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Italy's late strike proves critics wrong: Parisse EDINBURGH: Italian captain Sergio Parisse said his team's dramatic last minute 22-19 victory against Scotland at Murrayfield answered the critics who have questioned the Azzurri's place in the Six Nations championship.A penalty try with 28 seconds remaining, followed by a conversion by former Scotland under-20 fly half Tommaso Allan, overturned a 19-15 deficit and secured Italy their first win in the Six Nations for almost two years - since a 22-15 success against Ireland in Rome on March 16, 2013.It was also only Italy's second away win since they joined the championship in 2000 and Parisse was the the sole survivor from their maiden success on the road - a 37-17 triumph against Scotland in Edinburgh in 2007."This victory is not going to cancel all the difficulties that we have but the most important thing is we have shown everyone that we really deserve a place in this tournament," said ...

Gatland wary of Irish dogfight PARIS: Warren Gatland believes Wales must avoid getting dragged into a dogfight if they are to beat Ireland in the Six Nations in two weeks.Wales are back in the Six Nations title running after successive away wins over Scotland and France following their opening 21-16 defeat at home to England.With the English travelling to fellow unbeaten outfit Ireland on Sunday, Gatland believes Wales can still finish top of the pile come the end of the ...

Van Gaal admits Di Maria struggling at United MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confessed that Angel di Maria is struggling to adjust to English football after substituting him at half-time of United's 2-0 win over Sunderland.After a promising start to his United career, following a club-record £59.7 million ($92.2 million, 82.3 million euros) transfer from Real Madrid, the form of the Argentina international has dipped.Di Maria has scored just once for United since the start of October and, after an ineffective ...

Villa can still beat the drop says Sherwood NEWCASTLE: Tim Sherwood insists he can still lead Aston Villa to Premier League survival even though their 27-year stay in the English top flight is under growing threat after a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle United.Villa slumped to their seventh consecutive league loss after another lacklustre display at St James' Park on Saturday which cost them a chance to climb out of the bottom three.Sherwood has now lost his first two games in charge since succeeding ...

Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history BUENOS AIRES: Reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to reach the final of the Argentina Open where he will try to secure a slice of clay-court history.The 28-year-old left-handed Spaniard rallied in the opening-set tie-breaker from a 6-1 deficit to win, then clinched Saturday's semi-final match when Berlocq hammered a forehand long on the first match point."I was serving short in the first set and he (Berlocq) was very ...

AC Milan labour to goalless draw with Chievo MILAN: AC Milan could only labour a goalless draw with Chievo in Serie A action on Saturday, leaving them ninth in the table, three off a potential European qualifying spot.Welcoming back French defender Philippe Mexes after a three-game ban, Milan missed the chance to go up the table despite a third match undefeated.In a tight match, Keisuke Honda had a chance for Milan in the 48th minute, while there was almost an own goal after ...

Nadal advances to Buenos Aires final BUENOS AIRES: Reigning French Open champion Rafael Nadal reached his first final of the year by rolling over Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 Saturday at the ATP Argentina Open.The 28-year-old Spanish left-hander next faces Argentina's Juan Monaco in Sunday's final. where Nadal will be trying to equal Guillermo Vilas' all-time record of 46 titles on clay.Nadal rallied in the opening-set tie-breaker from a 6-1 deficit to win, then clinched the match when Berlocq hammered a ...


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