Hyundai defeats Shenhua, Guoan advances in AFC Champions League


Choi Kang-Hee (R), head coach of Shanghai Shenhua FC, and player Feng Xiaoting attend the press conference ahead of the group F match between Shanghai Shenhua of China and Ulsan Hyundai FC of South Korea at the AFC Champions League 2020 in Doha, capital of Qatar, Dec. 2, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

Beijing Guoan sailed into the knockout stage in AFC Champions League while Shanghai Shenhua lost to Ulsan Hyundai.

DOHA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) — Ulsan Hyundai defeated Shanghai Shenhua 4-1, while Beijing Guoan drew with Chiangrai United 1-1 to end its sixth winning streak in the 2020 AFC Champions League group stage here on Thursday.

Beijing Guoan progressed to the knockout stage as the leader of Group E while Shenhua failed to advance standing third in Group F.

Hyundai established advantage just two minutes into the game. With continuous pass near the box, striker Park Jeong-In seized an opportunity to launch a long-range shot. Shenhua goalkeeper Li Shuai strived to defend, but his efforts were meaningless.

In the 23rd minute, Hyundai enlarged the gap thanks to defender Lee Sang-Hun’s tap-in directly facing Li in front of the goal.

Shenhua’s Giovanni Moreno made a breakthrough at the bottom line of the box and converted a cross to Bi Jinhao, who volleyed to pull one back.

In the 74th minute, Kim In-Sung dribbled through Stephane M’Bia but fell down when disturbed by Li, which was later awarded a controversial penalty. Bjorn Maars Johnsen made it 3-1, who scored a second goal after 15 minutes to seal the victory for Hyundai.

Elsewhere, though Guoan made several attempts, the first half of the game still witnessed a goalless one.

Fernando (L) of Beijing Guoan FC vies with Shinnaphat Leeaoh of Chiangrai United during the Group E match between Beijing Guoan FC of China and Chiangrai United of Thailand at the AFC Champions League 2020 in Doha, capital of Qatar, Dec. 3, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

It was not until the 55th minute when the deadlock was broken. Chiangrai midfielder Rosimar Amancio rolled the ball back to Ekanit Panya who broke into the box from the left flank. The latter got through defender Yang Fan and contributed a low shot to help Chiangrai take a lead.

After losing several chances to cut the deficit, Zhang Xizhe’s corner kick found Yang who converted a header to the front of the goal in the 76th minute. Alan Douglas Borges de Carvalho, without any defense, made another header to tie the score.

In the other games, FC Tokyo edged off Perth Glory 1-0, while Melbourne Victory beat Seoul FC 2-1. ■



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Justis Huni defeats Arsene Fosso, Olympics, heavyweight champion, hype is real


Australian champion Justis Huni’s rise through the heavyweight has continued with a stunning fourth round victory over Arsene Fosso with a dominant performance.

Fosso had three fights with three KOs, but Huni’s second professional victory and first Australian title defence has bolstered his rapidly rising standing in the sport.

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Huni made history in his first pro fight by winning the Aussie title and now has an ambitious 2021 schedule coming up.

With fights against former WBA world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne next July, which has been signed, as well as a fight against Alex Leapai and Herman Ene-Purcell all before the Olympics, where he is a gold medal hope in the heavyweight division, Huni could make his mark on the world stage sooner rather than later.

While Fosso wasn’t impressed by the referee waving off the fight, it appeared inevitable when Fosso was asked “have you had enough?” at the end of the third round.

Fosso had come out of the blocks hard, with Huni’s nose bleeding throughout the first round. But the defending Australian champ delivered some huge uppercuts to keep Fosso on the back foot with Huni’s speed and power rocking the Cameroonian asylum seeker.

Fosso was one of five Cameroonian athletes who competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, who then disappeared from the athletes’ village after choosing not to give up gay teammates.

Huni took advantage in the third as Fosso tired with the champ delivering some withering combinations with his speed taking its toll on the challenger.

Referee Phil Austin stepped in when a Huni countered with two strong punches in the fourth.

“All one way traffic from Justis Huni,” commentator Ben Damon said. “Arsene Fosso may not like the stoppage but there was nothing coming back. And it was a masterclass from Justis Huni who had it all his own way.”

Huni was humble post fight and said “it was a good performance”.

He also said it was a good stoppage.

“It is what it is,” he said. “The boxers safety comes first so I think it was a good stoppage and he lives to fight another day.”

The rest of the card delivered plenty of good boxing.

The co-main event went the distance with Isaac Hardman becoming the IBF Australasian and WBO Oriental Middleweight champion in a majority decision despite being expected to come away with a commanding victory.

