- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot multiple times in the back after his killer deliberately rammed his Hummer into the NFL veteran’s Mercedes SUV, but Smith never pulled out his own handgun as he tried to protect his wife, the Smith family’s lawyer said.

Throughout the confrontation, Smith’s licensed 9 mm handgun remained loaded but unused in a compartment inside his car, attorney Peter Thomson said.

A lawyer for Hummer driver Cardell Hayes, who is jailed on $1 million bond after being arrested by police on a murder charge, said his client felt threatened Saturday night and was not the aggressor. But Thomson called this a lie and a distortion, and said the real victims were Smith and his wife Racquel, who ended up hospitalized with bullet wounds in both legs.


ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was placed on paid administrative leave by Major League Baseball after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman at a hotel outside.

The Braves, in Washington this week for a series, said in a statement the team is “extremely disappointed and troubled.”

Officers were called to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Pentagon City, where a woman with visible bruises reported that Olivera had assaulted her, Arlington Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage said. Savage said Olivera and the woman are acquainted.

In a news release, police said Olivera was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, and bond was set at $10,000.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - NFL prospect and former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman was arrested on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman at his Texas apartment earlier this month, Waco police said.

The arrest of the record-setting defensive end is the latest troubling incident for the Baylor football program. Two former players were convicted of sexual assault in 2014 and 2015, and the school faces a federal lawsuit from one of the victims claiming the school didn’t protect her.

A woman told police that Oakman, 24, attacked her April 3 after they met at a Waco nightclub. According to a police affidavit, Oakman told investigating officers they had consensual sex.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lynn Swann was named Southern California’s new athletic director.

USC President Max Nikias announced the appointment of the former Trojans receiver, who will succeed Pat Haden on July 1.

Swann was among more than 200 candidates considered for the position in charge of the high-profile department, Nikias said. Although Swann has no experience in high-level collegiate athletic administration, he is the third straight former USC football player to take the post.

The 64-year-old Swann returns to the school where he played on two Rose Bowl teams and won a national championship in 1972. He also earned a degree in public relations.


Johnny Manziel’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has told the troubled quarterback to seek help or he will no longer represent him.

Rosenhaus has asked Manziel to seek treatment within five days, saying: “I hope he gets the help he needs, and if he does, then I will continue to represent him.”

Manziel was released by Cleveland last month amid a storm of off-field issues. The Browns took Manziel in the first round of the 2014 draft, but his stay with them was filled with problems.

Rosenhaus, whose clientele is among the largest in the NFL, has represented Manziel “for a few weeks now.” He says he’s never terminated a contract with a player; Rosenhaus has been an agent for 27 years.

In February, Manziel’s first agent, Erik Burkhardt, said he severed his ties with the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner so Manziel could get help.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Timberwolves say they have relieved interim coach Sam Mitchell of his duties and will open a search for a new coach and a new president of basketball operations.

The Wolves made the announcement after finishing the season with a win over New Orleans. Mitchell took over as coach after Flip Saunders died in October and led the team to a 29-53 record.

General manager Milt Newton will remain on while the search is conducted. The new president will then make a full evaluation of the staff.

Team owner Glen Taylor says it’s important to find the best leadership team going forward to lead a roster full of young talent. The Timberwolves have hired a search firm to aid the process.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Randy Wittman has been told he will not be back as coach of the Washington Wizards, let go after failing to reach the playoffs this season, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced by the team.

Wittman was informed of the news after the Wizards’ season ended with a 109-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. With a team built around All-Star point guard John Wall, and a roster set up to make a bid for Kevin Durant as a free agent this offseason, Washington finished 41-41 and 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The Wizards missed out on the playoffs after reaching the second round each of the previous two years.


New FIFA President Gianni Infantino called prize money for the Women’s World Cup “very low” and suggested that it should be increased.

Infantino made the comments in a wide-ranging interview with the Fox Sports 1. He said that while the prize money for the winner doubled from the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany to last year’s event in Canada, it is still “very low compared to what it could be or should be.”

Infantino said it is also important to invest more in the development of the women’s game, as well as bring more women into leadership positions.

“It is about giving them what is right and what is deserved. It must be right. For this we have to discuss, we need to sit around a table and find the right solution,” he said.

The United Sates won last year’s World Cup, taking home $2 million in prize money.

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