NBA star Yao Ming says baby will be a girl

BEIJING: Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says he and his wife are having a baby girl, and excited Chinese fans have already posted photo mash-ups of the couple’s faces online to predict what she will look like.

A column in the China Daily newspaper first mentioned the news in passing on Thursday, but it made the front page yesterday as fans sent Yao Ming’s comments whizzing through online forums.

“Yao told me about his excitement of becoming a father; especially when he first heard his daughter’s heartbeat on the monitor,” columnist Yang Lan wrote on Thursday.

The first child for Yao Ming and his wife, Ye Li, is due in July.

Scientists have predicted the girl will grow up to be about 1.86m (6-foot-2), China Daily reported yesterday.

The 2.25m (7 foot 6) Yao Ming has been sidelined since surgery in May to repair a hairline fracture in his left foot. — AP

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