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Douglas Costa to stay at Gremio despite relegation threat******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Former Juventus and Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa said Monday that he plans to remain at Gremio next year, even if the two-time Brazilian Serie A champions are relegated to the country's second tier.。
A 3-1 home defeat to Palmeiras on Sunday left Gremio 19th in the 20-team top-flight standings, eight points from the safety zone with just 11 games remaining in the season.。
"I'm a guy who never throws in the towel," Costa said in a live discussion with fans on YouTube. "I go all the way. I have a contract for two more years and that's all that I'm thinking about. A lot of people like to speculate but I'm from here [Porto Alegre] and I'll continue to play here no matter what happens."
Costa has scored two goals and provided two assists in 19 league appearances since returning to his original club from Juventus in May.。
The 31-year-old bemoaned the team's inconsistency, which has continued under interim manager Vagner Mancini, who replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari in October.。
Gremio's next clash is an away league fixture against leaders Atletico Mineiro on Wednesday. Enditem。
Chernobyl nuclear plant disconnected from power grid as Russian, Ukrainian FMs to meet in Turkey******
A safe confinement covering the fourth block of Chernobyl Nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on April 15, 2021.
The Ukrainian state-run energy company Ukrenergo said Wednesday that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine has been disconnected from the power grid.
"The nuclear power plant in Chernobyl was fully disconnected from the power grid. The nuclear station has no power supply," Ukrenergo said in a statement on Telegram.
Military actions in the area are in progress so there is no possibility to restore the power lines, it said.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Twitter called on the international community to press an urgent demand that Russia cease-fire and allow repair units to restore the power supply to the nuclear power plant.
"Reserve diesel generators have a 48-hour capacity to power the Chernobyl NPP (Nuclear Power Plant). After that, cooling systems of the storage facility for spent nuclear fuel will stop, making radiation leaks imminent," Kuleba tweeted.
Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov said on Wednesday that Ukraine's "nationalists" committed "an extremely dangerous provocation" by attacking the substation and power lines that feed the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Russian specialists have taken prompt measures to switch to backup diesel generators, he said at a briefing.
On Tuesday, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said that remote data transmission from the safeguards control systems installed at the Chernobyl plant has been lost.
However, the United Nations nuclear watchdog denied any critical safety risk after receiving the Ukrainian report about the loss of power at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Wednesday.
"Heat load of spent fuel storage pool and volume of cooling water at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant sufficient for effective heat removal without need for electrical supply," the IAEA said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The Chernobyl nuclear plant, some 110 km north of Kiev, suffered one of the worst nuclear accidents in human history on April 26, 1986.
On February 24, Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the Head of the President's Office of Ukraine, said Russian forces have seized the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers are expected to meet in Turkey's southern province of Antalya on Thursday on the sidelines of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The meeting is set to be held in a tripartite format, as part of Turkey's "intense effort" to bring both sides together.
Before the planned meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a phone conversation on Wednesday to explore political and diplomatic efforts toward a possible settlement of the Ukraine crisis.
Putin and Scholz discussed the results of the third round of negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations, the Kremlin said in a statement.
The leaders also paid special attention to humanitarian issues arising from the current situation, it said, adding that Putin briefed Scholz about measures taken to organize humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians.
Also on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on Washington to explain to the international community the purpose of the US-funded biological laboratories in Ukraine.
"We remember for how many years and with what bloody results the United States searched for various types of chemical, biological, bacteriological weapons and so on all over the world, actually occupying lands and killing people," the ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova told a briefing.
She said that Kiev has recently begun erasing traces of these biological programs.
"We received documentation from Ukrainian employees at the biological laboratories on the urgent destruction of especially dangerous pathogens, plague, anthrax, cholera and other deadly diseases on February 24," she said.
CBA Roundup: Guangdong crushes Beijing, Liaoning overwhelms Zhejiang******
ZHUJI, China, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Guangdong Southern Tigers beat the Beijing Ducks 92-80 for their third consecutive win, while the Liaoning Flying Leopards eased past the Zhejiang Lions 102-94 in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Sunday.。
Zhou Peng grabbed a team-high 21 points for Guangdong, with Yi Jianlian and Zhao Rui both adding 17 points.。
Guangdong started the game with a 6-0 run, but Beijing kept in close contact and only lagged behind by four points at the end of the first quarter. Guangdong duo Zhou and Zhao launched aggressive attacks to increase the gap to double digits, but Fan Ziming helped Beijing cut the deficit to just six points at the break.。
In the third quarter, Guangdong regained a 13-point advantage, which Beijing narrowed to 70-62 thanks to 3-pointers from Zhu Yanxi and Fang Shuo. The turning point came in the final period as Beijing lost their shooting accuracy, allowing Guangdong seal the victory after a 9-0 run.。
Elsewhere, the absence of point guard Guo Ailun did not stop Liaoning from pocketing an easy win over the Zhejiang Lions. The team strengthened their rhythm in the first quarter to take a 34-18 lead and kept their advantage at around 15 points until half-time.。
Entering the second half leading 54-39, Liaoning continued to dominate in the third quarter and extended their advantage to 86-65. With the game all but won, Liaoning head coach Yang Ming brought more young players onto the court, allowing Zhejiang to keep the final scoreline to a respectable 102-94.。
Liaoning's Kyle Fogg notched a game-high 25 points and three rebounds, followed by Zhang Zhenlin's 20 points and Zhao Jiwei's 16 points.。
With 13 rounds of matches played, Liaoning ranks first in the table with a nine-game winning streak, with Guangdong sitting in second place.。
Also on Sunday, the Guangzhou Loong Lions beat the Shandong Heroes 107-89, the Tianjin Pioneers thrashed the Jiangsu Dragons 97-77, the Jilin Northeast Tigers edged the Xinjiang Flying Tigers 88-86, and the Qingdao Eagles defeated the Fujian Sturgeons 99-91. Enditem。
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