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Tuesday
Dec062016

Suspect Arrested in Fatal Road Rage Shooting of Former NFL Player Joe McKnight

Allen Kee / ESPN(NEW ORLEANS) — Ronald Gasser, the man accused of shooting and killing former NFL player Joe McKnight in an apparent road rage incident in Louisiana, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to Jefferson Parish records.

His arrest date is listed as Monday, according to the records. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand was expected to hold a news conference Tuesday morning to discuss the investigation.

McKnight, 28, died at the scene of the Thursday afternoon shooting in Terrytown, which is about 5 miles south of New Orleans across the Mississippi River. McKnight was not armed and there was no gun near his body, officials said.

Gasser, 54, stayed at the scene after the shooting, the Jefferson Parish sheriff's office said.

Gasser was inside his car when he fired three shots at McKnight and three casings were located in Gasser's vehicle, Sheriff Normand said.

Gasser allegedly admitted to fatally shooting McKnight and cooperated with the investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Gasser, who relinquished his gun, was taken into custody and questioned by authorities Thursday before he was released later that night without charges, officials said.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

Scoreboard Roundup โ€” 12/5/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Denver 106, Philadelphia 98
Washington 118, Brooklyn 113
Oklahoma City 102, Atlanta 99
Cleveland 116, Toronto 112
Houston 107, Boston 106
Portland 112, Chicago 110
Memphis 110, New Orleans 108 (2OT)
San Antonio 97, Milwaukee 96
Charlotte 109, Dallas 101
Golden State 142, Indiana 106
Utah 107, LA Lakers 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Washington 3, Buffalo 2 (OT)
Boston 4, Florida 3 (OT)
Columbus 4, Arizona 1
Pittsburgh 8, Ottawa 5

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Indianapolis 41, NY Jets 10

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(25) Iowa St. 91, Nebraska-Omaha 47

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Monday
Dec052016

Construction Crew Surprises Friendly Neighbor with Packers Tickets

Courtesy of Ryan Nowakowski (HARTLAND, Wisc.) -- Rich Nowakowski, of Hartland, Wisconsin, is a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, and a really outgoing guy.

Every single day, he sits on the front porch of his house cheering on the construction crew that is building an apartment building across the street with enthusiastic words of encouragement.

“They’re building this huge 38-unit apartment building right across from our house,” Rich’s wife, Patricia Nowakowski, told ABC News. “My husband is a very, very, very, very friendly person. Very boisterous. We have a front porch and he sits out there all day long and says ‘hi’ to them.”

Rich suffered a stroke in 2012 leaving him unable to speak well, but his passion for the men’s work still shines through.

“He can’t really say what he wants to say and can’t really come up with the words, but he can still say ‘beautiful,’ ‘good job’ and ‘hey, hey, hey,’” his wife explained.

The workers, from Benoy Masonry in Verona, Wisconsin, have become best buds with Rich, whom they now jokingly call “boss.” In order to thank their friendly neighbor for his daily praise, the guys pooled their money with the help from other companies working on the apartment complex to give their “boss” the surprise of a lifetime.

“One day I got a phone call from them and they said they really wanted to surprise him with Packers tickets, $400 in cash and some Packers gear,” Patricia said. “He knew nothing. On their lunch hour, they all gathered together and walked across the street. I had 30 of these guys on my front lawn, and he just sat here and went, ‘Wow, wow, wow.’ People who have suffered from a stroke can get very easily depressed and this just brought him right out of that.

“It was just the most wonderful thing they could do for him especially this time of year,” she continued. “He does the most with what he has, but this just made the world for him.”

Andy Benoy, the owner of Benoy Masonry, said having this type of experience with a neighbor definitely stands in stark contrast to what he says his employees are used to.

"When we’re building projects, neighbors don’t like us. We’re changing their neighborhood," he said. "We haven’t had anything like this, an experience like this, when people love you coming in there. It’s really refreshing."

As for his crew and the way they've treated Rich throughout their roughly 10 months working across the street from his home, "Obviously I'm very impressed, very proud of them," Benoy said.

Rich and his son, Ryan, of Ixonia, had a blast at the game on Sunday against the Houston Texans. And it certainly didn’t hurt that the Packers won.

“He was tickled pink,” said Ryan. “He was in his own element. I don’t even know the last time he was up there, probably sometime in the '90s, so he was loving it for sure. We had an excellent time.

“For them to take a liking to him is very special,” he added. “For them to realize he’s a special guy and to reach out like is just amazing.”

The father and son posed for plenty of pictures at Lambeau Field to mark the occasion and to be able to show the workers the great time they shared.

“It was the first snowfall of the year here in Wisconsin,” said Ryan. “We sat down and started watching the game and snow was flying and it was a picturesque day.”

All of the excitement really wore Rich out, but it’s safe to say the trip was well worth it.

“He was so excited when he got home,” said Patricia. “He slept for hours afterward because he was so tired.”

Monday is the last day the crew will be working on the apartment complex. They've completed their construction on the site, but they've certainly made a friend for life.

