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March 15, 2010
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March 15, 2010

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For the remainder of the NBA season amid mounting woes, 76ers guard Allen Iverson, 34. The four-time scoring champion (above) first left the game on Nov. 7 after 13-plus seasons with the 76ers, Nuggets, Pistons and Grizzlies, but he unretired a month later to sign with Philadelphia. Seemingly recharged, he was averaging 13.8 points before he missed nine games over the past month (as well as the All-Star Game), citing the undisclosed illness of his daughter, Messiah. On March 2, the same day that Iverson's wife, Tawanna, filed for divorce, Sixers president Ed Stefanski made the exit official, saying that Iverson "no longer wishes to be a distraction to the organization and teammates that he loves very deeply." On Sunday, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Stephen A. Smith reported that Iverson was undergoing other struggles: Smith wrote that numerous NBA sources had suggested Iverson would "either drink himself into oblivion or gamble his life away." At press time Iverson had not commented.


By unanimous vote in the Missouri state senate, a bill that would remove former Cardinal Mark McGwire's name from a stretch of St. Louis freeway. In 1999, one year after Big Mac broke Roger Maris's single-season home run record, the state christened a five-mile chunk of I-70 (formerly the Mark Twain Highway) as the Mark McGwire Highway. But the senator who handled that bill, Ryan McKenna, says he reconsidered after McGwire's admission in January that he used steroids during his career. "When he finally came forward, that's when I decided," McKenna told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He was cheating." The bill, which would reinstitute Twain's name, now goes to Missouri's House of Representatives where it is expected to be approved. "If it turns out [that way]," McGwire said on March 2, "I was honored to have it for 10 years."


With diabetes, 20-year-old Georgetown junior Austin Freeman, who leads the No. 22 Hoyas in scoring average (17.3). The 6'3", 227-pound guard was suffering from a cold and stomach virus--like symptoms on Feb. 27 when he received intravenous fluids before coming off the bench against Notre Dame, a game in which he appeared pale and shaky while scoring five points over 23 minutes. Two days later team officials rushed Freeman to a Washington, D.C., emergency room where his ailment was identified. Freeman will continue to compete (though doctors have not yet identified his specific type of diabetes or the medication it will require), and last Saturday, with a specialist from Georgetown's Diabetes Center on hand, Freeman scored 24 points in a 74--47 win over Cincinnati.


In minor league baseball this spring, the use of several types of maple bats. The particularly light lumber first received approval in 1997 and gained popularity as Barry Bonds established single-season and career home run records in 2001 and '07, respectively, while using maple. A survey by one manufacturer estimated that somewhere between 60 and 70% of major leaguers used maple in '09. Recent MLB studies, however, found that maple bats splinter into more pieces when broken than do their heavier ash or hickory counterparts. The safety measure, meant to prevent flying debris from injuring fans, umpires and players, will apply only to those who have never played in the majors or who aren't on a big league 40-man roster, but officials will also consult with and recommend changes to major league players who broke at least 10 bats of any sort in '09.


By police after being accused of sexual assault for the second time in eight months, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger whose lawyer described his client on Monday as "completely innocent of any crime." Authorities in Milledgeville, Ga., 30 miles from the two-time Super Bowl champion's vacation home, say that Roethlisberger (above), was accompanied by a 20-year-old college student at local bars last Thursday. Early on Friday the unidentified woman reported being "sexually assaulted and sexually manipulated" by an attacker, whom she described as 6'5" and 241 pounds. (Witnesses also placed Roethlisberger at the scene.) Police have met with—but as of Monday had not questioned or charged—Roethlisberger, who is also facing a civil suit for an incident alleged to have occurred in July 2008 near Lake Tahoe, Nev., in which he has denied wrongdoing and filed a motion for dismissal.

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