Arguably the fight of the night came when Ben Kite knocked out Danny Kennedy for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight and to maintain his Australian Welterweight title.

Both men were left bloodied in the final

Teremoana Junior, a man who held a 1-1 record with Huni in amateurs, made short work of Drew Jackson with a second round TKO, Andrew Hunt knocked Luke Woods out with a shot that left his opponent stumbling, while Shannon O’Connell also dominated her way to the Commonwealth Women’s Bantamweight title over Kori Farr.

HUNI-FOSSO FULL CARD

— Justis Huni defeated Arsene Fosso by TKO (1.07, 4th round) for the Australian Heavyweight title

— Issac Hardman defeated Tej Singh by majority decision (97-93 Hardman, 96-96, 98-92 Hardman) for the IBF Australasian and WBO Oriental Middleweight title

— Ben Kite defeated Danny Kennedy by TKO (0.28, 10th round) for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific Welterweight and the Australian Welterweight Titles

— Teremoana Junior defeated Drew Jackson by TKO (1.40, 2nd round) – Heavyweight

— Andrew Hunt defeated Luke Woods by TKO (2.11, 3rd round) – Welterweight

— Shannon O’Connell defeated Kori Farr by unanimous decision (99-89, 98-90, 100-89) for the Commonwealth Women’s Bantamweight Title



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Guoan defeats Melbourne, Tokyo edges Shenhua


DOHA, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) — Beijing Guoan defeated Melbourne Victory 2-0, its fourth consecutive victory in Group E while FC Tokyo edged Shanghai Shenhua 2-1 in Group F in the AFC Champions League (ACL) here on Friday.

Prior to kickoff, Guoan and Melbourne gathered in the center of the pitch to mourn the passing of legendary football star Diego Maradona.

Nine minutes after the game kicked off, Renato Augusto’s long pass from the left side found Wang Gang on the right of the box. The latter rolled the ball back to Jonathan Viera Ramos, who volleyed through the middle to make it 1-0 for Guoan.

Before the end of the first half, Viera crossed the ball into the box from the left flank. Zhang Yuning snatched the ball and turned around for a low shot, which hit the post and bounced into the net.

The second half witnessed several Guoan attempts to enlarge the gap but their efforts were denied either by the goalkeeper or the post. Though Guoan failed to score another goal, the team still qualified for the knockout stage.

After a goalless first half in the battle between Shenhua and Tokyo, Tokyo broke the deadlock in the 57th minute through Leandro Montera’s volley.

In the 81st minute, Taichi Hara’s precise cross gifted Shuto Abe a tap-in right in front of the goal to widen the margin.

Five minutes later, thanks to Liu Ruofan’s breakthrough on the right, Giovanni Moreno smashed in a volley to pull one back, but there was not enough time for Shenhua to level the scores.

Elsewhere, Chiangrai United beat FC Seoul 2-1 in Group E, while Ulsan Hyundai overcame Perth Glory 2-0 in Group F.



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State of Origin 2020: Josh Addo-Carr, Corey Allan hit, Phil Gus Gould, fastest man on the planet, Queensland defeats NSW


Josh Addo-Carr might not be the fastest man on the planet.

And by the letter of the law Corey Allan’s professional foul on the Blues winger in the 77th minute of NSW’s 20-14 defeat in the Origin decider might not have been a penalty try.

But even the most one-eyed Maroons supporter has to admit Queensland dodged a bullet when Allan took out the Melbourne Storm flyer 15m from the try line.

Replays showed Addo-Carr was clearly in front of Cameron Munster, Valentine Holmes and Harry Grant in the race for the ball, which appeared to bounce nicely, making a clean gather by the NSW man highly likely.

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One man in no doubt was Channel 9’s Phil Gould, who called the moment like a broken record stuck on loop.





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Queensland defeats NSW, Daly Cherry-Evans, Paul Gallen ‘Worst team in Queensland history’


It wasn’t enough for Paul Gallen to lose almost every Origin series he played in – he had to ruin this one for the Blues too.

NSW entered this year as an unbackable favourite to win its third straight State of Origin series.

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Even a game one upset wasn’t enough to dent the confidence of former Blues like Gallen, who had been labelled the worst Queensland team in 40 years before the series.

After the Blues delivered a dominant win in game two, Gallen doubled down on the criticism agreeing the current Maroons were one of the weakest in the history of the game.

“I would much rather have played against this side than any of the teams I ever played (against). In the past 15-20 years, I’d probably say this is the worst team. There you go, let’s fire them up even more,” he said.

He added: “I look at the current side and they’ve got some great players, but I think as a team, when it comes down to ability, I don’t think they’ve got anywhere near the ability of the Blues, so I think it’s fair.”

