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Ineos Team UK, right, leads Italy's Luna Rossa during the Prada Cup challengers series on Auckland's Waitemate Harbour, New Zealand, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The winner of the five week long Challenger Series goes on to challenge defenders Team New Zealand for the America's Cup from March 6 to 15. (Brett Phibbs/NZ Herald via AP)

Pirelli, Penske, Mercedes help rev up America's Cup teams

Jan. 27, 2021 5:51 PM EST

There’s going to be a showdown between Pirelli and Penske on New Zealand’s Hauraki Gulf, with the winner taking on Mercedes GP. Instead of fast cars, these races will be between remarkably fast sailboats powered in part by brainpower and financial backing from some of motorsports’ biggest...

UniCredit designates investment banker Orcel as new CEO

Jan. 27, 2021 3:21 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italian bank UniCredit said Wednesday that Andrea Orcel, one of Europe’s leading investment bankers, will replace outgoing CEO Jean Pierre Mustier, who offered his resignation last month over strategic differences with the board. Orcel, a 57-year-old Italian, faces a shareholder vote...

President of the Italian Senate, Elisabetta Alberti Casellati arrives at the Qurinale presidential palace for consultations with President Sergio Mattarella, in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned after a key coalition ally pulled his party's support over Conte's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for consultations this week to determine if he can form a third government.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Italian president opens talks to resolve political crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 1:28 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s president opened consultations Wednesday aimed at identifying a sustainable coalition majority, after Premier Giuseppe Conte was forced to resign when a small party yanked its support. Sergio Mattarella met in Rome with the speakers of both houses of parliament on the first day...

FILE - In this June 29, 2017 file photo, the Mayor of Turin, Italy, Chiara Appendino, arrives at the Italian embassy in London. Appendino and four others were convicted and sentenced to a year and six months in jail on Wednesday in connection with a stampede during a public viewing of a Champions League soccer game projected on a maxi-screen in one of the city’s main piazzas. More than 1,600 people were injured, including two women who later died as a result. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Turin mayor convicted in 2017 soccer final stampede

Jan. 27, 2021 12:16 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Turin's mayor and four others were convicted and sentenced to a year and six months in jail on Wednesday in connection with a stampede during a public viewing of the 2017 Champions League final, which was projected on a maxi-screen in one of the Italian city’s main piazzas. More than...

UN experts fault Italy in drownings of over 200 migrants

Jan. 27, 2021 8:57 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Independent human rights experts who work with the United Nations say Italy failed to protect the “right to life” of over 200 migrants who died when the boat they were on sank in the Mediterranean Sea over seven years ago, The Human Rights Committee also called on Italian...

A woman walks past a countdown clock for Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

AP Interview: All 33 sports 'unanimously' want Tokyo Games

Jan. 27, 2021 7:17 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The IOC is adamant the Tokyo Olympics will be held this year despite the pandemic. So, too, are Japanese organizers. Now hear it from the man who represents the track and field, swimming and gymnastics federations as well as every other Summer Games sport. “At the moment, we’re...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, left, shakes hands with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during the swearing-in ceremony at the Quirinale Presidential Palace, in Rome. Italian Premier Conte was meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26. 2021 with his cabinet before heading to the presidential palace to offer his resignation after a key coalition ally pulled his party’s support over Conte’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Italian premier resigns, setting off scramble for new allies

Jan. 26, 2021 4:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday after a key coalition ally pulled his party’s support over Conte’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, setting the stage for consultations this week to determine if he can form a third government. Conte tendered his resignation to...

FILE - In this April 6, 2019 file photo, President of the Italian National Olympic Committee, CONI, Giovanni Malago' gestures as he talks during a winter Olympics Milan Cortina bid IOC Evaluation Commission final news conference, in Milan, Italy. The International Olympic Committee is slated in January 2021 to consider imposing a humiliating probation on Italy’s team for the Tokyo Games due to a two-year domestic dispute that it says amounts to government interference. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

Government decree saves Italy from Olympic suspension

Jan. 26, 2021 2:57 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Italian government pushed through a last-minute decree Tuesday providing more autonomy for the country’s Olympic committee in an effort to prevent the team from being suspended for the Tokyo Games. It was one of the final acts of Giuseppe Conte’s government before the premier...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2016 file photo, Italy's Federica Pellegrini checks her time after placing third in a semifinal of the women's 200-meter freestyle during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee is slated in January 2021 to consider imposing a humiliating probation on Italy’s team for the Tokyo Games due to a two-year domestic dispute that it says amounts to government interference. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, file)

IOC to consider placing Italy on probation for interference

Jan. 25, 2021 4:13 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The International Olympic Committee will consider imposing a humiliating probation on Italy’s team for the Tokyo Games this week because of a two-year domestic dispute that it says amounts to government interference. The IOC has taken issue with the Italian government’s formation...

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during his final address at the Senate prior to a confidence vote, in Rome, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte fights for his political life with an address aimed at shoring up support for his government, which has come under fire from former Premier Matteo Renzi's tiny but key Italia Viva (Italy Alive) party over plans to relaunch the pandemic-ravaged economy. (Roberto Monaldo/ Lapresse via AP)

Italian premier to offer resignation as government wobbles

Jan. 25, 2021 2:51 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte intends to offer his resignation on Tuesday, his office said Monday, a move seen as gamble that the embattled leader will get a fresh mandate from the president to try to forge a more viable coalition. Conte survived two confidence votes in Parliament last week...