Yao heads `Forbes' list
Houston Rockets star Yao Ming has topped Forbes Magazine's list of Chinese celebrities for the second year running. Yao, who last week signed a new five-year contract worth more than US$75 million, was judged on a combination of income, media exposure and endorsement deals with major international companies, the magazine's Chinese version reported on its Web site. The 2.29m center, who turns 25 this month, is a three-time NBA All-Star and was the No. 1 draft pick in 2002. He has one year left on his rookie contract, which will pay him more than US$5.5 million next season. Forbes put Yao's 2004 income at US$18.5 million, about 25 percent higher than last year. Second on the list was Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Zhang Ziyi, followed by Olympic gold medal winning sprinter Liu Xiang. Other athletes listed included Olympic champion divers Tian Liang and Guo Jingjing, ranked 16th and 17th, Manchester City striker Sun Jihai, 34th, and Sheffield United player-youth coach Hao Hai-dong, 55th.
Herrion died of heart disease
San Francisco 49ers lineman Thomas Herrion died from heart disease when he collapsed after a National Football League preseason game in Denver on Aug. 20, the Denver County coroner said Tuesday. Herrion had ischemic heart disease, with significant blockage in his right coronary artery that caused the death of heart muscle, the city health department said in a news release. Herrion's heart was slightly enlarged. Drug screens on Herrion's blood and urine found only atrophine, a drug given when medical personnel tried to revive him. Herrion, 23, was pronounced dead early on the morning of Aug. 21.