennis competition will remain in Spain after the first two editions were played in Madrid.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Marko Arnautović could have had a hat trick but for the crossbar as Bologna beat relegation-threatened Sampdoria 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.
Bologna broke the deadlock in the 61st minute when Aaron Hickey crossed for Mitchell Dijks at the back post and he knocked it down for Arnautović to bundle over the line from point-blank range.
MILAN (AP) — AC Milan missed the chance to pull three points clear at the top of Serie A as it was held to a 0-0 draw by Bologna on Monday.
The result left Milan just one point ahead of second-place Napoli with seven matches remaining.
MILAN (AP) — Inter Milan halted its poor run of form in the best possible way by beating fierce rival Juventus 1-0 to boost its Serie A title chances and hinder its opponent’s own hopes on Sunday.
Hakan Çalhanoğlu converted a penalty at the second time of asking in first-half stoppage time.
VERONA, Italy (AP) — In a match between two teams still getting players back from coronavirus outbreaks, Hellas Verona beat Bologna 2-1 in Serie A on Friday.
Nikola Kalinic headed in the winner in the 85th to finish off a counterattack.
CAGLIARI, Italy (AP) — Substitute Gastón Pereiro set up one goal and scored a stoppage-time winner as relegation-threatened Cagliari again came from behind to beat Bologna 2-1 in Serie A on Tuesday.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Tuesday:
Placed in quarantine by local health authorities, mid-table Bologna has had virtually no training ahead of a Serie A game at relegation-threatened Cagliari.
MILAN (AP) — Serie A’s 20 clubs voted unanimously on Saturday to reduce stadium attendance to a maximum of 5,000 spectators for two rounds amid rising coronavirus cases.
That’s lower than the current 50% permitted by the Italian government.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:
The Italian league resumes after a two-week winter break with Juventus hosting Napoli in the marquee match amid a full slate of games.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities released a rights activist Wednesday after he spent nearly two years in jail in a case that has drawn significant international attention, a rights group said.
Patrick George Zaki walked free from a police station in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, a day after a court there ordered his release pending trial, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court Tuesday ordered the release pending trial of a rights activist who has been imprisoned for nearly two years in a case that has drawn significant international attention, a rights group said.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Bologna moved up to mid-table after beating last-placed Cagliari 2-0 in Serie A on Monday.
Lorenzi De Silvestri and Marko Arnautovic scored second-half goals as Bologna ended a three-match winless run.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Lorenzo Insigne converted two penalties to help Napoli beat Bologna 3-0 Thursday and move back level with AC Milan at the top of the Serie A table.
MILAN (AP) — Late goals from Zlatan Ibrahimović and Ismaël Bennacer spared AC Milan major embarrassment as it scraped a 4-2 win in Serie A at Bologna, which played for more than half an hour with nine men on Saturday.
ROME (AP) — Inter Milan’s attack might be better off without Romelu Lukaku.
The Nerazzurri are spreading the scoring around more and playing as a more cohesive unit since Lukaku left for European champion Chelsea.
ROME (AP) — Even without Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte, Inter Milan seems intent on successfully defending its Serie A title.
The Nerazzurri completely overwhelmed visiting Bologna 6-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten start to the Italian league.
CAIRO (AP) — The trial of an Egyptian activist and researcher who has been imprisoned for over a year and a half began Tuesday, his lawyers said. His case has drawn significant international attention, particularly in Italy, where he studied, and has become a high-profile example of the country's many people who are detained indefinitely without due process.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Sweden midfielder Mattias Svanberg scored late for Bologna to beat Hellas Verona 1-0 in Serie A on Monday and extend its unbeaten start to three matches.
The victory put Bologna level with defending champion Inter Milan and Udinese, two points behind leaders Roma, AC Milan and Napoli.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Unchecked poverty and ignorance help fundamentalist violence to take hold easily, Pope Francis said as he urged fellow religious leaders and others to counter the phenomenon by promoting schooling.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — For more than seven decades, Martin Adler treasured a black-and-white photo of himself as a young American soldier with a broad smile with three impeccably dressed Italian children he is credited with saving as the Nazis retreated northward in 1944.
