Nash brings out NBA, soccer stars for charity

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Steve Nash knows his Suns jersey could be hanging up for a while as NBA owners and players haggle over how to split billions in a new collective bargaining agreement.

So, it made sense to slip on a soccer jersey instead for an afternoon.

The two-time league MVP joined several of his basketball buddies and stars of Major League Soccer and the international scene Wednesday for his annual charity soccer match. The game played on an artificial pitch in New York City benefited Nash's foundation, which tries to encourage kids and young adults to live active, healthy lifestyles.

And it was a welcome reprieve from the NBA labor unrest.

"We're all staying abreast of the situation and trying to remain positive and optimistic we can come to a conclusion," Nash said. "But you know, it's not easy."