Cagliari, Jan 15 (AP/UNB) — Atalanta left it late to win at Cagliari 2-0 on Monday to set up an Italian Cup quarterfinal against Juventus.
Duvan Zapata scored one and set up the other just as the match seemed to be heading for extra time.
Atalanta will need to be more clinical with its finishing against Juventus, which has won the competition a record 13 times, including each of the past four seasons when it has won the league and cup double.
In Sardinia, the visitors had several chances and also hit the woodwork three times.
They eventually broke through two minutes from time with a close-range header from Zapata, and the Colombia forward helped make sure of the result in stoppage time when he set up Mario Pasalic, who had only just come off the bench.
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Patrik Schick scored two and set up another as Roma eliminated the only lower-division team left in the Italian Cup.
Roma crushed third-division Virtus Entella 4-0 to book a quarterfinal tie against Fiorentina.
Entella eliminated Serie A side Genoa in the previous round but it appeared as if it was set for a mauling when Schick gave Roma the lead after just 23 seconds with a cool backheel flick.
But the visitors had a goal ruled out for offside and it took Roma until first-half stoppage time to double its lead when substitute Ivan Marcano drove home another flick from Schick.
The Czech Republic forward doubled his tally immediately after the break and Entella had another goal ruled out for offside before Javier Pastore sealed the result 15 minutes from time.
The only negative note for Roma was injuries to Diego Perotti, who pulled up during the warmup, and Juan Jesus.
Manchester, Jan 15 (AP/UNB) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keeping a close eye on Gabriel Jesus now the young striker's family are no longer with him in England.
Maintaining his hot streak in front of goal should keep the Brazilian's spirits high.
The 21-year-old Jesus scored twice in City's 3-0 win over 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Monday, extending his spree to seven goals across three different competitions in the past nine days.
Whether he can retain City's sole striker spot ahead of club great Sergio Aguero, who started on the bench after a recent illness, remains to be seen but Jesus cannot be doing any more to impress his manager, Pep Guardiola.
"I know Sergio Aguero is an amazing player and helps me a lot," Jesus said. "When Sergio plays he helps the team, and when I play I want to help as well.
"I play better now and to score goals is important to me."
And having two in-form strikers can only boost City's chances of reeling in Liverpool in the Premier League title race. Liverpool's lead was trimmed to four points by City's win over Wolves, for whom the match was a damage-limitation exercise from the moment center back Willy Boly was handed a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Bernardo Silva in the 19th minute.
By then, Jesus had tapped in a left-wing cross from Leroy Sane, who was found by a searching ball forward from center back Aymeric Laporte, to put City in front in the 10th minute.
Jesus added his second goal from the penalty spot in the 39th after Raheem Sterling was fouled by Ryan Bennett.
City piled on the pressure in the second half — it finished the game with 76 percent possession — but had only one more goal to show for it, with Conor Coady glancing a header into his own net from substitute Kevin De Bruyne's cross.
Since losing back-to-back league games around the Christmas holiday to drop out of the lead and, at one point, be seven points behind Liverpool, City has been in relentless form — winning five straight matches in all competitions and scoring 24 goals in the process. Among them was a 9-0 win over third-tier Burton in the English League Cup, when Jesus scored four times.
Guardiola spoke ahead of the game about the club needing to rally around the striker because he might start to find life difficult after his mother, two older brothers and nephew returned to Brazil following an extended stay in Manchester to help Jesus acclimatize.
And teammates Sane and Sterling could not have handed him easier opportunities to continue his scoring run.
Wolves were potentially tricky opponents for City, given their strong record against the top six in the league. Nuno Espirito Santo's team drew against City at home in August and recently beat Tottenham.
Boly's straight red card put paid to any chance of an upset at Etihad Stadium and Wolves failed to have a shot on target. And neither Boly nor Espirito Santo had any complaints about the decision, with the defender having got the ball in a challenge with Silva only to catch him with the follow-through.
"The game 11 vs. 11 was the same as 11 vs. 10," Guardiola said.
It was the 16th time this season that City has scored three or more goals. This latest victory moved the champion five points clear of third-placed Tottenham, which lost at home to Manchester United on Sunday.
Liverpool will also be wary of City's improved form.
