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ROME - Italys once-proud national team has been eliminated from the last two World Cups in the first round. Jamize Olawale Jersey .Former European champions such as AC Milan and Inter Milan didnt even qualify to compete in this seasons Champions League.And the days of Serie A landing top foreigners like Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten and Zinedine Zidane are long gone.So its of little surprise that the Italian football federation is planning to vote on Thursday on of proposed reforms to shake up the national game.The changes would require Serie A clubs to limit their first squads to 25 players, and stipulate that at least four come up through their youth systems.A rule could also be passed to require that one of the maximum of two non-EU players in each club has a certain pedigree with his national squad.The idea is to give the national coach more options and promote homegrown players.But Italian Players Association president Damiano Tommasi believes the proposals are too radical.If these are the reforms that are going to be voted on then we still have some work to do, Tommasi told The Associated Press in an interview.He represents all players based in Italy — whether Italian or foreign — and the proposed reforms would eliminate 80 players from Serie A by trimming the total number of footballers from 580 to 500 from next season.According to a study published in the Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday, not one Serie A club currently conforms to the regulations being considered.Small clubs such as Chievo and Hellas Verona dont have a single player on their squads who came up through their youth systems.The real changes needed are structural, and they need to be done over a period of five to 10 years, Tommasi, who played on the Roma squad that won Serie A in 2001, said late Tuesday.By drasticaally altering the rules and cutting 80 jobs, Serie A would almost certainly contain a higher percentage of Italian and younger players — which could help the national team. But clubs might then struggle to compete even more with their European counterparts.We have to measure ourselves with countries like Germany or Belgium that dont have such limits but still have national squads much better than ours, Tommasi said.Serie A used to have four Champions League spots. A few years ago, it slipped behind the Bundesliga to fourth in UEFAs country rankings. Now, only the top two finishers in Serie A qualify directly for the Champions League, and the third-placed club goes into a playoff to reach the group phase.This season, Napoli was beaten by Athletic Bilbao in the playoffs, leaving only three-time defending Serie A champion Juventus and Roma to represent Italy.Roma was humiliated in a 7-1 home loss to Bayern Munich last month, highlighting the disparity between the top clubs in Italy and Germany.And with crumbling stadiums, fan violence, and dropping attendance, Serie A is also a far cry from the English Premier League, which prides itself on full stadiums, the eradication of hooliganism, and huge international interest.Few fans actually go to the stadiums, and a recently signed international TV rights deal is a fraction of the Premier Leagues - 186 million euros ($230 million) on average per season in Italy vs. more than 800 million euros ($1 billion) in England.Perhaps Italy should follow the English model and go back to blacking out live matches on domestic TV to force fans to go to stadiums.The TV broadcasters should be interested in showing matches with full stadiums, Tommasi said. But first you have to improve the show on the pitch and provide better accessibility to stadiums — create a reason to watch a match live instead of on TV.I also think that having to buy a season ticket without knowing what day of the week the matches are on is definitely a deterrent, added Tommasi, referring to the Italian leagues habit of scheduling matches often only a month ahead of time.Theres a lot to think about, Tommasi concluded. We shouldnt be talking about changes that affect just next season. We need a five- or 10-year plan.