New Orleans PD issues arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr. on simple battery charge

first_imgVideo of the incident shows Beckham, a former Tigers and current Cleveland Browns receiver, engaging a Mercedes-Benz Superdome officer in LSU’s locker following its 42-25 win over Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game. The video shows Beckham slapping the officer’s backside when he had his back turned. The officer turned around to verbally confront Beckham but did not engage him physically. It seems Odell Beckham Jr.’s antics Monday night were not limited to handing out cash to LSU players.New Orleans TV station WDSU, citing a law enforcement source, reported Thursday that the New Orleans Police Department issued a warrant — on a simple battery charge — for Beckham’s arrest. Yahoo Sports later reported the department sought a warrant on misdemeanor sexual battery, but the judge declined it. They accepted it after NOPD rewrote it for for simple battery. MORE: How OBJ accidentally clowned NCAA in cash handoutOBJ wasn’t gonna let that officer spoil the fun.. told him to get the gat. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/sWoWj53r42— 🕊 (@wannabjoyful) January 14, 2020The confrontation likely stems from the fact that police told LSU players following the game they could not smoke cigars in the locker room. Reports from AL.com’s Michael Casagrande indicated police threatened arrest of players who did not stop smoking.The Browns also issued a statement on Beckham shortly after news broke on Thursday:Statement regarding Odell Beckham Jr. incident: pic.twitter.com/7cN3jOLCj6— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 16, 2020last_img read more

Read More →

Danny Garcia still ‘in the mix’ for big bouts after Errol Spence Jr. fight was dashed

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearBy now, boxing fans are well aware that the two-division world champion was supposed to be fighting Errol Spence Jr. But Spence suffered a horrific one-car crash in October and although he miraculously survived, any thoughts of the bout happening during the first quarter of 2020 were shelved indefinitely.Garcia had to move on.“It was a tragic accident, so it wasn’t bad (for me) mentally,” Garcia tells Sporting News. “It wasn’t like I did eight weeks of training camp and he broke his hand like a week before or like, he got an illness or something and couldn’t fight. Then, I would have probably been upset.“But I didn’t even start training yet, so it wasn’t that hard to just adapt,” he continues. “I just knew that mentally, I wanted to fight on Jan. 25.”And that’s precisely what Garcia is doing, but instead of vying for Spence’s unified IBF/WBC world welterweight crown, he’s fighting Redkach in a WBC title eliminator. A win and he’ll be right back to knocking on Spence’s doorstep. And the 31-year-old Garcia (35-2, 21 KOs) is OK with that.Prior to his accident, Spence was evoking Garcia’s name on Instagram and in interviews alike. Chances are he’ll go back to doing the same with a Garcia victory this weekend.There also continues to be back-and-forth exchanges between WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, his camp and Garcia.To that, Garcia throws caution to “Bud” and Top Rank.“After that last performance, I don’t know if they want to risk fighting me,” Garcia warns, referring to Crawford overcoming an arguable knockdown before eventually securing a ninth-round TKO of Egidijus Kavaliauskas in December. “No, I wasn’t (impressed).”Garcia’s name also continues to hover as a possible next opponent for WBA welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao.So, as he flashes a smile, “Swift” is right where he wants to be … still in the mix with his name attached to every champion at 147 pounds.