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Chinese shuttler He Jiting retires from Denmark Open******
ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- After losing his men's doubles match at the BWF Denmark Open, Chinese shuttler He Jiting retired from the tournament here on Wednesday due to injury.
He and former partner Tan Qiang had a 5-0 record against Japan's Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi across previous encounters, but were outclassed by the same opponents on Wednesday in straight sets 21-13, 21-10.
"I was a bit exhausted, but that's not an excuse, because our opponents are the same. It's fair," said 23-year-old He.
"I did not play much in the cup games, maybe I rested too long," said Tan, "We were not feeling right until the second set, but it's too late."
Paired with Liu Xuanxuan in the mixed doubles, He announced his retirement from the tournament while trailing 6-1 in the first set to Malaysian duo Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.
Liu progressed to the round of 16 in the women's doubles with partner Xia Yuting, overpowering the Canadian duo Rachel Honderich and Kristen Tsai 21-11, 21-19.
20-year-old talent Feng Yanzhe, paired with Du Yue in his BWF tournament debut, edged India's pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-17, 14-21, 21-11 in the mixed doubles.
Lu Guangzu had a good start in his men's singles match against Brice Leverdez but missed a key point and lost the first set 23-21. Undeterred, the 25-year-old raised his game against his French opponent and grabbed the following two sets 21-10, 21-6.
"It's a real challenge to play so many tight games in a row," said Lu, "I'm feeling tired and a bit relaxed after the Sudirman Cup and Thomas Cup tournaments. It's important to keep a good mentality."
He Bingjiao won in straight sets against Singapore's 22-year-old Yeo Jia Min 21-14, 21-17 in the first encounter between them, booking a berth in the second round.
Wang Zhiyi edged Iris Wang of the United States 21-19, 22-20. In the women's singles match between Han Yue and Sayaka Takahashi, the 22-year-old Chinese lost their fifth encounter 21-15, 18-21, 16-21.
"It looks like I couldn't keep up with Sayaka today," said Han, "I felt the shuttle speed was a bit fast, or maybe it's because I haven't played for a while. I was impatient to counterattack and the moves are just not right." Enditem
Lazio draw with Udinese in 8******
ROME, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Lazio and Udinese played out a 4-4 Serie A game, an end-to-end thriller which saw three red cards, a comeback and a late equalizer, on Thursday.。
Lazio entered the Stadio Olimpico with two consecutive defeats in Serie A and needed a win to keep pace on the table.。
However, a pair of strikes from Beto gave the away side a 2-0 advantage after 32 minutes, despite Ciro Immobile pulling one goal back minutes later. Nahuel Molina's low strike later put Udinese in charge firmly at the interval.。
However, the Biancocelesti fought back after the break and got back on level terms in a matter of five minutes thanks to goals from Pedro and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.。
Lazio was one player down in the 56th minute when Patric Gabarron collected his second yellow card while 12 minutes later Udinese was also cut to 10 men after Molina's collision with Stefan Radu.。
The home side turned around the game in the 78th minute, as a free-kick found Francesco Acerbi to finish with a header.。
In a long-time stoppage, Immobile had scored one but was ruled out due to offside.。
Deep into the stoppage, a set-piece was taken short for Tolgay Arslan, who smashed in a first-time strike on the edge of the box, helping Udinese snatch a precious point.。
It was not over yet, Udinese had another player sent off as Walace saw red for taunting during the celebration.。
Also on Thursday, Torino squandered a 2-0 lead and settled for a 2-2 stalemate with Empoli. Enditem。
River Plate rout Argentinos Juniors to extend Primera Division lead******
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Julian Alvarez scored one goal and set up another as leaders River Plate romped to a 3-0 home win over Argentinos Juniors in Argentina's Primera Division on Monday.
Bruno Zuculini opened the scoring at the Monumental with a 30-yard drive that went in off the underside off the cross bar.
The hosts doubled their lead when Alvarez slotted a low first-time shot past Federico Lanzillota after Braian Romero's unselfish layoff on the counter-attack.
Alvarez returned the favor two minutes later by setting up Romero for an easy tap-in after another fast break.
River are now nine points ahead of second-placed Talleres Cordoba while Argentinos Juniors are in 14th place, 18 points behind the leaders.
In other Primera Division fixtures on Monday, Independiente won 1-0 at home to Union Santa Fe, Talleres drew 3-3 at Lanus, Atletico Tucuman were held to a 2-2 home draw by Patronato, Sarmiento prevailed 2-1 at home to Newell's Old Boys and Aldosivi secured a 2-1 home win over Arsenal Sarandi. Enditem