Friday'south Sports in Brief

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 11:01 AM

(AP) — Wearing black and gold jerseys and bowing their heads, fans of slain former New Orleans Saints defensive finish Will Smith paid homage nearly a week after he was shot and killed during a traffic dispute.

Friday'south Sports in Brief

PRO FOOTBALL

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Wearing black and gold jerseys and bowing their heads, fans of slain former New Orleans Saints defensive finish Will Smith paid homage nearly a week after he was shot and killed during a traffic dispute. Hundreds of fans, friends and members of the Saints team streamed into a visitation at the Saints' practice facility at a suburb of New Orleans.

Smith, thirty-four, was shot and killed by 28-year-old Cardell Hayes latest Saturday, police said. Smith was shot seven times in the back and once along his side, the coroner said. His wife, Racquel, was shot twice in the legs but survived. In a wheelchair and wearing sunglasses, she attended the visitation but didn't speak to reporters.

Hayes' lawyer has said his client wasn't the aggressor and that he'll be vindicated when the true legend is known. An attorney for Smith has described Hayes as "enraged" at the time of the shooting and portrayed the Smiths as the victims. Hayes was arrested and is currently being held on $one million bond.

BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) — Percy Harvin'south tumultuous career has arrive to an abrupt end. The 27-year-old wide receiver is retiring after seven NFL seasons, Harvin'south agent, Joel Segal, confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.

Harvin played five games for the Buffalo Bills latest season before being placed on injured reserve with lingering hip and knee injuries.

BASEBALL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As cities across the country honored Jackie Robinson'south pioneering baseball career, one also apologized for its racist treatment of Major League Baseball'south first black player nearly seventy years ago.

When Robinson'south Brooklyn Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies in one thousand nine hundred forty-seventh, he was told to "go back to the cotton fields" by the Phillies' manager, refused service at a local hotel and taunted by players with racial slurs when he came to bat. On Friday, Philadelphia'south city council publicly acknowledged the incident as a shadowy chapter in the city's history.

April fifteen is recognized nationally as Jackie Robinson Day, and ballparks around the country are also celebrating the sixty-ninth anniversary of the day he broke the league'south color barrier in one thousand nine hundred forty-seventh. Robinson played for the Dodgers until one thousand nine hundred fifty-six. All MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires wore his No. forty-two for games.

ARLINGTON, TX (AP) — All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the TX Rangers have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension through the two thousand eighteen season.

The Rangers announced the extension after their 11-5 loss to Baltimore on Friday night, and scheduled a news conference for Saturday with the 37-year-old Beltre, common manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the extension is worth $36 million. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn't not reveal the financial terms.

PRO BASKETBALL

NY (AP) — The NBA will start putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at minimum 0 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take.

The three-year trial was approved by NBA owners and will get effect when the league'south contract with Nike begins. The patches will show up on the front left of the jersey, opposite Nike'south logo, and measure about two one/two by two first/two inches. Logos show up on international and MLS soccer jerseys, and many athletes in individual sports wear their sponsors' attire in competition.

NY (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said a NC law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, homosexual and transgender people remains "problematic" for the league, but he said there is number decision on emotional following year'south All-Star Game out of Charlotte.

Owners discussed the law during their two-day meetings and Silver said the league wants to be involved in helping defend those the law discriminates against. He believes that's better done with dialogue than by making threats.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

LUBBOCK, TX (AP) — Less than two weeks after accepting the work at UNLV, Chris Beard is heading residence to Texas. Back to TX Tech, specifically.

After a night of uncertainty surrounding Beard'south future, TX Tech announced it's hired the coach who was previously an helper there for ten seasons. He'll replace Tubby Smith, who took the coaching work in Memphis.

Beard returns to Lubbock after leading Arkansas-Little Rock to a school-record thirty wins and a first-round upset of Purdue in the NCAA Tournament this season. He also comes after having his contract at UNLV approved a week ago, the same day he changed his Twitter account to reflect his position as coach of the Runnin' Rebels.

WA (AP) — Jennifer Rizzotti was there for the start of Connecticut'south women'south basketball dynasty, and presently she hopes to bring some of that experience to George Washington.

Rizzotti was named GW'south coach Friday after seventeen seasons at Hartford. As a player, she led UConn to its first national title in one thousand nine hundred ninety-fifth and was the player of the year in one thousand nine hundred ninety-sixth when the Huskies first became a dominant force.

SWIMMING

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly at the Arena Pro Swim meet, where wind gusts up to thirty miles per hour whipped up the water and created challenging conditions. Phelps touched first in 1 minute, 58.14 seconds. Clark Pace finished second in 1:58.71.

Katie Ledecky won the four hundred freestyle by a whopping 5.93 seconds. The world record holder cruised through the water in 4:02.15, undeterred by the chilly temperatures and buffeting wind that'd swimmers bundling up after their races.

HOCKEY

MONTREAL (AP) — Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers is getting better every day and has begun eating after a recent stroke, his doctors said.

The 71-year-old Demers, presently a Canadian senator, still has some weakness on the right side and difficulty with speech, but is alert, said Dr. Angela Genge of the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Demers, who coached the Canadiens to their one thousand nine hundred ninety-three Stanley Cup victory, was rushed to hospital April 6.

SOCCER

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Sepp Blatter says it was "not acceptable" to be accused at a public event that he stayed quiet while likely knowing that senior FIFA executive were corrupt.

"I am not guilty," the visibly mad former FIFA president later told reporters at the Univ of Basel in his native Switzerland.

Blatter had been the key speaker in a two-hour debate with a mostly learner audience on problems facing world soccer'south scandal-hit governing body. Two protesters briefly disturbed the event with an anti-FIFA banner, chants and a whistle. After Blatter again accused executive in the N and S American soccer bodies for corruption, the session closed with the claim made by former International Criminal Ct prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo.

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