“Everyone’s always mentioning my name,” he says.“I’m always in the mix because realistically I have a better resume and I’ve been in bigger fights than all those guys,” he continues, especially referring to Spence, Crawford and fellow former welterweight champs Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter.The latter two boxers are responsible for Garcia’s only two pro losses, although Garcia still maintains that he defeated Porter in their September 2018 bout, which was ruled a unanimous decision in “Showtime’s” favor.“I want that rematch and the Thurman rematch,” Garcia asserts. “I feel like I beat Porter easy. He couldn’t even touch me. I landed almost 50 percent of my (power) punches.”In hindsight, his losses to Thurman and Porter — both decided on the cards — did teach him a valuable lesson: To up his volume and be busier during fights.“I just have to be a little bit more dominant,” he offers. “Like my last fight (a seventh-round KO of Adrian Granados in April), I was dominant, I hit him hard, but I was throwing more combinations — I was throwing twos and threes. I was backing him up, I used my jab more.“And I think when I’m not in the mix, just throw something, use my jab a little bit, get some points,” he adds. “And when I touch him to the body, just might put two more upstairs. Just be a little bit more dominant.”While Garcia is eyeing a rematch with both Thurman and Porter, “Swift” is giving a second fight against “One Time” more priority.“I feel like the biggest fights for me will be the Spence, Pacquiao or Thurman fight,” he continues. “Those are the fights that I feel are the biggest fights for me and those are the fights that I want — especially the Thurman fight because I want to avenge that fight.”Garcia’s goal is to win one more title at welterweight before moving up to junior middleweight. In order to see any of this to fruition, Garcia will likely need to stop Redkach convincingly Saturday night.“He’s hungry,” Garcia says of the Ukrainian, “so I got to be on my ‘A’ game and do what I got to do to dominate him.”Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KOs) isn’t necessarily buying it. He believes the former welterweight world champ is guilty of peeking ahead to some of the aforementioned fights a little too much. And he intends to make Garcia pay for it.”The biggest weakness I see in Danny is that he’s not taking this seriously,” Redkach said Wednesday while speaking to a pool of reporters at Gleason’s boxing gym in Brooklyn. “He’s counting on this as a tune-up fight, and that’s a big mistake. This is not going to be a tune-up fight for him.”Danny is already looking ahead to a fight with Errol Spence Jr. or Manny Pacquiao, but before he gets to them, he picked me,” he says as a reminder.” I know it’s because I’m a southpaw (like Spence). But he’s going to get a rude wake up on fight night.”Having been a pro since 19-years-old, Garcia has heard it all — from champions and contenders alike. He remains unfazed and poised, as he attempts to etch the next chapters of his fighting legacy. NEW YORK — Danny Garcia saunters into a boardroom of Sporting News’ offices and takes in a pristine view of Manhattan’s skyline on this unforgivingly frigid winter day.Roughly four miles away his mug illuminates Barclays Center in Brooklyn across from Ivan Redkach, his opponent Saturday night. As Garcia sinks into a chair, he knows this isn’t the fight that was supposed to be. But he’s making the best of it with a smile on his face. “It really doesn’t matter,” Garcia says of the talk.“I’m going to be here in the long run.”Still “in the mix,” that is.last_img read more

