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Milan escape route for Demiral?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan could reportedly offer Juventus defender Merih Demiral an escape route in January. Demiral has played just one competitive match for Juve since arriving from Sassuolo over the summer, despite injuries to Giorgio Chiellini and Matthijs de Ligt. With that in mind, the Turk may decide to jump ship this winter and Goal.com’s Romeo Agresi writes Milan could soon revive their interest. The Rossoneri tried to take the Turk before his stay in Turin was confirmed in August, offering €35m for his services. They have problems in central defence, with Mateo Musacchio struggling for consistency, Leo Duarte tried out more at right-back and Mattia Caldara still a mystery.last_img read more

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Atalanta fury in Samp stalemate

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Atalanta were angry with the referee after a 0-0 draw with Sampdoria, as Ruslan Malinovskyi was sent off and Alex Ferrari avoided a red. Click here for the full match report. OR See how all today’s Serie A games unfolded on the Liveblog.last_img

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Sri Lanka on top after Samaraweera-Mendis heroics

first_imgThilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis led a remarkable Sri Lanka recovery after India’s spinners had walked all over their top-order on Day 4 of the all-important third Test in Colombo.Live Scores, India vs Sri Lanka, Day 4  India, set 257 to win after Sri Lanka made 267, were 53-3. Suraj Randiv’s magical spell saw the backs of Virender Sehwag (0), Rahul Dravid (7) and Murali Vijay (27). With Sachin Tendulkar and Ishant Sharma at the crease, they need a further 204 runs on the final day to win this Test and square the series 1-1.Down at 87-7 at one stage, Sri Lanka hadn’t looked like entering three-figures. But on a turning wicket, they’re in control now. Sri Lanka threw the new ball to Randiv. As Sehwag played for the turn, the ball held its line taking the edge to Mahela Jayawardene at slip. Dravid played on when a backfoot defence shot spun back to hit the stumps.Vijay turned a delivery off his hips to Mahela at leg gully. Sri Lanka celebrated the catch but before they has the wicket, the third umpire was asked to check if the catch had been taken on the full.Earlier, from 125-8 Samaraweera and Mendis added 118 runs to frustrate India. Six wickets had fallen in a remarkable opening session for India, but none in the noon session as the ninth wicket partnership took Sri Lanka’s lead past 200.Samaraweera, having made an unbeaten 137 in the first innings, finally fell on 83 to Abhimanyu Mithun operating with the new ball.Trying to shield Mendis from Ishant Sharma, Samaraweera gloved Mithun to MS Dhoni trying to work the ball behind the wicket.advertisementMendis, having made his maiden Test fifty didn’t let up as he pounded three fours off Ishant’s first three deliveries. After carving Ishant for a one-drop four over cover, Mendis fell on 78 driving Mishra to extra-cover.He had faced 156 balls in the innings, the most by a Sri Lankan batsman,Their efforts overshadowed India’s complete domination of the first session today. Pragyan Ojha removed night watchman Randiv, Mahela and Kumar Sangakkara in one dream spell while Amit Mishra got Angelo Matthews and Prasanna Jayawardene off consecutive balls.Lasith Malinga blocked the hat-trick ball, and added 38 with Samaraweera before becoming Sehwag’s third wicket of the innings. Sri Lanka had resumed the day on 45-2 having lost both openers to Sehwag last evening.last_img read more

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F1: Vettel grabs pole at Canadian GP in Montreal

first_imgThere was no stopping Sebastian Vettel as the Red Bull driver seized pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix. PhotosMenacing black clouds hung over Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for qualifying on Saturday but the rain held off as Vettel posted the quickest lap on the 4.63-kilometre road course of one minute 13.014 seconds, edging the two Ferraris driven by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.Forecasts call for an 80 per cent chance of downpours all day on Sunday, when Vettel will shoot for his first Canadian Grand Prix victory. “We brought some rain tires and I brought a coat and an umbrella, so I think there’s not much more we can do,” the German said after taking his sixth pole position in seven races this season.Vettel will start alongside Alonso, the 2006 winner, while Massa will be on the second row beside Mark Webber’s Red Bull.Lewis Hamilton, the McLaren Mercedes ace who saw his run of three poles in as many tries in Montreal end, will be on the third row with Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP. The second McLaren of Jenson Button is back on the fourth row with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes GP.It was after his fourth place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix last season that Vettel put on a charge to win the F1 drivers’ championship. The 23-year-old carried that momentum into this season with wins in five of the first six races, with his only blip a second place behind Hamilton in China in April.advertisementVettel went out and shattered the official track record of 1:13.622 set during the 2004 race by Rubens Barrichello, then with Ferrari.Vettel had smashed into a wall during the first practice session Friday morning, but the pit crew scrambled to put it back together and he came back with the quickest lap in the afternoon practice.But while Vettel has demonstrated his speed, the Montreal race is known to be unpredictable, especially in the rain.Both Ferrari and McLaren Mercedes have traditionally done well in Montreal, where each team has 11 victories.With 143 points, Vettel leads drivers standings by 58 points over Hamilton and 64 over Webber. Alonso is fifth with 69 points. In the constructors race, Red Bull dominates with 222 points to 161 for McLaren and 93 for Ferrari, whose best result this year was Alonso’s second place two weeks ago in Monaco.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

