Horse racing pundit John McCririck dead at 79

London( CNN) The legendary horse-racing broadcaster John McCririck, who was famed for his outlandish dress sense, just died at the age of 79, his family has announced.

He was perhaps best known for his distinctive style, regularly sporting a large deerstalker hat, sideburns and colorful suits, often with a fat cigar in hand.
McCririck’s family confirmed in a statement that the veteran broadcaster died in a London hospital Friday.

Nike analyse claims of’ emotional and physical abuse’ at Oregon Project

Nike have launched an immediate investigation into Mary Cains claims of emotional and physical abuse because of the constant pressure to lose weight put on her by the Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar

Nike has said it will conduct an investigation into the former US running prodigy Mary Cain’s claims she did not have a period for three years and aimed up self-harming because of the constant pressure to lose weight put on her by the Oregon Project coach, Alberto Salazar.

The announcement came after Cain received the backing of several former Oregon Project athletes, who said Salazar had also been preoccupied with their weight. Another, the Canadian 10,000 m runner Cam Levins, issued a public apology on Twitter saying he was sorry he had not looked out for Cain when they were teammates.

Cain, who joined the Oregon Project as a 16 -year-old, told the New York Times on Thursday that Salazar had demanded she drop her weight to 8st 2lb and that she received no subsistence when she went into a downward spiraling that led to her breaking five bones because of osteoporosis and have suicidal guess.” Instead I was emotionally and physically abused by a system designed by Alberto and endorsed by Nike ,” she said.

Salazar, who plans to appeal a four-year ban for anti-doping offences, has denied many of Cain’s claims but has not responded to requests from the Guardian for comment. However, the US athlete Amy Yoder Begley, who ran in the 2008 Olympics, said she was ” kicked out” of the Oregon Project after being told she was ” too fat” and had “the biggest butt on the start line” after finishing sixth in the 10,000 m at the 2011 US championships.

” I have first-hand experience with what Mary Cain described ,” she said.” I have a lot of respect for her in spoke out. I was older and at the end of my career; I can’t imagine being Mary’s age and going through it alone .”

Another former Nike Oregon Project athlete Kara Goucher retweeted a story from her husband, Adam, who said that after the 2011 Boston marathon when she finished fifth in 2:24 merely six months after giving birth,” both Alberto and Darren Treasure went up to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and said:’ Don’t tell Kara but she is still too heavy. She needs to lose her baby weight if she wants to be fast again .’ No gala on her tremendous operate, merely judgment on her body .”

Levins said he was sorry for not do more.” You deserve an apology for not having a person who was looking out for you in the right ways during your time in Portland at the Oregon Project. I wish I had been that person ,” he tweeted.

Levins added:” I knew our coaching staff was preoccupied with your weight loss, emphasising it as if it were the single thing standing in the way of great performances. I knew because they spoke of it openly among other athletes.

” You may not get the apology from those you should but I am sorry as your teammate for what happened. I understand both the arbitrary number goal is available on you and constant push to lose weight. I promise to be part of the culture change you are progressing by sharing your narrative .”

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In a statement Nike said it had not heard Cain’s complaints until Thursday:” We take the allegations extremely seriously and will launch an immediate investigation to hear from former Oregon Project athletes. At Nike we seek to always set the athlete at the centre of everything we do and these allegations are completely inconsistent with our values.

” These are deeply troubling accusations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project and Alberto’s team as recently as April of this year and had not created these concerns as part of that process .”

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Nike analyse claims of’ emotional and physical abuse’ at Oregon Project

Nike have launched an immediate investigation into Mary Cains claims of emotional and physical abuse because of the constant pressure to lose weight put on her by the Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar

Nike has said it will conduct an investigation into the former US running prodigy Mary Cain’s claims she did not have a period for three years and ended up self-harming because of the constant pressure to lose weight put on her by the Oregon Project coach, Alberto Salazar.

The announcement came after Cain received the backing of several former Oregon Project athletes, who said Salazar had also been obsessed with their weight. Another, the Canadian 10,000 m runner Cam Levins, issued a public apology on Twitter saying he was sorry he had not seemed out for Cain when they were teammates.

Cain, who joined the Oregon Project as a 16 -year-old, told the New York Times on Thursday that Salazar had demanded she drop-off her weight to 8st 2lb and that she received no support when she went into a downward spiral that led to her violate five bones because of osteoporosis and have suicidal thoughts.” Instead I was emotionally and physically abused by a system designed by Alberto and endorsed by Nike ,” she said.

