Yao Ming is going back to the Olympics — the Youth Olympics, that is.
The retired 7-foot-6 NBA All-Star was named an ambassador for the second Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, which begin with an Opening Ceremony on Aug. 16.
Yao played in three Olympics, leading China to the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2008, before retiring from professional basketball in 2011.
Yao is best remembered in the Olympic setting for carrying the Chinese flag at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony, when many of the viewers focused on the 9-year-old boy walking next to him. Lin Hao, a survivivor of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, became one of the stars of that unforgettable Opening Ceremony.
Other 2014 Youth Olympics ambassadors include South African swimming gold medalist Chad le Clos and U.S. Women’s Open winner Michelle Wie.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Olympic Committee says eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.
The brief statement from the ROC on Saturday did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.
It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests.
U.S. Olympic track and field hopefuls compete in the biggest meet before the Olympic Trials at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
The premier annual international meet in the U.S., hosted at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, takes place five weeks before the U.S. Olympic Trials at the same venue.
The Pre Classic fields on Saturday include U.S. Olympic champions Justin Gatlin (100m), Dawn Harper-Nelson (100m hurdles), Aries Merritt (110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Sanya Richards-Ross (400m).
International stars such as two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada also dot the entry lists.
A full preview with start lists and highlight events to watch is here.
NBCSN will air live coverage Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. ET. NBC will air live coverage from 5-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all 2 1/2 hours.
LIVE STREAM: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30-6 p.m. ET