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Ronaldo brace gives Juve contentious win over unlucky Samp

Sunday, 2018-12-30 07:38:52
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Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in action during their Serie A clash vs Sampdoria at Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy, on December 29, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, the second goal a contentious penalty, to give Juventus a dramatic 2-1 win over Sampdoria who had a stoppage-time equaliser chalked off following a long VAR review in Serie A on Saturday.

Leaders Juve reached the season’s halfway mark with 53 points out of a possible 57, a Serie A record for a 20-team championship.

* Trent Boult and Neil Wagner wrapped up Sri Lanka's second innings in 12 minutes on Sunday as New Zealand completed a 423-run victory in the second test early on the fifth day. The victory also clinched the two-match series 1-0 after the first test in Wellington ended in a damp draw. It is also New Zealand's fourth successive test series victory.

* showers delayed the start of play on day five of the third test between Australia and India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with the tourists seeking two wickets for victory and a 2-1 lead in the four-test series. Australia were to resume on 258 for eight, with Pat Cummins 61 not out and Nathan Lyon on six at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

* AC Milan ended a four-match goal drought and striker Gonzalo Higuain was on target for the first time in two months as they came from behind to beat SPAL 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday. The Argentine forward, without a goal since Oct. 28, endured another frustrating evening until Hakan Calhanoglu touched Davide Calabria's cross into his path and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net in the 64th minute.

* Napoli's Dries Mertens scored two minutes from time to give his second-placed side a 3-2 win over Bologna after the struggling visitors twice fought back to equalise in Serie A on Saturday. Arkadiusz Milik put Napoli ahead on two occasions but Bologna, without a win in 12 league matches, hit back with goals by Federico Santander and Danilo.

* American Mikaela Shiffrin set a World Cup record after she won the 15th title in a calendar year in a women's slalom at Semmering, Austria, on Saturday. The 23-year-old has 36 women's slalom victories to overtake Austrian Marlies Raich, who retired on 2014, as the female skier with the most World Cup wins.

* Lazio's Champions League hopes took a knock on Saturday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Torino in a bad-tempered game featuring two red cards and two debatable penalty decisions.

* Atalanta forward Josip Ilicic came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the last 20 minutes and lead Serie A's dark horses to a 6-2 rout away to Sassuolo on Saturday.

* Third-placed Inter Milan needed a second-half goal from Keita Balde to earn a hard-fought win away to lowly Empoli in Serie A on Saturday as midfielder Radja Nainggolan returned to the side following his suspension for indiscipline. The Spanish-born Senegalese international met Sime Vrsaljko's low cross with a first-time shot on the turn in the 72nd minute as Inter reached the halfway mark of the championship with 39 points, 14 behind leaders Juventus.

* Britain beat Greece 2-1 in the opening match of the eight-team Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth, Australia, on Saturday. In another matchup, Ash Barty gave Australia a 1-0 lead over France with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Alize Cornet.

Reuters, Xinhua