Milan, Nov 12 (AP/UNB) — Cristiano Ronaldo ended his San Siro hoodoo to help Juventus to a 2-0 win after AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty against his former team on Sunday.
Higuain left Juventus in the offseason following the signing of Ronaldo and he had a nightmare game as he was also sent off seven minutes from time for dissent after being booked for a foul on Medhi Benatia.
Mario Mandzukic scored early on and Ronaldo sealed the result nine minutes from the end as Serie A leader Juventus won at Milan to restore its six-point advantage over second-placed Napoli, which beat Genoa 2-1 on Saturday.
It was Ronaldo's first goal in six matches at San Siro, having previously played at the iconic stadium for Manchester United and Real Madrid.
The Portugal forward raced to the corner flag, beckoning all his teammates over to celebrate with him.
"I'm very happy, especially for the team," said Ronaldo, who has been playing and scoring regularly despite facing a rape allegation in the United States. "We played good football, it's never easy to play at San Siro against Milan.
"We showed we're superior, I'm really happy. It's an important win, we're back six points ahead of Napoli. I also scored a goal, I'm satisfied."
Milan slipped to fifth, a point behind fourth-placed Lazio, after seeing its three-match winning run in the league brought to an end.
"We played against a team which have been winning for many years and which every year signs a top player," Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said. "Our levels are different, maybe the penalty could have changed something but I liked my team, not everything is to throw away.
"Juventus isn't just the strongest team in Italy, it's the most well-built in Europe along with Manchester City and Barcelona. We could have stayed in the match right until the end ... but I never had the feeling we were going to hurt them."
Juventus was looking to bounce back from Wednesday's shock 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United and welcomed back Mandzukic from injury.
It took the Croatia forward less than eight minutes to break the deadlock, running in at the back post to head in Alex Sandro's cross from the left.
There were few clearcut opportunities in a cagey match but Milan was awarded a penalty shortly before halftime when Benatia blocked Higuain's effort with his hand.
Higuain stepped up but his spot kick was weak and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny managed to tip it onto his right post.
Juventus doubled its tally nine minutes from time. Joao Cancelo's shot was beaten away by Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma but only into the path of Ronaldo, who blasted into the roof of the net from close range.
Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police reopened an investigation into the allegation at her request.
Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.
Inter Milan was thoroughly outclassed in a 4-1 loss at regional rival Atalanta for its first Serie A defeat in nearly two months.
The loss left Inter third, nine points behind Juventus.
Inter had won six straight and hadn't lost since falling 1-0 at home to Parma on Sept. 15.
"We weren't ready for this match," Inter coach Luciano Spalletti said. "Our standards dropped. After a series of victories it doesn't mean things run automatically. We need to work on that."
Hans Hateboer gave Atalanta an early advantage with a tap-in and the hosts wasted numerous other chances — including an attempt off the post — to add to the lead before the break, as Inter appeared worn out following a 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.
Mauro Icardi equalized with a penalty two minutes into the second half following an Atalanta hand ball but Gianluca Mancini restored Atalanta's lead after the hour mark with a header from Josip Ilicic's free kick.
Berat Djimsiti and Papu Gomez completed the scoring, either side of Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic's dismissal following a second booking.
Stephan El Shaarawy scored a brace, including a no-look chip shot into the far corner in Roma's 4-1 win over Sampdoria.
Last-place Chievo Verona drew 2-2 with Bologna to earn its first point since former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura was hired a month ago.
Lazio drew 1-1 at Sassuolo, while Empoli beat struggling Udinese 2-1.
Chennai, Nov 12 (AP/UNB) — India got the benefit of a misfield on the last ball to scrape to a six-wicket victory over the West Indies in the third Twenty20 international and 3-0 sweep of the series.
Nicholas Pooran's whirlwind 53 not out off 25 balls helped West Indies reach 181-3 after opting to bat.
