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Published September 28, 2012
GIVING THE FAR EAST A TRY: NBA player D.J. WHITE has signed a contract to play for the Chinese Basketball Association team Shanghai Sharks for the '12-13 season. The 6-9 player has spent the last four seasons in the NBA playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats. White will "pair up alongside" former NBA Development league player ELIJAH MILLSAP, who was officially signed two weeks ago, filling the Sharks' spot for two imports this year (NIUBBALL.com, 9/27). ... The Chinese Olympians "will compete for more glory" at the CCTV Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony, also known as China's "Sports Oscars." Olympic swimming champion SUN YANG and men's table tennis Gold Medalist ZHANG JIKE are two of the competitors for Male Athlete of the Year. World record holding swimmer YE SHIWEN, Olympic sailing champion XU LIJIA and women's table tennis Gold Medalist LI XIAOXIA "are strong contenders" for Female Athlete of the Year, and the women's fencing team, which claimed the first Gold Medal for China in the event, "will be a strong contender" for Best Team of the Year. The first round of the selection process will be completed by the middle of December and the winners announced on Jan. 13 (CHINA DAILY, 9/27).