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Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 22)

Updated: 2012-05-31 16:38
By Yan Weijue (

Milestone for Evergrande, Lippi

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 22)

World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi led Guangzhou Evergrande to the most important victory so far this season, edging Japan's FC Tokyo 1-0 at home and roaring into the AFC Championship League quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Cleverson Gabriel Cleo's goal at the 30th minute helped his team to become the first Chinese soccer club to enter the top eight of the league in six years.

Lippi gave up the 4-3-2-1 system he always liked and picked up the 4-4-2 that was adopted by the fired former Korean coach Lee Jang-soo in order to tighten up the team's defense. The tactic change caught the Tokyo players off guard, and the match is considered the best one since his takeover of the team earlier this month.


Tragic death on basketball court

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 22)

A Tsinghua University MBA student died from heart failure while playing basketball at Chaoyang Park in Beijing on Sunday.

The park was questioned for poor first aid measures, as it took nearly 20 minutes for paramedics to come and send him to a hospital, where he was announced dead.


Former swimming champ in drag

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 22)

Tian Liang, a retired star swimmer, has found a new career in acting. I haven't seen any works of his, but his latest appearance is impressive.

He is working on a children's film, where he plays a track coach. But he has to put on some Mommy gear to encourage an orphan to stick with his dream.

What do you all think of his transformation?


A decade of badminton dominance

Who's hot, who's not in China Sports (Week 22)

The Chinese men's and women's badminton team won the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup on Sunday and Monday, respectively. The boys won the tournament five times in a row, tying the longest winning streak by Indonesia. The girls had their revenge on their Korean counterparts, who stunned them two years ago.

Lin Dan, who is 27-1 in the Thomas Cup in the past decade, has collected 16 world titles, the most ever by a Chinese badminton player.

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