Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 8th 2015 Contents MILAN---Juventus beat fierce rival
AC Milan 3-1 to move 10 points
clear at the top of Serie A yesterday
as coach Massimiliano Allegri
gained more revenge on his old
It was Allegri's second consecutive
win against Milan, which sacked him
little more than a year ago.
Milan, which has lost four of its
past five matches, remained eighth
but could take heart from a per-
formance much improved than those
of recent weeks.
Carlos Tevez opened the scoring
in the 14th minute, and although
Luca Antonelli levelled in his first
match back at Milan, Leonardo
Bonucci restored Juve's advantage
Alvaro Morata sealed the result in
the 65th as Juventus continued to
march toward a fourth successive
Second-place Roma visits Cagliari
Earlier, Torino beat Hellas Verona
3-1 for its fourth successive victo-
ry.The Juventus-Milan meetings used
to be perceived as significant for the
destination of the title but Milan's
slump in recent seasons has lessened
Tevez, the league top-scorer, net-
ted his 14th goal by beating the off-
side trap after a poor defensive head-
er from Alex, and surged past Gabriel
Antonelli, who signed from Genoa
on deadline day, progressed through
the ranks at Milan, but made only
one senior appearance before signing
for Parma in 2008. He marked his
return in the 28th minute, rising
above everyone to powerfully head
a corner inside the far side.
The celebrations did not last long
as, seconds after Diego Lopez pulled
off a fantastic save to deny Claudio
Marchisio, Bonucci fired Juve ahead
again after Tevez nodded on a cor-
ner.Juventus extended its advantage
when Marchisio's 30-metre shot
crashed off the left upright and
Morata slotted in the rebound.
Torino won by the same scoreline,
breaking the deadlock in the first
half when Josef Martinez took advan-
tage of a defensive error to combine
with Fabio Quagliarella and beat
Verona goalkeeper Francesco Benussi
at the near post.
The visitors doubled their advan-
tage six minutes into the second half
after Rafa Marques brought down
Martinez, and Quagliarella fired
under the bar for his ninth league
goal of the season.
Verona gave itself hope when Luca
Toni reduced the deficit seven min-
utes from fulltime, skipping past a
poor Kamil Glik tackle before driving
into the bottom left corner.
However, Omar El Kaddouri sealed
the match in injury time, racing from
his own half before slotting into the
far corner from just outside the area.
February 8, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Juventus beats AC Milan 3-1
Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci, centre, celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and
AC Milan at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BUENOS AIRES, Argenti-
na---The Williams sisters
gave the United States a
2-0 lead over Argentina
in their Fed Cup World
Group II tie yesterday.
Venus defeated Paula
Ormaechea 6-3, 6-2, in
the first match, and Ser-
ena, the newly crowned
Australian Open champi-
on, won over Maria
Irigoyen 7-5, 6-0.
Serena can clinch the
first-round tie on Sunday,
in the first reverse singles
That should put the US
in the playoffs in April,
for a chance to return to
the World Group next
Argentina's only possi-
ble advantage was the clay
surface, which is never a
favorite of the Americans.
The Williams sisters own
56 Grand Slam singles,
doubles and mixed dou-
bles titles. Ormaechea is
world ranked No. 121, and
Irigoyen No 197. (AP)
MOSCOW---Russian President Vladimir
Putin marked the one-year anniversary of
the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics yes-
Putin said the 2014 Games were "bright,
memorable and really caused a surge of pos-
itive emotions," in comments reported by
Russian media during his visit to Sochi yes-
The anniversary was marked by the unveil-
ing at Sochi's Olympic Park of a "wall of
champions" bearing the names of all medal-
ists from last year's Olympics and Para-
Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov handed
out awards to some of the more than 25,000
volunteers who worked at the Olympics.
Russian athletes topped the Winter
Olympics medal table at Sochi for the first
time in 20 years.
The games were the most expensive
Olympics in history at $51 billion, with Sochi
and the surrounding area transformed by
new transport infrastructure and utilities as
well as the Olympic venues.
The area has seen high demand this winter
for its new ski resorts. However, there have
been reported concerns over some oligarchs
offloading apparently loss-making Olympic
projects onto the state.
A recent opinion poll conducted in Russia
by the AP and NORC Center for Public Affairs
Research found that 51 percent of respondents
believe the Olympics were an economic boon.
The survey of 2,008 Russian adults was
conducted between November 22 and
December 7, 2014; it had a margin of error
of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. (AP)
one year since
Venus Williams of
the United States
returns a shot
during the women's
singles tennis match
Argentina, at the
Fed Cup World
Group II first Round
in Buenos Aires,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
Venus, Serena give US 2-0 lead
over Argentina in Fed Cup
Winners to semifinals, losers to WG
Playoffs, April 18-19
Czech Republic 2, Canada 0
Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, def.
Francoise Abanda, Canada, 6-2, 6-4.
Tereza Smitkova, Czech Republic, def.
Gabriela Dabrowski, Canada, 6-1, 6-2.
Italy 2, France 0
Sara Errani, Italy, def. Caroline Garcia,
France, 7-6 (2), 7-5.
Camila Giorgi, Italy, def. Alize Cornet,
France, 6-4, 6-2.
Russia 2, Poland 0
Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, def.
Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, 6-4 2-
Maria Sharapova, Russia, def. Urszula
Radwanska, Poland, 6-0, 6-3.
Germany 1, Australia 1
Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia, def.
Angelique Kerber, Germany, 4-6, 6-2,
Andrea Petkovic, Germany, def. Sam
Stosur, Australia, 6-4, 3-6, 12-10.
WORLD GROUP II
Winners to WG Playoffs, losers to
WGII Playoffs, April 19-20
United States 2, Argentina 0
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Venus Williams, United States, def.
Paula Ormaechea, Argentina, 6-3, 6-2.
Serena Williams, United States, def.
Maria Irigoyen, Argentina, 7-5, 6-0.
Netherlands 1, Slovakia 1
Anna Schmiedlova, Slovakia, def. Kiki
Bertens, Netherlands, 6-2, 7-5.
Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, def.
Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, 6-3,
Romania 1, Spain 1
Simona Halep, Romania, def. Silvia
Soler-Espinosa, Spain, 6-2, 6-1.
Garbine Muguruza, Spain, def. Irina-
Camelia Begu, Romania, 6-3, 6-2.
Switzerland 2, Sweden 0
Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland, def.
Rebecca Peterson, Sweden, 7-6 (4), 6-0.
Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, def.
Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 6-1, 6-2.
ZONAL GROUP I
Winners to WGII Playoffs, April 19-20;
losers to 2016 Zonal Group II
Serbia 3, Austria 0
Britain 3, Liechtenstein 0
Ukraine 2, Turkey 1
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