Gasser was initially taken into custody after the shooting on Thursday afternoon and then released without charge, angering some members of the community, while the sheriff's office said it was continuing its investigation. McKnight, 28, was pronounced dead at a traffic intersection in Terrytown, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. McKnight was a running back for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs from 2010 through 2014.
(Reuters) - A Louisiana sheriff on Tuesday blamed road rage and a verbal argument that followed it for causing last week's fatal shooting of former National Football League player Joe McKnight. At a news conference announcing a manslaughter charge against shooter Ronald Gasser, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said that "bad driving behavior and bad spoken words" by both Gasser and McKnight led to the shooting. (Reporting by David Ingram in New York)
By Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - A golf course owned by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has agreed to scale back a wall designed to protect its greens from coastal erosion after opposition from local residents, the local council said on Tuesday. A plan submitted by Trump's company in May to build a 2.8 km (1.7 miles) armourstone wall up to 20 meters wide and 5 meters above the water line between the sea and the dunes sparked a campaign by environmental groups and locals to protect the beach. In its place, the golf club management are now proposing two less visible barriers, of 650 meters and 250 meters in length, above the water line at either end of the beach, two people who attended a public consultation on Monday said.
Factbox on Denmark's Thomas Bjorn who was named on Tuesday as Europe's captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup against the United States. Born: Silkeborg, Denmark on Feb. 18, 1971 (45 years old) *He is the most successful Danish golfer on the European Tour, with 15 tournament victories and is the first Scandinavian to be handed the captaincy. *Bjorn was the first Dane to represent Europe against the United States when he made his debut under Seve Ballesteros in 1997 at Valderrama, Spain.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain on Tuesday with the task of reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018. The three past captains were the key decision makers in selecting Thomas," European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. "They put a great case together for Thomas...we are thrilled to have one of the great Danes as our Ryder Cup captain." Bjorn was an assistant to Darren Clarke at Minnesota's Hazeltine National this year, when Europe lost 17-11 as the Americans ended a run of three successive defeats.
(Adds detail, quotes) LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn was named as Europe's Ryder Cup captain on Tuesday with the task of reclaiming the trophy from the United States at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018. The three past captains were the key decision makers in selecting Thomas," European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. "They put a great case together for Thomas...we are thrilled to have one of the great Danes as our Ryder Cup captain." Bjorn was an assistant to Darren Clarke at Minnesota's Hazeltine National this year, when Europe lost 17-11 as the Americans ended a run of three successive defeats.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn will captain the European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris, Ryder Cup Europe announced on Tuesday. Bjorn, 45, vice-captain for four previous Ryder Cups, succeeds Northern Irishman Darren Clarke. "It's a huge honour for me to be named European captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris," Bjorn said in a statement on the Ryder Cup website.
Klay Thompson exploded for a career-high 60 points in a phenomenal individual display as Golden State steamrolled the Indiana Pacers 142-106 on Monday. Thompson tormented Indiana with a mesmerizing performance which saw him rack up 40 points in the first two quarters alone. A further 20 points in the third quarter gave Thompson the highest individual game tally of his career and the highest of any player in the NBA this season as the Warriors improved to 18-3.
LeBron James is among a group of Cleveland Cavaliers players who have refused to stay in a hotel affiliated with President-elect Donald Trump when the NBA champions visit New York later this week, it was reported Monday. ESPN cited multiple team sources as saying that James, who endorsed Trump's rival Hillary Clinton during last month's election, would not stay with other team members at the Trump SoHo hotel in Manhattan for this week's game against the Knicks. The 46-story luxury building, which opened in 2010, is branded with Trump's name through a licensing agreement.
(The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson remembers the night Kobe Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006. Thompson, a teenager growing up in Los Angeles as the son of an NBA player, was offered tickets to the game. Almost 11 years later, Thompson did his best impersonation of a performance he never saw, exploding for 23 of his career-high 60 points in the second quarter on Monday night, propelling the Golden State Warriors to a 142-106 home victory over the Indiana Pacers.
(The Sports Xchange) - In his first game back since suffering a concussion, Andrew Luck reminded the Indianapolis Colts they are set at quarterback for the next decade -- and helped officially send the New York Jets back to the drawing board in their quixotic search for a franchise signal-caller. Luck threw four touchdown passes -- including three to tight end Dwayne Allen in the first half -- and finished with the best single-game passer rating of his career Monday night as the Colts moved into a tie for first place in the AFC South by routing the Jets 41-10 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Andrew Luck threw for four touchdowns as the Indianapolis Colts boosted their playoff hopes with a 41-10 thrashing of the New York Jets at the MetLife Stadium. Luck, returning as starter after missing the Colts' previous game following a concussion, picked out tight end Dwayne Allen for three first-half touchdowns to set up a win which leaves Indianapolis tied for first in the AFC South. The Colts are now level with the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans on 6-6 in the tightest division in the AFC.