Read More →

NHL trade rumors 2020: Is Sami Vatanen the most valuable Devils trade chip?

first_imgMORE: Teams that can weaponize their cap space at trade deadline1. Sami Vatanen, defensemanVatanen will likely yield the most value for the Devils due to the lack of premier defensemen on the trading block. The 28-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent and boasts 23 points this season in 47 games. He also has vast playoff experience having played in 44 playoff games over five postseasons.Every contender could use an extra blueliner for a deep playoff run and that could raise the bidding war between teams for his services. Vatanen was placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 1 with a bruised right leg so we’ll see if that affects his trade value as the Devils would likely command a first or second-round pick and a prospect for his services. The New Jersey Devils entered the 2019-20 season with high expectations. They won the draft lottery to select Jack Hughes with the first-overall pick and then swung a blockbuster trade with the Nashville Predators on the second day of the draft to acquire defenseman P.K. Subban.Head coach John Hynes was poised to guide the team to its second playoff berth in three seasons — but the season went off the rails real fast. New Jersey lost its first six games of the season and blew numerous leads, especially at home. In early December, then-general manager Ray Shero fired Hynes after a 9-13-4 start. One month later, Shero was shown the door weeks after he executed Taylor Hall’s trade to the Arizona Coyotes. Now in charge of the Devils is interim head coach Alain Nasreddine and interim general manager, Tom Fitzgerald.As the NHL trade deadline approaches, the Devils are reportedly open for business. According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Devils could see activity on forwards Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Palmieri and Blake Coleman and defensemen Sami Vatanen and Andy Greene.But, which player could yield the most value? Here’s a look at what the Devils have to work with as we countdown to the Feb. 24 trade deadline.5. Andy Greene, defenseman The 37-year-old captain will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. A Devils lifer, Greene has spent his entire 14-season career in New Jersey but could be on the move.A durable player, he’s played 81 and 82 games the last two seasons and would add a calming presence on any team’s blue line. However, we’ll see if the Devils would want to part with the franchise stalwart or if Greene would even want to get traded as he reaches the end of his career. The ball is in his court, actually, as he has a no-trade clause.TRADE DEADLINE: 10 players that could be moved by Feb. 244. Blake Coleman, centerBlake Coleman is currently tied for the team-lead with Kyle Palmieri in goals scored (21).The former third-round pick is on track for the best season of his career as he is just a goal shy of his career-high and five points short of his career-high of 36 points set last season.Coleman is a physical, two-way center that uses his strength to create goal-scoring chances. His strength was on full display with this one-handed goal earlier this season against the Winnipeg Jets.Signed through next season at a bargain AAV of $1.8 million, it’ll take a lot to pry the 28-year-old out of New Jersey.3. Wayne Simmonds, wingerA free-agent signee by the Devils on July 1 after agreeing to a one-year, $5 million deal, Simmonds has made the playoffs in seven of his previous 12 seasons and assumed he was joining a surefire playoff contender in the Metropolitan division.Instead, the Devils sit in the division’s basement.Simmonds has scored 23 points this season, but it’s the intangibles that make him a valuable asset for a contending team. He knows what it takes to make a deep run in the playoffs and the leadership he provides makes him an attractive option for a team that’s one piece away.MORE: Is Vancouver a destination for Simmonds?2. Kyle Palmieri, wingerIt’s yet to be seen how active Fitzgerald will be and if he’s willing to part with players who are signed after this season— such as Palmieri.Currently the team’s leader in points, he’s signed through next season at an AAV of $4.65 million. The New Jersey native is currently in the prime of his career and is on pace to get close to his career-best season when he notched 57 points with the Devils in 2015-16.Palmieri can take the top off an opposing defense with his speed as he’s one of the fastest skaters in the NHL. He’s also a player not afraid to put his body on the line as he’s active on the forecheck.For teams that miss out on the Chris Kreider sweepstakes, Palmieri could be a solid backup plan for a team looking to add scoring depth and a playoff veteran.last_img read more

Read More →

UFC 249: Tony Ferguson mocks Khabib, McGregor for quarantine absence

first_img“This is everything,” he said. “I’m fighting for my life, for everything I’ve worked for in my life. This is a culmination of events that has led me to here.”It’s one day at a time, one fight at a time. I never thought I would be here. But the fact that I’m here? I’m a competitor, I’m a show-off, I know how many people are going to be watching.”I’m going to go out there and perform — that’s what I do. Even if I didn’t want to, it’s in me. I was made for this.” Rewatch classic fights on DAZNA behind-closed-doors fight was rescheduled for May 9, yet both lightweight champion Khabib and rival McGregor will be absent in Jacksonville, Fla. Ferguson is set to instead face Gaethje for the interim title, a status he previously held before losing it because of injury.That decision still rankles — as does the failure of two of the sport’s biggest names to appear despite the ongoing global crisis.MORE: McGregor ready to go on ‘Fight Island,’ Dana White saysFerguson, who removed his protective mask early in his latest news conference, claimed on Tuesday the pair “fell off the face of the f—ing earth” and were “a bunch of f—ing bitches.””My hardcore understanding is that I do have the belt,” he added at the UFC’s virtual media day Thursday. “I shouldn’t have been stripped.TWO. MORE. DAYS. #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/qnWPyPnbTP— UFC (@ufc) May 7, 2020″You’ve got good old meathead, f—ing fathead Khabib. He didn’t want to fight. He ran away like a dog with his tail between his legs. It’s the same thing with Conor.”‘I’m gonna be next, I’m gonna be next’ is what everybody said. But where the f— are they at? Obviously they’re back home trying to quarantine and obviously we’re here crushing quarantine.”UFC 249: Start time, fight card, odds Ferguson was asked again about Khabib but preferred to focus on Gaethje, replying: “I don’t give a s—.””To me, that fight [with Khabib] doesn’t even exist,” he said. “The fight that is going to happen is UFC 249.”Gaethje only signed to UFC in 2017 when he vacated his World Series of Fighting lightweight title. Tony Ferguson questioned the absence of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor from UFC 249 as he prepared to face Justin Gaethje, the Russian’s replacement.Ferguson had been set to face Nurmagomedov last month, before the latter pulled out because of flight restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. The event was later postponed.last_img read more

