Despite being elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, Allen Iverson knows he still won't be able to shake his infamous rant about practice.
"I'm in the Hall of Fame and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or whatever and somebody will say to me: 'Practice? We talking about practice,' " he said with a laugh, adding that even his children mock him for the 2002 news conference in which he repeated the phrase about 20 times. "Man, I am a Hall of Famer, and that's all you can think about -- me saying practice."
Along with Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming, Sheryl Swoopes, Tom Izzo and Jerry Reinsdorf were elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday.
Posthumous honorees this year include 27-year NBA referee Darell Garretson; John McLendon, the first African-American coach in a professional league; Cumberland Posey, who also is in the Baseball Hall of Fame; and Zelmo Beaty, who led Prairie View to an NAIA title in 1962.
The selections were announced in Houston in advance of Monday night's NCAA tournament championship game.
Iverson was named the NBA rookie of the year in 1996-97 and was an 11-time All-Star. O'Neal, the top overall pick in the 1992 draft, was the NBA MVP in 2000, a three-time NBA Finals MVP and 15-time All-Star. Yao, the top overall pick in 2002, was an eight-time All-Star.
Swoopes helped Texas Tech to a national title, won four titles with the Houston Comets, was a three-time WNBA MVP and won three Olympic gold medals. Izzo, Michigan's State coach, won a national title in 2000 and has taken the Spartans to the Final Four seven times. Reinsdorf has been the owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox for more than two decades.
Alex Carpenter scored in overtime to lift the United States over Canada 1-0 to win the women's world hockey championship. Carpenter banged home a rebound at 12:30 of the extra period to silence the full house at the Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia. Alex Rigsby made 32 saves to earn the shutout for the U.S.
Duke's Brandon Ingram officially announced in an essay on The Players' Tribune website that he was entering the NBA draft. He is expected to be among the top two picks thanks to his combination of size (6-foot-9) and upside.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy won't be charged over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured. District Attorney Seth Williams says he can't prove who initiated the fight.
The News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina) contributed to this report.