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Anti-Shark Fin Soup Campaign Goes Viral in China

Thanks to support from celebs like Yao Ming

(Newser) - Just a few years ago, most Chinese people were oblivious to the environmental problems caused by eating shark fin soup, reports the Washington Post . But thanks to widespread public awareness campaigns, backed by celebrities and business leaders, the country is finally losing its appetite for the dish, and both the... More »

10 Gross Violations at Celeb Restaurants

Even Ryan Gosling's restaurant is not necessarily safe

(Newser) - Thinking it might be fun to go out to eat at a celebrity-owned restaurant? Well, you might think twice about that idea after reading Radar's list of 20 health code violations found at such establishments. A sampling:
  • At the Chicago location of Pete Wentz's Angels & Kings Bar,
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Yao Ming Retires From Basketball

After two years of persistent left foot injuries, the Chinese great retires at 30

(Newser) - The NBA's version of the Ming Dynasty is done. After helping pro basketball gain a foothold in the world's most populous market, Chinese star Yao Ming has retired. Yao made it official today, telling a packed news conference in his hometown that a series of foot and leg... More »

Yao Out for Season, Maybe For Good

Re-fractured foot means Rockets center may miss all of next season, if not more

(Newser) - The broken left foot that knocked center Yao Ming out of the recently concluded NBA playoffs could be career-ending, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Pins were inserted a year ago after one of the Houston Rockets star's many injuries, and the foot re-fractured during the playoffs and hasn’... More »

US Tops China in Hoops Opener

Dream Team wins Beijing preliminary game

(Newser) - The United States opened its campaign for Olympic basketball redemption today with a 101-70 rout of host China that had even the home crowd oohing and aahing. And fans including President Bush got what they came to see."I had five dunks in one game. That's because of the... More »

Top 100 Olympians to Watch

Galaxy of stars aims to seize golden opportunities in Beijing

(Newser) - With the Beijing Olympics right around the corner, Time lists the top 100 athletes to watch. A sampling of stars gunning for gold, from the court to the pool to the track:
  • LeBron James, basketball: This determined athlete's golden guarantee is raising hopes for the US team, which has lost
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Rockets Climb Over Mavericks

McGrady leads Houston to a team-record 17th straight win

(Newser) - The Houston Rockets didn't miss a beat without star center Yao Ming again last night as they cruised past the Dallas Mavericks 113-98, reports the Houston Chronicle. Tracy McGrady pumped in 31 points as Houston won a franchise-high 17th straight game. The Rockets also snapped a Mavs run that had... More »

Red-Hot Rockets Win Again

Houston ties franchise record with their 15th straight triumph

(Newser) - The Houston Rockets continued to soar with their franchise-tying 15th straiht win last night. Houston’s latest victim, the Denver Nuggets, fell 103-89.  Tracy McGrady led the way for the Rockets with 22 points, reports the Associated Press. Shane Battier, continuing to raise his game, added a season-high 20... More »

Resilient Rockets Rout Wiz Sans Yao

Young Timberwolves claw way to a big upset; Grizzlies, not so much

(Newser) - No Yao, no problem. After learning they'd lost 7'6" franchise center Yao Ming for the season with a stress fracture, the scrappy Rockets dominated the Wizards defensively, coasting 94-69 for their 13th straight win. Platooning at the five-spot were 41-year-old Dikembe Mutombo, who had four blocks, and promising rookie Carl... More »

Houston's Yao Out for Season

Center has stress fracture in left foot, should return for Olympics

(Newser) - The Houston Rockets were dealt a crushing blow when it was revealed today that Yao Ming will miss the rest of the season and post-season with a stress fracture in his left foot.  The 7-foot-6-inch, Chinese center’s foot had been sore for several weeks before the diagnosis. This... More »

