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


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.

Flash Mob Robbery in Germantown | News

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Recently, it seems that flash mobs are more commonly employed for petty crimes, like panty raids, rather than awkward protests and copycat marketing. This video shows a large group of teens swarming a Germantown 7-Eleven and stealing candy, chips, ice cream, and soda — basically anything that will, over time, render them morbidly obese. So who gets the last laugh?

According to the store owner, police didn’t want a copy of the surveillance tape because they thought it would be hard to capture the teens based on the footage, which, to our eyes, seems clear enough. Nonetheless, a Montgomery County officers tells NBC Washington, “We’re going to take this very seriously.” Right. (The owner also didn’t want to reveal the location of his store; there are six in Germantown, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out if you live there.)

It’s come to the point where, when we see a large group of people, we expect that we will be robbed, not treated to a live rendition of “Born This Way.” We almost miss the days when flash mobs were simply annoying, rather than a societal menace.

Did you see what happened at the 0:50 mark? A boy knocks a bag onto the ground, and a girl behind him picks it up and puts it back on the rack. They may be shoplifting en masse, but hey, at least they’re keeping organized what don’t steal!

DC’s Own Tony Lewis, Jr. Wins “Best Community Leader” Award at Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards | Community

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For those that don’t know Tony Lewis, Jr.’s story (peep the article The Washington Post wrote on him last year), one word to describe him is inspiring. He’s a positive man trying to make a positive change in his community. From leading peace marches up and down North Capitol Street to helping and mentoring children with incarcerated parents, Tony Lewis, Jr is an advocate for the people.

Yesterday, Steve Harvey recognized Tony Lewis as the “Best Community Leader” at the 2011 Ford Hoodie Awards.

Photo courtesy of Tony Lewis, Jr.

We would like to send out a major congratulations to Tony Lewis, Jr.

We knew he could do it, and he brought it home to the DMV.


Follow @MrTonyLewisJr on Twitter!



17 Charged in Drug Ring in Shaw Neighborhood | News

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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — Early morning raids Tuesday in DC, and in several Maryland towns, capped an investigation of a long-established drug ring that was active in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, according to law enforcement officials involved in the case.

“This was a multi-year investigation. Obviously drugs are pervasive in our city and with today’s operation it was really a blow, I think, we struck against a significant criminal enterprise,” US Attorney Ronald Machen, Jr. told 9News Now.

Seventeen persons have been indicted; 15 of them arrested in this three-year investigation.

READThe Indictment (PDF)

“That is pretty large. In DC, we normally see smaller crews so this was a large organization for DC that was distributing narcotics in the 7th and O area of Northwest Washington, DC,” Machen said.

“At the time of the arrests, law enforcement officers seized illegal narcotics, six firearms, four vehicles, and more than $600,000 in cash. The arrests follow the return of a federal indictment charging 17 individuals with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana,” a federal press release claimed.

The seventeen defendants charged include Espey Brown, Jr., 37, of Washington, D.C.; Keith Gregory Gaston, 39, of Silver Spring, MD; Angela Denise Peoples, 40, of Washington, D.C.; Eugene Edward Gadson, 38, of Washington, D.C.; Derrick Anthony Harris, 37, of Washington, D.C.; Laura Ann Cooper, 51, of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Tuckson, 55, of Washington, D.C.; Harry Terrell, Jr., 68, of Washington, D.C.; Thomas Kearney, Jr., 53, of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Martin, 55, of Washington, D.C.; David Emanuel Kyle, 41, of Camp Springs, MD; Tyrone Marcel Smith, 42, of Accokeek, MD; Joseph Garvin Young, 35, of Lanham, MD; Anthony Andre Carter, 32, of Fort Washington, MD; Walter Lybrant Hayman, 47, of Glenn Dale, MD; Marcus Alfred Gurley, 31, of Glenn Dale, MD; and Eric Michael Woods, 40, of Washington, D.C.

We Need Jobs! Who’s hiring in DC? | News

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The Jobs report for July had a lot of good news.

The economy added more jobs than expected.

So who is hiring in our area?
Mike Steinitz from staffing firm Robert Half joins 9NEWS NOW’S Jessica Doyle with some insight on how you can get hired.

Two People Shot Near MD Nightclub | News

Two people were shot near the former Le Pearl Ballroom, now known as MSG Nightclub

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CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA) — Prince George’s County Police are investigating a double shooting near a Capitol Heights nightclub that has sent two people to the hospital.

Officials tell 9 NEWS NOW police responded to the 7900 block of Central Avenue around 2:44 Monday morning for a report of a shooting. Police arriving on scene found two victims suffering from apparent gun shot wounds near the MSG nightclub.

Police say a 20-year-old female victim, who is from District Heights, was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. She is currently in critical condition.

The second male victim was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

Right now there is no information available on possible suspects or motive in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Awkward Much? President Obama’s Awkward Pause During Speech. | News

Click on the above link to see when President Barack Obama had an awkward moment on TV. He was misinformed on the count off to begin his speech. In the background, you can hear someone yelling loud and clear, “AWKWARD!”