"Today is the sad 'goodbye' day," said Benoy. "My foreman just called me and said they were packing up their truck as we speak. They were all going to go over and say 'goodbye' to him. He enjoys all the workers, and for my guys being on the outside of the building as long as they were, they really created a bond with each other."

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Monday
Dec052016

Joe Torre Talks Prostate Cancer with ABC News

Jason Kempin/FilmMagic via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joe Torre is speaking up about cancer.

The longtime manager and Major League Baseball’s current chief officer has partnered with Genomic Health to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Speaking exclusively with ABC News, Torre talked about the choices men have if they get diagnosed with the disease, and how he was treated when he was diagnosed in 1999 while managing the Yankees.

"I chose surgery because I had an aggressive form of prostate cancer and if I was diagnosed today, I would still choose the surgery," he said.

Torre said men don’t have to follow his lead to get immediate surgery, but can take the step of “active surveillance” to closely monitor signs of progression in the disease.

And his number one piece of advice for those with a family history of prostate cancer...

"You've got to make sure you get checked," he told ABC News. "I mean there's no question. Check, get information, get educated and then you can make a decision along with your doctor on what course of action you should take."

Torre added that working with his doctor to better understand his cancer and his support system is what helped him through his dark time. He said that advocacy groups offer men another outlet for support.

Families can learn more about genomic testing and steps they can take if a loved one is diagnosed with prostate cancer at www.MyProstateCancerTreatement.org.

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Monday
Dec052016

Jason McCourty, Delanie Walker Allowed to Wear Special Cleats After NFL Warning

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL players were allowed to customize their shoes to make a statement during Week 13's "My Cause, My Cleats" weekend.

But not the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee was on its bye week and wasn't in action. The league will allow them to take part in "My Cause, My Cleats" in Week 14, but only during warm ups,

That didn't stop cornerback Jason McCourty.

"I believe you should be [allowed], so I'll be wearing mine for the game," he said according to ESPN.

Tight end Delanie Walker said he wanted to wear special cleats for the game as well.

McCourty and his twin brother Devin McCourty, who is a safety with the New England Patriots are part of a joint charity called Tackle Sickle Cell. Walker's cleats honor two charities: MADD and Delanie Walker Gives Back.

However, the last time a Titans player wore designed cleats without league approval, he wasn't fined. Linebacker Avery Williamson wore cleats honoring victims and responders on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when the Titans faced the Vikings in September.

The league ended up not fining Williamson, and it's unclear if they league will fine McCourty or Walker if they choose to wear their cleats in Week 14.

Monday night, the NFL changed course with a spokesperson telling ESPN that players on a bye week during Week 13 would be allowed to wear cleats in Week 14.

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Monday
Dec052016

Scoreboard Roundup โ€” 12/4/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Orlando 98, Detroit 92
Oklahoma City 101, New Orleans 92
NY Knicks 106, Sacramento 98
Indiana 111, LA Clippers 102

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Montreal 5, LA Kings 4 (SO)
Carolina 1, Tampa Bay 0 (OT)
Philadelphia 4, Nashville 2
Detroit 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)
Winnipeg 2, Chicago 1
Calgary 8, Anaheim 3
Minnesota  2, Edmonton 1 (OT)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Denver 20, Jacksonville 10
Baltimore 38, Miami 6
Green Bay 21, Houston 13
Kansas City 29, Atlanta 28
Chicago 26, San Francisco 6
Cincinnati 32, Philadelphia 14
New England 26, Los Angeles 10
Detroit 28, New Orleans 13
Oakland 38, Buffalo 24
Arizona 31, Washington 23
Tampa Bay 28, San Diego 21
Pittsburgh 24, NY Giants 14
Seattle 40, Carolina 7

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(3) North Carolina 95, Radford 50
(13) Indiana 83, SE Missouri 55
(20) South Carolina 70, FIU 54

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Sunday
Dec042016

Scoreboard Roundup โ€” 12/3/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Milwaukee     112  Brooklyn      103
OT  Minnesota     125  Charlotte     120
Boston        107  Philadelphia  106
Toronto       128  Atlanta        84
Memphis       103  L.A. Lakers   100
Dallas        107  Chicago        82
Utah          105  Denver         98
Portland       99  Miami          92
Golden State  138  Phoenix       109

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
N-Y Rangers    4  Carolina     2
Boston         2  Buffalo      1
Philadelphia   3  Chicago      1
OT  New Jersey     5  Nashville    4
SO  Tampa Bay      2  Washington   1
OT  Winnipeg       3  St. Louis    2
SO  Vancouver      3  Toronto      2
Pittsburgh     5  Detroit      3
Ottawa         2  Florida      0
SO  Columbus       3  Arizona      2
Dallas         3  Colorado     0
OT  Edmonton       3  Anaheim      2

TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
(1) Alabama          54  (15) Florida         16
(3) Clemson          42  (19) Virginia Tech   35
(8) Penn St.         38  (6) Wisconsin        31
(7) Oklahoma         38  (11) Oklahoma St.    20
(14) West Virginia   24  Baylor               21
Temple               34  (20) Navy            10

