Temporary contract ends Serie A strike

ANDREW DAMPF - AP Sports Writer
September 5, 2011
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Italy goalie Gianluigi Buffon grabs a ball during a training session of the Italian national soccer team ahead of Tuesday's group C, EURO 2012 match against Slovenia, at the Coverciano sports center, near Florence, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Lorenzo Galassi)

ROME (AP) — The Serie A strike ended Monday after the Italian players' association and league signed a temporary collective contract, clearing the way for the season to start this weekend.

The new contract expires in June, whereas usually the deals last three years.

The players' strike postponed the scheduled start of Serie A the weekend of Aug. 27-28, and both sides wanted to reach an agreement before the second round begins Friday with defending champion AC Milan facing Lazio at the San Siro.