NBA superstar center Yao Ming made it official yesterday in Shanghai, China that he was retiring from basketball, leaving behind giant footprints on the NBA court. This story highlights the Chinese basketball legend's illustrious career.
As Andre Agassi, one of tennis' most colorful, compelling and controversial figures, was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Saturday, it is perhaps the best time to examine the tennis icon's storied career.
While fight fans in the western half of the world are enjoying the thrilling mixed martial arts (MMA) cage fighting, those in the eastern hemisphere are having their eyes focused on their Chinese equivalent - the Wushu Masters Association (WMA).
The gold medalist Gulderen Celik (C) from Turkey, silver medalist Yenhui Chen (L) of Chinese Taipei and bronze medalist Hong Li of China pose during the awarding ceremony of the women's 50kg karate event at the SportAccord Combat Games 2010 in Beijing on September 1, 2010. (Photo by Zhenyu Li/People's Daily online)
Krisztian Jaroszkievicz of Hungary (L) competes with Michael Reece-Page from Britain during the kickboxing 84 kilogram semi-contact finals at the SportAccord Combat Games 2010 in Beijing on Sept. 4, 2010. Jaroszkievicz went on to win the gold medal of the tournament. [Photo: Zhenyu Li]
Di Leo Gregorio Francesco of Italy (R) competes with Memos Nikos from Greece during the kickboxing 74 kilogram semi-contact finals at the SportAccord Combat Games 2010 in Beijing on Sept. 4, 2010. Francesco went on to win the gold medal of the tournament. [Photo: Zhenyu Li]