Lin Dan faces $20K fines

Lin Dan started his leave after defending the men's singles title at the London Olympics, citing physical exhaustion and preparation for marriage in September as reasons. He is expected to be away until at least February 2013. If that happens, the holder of 17 world titles will be faced with a fine of $5,000 for each top-level BWF tournament he misses, which can add up to $20,000, as four Premier series are scheduled to be held during that time.

China Daily website reporter Yan Weijue presents a wrap-up of the latest stories from China's sports world on a weekly basis, with a quick and comprehensive digest of the heroes and villains on and off the field.

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'I need no cancer donations'

Chinese table tennis legend Zhuang Zedong, who is battling advanced colorectal cancer, has refused public donations to help pay his medical bills. "I will solve my financial troubles through the fruits of my own labor."

Man in command

Zhu Jun, Shenhua's major investor, sent an ultimatum to the other five club owner, all from State-owned enterprises last week, demanding the large stake transfer promised long ago, otherwise he would stop paying wages and bonuses.

Chinese club to sign T-Mac

Former NBA superstar Tracy McGrady is finalizing a one-year contract with a Chinese basketball club, Yahoo Sports reported on Monday. The 33-year-old will likely complete the deal with the Qingdao Eagles in days.

2 months in, Drogba praises Chinese league

Shanghai Shenhua's star striker Didier Drogba praised the Chinese Super League, and made his picks for the world's best player from both ends of the field: Petr Cech and Lionel Messi.

Coach denies Olympic fix

The head coach of China's national badminton team claims he gave no orders to throw the group women's double match at the London Olympics. "Of course I did not draw up the tactics (of the deliberate loss). How could it possibly be me?"

Yao Ming was once a shy kid

One of the standard lines for Yao Ming is that he is an open-minded hunk with a sense of humor, but he admits to once being an introverted kid and it was what made him different from his peers that troubled him – his height.

Match manipulation, again?

The humiliating 8-0 loss of China's men's national team to their Brazilian counterparts on Monday is a result of match manipulation, said a Netease report, who claimed a European brokerage company is responsible for the result.

Medal-less player honored

Zhou Jun failed in all three attempts to lift 95 kg at the women's 53kg group B event on July 29 in London, becoming the country's first-ever weightlifter to draw a blank at the Games. But she was honored by her hometown on Thursday.

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