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World number 1 Zhendong wins first world title in table tennis
08:26: Chinese table tennis player Fan Jindong became the world champion for the first time in his career. No. 1 in the world was in Houston in the final with clear numbers too strong for Swede Trols Morigaard: 11-6 11-9 11-7 11-8.
Zhendong has always been No. 1 in the world, but at the 2017 World Cup and last summer at the Tokyo Olympics, he lost in the final to table tennis legend Ma Long. The 33-year-old Long was not in the United States. He has been the best in the last three World Cups.
China plays its own league in world table tennis. Austrian Werner Schlager was the last table tennis player from outside China to win the world title in 2003.
The only 19-year-old Mooregaard is ranked 77 in the world. He stunned Germany’s Timo Paul in the semi-finals.
Pelicans surprise Clippers in the NBA thanks to Lithuanian Valancionas
07:35 am: Jonas Valanciunas gave the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA a 39-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers. It went 123-104 for the Pelican visitor at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Lithuanian basketball player had the best night of his career and after the first two quarters he already had 29 points to his name. Thanks to the prolific Valanciunas, the Pelicans were already leading 67-52 at the halfway point.
Valanciunas was successful in the first seven attempts of a three pointer. The 29-year-old is the sixth NBA player since 1996-97 to see his first seven shots from distance that all turned into three first-half pointers.
Brandon Ingram had 27 points with the Pelicans and Herbert Jones 16. With the home team, Paul George was good at 27 points.
For the Pelicans, who had only one win in their first thirteen games, this was only their sixth victory of the season. They occupy the fourteenth place in the Western Conference. Clippers are fifth.
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