USA Volleyball prepares for World Cup

Posted in Volleyball at 4:49 pm by Nicole

U.S. team names its 12-woman roster for the volleyball World Cup:

Team USA Selects 12-Player Roster for FIVB Women’s World Cup (USA Volleyball)

An NBA preseason treat

Posted in Basketball at 4:48 pm by Nicole

It’s always a treat to see international players in the NBA play in their home countries. We saw Yao in China with the Chinese national team during the 2006 exhibition game with the U.S. ahead of the world championships – and he didn’t even play, but still sold the place out and addressed the crowd aftewards. Tonight at GM Place in Vancouver, a reported sellout crowd of 18,630 will watch hometown hero Steve Nash (he was raised in nearby Victoria) lead the Phoenix Suns against the Seattle SuperSonics. Not sure it will be much of a game – Kevin Durant is injured, and the Sonics without him (and realistically, probably with him as well) are just not at the same level as the powerhouse teams in the Western Conference – but it will be a treat to see how the Canadian fans treat Nash’s homecoming.

City’s love of Nash keeps welcome mat out for NBA (Vancouver Sun)

And for diehard Steve Nash fans, here’s a preview of the New York Times’ “Play” Magazine article on Nash, to be published on Sunday. The article includes news of Nash’s trip to China in September where he and Yao Ming organized a charity game, and a great photo of the two of them together in China.

Not to get too mystical about it (New York Times – Play Magazine)


Foreign media in China

Posted in 2008 Olympics at 4:12 pm by Nicole

Foreign press accessible during Beijing Olympics (China Daily)

Beijing Marathon and Sun Yingjie

Posted in 2008 Olympics, Track and Field/Athletics at 4:09 pm by Nicole

The Beijing International Marathon was held on Sunday morning – the IAAF report can be found here. Normally Sun Yingjie, formerly a star distance runner for China who failed a doping test at the National Games in 2005, would have been among the entrants for this prestigious race. Her ban ended last Friday and Chinese national media is reporting that she will be attempting a comeback, possibly at the Xiamen Marathon in southeastern China in January.

Star runner’s Olympic hope still pending after dope ban (China Daily)

SI’s Rockets page

Posted in Basketball at 8:54 am by Nicole

For all news of the Rockets not involving the outstanding Houston Chronicle, Sports Illustrated has compiled everything Rockets on one site. It’s preseason week as the NBA gets ready to launch the regular season next Tuesday; the CSB heads to Vancouver, BC tomorrow in anticipation of watching Steve Nash play in Canada on Friday night as the Suns take on the Sonics at GM Place. I hope the Sonics can put it together this year and have a respectable season despite the noise around the possible move to OKC – Kevin Durant is a wonderful talent and looked great against the Rockets last Saturday night, totally unfazed by sharing the floor with the likes of Yao and T-Mac. Added highlight for the Rockets, by the way: SI is predicting Luis Scola will win rookie of the year.

Sports Illustrated Houston Rockets page


NBA China Games, Part 3

Posted in Basketball at 1:10 pm by Nicole

Leave it to me to not discover all of the great resources brought to NBA China Games fans by the NBA itself until three days after the tournament is over. Suffice it to say, it was a raging success. For all things China Games, check out the NBA’s China Games site.


NFL in London

Posted in American football at 10:25 am by Nicole

The NFL is in London this week, doing there what it couldn’t quite do in Beijing – at least for now.

NFL experiment aims to spread game’s appeal (New York Times)


BOCOG news today

Posted in 2008 Olympics at 3:37 pm by Nicole

A few article links with news of BOCOG’s goings-on in the last few weeks:

All Olympic venues except Bird’s Nest to be completed this year (People’s Daily Online)

Do not politicize Olympic Games, warns BOCOG official (China Daily)

Olympic Tripod a gift to Beijing (China Daily)

How will Beijing Olympic’s organizers appease global media? (Daily Telegraph, Australia; Editor’s note – this link comes from the World Press Briefing earlier this month regarding the issue of international press freedom at the 2008 Olympics)

Olympic spirit full steam ahead (china.org.cn)

IOC happy that Beijing is on schedule with Olympic preparations (Digital Journal)

Challenges for land of “purple days” (press.co.nz)

BOCOG ready for massive media management task (China Daily)

Rockets in Seattle

Posted in Basketball at 10:28 am by Nicole

The Rockets are practicing at KeyArena as we type over here at the CSB – they made it to Seattle yesterday afternoon, while I took a later set of flights and was greeted in the late evening by rain and cold. Houston 90, Seattle 45 (that’s temperatures yesterday in the respective cities, not necessarily the score I predict for tonight’s game!).

At game time, watch the action (well, at least the box scores) live on USA Today’s website, found here.

In other basketball/China-related news:

NBA sees no conflict of interest with Chinese casinos (USA Today)

Memphis and Calipari go to hoop in China (New York Times)


Yao looks great, Mavs don’t show up

Posted in Basketball at 6:28 am by Nicole

Well, at least the starters. We saw Dirk Nowitzki, last year’s regular-season MVP, for a few minutes last night, but not during the game on the court. Avery Johnson sat out just about all of his top players – and even T-Mac played just under ten minutes on the night – as the Rockets sped past the stripped-down Mavs, 104-90. Yao Ming had a wonderful night, though, with 19 points and 5 rebounds in twenty minutes of play, shooting 8-for-11 from the field in a few places we haven’t seen him so much in the past (jumper just inside the three-point line, anyone?). After the game, Rockets small forward Shane Battier noted that Yao’s shooting ability on the threes is as world-class as anyone’s – it’s just that with all that height, Coach Rick Adelman probably won’t be encouraging him to camp out on the perimeter anytime soon.

It’s off to Seattle today for the Rockets, where the CSB will catch up with them once again, this time against 2007 #2 draft pick Kevin Durant.

Rockets outgun undermanned Mavericks 104-90 (Houston Chronicle)

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