TEHRAN vans sk8 hi australia , July 23 (Xinhua) -- Iranian national men's volleyball team has moved up one place to the 11th with 98 points in the latest FIVB world rankings, Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday.
Iran remained the best Asian team, above Australia and Japan.
Under the existing system of FIVB, rankings are based on a team's performance, with more recent results and more significant competitions being more heavily weighted to help reflect the current competitive state of a team.
The Iranian volleyball team finished in fourth place in the 2014 FIVB World League after being beaten by Italy 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-22) on Sunday.
Iran's players Saeid Marouf and Amir Ghafour were named among the best players of the 2014 FIVB World League.
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MADRID, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Reigning Champion Maria Sharapova booked place in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday.
This year's number 3 seed defeated Mariana Duque from Colombia 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour, while number 4 seed Petra Kvitkova also made it into the next round, despite being made to work a lot harder by Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 2-6 vans old skool pro australia , 6-3 in a match lasting almost two hours.
Number 7 seed Ana Ivanovic also qualified for the next round with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.
Meanwhile Spain's top woman player Carla Suarez, who is tenth seed in Madrid enjoyed a two set triumph 7-5 against German qualifier Julia Goerges.
There was only one surprise as 15th seed Sara Errani became the victim of the first surprise of the competition as she lost 6-3, 7- 6 (6) 6-4 to Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
In the men's competition the seeds enjoyed a successful day, starting with fifth seed Milos Raonic, the Canadian who defeated Argentinean Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and seven minutes.
Number 10 seed Grigor Dimitov enjoyed an easy 6-4 vans old skool white australia , 3-0 triumph against American Donald Young in a game that was after 58 minutes as Young was forced to withdraw because of physical problems.
Number 12 seed, Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga beat Czech Lukas Rosol 7-6, 6-3, while 13 seed Gael Monfils needed one hour and one second to get past Russian, Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-0.
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BUENOS AIRES, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Boca Juniors defeated River Plate with 2-0 on Sunday in the Super Classic game in the 11th matchday of Argentina's first division tournament.
Boca Juniors, also known as "Xeneizes", won the match played in "La Bombonera" stadium in Buenos Aires with two goals scored from Cristian Pavon at minute 83 and Pablo Perez at minute 87.
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BUCHAREST, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Personal belongings, diplomatic gifts, as well as hunting trophies that belonged to Romania's late communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu can be visited beginning on Thursday and will be auctioned here in about two weeks' time.
Among the items to be auctioned is a deer hide case for a double-barreled hunting rifle used by Ceausescu on hunting trips. Another personal belonging of the late leader is an pen holder of stag antlers.
The two officially certified items have starting prices of 250 and 180 euros (284.34 U.S. dollars and 204.73 U.S. dollars) puma suede heart satin australia , respectively.
The bidders are also shown two pairs of shoes ordered by the late first lady, made by the Romanian Guban shoemaker patterned on models from the German Quelle and Neckerman catalogues. The starting price for the two pairs is 400 and 500 euros, respectively.
According to official Agerpres news agency, at the event themed "Golden Era" by local Casa Artmark, objects reminding of Romanians' daily life in the Ceausescu era will also be auctioned. Such items include posters in the 1980s, like the original poster for the "Star Wars" film in Romania at a bidding price of 150 euros, and the first issue of the Libertatea newspaper of December 22 puma basket heart patent australia , 1989, for 30 euros, and vinyl discs of the 1983 Flacara circle shows.
The auction will take place on April 19.
Juventus players celebrate after their team's qualification for the semi-final of the Champions League at the end of their quarter-final second leg soccer match against Monaco at the Louis II stadium in Monaco April 22, 2015. [PhotoAgencies] Monaco's Fabinho (L) challenges Juventus Patrice Evra during their quarter-final second leg Champions League soccer match at the Louis II stadium in Monaco April 22, 2015. [PhotoAgencies] Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan is shown a red card by referee during their Champions League quarterfinal second leg match against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, April 22, 2015. [PhotoAgencies] Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo puma basket heart australia , Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal celebrate after Javier Hernandez (not pictured) scored the first goal during their Champions League quarterfinal second leg match against Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, April 22, 2015. [PhotoAgencies]
A trademark display of grit and resilience earned Juventus a goalless draw at Monaco as the Italian side qualified for the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2003 with a 1-0 aggregate victory on Wednesday.
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