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Liverpool, 2019 winner, overwhelms upstart Atalanta in Champions League

In the first-ever meeting between Atalanta and Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's side was the one doing the overwhelming in a 5-0 rout of last season's surprise quarter-finalist in the Champions League.

Perfect prep: Simona Halep takes 14-match win streak to French Open

Two months of physical training. Then three months of practice on clay courts, followed by two straight titles on the red dirt. Amid all the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic, Simona Halep might very well have found the perfect formula to prepare for the French Open.

Denis Shapovalov ranks career-best 10th following Djokovic title win in Rome

Top seed Novak Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 Monday to win his fifth Italian Open title. As a result, Canada's Denis Shapovalov climbed to 10th in the ATP rankings after dropping a three-set match to Schwartzman in Sunday's semifinals.

Halep wins her 1st Italian Open title after defending champ Plísková suffers injury

Top-seeded Simona Halep won her first Italian Open title on Monday when 2019 champion Karolina Pliíkova retired midway through the final with a left thigh injury. Later Monday, Novak Djokovic will face Diego Schwartzman in the men's final.

Shapovalov's run in Rome ends in 3-set semifinal loss to Diego Schwartzman

Canadian Denis Shapovalov's steady run at the Italian Open ended Sunday with a semifinal loss to Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Djokovic gets obscenity warning amid contested calls in Italian Open semifinal win

Two weeks after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open and a day after he was warned by the chair umpire for breaking his racket, Novak Djokovic received an obscenity warning midway through a 7-5, 6-3 win over Casper Ruud in the Italian Open semifinals Sunday.

Simona Halep to play for elusive Italian Open title after 13th straight win

Chasing her first title in Rome, top-seeded Simona Halep reached her third Italian Open final after beating Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Sunday to improve her record in tennis' restart to 9-0.

Denis Shapovalov beats Grigor Dimitrov to advance to semis at Italian Open

No. 12 seed Denis Shapovalov from Richmond Hill, Ont., edged No. 15 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the quarterfinals Saturday to notch his first career win in three matches against the Bulgarian.

Novak Djokovic damages racket in fit of anger during Italian Open quarter-finals

Less than two weeks after getting defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic lost his cool again midway through a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over German qualifier Dominik Koepfer in the Italian Open quarter-finals Saturday.

Novak Djokovic behaves better in winning 1st match since U.S. Open DQ

The top-ranked Serb was mostly courteous during a 6-3, 6-2 win over local wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso in his opening match at the Italian Open.

Novak Djokovic working on 'best version' of himself after embarrassing U.S. Open DQ

Novak Djokovic learned "a big lesson" after being disqualified from the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. "It was totally unexpected and very unintended," he said Monday from the Italian Open.

Ronaldo scores again as Juventus seals 9th straight Serie A title

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the go-ahead goal and Juventus beat Sampdoria 2-0 Sunday to secure the Turin club's record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.

Alex Zanardi's neurological condition grave after accident in handbike event

Italian race car champion-turned-Paralympic gold medallist Alex Zanardi remained stable Sunday but is at risk of unforeseen complications, doctors say, after crashing his handbike into a truck and smashing his face on Friday.

World baseball head pitches Olympic participation to MLB, again

With the Olympics postponed for a full year because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the current MLB season on hold, World Baseball Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari has the unexpected opportunity to make one final pitch to the sport's biggest league.

In hard-hit Bergamo, Italian Olympic champions surrounded by virus

Standing together before nearly 100 members of the International Olympic Committee, Sofia Goggia and Michela Moioli felt like they were on top of the world. Eight months later, Goggia and Moioli feel like their worlds are crumbling apart.

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