Yao aiding quake victims’ families

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Rockets star Yao Ming has set up a hotline to help North American Chinese residents reach family and friends in China following a series of earthquakes there.

The latest series of quakes struck Wednesday in a remote, mountainous Tibetan region. At least 589 people have been killed and more than 10,000 are injured.

“I feel very sad for them,” Yao said Wednesday, before the Rockets played their season finale against New Orleans. “I wish the rest of the people there, the families, good treatment. In the future, we still need a lot of people to help. I am going to find out what I can do.”