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New Orleans Saints(MIAMI) — The widow of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith -- who was shot and killed April 9 in New Orleans following an apparent road rage incident -- accepted his graduate degree posthumously from the University of Miami during a graduation ceremony Thursday.

The Saints tweeted a photo of Racquel Smith, sitting in a wheelchair -- still on the mend from being shot twice in the legs -- smiling as she held the degree.

 

Will Smith's widow, Racquel, accepted his graduate degree posthumously during @univmiami commencement ceremony today pic.twitter.com/fmNFNKtCXf

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 6, 2016

 

Smith, who was 34 when he died, was studying at the University of Miami's Executive MBA program for artists and athletes.


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In a video, the crowd can be heard clapping and cheering as an announcer says that Racquel is accepting the award on behalf of her husband. The Saints tweeted the video, writing "Racquel is so strong! Thank you to the @univmiami for the support of Will Smith and his family."

 

Racquel is so strong! Thank you to the @univmiami for the support of Will Smith and his family pic.twitter.com/AXUeoI2kFz

— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) May 6, 2016

 

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Sprint Cup Series drivers will race under the lights this weekend.

They will compete at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night in the GoBowling 400. FS1's coverage of the race will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend's action as the points leader. He's nine points ahead of defending Cup champ Kyle Busch.

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Seattle 6, Houston 3
Boston 7, Chi White Sox 3
Cleveland 9, Detroit 4
Baltimore 1, N-Y Yankees 0, 10 Innings
Toronto 12, Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Chi Cubs 5, Washington 2
San Diego 5, N-Y Mets 3
Colorado 17, San Francisco 7
St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 0
Miami 4, Arizona 0
Cincinnati 9, Milwaukee 5

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS

OT  Toronto 96, Miami 92

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

OT  Dallas 3, St. Louis 2
3OT Nashville 4, San Jose 3

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Highland Park Department of Public Safety(HIGHLAND PARK, Texas) -- Former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel turned himself in for booking on Wednesday and posted bond Wednesday, and appeared in court Thursday in a domestic violence case.

Manziel, 23, was charged with family violence assault by a grand jury last week. He had previously been accused of accosting and striking an ex-girlfriend in a January incident. He faces up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The 23-year-old is appeared before a Dallas judge Thursday morning.

Manziel was polite as a judge set the conditions for his bail. He will not be allowed to contact his ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley in any way, and he cannot be near or possess firearms.

Manziel's attorney Jim Darnell said in a statement that Manziel "has, over the last 24 hours, fulfilled all the current requirements of the court. He looks forward to defending himself against the misdemeanor allegation and focusing on the next phases of his life, both personally and professionally.”

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, given to college football's most outstanding player, in 2012. He was later drafted by the Cleveland Browns, and released earlier this year.


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iStock/Thinkstock(SUNRISE, Fla.) -- Jaromir Jagr, 44, has officially signed on another year with the Florida Panthers Thursday, according to NHL.com.

Sportsnet reports the contract is for one year at a $4 million salary.

The announcment comes just over a week after the Panthers lost to the New York Islanders in a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series, ending the Panthers' season.

According to NHL.com, this will be Jagr's sixth consecutive one-year contract since he made his return to the NHL in 2011. Before that, he played in the Kontinental Hockey League for three seasons.

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Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers, fresh off their first-round playoff loss to the Toronto Raptors, announced Thursday that they would not retain head coach Frank Vogel.

"I've decided that it's time for a new voice around here," team President Larry Bird said at a Thursday press conference. He called the decision to let Vogel go "one of the toughest things I've done."

Bird did make clear that Vogel was not fired. "His contract is up and I just made the decision not to renew it."

Vogel put together a 250-181 record in five-plus seasons as the Pacers' coach. His teams made the postseason in five of six years, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Former veteran head coach Mike D'Antoni is in the running for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, ESPN reports, while interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has pulled himself out of consideration.

D'Antoni, notable for his up-tempo offenses with the Phoenix Suns, most recently served as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. He had previously headed up unsuccessful teams with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Bickerstaff took over the Rockets early this season following the firing of Kevin McHale. He posted a 37-34 record and got the Rockets into the postseason, but saw his team look lackluster in a first-round loss to the Golden State Warriors.

ESPN says that former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy and current Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel will be among the Rockets' targets. They have already spoken to Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell and their own assistant coach Chris Finch. Sources tell ESPN that TNT Analyst Kenny Smith could also receive an interview for the job.

Smith and Cassell are both former Rockets players.

ESPN says Bickerstaff withdrew his name from consideration for the permanent job "when it became apparent that the Rockets were going in a different direction." The Rockets may, however, be interested in retaining Bickerstaff in another role.

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Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat announced Wednesday that forward Chris Bosh would officially sit out the remainder of their postseason run, citing the same medical situation that has seen Bosh sit since February.

"The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs," a statement from the team read. "The Heat, Chris, the doctors and the medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible."

 

MIAMI HEAT STATEMENT ON CHRIS BOSH pic.twitter.com/ZX3gj6f3xg

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) May 4, 2016



Bosh and his wife Adrienne had used social media to generate attention for his desire to return to the court. The team's announcement that he would not play came on the same day that the National Basketball Players Association asked for a meeting with the Heat over that dispute.

Bosh sat out the final months of last season with blood clots in his leg. In March, Bosh released his own statement saying that that condition had not resurfaced and that he would return this season.

 

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

L.A. Angels 7, Milwaukee 3
Washington 13, Kansas City 2
Tampa Bay 8, L.A. Dodgers 5
Seattle 9, Oakland 8
Cleveland 4, Detroit 0
N-Y Yankees 7, Baltimore 0
Toronto 4, Texas 3
Houston 16, Minnesota 4
Boston 5, Chi White Sox 2
Chi Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 2
Cincinnati 7, San Francisco 4
N-Y Mets 8, Atlanta 0
Colorado 2, San Diego 0
Miami 4, Arizona 3
St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 4

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Cleveland 123, Atlanta 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Pittsburgh 3, Washington 2

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jimmie Johnson's team has been penalized in connection with a violation incurred during last weekend's events at Talladega Superspeedway.

The six-time Sprint Cup champ has been penalized 15 minutes of practice time this week at Kansas Speedway after his team failed template inspection three times during pre-race inspection for last Sunday's race, NASCAR.com reports.

Brian Scott and Cole Whitt's teams were issued written warnings for two failed pre-race inspections.

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