MANAUS, Brazil -- Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup. Evan Turner Jersey . The Italy striker was left free by his marker Gary Cahill and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 50th minute. Claudio Marchisio scored first for Italy, sending a long shot through a crowded area and past a diving Hart in the 35th. Daniel Sturridge equalized for England two minutes later, tapping in a cross from Wayne Rooney. The win puts Italy in a strong position to qualify for the second round, and leaves England with plenty to do in its remaining two matches. In the other Group D match, Costa Rica beat Uruguay 3-1, giving the 2010 semifinalists a similarly difficult task to advance. Balotelli nearly scored another in first-half injury time, running deep into the area and enticing Hart to come off his line. The Italy striker stopped, looked toward goal and sent a chip over the keepers head -- only for Phil Jagielka to clear by heading the ball over the bar. Englands attack-minded lineup made frequent runs into the Italy area throughout the match, and came close to scoring several times. The best of the chances came in the 24th when Danny Welbeck sent the ball across the front of goal but Andrea Barzagli was able to slide in and tip the ball up in the air. Raheem Sterling, who had been running in from the left, jumped for the header but couldnt reach it, letting the ball go past him as he tumbled into the net. Italy played without the injured Gianluigi Buffon. The 36-year-old Italy goalkeeper, who can play in his fourth World Cup if he is able to recover from an ankle problem, was replaced by Salvatore Sirigu. The PSG keeper stepped up and made several good saves, but the best may have come in the 77th when he dived to his left to block a free kick from Leighton Baines. The match was played in the Amazonian city of Manaus, the most exotic of the 12 World Cup venues for this years tournament. According to FIFA, it was 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) with humidity at a relatively low 61 per cent for the match. While none of the players appeared to be affected by the heat, there was an injury on the England bench when team physio Gary Lewin dislocated his ankle while celebrating Sturridges goal. England and Italy were playing each other at the World Cup for only the second time. They also met in the third-place match at the 1990 World Cup, with the Italians also winning 2-1. Joe Caldwell Jersey . Nikolaos Kounenakis has been hired as an assistant coach, the team announced on Monday. Shareef Abdur-Rahim Jersey . The 7-foot-1 Hawes, who is in the final year of his contract, is averaging 13 points and 8.5 rebounds, both career highs, and shoots 40 per cent from 3-point range. The 25-year-old Hawes is in his seventh NBA season. https://www.cheaphawks.com/914r-kevin-willis-jersey-hawks.html . -- Mississippi State was crushed twice by Florida last season, once by 35 points and the other by 25.HAMILTON, Ont. -- Drew MacIntyre did everything asked of a veteran goaltender Friday night. The 30-year-old didnt need to be spectacular, but made 24 saves as the Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 in American Hockey League play. "There was no show-stopping save tonight," said Marlies head coach Steve Spott. "We did a very good job in front of (MacIntyre) tonight, but when he had to be good he was. "He handled the puck well behind the net, he was vocal and controlled the game and he made the job easy for us defensively." The Marlies were responsible in their own end and opportunistic in attack, which led to their coach being more than pleased with the overall effort. "That was probably our best effort of the year," said Toronto head coach Steve Spott. "I think that from the first puck drop to the final whistle, it was our most complete game to date." Jerry DAmigo, David Broll and Sam Carrick scored for the Marlies (11-7-1). Gabriel Dumont had the lone goal for the Bulldogs (9-9-3). Robert Mayer made 26 saves in a losing effort. The games first clear scoring chance fell to the Bulldogs six minutes into the opening period, just as Steve Quailer was whistled for tripping. With the Marlies regrouping in the neutral zone, Dumont jumped into a passing lane and stole the puck, racing in for a shorthanded breakaway on MacIntyre. He shifted to his backhand, but couldnt manage a shot on goal with John-Michael Liles checking his stick. A momentary lapse of concentration in the defensive zone cost Hamilton the first goal of the night at 13:03 of the first period. Torontos Josh Leivo took possession of the puck behind the goal line, and slid a short pass to the unguarded DAmigo in the low slot. The winger easily pplaced a wrist shot past Mayer. Bob Pettit Jersey. . The Marlies struck early in the second period to double their lead on a power play, after the Bulldogs Jarred Tinordi was whistled for delay of game. With the penalty winding down, Broll took possession of the puck along the left boards and spotted Mayer deep in his crease, releasing a quick wrist shot that took the goaltender by surprise and beat him just inside his far post at 3:17 of the second period. Dumont brought Hamilton within a goal just 41 seconds later. He took the puck at the top of the right circle, and with no defender ready to meet him, drove the net alone. The winger deked past one defenceman before going wide around another and sliding a backhanded shot past MacIntyre. Hamiltons momentum proved to be short-lived, however, as Toronto restored its two-goal lead at 5:57 of the second period. Another missed assignment in the defensive zone allowed Carrick to drift into the slot unguarded, and Spencer Abbott found him with a pass from the right boards. Carrick dropped to one knee and one-timed the puck past Mayer at the near post. Toronto was pressing for a fourth goal early in the third period, and Carrick nearly provided that insurance five minutes in. A deflection bounced to him in the slot, and Mayer produced one of his best saves of the night to swat away Carricks wrist shot with his glove. MacIntyre argued that his teams positive start to the third was crucial, desperate as the Bulldogs were for an early goal. "They were coming for us and they didnt stop coming," he said. "We knew that and thats what we were saying after the second period. "We had a great start to the third, and we needed that because we didnt want to give Hamilton life with a goal." ' ' '