PESCARA, Italy (AP) Roma boosted its bid for second place in Serie A and automatic entry into the Champions League with a 4-1 win at Pescara, which was mathematically relegated on Monday. Roma moved four points clear of third-placed Napoli, which drew against Sassuolo 2-2 on Sunday. Third place in Serie A receives a Champions League playoff.
The Michigan football team is spending the week in Italy, and nobody is having a better time than head coach Jim Harbaugh. The team spent the past day touring Rome. Harbaugh, who was dressed in game-day attire (like always), broke out a football and started playing catch in the middle of a shopping mall. The mall cops were not happy with such behavior and told Harbaugh to stop. Harbaugh also purchased a selfie stick, officially making himself the ultimate tourist. Harbaugh unsurprisingly loved the selfie stick. A Nigerian refugee asked Harbaugh why American football is called "football" when it primarily involves hands. Harbaugh was stumped by the question. "I don't know. Good point," Harbaugh
AS Roma has found its new sporting director, and it’s a man with a keen eye for talent. Ramon “Monchi” Rodriguez Verdejo, 48, has spent the last 18 years as the sporting director at Sevilla, which won five UEFA Europa League titles under his watch. Monchi was discussed in the media as a target for the same job at Arsenal and was a target for other Premier League clubs, but Roma sealed the deal with the former goalkeeper. He is considered to have a big role in discovering and developing Sergio Ramos, Jesus Navas, and Dani Alves.