Read More →

Adrian Peterson says he, others will ‘without a doubt’ kneel during national anthem

first_imgFormer 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first player to kneel during the anthem in protest against police brutality and racial injustice, doing so in 2016. Kaepernick opted out of his contract the following year. He remains out of the NFL.Saints quarterback Drew Brees said last week that players who knelt during the anthem were “disrespecting the flag.” Those comments which sparked fierce backlash and led to multiple apologies by Brees.MORE: Ben Carson has a solution for NFL players who protest — just love AmericaPeterson — a former teammate of Brees in New Orleans and a former star in Minnesota with the Vikings — told the Houston Chronicle on Friday: “Just four years ago, you’re seeing [Colin] Kaepernick taking a knee, and now we’re all getting ready to take a knee together going into this season, without a doubt.” Redskins running back Adrian Peterson says he will “without a doubt” take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice following George Floyd’s death.There have been nationwide protests in the United States after Floyd — a 46-year-old black man — died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Former officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck during an arrest. Floyd was crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground. “Yeah, without a doubt, without a doubt,” the 2012 NFL MVP replied when asked if he personally planned to take a knee.”We’ve got to put the effort in as a group collectively,” Peterson said. “Are they going to try to punish us all? If not, playing football is going to help us save lives and change things, then that’s what it needs to be.”Peterson, who moved to Washington from the Cardinals in 2018, rushed for 898 yards and five touchdowns last season.last_img read more

Read More →

MLB umpire Joe West says U.S. coronavirus deaths aren’t actually from coronavirus

first_imgIn an interview with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, West somewhat irresponsibly says he believes that many of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths — of which there are roughly 130,000 — actually don’t have anything to do with the coronavirus.”I said, ‘Look, most of these people that they’re reporting are dying are not healthy to begin with. I’ve lost 25 pounds over the winter. I’m playing golf every day in the heat. I’m fine. I’m not going to back down now.'”I don’t believe in my heart that all these deaths have been from the coronavirus,” West continued. “I believe it may have contributed to some of the deaths. I said, ‘I’m not going to opt out. I’m going to work. And I’m going to work until you take me off the field or I get hurt, whatever. I’m working.'”MORE: Complete list of MLB players opting out for 2020 And here’s Joe West with another horrific call.The MLB umpire, who fits into the high-risk bracket when it comes to COVID-19, is going to be calling balls and strikes if and when the 2020 MLB season gets underway. But the coronavirus doesn’t bother him one bit With roughly 130,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States, West’s take is an interesting. Per the CDC, those 130,000 deaths have all been caused by the coronavirus.While MLB said just over 1 percent of players, staff, executive and personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus, cases among almost every team in the league have been reported. With the season tentatively getting underway July 23, there’s also more time for players to test positive or opt out for the season.Hopefully West stays safe and healthy this season, but this is just the latest reason why umpires should be seen, not heard.last_img read more

