"We have to always improve," Casemiro told reporters. "Douglas came in and did well but we'll get better as we adapt with every game," the 28-year-old added.
Basketball Australia CEO Jerril Rechter said it was crucial to deliver the season ahead of two important global tournaments.
Beijing and Shandong opened their game without too much intensity but the former ruthlessly embarked on a 13-0 run and closed the first half with a 15-point lead.
"We restrained their three-pointers quite well, but didn't do enough on guarding against their fast breaks," said Henan coach Li Jianxin, while expressing his appreciation towards his players' team spirit.
Germany is second in the top-tier Group A4 with five points. Next for Joachim Loew's side is Switzerland on Tuesday, while Ukraine, third place in the same group, hosts Spain on the same day. Enditem
The reigning Australian Open champion will contest for her second major title with Polish teenager Iga Swiatek, who needed only 70 minutes to storm to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Argentine qualifier Nadia Podoroska.
Valverde has become indispensable for Real Madrid this season, starting in three of the team's four La Liga matches and blossoming in a box-to-box role.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Former Real Madrid and Brazil forward Robinho is close to rejoining his former club Santos, according to widespread media reports in the South American country.
"I feel quite excited! It's much more difficult to move on the soft sand than on a football pitch, but I feel more relaxed and I can run freely with bare feet, to enjoy the different charm of sports," said the 33-year old.
XI'AN, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The 2020 Xi'an Marathon will be held on November 8, organizers said on Friday.
Facing world No.6 Tsitsipas, it seemed like another one-sided match for Djokovic as the 17-time Grand Slam winner swept the first two sets and was serving for the match in the 10th game in the third set.