Oh dear. Gal will be spending the rest of 2020 removing the egg from his face after Wayne Bennett and his baby Maroons made history with a 20-14 game three win.

Captain Daly Cherry-Evans couldn’t resist mentioning the swipe in a mic drop finish to his victory speech.

“On behalf of the worst ever Queensland team, thank you very much,” he said.

In the days before the big game, Cherry-Evans agreed the sledge hurt a little bit.

He addressed the comments again in the post-match press conference.

“It probably motivated us all a little bit,” he said. “Wayne gave 14 people an opportunity to play for Queensland. None of them weren’t deserving of their opportunity. It’s probably a nice moment for us to sit there and think about it.

“The media can sometimes motivate you as a player but there was more than that tonight, we were playing for each other. That was just a nice little finish.”

NSW coach Brad Fittler distanced himself from the comments.

“I’m not sure who said it’s the worst team in history around NSW or our team,” he said.

“I think they did a great job. I think in Adelaide, coming from 10-0 down … I think where we lost the series, I’ve got to go back to the first half in Adelaide where we didn’t take advantage at all.”

Queensland blooded 14 debutants in the 2020 series after Bennett replaced Kevin Walters as coach a little over a month before the series began.

Cooper Cronk said it was “his greatest coaching performance”.

The result brings back memories of the 1995 series, when Queensland won 3-0 with a largely unheralded side under the tutelage of Paul Vautin.

The Maroons boilover was on at the start of the series when Queensland won 18-14 in Adelaide, before NSW bounced back with the 34-10 win in Sydney.

While the Blues had to face a Suncorp Stadium nearly full of Maroons fans in the decider, NSW were still huge favourites despite not having won a State of Origin decider in Queensland in 15 years.

But after injuries to James Tedesco early and Cody Walker late in the game, it proved a bridge too far for the Blues as the Maroons regained the Origin Shield for the first time in three years.



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Thiem defeats Tsitsipas at ATP Finals


Dominic Thiem has earned revenge with victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas as he launched the ATP Finals in London in impressive fashion.

It was a rematch of last year’s final, which Tsitsipas won on a deciding tiebreak to claim the biggest title of his career, and this time US Open champion Thiem came out on top in a 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-3 victory.

Much has changed in 12 months, of course, and there were just a smattering of people in the vast O2 arena to watch the contest, with the event being played behind closed doors.

If anyone can be said to have had a good 2020, then one of those few is certainly Thiem, who won a hard-fought first grand slam title in New York, having also reached the Australian Open final.

The 27-year-old is thought of as being at his best on clay but has transformed himself into one of the world’s leading lights on hard courts over the last couple of years.

The high point of Tsitsipas’ season was a run to his second slam semi-final at the French Open last month but since then he has been troubled by a leg injury.

It was the 22-year-old who was under the most pressure during a very close first set but he saved the three break points he faced and looked in control when he opened up a 5-3 lead in the tie-break.

But Thiem responded brilliantly to force a set point and then made Tsitsipas pay dearly for failing to put the ball away.

The first break of the match came for Tsitsipas in the third game of the second set, and he held onto his advantage to level things up.

Thiem, making a fifth consecutive appearance at the O2, stepped up his intensity at the start of the decider and was rewarded with a first break of the Tsitsipas serve to go 2-0 ahead.

Thiem kept his cool when it mattered to serve out the match after two hours and 18 minutes.

Prior to the match, Novak Djokovic had stepped out on court to receive his trophy for clinching the year-end No.1 ranking for a record-equalling sixth time.

Djokovic, who is also chasing a sixth ATP Finals title, begins his campaign on Monday against Andrey Rublev.



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Republican Burgess Owens Defeats Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams in Utah



Republican Burgess Owens proved victorious over his challenger, Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams, in Utah’s Fourth Congressional District for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

As of Friday night, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, the Salt Lake Tribune considered Owens’ 2,095-vote lead over McAdams to be “insurmountable.” The Tribune also noted that Owens had 47.50 percent of the vote on Friday compared to McAdams’ 46.93 percent.

“If Owens’ lead holds as those and any remaining ballots in Utah County are counted ahead of the final canvass next week, he will be one of two new members in Utah’s six-member congressional delegation,” the Tribune stated.

Owens’ campaigned focused heavily on the far-left’s “socialist policies” and extreme “Marxists.”

Earlier this year, in May, Owens said that he must take back Utah’s Fourth Congressional seat in an attempt to help Republicans “take back our country.”

Owens, a former Oakland Raiders Superbowl Champion, has also been very critical of Colin Kaepernick and his decision to kneel during the national anthem before football games.

