The eyes of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock blinked back tears Saturday as he tried to express his sorrow for the victims of the Canadian junior hockey team who were killed or injured in a crash Friday night.
Smith’s sentencing hearing is moved up a week, from July 25 to July 18 because of a family emergency involving the prosecutor. Smith is sentenced to 12 days in jail for the weapons charges and another 12 days for the DUI charges. The sentences are set to run concurrently, with Smith able to serve them by joining a work crew on Mondays. Smith also is sentenced to three years’ probation and 235 hours of community service and is fined about $4,000. He is prohibited from drinking alcohol or being in a liquor store during his probation. The felony weapons charges are reduced to misdemeanors; the judge in the case notes that Smith has no criminal record involving violence.
Court documents in the Ray McDonald sexual assault case include an allegation that Smith had been drinking at McDonald’s home on Dec. 13. Smith’s agent strongly denies that his client was drinking.
The Raiders announced they have lured Tom Shaw from Orlando to serve as their strength and conditioning coordinator.
Shaw founded Tom Shaw Performance, where he trained athletes at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando. He has worked with the Patriots and Saints, coaching speed and conditioning.
His four assistants include Jon Gruden’s son, Deuce. Kelsey Martinez, Rick Slate and D’Anthony Batiste are Shaw’s other assistants.
Leveraging some of the NBA’s rich player-tracking data from the weekend, we find some unique names emerging in some of the more fantasy-relevant opportunity rates. For instance, the Suns’ Tyler Ulis is sixth in the NBA since Friday with 93 touches per game. Smith Jr. is fifth in the NBA during this small but revealing sample, while the Knicks’ Trey Burke is just ahead of Jeff Teague and Mitchell in touches per game. Having the ball often helps lead to surface stats, with Smith Jr. fourth in the league in potential assists per game (18.5) and Ulis sixth (18) in two games since Friday.