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Ind vs WI: Sachin, Dravid light up India innings

first_imgSachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid lit up the third day’s play at the Wankhede on a track which has clearly assisted the batsmen throughout the game. Score | PhotosIn reply to West Indies first innings total of 590, India were coasting along with 281/3 on board at the end of Day 3.Rahul Dravid not only managed to cross 13000 runs in Tests, but also scored 1000-plus runs in this calendar year. Sachin on the other hand was just 33 runs short of his 100th international century at stumps on Day 3.In the morning session West Indies tail-enders Devendra Bishoo and Fidel Edwards added 15 runs to the team’s overnight total of 575 before R Ashwin clean bowled Devendra Bishoo on 12.The India openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir started off briskly, quickly getting among the runs. But soon their partnership came to an end with WI skipper Darren Sammy scalping Sehwag with his accurate ball that crashed into his stumps when the India total was 67. Sehwag scored 37.At lunch India were 74/1 with Gautam Gambhir (30) and Rahul Dravid in the middle.The second session too saw the India batters score at a brisk rate even as the Windies pacers pressed for more. Some sloppy fielding helped India’s cause as Kirk Edwards dropped Gambhir off Sammy early in the second session. Soon India’s score was past the 100-run mark and the runs kept coming in at a steady pace.With in a matter of time Rahul Dravid crossed his personal milestone of 13000 runs in Tests and it came off a four in Sammy’s over. However, Gambhir (55) fell to a Ravi Rampaul ball snapping his and Dravid’s 71-run partnership and paving the way for Sachin Tendulkar to chase his elusive milestone.advertisementTendulkar quickly opened his account and went ahead chasing his 100th international ton. Meanwhile, Dravid carried on and soon was past another milestone — 1000 runs in a calendar year.At tea, India score was 172/2 with both star batsmen, Rahul Dravid (52) and Sachin Tendulkar (20), in the middle.In the third session Tendulkar started scoring at a brisk rate, maybe in a bid to keep the pressure of his 100th ton at bay.However, Dravid could not support him in his pursuit as off-break bowler Marlon Samuels broke their 86-run stand by removing Dravid on 86 and India lost their third wicket on 224.Soon Sachin reached the half-way mark amidst resounding cheers and VVS Laxman by hisside. His fifty came off 88 balls and included four fours and one over-the-fence shot.At stumps on Day 3 India were 281/3 with Tendulkar (67) and Laxman (32) in the middle.last_img read more

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Cricket controversy: When Mike Denness accused Sachin Tendulkar of ball-tampering