___Andrew Dampf can be followed at www.twitter.com/asdampf ;Gabe Jackson Jersey .ca. Kerry, In the first period of Saturdays Montreal-Ottawa game, Brendan Gallagher is called for goaltender interference. Craig Anderson is outside the blue paint trying to make the save. Amari Cooper Jersey . The Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously in Las Vegas to quit granting therapeutic use exemptions for fighters undergoing the so-called TRT.LAS VEGAS -- Colorado had seen Arizonas defence at work before, in person and in the Pac-12 tournament quarterfinals. Even knowing what was coming, the Buffaloes didnt stand much of a chance. Unable to match Arizona after a close first half, Colorado lost to the fourth-ranked Wildcats 63-43 in the Pac-12 semifinals on Friday night. "We knew they were good defensively and we knew we were going to have to make some shots to beat them. We couldnt get going," Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. "Their defence had something to do with that. Our offence had something to do with that." Arizona (30-3) crushed Utah in its tournament opener behind a record-setting defensive show. The Wildcats didnt peel open the record book against Colorado, but they sure gave the Buffaloes fits. Unlike its previous win over Colorado, Arizona started slow, allowing the Buffaloes to keep it close at halftime. Once they got rolling, Colorado had no answer for the Wildcats defensive pressure and string of highlight-reel plays that had MGM Grand Garden Arena feeling like McKale Center West. Arizona shot 60 per cent in the second half and held Colorado (23-11) to 5-of-22 shooting in the final 20 minutes to earn a spot Saturdays championship game against UCLA or Stanford. Nick Johnson scored 16 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 12 and eight rebounds for Arizona. T.J. McConnell facilitated the Wildcats offence and spearheaded the top of the D, finishing with 12 points, five assists and four rebounds "Our defence became great in the second half, but our offence found its flow," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "We shared the ball. We were more ourselves. It was that combination that really broke the game open." Colorado was able to hang with Arizona behind its defence in the first half. But playing their third game in as many days took its toll on the Buffaloes in the second half and they had no pushback when the Wildcats started to race away. Askia Booker had 20 points to lead Colorado, which shot 29 per cent overall and was outrebounded 41-25. Now the Buffaloes have a two-day wait to see if the NCAA tournament selection committee deems them worthy of the bracket. "Im hoping to get in the tournament," Boyle said. "Im not going to be presumptuous and say were in, because these guys werent with us three years ago when our team didnt get in and deserved to get in. I think werre in, but thats not for me to decide or anybody else in this room to decide. Gareon Conley Jersey. " Arizona put on a show in its tournament opener, flexing its defensive muscles for everyone to see with an overwhelming quarterfinal victory over Utah. The Wildcats held the Utes to 13 first-half points, 39 overall, 12 field goals and 25 per cent shooting -- all tournament records. The 32-point margin also matched the largest in tournament history. Arizona pulled a similar smothering act on Colorado in the teams last meeting. After a 12-point loss in Tucson, Johnson proclaimed Arizona wasnt that good and that the Buffaloes would beat the Wildcats by 20, even with leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie out for the season. The Wildcats turned the slight into a fury, holding Colorado without a field goal for the opening 10 minutes and shooting 84 per cent in the second half an 88-61 win -- their first in Boulder since 1973. The Buffaloes got off to a better start this time, scoring 8 1/2 minutes sooner. Colorado still had trouble with Arizonas amoebic defence, though, going 10 of 29 from the floor in the first half. But the Buffaloes had something up their sleeve: A little defence of their own. Contesting shots and digging down on the post for steals, Colorado made life much more difficult than it had back in Boulder, allowing them to stay in the game. The Buffaloes held Arizona to 11-of-29 shooting and forced eight turnovers -- five by centre Kaleb Tarczewski -- that led to 11 points. Colorado held Arizona scoreless for over 4 minutes during a 10-2 run that helped the Buffaloes trim Arizonas nine-point lead to 27-24 at halftime. "I thought we stood a lot in the first half," McConnell said. The second half looked more like the game in Boulder. Arizona picked up the defensive intensity even more and started pouring out the highlights to extend the lead. Johnson had one, flying in for a reverse alley-oop dunk and Hollis-Jefferson matched him with a tomahawk dunk over Josh Scott. Gordon provided one on the defensive end not long after that, soaring up for a clean swat on Johnsons one-handed dunk attempt that sent Arizonas fans bursting out of their seats. In just a couple of minutes, the Wildcats were up 51-32 thanks to a 13-0 run, well on their way to the Pac-12 title game. "In the second half, we were sharper," Miller said. And seem to be peaking at just the right time. Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Stitched Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys 2019 ' ' '