ROME (AP) — Intense heat baking Italy pushed northward towards the popular tourist destination of Florence Friday while wildfires charred the country's south, and Spain appeared headed for an all-time record high temperature as a heat wave kept southern Europe in a fiery hold.
ROME (AP) — Bologna’s extensive porticoes, dating back to the 13th century and still very much part of the city’s everyday life, have been added to the World Heritage List.
At a meeting in China on Wednesday, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, the U.N.
ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers on Wednesday formally called on the government to grant citizenship to an Egyptian student and human rights activist enrolled at an Italian university, who has been jailed in Cairo for nearly 1 ½ years.
MILAN (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan is back in the Champions League after an eight-year break. And Juventus also narrowly qualified on the final night of Serie A on Sunday.
Two penalties from Franck Kessie helped Milan to a 2-0 win at Atalanta, which had already claimed a top-four spot along with Serie A champion Inter Milan.
VERONA, Italy (AP) — Rodrigo Palacio equalized in the 82nd minute to give Bologna a 2-2 draw at Verona on Monday in a game between two midtable teams in Serie A.
Palacio met a cross at the far post with an outstretched leg to rescue a point with his fifth goal of the season.
MILAN (AP) — Bottom club Crotone let slip a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at home to Bologna in Serie A on Saturday.
Substitute Andreas Skov Olsen scored the winner for Bologna six minutes from time.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Fausto Gresini, a former motorcycling world champion and team owner, died Tuesday from complications linked to the coronavirus. He was 60.
Gresini Racing said he died in the hospital in Bologna, exactly a month after his 60th birthday.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Coach Filippo Inzaghi returned to his former Bologna club and watched his Benevento side recover a 1-1 draw in the snow and leapfrog the host in the Serie A table on Friday.
MILAN (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimović missed a penalty but AC Milan won 2-1 at Bologna on Saturday to bounce back from a disappointing week and remain top of Serie A.
Ante Rebić fired home the rebound after Ibrahimović’s penalty kick was saved and Franck Kessié doubled Milan’s lead early in the second half.
MILAN (AP) — Weston McKennie scored to help Juventus beat Bologna 2-0 in Serie A on Sunday and bounce back from its demoralizing loss to title rival Inter Milan.
The American headed in Juve’s second goal, in the 71st minute, after Arthur had given the Bianconeri the lead in the first half.
MILAN (AP) — Bologna earned its first win since November by beating Hellas Verona 1-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
Bologna's winless run included three defeats and five draws.
Riccardo Orsolini scored from the penalty spot in the first half in Bologna after Verona goalkeeper Marco Silvestri brought down Roberto Soriano.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court extended the detention of an activist and researcher who previously worked for one of the country’s most prominent rights groups, the group said on Monday.
Patrick George Zaki, 28, a human rights advocate and a student at the University of Bologna in Italy, was detained after landing in Cairo on Feb.
MILÁN (AP) — El estadounidense Weston McKennie anotó para la Juventus el sábado, que superó una desventaja inicial para vencer a Torino 2-1 por la Serie A italiana. Es el primer jugador de su país que anota un gol para Juventus.
MILAN (AP) — Weston McKennie became the first American player to score for Juventus as his side rallied to beat city rival Torino 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.
Leonardo Bonucci netted the winner in Turin with a minute remaining in the derby match after McKennie headed in the equalizer 12 minutes from time to cancel out Nicolas Nkoulou’s early opener.
BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Marco Belinelli is going back to Italy, announcing Thursday that he has signed a three-year contract to play for Virtus Bologna.
The 34-year-old guard spent 13 seasons in the NBA, playing for nine different teams — Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans, Chicago, Charlotte, Sacramento, Atlanta, Philadelphia and, most recently, San Antonio.
WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gruppo Fanti, a metal packaging manufacturer, has chosen West Virginia as the site of its first U.S. plant, bringing 40 jobs and an investment of $30 million to Weirton, officials said.
MILAN (AP) — Last week it was an acrobatic overhead winner that belied his 39 years.
This week it was a towering header in stoppage time that secured AC Milan a 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona on Sunday and a two-point lead atop Serie A entering the international break.