Briefs-Wells ends spell in China with Shanxi Zhongyu

Mon Feb 2, 2009 6:54am GMT

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Feb 2 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world on Monday:

Basketball - Former NBA guard Bonzi Wells, the best known player in the Chinese Basketball Association, has agreed to terminate his contract with Shanxi Zhongyu after delaying his return from the United States after the Chinese New Year break.

"As the games will restart soon, we can't wait for him," the club said in a statement on its official website (www.sxcba.com). "After friendly negotiation, both sides agreed to stop the contract."

The club has signed Tim Pickett, a 2004 draft pick for the New Orleans Hornets, to replace the former Portland, Memphis, Sacramento, Houston and New Orleans player, Beijing News reported.

Athletics - Athens Olympic bronze medal winning walker Jane Saville has retired from the sport, Athletics Australia said on Monday.

Saville, 34, also won three Commonwealth Games gold medals though will be best remembered as being disqualified just 300 metres from the finish line while leading the 20km walk at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. (Editing by Nick Mulvenney and Peter Rutherford)

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