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China sees more imported coronavirus cases despite restrictions

first_imgStill it has faced a continuous trickle of cases brought in by Chinese citizens wanting to return home in spite of risks of getting infected. In recent days, many of these have come back from Russia.The new cases in Shaanxi were all Chinese nationals who had returned on April 20 on a flight from Moscow that was diverted away from Beijing. As of Saturday, the flight had a confirmed total of 30 cases, and 8 asymptomatic infections, according to the provincial health commission.Read also: Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China: GovernorNo further details were given about the imported cases in Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia. The northern province announced Friday that it would start requiring all international arrivals to undergo a 28-day quarantine, as well as two tests for COVID-19 as well as an antibody test. China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi reported on Saturday seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, all in citizens returning home from Russia, even as domestic cases in the country were largely curbed.The port city of Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia also reported three new imported cases, without giving details.China has instituted stringent checks at its ports and border points, banning the entry of foreign nationals on March 28, and even diverting international flights from its capital city Beijing. China reported 12 new coronavirus cases on April 24, compared with six new cases on the previous day, National Health Commission data showed on Saturday.Of those, 11 were imported, compared with two the preivous day.The commission also reported 29 new asymptomatic cases, slightly down from the previous day’s 34. Four of these cases were imported.The total number of confirmed cases in China, where the virus first emerged in late December, is now 82,816. The death toll remained the same at 4,632, with no new deaths reported on April 24.Topics :last_img read more

Chelsea confirm Abramovich meeting

first_imgVillas-Boas was barracked by Chelsea fans at Everton on Saturday.Chelsea have confirmed that owner Roman Abramovich held a meeting with manager Andre Villas-Boas and his players on Sunday.The squad’s scheduled day off was cancelled after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton and they were instead told to report to the club’s Cobham training ground the following day.Abramovich’s recent visits to the Surrey training facility have increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat.AdChoices广告The Portuguese has acknowledged that he is likely to lose his job if the Blues fail to achieve Champions League qualification this season.They dropped out of the top four after the dismal display at Everton, which Villas-Boas described as their worst of the campaign.He has accepted responsibility for the result and faces an important period, with Chelsea playing Birmingham in the FA Cup this weekend and Napoli in the Champions League next week.Villas-Boas said: “I have to take all responsibility. I will reflect hard on my preparation of the [Everton] game and the things that I did to try to win the game.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Last time they played: Brand, Battier lead Blue Devils past Orangemen in Sweet 16

first_img Published on January 31, 2014 at 4:06 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Duke 80, Syracuse 67, March 21, 1998No. 5-seed Syracuse had a chance to upset No. 1-seed Duke and advance to the Elite Eight. 
The score was tied at 49 with 12:21 to go. SU was hanging around despite being the clear underdog. Duke’s roster was loaded with talented players Elton Brand, Shane Battier and Trajan Langdon. Syracuse had Jason Hart, Etan Thomas and Marius Janulis, but was outmatched on paper.The Orangemen didn’t let the difficult matchup faze them, and they nearly shocked the world. Duke (32-3) held SU off, though, beating Syracuse (26-9), 80-67, in front of 40,589 at Tropicana Field. Brand finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Battier added 14 and seven, and Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils used an 11-0 spurt to pull away in the second half. Duke’s offense averaged 85.1 points per game on the season, which was good for sixth in the country. But on Saturday, its defense was just as good. SU shot just 38.1 percent from the field and 61.9 percent from the line, struggling to generate any consistency against Duke’s aggressive defense. Syracuse finished with 16 turnovers, as the Blue Devils’ defense proved stymying when it mattered most.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor seven-and-a-half minutes, Syracuse was silenced. A 49-49 game quickly transformed into a 60-49 cushion for Duke. The game was nearly even the rest of the way, but it didn’t matter. Duke was going to the Elite Eight and the Orangemen were going home. Duke scored 40 points in both halves. Its consistent offensive output, coupled with steady defense, propelled it past SU. The Blue Devils pulled away thanks in part to a breakaway dunk by Chris Carrawell, who scored 10 points. Battier stole the ball and threw it up ahead to Carrawell, who flushed it home.William Avery hit a 3, which upped Duke’s lead during its pivotal run. Krzyzewski said Avery was crucial during the stretch and he helped Duke pull away. Duke burst out to a 14-5 lead at the start of the game, looking every bit the part of a No. 1 seed. SU had trouble converting around the basket, while the Blue Devils hit shots from all angles.The Orangemen embarked on a mini spurt, but Duke ensured SU never seized the lead. A 28-16 Duke advantage turned into a 28-24 game, thanks to an 8-0 run by SU. But the Blue Devils closed the half on a 12-6 tear to bump the lead back to double digits. Duke outrebounded SU by 11 and racked up more assists and blocks than the Orangemen. It was the kind of complete game necessary in the NCAA Tournament, and Duke’s superb all-around performance paved the way to victory.Jim Boeheim’s team couldn’t slow down the high-octane offense of Krzyzewski’s crew.Brand, who was the first pick in the 1999 NBA Draft the following year, was the best player on the floor. He dominated inside, hitting 10-of-14 field goals in 29 minutes. The Blue Devils fell to Kentucky, 86-84 in the next round, failing to advance to the Final Four. – compiled by Trevor Hass, asst. sports editor, tbhass@syr.edu, @TrevorHass Commentslast_img read more

