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Slovakia held 2******
BRATISLAVA, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- Slovakia were held 2-2 at home by 10-man Slovenia on Thursday in Group H of the FIFA World Cup European qualifying tournament.。
Both teams have amassed 11 points from nine games, but Slovakia stay third thanks to having conceded one goal less than fourth-ranked Slovenia.。
The match in Trnava, Slovakia, was not going well for the home team as the Slovenians took the lead on 18 minutes when Andraz Sporar sent a precise center pass through the penalty area that landed on the head of Miha Zajc who nudged it into the goal of FC Fulham keeper Marek Rodak.。
The Slovaks had two solid scoring chances late in the first half, but Marek Hamsik's shot and Lukas Haraslin's effort were saved by Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.。
FC Cologne striker Ondrej Duda replaced Hamsik in the second half and he tied the game up in the 52nd minute, converting on a penalty kick awarded after a handball by Miha Blazic who was sent off on his second yellow.。
"I am happy about the goal but I would be happier about a victory. It was hard for us to score despite the man advantage. We had some promising opportunities towards the end but the ball didn't go in," said Duda in a post-game interview.。
Four minutes later, Slovenia managed to take the lead again with Miha Mevija's header on a corner kick.。
Slovakia increased the pressure and another substitute David Strelec tied the scores again with a bullet shot.。
Before the final round, Russia lead Group H with 21 points after crushing last-ranked Cyprus 6-0 on Thursday. Croatia are second with two points adrift of Russia after outscoring penultimate Malta 7-1 and keep a chance of advancing to the playoffs. Enditem。
CBA Roundup: Guangzhou smashes Xinjiang, Jiangsu defeats Qingdao******
ZHUJI, China, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Guangzhou Loong Lions smashed the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 117-102 while the Jiangsu Dragons secured an 82-79 narrow win over the Qingdao Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league here on Wednesday.。
Without Zhou Qi, the national team center who decided to join Australian basketball club South East Melbourne Phoenix during the offseason, Xinjiang is no longer the powerhouse in the league. As one of the top four in the precious regular season, they now only rank 13th with a 3-7 record after ten rounds.。
The two teams tied 26-26 in the first quarter, then the game became one-sided as Guangzhou outscored Xinjiang nine and 18 points respectively in the following two quarters to enjoy an early win.。
Abudushalamu led Xinjiang with 25 points and eight rebounds, while Guangzhou's Chen Ying-Chun shone with 21 points, four rebounds and career high 17 assists.。
In another game of the night, Jiangsu took an early lead over Qingdao in the first quarter by 15-2 after three consecutive three-pointers, finishing the first quarter 30-13. However, both teams suffered cold hand in the second quarter, Jiangsu scored only nine points while Qingdao had 10. The 23-point first half marked the lowest record in Qingdao's franchise history.。
Qingdao finished the third quarter by 59-51, and almost turned the table with a 10-0 run in the last period. Zhao Tailong hit a crucial three-pointer to cut the deficit to 80-79, but Shi Hongfei hit two free throws to extend the lead to three for Jiangsu before Wang Qingming missed the last-second three pointer attempt.。
Wu Guanxi had a game high 22 points and 14 rebounds for Jiangsu. Zhao led Qingdao with 21 points. Enditem。
Biden caught on mic insulting Fox scribe******
United States President Joe Biden was caught on a hot mic cursing a Fox News reporter at a White House event on Monday after the latter shouted a question about the impact of rising inflation on this year's congressional elections.
As journalists were ushered out of a meeting of Biden's Competition Council, Peter Doocy, a White House correspondent with whom Biden regularly spars, asked if it was OK to ask about inflation and if it was a political liability.
"That's a great asset, more inflation," Biden responded sarcastically over a din of reporters shouting questions, apparently not realizing his microphone was still on. "What a stupid son of a bitch," he added.
US consumer prices increased solidly in December, culminating in the largest annual rise in inflation in nearly four decades.
Within about an hour of the exchange, Biden called Doocy's cell phone and said "it's nothing personal, pal," Doocy later told Fox News host Sean Hannity.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment while Fox News pointed to a transcript of an interview with Doocy about the exchange on Monday evening.
Biden took office a year ago pledging to take a hard line on any disrespect among members of his administration.
"If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot ... no ifs, ands or buts," Biden told political appointees during a virtual swearing-in ceremony. "Everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity," he said at the time.
Biden's predecessor, Republican Donald Trump, famously attacked reporters at rallies and news conferences, to the delight of many of his supporters.
Doocy, who has long covered Biden, regularly gets called on by the president at events, often asking skeptical and critical questions. Conservative-leaning Fox News has been critical of Biden's presidency and Democrats.
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