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ROME -- Key defender Giorgio Chiellini was included in Italys preliminary 30-man World Cup squad Tuesday, ending doubts that he might face a code of ethics punishment for his three-match ban with Juventus. United States-born forward Giuseppe Rossi also made it, having just returned from a four-month layoff due to a right knee injury. Among those who missed the cut were forwards Alberto Gilardino and Pablo Osvaldo, Sunderland winger Emanuele Giaccherini, attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti, who recently joined Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, and Zenit St. Petersburg fullback Domenico Criscito. The forwards included are Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano, Alessio Cerci, Mattia Destro, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Rossi. On Monday, Chiellini was banned by the Serie A judge for elbowing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic in Juventus 1-0 win Sunday. But Italy coach Cesare Prandelli apparently viewed the incident as not having any intent of violence. Last month, Roma forward Destro was left off the squad for fitness tests while he served a three-match ban for punching an opponent, and several other players have missed matches due to similar code of ethics violations. Prandellis latest squad announcement was made with a press release by the Italian football federation -- with no comments attached. Also left out was 17-year-old Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet, hailed as the next Gianluigi Buffon. Torinos 24-year-old fullback Matteo Darmian was a surprise inclusion. Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was left off the 30-man list but was called up to train with the squad in case of an injury to the three goalkeepers selected -- captain Gianluigi Buffon, Salvatore Sirigu and Mattia Perin. Its Buffons ninth call up to a major international tournament, moving him level with former Germany great Lothar Matthaus as the top Europeans -- and it would have been 10 if Buffon hadnt been injured for the 2000 European Championship. Four-time champion Italy is in Group D with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica. Final 23-man squads are due June 2. ------ Italy: Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain). Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan). Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Hellas Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain). 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Alexis Pinturault of France was second, 0.18 seconds behind, and Austrias Marcel Hirscher ended up third.Ligety had four metal screws inserted into his left wrist after an accident during training Nov 22. He didnt take any time off after surgery, though. Instead, he trained without a pole for a little bit, since he couldnt hang on to it. Ligety said that actually helped him develop more balance going around gates.Hirscher joked that it really didnt matter if Ligety raced with one pole — or even one ski — he would still be fast.Ted is definitely one of the best, no, Im sure, the best GS skier in the world, Hirscher said. It impresses me a lot. It is really great for all young skiers that they can watch him and see. It doesnt matter if he skis with one pole, two poles, one ski or no skis, he just does it.Benjamin Raich of Austria led after the first run, but it was a tightly bunched field, with eight racers all within a second.Ligety hammered down a course he knows so well, staying out of the grooves in the soft snow due to the warm weather and building more and more speed. He even dragged that surgically repaired wrist on the snow around several turns, because its something hes always done and he wasnt going to let the injury get in the way of his performance.When he crossed the finish line in the lead, the crowd erupted. Ligety pumped his ski pole, knoowing his time would be difficult to match.dddddddddddd.Next up was Hirscher, who made several mistakes.Then Pinturault, who wasnt as clean up top as Ligety.And finally, Raich, the final skier of the day, who lost his lead early and struggled as he slipped to fourth.It was Ligetys fifth giant slalom win in Beaver Creek. It also drew him closer to Hirscher and Pinturault in the overall GS race. Ligety has won the discipline four of the last five seasons.Hirscher and Pinturault, those guys are amazing skiers for sure, said the 30-year-old Ligety, who won gold at the Sochi Games in the GS. Those guys are guys I love to watch ski. To get in front of them is always nice, especially being the old guy.Hirscher leads the GS standings and is second in the overall race to Norways Kjetil Jansrud, who won the downhill on the Birds of Prey course Friday and was runner-up in the super-G Saturday.If I want to have a chance against Kjetil, I have to be better than today, said Hirscher, who trails Jansrud by 172 points. I have to win more races than Kjetil. Right now, hes the man to beat. Im not in position.This was certainly a solid weekend for Pinturault, who also finished third in the super-G.Im really happy, Pinturault said before leaving to catch a plane.American Tim Jitloff had a solid showing as he wound up ninth, while David Chodounsky finished 17th. Bode Miller didnt race this weekend as he recovers from back surgery. He hopes to return in time for the world championships in February at Beaver Creek.Ligety had a rough showing in October during a season opening GS in Soelden, Austria, when he finished 10th in a race won by Hirscher. But Ligety cleaned up some technical issues, and it showed on his final run.I was confident to ski the way I wanted to, Ligety said. It was a really fun day.Now, the only name ahead of Ligety on the all-time GS list is Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, who had 46 wins.Any chance of catching up to him?What hes done is pretty unattainable, Ligety said. I would say Stenmarks thing is a pipe dream. ' ' '