first_imgDenness charge against Tendulkar dominated popular debateFor a sport played at the highest level by 10 countries, and at some level of excellence by no more than eight, cricket certainly gets entangled in an inexplicably high number of national, legal, cultural and racial standoffs.Perhaps it is inevitable because as writer,Denness charge against Tendulkar dominated popular debateFor a sport played at the highest level by 10 countries, and at some level of excellence by no more than eight, cricket certainly gets entangled in an inexplicably high number of national, legal, cultural and racial standoffs.Perhaps it is inevitable because as writer Rob Steen says, “No sport relies so heavily on international rivalry as cricket, not pits white so incessantly against black, former master against uppity ex-servant.”Cricket’s last big crisis took place five years ago with India at its heart. During the India vs South Africa Test in Port Elizabeth in November 2001, match referee Mike Denness pulled up more than half the Indian team for various misdemeanours.Most prominent was India’s favourite son Sachin Tendulkar who was accused by Denness of ball-tampering. Four others Virender Sehwag, Deep Dasgupta, Harbhajan Singh and S.S. Das were hauled up for excessive appealing and the then captain Sourav Ganguly for not controlling his team. The charge on Tendulkar was regarded as the most serious and the most inflammatory.The team learnt of the sweeping charges in phases. An Indian working on the TV broadcast crew sounded out Tendulkar about the match referee checking footage around him in the field. Tour manager M.P. Bhargava was handed a letter from Denness on the third night of the Test, listing a 45-minute timetable of disciplinary hearings for the six players scheduled for the next morning.Later that night, a senior member of the Indian team went to have a word with Denness. He is believed to have told the referee that pulling up the Indians for appealing was one issue, but accusing Tendulkar of cheating was entirely another. Denness was advised to be careful about making such a serious accusation against India’s most iconic player.advertisementGanguly’s men believed the referee had let South Africa get away with equally vociferous appealing and the slur on Tendulkar outraged Indians back home. The hearings held on the fourth morning-in which Sehwag was banned for a Test and the others fined and warned-led to a high voltage drama that polarised cricket.The BCCI wanted Denness gone and were backed by their hosts South Africa. Denness had to leave the country in a hurry and never refereed again. The third Test in Centurion was declared an ‘unofficial’ contest played without ICC-appointed officials.last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag back in team for ODI against Sri Lanka

first_imgMostly a failure this Australian summer, dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag will return to the team for Wednesday’s match against Sri Lanka after being ‘rested’ from the opening ODI and has vowed to be his usual attacking self in the ongoing tri-series in Australia.Sehwag was ‘rested’ from the opening ODI against Australia which India lost by 65 runs in Melbourne on Sunday.”I tried to play a little differently in Perth because the ball was doing something. It didn’t work so I went back to my own style. I will do so in ODIs as there are only 50 overs and you want to give a good start to the team,” said Sehwag who smashed 219 runs in his last one-day innings — against the West Indies in Indore last year.”My style of playing is to give little respect to new ball and then go after the bowling, depending on who’s bowling. If someone is bowling well, you have got to give him respect,” he added.In the third Test in Perth, Sehwag made 0 and 10 in two innings, which was largely symbolic of the miserable summer the Indian opener has had in Australia in the last few weeks.Sehwag was rested for the first ODI against Australia at MCG on Sunday but returns to the fold — either at the expense of Sachin Tendulkar or Gautam Gambhir, most likely the latter.”They will decide on it tomorrow (on Wednesday). We want to give break to the top three batsmen, either Gautam (Gambhir) or Tendulkar will take a break and may be I can play,” he said.advertisementSehwag said the rotation in the top order was largely intended to give opportunity to the youngsters to get used to the conditions where the next World Cup will be staged in 2015. It is also important for tired minds and bodies to get rest from time to time, he reasoned.”The break is good. You are playing Tests, then Twenty20s and now ODIs. The body can be fatigued and a mental break is also good. So top three can get a break and all the youngsters can play and they need to because they have just arrived.””We want to give chance to youngsters. The next World Cup is here, all the youngsters this way can play and get used to the conditions here,” Sehwag said.”It’s important the youngsters have to play a lot more ODIs, especially when the World Cup comes, they should have played 70-80 ODIs. That’s our aim, to give more chances to youngsters.”Another Indian strategy, visible thus far in shorter formats of the game, is to play three spinners in the playing eleven though it could boomerang on bouncy WACA pitch.”We are clear about one thing from Day One — we would play with two spinners if the pitch is dry… May be Perth is different, we can play three or even four fast bowlers here,” he said.This Indian strategy of playing spinners is different from the last World Cup where India won the title by playing three seamers and a spinner.”It’s a strategy which the captain and coach decide. Especially in big grounds such as the MCG, where the wicket was dry and the ball was stopping and coming on to the bat. It sometimes works and sometimes it doesn’t. In India, it’s difficult for spinners to bowl in powerplays. But then (Ravichandran) Ashwin and Harbhajan (Singh) played together against Australia in the quarter-finals.”Wednesday’s match could see the return of Zaheer Khan who hasn’t played either in two Twenty20s or the first ODI in MCG.Zaheer bowled in the nets at WACA on Tuesday and Sehwag said he is available for selection.India is up against a team whom they beat to claim the 2011 World Cup last year. Sri Lanka have introduced quite a few youngsters in their squad who are beginning to do well for them.”I haven’t seen them. In a way, it’s good when you are playing against youth. You can put more pressure on youth. We can understand when our youth are under pressure when they go out to bat so we could also put Sri Lankan youth under pressure,” Sehwag said.”But in one-day cricket anyone can beat anyone. You could lose to Bangladesh. You have to play well for over 100 overs and only then you can win in ODIs. Especially in this triangular series, any team can beat any one where all the three teams are good. If you play well on that day, you could beat any side. We ourselves did so a couple of times last time, during the VB series.”advertisementIndia’s fielding was found wanting in the last ODI match but Sehwag said it was one of those things.”We are working hard on fielding. Someday you can take good catches and on other days, you can drop easy ones. The young boys have great energy and hopefully we would field well also tomorrow (on Wednesday).”The Indian opener said he loved playing one-dayers, along with Test matches.”I am a fan of Test and one-day cricket. Twenty20 obviously is taking roots but for me Tests and 50-over cricket is top cricket. You can smash all through in Twenty20 but it’s difficult to do so over 50 overs. It’s more challenging and these two formats would stay longer.”All the members of the Indian team, Sehwag said, were praying for the good health and recovery of Yuvraj Singh who is suffering from cancer and undergoing chemotherapy in United States.”We are hoping he would be fine and fit when he comes back. We all are praying for him.”Later, the Sri Lanka team also released a press statement, stating their concern on Yuvraj Singh’s health and wishing him speedy recovery.last_img read more