Play It Forward Dec. 12-18: Odds are, 10-0 UCLA keeps the hot hand against Ohio State in Vegas

first_imgRanking top 10 sports events Dec. 12-18 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UCLA vs. OHIO STATEDetails/TV: At T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Saturday, noon, Ch. 2 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Here’s a time when the 10-0 and second-ranked Bruins can put some markers down in Vegas — three months before the Pac-12 Tournament returns there. And they’re arriving at a time when some are comparing their flash and dash to the Golden State Warriors. Seems fair and square. Thad Matta’s 8-2 Buckeyes, who have two losses by a total of four points, got past UConn by four in their last game on Saturday. OSU’s 7-foot junior Trevor Thompson had 17 points and 17 rebounds in that win, both season highs in each category, so it could be a tough assignment if the Bruins’ Thomas Welsh is to come back from a bruised knee injury.UCLA continues to lead the country in assists per game with a scoring average hovering around the 100-point mark. Add to that the Buckeyes are one of the nation’s worst free-throw shooting teams but made 7 of 8 in the last two minutes of their last victory. The co-headliner in this CBS Sports Classic event is Kentucky vs. North Carolina at 2:45 p.m.Also this week for UCLA: vs. UC Santa Barbara, Pauley Pavilion, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 NetworkAlso this week nationally: Temple at Villanova, Tuesday at 4 p.m., FS1; Texas A&M at Arizona, Saturday at 9 a.m., ESPN2; Purdue at Notre Dame, Saturday at 11 a.m., ESPN2; Butler vs. Indiana at Indianapolis, Saturday at 2 p.m., Big Ten Network; Gonzaga at Tennessee, Sunday at 1 p.m., ESPN2.center_img NO. 2: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPOPEN DIVISION: ST. JOHN BOSCO vs. DE LA SALLEDetails/TV: At Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium, Saturday, 8 p.m., Spectrum SportsNetWhen you’re banking on a quarterback named Re-al (as in Mitchell), maybe Bosco (12-2) is the real deal in another battle against the legendary team from Concord (11-1). In the 2013 state final, the Braves beat the Spartans 20-14 to cap a 16-0 season. De La Salle still has won a California-record seven state championships and, after all, there’s been a movie made about its program (“When The Game Stands Tall”)Other title games of note: Division 2-A: Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth vs. Serra of San Mateo, at Sacramento State, Saturday at noonDivision 3-AA: Paraclete vs. Menlo-Atherton, at Antelope Valley College, Saturday at 6 p.m.Division 4-A: St. Anthony of Long Beach vs. Pleasant Valley of Chico, at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, Saturday at 6 p.m.NO. 3: NBA: LAKERS at CLEVELANDDetails/TV: Saturday, 4:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNetThey might as well break out the Russian vodka and call it Timofey Mozgov Night in C-town. We’re not sure the Lakers current uninjured center, who was an interesting part of the Cavs’ 2016 NBA title run (enough to parlay it into a huge Lakers salary) will probably be picking up his championship ring during this trip. This middle stop in a seven-game Lakers road trip allows LeBron James, Kevin Love and coach Tyron Lue to hook up with their one-time comrade. The last time the Lakers won in Cleveland was a bizarre game in 2014 when Robert Sacre was allowed to re-enter the game despite fouling out because the Lakers ran out of players and Mike D’Antoni had no choice. In a 119-108 win, the Lakers also set a franchise record for 3-pointers, hitting 18 of 37.Also this week: The Lakers’ trip starts in Sacramento, Monday at 7:30 p.m., SpecSN and goes to Brooklyn, Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., SpecSN, and to Philadelphia, Friday at 5 p.m. SpecSNNO. 