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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It's now or never

With the 7,000 Olympics points he got for winning the Asia Championships, Chen Jin is now less than 2,000 points ahead of Denmark's Pete Gade, to sit at world No 4 and halfway to securing China's third men's singles berth in London.

Meet Harlem Globetrotters

The gym at Beijing Runfeng School turned into a sea of jubilation as the faculty welcomed a visit by the Harlem Globetrotters, one of the most well-known basketball exhibition teams in the world on Wednesday.

The Shenhua drama

Two months into the new season of the Chinese Soccer League, the ambitious Shanghai Shenhua, who landed former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka in Dec, came up with nothing but bubbles subject to burst at the slightest touch.

Behind shuttler's comeback

Five years ago, Huang Sui was one of China's best badminton players. Now she has become more known for getting a salary in China, as an Australian. Having retired for 3 years, she is still paid regularly as an athlete by the Hunan sports bureau.

Drowning Zhang Lin

Zhang Lin won silver in the men's 400m freestyle at the Beijing Olympics four years ago. But now, the swimming prodigy is on the brink of missing the London Olympics after losing the men's 400m freestyle at the national championship.

Marbury has no exit plans

The feeling of winning a championship in the Chinese Basketball Association transcends everything else, so that Stephon Marbury is not going anywhere, even back to the US, as long as the Beijing Ducks feel the same.

Dream season

It is a perfect ending for Beijing Ducks, who won their first ever CBA championships Friday night. I now regret not buying a ticket the day before to witness the historical game, a breathtaking one from the tip-off to the final whistle.

The art of booing

The Ducks fans were urged to behave. But the hysteria was revived soon after. Instead of booing the S Tigers in Beijing dialect "Shabi (Dumbass)", they found another way to unleash their excitement – chanting for Su Wei, center for the S Tigers.

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