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Conte primes Juve-inspired Italy for Bulgaria MILAN: World Cup flops Italy look to continue their strong start to Euro 2016 qualifying when they face Bulgaria away in a Group H clash that could revive memories of coach Antonio Conte's spell at Juventus.Italy are unbeaten after four opening games, having suffered their only setback in a 1-1 draw with group leaders Croatia in November.Conte quit Juventus with three scudetto titles to his name before inheriting the Azzurri helm from Cesare Prandelli following their disastrous, first-round exit from the World Cup in Brazil.Those achievements, and his proximity to the nucleus of his current squad, appear to be bearing fruit as Conte seeks to lead Italy back on the road to succes."Conte is the same as the person who coached Juventus, he hasn't changed since he made the switch," said Leonardo Bonucci, one of the five Juventus players expected to line up against Luboslav Penev's side in Sofia."He has ...


Enjoy England ride, Rooney tells Kane LONDON: England captain Wayne Rooney has beseeched his new team-mate Harry Kane to savour the experience as the Tottenham Hotspur striker prepares for his first taste of international football.Kane, 21, has been drafted into the England squad by manager Roy Hodgson after scoring 29 goals this season and could make his debut in Friday's 2016 European Championship qualifier at home to Lithuania.It is over 12 years since Rooney made his England debut at the age ...

Dunga pleased with Brazil character PARIS: Brazil coach Dunga was delighted with the character shown by his side as they came from behind to beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris on Thursday to continue their impressive post-World Cup form.The Selecao recovered from falling behind to a Raphael Varane header in the first half at the Stade de France to equalise through Oscar just prior to half-time, before goals from captain Neymar and Luiz Gustavo in the second period ...

Hoffman leads at wind-whipped Texas Open SAN ANTONIO: Charley Hoffman fired five birdies in a five-under par 67 on Thursday to take the lead by one shot after the wind-whipped first round of the US PGA Tour Texas Open.Australia's Aaron Baddeley also had five birdies with one bogey in a four-under 68 at TPC San Antonio.He was one stroke in front of American Max Homa, who closed with back-to-back birdies to grab sole possession of third place on a three-under par ...

Sharapova shocked by Gavrilova in Miami MIAMI: World number two Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Miami Open hardcourt tennis tournament on Thursday, ambushed by 97th-ranked Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.The upset, biggest so far at the combined WTA and ATP Masters event, took one hour, 49 minutes and marked the worst defeat five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova has endured in Miami since she lost in the first round on her debut in 2003."It's sport, and I happened to lose the ...

Flawless Lee grabs LPGA Kia Classic lead CARLSBAD: South Korea's Lee Mi-Rim had seven birdies without a bogey in a seven-under par 65 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the LPGA Kia Classic.Lee, who missed the course record at Aviara Golf Club by one stroke, birdied all four of the par-five holes, taking the lead with an eight-foot birdie putt at her 14th hole of the day -- the par-five fifth and adding one more birdie at the eighth."My long ...

Utrecht mark 100 days to Tour de France start UTRECHT: The historic Dutch city of Utrecht on Thursday launched celebrations to mark 100 days before the 2015 Tour de France with a sound and light show.The world's most famous cycling race gets under way in the Netherlands on July 4 with Utrecht officials keen to highlight the city's "pro-bicycle" commitment.Mayor Jan van Zanen welcomed Tour de France organisers to Utrecht's 12,500-capacity bicycle park, presented as the "biggest in the world"."Utrecht is a bicycle town," ...


 



 
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