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Report: AC Milan 2 SPAL 1

first_imgGonzalo Higuain scored for the first time in 10 matches as AC Milan ended their winless run by beating SPAL 2-1 in Serie A to ease the pressure on coach Gennaro Gattuso.There had been reports in Italy that Gattuso could be sacked if Milan failed to gain a positive result against SPAL, having overseen a run of five games without a win in all competitions.SPAL appeared to have a chance of extending that streak to six when former Rossoneri academy product Andrea Petagna put them ahead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? However, Samu Castillejo levelled in style before Higuain finally found the net and completed the turnaround for Milan, who, despite losing Suso to a late red card, moved into fifth, a point behind fourth-placed Lazio in the race to secure Champions League football.Milan found no reward for a sustained spell of early pressure, Alessio Romagnoli correctly flagged for offside as he found the net before then finding himself at fault as SPAL broke the deadlock.Romagnoli was cleverly turned by ex-Milan striker Petagna, whose low effort deflected off the centre-back and into the bottom-left corner.However, the visitors’ lead lasted just three minutes as Lorenzo Dickmann failed to control Filippo Costa’s poor clearance and Castillejo pounced to rifle a volley into the top-right corner.Tiemoue Bakayoko blazed over with the goal at his mercy as a gilt-edged opportunity to complete the turnaround went begging amid more haphazard SPAL defending.Yet they finally paid the price as Higuain silenced his critics, goalkeeper Alfred Gomis getting both hands to his effort but unable to keep it out after Hakan Calhanoglu had knocked the ball into the path of the former Napoli and Real Madrid forward.Calhanoglu and Bakayoko each had chances to make it 3-1 before Thiago Cionek went close for SPAL, with Suso’s second yellow card for an ill-advised foul on Mirko Valdifior then setting up a nervy finish that would have ended in heartbreak had Milan keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma not produced a stunning diving save to deny Mohamed Fares.#MilanSpal pic.twitter.com/CZblowv4vB— AC Milan (@acmilan) December 29, 2018What does it mean? Still more questions than answers for MilanHiguain’s winner should serve to buy Gattuso more time given Milan’s decent position in the table, however, this was far from a convincing performance and the fact the Rossoneri were clinging on at the end spoke volumes about the work they still have to do.Higuain ends his droughtThe emotion on Higuain’s face was clear for all to see as his close-range effort proved too strong for Gomis to handle. Higuain warmly embraced Gattuso, with the goal extremely significant for both men as the malaise around Milan was lifted somewhat.Suso sees redThe composure Milan needed to see out the win did not come from Suso, who only served to amplify the tension around San Siro with his rash foul.Key Opta Facts31 – Gonzalo #Higuain has found the net 31 Serie A shots after his previous one (in October against Sampdoria). Awakening. #MilanSPAL pic.twitter.com/qz4Y0QBVyU— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 29, 2018- SPAL are winless in their last 10 Serie A games (5D 5L) for their first time since May 1964.- Higuain has scored all of his last five Serie A goals at San Siro.- AC Milan ended a drought of 394 minutes when they scored their first goal.- With six goals, Petagna has already scored his most in a single Italian top-flight campaign.What’s next?Gattuso will have until January 12 to get his side ready for a Coppa Italia trip to Sampdoria before contesting the Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus and then returning to league action at Genoa on January 21, a day after SPAL host Bologna. read morelast_img read more

Microsoft admits it snooped on bloggers emails to track company leaks

first_imgMICROSOFT, WHICH HAS skewered rival Google for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.John Frank, deputy general counsel for Microsoft, which owns Hotmail, said in a statement that the software company “took extraordinary actions in this case.” In the future, he said, Microsoft would consult an outside attorney who is a former judge to determine if a court order would have allowed such a search.The case involves former employee Alex Kibkalo, a Russian native who worked for Microsoft as a software architect in Lebanon.According to an FBI complaint alleging theft of trade secrets, Microsoft found Kibkalo in September 2012 after examining the Hotmail account of the blogger with whom Kibkalo allegedly shared proprietary Microsoft code. The complaint filed Monday in federal court in Seattle did not identify the blogger.“After confirmation that the data was Microsoft’s proprietary trade secret, on September 7, 2012, Microsoft’s Office of Legal Compliance (OLC) approved content pulls of the blogger’s Hotmail account,” says the complaint by FBI agent Armando Ramirez.The search of the email account occurred months before Microsoft provided Ramirez with the results of its internal investigation in July 2013.The email search uncovered messages from Kibkalo to the blogger containing fixes for the Windows 8 RT operating system before they were released publicly. The complaint alleges Kibkalo also shared a software development kit that could be used by hackers to understand more about how Microsoft uses product keys to activate software.Besides the email search, Microsoft also combed through instant messages the two exchanged that September. Microsoft also examined files in Kibkalo’s cloud storage account, which until last month was called SkyDrive. Kibkalo is accused of using SkyDrive to share files with the blogger.Kibkalo has since relocated to Russia, the FBI complaint says.Frank said in his statement that no court order was needed to conduct the searches.“Courts do not issue orders authorising someone to search themselves,” he said. “Even when we have probable cause, it’s not feasible to ask a court to order us to search ourselves.”Hotmail’s terms of service includes a section that says, “We may access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, in order to… protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers.”Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft has taken a defiant stand against intrusions of customer privacy, in the wake of National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden’s revelations of government snooping into online activities.General counsel Brad Smith said in a blog post in December that Microsoft was “especially alarmed” at news reports of widespread government cyber-spying.Microsoft also has a long-running negative ad campaign called “Scroogled,” in which it slams Google for scanning “every word in every email” to sell ads, saying that “Google crosses the line.”Read: Pfizer, IBM and Microsoft to show small Irish businesses how to make it big >Read: Watch: This is what Microsoft’s answer to Siri will look like >last_img read more