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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Yao to lead Chinese team in Athens

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posted on Jul, 5 2004 @ 03:56 PM
The Associated Press

Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and Menk Bateer of the San Antonio Spurs will lead the Chinese basketball team at the Athens Olympics.

The official Xinhua News Agency announced the lineup Monday, citing Chinese Basketball Association officials in Dallas, where the national team played the Dallas Mavericks' summer team.

In addition to Yao and Menk, the 12-player squad includes Liu Wei, Zhu Fangyu, Du Feng, Guo Shiqiang, Yi Jianlian, Li Nan, Chen Ke, Zhang Jingsong, Mo Ke and Zhang Yunsong.

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Minor meltdown

A small fire slightly damaged a storage area outside the main Olympic stadium Monday, the fire department said.

The fire, which melted some plastic pipes and a few plastic seats, occurred outside the 75,000-seat stadium with a new steel-and-glass roof designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

At least four fire trucks rushed to the fire, which may have been caused by a short circuit. A small 10-foot section of an outside cement wall appeared blackened.

Construction crews preparing the stadium for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics did not stop working while the small fire was extinguished.

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