MILAN, Italy -- Roma kept up the pressure on Serie A leader Juventus with a comfortable 3-1 win against Atalanta on Saturday whi
MILAN, Italy -- Roma kept up the pressure on Serie A leader Juventus with a comfortable 3-1 win against Atalanta on Saturday whiin The Daily Diatribe Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:20 am
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MILAN, Italy -- Roma kept up the pressure on Serie A leader Juventus with a comfortable 3-1 win against Atalanta on Saturday which saw the capital side equal the club record number of victories in a season. Terence Garvin Jersey . Rodrigo Taddei, Adem Ljajic and Gervinho scored to help Roma to its 24th league win of the season, matching the record by Luciano Spallettis side in 2007-08 and achieved again under Claudio Ranieri two years later. Giulio Migliaccio headed in a consolation for Atalanta. Roma moved provisionally five points behind Juventus, which visits Udinese on Monday. Ljajic had played just 25 minutes in the past six matches but the Serbia striker started, with Mattia Destro, Alessandro Florenzi and Miralem Pjanic all suspended. He hit the post as well as scoring and providing an assist. "I havent played a lot recently but thats football," Ljajic said. "The coach decides. Im always ready and once again I gave my utmost to help my teammates. It went well. "We gave an important sign today. We played well and we won. Well watch the game on Monday and hope for the best. Unfortunately it doesnt depend on us, it depends on them. Well do our part and well see." Atalanta remained in eighth place following a second successive defeat as it lost ground in the race for a Europa League place. Earlier, Sassuolo picked up a vital point in its fight against relegation as it drew 1-1 at home to fellow struggler Cagliari. Taddei gave Roma the lead in the 13th minute when Dodo hooked the ball back off the byline for Francesco Totti but it fell for the Brazilian, who fired in powerfully from the edge of the box. Totti was looking dangerous and went close several times to scoring the goal which would have seen him draw level with former Juventus star Alessandro Del Pieros 289 goals. The Italian World Cup winner provided Ljajic with Romas second goal with a delightful chip over the defence to Daniele De Rossi, who controlled the ball before cutting back for the Serbian. Atalanta almost got back into the game early in the second half but De Rossi blocked German Denis shot with goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis grounded. Gervinho sealed the result shortly after the hour mark after being put through by Ljajic following a backheel flick by Totti. Ljajic also hit the right post in an impressive performance and he was applauded off the pitch when he was substituted three minutes from time. Atalanta pulled one back 12 minutes from time when Migliaccio powerfully headed Yohan Benalouanes cross into the bottom left corner. Cagliari had a new coach after Ivo Pulga replaced the sacked Diego Lopez but Sassuolo was full of confidence after last weeks surprise win at in-form Atalanta, and took the lead nine minutes from halftime. Simone Zaza escaped Cagliari defender Davide Astori to run onto Nicola Sansones through ball and fire in under the crossbar. Cagliari levelled when Luca Antei tripped Victor Ibarbo in the opening minute of the second half and Agim Ibraimi converted the resulting penalty. Sassuolo moved provisionally level on points with Livorno in the bottom three, two points off safety. It remained eight points behind Cagliari. Mark Glowinski Jersey .NYCFC confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that this week Lampard signed a contract to start in July — midway through the new teams first season in MLS. Patrick Kerney Jersey . -- Jaye Marie Green shot a course-record 10-under 62 on Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tours qualifying tournament. http://www.footballseahawksfanatics.com/authentic-shaquill-griffin-seahawks-jersey/ . -- Derek Jeter spoke for 25 minutes, 44 seconds and answered 26 questions about his decision to retire at the end of this season. MILWAUKEE -- The Washington Wizards hope they learned their lesson after almost blowing a 28-point lead Saturday night. Thankfully for the Wizards, they were playing the leagues worst team. Bradley Beal scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, helping the Wizards hold off the Milwaukee Bucks 114-107. "We made this game a lot harder than it should have been," said Washingtons John Wall, who scored only nine points and missed 10 of 14 shots. The Wizards opened a 71-43 lead in the second quarter against Milwaukee (12-50), the NBAs first team to lose 50 games. But the Bucks cut the deficit to 104-101 on a pair of free throws by Ersan Ilyasova with 2:13 to go. "Its unfortunate that we have to learn a lesson from this game," said Martell Webster, who scored 15 points after missing two games with a sore back. "No disrespect to that team thats over there. Milwaukees just is in a dysfunctional state," he said. "These are games that we know were supposed to win by a large margin. In this league, you have to kick them when theyre down." After Ilyasova pulled the Bucks within three points, Beal then scored on a driving layup and hit a baseline 3-pointer to give the Wizards a 109-101 lead with 2:01 left. "That kind of stemmed the tide a little bit," Washington coach Randy Wittman said. "Those were big baskets." Washington won for the eighth time in nine games. Wall, Washingtons leading scorer at 19.9 points per game, had 13 assists and seven turnovers. Trevor Ariza scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter as the Wizards built a big lead. "They werent really missing (shots), and we didnt really help ourselves because of a lack of hustle," said Milwaukees Brandon Knight, who scored 25 points. After dominating the first half, the Wizards missed 13 of 17 shots in the third quarter. Washington scored only 10 points and had seven turnovers in the period. "We took shortcuts defensivelyy, we just stopped playing," Wittman said. Ethan Pocic Jersey. Washington made 29 of 43 shots in the first half and took its 71-43 lead on Beals 3-pointer with 2:24 left in the second quarter. The Wizards led 75-53 at halftime, a season high in points for the first half. Milwaukee scored the first 12 points of the third quarter to pull within 75-65, but Ariza scored on a driving layup with 4:57 left to snap the Wizards scoring drought. Washington scored the final four points of the first quarter and then outscored Milwaukee 30-12 to open the second quarter, opening a 66-39 lead on Arizas 3-pointer with 4:14 to go in the half. But the Wizards missed their first nine shots of the second half to let Milwaukee back into the game. "We kept cutting into the deficit but leads like that are just very, very hard to overcome," Milwaukee coach Larry Drew said. Ilyasova returned from a one-game suspension for punching Sacramentos Reggie Evans on Wednesday night and scored 13 points in 27 minutes. His teammate, O.J. Mayo, missed the game after being given a one-game suspension for punching New Orleans Greg Stiemsma on Friday night. Ariza made six of eight shots in the first quarter to score 17 points and give Washington a 36-27 lead. Trevor Booker made one of two free throws to give the Wizards the lead for good, 16-15, with 5:33 left in the first quarter. The game marked the return to Milwaukee of forward Drew Gooden, who signed a second 10-day contract with the Wizards on Saturday. Gooden, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract with the Bucks in 2010 but was released on an amnesty provision before this season, scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Notes: Ariza went to the court hard with 6:16 left in the first quarter. He stayed on the ground for about a minute before rising and walking to the bench. . The Wizards previous first-half high was 74 points against Philadelphia on March 1. . The Wizards have won 14 of their last 20 road games. 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