Chinese mainstream newspapers on Thursday gave wide coverage to Yao Ming's retirement, recalling Yao's professional career, reviewing his Wednesday press conference, and on top of that, praising Yao for improving the national image and soft power.
A slim lead over host China 10-9 ensured Italy a quarterfinal berth at Swimming Worlds women's water polo here on Thursday.
Zimbabwe's football governing body appealed for government support on Thursday to bring finality to the match-fixing scandal involving the country's national team tours to Asia between 2007 and 2009.
Ronald Koeman agreed to become the new coach of Feyenoord, the Rotterdam-based club announced on Thursday.
Chinese swimmers maintained their momentum in swimming at the Military World Games on Wednesday, grabbing four more gold medals and obtaining 18 in total out of 36 available in the pool.