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Analysis: Four things to look out for in Spain's Matchday 12******
MADRID, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The 12th round of matches in La Liga has so many interesting games that it's hard to only focus on four. Here are some things to look out for this weekend in Spain.
1. Post-Koeman Barca face improving Alaves
Every time Barca have sacked a coach recently it has promised a new dawn, but neither Quique Setien, who replaced the harshly treated Ernesto Valverde and Ronald Koeman, who replaced Setien, have been able to improve on the work of the Basque coach. Now with Koeman also gone after defeats to Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano and temporarily replaced by Sergi Barjuan, the team has to react at home to Alaves.
Alaves travel to Barcelona after two wins in two games have lifted them out of the bottom three and they will have their morale sky high. What makes the game so interesting is to see how the Barca players react without Koeman on the bench: will it be more of the same - implying Koeman was right to complain about the limits of his squad, or will they play like a side happy to see a change? - which would of course imply Barca have made the right decision.
2. Valencia and Villarreal look to end their troubles
Valencia's positive start to the season under coach Pepe Bordalas lasted approximately four games and Wednesday highlighted their current problems as Betis thrashed them 4-1.
Meanwhile Villarreal needed a late fightback to avoid a third consecutive league defeat after they had trailed 3-1 at home to Cadiz.
Villarreal sit below Valencia in the league table, but look to have a better squad and starting 11 (even without the injured Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth). Players such as Arnaut Danuuma, Samuel Chukwueze and Boulaye Dia have enough to give big problems to Valencia's defense, while Manu Trigueros, Dani Parejo and Etienne Capoue should have Valencia on the back foot in midfield.
However, with matches against Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad around the corner, this is one match where Valencia have to dig deep and get something.
3. Basque derby with the leadership at stake
Derbies between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao are always hard-fought affairs and this promises to be tougher than ever as Real Sociedad receive their neighbors as La Liga leaders, while Athletic are battling to climb into the top-six.
The game should see a clash of styles with Real Sociedad aiming to control the ball in midfield and use players such as Mikel Merino, Alexander Isak and Portu to create space against a rival that has an incredibly well-organized defense and midfield.
Athletic will look for the pace of Inaki Williams and vision of Iker Muniain in attack and their effectiveness from set pieces, while Real Sociedad hope to have Mikel Oyarzabal back for a match that will have the best atmosphere of the weekend.
4. Atletico Madrid against Betis doubts against confidence
The fourth standout game this weekend sees Atletico Madrid entertain an in-form Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico go into the game with some uncharacteristic doubts after being outplayed for much of last weekend's 2-2 draw at home to Real Sociedad and after twice allowing Levante to come from behind on Thursday night, with four dropped points seeing them slip to sixth in the table.
Betis meanwhile brushed aside Valencia 4-1 with an impressive attacking display to make it three consecutive wins and move up to fourth.
The visitors will look to striker Borja Iglesias and midfielder Nabil Fekir to keep causing Atletico problems at the back, but as they showed last weekend, Atletico may not be at their best, but they never give up until the final whistle. Enditem
大会在豪壮的国歌声中闭幕。省部级各民主党派、相关人民团体等层面的负责同志出席会议。 据陕视 各界导报新闻记者 杜静波 摄。
Will Smith says sorry over Oscars slap as Academy launches probe******
Actor Will Smith offered apologies Monday to Chris Rock for smacking the comedian during the Oscars ceremony, as the body that oversees the awards said it was launching a formal review of the incident.
Smith – who was named best actor on the night – marched onto stage during the glitzy Hollywood ceremony and hit Rock over a joke about wife Jada Pinkett Smith's hair.
"I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be," the "King Richard" star wrote on Instagram.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night's Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable," Smith said.
"Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada's medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally."
Pinkett Smith suffers from alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss, and had a closely cropped head at Sunday's ceremony.
The 94th Academy Awards was in its final hour when actor and comedian Rock quipped that Pinkett Smith appeared ready to star in "G.I. Jane 2" – a putative sequel to a film about a female soldier who has a shaved head.
After at first appearing to laugh at the joke, Smith walked onto the stage and smacked Rock with an open hand.
He then returned to his seat and shouted: "Keep my wife's name out of your fucking mouth."
Smith tearfully apologized to his fellow nominees and the Academy – but not Rock – a few minutes later as he accepted his historic Oscar.
"Love will make you do crazy things," he said.
On Monday, he repeated that apology.
"I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.
"I would like to apologize to the Williams Family and my King Richard Family. I deeply regret that my behavior has stained what has been an otherwise gorgeous journey for all of us.
"I am a work in progress."
Smith's mea culpa came hours after the Academy condemned his behavior and said it was looking at possible sanctions.
"We have officially started a formal review around the incident and will explore further action and consequences in accordance with our Bylaws, Standards of Conduct and California law," a statement said.
Celebrities from Tinseltown and beyond reacted with shock and stunned amazement to Smith's outburst, with some defending him and others condemning a display of "toxic masculinity."
"He could have killed him. That's pure out of control rage and violence," filmmaker Judd Apatow said in a tweet he later deleted.
"Stand-up comics are very adept at handling hecklers. Violent physical assault... not so much," "Star Wars" icon Mark Hamill chipped in.
The comedy world was quick to rally to Rock's side, complaining that Smith's outburst could spark copycat behavior, endangering other stand-ups.
Emmy Award-winning Rosie O'Donnell called out a "sad display of toxic masculinity from a narcissistic madman," while Kathy Griffin added: "Now we all have to worry about who wants to be the next Will Smith in comedy clubs and theaters."
Booker prize-winning author Bernadine Evaristo suggested that Smith had not just wrecked what should have been his greatest triumph, but had also sullied his legacy.
"Only the fifth black man in nearly 100 years to win an Oscar for male lead, and the first in 16 years, resorts to violence instead of utilizing the power of words to slay Chris Rock. Then he claims God and Love made him do it," she said.
Smith went from the Oscars to the Vanity Fair after party, where he and his family posed for photos.
Inside, he was filmed dancing and singing along to his 1991 smash "Summertime."
Some celebrities came to Smith's defense, with singer Nicki Minaj saying that as her husband, Smith was privy to the pain Pinkett Smith endures.
"You just got to witness in real time what happens in a man's soul when he looks over to the woman he loves & sees her holding back tears from a 'little joke' at her expense," she tweeted.
"This is what any & every real man feels in that instant. While y'all seeing the joke he's seeing her pain."
Some social media users called for Smith to be stripped of his Oscar, but Academy governor and Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg said that would not happen.
"We're not going to take that Oscar from him," she said on daytime TV show "The View."
"There will be consequences I'm sure, but I don't think that's what they're going to do."
One Academy voter, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was frustrating how the incident had dominated coverage.
"I would have preferred the story being about the great diversity of the Awards show, which now seems secondary," the person told AFP.
"A female director won, an actor from the disabled community won, as did an actress of the LGBTQ community."
US actor Will Smith (R) approaches US actor Chris Rock onstage, and US actor Will Smith (R) slaps US actor Chris Rock onstage, during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.