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This Week in Sports :: March 17-21, 2008

Allen Iverson makes his first return to Philly since getting traded and the Rockets' streak stops at 22. See what else happened!

Iverson's Homecoming

On Thursday, Allen Iverson returned back to the City of Brotherly Love for the first times since he was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Denver Nuggets in December 2006. Iverson was drafted first overall by the Sixers in 1996 and spent 10 years there and led them to the NBA Finals in 2001. Despite leaving Philly on a bad note, Iverson received a minute long standing ovation by the Philadelphia crowd. Iverson scored 32 points, but it wasn't enough for a fairy tale ending as the Nuggets fell to the Sixers 115-113.

Rockets' Streak Snapped

After winning an incredible 22 straight games that lasted nearly seven weeks, the Houston Rockets finally lost a game. On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics defeated the Rockets 94-74. The streak was the second longest winning streak in NBA history. The Celtics on the other hand, are on a little winning streak themselves winning 13 of their last 14 games. As of Friday, the Celtics are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Rockets are in third place in the Western Conference.

Yankees Visit Virginia Tech

It has been a though year for Virginia Tech who lost 32 students and teachers last April to a school shooter. The New York Yankees came to show their support for the school and its community by hosting an exhibition game between themselves and the Virginia Tech baseball team on Wednesday. In front of a capacity crowd, the Yankees beat the Hokies 11-0. But more important than the game, the Yankees players met with the students, players and administration as well as visited the memorial site. The Yankees know a little something about tragedy - they went through the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • LeBron James and DeShawn Stevenson of the Washington Wizards have been trading shots at each other in the media. It started last week when Stevenson called LeBron "overrated", then James firing back saying responding to DeShawn would be like "Jay-Z responding to Soulja Boy." Ouch!
  • The St. Louis Cardinals signed pitcher Adam Wainwright to a four-year, $15 million deal on Thursday.
  • Don't count the Edmonton Oilers out of the playoff race yet! The tenth place Oilers have won eight of their last 10 games and are just half a game behind the eight-seed Calgary Flames.
  • Larry Harris was fired on Wednesday as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks' record currently stands at a miserable 23-44.



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