McGrady, Yao Help Rockets Squash Hornets

Houston wins 11th in a row in ending New Orleans' 5-game run

(Newser) - Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming put on a show tonight in leading the Houston Rockets to their 11th straight win with a 100-80 whipping of the New Orleans Hornets, reports the Associated Press. McGrady had 34 points, while Yao had 28 points and 14 rebounds in an easy win over... More »

McGrady Leads Rockets Past Ice-Cold Heat

Houston wins 10th straight as Miami falls for 10th time in a row

(Newser) - The Houston Rockets and the Miami Heat are teams going in completely opposite directions. The Rockets got 23 points and 10 assists from Tracy McGrady to fly by the Heat 112-100 last night, reports the Associated Press. The win was the 10th straight for Houston, while Miami lost its 10th... More »

Yao, Rockets Notch 7th Straight

Strong second half keys Houston's latest victory

(Newser) - Houston used a balanced attack, getting double-figures scoring from its entire starting five and playing strong defense at key moments in a 95-83 win over Portland, reports the Houston Chronicle. It was the Rockets' seventh straight win and 16th in 20 games. Yao Ming led the offense with 25 points... More »

Rockets Surge Past Cavs

Win gritty, not pretty, 92-77

(Newser) - The Rockets showed their mettle last night, earning a hard-nosed victory over Cleveland 92-77, the Houston Chronicle reports. Houston, propelled by Yao Ming's 22 points, battled off a Cavalier comeback attempt in the fourth, as Tracy McGrady battled a respiratory infection which sent him to the hospital earlier in the... More »

McGrady Propels Rockets Past Minnesota

Houston wins eighth straight on the road despite many mistakes

(Newser) - Houston overcame a fourth-quarter swoon and 18 turnovers, including seven by Tracy McGrady, to defeat Minnesota, 92-86, for its eighth consecutive win away from home. McGrady did hit a clinching three-pointer with 30 seconds left and led the Rockets with 26 points. Proving his team MVP status, Houston has won... More »

Rockets Rookie Paces Houston Past Indiana

Landry picks up slack on poor shooting night for McGrady, Yao Ming

(Newser) - Carl Landry scored 22 points, 13 in the final quarter, as Houston extended its road winning streakt to six with a 106-103 squeaker over the Pacers in Indianapolis. It was a homecoming of sorts for Landry, who attended Purdue University in nearby Lafayette and was pumped to play in front... More »

Suns Dominant in 125-92 Rout of Hawks

Yao, Rockets fend off Warriors, Bulls run over Timberwolves

(Newser) - The Phoenix Suns got 24 points from Amare Stoudemire en route to a 125-92 beat down of the Atlanta Hawks. Phoenix played arguably their best game of the season, dominating both ends of the floor. The statistics showed this dominance as the Suns set a season-high in field goal percentage... More »

Rockets Rookies Rally to Beat Blazers

Houston needs a page from Portland's book to create comeback win

(Newser) - When Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming weren't getting it done against the Trail Blazers, Rockets coach Rick Adelman decided to beat Portland at its own game, the Houston Chronicle reports. He sent in rookies Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks, and Carl Landry to lead the team to an 89-79 triumph, Houston's... More »

Passionless Pistons Fall to Bulls, Gordon

Rockets shock Spurs with T-Mac back, Mavs hand Sonics 10th loss

(Newser) - The Bulls helped the Pistons drop their fifth game of the last nine, as lackluster Detroit starters and a hot Chicago bench combined for a 97-81 result. Ben Gordon had 33 points and Andres Nocioni 21 for the Bulls, as no one but Chauncey Billups (27 points) really produced for... More »

Celtics Stunned at Home by Charlotte

Zeke tossed as Knicks lose to Rockets; Cavs fall to Hawks

(Newser) - Coming off arguably their biggest win of the season against the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday, the Boston Celtics laid an egg at home versus Charlotte. Jason Richardson scored 34 points to lead the Bobcats to a 95-83 victory. Playing without Ray Allen, who has a pinched nerve in his... More »

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