As the final buzzer sounded at the Hongshan Arena on Sunday night an air of adulation and relief could be seen on the faces of every member of the Beijing Ducks basketball team as they reclaimed their throne atop the Chinese Basketball Association with a 98-88 win over a strong Xinjiang Flying Tigers side.
The 1999 NBA Draft is one that did not exactly produce any spectacular players, but it will be remembered for several moments that occurred on that night in Washington, D.C.
The top moment is without a doubt Steve Francis sulking over being picked second by the Vancouver (now Memphis) Grizzlies.
Back in 1990, hip hop trio De La Soul released a single titled "The Magic Number" in which they state that the number "three" is the magic number. Well, fast forward to January 25, 2014 and the number "three" has become the magic number for China's number one tennis player Li Na as she walked out of the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne as this year's Australian Open women's singles champion.
Shanghai-based sports website HUPU was making headlines in the past month, but not for its sports coverage. Within two weeks, it was announced that they partnered with Liverpool FC to launch the football club’s first official Chinese site, and also with Agence France-Presse to launch a Chinese language sports service for Chinese audience..
The news came yesterday that Beijing Guoan, the capital side in Chinese Super League, have been brewing to sack manager Aleksandar Stanojević. It was a shocking decision because the club just extended the Serbian trainer's contract by another two years on September 18, exactly three months ago.
If it weren't for the anti-Japanese protests on September 18 in 2012, Shenzhen would have hosted its first marathon a year ago. As in many other cities, the sports bosses in China’s southern boomtown saw a need to bring in an international long-distance running event. So after two years of preparation, the Shenzhen International Marathon was delivered on December 8, attracting over 5,000 runners.
Chinese poker takes over the world stage
Poker variant based from the Chinese game pai gow a staple in international tournaments
China has been a center stage of world sport in recent years, thanks to the staging of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the rising popularity of traditional Chinese sports such as martial arts and dragon boat racing. But one game that originated in China is becoming a fast-rising variant in the competitive card sport of poker. This game is called Chinese poker.
For mixed martial arts fans in China, tonight will be huge. At 10pm Beijing time, the 12-episode program of The Ultimate Fighter China (TUF China) will premiere on Liaoning Satellite TV channel. Aside from TV coverage, the show will also be streamed online for free with a 30-minute delay on Sohu, a major Chinese news portal, and also on PPTV and iQIYI, two video platforms.
After watching RUFF11 last Saturday, we posed our doubts and concerns about the show. A week later, Joel Resnick, CEO and Co-Founder of RUFF China, spoke with us on the questions we raised and even more.
We published Joel’s answers below hoping that they’re not only here for the sake of clarification, but also help create a dialogue on the sport of mixed martial arts in China