#1 blemish-free round.I hit the green on the last, but unfortun von corse178 17.04.2019 05:56

BOLOGNA, Italy -- Using mostly reserves, Italy comfortably beat tiny San Marino 4-0 in a friendly on Friday. Midfielder Andrea Poli put the Azzurri ahead in the 28th minute at the DallAra stadium, Alberto Gilardino doubled the lead in the 33rd, Andrea Pirlo made it 3-0 with one of his expert free kicks in the 50th and Alberto Aquilani added another in the 79th. Among usual Italy starters, only goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Pirlo began the match, and Buffon was replaced by Salvatore Sirigu for the final 20 minutes. "I wanted to see some things, and I did. These guys want to show their worth," Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. "Were doing well from a physical standpoint." Mario Balotelli came on for Italy in the 49th and hit the woodwork twice. San Marino, which has won just one match since gaining UEFA membership in 1988, never really threatened. The oldest republic in the world, which is nestled atop a hill in central Italy, is ranked last in the FIFA rankings, tied for No. 207 with Bhutan and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Next Friday, Italy visits the Czech Republic for a key World Cup qualifier. The Azzurri then travel to Brazil for the June 15-30 Confederations Cup. In a nod to the local fans, Prandelli started with Bologna forwards Alessandro Diamanti and Gilardino in attack. Atalantas Giacomo Bonaventura rounded out the forward line in a 4-3-3. San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini did well to keep the sheet clean at the start and Italy had two goals ruled out for offside before Poli finally broke the deadlock by scoring his first goal for the national team with an angled shot through Simoncinis legs. Gilardino then scored his 18th goal for Italy in the 33rd by redirecting a rebound of a shot from Aquilani. Italy fullback Luca Antonelli exited toward the end of the half with a physical problem and Prandelli began a series of substitutions shortly after the second half started. However, it was Pirlo who got the next goal by curling a free kick over the San Marino wall for his 12th goal with the Azzurri. Aquilani, who is vying to make Italys 23-man squad for the Confederations Cup, had a good match and scored by knocking in a rebound off a free kick from Pirlo. Balotelli hit the post with a free kick in the 64th, was denied with a diving effort from San Marinos reserve goalkeeper Federico Valentini in the 81st, and hit the crossbar with a header in the 90th. "I liked his approach," Prandelli said. "He came on attempting to score. Thats what he always needs to do." With Italys Serie A afflicted by several cases of racist chanting from fans this season, there were anti-racism initiatives surround the match. Before kickoff, Italy captain Buffon and San Marino captain Andy Selva each read an appeal to fans over the stadiums public address system. Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, Italys first black Cabinet minister, attended the game and sat next to Italian football federation president Giancarlo Abete. Before kickoff, she met with Prandelli, Buffon, and Balotelli. Darin Erstad Jersey . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors. Reggie Jackson Jersey . -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse. http://www.baseballangelslockroom.com/nolan-ryan-angels-jersey/ . 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GOLD COAST, Australia -- Adam Scott put together back-to-back rounds of 68 and feels like hes really back in the swing of things as he heads into the weekend at the Australian PGA Championship four shots off the pace.Andrew Dodt followed his opening 65 with a 67 on Friday to hold the halfway lead at 12 under, two shots ahead of fellow Australian Ashley Hall and four clear of Scott and New Zealander Ryan Fox, who share third place.Harold Varner III had a long, eventful morning before finishing before lunch at 7 under -- good enough to hold up for outright fifth after two rounds. He was up 2:45 a.m., finished his first round in a share of the lead after a 65, and took the lead early in the second round before back-to-back double-bogeys on his sixth and seventh holes -- the 15th and 16th holes at Royal Pines Resort. He picked up birdies on three of his last five holes for an even-par second round of 72.Scott had an afternoon start on Friday and only had to focus on his second round. Half the field had to get up before dawn for a 5:30 a.m. tee off to finish off the first round which was postponed late Thursday because of lightning and rain. Ian Poulter was among them, getting up at 3:30 -- something hes never had to do in 17 years on the tour. The 40-year-old Englishman had a 68 in his second round and was 4 under for the tournament.Scott, who spent time on the Gold Coast while growing up in Queensland, known as Australias Sunshine State, didnt think it was too much of a hardship for the rest of the field.You get up at 5 anyway here in Queensland, the former world No. 1 said.. I felt like a sleep in.Scott had five birdies and a bogey on Fridday, and was hitting most greens with ease, making it fairly stress free.ddddddddddddIts the best Ive hit in a few weeks, said Scott, who had slow starts at the Australian Open and at the World Cup of Golf last month. It was nice to find it. I havent had that crisp stroke through the ball for two weeks.Ive been very cautious not to hit it too far off line -- I was in a spot today where I could trust it.Dodt finished with a bogey on the 18th on Friday after a previously blemish-free round.I hit the green on the last, but unfortunately rushed my first putt and then missed the one coming back. So it was a frustrating way to finish ... but Im not going to beat myself up about it too badly.Hall finished runner-up to Jordan Spieth at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney last month, saying the result saved him from having to go out and get a job to support his family.He finished with a 65 in the first round, waking up at 3:17 a.m. to make it to the early start, and went through the second round in 69.It was a record -- 3.17 isnt really a good time to wake up but everyone else did it, he said.After starting on the back nine, Hall was down to 11 under before a triple bogey 7 at the 412-meter 4th hole.I was kind of cruising along before a little speed hump, but I got it back in the end, Hall said. I hit it right off the tee. It was a pretty bad shot actually. It hit the cart path and ended up in the hazard. Took a drop backward a little bit to try and hit the shot over the tree and in the bunker and 3-putted from there. ' ' '

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