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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Ding's legacy in PTC exit

Despite suffering an eight-finals exit at PTC 11 on Monday, Ding Junhui still shot into the public eye by making his maximum break twice in three days last week. Only Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and John Higgins have more 147s.

Marbury: 'Love is Love'

The charisma of Stephon Marbury goes way beyond the court. He paid a visit to Yuan Yuan, a girl who was diagnosed with leukemia, at a hospital in Beijing on Tuesday and encouraged her in her battle against the disease.

Mr Cai to chair CFA?

Cai Zhenhua, vice-minister of General Administration of Sport of China, is expected to take over the position of chairman of the Chinese Football Association from retired predecessor Yuan Weimin later this month.

Yao to skip class for wine

This time, the Shanghai Jiaotong University freshman is reportedly having to skip class for a launching ceremony of a wine that is his new investment. He joked about it, saying he has to give a bottle to his history teacher in exchange of a good grade.

Teda wins Chinese FA Cup

Former Benfica junior Yu Dabao proved the hero after his 63rd-minute goal helped Tianjin Teda lift the Chinese FA Cup, their first in more than 25 years, after a 2-1 victory over Shandong Luneng in Saturday's final in Hefei.

Smith a trouble in China

When Zhejiang Golden Bulls signed NBA free agent JR Smith in September, they were notified he used to be a troublemaker. They just did not expect the trouble to come so quickly. The hapless star triggered a spat with the club's manager.

Yao lost in 1st math class

Yao Ming revealed that he did not grasp his first mathematics lesson at all in a speech Wednesday in Beijing. "To be frank, I was totally lost in my first math class. Only a few vague memories of studying it were reawakened," he said.

Lin Dan continues top form

Trust me, even if you are not a badminton fan in general, you do not want to miss a Lin Dan - Lee Chong Wei matchup. In the past three years this rivalry has risen to the level of a clash of titans. Super Dan got the best out of his old foe this time.

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