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China starts wind power, photovoltaic projects in deserts******
BEIJING, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- China has begun a series of large wind power and photovoltaic projects in its desert areas since mid-October, the country's top economic planner said Saturday.。
According to the National Development and Reform Commission, these projects are situated in north China's Inner Mongolia and northwest China's Gansu, Qinghai and Ningxia, with an installed capacity of nearly 30 million kilowatts.。
The commission said that promoting wind and photovoltaic power will help restore the ecosystems in desert areas, boost local economy, and contribute to the country's carbon-cutting endeavors.。
These projects are among the country's list for developing wind and photovoltaic power in desert areas. The total installed capacity is estimated to reach 100 million kilowatts if all projects on the list are completed. Enditem。
China's Zhang shocks Olympic champion Hashimoto to win all******
KITAKYUSHU, Japan, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese debutant Zhang Boheng beat Olympic champion Hashimoto Daiki by 0.017 points to win the men's all-around title at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships here on Friday.
Zhang, 21, competing in his first major international event, scored highest in the floor, vault and parallel bars and second-best in the horizontal bar and rings, collecting a total of 87.981 points. Hashimoto, who edged Zhang's teammate Xiao Ruoteng to second place at the Olympic Games, took the silver with 87.964 points.
"I am too excited to sleep tonight," said Zhang, who narrowly missed the Tokyo Olympics. "To beat Olympic champion Hashimoto and win the gold medal is a great achievement."
Zhang's title hope hung by a thread after he fell off the pommel horse, but after Hashimoto also slipped off the apparatus, the two gymnasts, who finished 1-2 in the qualifying campaign, returned to the starting point.
Zhang, who won the silver medal at the Chinese National Games in September, managed to build an advantage of 0.35 points after the fifth discipline of parallel bars before going to the final showdown in the horizontal bar, an event Hashimoto won at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
His landing was a little awkward, but the nearly perfect routine on the bar earned 14.800 points to give him a lead of 15.15 points over Hashimoto.
Hashimoto, 20, showed that it was his event, but his score of 15.133 was not enough.
"I think that as the Olympic champion, Hashimoto was under much more pressure than I am," Zhang told Xinhua.
"There must be a reason why I failed to win the gold medal," Hashimoto said. "That shows that I am not strong enough."
Ukraine's Illia Kovtun took the bronze with 84.899 points. Zhang's teammate Shi Cong finished sixth. Enditem
Panama, Peru to play January friendly******
PANAMA CITY, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Panama and Peru will meet in an international friendly next month as both teams prepare to resume their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns.。
The clash will be played on January 16 at Estadio Nacional in Peruvian capital Lima and will have a 4pm kickoff, according to a statement published on the Panamanian football federation's official website on Friday.。
Panama, who are currently fourth in the North, Central America and Caribbean zone (CONCACAF) qualifying standings, will use the match to fine-tune ahead of a triple-header of qualifiers.。
The Central American team will face Costa Rica on January 27, Jamaica on January 30 and Mexico on February 2.。
Peru, fifth in South America's CONMEBOL qualifying tournament, will meet Colombia on January 27 and Ecuador on February 1.。
The top three teams in CONCACAF will earn an automatic World Cup berth while the fourth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff.。
In the CONMEBOL region, the top four sides will book a direct ticket to football's showpiece event in Qatar and the fifth team will clinch a playoff spot.。
Panama and Peru have not played each other since a friendly in August 2014, when the latter prevailed 3-1 in Lima. Enditem。
Sevilla ride their luck to confirm candidacy for LaLiga title******
MADRID, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Sevilla rode their luck, especially in the first half, to win 1-0 away to Athletic Club Bilbao to confirm their candidacy for this season's LaLiga title.。
Thomas Delaney's magnificent 36th minute shot into the top corner of the goal -- Sevilla's only shot all game, gave his side all three points against a rival that hit the woodwork twice through Dani Garcia and Unai Vencedor and missed several other good chances to take at least a point from the game.。
Sevilla remain second in the league table, five points behind Real Madrid, while Athletic are eight games without a win.。
Valencia continue to climb the table, although coach Jose Bordalas was sidelined with COVID-19 for their 2-1 win at home to Elche.。
Elche were close to taking a vital point in their battle against relegation when Lucas Boye's 75th minute strike cancelled out Goncalo Guedes' powerful 23rd minute opener for the home side.。
Elche were looking for a winner but were caught out by Cristiano Piccini's powerful volley following a corner four minutes from time.。
The visitors thought they had equalized for a second time just moments later, but video images failed to clear up whether or not Guido Carillo's effort had crossed the line.。
Alaves striker Joselu scored the equalizing goal for his side and also overtook Javi Moreno as the club's all-time top scorer in LaLiga in the process as the side from Vitoria drew 1-1 at home to Getafe.。
Getafe led thanks to Enes Unal's 20th minute goal and looked as if they were going to hang on for three vital points until Joselu side-footed home from close range with just four minutes left.。
Levante remain without a win this season after a topsy turvy game saw them beaten 4-3 away to Espanyol.。
Sergi Darder put Espanyol ahead in the sixth minute, but in a chaotic game Levante turned it around thanks to Jorge de Frutos and Son and had chances to move further ahead before halftime.。
Raul de Tomas equalized for Espanyol four minutes into the second half and although Jose Luis Morales put Levante back in front in the 57th minute, that lead only lasted three minutes before Javi Puado drew Espanyol level and then scored the winning goal in the 76th minute.。
On Friday night Mallorca and Celta drew a game badly affected by strong winds 0-0. Enditem。