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Basketball Hall of Famer, business magnate, cultural ambassador -- no Chinese athlete carries a richer legacy than Yao Ming, whose towering 7ft 6in frame (2.29 metre) stormed into the NBA 20 years ago.
Michael Norman fired another World Championships warning shot on Saturday, posting a world-leading 43.56sec to win the 400m at the US trials and put Tokyo disappointment further behind him.
Cristian Javier tossed seven scoreless innings to set up a combined no-hitter as the Houston Astros shut out the New York Yankees with a 3-0 victory in the Bronx on Saturday.
Sydney McLaughlin punched her ticket to the athletics World Championships with a world record 51.41sec victory in the 400m hurdles at the US trials on Saturday.
Kyle Mayers' undiminished appetite for Bangladesh's bowling took him to a second Test century and lifted the West Indies to 340 for five on the second day of the second and final Test in St Lucia on Saturday.
Chun In-gee will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Women's PGA Championship after battling to a three-over-par 75 in Saturday's third round.
Jamie Overton said he had no trouble fitting into an England set-up committed to keeping fans "on the edge of their seats" as he continued an impressive Test debut at Headingley on Saturday.
Reigning Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs continued his preparations for next month's world championships by winning the Italian men's 100 metres title on Saturday.
World 200m champion Noah Lyles clocked 19.95sec to top the qualifying times at the US trials on Saturday, and said he was rebounding nicely from a bout with Covid.
Sarah Sjostrom, who has been winning world titles for 13 years, and Summer McIntosh, who has been winning them for four days, both collected their second gold medals of the week in Budapest on Saturday.
Wales captain Gareth Bale confirmed his move to Major League Soccer's Los Angeles FC on Saturday following his departure from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
England took a flurry of late wickets on Saturday to give themselves hope of starting their new era with a series clean sweep against world Test champions New Zealand at Headingley.
West Indies lost three wickets for one run just before lunch to stumble to 137 for four in reply to Bangladesh's first innings total of 234 on the second day of the second and final Test in St Lucia on Saturday.
Serena Williams admits that she didn't know how or when she would return to tennis but insisted retirement had not been on her agenda during her year-long absence.
Novak Djokovic repeated his hardline refusal to get a Covid-19 vaccination Saturday as he resigned himself to sitting out the season's last Grand Slam at the US Open.
Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia will start Sunday's Dutch MotoGP in pole position after the Italian again topped qualifying in Assen ahead of reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo.
Rafael Nadal said Saturday that for the first time in 18 months he has defeated the crippling foot pain which threatened to push him to the brink of retirement.
World number one Iga Swiatek said Saturday she is "overwhelmed" to see Serena Williams back at Wimbledon, one year after the US legend limped away from the All England Club.
Jamie Overton hit a stunning 97 on his England debut and then starred with the ball as the hosts closed in on a series clean sweep against World Test champions New Zealand at Headingley.
In a competition which is drawing to a close with the veteran women striking back, Katinka Hosszu opened the final day of the world championships by drawing a roar from the scattered Saturday-morning crowd as she won her heat in the women's 400 individual medley.
Montpellier's England No. 8 Zach Mercer said the chance to feature at next year's Rugby World Cup would be "outstanding" after a player of the match performance in Friday's Top 14 final success over Castres.
Both teams hailed the return of international rugby league after New Zealand outclassed Tonga 26-6 on Saturday in their first Test for nearly three years.
Australia's Glenn Maxwell says his baggy green has seen better days but he expects to make the Test team for the Sri Lanka series thanks to his subcontinent playing experience.
Ondrej Palat scored a late winner as the Tampa Bay Lightning put Colorado's Stanley Cup final hopes on ice with a battling 3-2 victory in Denver on Friday.