Iverson to Pay for Murdered Man's Funeral

Iverson to Pay for Murdered Man's Funeral

While I'm sure most murders in Philadelphia have tragic stories behind them, this one is just mindless:

On June 24, 2003, a group of teens approached Johnson while he was
waiting for a trolley and demanded he give up the Iverson jersey he was
wearing. When he refused, Johnson was shot in the back of the neck by
Robert Ferguson, who is serving a prison sentence on attempted murder

The kid who got shot for his Iverson jersey was on life support for three years.  Correction: Johnson was left a quadriplegic from the shooting: "in a wheelchair and eventually on a ventilator. Last week, the ventilator failed, and Johnson suffered irreparable brain damage." His parents chose to take him off of it on Tuesday.  Allen Iverson has offered to pay for the funeral.

''I don't think one guy can do what needs to be done, but I think one
guy can help,'' Iverson said before Wednesday night's game in Seattle.
''I think it's going to take a collective effort. and there is a lot of
good people trying to help the situation in Philadelphia.''

>>Iverson Offers to Pay for Funeral [NYTimes]


Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

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Defense scores twice as Villanova beats Lafayette

EASTON, Pa. -- Tanoh Kpassagnon returned a fumble 25 yards on the first offensive play of the game and Jeff Steeb returned an interception 45 yards to close the scoring and Villanova defeated Lafayette 31-14 on Saturday night.

Aaron Forbes, who ran for 111 yards on 11 carries, scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to put the Wildcats (3-1) up 24-14 after the Leopards (1-3) had rallied after falling behind 17-0.

Javon White's 1-yard plunge made it 17-0 for Villanova but Lafayette's Drew Reed hit Yasir Thomas for a 14-yard score just before halftime. Reed connected with Tim Vangelas on a 19-yard score early in the third quarter.

Lafayette finished with four turnovers with Rob Rolle picking off two passes, including one he returned 100 yards for a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty.

Villanova had 378 yards of offense, 238 on the ground while Lafayette had 342, 272 through the air.

Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

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Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya's 1st MLS goal not enough in draw with Toronto FC

TORONTO -- Justin Morrow scored in the 70th minute and Toronto FC salvaged a point with a 1-1 draw with the Union on Saturday night.

Morrow made a run from his left back position, and midfielder Jonathan Osorio laid the ball off to Morrow for a tight-angle shot. Toronto (13-8-9) had its second straight home tie,

Alejandro Bedoya scored for Philadelphia (11-11-9) in the 25th minute. Bedoya took a pass from Fabian Herbers with his back to the Toronto goal, quickly spun past the Toronto back line and chipped a shot that looped over goalkeeper Clint Irwin.