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30 best advertisements of India

first_imgLove them or hate them, there is just no escaping them. Sushmita Choudhury portrays 30 powerful advertisements, some of them bordering on art, representing a half century of hopes, wishes, and USPs. Liril: come alive with freshnessFresh as EverKaren Lunel in a lime green bikini, frolicking under a waterfall. The,Love them or hate them, there is just no escaping them. Sushmita Choudhury portrays 30 powerful advertisements, some of them bordering on art, representing a half century of hopes, wishes, and USPs. Liril: come alive with freshnessFresh as EverKaren Lunel in a lime green bikini, frolicking under a waterfall. The 1985 ad made history and, over two decades later, HLL hasn’t quite managed to re-capture the magic of this Alyque Padamsee creation for Liril.Till Kingdom ComeWhat began as a design for an in-flight memo pad grew to become the mascot of India’s national carrier. Today, the naughty Maharaja of Air-India, created by Bobby Kooka in 1946, is a world figure.Air-IndiaBuzz OffSSC&B Lintas bagged a gold at the Cannes Lion advertising festival in 1996 for its “How to Kill a Mosquito” print campaign which was created by Ryan Menezes for Hoecht’s Hexit mosquito repellent.Speaking OutRemember Lalitaji, the hardheaded bargain-hunter of the ’80s trusting only “Apna Surf”? The campaign walked into the hall of fame as it saw the advent of a new consumer segment: homemakersLove BugMadhu Sapre and Milind Soman created waves by wearing nothing but white shoes and a python for Tuff Shoes, and got charged with obscenity. That we still remember this print ad proves its novelty value.Wills: made for each otherEvergreen PhraseThis was deadly persuasion at its best. ITC hit the jackpot with the 1963 slogan “Made for Each Other” for its Wills brand. Even now, despite a ban on cigarette advertising, the catch phrase lingers in memory.Amul: Utterly-Butterly deliciousUtterly UnforgettableAmul’s hoarding campaign featuring the polka dot skirted girl, as visualised by Sylvester Da Cunha, continues to be topical and funny. With the first one coming out in 1967, it has been sent to the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running outdoor campaign.Cadbury: Mazaa aa gayaaTaste of LifeA cricket stadium. A girl praying that her boyfriend scores. A six. And the impromptu dance that follows. Kya Swad Hai, Zindagi Ka. Despite stiff competition from the Big B in recent times, the taste of this ad from the Cadbury stable lingers on.Close ShaveIn 1983, Kapil Dev boosted the trend of celebrity endorsement by cricketers when he mouthed “Palmolive da jawab nahin” for the shaving cream. Did he guess that the catchline would soon become legendary?RaymondGroomed to PerfectionSophistication and consistency have been the hallmarks of Raymond advertising over the years. But it walked away with the accolades after it zeroed in on “The Complete Man” tagline.Morarjee MillsMill and the GlossThis 1978 ad for Morarjee Mills proved that a text-heavy campaign- thousands of words were used as body copy-for something as unexciting as a textile mill could be fun and innovative. The idea was to use interesting events which took place in the city of its location in the last century.The Hole TruthSay “The Mint with the Hole” and everybody, irrespective of age, will know that you are talking about Nestle’s Polo. That’s brilliant brand recall. What’s more, it is refreshingly cool too.United We StandMile sur mera tumhara, Bala Films’ memorable 1988 video film featuring a gallery of icons from the fine arts, cinema and cricket lip-synching to national pride paved the way for similar endorsements for everything from literacy to leprosy cures.On CallWhat do you say about a campaign that not only boosts Hutch’s recall value but sparks off an unheard of demand