"I've battled with Dani [Alves] for a place in the team and that has made me a better player. I'm playing well for my club, I'm happy, and I think that everything that I've experienced in football until now has given me what I need to be able to pay for Brazil's national team and have more continuity."
A pair of free throws from Guo extended Hebei's advantage to 10 points midway through the second quarter.
Another game on Friday saw Henan rallied to the end and claimed a 95-90 victory over Zhejiang. Henan center Zhang Lingge scored a game-high 27 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. Enditem
CHENGDU, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- 27 years since taking up basketball, including 16 years as a pro, Ji Yanyan is well aware of a palpable role that the sport plays in her 35 years of life.
Mexico beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam last week and face Algeria in the Hague on Tuesday. Enditem
The start of the race was done in smaller groups of a few hundred people, as opposed to the usual big launch of several thousand.
Gracia remains Valencia coach on Thursday morning, but for how long is still uncertain. Enditem
"Leo is happy to be in the national team and is doing well at his club now. From a distance, we wanted everything to be resolved so that he could start playing and get fit. For our part, I think it's positive that he has stayed because he has started to play. As for personal decisions, we don't get involved and we're not going to [comment]."
Liu Qi and Xu Nairui also contributed 12 and 11 points respectively for Daqing. "I told them to fight until the end no matter when leading or trailing. All their efforts have paid off," Ji said.
Triggering the fulfilment of the new generation's potential requires more encouragement and time.
Despite showing some of the quality that made Barcelona reportedly pay Liverpool 145 million euros to sign him, Coutinho is not interested in attracting the spotlight.