Sassuolo push Inter all the way

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: Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez enjoyed two goals each, but Sassuolo pushed Inter all the way to the final whistle in a 4-3 thriller. Click here for the full match report. OR Follow all the action as it happens from today’s SIX Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.last_img

Battling Brescia hold Fiorentina

first_imgBrescia held Fiorentina to a goalless draw with the help of VAR on Monday, but the match was marred by a serious injury to Daniele Dessena. Click here for a full match report. 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:

Fonseca: Never seen injuries like these

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: Paulo Fonseca claims he has never seen anything like Roma’s current injury crisis and that it is “impossible” to mould his squad right now. Roma have eight absences for the visit of Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League tomorrow after full-back Davide Santon was struck down by flu. “I’d never suffered so many injuries in the past,” Fonseca said at a Press conference. “I think it’s bad luck. We must fight these difficulties and we’re ready to do so. In light of our absences, we could change something. “It’s impossible to achieve a level of growth and progression with all these injuries. “It’s true that in the match against Sampdoria, the team didn’t express themselves in the best way and could’ve done more. “We miss some important players and, that, consistency. It’s no excuse but simply reality. “Borussia are a good team, top of the Bundesliga. I expect a match similar to the one against Atalanta. “Pastore’s a special case right now, so he has to be managed calmly, but he’s available. “Santon has the flu and Under’s resumed training, Mkhitaryan too. I think they’ll be available soon. “We have only Veretout in midfield. Some Primavera players will join us tomorrow.” Roma squad to face Monchengladbach: Pau Lopez, Cardinali, Mirante; Juan Jesus, Smalling, Kolarov, Fazio, Mancini, Florenzi; Spinazzola, Calafiori, Perotti, Veretout, Zaniolo, Pastore, Riccardi; Dzeko, Antonucci, Kluivertlast_img read more

Schone: ‘Genoa will emerge’

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: Lasse Schone is not happy with Genoa’s start to the season, but believes they have the quality to “get out of this difficult situation.” The former Ajax midfielder was talking at a press conference for Denmark ahead of their game against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and commented on Genoa’s position. “I am far from satisfied with our start to the season. I was expecting a few more points, but luckily we have grown recently, and put in two good performances against Juventus and Napoli, the two best sides in the league. I am convinced we will get through this difficult period and reverse our fortunes.” Genoa sat in the bottom three for most of the season, but have edged their way out under new boss Thiago Motta. “I am not afraid of relegation. I believe we can secure safety. I am sure that with the new coach, we will achieve our targets.” Genoa take on Torino after the international break.last_img read more

Vijender, Sushil foresee medals galore for India in CWG

first_imgOlympic bronze medallists Vijender Singh and Sushil Kumar said Indian athletes are preparing hard for the fast-approaching Commonwealth Games and Asian Games and the country can expect a rich medal haul in the twin events. “Our practice is going on well in Patiala and we are working very hard for the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games,” said the world number one boxer Vijender at the launch of ‘Samsung Sports Ratna’ program offering scholarships to 10 athletes across various sports disciplines for the 16th Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China in November this year.The 10 athletes who were signed for the scholarship program are shooters Abhinav Bindra, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Gagan Narang and Ranjan Sodhi, boxers Vijender, Akhil, Thokchom Nanao Singh and Mayengbam Suranjoy Singh, wrestlers Sushil and Ramesh Kumar.”The fact that the Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi will also be a motivating factor because competing in front of home crowd always pumps you up,” Vijender said.”Preparation for the Games is going well and this time I won’t let you down,” added Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Akhil Kumar who is seeking to end his injury-ravaged indifferent run of the past two years in the event to held this October.Sushil said the Indians would fetch a good medal tally in both the events.”The kind of training that we are going through and the support that we are getting, we should win a lot of medals in both the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games,” he said.advertisementRamesh, the first Indian to win a medal at the World Championships in over 40 years, said the training would get more intense as the Games approach.”Right now we are training for just three hours a day but as the Games come closer, the number of hours we put in will go up,” he said.Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of Indian Olympic Association, who was also present at the occasion said, “I hope that the scholarship for the individual players and the company’s support to the Indian Olympic Association for the entire team will yield strong and positive results in a richer medal tally for the country”.last_img read more

NTPC withholds funds to CWG OC

first_imgState-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) — the official power partner of Commonwealth Games (CWG) — has decided to withhold further funds to the organising committee (OC). An NTPC official told Headlines Today that no money will be released further to the OC till it provides a report on the use of funds disbursed so far. The public sector unit (PSU) has written a letter to the OC seeking details of the utilisation of its money given so far for the CWG. The organisation has pledged Rs 50 crore for the Games of which it has already disbursed Rs 20 crore so far. NTPC, which is one of the PSUs to have volunteered to sponsor the Games, feels negative publicity associated with the allegations of corruption will hurt its brand image. The value of PSU sponsorships can be gauged by the fact that the OC has failed to find even one sponsor for the mega event on its own. However, owing to the allegations of corruption and mismanagement against the OC, even this fund seems to be slipping away from its hands. Earlier, the PSUs sponsoring the mega sports event had raised objections to a lop-sided deal by the OC with a foreign marketing firm SMAM engaged to draw sponsors. Headlines Today had exposed how the OC had planned to pay a whopping 23 per cent commission to SMAM from the sponsorship money provided by these PSUs.last_img read more