Salazar, who plans to appeal a four-year ban for anti-doping offences, has denied many of Cain’s claims but has not responded to requests from the Guardian for commentary. However, the US athlete Amy Yoder Begley, who ran in the 2008 Olympics, said she was ” kicked out” of the Oregon Project after being told she was ” too fat” and had “the biggest butt on the start line” after finishing sixth in the 10,000 m at the 2011 US championships.

” I have first-hand experience with what Mary Cain described ,” she said.” I have a lot of respect for her in speaking out. I was older and at the end of my career; I can’t imagine being Mary’s age and going through it alone .”

Another former Nike Oregon Project athlete Kara Goucher retweeted a story from her husband, Adam, who said that after the 2011 Boston marathon when she finished fifth in 2:24 merely six months after giving birth,” both Alberto and Darren Treasure ran up to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and said:’ Don’t tell Kara but she is still too heavy. She needs to lose her baby weight if she wants to be fast again .’ No festivity on her tremendous operate, simply decision on her body .”

Levins said he was sorry for not do more.” You deserve an apology for not having a person who was looking out for you in the right ways during your time in Portland at the Oregon Project. I wish I had been that person ,” he tweeted.

Levins added:” I knew our coaching personnel was preoccupied with your weight loss, emphasising it as if it were the single thing standing in the way of great performances. I knew because they spoke of it openly among other athletes.

” You may not get the apology from those you should but I am sorry as your teammate for what happened. I understand both the arbitrary number goal is available on you and constant push to lose weight. I promise to be part of the culture alter you are progressing by sharing your tale .”

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In a statement Nike said it had not heard Cain’s complaints until Thursday:” We take the allegations extremely seriously and will launch an immediate investigation to hear from former Oregon Project athletes. At Nike we seek to always set the athlete at the centre of everything we do and these allegations are entirely inconsistent with our values.

” These are deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project and Alberto’s team as recently as April of this year and had not created these concerns as part of that process .”

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Tour de France: Julian Alaphilippe wins stage three to take yellow jersey

Julian Alaphilippe made a late solo break for victory on stage three of the Tour de France to take the overall race lead

Julian Alaphilippe, the Tour de France’s king of the mountains last year, was reduced to tears in Epernay after a fizzing attack through the champagne vineyards brought victory in stage three and the yellow jersey. It was the 27 -year-old Frenchman’s third Tour stage win, after his two victories in 2018, but his first overall leader’s jersey.

” I’m speechless ,” the 2018 Tour of Britain winner said.” I knew this stage suited me. I managed to avoid any pitfalls and crashes. I felt good so I accelerated on the Cote de Mutigny climb, but I didn’t think I’d go alone .”

So well-suited was the stage finale to Alaphilippe’s punchy attacking style that almost every sports director in the start town of Binche had quoth him as a pre-race favourite.” Maybe he designed today’s course ,” said Matt White of the Mitchelton-Scott team.” If you could design a course for Alaphilippe, today’s the working day .”

Alaphilippe’s Belgian team, Deceuninck-Quick Step, missed out on home success during the weekend’s Grand Depart, but despite his growing list of wins and a steady weight loss in the past year or so, Alaphilippe is not yet seen as an overall challenger in the biggest mountain climbs.

As Alaphilippe celebrated his win, Egan Bernal proved the sharpest of Team Ineos’s dual leaders, reaching the uphill finish ahead of Geraint Thomas and easing five seconds clear of the Welshman in the overall standings.” I wasn’t dancing up the climbs, but it was okay ,” Thomas said.” Plainly there were still bonus seconds up for grabs but you could see guys like Alaphilippe running and you just leave it to them and get through as best as possible.

” Short immerse climbs aren’t inevitably what I love but I think we rode well as a team, we were always in good posture and communicating really well .”

The feeling persists it will be Bernal, rather than Thomas, who emerges as the British team’s leader once the highest climbings come into view. The Belgian Tim Wellens had taken the stage by the scruff of the neck inside the last 50 km, with a solo assault from the day’s breakaway, building a leading that was steadily eroded as the peloton chased him over the short, sharp climbings overlooking Epernay.

But his efforts were dwarfed by Alaphilippe’s typically barnstorming move that took him clear of Wellens and the pursuing peloton in the final 15 km.” It’s difficult to meet the expectations of being the favourite but I constructed it. I’m delighted ,” Alaphilippe said.

If Thomas, Bernal and their teammates had laid down the gauntlet as the general classification team to beat in Sunday’s team time trial, Adam Yates’s Mitchelton-Scott team remained in bullish mood, despite his brother Simon’s time loss.

