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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End of an error

Two former Chinese soccer chiefs, Nan Yong and Xie Yalong, were handed lengthy jail sentences for taking bribes and match-fixing. With the verdicts handed out, China's soccer clampdown, which went on for nearly 3 years, finally came to an end.

Like greased lightning

Not all eyes were on Liu Xiang, as it was 3:00 am Beijing time on Saturday, when the Chinese hurdler ran like greased lightning all the way to clock 12.87 at the 2012 Prefontaine Class in Eugene, Oregon, USA, which equaled the world record.

A decade of dominance

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 5 times in a row, tying the longest winning streak by Indonesia.

Mentality a problem for Li

After four straight quarter-final exits from top women's tennis tournaments in the past two months, Li Na finally found some rhythm, storming into the final at the Italian Open. But the way she lost the match, to Maria Sharapova, was more dismal.

Evergrande's answer

Who was the last head coach to get fired after his team won the national league title, leads the standings and is powering into the AFC Championship League, or did Lee Jang-soo just make history with his farewell to Guangzhou Evergrande?

Weight loss OK with Ding

The first-round exit from the Snooker World Championships must have been devastating for Ding Junhui, but he is happy about another loss – his weight. Ding is training with Zhang Tiequan a well-known mixed martial artist.

Conca frustrated

Dario Conca is confused about coach Lee Jang-Soo's decision on his playing minutes. In Evergrande's loss to the Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors on Tuesday, he was replaced by Jiang Ning 15 minutes into the second half.

Iverson may play in China

Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson confirmed on Thursday that he will seek to talk with some Chinese basketball clubs and hopes that there is an opportunity for him to play somewhere in the country, according to Modern Express.

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