Yang to follow with donation

TURIN, Italy (AP) Inspired by American speedskater Joey Cheek’s example, Chinese short track Olympic medalist Yang Yang said Sunday she’ll donate her $10,000 bronze-medal bonus to a charity that helps children in areas ravaged by conflict. The donation helps push the charity, Right to Play, close to $500,000 in funds raised during the Turin Winter Olympics, said the group’s founder, Johann Olav Koss, a former Norwegian speedskating star. Yang — who won two gold medals at the 2002 Olympics and who is retiring from competition after Turin — said she decided to make the donation after her bronze medal performance in the 1,000 meters Saturday night. She went to Koss’ office first thing Sunday to discuss it. “As you know, I’m retiring after these Games,” she told a news conference. “I want to leave something for sports and expand the influence of sports in China and the world.”