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China's Lu Guangzu claims big scalp in badminton Worlds******
MADRID, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's Lu Guangzu sprang a big surprise in the TotalEnergies BWF World Badminton Championships on Tuesday when he defeated number four seed Chou Tien-Chen in three sets to book his place in the last 16.。
Lu's performance showed great resilience as he fought back after losing the first set 21-14 to claim the second set 21-15 to level the tie and then repeat that 21-15 score in the decisive third set.。
"Chou is a very tough player. All I can do is to fight every point, so I tried to keep the rallies long rally to look for opportunities. I started badly in the first set, but then I was patient and played the strategies of my own," said Lu.。
"I was strong in the second set and hit a lot of sharp smashes. I was thinking I don't need to save energy for the following matches because there won't be any following matches if I lost. And it worked," he said.。
Lu will now face number 12 seed Kidambi Srikanth, who ended Li Shifeng's adventure in Spain after a tough battle 15-21, 21-18, 21-17 after Li won the first set and was in with a chance of qualifying for the last 16 until the last moment of a tightly fought game.。
"Kidambi is very experienced player and I believe he was taking full advantage of his experience to beat down Li today. I have never beaten him before but I'll be well prepared for the tough game. Hopefully I can make some breakthroughs just like today," said Lu.。
In the women's singles, He Bingjiao moved into the last 16 after beating Marie Batomene of France in straight sets 21-12, 21-15,
China's number one seeds, Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan strolled into the last 16 with an easy 21-11, 21-4 victory over the Peruvian pairing of Ines Castillo and Paula La Torre.。
Ng Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting also progressed after defeating 16th seeds Amalie Magelund and Freja Ravn, 21-16, 21-18. Enditem。
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Pique turns striker to keep Barca's Champions League hopes alive******
MADRID, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Gerard Pique's 36th minute goal gave FC Barcelona a nervy 1-0 win at home to Dinamo Kiev to keep alive their hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League last 16.
The central defender peeled off and found space to smash home Jordi Alba's cross from the left to give his side the lead in a game they had to win after losing 3-0 to both Bayern Munich and Benfica.
Until that moment the fans in a Camp Nou stadium that again failed to attract 50,000 supporters had begun to show their frustration, after seeing Sergino Dest and Luuk de Jong miss chances to put the Catalans ahead.
De Jong was preferred in attack to Ansu Fati, who Barca coach Ronald Koeman had said prior to the game was still not fit enough to start three games in a week, and the big Dutch striker had a complicated first half.
He headed wide from six meters out after 18 minutes, and seven minutes later rose to meet a Memphis Depay corner, but once again failed to hit the target.
Dest was also guilty of missing a header before firing straight at the keeper when he had the goal at his mercy.
Fati and Philippe Coutinho came on for De Jong and Oscar Mingueza for the start of the second half to allow Dest to drop back into defense and Fati went close with an overhead kick.
Kiev struggled to create much in attack, although Pique did well to block an effort from Viktor Tsyhankov following a set piece.
Coutinho had a good chance to ensure the win for Barca with just under 20 minutes to play but sliced his effort wide, although Barca held on for a win which, although far from convincing, means they keep their Champions League hopes alive ahead of Sunday's 'Clasico' against Real Madrid. Enditem
Omicron found in nearly one******
Groups of people line up to get tested for COVID-19 in Times Square on December 5 in New York City.。
The Omicron variant of thecoronavirus has spread to about one-third of US states, butthe Delta version remains the majority of COVID-19 infections ascases rise nationwide, US health officials said on Sunday.。
Though the emergence of the new variant has caused alarmworldwide, Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseaseofficial, told CNN "thus far it does not look like there's agreat degree of severity to it." He added that it was too earlyto draw definitive conclusions and that more study is needed.。
Fauci, US President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser,said he also hoped the United States would lift its ban ontravelers from southern African countries in a "reasonableperiod of time."The South African government has complained it is beingpunished – instead of applauded – for discovering the newvariant and quickly informing international health officials.。
Fauci, in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union,"praised South Africa for its transparency and said the UStravel ban was imposed at a time "when we were really in thedark" and needed time to study the variant.。
At least 16 US states have reported Omicron cases:California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland,Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, NewYork, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, according toa Reuters tally.。
Many of the cases were among fully vaccinated individualswith mild symptoms, although the booster shot status of somepatients was not reported.。
Despite several dozen Omicron cases, the Delta variant stillaccounts for 99.9 percent of new COVID cases in the United States,CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC News in aninterview.。
"We are everyday hearing about more and more probable casesso that number is likely to rise," she said.。
The United States over the last seven days has averaged119,000 new cases a day and lost nearly 1,300 lives to COVID-19 each day, according to a Reuters tally.。
Louisiana currently has one Omicron case from an individualwho traveled within the United States, its health departmentsaid on Sunday.。
On Saturday, it said a Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltdcruise ship set to dock in New Orleans with more than3,000 passengers found 10 cases of COVID-19 on board.。
Officials said passengers on the Norwegian Breakaway, whichstopped in Belize, Honduras and Mexico, would be tested andgiven the CDC's post-exposure and quarantineguidelines.。
The emergence of the new variant has sharply curtailed thenumber of energy executives and government ministers planning toattend the four-day World Petroleum Congress in Houston thisweek, which had already been rescheduled from 2020.。
But travel restrictions and worries over the new variant sawenergy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Qatar,Argentina, Equatorial Guinea, Greece, Turkey and Romania bowedout, WPC officials said on Sunday.。
Governors of two states with reported Omicron cases –Connecticut and Colorado – said they hoped theirhigher-than-average vaccination rates would blunt the impact.。
"We want to see how well the vaccinations hold up,"Colorado's Jared Polis told ABC.。
As US Omicron cases emerge, COVID-19 vaccine makers aim toquickly tweak their shots to target the variant and USregulators have vowed speedy reviews, but that could still takemonths.。
"Certainly, FDA (Food and Drug Administration) will moveswiftly and CDC will move swiftly," Walensky said.。
Moderna Inc has targeted US approval of anupdated vaccine as soon as March, but company officials onSunday said it will still take time to increase output.。
Moderna Co-founder and Chairman Noubar Afeyan told CNN itwould take another seven to 10 days to gather key data. Then, it"will take a good 60 to 100 days" to deploy an Omicron-specificshot, although other options like a higher dose of the currentbooster are being explored, he said.。
US government officials are also working with Pfizer Incand Johnson & Johnson on updated shots, whilePfizer and Merck & Co Inc are pursuing COVID-19 pilltreatments.。