August 4, 1997 in Sports

Iverson Arrested In Virginia

Compiled From Wire Services

Allen Iverson, last season’s NBA Rookie of the Year for Philadelphia, was released on $2,000 bond after being arrested by state police in Talleysville, Va., and charged with drug and firearms possession.

Police said Iverson was in a car stopped for speeding on Interstate 64, 20 miles east of Richmond. It was going 93 mph in a 65 mph zone. Police said that when they pulled the car over, they smelled marijuana.

Police said that while searching the car, a trooper found a .45-caliber pistol on the floor mat in front of Iverson’s seat. Iverson told the trooper it was his gun. One marijuana cigarette was found under the front seat where Iverson was sitting and a crumpled up marijuana cigarette was found in the back of the car.

Kobe Bryant of the Lakers scored 35 points and Tracy McGrady, who entered the NBA draft straight out of high school and was selected by the Toronto Raptors in June, scored 26 in the 12th annual Magic Johnson All-Star Game in Inglewood, Calif.

The Red Team, led by Penny Hardaway and Gary Payton with 20 points each, defeated Johnson’s Blue Team 153-147 in an annual game that raised $1.5 million for the United Negro College Fund. Johnson played 10 minutes and scored five points.

A gambler suspected of paying Arizona State University basketball players to shave points bet more than $1 million on one game, The Arizona Republic reported.

Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper reported that the gambler bet heavily against Arizona State in four 1994 contests. Past reports indicated that only two games - one against Washington and another against Washington State - were being examined by a Phoenix-based federal grand jury.

Federal investigators are apparently narrowing their focus to 20 individuals, including bookmakers, gamblers, Las Vegas casino employees and former Arizona State basketball players.

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