Former 76ers star Allen Iverson said to be eyeing China

Posted: September 06, 2012

ALLEN IVERSON is considering playing this season in China, according to a Hoops Hype translation of a Chinese article.

"I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can't get back there, I'm hoping to play ball here [in China]," Iverson is quoted as saying. "China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like 'Hey, we really need you.' "

Iverson, 37, last played in the NBA in 2009-10, in his second stint with the Sixers. He signed a 2-year, $4 million contract with a Turkish team in 2010 but played just played 10 games before a leg injury cut short his stay.

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Temple senior running back Matt Brown was named to the Paul Hornung Weekly Honor Roll by the Louisville Sports Commission. Brown, who leads the Big East in rushing, recorded the 10th 100-yard performance of his career in the Owls' win over Villanova. He led the Owls with 145 yards, including a 56-yard TD run, on 19 carries.

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Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker were named to the U.S. Ryder Cup team by captain Davis Love III. The Ryder Cup, which pits the U.S. team against Europe, is Sept. 28-30 at Medinah outside Chicago.

Matt Kenseth, who opened this season with a second victory in the Daytona 500, confirmed he is moving to Joe Gibbs Racing from Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season. Meanwhile, Joey Logano was hired away from Gibbs Racing by Penske Racing, filling the seat that opened when AJ Allmendinger was released after a failed drug test.

* Japanese players have agreed to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, backing off a threat to boycott the event because of a dispute over the way tournament money is shared. The Asian round will be held in Tokyo in March, with Japan facing Cuba, China and the winner of November's Asian qualifying round in Taiwan.

* The United States beat Nigeria, 2-0, and will play defending champion Germany for the women's under-20 World Cup title Saturday in Tokyo.

* A figure skating coach who competed at the Olympics for the Soviet Union is being held in Maryland as a fugitive from charges in New York. Authorities in New York aren't releasing details of the case against Genrich Sretenski, 50, except to say it involves an incident last year in Lake Placid, a hub of figure skating training and competition. Police there say they took a complaint involving Sretenski last September and turned their investigation over to state police. Sretenski and ice-dancing partner Natalia Annenko placed fourth at the 1988 Olympics.

Shaun Smith and Kristers Zeidaks were dismissed from the Mississippi State basketball team for "repeated violations of team rules."

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