"All we can do is win our own games," Guardiola said. "We spoke many times in the last hours about this to our players. We cannot control what they do. We can control what we do. The only way to do that is by being there. Maybe one day they fail and we try to be there.
"But you can be sure if we don't win, they will be champions."
Melbourne, Jan 15 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams jumped straight back in where she left off at the Australian Open, returning for the first time since winning the title in 2017 when she was pregnant with her first child.
Williams conceded only five points in the first set and was completely clinical in a 6-0, 6-2 win over Tatjana Maria, another mom who lives close to Williams in Florida and visits for play dates with their daughters.
It was overwhelming for Maria, who got just two of her first serves into play in the first set and didn't have game points until she held in the fourth game of the second set. She was in tears as the pair hugged at the net at the end of the match, and Williams joined the crowd in giving the German player a clap as she left the arena.
"Yeah, I think the last time I was here, I was pregnant and playing at the same time — which is insane," Williams said. "It's kind of weird walking back on, by myself this time."
Williams rates the 2017 title here among the best of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, giving everything that was going on. Since returning to the tour following the birth of Alexis Olympia, Williams has lost the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
"Literally the best win of my career," she recalled Tuesday in a post-match TV interview. "Just exciting to be back."
At Melbourne Park, she's now on an eight-match winning streak. She's only lost one of her last 22 matches at the season-opening major, which she has won seven times.
The 37-year-old Williams said she loves to test herself early after practicing "hard for that first hit."
"I like to jump into the deep end and swim," she said.
The 16th-seeded Williams will face either Eugenie Bouchard or wild-card entry Peng Shuai in the second round.
Madison Keys opened her season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 18-year-old wild-card entry Destanee Aiava in the first match on Rod Laver Arena on Day 2.
"I expected it to be tough — obviously playing an Aussie on Rod Laver. Thanks for the love, anyway," Keys told the crowd.
She broke Aiava's serve four times and fended off the only break-point chance she faced. Aaiva, who was the first player born in this century to play in the main draw of a major when she got a wild card here in 2017, didn't help herself with six double-faults.
The No. 17-seeded Keys has reached the semifinals or better at three of the last five Grand Slam tournaments, and her focus is on the bigger prizes for now.
"I was having issues with my knee at the end of the year (and) ran out of time to be ready for Brisbane — wanted to be 100 percent for here," she said of her lack of competitive matches recently. "It's my first match of the year, so mostly just happy I did everything pretty well."
Seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova won the Brisbane International title in the first week of the season and continued her streak by beating fellow Czech Karolina Muchova 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round.
The temperature was already 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) when play began on all courts shortly after 11 a.m. local time and it rose to 33 C (91 F) by the early afternoon.
Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB) – Bangladeshi Grand Master Ziaur Rahman of Saif SC was sharing the 3rd slot in the 17th Delhi International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament along with 16 other players securing six points after the 8th round matches in New Delhi on Monday.
FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman, also from Saif SC, earned 5 points while FM Mehdi Hasan Parag of Golden SC and Md Abzid Rahman of Janata Bank earned three points each.
Tahsin Tajwar Zia of Golden SC bagged 3.5 points while Sazzad Kishor of Dhaka Knight’s CC collected three points and Ali Ahsan Jewel managed two points after the 8th round matches.
In the 8th round matches, GM Zia beat FM Shailesh Dravid of India, FM Fahad defeated Abzid, FM Parag lost to Y Grahesh of India, Tahsin drew with Manish Kumar of India, Sazzad outplayed Dinesh Kumar Gupta of India while Jewel got walkover against Adithya Vishveshwaran of India.
Dhaka, Jan 14 (UNB) – The England Under-19 Cricket team will arrive here on January 20 to play one Youth T20I, three-match Youth ODI and two-match four-day Youth Test series against their Bangladesh counterparts in Cox’s Bazar and Chattogram.
As per the itinerary announced by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday, the touring English youth team will start their Bangladesh campaign with lone Youth T20 International on January 27 at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar after a warm-up match at the Academy ground there on January 25.
The three-match Youth ODI series will be held on January 29, 31 and February 2, all at the Sheikh Kamal International Cricket Stadium.
Then the visiting team will travel to Chattogram on February 4 to play two four-day Youth Test matches on February 7-10 and 15-18, both at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city of Chattogram, before their departure on February 19.