” I’m here[ riding] for Adam and that’s it ,” Simon Yates, the winner of the 2018 Vuelta, explained before dispelling once and for all the rumour that he was, like his brother, also targeting a high overall finish.” I’ll do what I can to support the team .”

White, the team’s sports director, rolled his eyes when asked if Adam Yates had started the Tour as a decoy for his Grand Tour-winning brother.” Nobody is going to believe our scheme until it happens ,” White said.” We’re not lying. We’re not playing any games.

” Simon’s here for the tailend of the race. We could have easily got him to the finish of the team time trial on Sunday without losing any time but that wasn’t the way to get the most out of our squad .”

White added that the result of Sunday’s team time trial revealed the margins in performance between the Tour’s top squads are becoming tighter.” People are getting closer and closer ,” he said.” Take Jumbo-Visma out of the equation- that was an incredible ride- but between Ineos, over the next 13 or 14 places there is 20 -3 0 seconds, so the level of all the teams has gone up. What you can read into that is that gap between the best teams in the Tour is getting smaller .”

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Former tennis champion Marion Bartoli reaches back over weight loss abuse

Retired Wimbledon winner repudiates claims she has eating disorder and says horrendous virus induces her unable to eat most food

The former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has hit back at internet trolls who have targeted her over her dramatic weight loss, saying she fears for her life after contracting a mystery virus.

Bartoli, 31, has been the victim of online abuse and suggestions that she has an eating disorder after losing up to 5st( 30 kg) since she won the tournament in 2013.

However, in an interview with ITVs This Morning on Thursday, the Frenchwoman said physicians had diagnosed her with a virus they were unable to identify. It has left her unable to eat anything other than organic salad foliages and built her hypersensitive to tap water and electrical devices.

Its utterly horrendous, she said. My life right now is an absolute nightmare. What I am going through, I wouldnt wish it on[ anyone ].

I cant even cleaned myself with tap water … I cant be on my phone for more than five minutes as my heart starts to pump … Every time I do something, Im scared to see the reaction to my body, its a constant fear.

Im reduced to eating organic salad leaves with cucumber without the skin, because my body cant even process the scalp. She said she would begin treatment for the condition on Monday.

Asked if she feared death, she said: Yes, of course, because maybe one day my heart is going to stop … but my passion and love for life is keeping me going.

Refuting suggestions she has an eating disorder, Bartoli said: I love to eat and drink, I love life and I want to be alive.

She said she had chosen to speak out because of the many negative tweets she had received. Thats why I wanted to come here and explain to them. Maybe there are other people around the world suffering the same, and maybe we can all join and be supportive.

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Marion Bartoli on the path to winning the Wimbledon ladies singles title in 2013. Photo: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Bartoli found herself at the centre of a sexism cyclone when she won Wimbledon. BBC commentator John Inverdale suggested she had dedicated herself to tennis because she was never going to be a looker. Inverdale later apologised for his ham-fisted comments.

Bartoli , now a commentator, had been due to play an invitation doubles match at Wimbledon this week. However, tournament officials replaced her over very concerned about her health.

She said she had initially put her weight loss down to going back to a healthy lifestyle after retiring from tennis, but that her health had degenerated in recent months.

Bartoli believes she contracted the virus in India. I started to feel worse and worse. As the weeks were passing my body was refusing more and more things.

I hope and pray the doctors will be able to treat me As a Wimbledon champion, Im trying to fight my hardest to survive. I want people to understand that I dont do[ this] to myself on purpose; this is what Im going through and its perfectly horrendous.

Serena Williams, who will defend her Wimbledon title in Saturdays lady final, pay homage to Bartoli for speaking out about her illness.

I was really proud to hear she did say something, said Williams. She took it upon herself to recognise what shes been fighting through. I truly admire anyone that is courageous like that.

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Former tennis champion Marion Bartoli makes back over weight loss abuse

Retired Wimbledon winner rejects claims she has eating disorder and says horrendous virus builds her unable to eat most food

The former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has hit back at internet trolls who have targeted her over her dramatic weight loss, saying she dreads for their own lives after contracting a mystery virus.

Bartoli, 31, has been the victim of online abuse and suggestions that she has an eating disorder after losing up to 5st( 30 kg) since she won the tournament in 2013.

However, in an interview with ITVs This Morning on Thursday, the Frenchwoman said doctors had diagnosed her with a virus they were unable to identify. It has left her unable to eat anything other than organic salad foliages and stimulated her hypersensitive to tap water and electrical devices.

