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Arsenal move to fourth after beating West Ham in Premier League******
LONDON, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Arsenal temporarily moved into fourth place in the Premier League after a 2-0 win at home to West Ham.。
Even though Arsenal had dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after stripping him of the captaincy, they were impressive in victory with goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe.。
Alexander Lacazette was given the captain's armband and also missed a penalty after Vladimir Coufal was sent off for a second yellow card, but Smith Rowe's late goal assured the win.。
Romain Saiss's goal in first-half injury time gave Wolves a 1-0 win away to Brighton, whose winless run stretched to 11 games thanks mainly to their inability to take their chances.。
Southampton took a valuable point from their visit to Crystal Palace with a 2-2 draw with Wilfred Zaha and Jordan Ayew netting for the home side, while James Ward Prowse and Armando Broja (netted for the visitors in which both sides had chances to take all three points.。
Manchester City remain leaders after Tuesday night's 7-0 thrashing of Leeds United in the Ethiad Stadium to make it seven consecutive Premier League wins to equal Liverpool's 1982 record of 32 league wins in a calendar year.。
Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Kevin de Bruyne, who scored twice, were all on target as City tore Leeds United apart.。
Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa continue their impressive recent form with a 2-0 win away to Norwich to frustrate Dean Smith's hopes of a quick revenge on the club that sacked him just a month ago.。
Ollie Watkins and Jacob Ramsey scored the goals as Villa took a comfortable win in Carrow Road. Enditem。
HK Nitra slip from top to third in Slovak ice hockey premier league******
BRATISLAVA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- HK Nitra squandered a 3-goal lead and lost to HC Kosice 5-3 in the Slovak ice hockey premier league on Friday, slipping from top to third after the second defeat in a row.
After the first period, things were looking good for HK Nitra, leading 3-0 against HC Kosice. But the visitors cut the deficit to two in the second period and then unleashed a barrage of four goals in the last to turn the game around.
In the nation's capital, Slovan Bratislava was having a hard time breaking the visitors from Trencin, going into the third period with a small 2-1 lead but then unleashed its full potential and with a storm of four goals in a row put the game away.
In the south of the country, HC Nove Zamky was intent on breaking the spell and snapping its four-game losing streak, but the biggest surprise of the season HK Dukla Michalovce was out of reach with a 5-3 win.
Last season's champions HKM Zvolen remain tied with fourth-ranked Kosice at 22 points after outscoring HK Spisska Nova Ves 4-3.
After struggling at the bottom of the standings for a while, HC Grotto Presov is climbing up, now at ninth place after winning its third game in a row. The newcomer edged out HC '05 Banska Bystrica 2-1. Enditem
Serbia welcomes Chinese Year of Tiger with fireworks, festival of lights******
Festive fireworks in front of the Sava Promenade, the most popular summer promenade with a length of 1.8 km, along the Sava River marked the beginning of the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, or the Year of Tiger, in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia on Monday.
The celebration was attended by Mayor of Belgrade Zoran Radojicic and charge d'affaires of the Chinese embassy to Serbia Tian Yishu.
Dragons, lanterns, Terracotta Warriors, and other colorful lights with Chinese characteristics were lit at the first minute of the first day (Beijing time) of the Chinese Year of Tiger. Together with the fireworks, the lights illuminated the night sky along the Sava River.
The landmark Belgrade Tower opened a light show, displaying the national flags of China and Serbia, and writing "Happy New Year" in both Chinese and Serbian languages.
Mayor Radojicic wished a happy new year to the Chinese people in a statement, saying that he wished "many positive changes in the whole world," as well as the success of the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing on February 4.
He recalled the friendship between Serbia and China, which, he said, resulted in many successful infrastructure projects, with many more to come in the future.
Representatives from China and Serbia also presented the Beijing 2022 mascots Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon to the audience at the opening ceremony.
It was the fourth consecutive year to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, the second largest city of Serbia.
Drama and chaos on Day 3 at ISU Short Track World Cup******
BEIJING, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The 2021-22 season ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup witnessed a series of restarts, false starts and penalties, as none of the four finals finished in a clean run but a world record in the semifinal here on Saturday.
Semen Elistratov of Russia took the men's 1,500m gold after experiencing one restart each in both semifinals and final. World record holder and reigning Olympic champion Wu Dajing of China was ruled out of the men's 500m final for a second false start.
World record holder and Olympic gold medalist Choi Min-jeong led a group of three South Koreans in the women's 1,500m final to take the top three positions on the second-last lap after frequent lead changes.
It looked as if South Korea would have swept the podium with only half a lap to go but as they entered the last corner, Kim Ji-yoo's late change from the inside out caused contact with compatriot Choi, bringing both of them out of the play.
Third-placed Lee Yu-bin became the leader and claimed the gold in an unexpected way. Courtney Sarault of Canada and Kristen Santos of the United States took the silver and bronze, respectively.
The men's 1,500m saw one restart in the semifinals of Group 2, where the referee called back the race with only one lap to go as Frenchman Quentin Fercoq failed to stand up after being brought out of the track. World Cup winner Ren Ziwei of China, who almost took the win in the first run, failed to qualify for the final after the restart.
In the final, Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary was penalized for causing contact as he tried to pass from the inside on the 12th lap with only one and a half laps to go, which brought down four skaters and led to another restart on the day.
Sun Long of China took a do-or-die tactic after the restart as he burst out of the crowd and sped up only half a lap into the race, which seemed as if he was trying to take a full lap lead on his opponents, with only Stijn Desmet of Belgium joining.
Four laps later, Sun ran out of strength and soon fell to last. Desmet then took the lead for another five laps but was caught by the rest of the skaters.
An Kai of China overtook Desmet from the outside as they entered the third-last lap but it was Elistratov who crossed the finishing line first in his fourth run within an hour. Adil Galiakhmetov of Kazakhstan finished second, An placed third.
"This is an amazing victory," said Elistratov. "We trained very hard and I am grateful that the effort paid off today. I want to thank the Chinese people who paid tribute to all the athletes."
"The Olympic gold medal will only go to someone who really deserves it and someone who works honestly," the Russian added. "I really like this venue and I'll try my best to come here again during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics."
In the women's 500m, all Chinese athletes, including Qu Chunyu, Fan Kexin and Zhang Yuting qualified for the semifinals but nobody made it to the final.
A third restart of the day took place in the women's 500m final as Natalia Maliszewska of Poland stumbled on lap three in the leading position, while another three skaters went down later on the same lap.
In the restart, Maliszewska didn't let the chance slip away and performed a wire-to-wire win. Arianna Fontana of Italy and Choi took the silver and bronze respectively.
In the men's 500m, Wu, along with Canadian Jordan Pierre-Gilles, was penalized for a second false start, meaning that the three skaters remaining on the ice would each secure a medal even before the race started.
Hungarian Liu had no trouble leading from the beginning to the end to claim the gold, while his countryman John-Henry Krueger bagged the silver, Denis Nikisha of Kazakhstan took the bronze.
"It's a pity that I got penalized for a second false start," Wu said. "I did well in the previous rounds and I will work harder."
In the women's 3,000m relay semifinals, the Netherlands renewed the world record created by themselves at the PyeongChang Winter Games, with a time of four minutes and 02.809 seconds.
Team China advanced into the finals of both men's and women's relays to be held on Sunday. "We are aiming for the gold tomorrow in both the men's and women's races," said Ren. "We will do well on ourselves and focus on the details." Enditem