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Former USC, Jets Running Back Joe McKnight Fatally Shot in Louisiana

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former USC and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot in a road rage incident near New Orleans on Thursday, according to ESPN.

“At approximately 2:43 p.m. today we received a call of a shooting that occurred here at Holmes [Boulevard] and Behrman Highway (in Terrytown),” Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said. “Our officers arrived on the scene and immediately began giving CPR to an individual who was shot and lying on the ground.”

The suspect was identified as Ronald Gasser, who stayed at the scene after the shooting, according to police.

“Mr. Gasser did, in fact, shoot Mr. McKnight. We will be releasing additional details as we get through these interviews with these witnesses,” Normand told reporters. “Mr. McKnight did not have a gun in his possession.”

McKnight played 3 seasons at USC and was a fourth round pick for the Jets in the 2010 draft, according to ESPN. He spent 3 seasons with the Jets and was released by the team in 2013 after a turbulent return to training camp.

“Joe McKnight was a loving father and a genuine, kind-hearted person,” the Jets said in a statement. “It is sad when life is taken in what appears to be such a senseless act of violence. Joe, you will be missed.”

McKnight was 28.

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NASCAR and Monster Agree to Sponsorship Deal

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — NASCAR has a new sponsor for it’s premier seires, announcing a multi-year deal with Monster Energy. It will be just the third brand to sponsor the premier series in its’ history, taking over for Sprint after Dec. 31 of this year.

“Motor sports is [Monster’s] DNA,” NASCAR CEO Brian France said, “They understand motor sports, they understand NASCAR, they understand how to reach across and excite our core audience and help us deliver on a new audience.”

Monster’s Chief Marketing Officer Mark Hall also felt strongly about the new deal. “It’s a rare and unique opportunity to be associated with a premier professional sport, to be closely partnered with that sport and work together to build both of our brands,” he said.

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FIFA: Moment of Silence to Be Held at Weekend’s Soccer Matches

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In honor of the soccer players who died earlier this week when their plane crashed in Colombia, a moment of silence will be held at every match this weekend, FIFA announced on Thursday.

Players are also being asked to wear black armbands in remembrance.

Bureau of the FIFA Council agrees minute’s silence at every match this weekend; all players are requested to wear black armbands #ForçaChape

— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) December 1, 2016

The plane carrying Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense went down on Monday, killing 71 people on board. Six passengers — including three players, two crew members and a journalist — survived the crash.

Aerocivil, Colombia’s civil aviation authority, announced Wednesday night that the plane did not have enough of the required reserve fuel needed in case of emergency.

The plane was required to have at least 30 minutes of reserve fuel on top of the fuel needed to make the trip, per Colombian and international norms, Aerocivil authorities said in a press conference. There was also no fuel present at the crash site, investigators said.

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Report: Houston Considering Lane Kiffin, Les Miles for Head Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two candidates have reportedly emerged as potential replacements for former Houston Cougars head coach Tom Herman, who signed as The University of Texas at Austin’s new head coach last month.

Sources tell ESPN former Louisiana State University head coach Les Miles and University of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin are being considered for the position.

Tilman Fertitta, the Houston board of regents chairman, confirmed to the Houston Chronicle that Miles was “on the list.”

Fertitta added that the University of Houston is currently trying to whittle down the number of contenders to about a handful. He told the Chronicle the school may reach a decision by the “middle of next week.”

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/30/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Toronto 120, Memphis 105
Detroit 121, Boston 114
Oklahoma City 126, Washington 115 (OT)
LA Lakers 96, Chicago 90
NY Knicks 106, Minnesota 104
San Antonio 94, Dallas 87
Miami 106, Denver 98
Phoenix 109, Atlanta 107
Portland 131, Indiana 109
Sacramento at Philadelphia: postponed

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NY Islanders 5, Pittsburgh 3
Calgary 3, Toronto 0
San Jose 4, LA Kings 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(13) Indiana 76, (3) North Carolina 67
(6) Virginia 63, Ohio St. 61
(9) Baylor 79, Sam Houston St. 45
(11) UCLA 98, UC Riverside 56
(12) Saint Mary’s (Cal) 66, Stanford 51
(14) Louisville 71, (15) Purdue 64
(16) Arizona 85, Texas Southern 63
(23) Oregon 93, Western Oregon 54

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Jeff Gordon on ‘Destiny’ to Be Race Car Driver, New Biography

Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon reflected back on his illustrious career, and his personal life in the spotlight, in an interview with Michael Strahan that aired Wednesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America.

“It was sort of my destiny to, to be a race car driver,” the three-time Daytona 500 winner said. “I mean, I have been at the racetrack probably every weekend just about since I was maybe 6 or 7 years old.”

Gordon said that his biography, Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive, and Destiny, which came out last week, offers fans a candid glimpse at many aspects of his personal life, from his childhood to his highly-publicized relationship with his ex-wife.

He said what he thinks will surprise fans the most in his book is how hard his parents had to work in order for him to be able to pursue his dreams.