for pugs?Making Size MatterThe “One Black Coffee Please” TV commercial to launch Ericsson’s compact mobile phone was a huge hit at the Cannes Lions in 1996 and was voted the most watched commercial in India in 1997. Besides, it let women have the last laugh.OnidaOde to Ego”Neighbour’s Envy, Owner’s Pride”. The Onida campaign, launched in 1985, may not have won awards but it certainly made for memorable copy. It was the first of its kind to plug envy.VimalDraped in StyleTogether with the tagline “A woman expresses herself in many languages, Vimal is one of them”, this 1980 ad celebrated the Indian woman when Vimal was a saree brand.Donation DriveThe National Kidney Foundation wanted to create awareness about kidney ailments. Panna Jain’s stark black and white campaign brought home the point so beautifully that it was declared the campaign of the year in 1978.National Kidney FoundationBhasha BoomPepsi’s “Yehi Hai Right Choice Baby, Aha” campaign was aired in 1993 to counter the threat of Coca-Cola’s re-entry. Indianisation or Hinglish- a punch of English and Hindi words as used in the slogan-became the new ad language overnight.FevicolStuck on SuccessFevicol’s famous truck and bus ad by O&M, which was aired in 2002, roared at the Cannes Lions and proved that it is possible to reach a global audience even with an Indian idiom.High FiveAamir Khan and Prasoon Joshi revolutionised the way soft drinks were perceived across the country with the “Paanch Matlab Chhota Coke” campaign. Going the rustic Indian way, away from Pepsi’s uber-chic image, this Coca-Cola ad gave people something new to talk about.Giving Wings to DreamsAs ad guru A.G. Krishnamurthy says in his book Desi Dream Merchants, Air Deccan’s 2005 campaign invested an everyman brand with dignity. Orchard Advertising’s tale of the old man and the sky is the longest commercial aired so far.In Safe HandsPerhaps it was the sports metaphor, a universal symbol of good health, or maybe it was the catchy jingle, Tandurusti ki raksha, but the 1964 campaign which coincided with Lifebuoy’s first big re-launch continues to be India’s most successful.ChormintUnquestionableA bespectacled loser, a garrulous paanwalla, no pretty faces and no beefcake do not, on paper, make for memorable advertising. But Chlormint’s “dobaara mat poochhna” campaign broke all the rules and then some more. Maybe because it made India laugh.Scent of a WomanThe Garden Vareli campaigns will forever live on in the popular mindset for featuring some of the most gorgeous women in India, right from Persis Khambatta to Madhu Sapre. The glossy photography helped.Hamara BajajScooting into HistoryBajaj launched the “Hamara Bajaj” campaign in the 1990s when it found that competitive brands were making a dent in its share. The campaign cashed in on the popularity of the brand throughout the country and worked wonders.Light in the DarkSylvania Laxman, the light-making company, may be obscured in darkness at present, but nobody can forget Asrani saying “Poore ghar ke badal daloonga”.Cancer Patients’ Aid AssociationAnybody got a Light?O&M bagged a gold at the Cannes Lions for its “Second-hand Smoke Kills” campaign for the Cancer Patients’ Aid Association in 2002. It’s the one that depicted a cowboy- a take on the Marlboro man-looking down at his dead horse.Black BeautyAs a bow to Hollywood, Alyque Padamsee created the iconic Cherry Charlie for Cherry Blossom in the early 1980s projecting the “perfect gentleman” and the “perfect shine” on his shoes in a fun way.RasnaNo Sugar RequiredThe shot of the saccharin-sweet Rasna girl going ‘I love you Rasna’ branded itself on the collective consciousness and there is no deleting it. That the brand lost a bit of its appeal when it changed the slogan speaks volumes.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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