Georgetown vs. China: Goodwill Game Turns To Bad Brawl | Sports

(Via HuffingtonPost.com)

BEIJING — A bench-clearing brawl at an exhibition game between American and Chinese basketball teams Thursday marred the orchestrated harmony of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to China.

The fight between the Georgetown University men’s basketball team and the Bayi Rockets on Thursday night in Beijing forced the game to end early. Biden did not attend the game. However, on Wednesday he watched the Georgetown team beat the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons 98-81.

Georgetown Hoyas head coach John Thompson III said in an emailed statement that the team regretted the incident.

“Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams,” he said. “We sincerely regret that this situation occurred.”

The brawl Thursday was the latest instance of on-court fighting by China, whose players have been fined tens of thousands of dollars by the world and Asian federations for scrapping with opponents.

Photos from the game circulating on China’s popular microblog Sina Weibo show players from both teams pushing one another.

The Washington Post said the melee broke out in the fourth quarter as members of both teams tackled and threw punches at one another. Chairs and water bottles were also thrown as the Georgetown players left the court with about nine-and-a-half minutes remaining.

The Georgetown Hoyas are in China on a 10-day goodwill trip which has been cited by the U.S. State Department as an example of sports diplomacy that strengthens ties between the two countries’ peoples. The team was briefed by the State Department ahead of its departure on what to expect during its trip to Beijing and Shanghai, according to news releases on the university’s website.

“We remain grateful for the opportunity our student-athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University,” Thompson III said.

A U.S. Embassy official called it an “unfortunate” incident.

“We look to these types of exchanges to promote good sportsmanship and strengthen our people-to-people contact with China,” the official said.

Earlier in the day, some friction also arose as reporters covering Biden’s visit encountered some restrictions. During Biden’s meeting with Chinese officials, White House press handlers believed they had an agreement that reporters would be permitted to remain in the room until Biden had completed his opening remarks.

However, Chinese security officers began telling reporters to leave while Biden was speaking, leading to whispered objections and some reporters being led from the room.

Breaking News: “Helpers of Global Jihad” Behind Terrorist Attack on Oslo & Utoya, Norway | International, News

Update: 80+ confirmed deaths

A group called “Helpers of Global Jihad” has taken responsibility for the bomb which ripped open buildings, including the prime minister’s office, in Norway’s capital. 

  • 1.30pm: Massive car bomb explosion kills at least seven in Oslo
  • 3.30pm: Between 25 and 30 dead as man disguised as police officer opens fire on island youth meeting Norwegian prime minister was due to attend
  • Eyewitnesses say bodies floating in the sea around the island
  • Man arrested on the island was 6ft tall, had blonde hair and spoke Norwegian – reports he was shot and wounded before being detained
  • Police fear explosives may have been laid at camp
  • Unknown group called ‘Helpers of the Global Jihad’ said to have posted message saying this is reaction to publication of Muhammed cartoons
  • Islands residents told not to reveal their location on Twitter or Facebook
  • British Foreign Minister William Hague condemns ‘horrific’ attack
  • Oslo Mayor: ‘Wish I were on island to be shot instead of children’
  • Police believe the two attacks may be linked and can not say whether there was more than one shooter on island

Teenagers on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to ‘swim for their lives’ and hide in trees when a gunman fired indiscriminately at them.

Around 700 had gathered on the island for a meeting of the youth wing of the ruling Labour party.

Witnesses said the man in police uniform who opened fire beckoned several young people over before shooting at them. He told them to ‘come here’.

They said they were still trying to get an overview of the Utoya massacre and could not say whether there was more than one shooter.

More than 30 are believed to have been killed – seven in Oslo and between 25 to 30 on Utoya Island, 50 miles north of the capital – where the prime minister Jens Stoltenberg had been due to attend the youth Labour Party event.

The man arrested is reported to be 6ft tall, blonde and spoke Norwegian.

Simen Braende Mortensen, a guard on the boat to Utoya Island, told VG newspaper he saw a man, aged between 30 to 40-years-old, in a police uniform and bulletproof vest drive on to the boat in a silver van.

He apparently had a pistol and a rifle with telescopic sight, had a Norwegian look and spoke in a common eastern dialect.

It is reported he said he had been sent to beef up security following the Oslo bombing, and was shot and wounded before being arrested.

Read more: HERE

Harry Potter Fans Line Up For Final Movie | News

“The Deathly Hallow’s Part 2”

In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.

Are you a Harry Potter fanatic?

Ten years after 7 books and matching movies, the Harry Potter series comes to an end with “The Deathly Hallows Part 2”.

Super fans lined up outside the Uptown Theatre in Cleveland Park (NW, DC) very early to be the first to see the midnight showing of the final Harry Potter series. Children and Adults, many of which had to go to school and work today (Friday) waited anxiously for the 12am or 3:30am show.

The movie set a midnight box office record with $43.5M. “The Deathly Hallows Part 1” hit $125,017,372 the first weekend, also a record. Check out the Harry Potter Box Office History.

Here’s the trailer for “The Deathly Hallows Part2”

SO what’s next?