Yao Ming during the 2004 NBA All-Star(20040217)Houston Rockets' center Yao Ming (R) of the Western Conference, tries to break through during the 2004 NBA All-Star game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the United States, Feb. 15, 2004. The West defeated the East 136-132. (Xinhua Photo)
Yao Ming and Schwarzenegger during NBA All-Star(20040217)California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) shakes hands with West All-Star, Houston Rockets' center Yao Ming of China before the 2004 NBA All-Star game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the United States, Feb. 15, 2004. The West defeated the East 136-132. (Xinhua Photo)
McDonald's signs sponsorship deal with Yao Ming (20040214)Yao Ming (R) poses with Ronald McDonald after being presented a jersey following the announcement of a multi-year global partnership with McDonald's at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2004. [Reuters]
Dong Fangzhuo: First Chinese Soccer Player in Belgium(20040205)Chinese soccer player Dong Fangzhuo has left Manchester for Antwerp, Belgium.Manchester United later decided to lend Dong to Antwerp soccer club until 2007. Dong Fangzhuo will be the first Chinese soccer player to play in Belgium.
China beat Macedonia 1-0 (20040130)Yang Chen (L) from China's National Football Team heads the ball against an unidentified player from Macedonia's National Football Team during a warm-up match in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 29, 2004. China won the match by 1-0. (Xinhua)
2003 top ten young people awarded in Kunming(20040105) China's first astronaut Yang Liwei answers an emcee's question during the awarding ceronmony of 2003 Top Ten Yong People held in Kunming, capital city of southwest China's Yunnan Province. Yang Liwei and basketball star Yao Ming along with eight other outstanding young people were awarded the title in last November. They were selected by a special committee from among 47 candidates from across the country. (Xinhua)
Rockets beat Jazz 84-63(20040105)Houston Rockets' Yao Ming of China looks to shoot as Utah Jazz's Jarron Collins, left, defends during the fourth quarter Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, in Houston. The Rockets beat the Jazz 84-63. (AP photo)
Yao gets the last laugh on Shaq as Rockets beat Lakers(20031227)Shaquille O'Neal outscored and outrebounded Yao Ming in their individual matchup, but the Chinese star had the upper hand on Shaq as the Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-87 in Los Angeles on Thursday.
South Korea wins East Asian soccer championship (20031211)China's Yang Chen (L) fights for the ball during the match with Hong Kong in the East Asian four-team football tournament in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 10, 2003. China beat Hong Kong 3-1. (Xinhua)
Yang Chen and Li Weifeng(20031205)China's Yang Chen (No. 22) and Li Weifeng (3rd R) jump for the ball during the match of the East Asian four-team football tournament in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 4, 2003. Japan beat China 2-0. (Xinhua)