Read More →

DeSean Jackson to visit Auschwitz in effort to learn about historical Jewish struggle

first_imgEagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is attempting to learn why the anti-Semitic post he made on Instagram last week was so troublesome for Jewish people.Jackson on Sunday accepted an invitation to visit the site of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, where almost 1 million Jews were killed in a German campaign to annihilate their religion. His pledge to travel to the site came in a video conversation with Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg. Jackson’s post about Jewish people last week included a quote he mistakenly attributed to Adolf Hitler that accused Jews of plotting to “blackmail” and “extort” America as part of an effort to take over the world. That incorrect line of thinking has historically been used to justify the persecution of Jews.After an initial half-apology that doubled down on his support of the message, Jackson has reached out to members of the Jewish community to understand why his post was harmful.”Im taking the time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions,” Jackson wrote on Instagram. View this post on Instagram “I grew up in Los Angeles, and never really spent time with anyone from the Jewish community and didn’t know much about their history,” Jackson said on the call. “This has been such a powerful experience for me to learn and educate myself.” Today I had an opportunity to speak with 94 year old holocaust survivor Mr. Edward Mosberg. Thank you Mr. Mosberg for your valuable time and insight today . Im taking this time to continue with educating myself and bridging the gap between different cultures, communities & religions. LOVE 2 ALL!!!!! TO BE CONTINUED …..A post shared by Desean Jackson (@0ne0fone) on Jul 10, 2020 at 4:16pm PDTMORE: Washington’s football team will have a new name soonlast_img read more

Read More →

Shooting on Mason City’s north side being investigated

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City police are continuing their investigation into shots being fired early Saturday morning in the northwestern part of town. Chief Jeff Brinkley says shortly before 2:15 Saturday morning, officers were called to the scene of a possible shooting at Enterprise Alley and Washington Avenue along 12th Northwest. On arrival, officers found bullet casings and blood at the scene. Brinkley says at least two vehicles were involved and there was an altercation that happened before the shots were fired. During the investigation, patrol officers recognized the description of one of the vehicles provided by a witness, with that vehicle located a short time later on South Washington. A search warrant was later executed at the residence without issue, and the investigation is ongoing. Brinkley adds that no one has reported being a victim of the shooting, and he does not believe there’s an ongoing risk to the community. If you have any information about this case or if you were a witness, you are asked to contact the Mason City Police Department at 421-3636.last_img read more

Read More →

Iowa House GOP passes bill defining antisemitism

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa House have approved a bill that denounces the rise in hate crimes against Jews and provides a definition of antisemitism.Democrats in the House say the bill elevates one race and religion above others.“We don’t want antisemitism, of course we don’t,” Representative Ruth Ann Gaines of Des Moines said, “but we also don’t want other groups that have been discriminated against religiously to think what they’ve experienced is a different kind of pain, a lesser pain, a pain that is not as important.”Republican Representative Stephen Holt of Denison rose to speak, noting the bill had cleared a House committee with the support of Democrats.“Based upon the comments that have been made tonight, all of the Republicans…and all of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee who supported this legislation are ill-informed and cannot possibly understand the ramifications of this bill because some of us are the wrong skin color,” Holt said. “I categorically reject that.”Representative Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines said the bill needed to be inclusive of all religions, not just one.“If we put it all together now and we put some meat to this, we do it for one community and that’s the religious community,” Abdul-Samad said, “and that’s our Iowa family.”Representative Linda Upmeyer, a Republican from Clear Lake who sponsored the bill, said pointing out one problem doesn’t minimize others.“The reason that I offered this legislation is because data shows that although Jews only make up 2% of the American population, they are the most likely among all the minority groups to be victimized by hate,” Upmeyer said near the end of a lengthy debate.The bill narrowly passed on a 51-45 vote. It now goes to the Senate.last_img read more

Read More →

First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Iowa prison system

first_imgCORALVILLE — Officials say an inmate who arrived at the state prison intake center last Thursday is the first state prisoner to have a confirmed case of coronavirus.An Iowa Department of Corrections news release indicates the man is under the age of 41 and was transferred into the state prison system from Henry County on a drug conviction. All inmates are being placed in quarantine when they arrive at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. This inmate soon began showing COVID-19 symptoms, he was tested and by Saturday night he was described in “stable” condition.Contact tracing is underway to determine which staff and other prisoners may have been around the inmate, who is now in isolation and monitored by staff around the clock.A correctional officer at the same facility in Coralville got sick at work on April 8th later tested positive for COVID-19, Last weekend, officials said the employee is recovering in self-isolation at home.last_img read more

Read More →