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.

Cash, Bird Lift Storm over Mystics 73-63 | Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) — Swin Cash scored 19 points and Sue Bird added 17 as the Seattle Storm won in Washington for the first time since 2006, topping the Mystics 73-63 on Sunday.

Tanisha Wright also scored 17 points for the Storm (5-3), who took the lead for good late in the first quarter and were ahead 35-26 at halftime. After the Mystics got within 43-40 midway through the third quarter, Bird drilled a 3-pointer and scored eight points during a 14-4 run over the final 4:48 of the period to make it 57-44.

The Mystics (2-6), who played without leading scorer Crystal Langhorne (back pain), cut the lead to 61-56 on a 3-point play by Matee Ajavon with 3:20 remaining, but didn’t get closer.

The Storm have won two of three without reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson (left hip surgery), and the defending champions have won three of four overall.

Washington has its own injury woes as the Mystics were without Langhorne, who missed the first game of her four-year WNBAcareer. The Mystics’ offense took the hit, producing a season-low 26 points in the first half. Washington shot 31.9 percent (22 for 69) overall. (via WUSA9)

Shelvin Mack Drafted by Washington Wizards | Sports

Guard Shelvin Mack became the second Butler player in 12 months to go from the Final Four to the NBA on Thursday (June 23). The Butler junior was selected in the second round of this year’s NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.

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