July 1, 2012 |
Spain will play attacking football against Italy in the European Championship final. The defending champions just hope Italy returns the favor. Both teams go into Sunday's final at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, promising to maintain the tactics that brought them there. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque promised an attacking lineup with three forwards. He also brushed off criticism that Spain's attack lacks the cutting edge it had during the team's Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup triumphs.
June 29, 2012 |
Mario Balotelli finally showed some quality finishing, scoring twice in the first half on Thursday to give Italy a shocking, 2-1 win over Germany and an unexpected spot in the European Championship final in Warsaw, Poland. Extending its winless streak against Italy in major tournaments to eight matches, Germany had no answer for the creativity of Italy strikers Balotelli and Antonio Cassano. In the 20th minute, Balotelli got past Holger Badstuber to head in a pinpoint cross from Cassano.
June 20, 2012 |
Spain and Italy confirmed their heavyweight reputations at the European Championship on Monday, advancing to the quarterfinals after winning their final group matches. Defending champion Spain sealed top spot in Group C by beating Croatia, 1-0, in Gdansk, Poland, on a late goal by substitute Jesus Navas. Navas, who replaced Fernando Torres, struck in the 88th, tapping into an empty net. In Poznan, Poland, Mario Balotelli came off the bench to score Italy's second goal in a 2-0 victory against Ireland, lifting the Azzurri above Croatia in the standings.
June 17, 2012 |
MILAN — The Italian government on Friday announced measures worth $100 billion to spur economic growth, streamline the notoriously bloated public sector, and lower national debt, part of its attempt to convince international investors that its finances are sustainable. Italy has become the new focus of concern in the eurozone ahead of the Greek election Sunday. That vote could result in Greece's exit from the multi-nation currency, and in increased economic turmoil across the region.
June 12, 2012 |
Defending champion Spain and Italy fought to a well-played 1-1 draw at the European Championship on Sunday, before Croatia beat Ireland, 3-1, in the Croats' tournament debut. The winners of the last two World Cups brought different styles into the Group C opener at Gdansk, Poland, but matched each other, trading goals in the second half. Italy's three-man defense soaked up Spanish passing moves before taking the lead through substitute Antonio Di Natale in the 61st minute.
June 8, 2012 |
PARIS - It was about time Rafael Nadal faced some sort of test at the French Open. Not that this one lasted all that long. Still, after dropping a total of 19 games through his first four matches - the fewest at Roland Garros in 30 years - Nadal finally found himself in an even-as-can-be set at the outset of his quarterfinal against 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro. While Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have been forced to come back from two-set deficits in Paris, this qualified as a tight spot for Nadal.
May 30, 2012 |
SAN FELICE SUL PANARO, Italy - Workers at the small machinery company had just returned for their first shift after Italy's powerful and deadly quake earlier this month when another one struck Tuesday morning, collapsing the roof. At least three employees at the factory - two immigrants and an Italian engineer checking the building's stability - were among those killed in the second deadly quake in nine days to strike a region of Italy that hadn't considered itself particularly quake prone.
May 21, 2012 |
ROME - An earthquake struck the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna on Sunday, killing at least five people, injuring dozens, leaving thousands homeless and damaging historic buildings as well as warehouses and factories, officials said. The earthquake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said had a magnitude of 6.0, crumbled church roofs and Renaissance-era towers, according to Italian television reports. Large cracks riddled apartment blocks in dozens of small towns. And Italy's national Civil Protection Department said that at least 3,000 had been left homeless.
May 20, 2012 |
ROME - A bomb exploded Saturday outside an Italian high school named after the wife of an assassinated anti-Mafia prosecutor, killing one student and wounding at least seven others, officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, and police were trying to determine who had planted the bomb. But an anti-Mafia prosecutor said it didn't appear to be the kind of attack that organized crime has carried out in Italy. The bombing also followed a spate of attacks against Italian officials and buildings by a group of anarchists.
May 13, 2012
Tri-athlete Manuel Huerta took a unique sort of high- altitude training and it paid off Saturday with a berth in the Olympics. Huerta and Hunter Kemper both qualified for the U.S. Olympic team at the ITU World Triathlon in San Diego. Kemper, who will be appearing in his fourth Olympics, was clocked in 1 hour, 49.17 seconds, in an event combining a 1,500-meter swim, 40 kilometers of cycling, and a 10-kilometer run. Huerta, who spent recent time living in a volcano in Costa Rica to get high altitude training, finished at 1:49:31.