Its perfectly horrendous, she said. My life right now is an absolute nightmare. What I am going through, I wouldnt wish it on[ anyone ].

I cant even cleaned myself with tap water … I cant be on my phone for more than five minutes as my heart starts to pump … Every period I do something, Im scared to see the reaction to my body, its a constant fear.

Im reduced to eating organic salad leaves with cucumber without the scalp, because my body cant even process the skin. She said she would begin treatment for the condition on Monday.

Asked if she feared demise, she said: Yes, of course, because maybe one day my heart is going to stop … but my passion and love for life is keeping me going.

Refuting suggestions she has an eating disorder, Bartoli said: I love to eat and drink, I love life and I want to be alive.

She said she had chosen to speak out because of the many negative tweets she had received. Thats why I wanted to come here and explain to them. Maybe there are other people around the world suffering the same, and maybe we can all join and be supportive.

Marion
Marion Bartoli on the way to winning the Wimbledon dames singles title in 2013. Photograph: Tom Jenkins for the Guardian

Bartoli find herself at the centre of a sexism cyclone when she won Wimbledon. BBC commentator John Inverdale suggested she had dedicated herself to tennis because she was never going to be a looker. Inverdale later apologised for his ham-fisted comments.

Bartoli , now a commentator, had been due to play an invitation doubles match at Wimbledon this week. However, tournament officials replaced her over concerns about her health.

She said she had initially set her weight loss down to going back to a healthy lifestyle after retiring from tennis, but that her health had degenerated in recent months.

Bartoli believes she contracted the virus in India. I started to feel worse and worse. As the weeks were passing my body was rejecting more and more things.

I hope and pray the doctors will be able to treat me As a Wimbledon champion, Im trying to fight my hardest to survive. I want people to understand that I dont do[ this] to myself on purpose; this is what Im going through and its absolutely horrendous.

Serena Williams, who will defend her Wimbledon title in Saturdays ladies final, paid tribute to Bartoli for speaking out about her illness.

I was really proud to hear she did say something, said Williams. She took it upon herself to recognise what shes been fighting through. I actually admire anyone that is courageous like that.

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My glutes barely engage at all; my arse quite literally cant be arsed

Nyambe Ikasaya, 38 , no longer wants to be called a personal trainer. He floats fitness and wellbeing facilitator, and I tell him Ill think of something better.( Gyms construct me obnoxiously dominant. I cant win a squat-off, but I can pour scorn on words like facilitator .) The blood tests, the hypoxic chamber, those results are all on their way: Im having a full-body MOT and this is just phase one, the bit where they check your wing mirrors and make sure youre not two vehicles welded together. Nyambe attaches some pads to my hand and foot. Its a tiny electric heartbeat, you wont feel it, he says, which I dont believe but turns out to be true.

My results are incredible: 15% fat, 85% lean, 0.2% Wonder Woman. My metabolic rate is such that I can burn 1,552 calories a day without even getting out of bed. Nyambe looks at me with calm bemusement. He shimmers with good health, yet it turns out I am fitter than him. Ive sometimes been in situations, he says slowly, where a person hasnt got their height exactly right, so Im just going to check that. Huh. I was out by 15 cm. Damned metric system. At 174 cm, my numbers build more sense: 33.4 litres of body water, which is normal, 23% fat. My fitness objective, according to Nyambe, should be to gain 4kg of solid muscle.

Mine is the scrawny, crow-like version of middle age, which doesnt get enough sympathy, because weight loss gets all the attention. Dusty, obsolete muscles, unused since the 90 s, like a Nokia in a cutlery drawer. I have the body of a person whos been sitting still for decades, hunched forward, jabbing her chin at imaginary foes. I have an too strong anterior aspect( front muscles ), compensating for a weak posterior one; Nyambe can tell this just by looking at me. When you move your legs, your muscles should engage in a particular order: hamstring, glutes, lower back. My glutes scarcely engage at all; my arse quite literally cant be arsed.

I do five and a half press-ups like a weakling in the opening shot of a prison movie. I can do a wall sit( back against a wall, sat on an imaginary chair until your thighs catch fire) for 72 seconds, which Nyambe says is carnival. He prescribes squats, planks, sit-ups, push-ups, wall sits, and aerobic exert for cardio fitness, without which you wont have the energy for the rest. Two hours a week should do it.

