Muscular troubles sideline Thiago Motta

Muscular troubles sideline Thiago Motta Rome - Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta Monday began treatment for a muscular injury suffered at the weekend during a Serie A game, the club's website reported.

The Brazilian limped off the pitch in the second half of Inter's 2-1 victory at Cagliari.

The Italian champions Inter did not say how long Motta will take to recover, but he is very likely to miss Wednesday's game against Napoli.

Motta, 27, is playing his first season at Inter after stints at Genoa, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. (dpa)

Italian police seize Maradona''s diamond studs

Diego MaradonaRome, Sep 19 : Beleaguered football legend Diego Maradona had to hand over his diamond studs to police as part payment for the millions he owes the Italian tax authorities.

Italian officials paid the holidaying Argentinean coach a visit at the luxury hotel he was staying in and seized the earrings worth nearly 4,000 pounds, Sky News reports.

Police claimed that Maradona still owes some 20 million pounds, dating back to his seven-year stint at the Italian club Napoli, where he frequently failed to pay income tax.

Pope Benedict to visit Rome's Great Synagogue

Pope Benedict to visit Rome's Great SynagogueRome  - Pope Benedict XVI indicated Thursday he will visit Rome's main Jewish house of worship after a series of Jewish religious commemorations that are set to end on October 10.

The German-born pontiff expressed "joy" at visiting Rome's Great Synagogue, in a telegram of good wishes to the city's Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni ahead of the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippor and Sukkot.

Official: At least six Italian soldiers killed in Kabul attack

Official: At least six Italian soldiers killed in Kabul attackRome  - Six Italian soldiers were killed and four injured Thursday in a suicide attack against two Italian military vehicles in the Afghan capital Kabul, Italy's Defence Minster told parliament.

The two Italian armoured cars carrying a total of 10 paratroopers were travelling on a road connecting Kabul to the city's airport when they were rammed by a vehicle, "apparently packed with explosives," Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said.

Vatican plans talks with ultra-traditionalist rebels in October

Vatican plans talks with ultra-traditionalist rebels in October Vatican City - The Vatican is set to hold talks with representatives of the rebel ultra-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) in the second half of October, the Holy See's radio station said Wednesday.

The talks stem from the ongoing doctrinal disputes between the Vatican and the SSPX which broke with Rome in 1988 when its founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, consecrated four bishops in violation of a papal order.

Juve's Diego, del Piero sidelined for Bordeaux game

Alessandro del PieroRome - Italian football club Juventus will be without new playmaker Diego and veteran forward Alessandro del Piero in Tuesday's European Champions League opener against French club Girondins Bodeaux.

Juve said on their website on Monday that Diego is nursing a thigh muscle injury and that del Piero is still not fit from injury to make his season debut.

Diego, the 24-year-old summer arrival from Germany's Werder Bremen, had to be replaced after suffering a pulled muscle in his right thigh Saturday during a league game the Turin side won 2-0 at Lazio.

Roma to start construction of new stadium

Roma to start construction of new stadiumRome  - Serie A side Roma are to present next week a project for the construction of a new stadium in the Italian capital, the club's website reported Thursday.

The structure is likely to be built in a zone called Boccea, on the western outskirts of Rome.

International Management Group, a US-based production company, is to act as partner in managing the plant expected to contain about 60,000 fans.(dpa)

Pasta, pizza and parmesan still the pride of every Italian

Pasta, pizza and parmesan still the pride of every ItalianRome  - Italians often start to look very glum indeed when they ponder the image of "Bella Italia" abroad: They are troubled by the travails of President Silvio Berlusconi and all those affairs, rampant corruption and last but not least the Mafia.

Amauri unavailable for Italy's World Cup qualifiers

Rome  - The Italian football federation (FIGC) has said it doesn't expect Brazilian striker Amauri to be naturalized and therefore available for the Italian national team before the end of the qualification phase to the 2010 World Cup.

La Gazzetta dello Sport Tuesday quoted president Giancarlo Abete as saying that "the opinion of FIGC is that Italy will finish the qualification with the current line-up.

"The (Italian) citizenship of Amauri will arrive after the last games of the Azzurri (in mid-October). Then it will be the selector (Marcello Lippi) to make his choices. The federation, however, confirms its appreciation for the Brazilian player, both under a human and a sportive aspect."

Troubled Mutu still out with injury

Troubled Mutu still out with injury Rome - Serie A side Fiorentina said Monday that their Romanian striker Adrian Mutu is to be sidelined for 10 days after having missed the first two games of the season.

Mutu, 30, has suffered from a right-thigh problem that seemed to worsen as he trained with his national team last week, the Florence club's website reported. . The former Chelsea and Juventus player also faces a stiff fine stemming from a ban for use of cocaine he received in 2004.

Motorcycling star Rossi turns down Ferrari offer

Motorcycling star Rossi turns down Ferrari offer Rome - Motorcycling star Valentino Rossi turned down an offer from Ferrari to drive in the Italian Grand Prix, the Italian revealed.