Amir’s rags to riches story goes wrong

first_imgTerrorism, religious turmoil, political instability and economic crisis. It is in these trying circumstances that youngsters in Pakistan turn to the game of cricket.  Disgraced player Mohd Amir was one such teenager, hoping to turn his fortune by taking to the willow and the red cherry.  Born in 1992 to a solider struggling to make his ends meet, Amir was the youngest of seven brothers. He spent his early life in poverty in the village of Changa Bangyaal in Pakistan’s Punjab province. Amir, like many poor Pakistani children, dreamt of making it big.  Blessed with incredible talent, he quickly rose up the ranks to become a teenage cricketing sensation. As a 17 year-old, he grabbed headlines in his first year in international cricket. But one wrong step turned his story upside down.  Former Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson describes Amir as a sensational bowler who had the world at his feet but now faces a ruined future. With world cricket grappling at the possible loss of the 18-year-old sensation, sympathies are pouring in for Amir. Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja tries to explain Amir’s fall from grace. He cites his humble background and impressionable mind as the reasons behind his wrongdoings.  Australian cricketer Shane Watson says Amir is a nice but nave guy who got caught up in the wrong things.  Will the lure of quick money see cricket lose Amir, one of the sport’s brightest sparks in decades? That will be a shame indeed.last_img read more

Tobacco industry relying on movies for brand promotion

first_imgThe tobacco industry is increasingly leaning on movies for the promotion of its business in India and several other countries following the ban on tobacco advertising, the WHO has warned.Of late, the industry has also been denied the sponsorship of sports and music events, compelling it to shift its focus to films, the global health body observes in the report “Smokefree movies: From evidence to action”.Hollywood actor Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct glamourised smoking.A survey of popular films has shown that tobacco brand displays exploded in Bollywood after its advertising was banned in the media in 2004. Of the 395 top grossers in 1990-2002, 76 per cent depicted the use of tobacco. The percentage of scenes showing lead actors or heroes using tobacco increased from 22 in 1991 to 54 in 2002. Of the 110 Hindi movies produced in 2004-2005, 89 per cent depicted tobacco use. The lead actors were shown smoking in 76 per cent of these movies.The brand display was more or less even between premium cigarette brands belonging to the British American Tobacco, its Indian partner (the Indian Tobacco Company) and competing brands belonging to the Philip Morris International, whose entry into the Indian market coincided with the ban on tobacco advertising.Using movies to promote smoking is a global phenomenon. In the UK, where almost all forms of tobacco advertising are prohibited, youth-rated films from the US contained 83 per cent of all tobacco visuals in 2001-2006. In Australia, a study in 2008 found that 70 per cent of the total movies showed smoking scenes, including 75 per cent of the most popular films. In Canada, a 2009 survey revealed that 75 per cent of tobacco-related shots appeared in youthrated movies.advertisementThe on-screen smoking images – branded or otherwise – are generally consistent with cigarette advertising than with the authentic representations of the dire health consequences of tobacco use, the WHO states. Such images benefit the tobacco industry and increase among the youth the initiative to smoke, the report adds.Hamish Maxwell, the then president of Philip Morris International and later the CEO of Philip Morris Companies, had recognised this fact in 1983, the report states, quoting him as saying the important thing was to “continue to exploit new opportunities to get cigarettes on screen” in order to keep smoking socially acceptable.WHO suggests adult rating for movies with tobacco scenes to lower the chances of their influence on the youths. An exception can be made for the movies depicting dangerous consequences of tobacco use, it adds.Reel effect for real- Movies have been linked to youth smoking in India, China, Hong Kong, England, Germany, Thailand, The Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Italy, Mexico and Iceland- Of the 395 top-grossing films in 1990-2002 in India, 76 per cent depicted tobacco use- Scenes showing lead actors/heroes using tobacco increased from 22 per cent in 1991 to 54 per cent in 2002- Of the 110 Hindi movies produced in 2004 and 2005, 89 per cent depicted tobacco use. Lead actors were seen smoking in 76 per cent of the movieslast_img read more

Vikas Krishan settles for bronze at Worlds

first_imgVikas Krishan had to settle for the bronze in the welterweight (69kg) category after he lost to Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine in the semi-final of the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Friday.Pitted against the European Championships bronze medallist Shelestyuk, Vikas failed to play his natural game and lost 12-15. Vikas, an Asian Games gold medallist, repeated the bronzemedal winning feat of Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar (75kg) at the mega-event but became the youngest Indian to clinch a medal at 19. Vijender was the first Indian to win a bronze at the World meet in 2009.Vikas started off with his natural defensive style and kept the guard up. Shelestyuk came up with powerpacked hooks and uppercuts and soon forced the Indian to open his guard. This strategy worked well as Shelestyuk landed some lightening fast punches to establish a 4-2 lead in the first round.The second round saw no change to Vikas’s fortunes as the Indian boxer looked hapless against the aggressive Ukrainian. In the beginning of round, Vikas kept his guard up but was not garnering points as he was unable to land the scoring punches.Vikas ran out of ideas on how to negate the Ukrainian aggressive tactics. Though the Indian was quick on his feet, his lack of resourcefulness saw him trail 6-10 in the second round.Going into final round, Shelestyuk had a lead of four points. Like a smart boxer, he switched to defence and kept guard. Vikas attacked relentlessly and threw straight and uppercuts but found hard to breach the watertight defence of the Ukrainian. On the other hand, whenever Shelestyuk got a chance, he scored on counter-punches. Vikas scored six points in the third round but saw his dream of entering the final shattered as Shelestyuk scored five points in the same duration to storm into final.advertisementShelestyuk will now be up against 2007 World champion Serik Sapiyev of Kazakhstan who left his Lithuanian rival Egidijus Kavaliauskas with a bloodied nose in the first round, forcing him to retire. The Kazakh was leading 8-2 when the Lithuanian corner decided to concede the bout.The World Championships are the first qualifiers for the London Olympics. Among Indians, Vikas, Laishram Devendro (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) have already booked the Olympic berths.last_img read more