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Sophomore Iverson Drives Off to NBA From Hoyas

May 02, 1996|From Staff and Wire Reports

Soon All-American guard Allen Iverson will be able to pay for that $130,000 car he is driving.

On Wednesday in Washington, Iverson, a sophomore, said he would leave Georgetown and try his lot with the NBA. He also announced that he is the father of a 1-year-old girl and that he wants to get a specialist for his younger sister, whom he said was suffering from seizures.

He is the first player to leave Georgetown early in Coach John Thompson's 24 years there.

"I definitely plan to further my education, but my family needs to be addressed right now," Iverson said.

Speculation about Iverson's leaving has heightened since he was been driving a Mercedes-Benz on loan from a dealer.

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Jermaine Watts, a guard who led DePaul in scoring, assists and steals as a sophomore last season, has been dismissed from school after being charged with drug possession.

Jurisprudence

A phone tip led to the arrest of Labrant Deshawn Dennis, 24, in the April 13 murders of University of Miami reserve linebacker Marlin Barnes and friend Timwanika Lumpkins in a campus apartment. Dennis was the former boyfriend of Lumpkins and the father of her 3-year-old daughter.

The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of former Alabama assistant football coach Jerry Pullen, who in a lawsuit had accused Gene Jelks of slander in his claims that he had been paid to play for the Crimson Tide.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Terry Long avoided a jail sentence when a judge gave him two more months to perform 60 hours of community service.

Media outlets want the gag order lifted in the felony drug case of Dallas Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin, who was indicted on charges of drug possession in March and now faces more problems. Irving, Texas, police saying Irvin is accused of assault on James Charles Edward in an area shopping center on Wednesday.

Hockey

Russia defeated Italy, 5-2, and the Czech Republic beat Germany, 6-1, in Vienna to advance to the semifinals of the World Ice Hockey Championships. Russia plays Canada and the Czechs meet the United States in the semifinals. . . . The International Hockey League will have teams in Quebec and Winnipeg next season.

Tennis

UCLA Coach Billy Martin, a former NCAA singles champion, will join John McEnroe and six other former players and coaches as inductees into the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. Hall of Fame on May 20.

Thomas Muster extended his winning streak on clay to 37 matches with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory over Hendrik Dreekmann in the BMW Open in Munich. . . . Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Nuno Marques, 6-4, 6-2, in their second-round match at the Skoda Czech Open men's tournament in Prague. . . . Martina Hingis beat Mercedes Paz, 6-1, 6-1, at the Rexona Cup in Hamburg, Germany. . . . Top-seeded Iva Majoli defeated Catalina Cristea, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the second round of the Croatian Women's Open in Bol.

Miscellany

Former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Rafael Ruelas knocked out Tomas Barrientes at 2:32 of the second round of their junior-welterweight bout in San Antonio on Tuesday night. . . . In Franz Beckenbauer's return as coach, Bayern Munich, seeking its first European title in 20 years, beat Girondins Bordeaux, 2-0, in the first leg of the UEFA Cup final in Munich, Germany. . . . Arvis Piziks of Lativa emerged from an uphill sprinting pack of 11 riders with about 100 yards left to claim the Wilmington, Del., circuit ride, the opening stage of the Tour DuPont.

Stein Metzger and Paul Nihipali of UCLA and Martin Wagner of Long Beach State have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. All-American men's team, as have Stanford's Matt Fuerbringer of Costa Mesa and Hawaii's Erik Pichel of Pacific Palisades.

Names in the News

Fred Taylor, 71, who coached Ohio State to the 1960 NCAA championship, was in critical condition in Columbus after surgery for a brain aneurysm. . . . Gladys Nortey, a discus thrower, was suspended for three months by Athletics Canada for taking a medication that contained the banned Pseudoephedrine.

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