Theres no mystery to it, Nyambe says, bodies are designed to move. Maybe Ill move mine then. Fitness and wellbeing inspirer! I announce, triumphantly.

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Liverpool should not be in Europa League after Mamadou Sakho’s failed test | Barney Ronay

Mamadou Sakho is culpable and Liverpool are not but both have gained an unfair advantage, however minor. And whatever the timetabling issues, any club in this position should be stood down from the rivalry. Uefas rules are wrong

For all his current trials, there is a great deal to like about Mamadou Sakho. Before the news broke of the defenders failed narcotic test, followed this week by a 30-day Uefa suspension, I had a vague plan to write a kind of fond, fuzzy hagiography a Sakhiography, if you will about what a brilliantly engaging footballer he has been to watch this season.

In Brazil they like to talk about players who go out and wear the shirt. Sakho doesnt only wear the Liverpool shirt. He looks like he wants to eat it, floss his teeth with it and sneeze it out of his nose in great dripping red nylon strings.

Sakho! What a sight! From the slightly frenzied pre-match prayer, to his excellent close defending, to the route he propels himself about the pitching via a series of powerful cramps and jerks. The odd howler aside, Sakho isnt precisely clumsy. Its more he seems to operate from behind a fug of trapped energy, a majestically loopy jumble of extremities, surging out from the back like a drunken Franco Baresi.

Above all he plainly just loves playing, a rowdy child from a Parisian banlieue who gives the impression of having detected a genuine home in Jrgen Klopps soulful, evolving Liverpool. If you needed any more persuading he allegedly slapped a football journalist once in France( he did say sorry ).

An engaging player, then. None of which changes the fact the best parts of Sakhos season are now unavoidably tarnished following his failed exam and apparent adoption of remorse. And, more importantly , none of this changes the fact Liverpool truly shouldnt still be playing in the Europa League.

It may seem harsh. Sakho is culpable. The club is not. But both have gained an unjust advantage, however minor. And both “shouldve been” stood down from the rivalry, whatever the shemozzle of timetabling, as should any other club in the same stance. The regulations say otherwise. The rules are wrong.

Instead we have a bizarre world of fudge and compromise. Sakho tested positive for a banned substance, apparently a weight loss narcotic, after the Europa League last-1 6 second leg against Manchester United. He played 90 minutes that night, attaining 18 drugassisted clearances and tackles, and playing a key drug-assisted role in a landmark outcome for his club.

He has played six more club games since, including scoring a crucial late drug-assisted equaliser against Borussia Dortmund. At the end of which Liverpool who have acted commendably throughout all this still have a decent opportunity of drugassisted silverware, and beyond that a drugassisted place in next seasons Champions League.

There has been plenty of compassion for Sakho personally. The suggestion is he took a fat-burning substance. A mistake but barely sinister. He does not is in favour of vilified. On the other hand, the debate that this is just a fat burner is both factually and morally flaky.

On a sport front, Sakho was previously fell at Paris SaintGermain after gaining weight. Clearly the coach-and-fours at the club thought it was a problem. Indeed only someone who had never watched any modern football could conclude that peak athleticism, the ability to run nonstop without any loss of velocity or focus, isnt a massive part of video games. Being irreproachably fit is a skill in itself. The words of the former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy spring to mind after Sri Lankas portly, feisty captain Arjuna Ranatunga had asked for a athlete. You dont get a athlete for being an overweight, unfit, fat cunt, was Healys rather unkind answer. Buried within which is a grain of pure sporting truth.

More to the point there is no grey area here , no sliding scale of good and bad doping. A list of banned substances exists to take this distinction away. This is about the purity of competition. Its a matter of principle. Remember that?

Uefas rules are at least clear. One player tests positive: player gets penalise. Two players test positive: same thing. Any more than two and only then could the club face sanctions. Or in other words, in football its fine if 20% of your outfield players are on medications. No problem. You still get to win. Imagine this in other athletics. Its like Ben Johnson being allowed to keep his gold medal in 1988. Ban him. But we cant change what happened.

The objection to this comparison is that Sakho is only one member of a squad. Why punish all for the minor wrongdoing of one? It is a startling piece of logic that can only spring from a desire to soft-pedal and downplay. As the World Anti-Doping Agency itself has suggested there are hours the more than two regulation simply isnt strict enough. In athletics, the entire British 4x100m relay squad lost their 2002 European gold medal because of Dwain Chambers. Harsh on the other runners but fair to the sport.

