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Football: Milan say majority share not for sale

AC Milan vice-president Barbara Berlusconi insisted Monday the Serie A giants were not for sale, following reports from Spain that Asian tycoon Peter Lim had tabled a takeover bid. Berlusconi, the daughter of club owner and president Silvio, said recently that 20-30 percent of Milan's shares were up for grabs in order to boost the club's plans to build a new stadium. Spanish newspaper AS on Monday claimed Singaporean Lim, who is reported to be in the midst of trying to buy La Liga side Valencia, had offered to buy a 51 percent stake in Milan for 300m euros.

Football: Cagliari sack Lopez, reappoint Pulga

Serie A strugglers Cagliari on Sunday confirmed the sacking of Diego Lopez, who will be replaced by former coach Ivo Pulga. Cagliari on Sunday suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Roma and although seven points clear of the drop zone club president Massimo Cellino announced Pulga's return. In a telephone call to domestic news agency ANSA, Cellino said: "I've sacked Lopez, Pulga will be returning." Cellino, who recently saw his bid to take over Leeds United thwarted by a court decision over unpaid tax on an imported yacht, said recent results had left him with no choice.

Football: Catania sack coach for second time in season

Serie A relegation candidates Catania have sacked coach Rolando Maran for the second time this season following a 2-1 reverse to Torino. The Sicilians had taken a second-minute lead earlier on Sunday through Gonzalo Bergessio, only for Alexander Farnerud and Ciro Immobile to score late on for the visitors. Catania remain bottom of the pile with four wins and 20 defeats from 32 games, and are seven points behind fourth-from-bottom Bologna who sit just above the drop zone. A club statement said youth team coach Maurizio Pellegrino would take over.

Football: Roma close gap on Juve, Parma stun Napoli

Mattia Destro-inspired Roma kept their faint scudetto hopes alive while Parma offered the Giallorossi an unexpected boost with a shock 1-0 win over Napoli in Sunday's late match. Destro scored his maiden Serie A hat-trick in Roma's 3-1 win away to Cagliari to help reduce the gap to leaders Juventus to just five points. Although Juventus are expected to restore their eight-point lead when they host struggling Livorno on Monday, the Giallorossi will hope, for 24 hours at least, that their dream of a first scudetto since 2001 is not over yet.

Football: Roma close gap on Juve, Parma stun Napoli

Mattia Destro-inspired Roma kept their faint scudetto hopes alive while Parma offered the Giallorossi an unexpected boost with a shock 1-0 win over Napoli in Sunday's late match. Destro scored his maiden Serie A hat-trick in Roma's 3-1 win away to Cagliari to help reduce the gap to leaders Juventus to just five points. Although Juventus are expected to restore their eight-point lead when they host struggling Livorno on Monday, the Giallorossi will hope, for 24 hours at least, that their dream of a first scudetto since 2001 is not yet over.

Football: Parma boost Euro hopes with shock Napoli win

Parma kept the pressure on misfiring Europa League rivals Inter Milan with a 1-0 Serie A win over Napoli which dented the Partenopei's hopes of an automatic Champions League qualifying place on Sunday. Parma were missing several regulars with Antonio Cassano, Nicola Pozzi and Walter Gargano all injured while Amauri and Alessandro Lucarelli were out through suspension. However Roberto Donadoni's men made light of their absences to get back to winning ways following defeats to Juventus and Lazio.

Football: Destro hat-trick closes Juve gap to five points

Mattia Destro scored his maiden Serie A hat-trick in Roma's 3-1 win away to Cagliari on Sunday to help reduce the gap to leaders Juventus to just five points. Juventus are widely expected to restore their eight-point lead when they host Livorno on Monday. But with the Serie A strugglers battling for their top flight survival the Giallorossi will hope, for 24 hours at least, that their dream of a first scudetto since 2001 is not over yet.

Football: Destro hat-trick closes Juve gap to five points

Mattia Destro scored his maiden Serie A hat-trick in Roma's 3-1 win away to Cagliari on Sunday to help reduce the gap to leaders Juventus to just five points. Juventus are widely expected to restore their eight-point lead when they host Livorno on Monday. But with the Serie A strugglers battling for their top flight survival the Giallorossi will hope, for 24 hours at least, that their dream of a first scudetto since 2001 is not over yet.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo returns to practice

Madrid, Apr 6 (EFE).- Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed this weekend's game against Real Sociedad due to a knee injury, returned to practice on Sunday with Real Madrid. The Portuguese forward was held out of Saturday's match to aid in his recovery, coach Carlo Ancelotti said. The Real Madrid star experienced injury scares in the matches against both Rayo Vallecano and Borussia Dortmund, tweaking his knee against the two rivals. Real Madrid held a closed practice Sunday as it prepares to face Borussia Dortmund again in the Champions League quarterfinals, the team said.

Football: Ten-man Lazio sink Samp to boost Euro hopes

Antonio Candreva and Senad Lulic struck in either half for 10-man Lazio to secure a precious 2-0 win over Sampdoria and boost their Europa League hopes on Sunday. Lazio coach Edy Reja said earlier this week he wouldn't bet one euro on his side finishing among Serie A's top five and claim a place in Europe's second tier club competition for next season. However Reja's men overcame losing Lucas Biglia, who saw red for a second bookable offence on 57 minutes, to move up to provisional sixth in the table two points behind Inter Milan, who were held 2-2 by Bologna on Saturday.
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