Ferrari was looking for a replacement driver for Luca Badoer, who had unsuccessfully tried to replace the injured Felipe Massa, but had been replaced himself after two poor performances.

"I spoke with Ferrari about driving in Monza. But without proper testing, it would simply had not made sense," Rossi said.

Roma fans stage protest at training camp

Roma fans stage protest at training camp Rome - Hundreds of fans of Serie A side Roma Saturday protested outside the club's training camp asking for the resignation of president Rosella Sensi, Italian media reported.

Roma this week called Claudio Ranieri to replace coach Luciano Spalletti, who, after four seasons, resigned in the wake of two straight defeats at the start of the league.

Many fans have criticized the decision to let Spalletti go and earlier this summer were disappointed by the club's moves on the transfer market. Many opposed in particular the sale of Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool.

Trezeguet to leave Juventus at end of season

Trezeguet to leave Juventus at end of seasonRome - French striker David Trezeguet has said he will leave Juventus at the end of the season, Italian media reported Thursday.

Trezeguet, who turns 32 on October 15, arrived at Juve in the summer of 2000, few weeks after scoring a golden goal that allowed France to beat Italy in the final of the European Championship.

"I made my history in this club," he said. "Sooner or later there's an end to everything. Nothing has changed in the relationship with the club and I have never asked to leave."

Protests in Rome over attacks against homosexuals

Protests in Rome over attacks against homosexuals Rome - Hundreds of people in Rome demonstrated on Thursday against intolerance and discrimination, in reaction to a series of assaults against homosexuals in the city, local media reported.

Around 300 people assembled for a sit-down strike in the Via San Giovanni in Laterano. The street near the city's famous Colosseum is considered Rome's "Gay Street."

Fiat 500C convertible comes with canvas roof

Fiat 500C convertible comes with canvas roofRome  - Taking design cues from the open-top Fiat 500 from the 1950s, the retro-styled 500C four-seater is available to European customers from September with a roll-back canvas roof stretching from the windscreen to the boot lid.

The roof can be opened or closed by remote control with the pillars and roof railings retained so that the open-top basically has a full-width sunroof.

Diego shines with brace as Juventus win at Roma

Diego shines with brace as Juventus win at RomaRome  - Juventus new arrival Diego proved his worth Sunday scoring a brace in a 3-1 win the Turin side snatched in a classic Serie A match.

Roma suffered a second defeat from as many games before a 70,000-strong crowd at Rome's Stadio Olimpico, while Juve now top the standings on six points.

Inter Milan trail on four points, but Saturday made clear their intention to retain the Serie A title through a 4-0 drubbing of AC Milan in a city derby that the Devils played for the most part with 10 men.

Bari held to home draw with Bologna

Rome - Promoted Bari drew 0-0 at home to Bologna Saturday, a week after a far more prestigious draw they snatched away to champions Inter Milan in their Serie A season opener.

A choppy and largely without grass pitch at the San Nicola stadium was partly responsible for the dull showing of both sides, whose fans, however, seemed pleased with the two points secured in as many games.

The southern-Italy newcomers were in control for most of the game, but had a single truly telling chance on 75 minutes when Belarus striker Vitalii Kutuzov squandered the easiest of chances volleying a good cross from Antonio Langella above the bar.

Italian rider Di Luca denies doping

Italian rider Di Luca denies doping Rome - Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca denied Wednesday using the banned blood-boosting drug CERA when he appeared at a hearing by the Italian Olympic Committee.

The 33-year-old former Giro d'Italia winner said after the one-hour hearing he was convinced he would be cleared of any wrongdoing and hinted he may have been the victim of a "plot."

The hearing was adjourned for a month to give the defence more time to prepare.

The hearings could lead to prosecutor Ettore Torri recommending that the committee's anti-doping tribunal ban the rider.

Lippi to quit coaching when he leaves the Azzurri

italyRome - Italy's national team coach Marcello Lippi has said he won't continue coaching after he ends his stint at the helm of the world champions.

Speaking Wednesday on the web TV show KlausCondicio, Lippi said that "officially, after the experience with the Nazionale you won't see me coach a club."

He added: "Never again, also because I wouldn't be able, right after a game that possibly didn't go well, stand for one hour and half to answer questions from various commentators. I could not do it. It would be too much for me."

"Lying" Berlusconi led to marriage break-up, says estranged wife

"Lying" Berlusconi led to marriage break-up, says estranged wife Rome  - The estranged wife of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said she decided to seek a divorce after discovering her husband had lied to her for the "umpteenth" time, according to a book which went on sale Wednesday in Italy .

Tendenza Veronica or the Veronica Trend, is an updated biography of Veronical Lario, Berlusconi's wife of 19 years, and is based on interviews with her conducted by the author and journalist Maria Latella.

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