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Osasuna hold Real Madrid to goalless draw, Barca lose again******
MADRID, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid moved to the top of La Liga on goal difference from Sevilla, Real Betis and Real Sociedad after being held to a 0-0 draw at home to Osasuna on Wednesday night.
In the first 45 minutes, Real Madrid were limited by a serious defensive display by Osasuna's back five, and an insistence on constantly looking for Vinicius Jr as their main attacking outlet.
Jon Moncayola hit the post for Osasuna four minutes after the restart after good work from Chimy Avila, while at the other end, Karim Benzema smacked a curling shot against the woodwork.
Real Madrid continued to attack down the wings in the second half, but every ball they sent into the Osasuna penalty area was repelled by the visitors' rock-solid defense, and although Marcelo and Casemiro both went close in the final minutes, Osasuna claimed a point to show their current sixth place is no fluke.
Real Sociedad will return to the top if they take a point from their visit to Celta Vigo on Thursday.
FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was sacked after his side lost 1-0 away to Rayo Vallecano.
Radamel Falcao's 30th minute goal separated the two sides as Barca tried but failed to find an equalizer in the second half, with Memphis Depay seeing a 71st minute penalty well saved by Rayo keeper Stole Dimitrievski, who also claimed the rebound.
Sergio Aguero, Gavi and Luuk de Jong all went close for Barca, but Koeman's side failed to find an equalizer and have not won any of their last five away games this season.
Sevilla thought that Lucas Ocampos had scored a late winner to overturn Antonio Sanchez's first-half opener for Real Mallorca.
However, his strike was ruled offside and the two teams shared the points with Erik Lamela's powerful shot leveling for Sevilla 15 minutes from time.
Real Betis are also right in the battle for the top four after thrashing Valencia 4-1. Borja Iglesias put Betis 2-0 ahead, and although Gabriel Paulista's 39th minute goal gave Valencia brief hope, second-half strikes from German Pezzella and Juanmi rounded off a comfortable win for Betis.
Valencia have taken just three points from their last seven matches, and with games against Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad on the horizon, Jose Bordalas needs to see a rapid improvement.
Atletico and Real Sociedad both play on Thursday, while Tuesday saw Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao draw 1-1, while Alaves beat Elche 1-0 and Villarreal and Cadiz drew 3-3. Enditem
Hulk on target as Atletico Mineiro move closer to Brazil Serie A title******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Hulk continued his rich vein of scoring form on Sunday as leaders Atletico Mineiro edged closer to their first Brazilian Serie A title in 50 years with a 2-1 home victory over Cuiaba.
The Brazil international forward struck from close range to cancel out an early Nathan Silva own goal before Jair Rodrigues gave the hosts the lead by heading home after Guilherme Arana's cross.
Hulk, who joined Atletico Mineiro in January after parting ways with Shanghai SIPG, now has 25 goals from 54 matches across all competitions this season.
The Belo Horizonte outfit have an 11-point lead over second-placed Fortaleza as they seek their second top flight title and first since 1971. Cuiaba are 10th in the 20-team standing with 35 points from 28 games.
In other matches on Sunday, Bahia won 3-0 at home to Chapecoense, Bragantino secured a 1-0 home win over Sao Paulo and Corinthians drew 0-0 at Internacional. Enditem
Feature: Adventure of a silver bracelet******
by Xinhua writer Zheng Minghong。
GUIYANG, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- A silver bracelet has made its way across China after traveling from a Miao ethnic town in the southwestern province of Guizhou to northernmost Inner Mongolia.。
The bracelet came from the "silver street" of Kaili city. There are nearly 100 silversmith shops along the street. Ethnic silver ornaments produced there, such as netsukes, necklaces and bracelets, are popular among tourists.。
Zhang Yongfu, a silversmith in his 40s, melted a silver bar and poured it into a mold. When it cooled down, he forged, carved and polished it. About six hours, a glamourous bracelet weighing 80 grams was "created."
Instead of being put on a display window, it was immediately packaged in a gift box and handed to a deliveryman. It will be the farthest distance traveled by any product in Zhang's shop.。
The bracelet's journey actually began in a livestreaming studio a few days back. Zhang, son of a Miao silversmith family, showcased his skills in front of a smartphone screen while his business partner was promoting his products.。
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and plummeting tourists, silversmiths had to find a way to sell their products. The fast-growing livestreaming e-commerce was a solution.。
Pan Xue, a Miao girl, born in 1997, was his apprentice who was tech-savvy enough to teach him video-filming skills and livestreaming with his traditional ornaments.。
Zhang and Pan sometimes appeared together to present exquisite ornaments during livestreaming or in short videos.。
They received more than 500 orders worth 115,680 yuan (about 18,000 U.S. dollars) within two months in the spring of 2020.。
Other silversmiths were inspired. Zhang even became a fan of livestreaming and started video shooting himself. He has become used to livestreaming consistently almost every day and trying to be creative because he knows his "followers" would drop by his online studio to say hi.。
This September, his income totaled more than 48,000 yuan, equivalent to his income for half a year in the past.。
Not long ago, he took a lease on a new storefront not far from his shop and hired two more silversmiths to deal with online orders.。
Zhang started learning from his uncle at 13 years old. Miao men usually do silverwork to support their families during the slack season in farming in winter. But thanks to e-commerce, there is no slack season for the silver business.。
"Miao people have a long history of wearing silver ornaments. They are not just pretty, but also our cultural symbols. I'm glad to see more and more customers all over the country like our ornaments," Zhang said. Enditem。