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Italy's once-vaunted 'BBC' defense is showing its age

ROME (AP) With a combined age of 99, Italy's once vaunted "BBC" defensive trio is showing its years.

The Azzurri will still rely on Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup playoff against Sweden next month but the signs in Serie A lately have not been encouraging.

Bonucci's red card with AC Milan over the weekend was the latest in a series of poor performances after his high-profile transfer from Juventus made him the highest-paid player in Italy.

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