In reply, Shikhar Dhawan (92 off 62) and Rishabh Pant (58 off 38) led India to 182-4 off all 20 overs but some late drama added a twist to the finish.
At 45-2, Dhawan and Pant came together to put on 130 runs.
While Dhawan dropped anchor at one end, Pant attacked the bowling in his naturally aggressive style, hitting five boundaries and three sixes.
India appeared to be cruising in the chase before Pant, against the run of play, tried a reverse sweep and was bowled by Keemo Paul in the 19th over, leaving India needing seven runs from 11 deliveries for victory.
It allowed West Indies to close in and it became five runs needed off six balls. Dhawan was dismissed on the penultimate ball when he holed out to long on from Fabian Allen's bowling.
Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik managed the solitary run needed as Allen fumbled the ball at the bowler's end and missed a run-out opportunity as the Indian pair scampered through for the winning single.
"Great effort to cross the finish line," India's Rohit Sharma said. "These guys will learn from that, when they play games like this. They will mature."
Carlos Brathwaite said the West Indies could be content with the effort.
"We brought it down to the last over," he said."We have a lot of young promising talent. We have to manage them. Once we do the right things .... we can get these guys in a position to not just challenge but win the upcoming World Cups.
India won the test series 2-0 and the ODI series 3-1.
Dhaka, Nov 12 (UNB) – Bangladesh cricket team consistent performer Mushfiqur Rahim completed his second double ton 200* when his side was playing in the first innings on day two against visiting Zimbabwe in their second and final Test of a series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.
With this feat, he has become the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score two double centuries in Test cricket.
Mushfiq took a single run to reach the 200-run mark off Sikandar Raza, pulling a short ball off to square leg before barely made the crease as the throw arrived.
He fired 16 boundaries and one six off 406 balls to reach 200-run in first innings 135.5 overs with Bangladesh’s 486/7* in the third session.
Mushfiq hit his double first with a 200-run against Sri Lanka in a draw match at Galle International Stadium in March 2013. That came from 231 balls with 22 boundaries and one six, also in a first innings.
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – A brilliant hat-trick by Costa Rica forward Daniel Colindres guided newcomers Bashundhara Kings to the semifinals of the season’s curtain-raiser soccer meet, Walton Federation Cup Football, eliminating Team BJMC by 5-1 goals in the 4th and last quarterfinal at the floodlit Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Sunday.
Big-budgeted and national star-studded Bashundhara Kings will play Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra in the 2nd semifinal on November 20 at 5 pm while defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited will face Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club in the first semifinal on November 19, also at 5pm , both at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Daniel Colindres of Costa Rica which played the Russia World Cup made the 2nd hat-trick of the tournament scoring three goals within first 15 minutes. He put the Kings ahead in the very 2nd minute (1-0), doubled the margin in the 9th minute (2-0) and completed the hat-trick in the 15th minute (3-0) taking his side to a comfortable lead in the early of the game.
Uzbek player Otabek made the first hat-trick of the tournament scoring three goals against Brothers Union Club.
National coloured striker Towhidul Alam Sabuz and Motin Miah scored two more goals for the Kings in the 70th and 79th minutes respectively.
Apart from Colindres’ eye-catching performance in the match, Ibrahim also displayed a brilliant showing helping his mate to score three goals.
When the match was proceeding towards a clean sweep of 5-0 victory, Nigerian booter Samson netted the consolation goal for Team BJMC in the 87th minute (5-1).
Dhaka, Nov 11 (UNB) – The 55th Infantry Division clinched the Bangladesh Army Athletics title securing seven gold, six silver and seven bronze medals that concluded at the Bangladesh Army Stadium here on Sunday.
The 33rd Infantry Division finished runners-up collecting six gold, four silver and nine bronze medals.
Quarter Master General of Bangladesh Lt Gen M ShamsulHaque was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and distributed the prizes.
Al Amin of the 66th Infantry Division was adjudged as the best athlete while SwaponBiswas of the 9th infantry Division named as the best promising athlete of the meet.