Russell Westbrook motored to his sixth straight triple-double as the Oklahoma City Thunder squeezed past the Atlanta Hawks 102-99. Westbrook moved to within one game of equaling Michael Jordan's seven consecutive triples in 1989 when he secured his 10th assist midway through the third quarter. Westbrook eventually finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the Thunder improved to 14-8.
LeBron James scored 34 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped their three-game losing streak with a battling 116-112 win over the Toronto Raptors. James led the scoring for the Cavs, who also saw Kevin Love pour on 28 points with 14 rebounds as the Raptors's six-game winning streak came to an end. The Cavs had looked to be easing to victory after opening up a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo was hit with a one-game suspension on Monday following his angry on-court exchange with coach Jim Boylen, the team said Monday. Rondo was involved in an acrimonious spat with associate head coach Boylen during and after the Bulls' 107-82 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg said Rondo had been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team" ahead of Monday's clash with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Tiger Woods looks toward the 2017 golf season with hope his injury woes are behind him and the second act of his career might have echoes of its sensational start. Woods completed his comeback event from a career-longest 16-month layoff following back surgery Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, settling for 15th place after playing 72 holes in four-under-par 284 at Albany Golf Club. The 18-man invitational at the remote Bahamas enclave where Woods is a member is far less of a challenge than regular PGA events will provide, much less majors.
Jury selection began on Monday in the murder trial of a Louisiana man accused of fatally shooting retired NFL player Will Smith and wounding the athlete's wife following an April vehicle collision in New Orleans. Cardell Hayes, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Smith, a former defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints and a prominent member of the team during their 2010 Super Bowl victory. Smith, who was 34 and had retired from the National Football League in 2014, was shot eight times on the night of April 9 and his body was found slumped over the steering wheel of his Mercedes SUV, according to police.
(Reuters) - Under Armour Inc signed a 10-year contract with Major League Baseball to be its official uniform supplier, the sportswear maker's first such deal with a professional league. The company will become the exclusive provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys, game-day outerwear and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB clubs beginning in the 2020 MLB season, replacing Majestic Athletic. "This is a watershed moment for the Under Armour brand," Chief Executive Kevin Plank said in a statement.
Veteran Mukesh Kumar has blown the chance to tee up alongside Masters champion Danny Willett, Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and US Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed -- because his passport has expired. India's 51-year-old Kumar secured his maiden Asian Tour victory at the weekend's $400,000 Panasonic Open India by one stroke and became the circuit's oldest winner in the process. It was the biggest win of his 32-year professional career and gave him entry to the star-studded $2 million Hong Kong Open, co-sanctioned by the European Tour, which begins on Thursday -- but he can't travel.
Russell Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to notch five straight triple-doubles in the NBA, his latest on Sunday powering Oklahoma City to a 101-92 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Westbrook scored 28 points, pulled down 17 rebounds and handed out 12 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season and his fifth in a row. "It's just a blessing," Westbrook said.
Tom Brady piloted the New England Patriots to a 26-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, his 201st NFL triumph breaking the all-time record for wins by a quarterback. "We're in the locker room with a walking legend," Patriots cornerback Malcom Butler said after Brady threw for one touchdown pass in the victory that took the Patriots to 10-2 for the season.
(Reuters) - Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was benched for the start of his team’s 40-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to a dress-code violation, NBC reported on Sunday. Newton's back-up, Derek Anderson, handled the team’s first possession. Newton was back under center on Carolina's next drive.
(Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas fractured his lower left leg on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers and later said he was considering retiring from the NFL. Thomas suffered what was reported as a crack to his tibia during the second quarter. “This game has been so good to me no regrets," he said on Twitter.
(Reuters) - The New York Yankees have landed free agent Matt Holliday, agreeing to terms with the power-hitting outfielder on Sunday, according to a report on Major League Baseball's website. Holliday, who turns 37 in January, missed seven weeks last season with a fractured thumb but finished the year batting .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games. A seven-time All Star, Holliday spent the last seven seasons in St. Louis, is a career .303 hitter with 295 homers and 1,153 RBIs in 13 seasons.
(Reuters) - Former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig and long-time MLB executive John Schuerholz were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The selections were made by the veterans committee at Oxon Hill, Md., ahead of baseball's winter meetings. Selig and Schuerholz will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30.
Tom Brady earned his 201st career victory counting the playoffs on Sunday to become the winningest quarterback in National Football League history. Brady completed 33-of-49 passes for 269 yards and broke a tie for all-time wins with Peyton Manning as the New England Patriots manhandled the Los Angeles Rams 26-10. Brady, who was playing on a sore knee, threw one touchdown pass for the Patriots who improved to 10-2 on the season.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - Tiger Woods' return to competition after an absence of nearly 16 months was a mixed bag, though the former world number one said he had a great week simply competing at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. While Woods showed flashes of the brilliant golf he produced while accumulating 14 major titles, he also delivered the inept, often finding sandy waste areas off the tee or with approach shots, and occasionally bladed bunker shots over greens. "I am just so thankful to be back out here playing again," Woods told reporters after closing with a four-over 76 on Sunday to finish 15th in a final field of 17.