“I think most people, when they saw me coming to NASCAR, thought, ‘Oh man, he just had everything handed to him on a silver platter. He came from a wealthy family,'” Gordon said. “It was not that at all. My parents had to work hard, sacrifice a lot.”

Gordon also joked about how at one point in his career he was often compared to the popular character of Ricky Bobby from the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

“I go back to that time in my life and I go, ‘Who was I?’ It was crazy. I mean, life was good, on one hand, because of all the wins and the success. And my lifestyle was just booming and blowing up and all that,” Gordon said. “But on the other side, it was, like, this is not me. This is not who I am.”

“And so yeah, there was definitely some Ricky Bobby moments throughout that time,” he added.

Gordon also joked that the 2000 Nelly hit, “E.I.,” which raps his name in the lyrics, is what “put him on the map.”

As the race car driver looked back at his life, he told Strahan that his stepfather, John Bickford, is the “hero in this book.”

“He presented the race car to me and my sister,” Gordon said of his stepfather. “She wasn’t interested. Now she’s like, ‘I could’ve been Danica Patrick.'”

Gordon said that his stepfather is responsible “for my entire career,” adding that “he guided me along the way.”

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Texan Becomes First Bowler in History to Roll Three Consecutive Perfect Games

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Not many people can say they’ve bowled 900, but one man in Texas has become the first person ever in the Lone Star State and only the 29th bowler in recorded history to roll three consecutive perfect 300 games.

According to the United States Bowling Congress, on Nov. 17, Sean Osbourn, 24, of Houston bowled as a substitute in the Copperfield Bowling Center‘s early league session in a USBC-certified competition. He was later asked to fill in for someone on the late session league — and that’s when he bowled his historic games.

Osbourn said, “I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. I wasn’t shaking at the end, though. I think I was in shock. It’s great and crazy, and I can’t believe it happened to me. I love bowling and always have, and this is something I’ll never forget.”

Video of Osbourn shows him effortlessly knocking out his last three strikes.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/29/16

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Detroit 112, Charlotte 89
Brooklyn 12,7 L.A. Clippers 122 (2OT)
Milwaukee 118, Cleveland 101
New Orleans 105, LA Lakers 88
Orlando 95, San Antonio 83
Utah 120, Houston 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NY Rangers 3, Carolina 2
Columbus 5, Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 3, Dallas 1
Philadelphia 3, Boston 2 (2OT)
Buffalo 5, Ottawa 4
Winnipeg 3, New Jersey 2
Chicago 2, Florida 1 (2OT)
Toronto 4, Edmonton 2
Nashville 5, Colorado 3
San Jose 2, Arizona 1
Anaheim 2, Montreal 1
Vancouver 5, Minnesota 4

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(7) Xavier 85, N. Dakota St. 55
(2) Villanova 82, Penn 57
(17) Wisconsin 77, (22) Syracuse 60
Valparaiso 65, (21) Rhode Island 62
(4) Kansas 91, Long Beach St. 61
(10) Creighton 93, Buffalo 72
(5) Duke 78, Michigan St. 69

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Eric Dickerson Avoiding Los Angeles Rams Games, Says He Isn’t Welcome

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Rams have upset one of their legends.

Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson says he will not attend anymore Rams games as long as Jeff Fisher is still the team’s head coach. Dickerson tells the Los Angeles Times that Fisher called him and said he was no longer allowed to stand on the sidelines during the team’s games.

The 56-year-old Dickerson added that he requested sideline passes for friends for the Rams’ game on Nov. 20 against the Miami Dolphins. He says the team told him they were uncomfortable with his public criticism of the organization. Then, Dickerson says, Fisher called him, and said “We’re not going to give you anything”

“You think I’ve been waiting on the Rams to come back to town? That’s not me. People who know me know, I’m not here with my hand out. Do you feel like I owe y’all something? Send me a bill,” Dickerson told ESPN.

Dickerson added that Fisher told him some players feel “uncomfortable” with Dickerson standing on the sidelines.

Fisher has backtracked and said Dickerson was welcome to come back to the sideline. The former Ram, however, says he will remain a fan of the team, but his relationship with the organization will not be the same.

Dickerson played for the Rams from 1983 to 1987 before they moved from Los Angeles to Saint Louis. He is the second-leading rusher in the organization’s history.

I have reached out to Eric to see where a miscommunication may have occurred & to clear up any confusion over his presence at games.

— Kevin Demoff (@kdemoff) November 28, 2016

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Tiger Woods Set to Return to Competitive Golf After Back Surgery

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NASSAU, Bahamas) — Tiger Woods is set to return to competitive golf after a 15-month absence. He has been recovering from back surgery since September 2015.

The 14 time-major winner will return at the World Hero Tournament in the Bahamas.

This is not just a symbolic return. He is out there to win, even if he thinks it’s a tall order, as he told the media.

“I’m going to try to do the same thing I always do,” Woods said. “I’m entered in an event. I’m going to try to win this thing.”

Woods was scheduled to return seven weeks ago at the Safeway Open, but pulled out just three days before the tournament began because he felt he was not ready to compete against the best in the world.

This is a special tournament to Woods. He started it in 1999 at the urging of his late father and it has become a big fundraiser for his foundation.

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