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CBA Roundup: Guangdong moves past Zhejiang, Shanxi upsets Xinjiang******
ZHUJI, China, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions the Guangdong Southern Tigers routed the Zhejiang Golden Bulls 110-94 in the third round of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Thursday, extending their unbeaten record in the new season.
Ren Junfei led the Guangdong scoring with 20 points, with Zhao Rui adding 18 points. Zhu Xuhang pitched in a game-high 31 points for Zhejiang.
Both teams smashed their opponents in the previous round, yet their eye-catching clash turned out to be one-sided for Guangdong.
After a close 61-58 first half, Guangdong hit a 14-4 run at the beginning of the third quarter to lead the game by double-digit for the first time. Zeng Fanri and Ren Junfei's points in the paint stretched their lead to near 20 points as Zhejiang struggled to find their rhythm on the offense end.
Zhejiang managed a few shots later, but Guangdong maintained its dominance until the final whistle.
"I appreciate the energy of Zhejiang's young players, and I hope our young players can learn from that," said Guangdong coach Du Fen.
Elsewhere on Thursday, the Shanxi Loongs smashed the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 112-97.
Shanxi came out strong right after the game whistle, nailing a three-pointer and eight consecutive points in the paint and built a seven point advantage entering the second quarter, where they took advantage of Xinjiang's problematic defense for a 41-52 advantage.
Although Shanxi struggled in offense at the beginning of the third quarter, Yuan Shuai and Xing Zhiqiang gradually recovered their form beyond the arc and helped Shanxi resist the comeback effort by Xinjiang.
Kahlil Felder had 25 points, eight rebounds and 12 assists for Shanxi, while Yu Dehao led Xinjiang with 20 points. He also contributed 12 rebounds and eight assists.
Also on Thursday, the Tianjing Pioneers defeated the Qingdao Eagles 91-79, the Guangzhou Loong Lions edged the Beijing Royal Fighters 102-98, the Shenzhen Aviators dominated the Jiangsu Dragons 107-85, and the Liaoning Flying Tigers beat the Jilin Northeast Tigers 103-88. Enditem
Emma Raducanu invited to join All England Club******
LONDON, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- British tennis player Emma Raducanu has reportedly received an invitation to become a member of the exclusive All England Club.。
The 18-year-old shocked the global tennis establishment by winning the 2021 US Open women's singles title to become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament in tennis's Open Era.。
Raducanu is also the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade in 1977, and will be the All England Club's youngest member if she accepts the invitation.。
The All England Club, a private members' club based in Wimbledon, London, is best known as the venue for the Wimbledon Championships.。
Wimbledon singles champions usually receive an automatic invitation to join the Club, with the likes of former champions Roger Federer, Serena Williams and others among its members.。
Raducanu is widely known to Chinese netizens thanks to her multicultural background and pride in her half-Chinese roots, and addressed fans in Chinese after winning the US Open title. Enditem。
Ajax crush PSV in Dutch top******
THE HAGUE, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Five days after an emphatic 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, Ajax crushed national rivals PSV 5-0 in the Eredivisie on Sunday in Amsterdam.
Just one point behind Ajax in the standings, PSV had hopes of a good result in the Johan Cruyff Arena. PSV striker Carlos Vinicius had an early chance to open the scoring, but his free header went into the ground instead of the goal.
Then Ajax took control and Steven Berghuis finished a Dusan Tadic cross to make it 1-0 in the 19th minute. In the second half, Ajax cruised to a bigger margin.
Sebastien Haller headed in a cross by Tadic, Antony scored from close range from an assist by Haller, and substitute Davy Klaassen curled in the fourth goal. After a pass by substitute Perr Schuurs, Tadic scored the fifth goal, and his 100th in the Eredivisie.
With the win, Ajax strengthen their lead in the Dutch top flight. With 25 points from 10 matches, the Amsterdam-based giants now are four points ahead of PSV, five points ahead of FC Utrecht and six points ahead of Feyenoord. Enditem