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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.

Football: Toni strike settles Verona's Derby della Scala

Veteran striker Luca Toni struck his 16th goal in Serie A this season to help Verona to a 1-0 win in the 'Derby della Scala' away to city rivals Chievo on Saturday. Following a challenge with Gennaro Sardo, Toni pounced on a loose ball in the Chievo box to beat Michael Agazzi in the hosts' net for a 65th minute winner. Verona's 14th win of the campaign moved them up to eighth, only three points adrift of Inter Milan in fifth spot and the first Europa League qualifying place.

Football: Relegation-haunted Bologna dent Inter's Euro hopes

Argentine striker Diego Milito missed a late penalty as Inter Milan's Europa League hopes were kept in check by a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Bologna at the San Siro on Saturday. Inter remained fifth with a two-point lead on Parma but the pressure is now on coach Walter Mazzarri, whose side have now failed to win in their last four league outings. Mauro Icardi scored a brace for the hosts and after just six minutes allayed early fears when he got on the end of Yuto Nagatomo's cross from the left to sweep a volley past Gianluca Curci.
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