4: NFL WEEK 15: RAMS at SEATTLEDetails/TV: Thursday, 5:25 p.m., Ch. 4, NFL NetworkAt least there’s only a couple of days to wallow in the Week 14 failure against the Falcons before that misery will be replaced by a Week 15 squashing by the Seahawks, making Jeff Fisher the single losingest coach in NFL history. Yes, the 4-9 Rams do have a win in hand against the 8-4-1 Seahawks. But it seems so long ago.Also this week:NFL Week 14: Baltimore at New England, Monday at 5:30 p.m., ESPNNFL Week 15: Miami at N.Y. Jets, Saturday at 5:25 p.m., NFL Network; Tampa Bay at Dallas, Sunday at 10 a.m.; New England at Denver, Sunday at 1:25 p.m.; Oakland at San Diego, Sunday at 1:25 p.m., Channel 2; Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Channel 4NO. 5: CLIPPERS vs. PORTLANDDetails/TV: At Staples Center, Monday, 7:30 p.m., Prime TicketAnyone on the Blazers capable of a CP3-like 20-point, 20-assist, 0-turnover night? Oh, right. Damian Lillard, fourth in the league in scoring (27.8 ppg) and in the top 20 in assists per game (5.6). Lillard had 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in the Blazers’ season-opening 114-106 loss to the Clippers in Portland.Also this week: The Clippers’ have a three-game road trip at Orlando, Wednesday at 4 p.m., Prime Ticket; at Miami, Friday at 5 p.m., Prime Ticket, and at Washington, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Prime TicketNO. 6: BOXING: BERNARD HOPKINS vs. JOE SMITHDetails/TV: At the Inglewood Forum, Saturday, 7 p.m., HBO (delayed at 10 p.m.)A month shy of his 52nd birthday, Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) tries to make us recall how the former undisputed middleweight champ and two-time light-heavyweight title holder once performed. He says this is his farewell bout, and Golden Boy Productions (which he is a invested partner) plans to send him out in style. Hopkins, however, hasn’t fought since losing to light heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev two years ago. “Timing is everything, and I am doing it in my calculation,” said Hopkins. “I proved a bunch of people wrong already. There is no stone that has not been unturned, meaning that when I look back, I would have done everything that I wanted to.” Smith (22-1, 18 KOs) is 23 years younger than Hopkins and was born about three years after Hopkins’ first fight. The 10-fight card starts at 2 p.m.NO. 7: HORSE RACING: $100,000 LOS ALAMITOS WINTER CHALLENGEDetails/TV: At Los Alamitos Race Course, Saturday, TBD (first post, 1 p.m.)California Chrome, a prime contender for Horse of the Year despite getting edged by Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, gets this 1 1/16 mile prep race as the capper to a short-but-sweet eight-day winter meeting. Before Chrome goes to stud, he’s targeted to finish his racing career in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has never raced at Los Alamitos, the track where he has been based since January 2014.NO. 8: NHL: KINGS at PITTSBURGHDetails/TV: Friday, 4 p.m., NBCSNThe spotlight game (and national TV exposure) in the middle of a nine-game road trip sends the Kings to the current holders of the Stanley Cup, who’ve posted an 11-2-1 mark thus far on their home