“We have a responsibility as we pass the torch down to the next generation, and there is an example of someone we all respect: Kobe,” Owens told Breitbart News in February. “There is a difference in Kobe’s approach to life, and maybe some other athletes who don’t quite get it.”

Owens added:

My generation has dropped the ball. We have allowed the socialists and Marxists to get in our school systems and teach our kids a different way than we were brought up. Kaepernick is a good example. In today’s society, our greatest enemy is socialists and Marxists who lay in wait and attack our most vulnerable. In this case, you have kids going to school fresh-eyed and excited about life and looking forward to a great future, but they come out anti-American Marxists.

Up until Owens’ success, Utah’s Fourth Congressional District was one of 30 districts represented by a Democrat that President Donald Trump had won in 2016.

In the same district’s 2018 race, McAdams narrowly defeated incumbent Rep. Mia Love (R) by 700 votes.

Owens’ victory marks the twelfth seat in the House of Representatives to be flipped from Democrat to Republican on Election Day.

Other candidates and districts where Republicans were successful this year include CA-39: Young Kim; CA-48: Michelle Steel; FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar; FL-26: Carlos Gimenez; IA-01 Ashley Hinson; MI-03: Peter Meijer; MN-07: Michelle Fischbach; NY-11: Nicole Malliotakis; NM-02: Yvette Herrell; OK-05: Stephanie Bice; and SC-01: Nancy Mace.

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Brexit: Government suffers huge defeats as top Tories join attacks on ‘ridiculous and immoral’ bill | Politics News


The House of Lords has voted to remove parts of the government’s Brexit legislation that ministers have admitted will allow them to break international law.

In two votes, peers voted overwhelmingly (433 votes to 165, majority 268, and 407 votes to 148, majority 259) to strip out the controversial clauses in the UK Internal Market Bill.

The government has already vowed to reinstate them when the legislation returns to the Commons.

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Reacting to the defeats, a government spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that the House of Lords has voted to remove clauses from the UK Internal Market Bill, which was backed in the House of Commons by 340 votes to 256 and delivers on a clear Conservative manifesto commitment.

“We will retable these clauses when the bill returns to the Commons.

“We’ve been consistently clear that the clauses represent a legal safety net to protect the integrity of the UK’s internal market and the huge gains of the peace process.”

The bill, which has been condemned by critics both in Westminster and abroad, seeks to allow ministers to override the Withdrawal Agreement signed with the EU.

Former prime minister Sir John Major said the legislation had “damaged our reputation around the world”.

“Lawyers everywhere are incredulous that the UK – often seen as the very cradle of the Rule of Law – could give themselves the power to break the law,” he added.

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Speaking in the chamber earlier, former Tory leader Lord Howard said the UK would be setting a “lamentable example” if it breaks international law.

Lord Clarke, a former chancellor, said the legislation was “immoral”, describing it as “intrinsically ridiculous and deeply damaging”.

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Fox joined the criticism, telling the Lords: “A law-breaking government might have impressed President Trump.

“But when there is an Irish-American president in waiting, this bill is not a good look.”

Lord Falconer, a Labour peer and former lord chancellor, also warned over the impact of the US election result.

He said: “If these clauses were ever used they would be guaranteeing, as president-elect Biden has said, that the UK would go to the bottom of the pecking order with the US in Europe.

“Popular UK to Billy no-mates, all in 10 weeks from the 8th of September.”

Lord Newby, leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords, said the upper chamber was “within its constitutional right” to remove the clauses.

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“If we can’t take a view on a matter of deliberate law-breaking by the government we may as well pack up our bags now.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said a “primary function” of the Lords is to “defend the rule of law and to protect the balances of power and peace in our Union”.

As a result, he said the move by peers would have his “unqualified support”.

The fresh parliamentary row over the legislation is likely to again be closely watched in the US, where president-elect Joe Biden has previously warned about Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement becoming a “casualty” of Brexit.

The Financial Times has reported Mr Biden will stress this point during his first call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the coming days.

Speaking to Sky News earlier, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the government would stand firmly behind its legislation.



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AFL 2020: Mark Keane Collingwood, Gaelic football, Cork defeats Kerry, video, last-second goal, GAA, reaction, news


Collingwood’s Mark Keane has become an instant hero back home in Ireland, winning a Gaelic football final with the last kick of the game in his debut.

The 20-year-old, who made his AFL debut back in Round 9 this past season against Fremantle, returned home six weeks ago.

After seeking permission from the Magpies, Keane was named to play for Cork in the Munster semi-final against Kerry, with his side serious underdogs.

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