SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Former NBA star Allen Iverson is joining a regional basketball league in the Dominican Republic for a month.
Team president Milton Nunez said Thursday the 36-year-old guard will play for Pueblo Nuevo. He declined to say how much Iverson will be paid.
Iverson is to arrive Sunday and play for his second-place team that same day against GUG in Santiago province, Nunez said.
"He and his agent have told us that he has been training a lot and that even if he hasn't been playing anywhere, he has what we need to help Pueblo Nuevo," Nunez said.
Iverson had been considered a potential recruit for the Santo Domingo Lions last year, but no contract was signed.
Iverson left the NBA in 2010 and spent part of that year playing in Turkey. He was the NBA's MVP in 2001, when he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA finals. In 14 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 26.7 points. -- (AP)
NEW YORK — The 87-year-old mother of the Rev. Al Sharpton has died.
His spokeswoman says Ada Sharpton died early Thursday morning in Dothan, Ala., following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
Rachel Noerdlinger says Sharpton will fly to Alabama to make arrangements for his mother's funeral after attending a rally Thursday evening in Sanford, Fla., for Trayvon Martin.
Martin is a black teenager who was shot to death by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain in Florida. His parents attended a march for their son in New York City on Wednesday.
Noerdlinger says Sharpton learned of his mother's death while boarding the flight to Florida on Thursday morning. He heads the National Action Network, a civil rights organization based in New York City. -- (AP)
LOS ANGELES — Ray J says he's "still hurting" nearly a month after the death of Whitney Houston.
The singer and sometime reality television star was one of the people who spent time with Houston in her last days.
He told reporters at a charity event on Friday in Los Angeles: "I really miss my friend, you know. I really do. I'm still hurting."
"I'm able to look at life in a whole different way," Ray J said. He looked down at a smartphone and said, "I always look at my phone because I've got a picture of somebody that I really love and it helps me through the day."
Ray J, who was joined by his parents Sonja and Willie Norwood, did not take questions from reporters.
Houston died in a hotel suite in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 11. -- (AP)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Andrew Nicholson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Charlon Kloof scored 19 to lead St. Bonaventure to a 71-68 win over Saint Joseph's on Friday, advancing to the Atlantic 10 tournament semifinals.
The Bonnies (18-11) play Massachusetts after the Minutemen knocked off top-seeded Temple 77-71 in the first game of the day.
Carl Jones scored 24 points, and Langston Galloway and Daryus Quarles each had 12 for the Hawks (20-13), who are likely headed to the NIT.
Kloof hit a 3-pointer late for a 67-63 lead, giving the Bonnies the cushion it needed to hang on. Jones pulled the Hawks within one on a 3-pointer, but Galloway was whistled for a crucial offensive foul that gave the ball back to St. Bonaventure. Jones also had a shot blocked by Nicholson in the final minute.
Neither team led by more than six and the lead changed 24 times. -- (AP)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Mike McCall Jr. scored 16 points and Kwamain Mitchell had 15 to lead Saint Louis to a 78-71 win over La Salle on Friday night to advance to the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament semifinals.
Brian Conklin scored 14 points and Jordair Jett had 13 for the No. 2-seed Billikens (25-6), who have won nine of their last 10 games and are the highest remaining seed left in the tournament. Top-seeded Temple was eliminated by Massachusetts earlier.
Earl Pettis scored 18 points, Ramon Galloway had 14 and Tyreek Duren 13 for the Explorers (21-12).
Saint Louis raced to a 12-point first-half lead and appeared to have the game under control until La Salle got hot late. Pettis hit a pull-up jumper to pull La Salle within two and Jerrell Wright's dunk made it 57-56. That was as close as they would get.
McCall's 3-pointer made it 65-58, helping Saint Louis advance. -- (AP)