Plus, just imagine the change of internal cultures should the burden of keeping your players clean fall on the clubs, as it does with every other major sort of discipline. Field an ineligible player and the match result is instantaneously overruled. And yet there is no actually significant club penalty for winning a game while one, or indeed two of your players are wired on purple hearts, Jgerbombs and nandrolone? Carry on!

The answer, of course, is that no one wants to linger on any of this. What is the motivation for maxing out the penalty? Nobody actually wants to kick this particular barrel of serpents over. And so football continues in a state of eerie prelapsarian soothe. Sakho will return , no doubt a little wiser. The Europa League will be written up without an asterisk or a footnote. And meanwhile the reveal rolls on, the background music turned up a little higher.

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Former Saints defensive objective Will Smith shot and killed in New Orleans

Smith, 34, shot multiple times in apparent road-rage incident, and police arrest and charge suspect with murder

Former New Orleans Saint player Will Smith was shot and killed Saturday after a traffic accident, and police arrested a suspect in the shooting on Sunday.

New Orleans city coroner Jeffrey C Rouse said in an emailed statement that Smith succumbed of multiple gunshot wounds after a traffic accident in the citys Lower Garden District. The former defensive end was 34 years old.

Cardell Hayes, 28, was apprehended on a charge of second-degree assassination in Smiths death, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Tyler Gamble said Sunday. Police said Hayes was the driver of a Humvee H2 that rear-ended Smiths Mercedes G6 3 at about 11.30 pm on Saturday. A passenger in Hayes vehicle was questioned and released, he said.

Gamble said the investigation was continuing. Online court records demonstrate Hayes plead guilty in 2014 to one count each of possessing an illegal weapon and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Saints owner Tom Benson and family released a statement mourning the loss of a player who had been their No. 1 draft pick in 2004.

The Saints family is hurting and devastated as it has lost a member too young and too soon, the statement said.

The Smith family released a statement through a public relations firm.

On behalf of the Smith family, we are thankful for the outpouring of support and prayers. We ask that you continue to respect the familys privacy as they mourn the loss of a devoted husband, parent and friend, the statement read.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also released a statement offering his condolences to the family.

The former defensive aim was driving through an upscale part of the city called the Lower Garden District when his vehicle was rear-ended and pushed into a Chevrolet Impala occupied by two acquaintances of Smiths, police said. The acquaintances were not injured.

Police said Smith and Hayes argued and Hayes pulled out a handgun, shooting Smith and Smiths wife. Racquel Smith, 33, was hit in the leg and taken to a hospital. Smith succumbed at the scene.

Smith, a aborigine of Queens, New York, played for Ohio Nation 2002 national championship squad and was a first-round draft choice by New Orleans in 2004.

He led the Saints with a career-high 13 bags in 2009, when the club won its merely Super Bowl. Smiths career sack total ranks fourth in Saints history. He had 457 career tackles, 20 forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
He last played in an NFL regular season game in 2012, finishing his career with 67{ bags.

During the 2013 preseason, a knee injury forced him onto injured reserve. He was signed in the 2014 offseason by New England but did not build the Patriots regular season roster.

Smith was defensive captain for much of his career, but it was also that leadership role that landed him at the center of the NFLs bounty probe in 2012. The league concluded that Smith and fellow defensive captain Jonathan Vilma helped run a locker-room pool that paid money bonuses for heavy and even injurious hittings.

Smith was initially suspended four games by Goodell, but Smith and three other implicated players successfully appealed their suspensions and was ever compelled to miss games, even as Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended the entire 2012 season.

A year earlier, however, Smith did have to serve a two-game suspension that stemmed from findings back in 2008 that he and several other NFL players had utilized a weight-loss product called StarCaps, which contained a diuretic that had been banned by the league because it was known to mask steroid utilize. That suspension was enforced after legal challenges the spanned several seasons.

Off the field, Smith took an active role in trying to improve the lives of children in New Orleans. He established a foundation called, Where Theres A Will, Theres A Way, in 2007. Its stated mission is to motivate, educate and provide opportunities for women and children.

After football, he settled in Louisiana, his wifes native nation. His shooting came during the course of its weekend of the French Quarter festival, a popular celebration featuring local music and food.

Smith foliages behind his wife and three children.

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Paralympics day 5: Durand’s second gold, Indian shot putter stimulates history

( CNN) Day five’s action in Rio was packed with emotion and drama as 48 gold medals were awarded across eight sports.

Alongside world records, more good news came in the form of ticket sales as the Rio Paralympics surpassed early warnings to become the second biggest Games yet to its implementation of tickets sold.