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CBA Roundup: Zhejiang thrashes Beijiang, Shanghai crushes Qingdao******
ZHUJI, China, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Two overwhelming victories took place simultaneously in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Wednesday, in which the Zhejiang Lions defeated the Beijing Royal Fighters 101-74, while the Shanghai Sharks eased past the Qingdao Eagles 121-88.。
Zhao Yanhao grabbed a game-high 25 points for Zhejiang, and his teammates Hu Jinqiu and Sun Minghui both added 17 points. Beijing's Zhang Fan pocketed 14 points.。
The first quarter was a seesaw battle, but Beijing had a better performance outside the paint as forward Yu Changdong contributed two 3-pointers. While trailing 26-25, Zhejiang established a 42-36 advantage before the interval due to their greater free throw attempts.。
Sun played a decisive role for Zhejiang in the third quarter by notching 12 points to help his team enter the final period 74-62. Though Stephon Marbury put the best lineup on the court, Zhejiang locked their win with continuous 3-pointer success.。
Elsewhere, Shanghai put much pressure on Qingdao at the very beginning by delivering an 11-0 run in the first six minutes. Qingdao strengthened their defense to cut the deficit into 10 points, but Jamaal Franklin injected momentum to Shanghai, regaining double-digit edge for Shanghai.。
Shanghai did not leave any opportunity to Qingdao after the break since they soon enlarged the gap to 20 points. Thanks to Wang Zhelin and Luo Hanchen's high shooting accuracy under the basket, the gap soon surged to 91-58, forcing Qingdao to completely give up.。
Li Tianrong demonstrated himself with 26 points, followed by Franklin's 18 points and five rebounds. Wang added 14 points. Enditem。
Atletico Mineiro win first Brazilian Serie A title in 50 years******
SALVADOR, Brazil, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Atletico Mineiro clinched their first Brazilian Serie A title in 50 years on Thursday after recovering from a two-goal deficit to secure a 3-2 victory at Bahia.。
After a goalless first half, Luiz Otavio and Gilberto appeared to end any hope of an Atletico victory at the Fonte Nova Arena when they scored twice in quick succession.。
Hulk reduced the deficit with a 73rd-minute penalty before Marcos Keno struck twice in three minutes to hand Atletico the lead.。
The Belo Horizonte outfit survived a tense final 15 minutes to clinch their 25th win of the campaign and take an unassailable 11-point lead over second-placed Flamengo.。
It was Atletico's second Brazilian top flight title and capped off a memorable year for manager Cuca, who took charge of the club for a second time in March.。
"We had a magical year ... the fans have to be proud," said Cuca, who led Atletico to the 2013 Copa Libertadores title during his first spell as manager. "To be champions and to win it the way we did was everything we wanted to crown what has been a great year."
Veteran forward Hulk, who has scored 33 goals in all competitions since joining Atletico from Shanghai SIPG in January, was overjoyed at clinching his first Brazilian league title.。
"I started my professional career here in Salvador when I arrived at Vitoria as a 16-year-old," the 35-year-old said. "To come back to where it all began and celebrate this title with a club that hasn't won for 50 years is a wonderful feeling." Enditem。
Ghana eliminated from African Women Cup of Nations******
ACCRA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Ghana's Black Queens will not be represented at next year's Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) despite beating the Super Falcons of Nigeria 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Super Falcons last week beat the Black Queens 2-0 in Lagos, Nigeria, and progress to the next round 2-1 on aggregate.
The Black Queens scored the only goal of the match through Princilla Adubea in the second half.
Despite the pressure on the away team, the Ghanaians were unable to score again from numerous chances to avoid elimination from the AWCON qualifiers. Enditem
Ancient city site discovered in central China******
ZHENGZHOU, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- A city site dating back to the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 B.C.) has been found in central China's Henan Province, with more than two dozen tombs and a significant number of artifacts recently excavated.。
Located in Taojiaying Village, Anyang City, the site measures 560 meters from east to west and 330 meters from north to south.。
"Based on the distribution of the site and unearthed items, it was an important city of the middle Shang Dynasty," said Kong Deming, director of the Anyang institute of cultural relics and archaeology.。
Archaeologists have so far excavated 27 tombs and unearthed 172 pieces of various items at the site, including more than 70 pieces of bronzeware, weaponry and tools, as well as pottery, jadeware and bone artifacts.。
In addition to the burial area, a living and production area was discovered at the city site, where kilns, wells and pits were unearthed.。
To the east of the site, archaeologists also found a ring trench with a length of approximately 330 meters from north to south and a width of approximately 300 meters from east to west, indicating the defensive nature of the site.。
Clear functional zoning within the site indicates the high standard of the city. The discovery is of great archaeological value to the study of culture during the Shang Dynasty, Kong said.。
The excavation was launched in April. Further archaeological survey is underway. Enditem。