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(11) UCLA            97  (1) Kentucky        92
(2) Villanova        88  Saint Joseph's      57
(4) Kansas           89  Stanford            74
(5) Duke             94  Maine               55
(25) West Virginia   66  (6) Virginia        57
(9) Baylor           76  (7) Xavier          61
(8) Gonzaga          69  (16) Arizona        62
(10) Creighton       82  Akron               70
(14) Louisville      79  Grand Canyon        70
(15) Purdue          90  Morehead St.        56
(17) Wisconsin       90  Oklahoma            70
(18) Butler          82  Cent. Arkansas      58
Providence           63  (21) Rhode Island   60
(22) Syracuse        77  North Florida       71
(23) Oregon         128  Savannah St.        59

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Saturday
Dec032016

Patriots' Rob Gronkowksi Out for the Season

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) – The Patriots expected the worst when tight end Rob Gronkowski went down with a back injury, and the bad news became a reality Saturday. The team placed the tight end on injured reserve following back surgery in Los Angeles on Friday, ending his season.

Gronkowksi has had a rough season injury-wise, playing in only eight games due to hamstring and lung injuries. He only caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns in those games.

Gronkowski's injury was traced to the big hit he absorbed from Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on Nov. 13. Running back DJ Foster will take Gronkowski's spot on the 53-man roster.

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Saturday
Dec032016

Report: Beltran, Astros Agree to One-Year Deal

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(HOUSTON) -- According to multiple reports, free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year $16 million deal.  The deal also includes a no-trade clause, according to ESPN.

Beltran, 39, was a top free agent on the market after a stellar 2015-16 campaign. He started the season off with the Yankees, leading them with a .304 batting average, 22 homers and 64 RBIs, and finished the year with 29 homers, 93 RBIs and 163 hits as a member of the Texas Rangers.

This will be Beltran’s second stint with Houston, after being traded there from Kansas City in June of 2004. The nine-time All Star is still searching for his first World Series title. Meanwhile, the Astros have bolstered their lineup this offseason, acquiring catcher Brian McCann from the Yankees in a trade and free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick to a four-year, $52 million deal.

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Saturday
Dec032016

No Indication of Hate Crime in Fatal Road Rage Shooting of Ex-NFL Player Joe McKnight

Allen Kee / ESPN(NEW ORLEANS) -- The shooting that killed former NFL player Joe McKnight in Louisiana on Thursday is considered a road rage incident, not a hate crime, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Ronald Gasser, who allegedly admitted to fatally shooting McKnight, is cooperating with the ongoing investigation, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said this afternoon. Authorities released Gasser, 54, after questioning him overnight. There was no reason to continue holding Gasser, the sheriff's office said.

The shooting happened Thursday afternoon near an intersection in Terrytown, which is about 5 miles south of New Orleans across the Mississippi River. When police arrived, they found 28-year-old McKnight suffering from multiple gunshot wounds; he died at the scene, the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office said McKnight was not armed and there was no gun near his body.

 Gasser stayed at the scene after the shooting, and was then taken into custody, the sheriff's office said. He "relinquished his weapon to our officers," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Thursday.

"We are interviewing a number of witnesses as well as Mr. Gasser," Normand said.

The NAACP in New Orleans today claimed the football player, who is black, was lynched. Gasser is white.

The NAACP called on Kenneth Polite, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, to get involved, and urged witnesses to the shooting to come forward to the local FBI Civil Rights Division.

"We are demanding answers," NAACP New Orleans President Morris Reed said today.

Normand said at a news conference this afternoon that "this isn't about race."

Normand revealed more details about the shooting, which he described as a road rage incident. Gasser was inside his car when he fired three shots at McKnight; three casings were located in Gasser's vehicle, he said.

“We have no witness account of an apology being made by Mr. McKnight to Mr. Gasser," Normand added.

Normand stressed today that the investigation is ongoing and said "external influences will not motivate this office .. as to how we are going to conduct this investigation."

A grand jury or the district attorney will decide whether or not charges should be filed against Gasser, a sheriff's office official told ABC News this morning.

 Normand said many people in his office are close to the McKnight family.

A spokesperson for the McKnight family said in a statement that "the family is distressed, distraught. This tragedy is something that changes all of our lives so dramatically. We are in the process of trying to deal with the grief and what we need go through legally. We want to give Joe his just due."

And in an interview with ABC affiliate WGNO, McKnight's brother Jonathan McKnight said, "My brother would never lay a hand on nobody. Even when he was going through problems, he would never hurt nobody."

Asked about his reaction to his brother's death, McKnight told WGNO, "I didn’t believe it ... Joe ... was getting everything together. It just happened out of nowhere. That’s why it hurts so bad for us."

He added, "My family was never brought up in the streets, we was always doing the right thing. My family put us on the right path. It’s going to be hard for a long time, just not seeing his face. We never lived that kind of life."

McKnight went to high school in Louisiana before he headed west for college in 2006, where he became a football star at the University of Southern California.

After USC, McKnight played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs.

This season, he played in the Canadian Football League, according to his brother.

McKnight's death marks the second time an NFL player was shot and killed in a motorist incident in New Orleans this year. In April, former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was fatally shot while driving in New Orleans's Lower Garden District.

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