Coppa Italia Winners & Losers: Sassuolo, Vertus Entella & Riccardo Orsolini

When fifth-place Serie C side Virtus Entella scored in stoppage time of the second overtime against Genoa in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia, the Ligurian players couldn’t even muster the energy to celebrate. 

The marathon game had taken the wind out of the underdog’s sails a number of times already: After Simone Icardi gave Entella the lead at 20 minutes, a penalty call — converted by Krzysztof Piątek — equalized for Genoa. The exact same thing happened in the final 10 minutes of the match: an Icardi goal, a Piątek penalty equalizer. All three of Genoa’s goals, in fact, were converted by at the spot, the last being Gianluca Lapadula’s 110th-minute strike. 

But Entella did not give up. Sapped of energy and looking like they may fall apart — seconds before Entella equalized for good, Piątek clanged a shot off the post that would’ve seen the game complete — they scraped together a miraculous goal in the final seconds to send the game to penalties, where they won by a one-goal margin. 

Elsewhere in the fourth round, Sassuolo escaped Genoa’s fate by beating Catania on a strike in the final 10 minutes from AC Milan loanee Manuel Locatelli. Torino, Sampdoria, Benevento, Novara, and Cagliari advanced as well.

Perhaps the biggest winner of the round besides Virtus Entella was Riccardo Orsolini, the 21-year-old winger on loan to Bologna from Juventus. Orsolini has faced his ups and downs the last couple of years since he was acquired by the Old Lady, but performances like this show why the leaders of Italian soccer invested in him. Bologna must be thrilled, too. Orsolini bagged a brace with a creative pair of goals and assisted on the third, helping his side advance on a fairly smooth 3-0 tally against bottom-table Serie B side Crotone. 

On the first goal, Bologna’s No. 7 made a piercing run behind the Crotone center back, gathered the ball and then muscled his way into the penalty area. He displayed great strength — one could argue his shedding of the defender was a foul, but the official rightfully let the call go — and positional awareness with the run. Crotone keeper Alex Cordaz did well to stop the initial shot, but there was nothing he could do in letting the rebound fall right back to Orsolini, who didn’t panic and converted the opportunity. 

The second goal of the game was No. 7’s time to assist. From the right side of the field he sent a beautifully arcing in-swinger to the head of Diego Falcinelli. The final goal was something of an Arjen Robben feat — a player to whom Orsolini has been compared — as the youngster gathered the ball on the far right-hand side of the pitch, attracting two defenders, and feinted his way into the box. Instead of pressing the matter too much, he attempted a soft chip shot through the defense, around the keeper, and safely into the opposite corner of the net — an absolutely lovely finish.

The real action begins a month from now as the Round of 16 begins. As a reward for advancing, Vertus Entella will face a shaky but supremely talented Roma side. Bologna and Orsolini must face league leaders Juventus. Torino play perhaps the most compelling matchup against an up-and-down Fiorentina. Sampdoria take on AC Milan, Sassuolo face Napoli, Novara head to Lazio, Benevento take on Inter Milan, and Cagliari face Atalanta to round out the next group of games.

How To Watch Takamatsunomiya Kinen

Another crop of talented horses and jockeys will take center stage at 9pm ET on Saturday (March 27). 

How To Watch The 2020 Golden Slipper

The absence of competition and abundance of seclusion will be getting a break today.

FloSports Launches New Baseball Platform Set To Broadcast Over 700 Games

FloSports, the innovator in live sports streaming and original content, continues to expand the robust offering on its network with today’s launch of FloBaseball, an all-new platform dedicated to collegiate and youth baseball. 

Ted Ligety Announces Participation In World Pro Ski Tour

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Ted Ligety, announces his plan to participate in the 2019-2020 season of the World Pro Ski Tour (WPST). This marks another significant step in the resurgence of the WPST with the addition of today’s most decorated giant slalom athlete joining the Tour. After achieving many milestones in his ski racing career, Ligety will look to add the World Pro Ski Tour to his accolades while he actively competes on the World Cup circuit.

CAA Field Hockey Championship: How To Watch, Time, & Live Stream Info

The field is set for the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Field Hockey Championship. The championship will be hosted by the University of Delaware and take place from Nov. 8-10.Delaware captured the top seed after finishing undefeated in CAA play for the fourth straight season. William & Mary earned the No. 2 seed for the third time in four years, while Northeastern and James Madison were slotted No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. The four teams have made the CAA Championship in three consecutive seasons and the seeds are the same as the 2018 championship.The championship will take place at Delaware’s Fred P. Rullo Stadium and will begin with the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 8. The first semifinal is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will feature Delaware and James Madison. The other semifinal is set for 4 p.m. and will see William & Mary and Northeastern face off. The winners of the semifinal games will play on Sunday, Nov. 10, in the championship game at 1 p.m.

FloSports Announces Multiyear Partnership with ECAC

AUSTIN, Texas — October 15, 2019 — Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced a partnership in collaboration with Collegiate Sports Management Group to provide live and on-demand coverage of 120 ECAC Championship Games across the FloSports network and potentially many more. Fans can watch the games annually through 2022.

FloSports Rebrands, Launches Android App


You may have noticed something different about FloLive this week… 

Future Stars Series International Week: How To Watch

Since 1912, Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home to the Boston Red Sox, has hosted 11 World Series. PROGRAM 15 is proud to announce that Fenway Park will host the main event showdown between the World and National teams on September 22nd during the 2019 New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series International Week.

Trombly's Long Among 'Future Stars' Primed For Breakout Performance

The New Balance Future Stars Series provides high-potential baseball prospects who might otherwise fly under the radar a stage on which to shine. A prime example set for the 2019 event is Jonny Long of the southern California-based Trombly Baseball. 

New Balance Future Stars Series Is A Cure For The 'Yeah, Buts'

For U.S. Elite Baseball director Mark Helsel, perhaps the most valuable facet of the New Balance Future Stars Series is its solution for cases of what he called “the yeah, buts.”