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Chinese e-commerce Alibaba Group Founder JACK MA and action movie star JET LI "have joined hands to promote Tai Chi, a branch of Chinese martial arts practiced for both fitness and self-defense" (WANT CHINA TIMES, 4/14). ... Japanese figure skater MAO ASADA, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, said on Sunday that "she would retire from competition after next year's Sochi Winter Olympics" (AFP, 4/14). ... Spanish referee CARLOS VELASCO CARBALLO "has been chosen to referee the Copa del Rey final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid." The cup final "will be held at Santiago Bernabeu on May 17, with League officials confirming that the 42-year-old will be in charge for the match" (FOOTBALL ESPANA, 4/14). ... The Dutch Table Tennis Union said that Dutch table tennis player LI JIE "pulled out of the forthcoming World Table Tennis Championships in Paris due to pregnancy" (XINHUA, 4/12).