ice. The Kings outlasted the Pens, 3-2, on Nov. 2 at Staples Center on Nic Dowd’s overtime goal on Marc-Andre Fleury.Also this week for the Kings: at Buffalo, Tuesday at 4 p.m., FSW; at Detroit, Thursday at 4:30 p.m., FSW; at Boston, Sunday at 10 a.m., FSW. Gary Thorne is in for Bob Miller doing play-by-play on this part of the road trip.Also this week for the Ducks: A six-game road trip begins at Dallas, Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., Prime Ticket; at Boston, Thursday at 4 p.m., Prime Ticket; at Detroit, Saturday at 4 p.m., Prime Ticket.NO. 9: COLLEGE BASKETBALL: USC vs. TROYDetails/TV: At Galen Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 NetworkAt one point, the USC band members will strike up the school fight song known as “Tribute to Troy.” Just to mess with the opponents.Also this week for Southern California schools:Long Beach State: at Oregon State, Saturday at 8 p.m., Pac-12 NetworkCal State Northridge: vs. Bethesda, at the Matadome, Friday at 7 p.m.Loyola Marymount: vs. University of Incarnate Word, Gersten Pavilion, Saturday at 4 p.m.Pepperdine is off.NO. 10: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: BOWL SEASON BEGINSLAS VEGAS BOWL: SAN DIEGO STATE vs. HOUSTONDetails/TV: At Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 7A spot in this game is usually reserved for a Pac-12 school, but funny thing: The conference had just six teams bowl-eligible. Because Washington was pushed into the Final Four, the pecking order ended up with no one left to visit Vegas. Instead, the 10-3 Aztecs, with back-to-back 10-win seasons for the first time since 1969, step in as the Mountain West champs and running back Donnel Pumphrey needs 109 yards rushing to pass Ron Dayne (6,397) to become the NCAA career rushing leader.Also Saturday: AFR Celebration Bowl at Atlanta (N.C. Central vs. Grambling State), 9 a.m., Channel 7; New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque (UTSA vs. New Mexico), 11 a.m., ESPN; AutoNation Cure Bowl at Orlando, Fla. (Arkansas State vs. UCF), 2:30 p.m., CBSSN; Camellia Bowl at Montgomery, Ala. (Toledo vs. Appalachian State), 2:30 p.m., ESPN; New Orleans Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans (Southern Mississippi vs. Louisiana-Lafayette), 6 p.m., ESPNALSO:NCAA WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL FINALDetails/TV: At Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, 6 p.m., ESPN2It’s aligned for a Big Ten celebration as top seed Nebraska, which faces Texas in the Thursday semifinals (6:30 p.m., ESPN2), could meet up with second-seed Minnesota, which takes on Stanford in the other semi (4 p.m., ESPN). In the latest rankings before the tournament, the Gophers (29-4), who eliminated UCLA in the quarterfinals, were ranked No. 1 ahead of conference champion and No. 2 Cornhuskers (31-2). last_img read more

Ipswich line up loan move for Palace midfielder

first_img1 Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has been linked with a second loan switch to Ipswich.The 20-year-old was a near ever-present for the Eagles during their promotion campaign in 2012/13, but he struggled for game time last term and was shipped out on loan ton Portman Road in February.He impressed for the Suffolk side and now it has been reported manager Mick McCarthy wants to take him for the second season running.Williams, who scored once in 13 Championship games last term, has appeared just twice for Palace since the summer. Jonny Williams in action for Ipswich against Watford last_img read more