Golden State star Draymond Green was still steamed this weekend over the flagrant foul he received when his flailing leg found the head of Houston's James Harden in the Warriors' NBA loss to the Rockets on Thursday. "I wouldn’t call it unnatural," Harden said.
Hideki Matsuyama captured his fourth title in the past two months Sunday by holding off reigning British Open champion Henrik Stenson to win the Hero World Challenge by two strokes. The 24-year-old Japanese star served notice that he will be a contender to become his homeland's first male major golf champion by taking the 18-man invitational event hosted by 14-time major winner Tiger Woods. "He's going to be one of the top guys to beat for a very long time," said Woods, who made his comeback this week from a 16-month back injury layoff.
(Reuters) - Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, the hottest player in world golf over the past two months, survived a shaky back nine to clinch his fourth win in five starts with a two-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday. While tournament host Tiger Woods delivered the good, bad and ugly as he finished 14 shots back in his much anticipated return to competition, Matsuyama ended a dominant week with his worst round, a one-over 73 at the Albany course on the island of New Providence. The 24-year-old Japanese, seven strokes ahead overnight in the 18-man event, birdied two of the first nine holes, then shrugged off a double at the 10th and a bogey at the 14th as he posted an 18-under total in blustery conditions.
Tiger Woods was pleased about his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge despite inconsistent play Sunday, but has not decided on a specific tournament to continue his comeback. Woods, who turns 41 later this month, made five birdies, three bogeys and three double bogeys on his way to finishing 72 holes on four-under 284 -- 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan. "Big picture, it feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world," Woods said.
(The Sports Xchange) - Despite being mired in another losing season, the Los Angeles Rams have handed head coach Jeff Fisher a contract extension. The deal was agreed to in the preseason and signed during the season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and confirmed by ESPN. In his first four seasons with the Rams, the 58-year-old Fisher led the team to records of 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9.
Brandon Stone claimed a second European Tour victory as he ran away from the field for a seven-stroke triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club on Sunday. Four birdies in five holes from 10th strengthened his grip on the leaderboard and saw him move away from the chasing pack to add to the South African Open title he won in January. Fellow South African Richard Sterne was second after a final round 67 with Belgian Thomas Detry a further two shots back in third place.
Dec 4 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Dunhill Championship at the par-72 course on Sunday in Malelane -22 Brandon Stone (South Africa) 67 66 66 67 -15 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 68 70 68 67 -13 Thomas Detry (Belgium) 69 71 67 68 -12 Graeme Storm (Britain) 73 67 68 68 Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 69 67 71 69 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 67 71 69 69 Carlos Pigem (Spain) 68 69 70 69 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 66 68 68 74 Benjamin Hebert (France) 70 66 68 72 -11 Bryce Easton (South Africa) 70 69 67 71 -10 Keith Horne (South Africa) 69 66 67 76 Chris Hanson (Britain) 69 65 68 76 ...
American Harold Varner III claimed his first professional victory at the Australian PGA Championship Sunday on the Gold Coast by two strokes. Varner, 26, who lost in a three-way play-off in last year's event, fired rounds of 65, 72, 67 and 65 for 19-under 269. Varner came closest to winning his first top-level pro event when runner-up after a three-way playoff with Dylan Frittelli and eventual 2015 champion Nathan Holman a year ago.
Stephen Curry finished with 31 points as the Golden State Warriors extended their league record streak of games without consecutive defeats with a dominating 138-109 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have now gone 106 games without back-to-back losses as they rebounded Saturday from a 132-127 double overtime defeat two night earlier to the Houston Rockets. The Warriors shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field against the Suns, just shy of their franchise record of 63.6 percent.
Isaiah Thomas scored the go-ahead layup with 30 seconds left as the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106. Thomas finished with 37 points to match his season high and fell one point short of his career high as Boston won for the third time in four games and the sixth time in eight. "I just love the fourth quarter," Thomas said.
Big-hitting American Harold Varner III bagged nine birdies in a sizzling final round 65 to win the Australian PGA Championship by two strokes from overnight leader Andrew Dodt on the Gold Coast on Sunday. Varner, who missed out on the title after a playoff last year, rode some brilliant iron work in blustery conditions at Royal Pines to become the first non-Australian to win the title since New Zealander Greg Turner in 1999. The 26-year-old, who last year became the first African-American to earn his U.S. PGA Tour card through the feeder Web.com circuit, is also the first winner from the United States since Hale Irwin in 1978.