Sports in Brief: Iverson added to roster for China exhibition game

Allen Iverson has an interest in playing in China.       AP
Allen Iverson has an interest in playing in China.       AP
Posted: October 03, 2012

Former 76ers star Allen Iverson and onetime NBA rookie standout Jason Williams were added Tuesday to the roster of a team coached by Hall of Famer Nate "Tiny" Archibald that will play an exhibition game against the 2012 Chinese Basketball Association champion Beijing Ducks (with Stephon Marbury) on Saturday in China.

Iverson expressed interest last month in playing 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 [in China]," Iverson was 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.' "

COLLEGES: Eleven Gwynedd-Mercy players scored as the Griffins ran away to a 14-0 field hockey win over Notre Dame of Maryland to give the team its first Colonial States Athletic Conference win of the year. Kelsey Deveney, Maria Karidas (Council Rock South) and Erin Magee (Paul VI) each scored twice.

In men's soccer, goals from Dodji Freitas (Samuel Fels) and Justin Massaro (William Tennent) gave host Holy Family (5-4-2, 2-2-1 CACC) a 2-0 win over Philadelphia University (4-3-4, 2-2-3).

Dan Garfing (Peddie School), Sam Yarosh (Unionville) and Matt Gorski scored to lift host Haverford (7-4) to a 3-1 win over Rowan (5-5-1). Christian Fountain scored for the Profs.

Dean DerSimonian (Radnor) scored in the 40th minute for Ursinus, but King's (Pa.) came back for a 3-1 victory over the Bears (4-7) in Collegeville.

A goal by Julianna Ardire (Bishop Eustace Prep) gave Cabrini (3-5-2) a 1-0 win in women's soccer over host Immaculata (2-8-0).

At the United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Southeast Regional in Fredericksburg, Va., Haverford College's Kevin Caulfield lost in the semifinals, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 to eventual tournament champ Andy Hersh of Johns Hopkins.

In women's volleyball, Eastern got 11 kills from Katrina Pisch (Merion Mercy Academy) and 13 digs from Kelly Groff (Methacton) to beat visiting Manhattanville in three sets and secure a spot in the Freedom Conference playoffs.

Widener women's lacrosse coach Robin Baxter stepped down after six seasons to become a director at NXTsports in Bala Cynwyd. Baxter leaves as the third-winningest coach in the program's history with 43 victories.

The Atlantic Ten Conference secured eight-year partnerships with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, and NBC Sports Group for its media and television rights. The agreements more than double the men's and women's basketball national exposure for the A-10 membership and will begin in 2013-14.

NBA:Dwight Howard participated in his first practice with the Los Angeles Lakers, going through a long workout with no concerns about his surgically repaired back.

SOCCER: In a Champions League stunner, host BATE Borisov got goals from Aleksandr Pavlov, Vitali Rodionov, and Renan Bressan to stun Bayern Munich, 3-1, in Minsk, Belarus.

In other games, Robin Van Persie scored twice to lift visiting Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Romania's CFR Cluj, while Juan Mata also scored two in a 4-0 win for Chelsea over Nordsjælland in Farum, Denmark.

TENNIS: In Beijing, Novak Djokovic won his opening match in the China Open by defeating Michael Berrer, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2, in his first match since losing the U.S. Open final.

U.S. Open champion Andy Murray opened defense of his Japan Open title by beating Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (7) 6-4, in the first round in Tokyo.

- Staff and wire reports

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