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Mysterious Death of Former Jiangsu Dragons Coach Jason Rabedeaux Covered in ESPN the Magazine Feature Story

American basketball coach Jason Rabedeaux is someone that many Chinese basketball fans may not recall, but he did have a connection to the country as he coached the Jiangsu Dragons in the Chinese Basketball Association for a couple of season. The Illinois-born and Wisconsin-raised man had a promising coaching career ahead him, but tragedy would strike while he was on a coaching stint in Vietnam and he would pass away at just 49 years old. In a new edition of U.S. publication ESPN the Magazine, writer Wright Thompson covers the story surrounding the mysterious death of Rabedeaux who spent a long time trying to overcome personal problems.

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ESPN Produces Short Film on Brittney Griner’s Life in China, WCBA

Brittney Griner in one of the most recognizable women's basketball players the game has ever seen, and standing at 2.03 meters tall (6-8) the Texas native does certainly stand out among a crowd of people.

While the former Baylor University star is contracted to play professionally in the United States with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association, she has also taken the same route as many other women's basketball players by taking her game overseas to earn more money compared with what they receive in the U.S. league. Currently she is signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Women's Chinese Basketball Association.

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Action Sports And Sport Participation in China

Thoughtful China has a very interesting video discussion lately on action sports and sports participation in China that really worth checking out.

In the video, Harvey Davis, vice president at ESPN’s Events Management Group, reckons that "these [action] sports are now recognized in China as real sports, with real committees and real organizations reporting up to the top government organizations in Beijing" and concluded that as "one of the biggest things for the growth of sport in China." With that comes, as in the case of Shanghainese BMX rider Shen Jian and his friends, a clash of interest between government organization and athletes/brands.

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At 2011 X Games Asia, China’s Best Talents Were Missing (pt2/2)

This is the 2nd part of the post on 2011 Kia X Games Asia. Read the 1st part here.

“It is what it is. I’m going back to play for a while, just to take it in.” Shen Jian squeezed a smile at me and then walked back onto the stage. Only less than 10 minutes left for him to “play.”

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At 2011 X Games Asia, China’s Best Talents Were Missing (pt1/2)

At the beginning of April, a month ahead of ESPN's 2011 X Games Asia in Shanghai, Shen Jian (申剑), arguebly China’s best BMX rider, was worried about his eligibility for the Games.

Born in 1988 along the Yangtze River, Shen grew his interest in bicycles since middle school and began practicing BMX when he was 16. With hard training and perseverance, it only took him less than a year to get the Street BMX Champion in Huzhou, Zhejiang, one of the top trophies in BMX in the country. Shen then flourished in competitions in the coming years and, in 2008, Nike came to him to sponsor gears and outfits.

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Almost Is Still Newsworthy in Tennis

An article looking at the latest tennis duo from China, and how some of the world's less-reported sports are producing China's future athletic stars.

For all of about five seconds, there was discussion about an "all Chinese" final in the Australian Open. The People's Daily newspaper had already crowned Li Na and Zheng Jie — the Chinese female tennis players who both managed to advance into the final four to play against Serena Williams and Justine Henin, respectively — "two golden flowers."

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Marbury to Shanxi Basketball Team

According to reports from ESPN, two-time NBA All-Star and former Boston Celtics point guard Stephon Marbury will join the Shanxi Zhongyu basketball team as early as next week, becoming the highest profile American to play in the China Basketball Association.

"The aim of signing Marbury is to pay back our fans and try to win more games in the rest of the season," Shanxi boss Wang Xingjiang told ESPN.

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KIA X Games Asia 2009 to Hit Shanghai Again

This year the event will showcase more than 200 of the best action sports athletes from more than 20 countries in world-class competition in the sports of Skateboard, BMX, In-Line Skate and Sport Climbing. New to the Asian X Games, this year's event will also feature a Moto X Big Air demonstration. Televised live from Shanghai's KIC Jiangwan Stadium, X Games Asia will air May 1 - May 3 on ESPN Asia networks and will be organized by sports broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports along with the Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Sports Federation. The event will also be shown on ESPN International networks in Latin America, Australia, Middle East and Africa.

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