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Yao Ming working to save elephants and rhinos

Yao Ming working to save elephants and rhinos

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) --Yao Ming is fighting to stop China's ivory trade that kills large amounts of elephants and rhinos.
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Campaign credited for sharp fall in demand for shark fin soup in China

BEIJING, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Demand for shark fin soup, a delicacy in China, has fallen sharply in the country thanks to a campaign against it by conservationists, the official media said.
Celebrities join Chinese advisory group

Celebrities join Chinese advisory group

BEIJING, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The Chinese government finalized its list of national political advisers, which includes former NBA star Yao Ming and action movie star Jackie Chan.

Poll: Voters interested in foreign affairs

BOSTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Voters in Ohio and Florida show strong interest in foreign policy, but many lack knowledge in the area, surveys of both states indicate.
Michael Jordan sues Chinese sports firm

Michael Jordan sues Chinese sports firm

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Iconic U.S. basketball star Michael Jordan is suing a Chinese sporting goods company for using his name and jersey number, the athlete's law firm said.
Yao Ming joins Shanghai committee

Yao Ming joins Shanghai committee

SHANGHAI, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Former NBA star Yao Ming was named to a committee of a top city government advisory board in his native China.
Richard Branson joins fight to save sharks

Richard Branson joins fight to save sharks

SHANGHAI, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- British businessman Richard Branson says he's joining a global shark conservation campaign by speaking out against the consumption of shark fin soup.
Yao retiring from basketball

Yao retiring from basketball

SHANGHAI, July 20 (UPI) -- Houston Rockets star Yao Ming officially announced Wednesday he is retiring from basketball.
Yao Ming to retire from Rockets

Yao Ming to retire from Rockets

HOUSTON, July 8 (UPI) -- Yao Ming, who went from the Shanghai Sharks to the Houston Rockets, has decided to retire, sources told Yahoo! Sports Friday.
Yao Ming hopes to stay with Houston

Yao Ming hopes to stay with Houston

HOUSTON, May 19 (UPI) -- Yao Ming, recovering from surgery to his ankle, said Thursday he hopes to stay with the Houston Rockets.
Duncan to start in All-Star Game

Duncan to start in All-Star Game

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The NBA announced Thursday San Antonio's Tim Duncan would be the Western Conference starting center at Sunday's All-Star Game.
Love replaces Yao on NBA All-Star team

Love replaces Yao on NBA All-Star team

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The NBA announced Friday Minnesota's Kevin Love would replace the injured Yao Ming of Houston in the league's All-Star Game later this month.

Report: Rockets shopping injured Yao Ming

HOUSTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- The Houston Rockets are seeking to trade oft-injured, 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming, sources told Yahoo! Sports Monday.

NBA: Houston 103, Memphis 87

HOUSTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Kevin Martin led the way with 34 points Friday and Houston held Memphis scoreless for a 6-minute stretch of the first half to defeat the Grizzlies 103-87.
Yao Ming out for the season

Yao Ming out for the season

HOUSTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Houston Rockets announced Friday that a stress fracture in the left ankle of Yao Ming would knock the seven-time all-star out for the rest of the season.
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Yao Ming signs copies of his new book "Yao: A Life in Two Worlds" at Barnes & Noble in New York on September 28, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Yao Ming (Chinese: 姚明; pinyin: Yáo Míng; born September 12, 1980) is a retired Chinese professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As of the 2010–11 NBA season, he was the tallest player in the NBA, at 2.29 m (7 ft 6 in).

Yao, who was born in Shanghai, started playing for the Shanghai Sharks as a teenager, and played on their senior team for five years in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), winning a championship in his final year. After negotiating with the CBA and the Sharks to secure his release, Yao was selected by the Houston Rockets as the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft. Yao has since been selected to start for the Western Conference in the NBA All-Star Game eight times, and has been named to the All-NBA Team five times. He reached the NBA Playoffs four times, and the Rockets won a first-round series in the 2009 postseason for the first time since 1997. However Yao had missed 250 regular-season games due to injury in the past six seasons.

He is one of China's best-known athletes, with sponsorships with several major companies, and he has been the richest celebrity in China for six straight years. His rookie year in the NBA was the subject of a documentary film, The Year of the Yao, and he co-wrote, along with NBA analyst Ric Bucher, an autobiography titled Yao: A Life in Two Worlds.

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