- Created on 30 September 2013
Canadian recording artist Drake speaks at a news conference after the announcement that the Toronto Raptors will host the 2016 NBA All Star game at a news conference in Toronto on Monday Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)
TORONTO (AP) — The NBA All-Star game in 2016 will be played in Toronto.
NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement Monday, marking the first time the city will hold the league's annual showcase.
Canadian rap star Drake and Mayor Rob Ford were among those at the news conference. The Raptors also announced that Drake will be their "global ambassador."
The All-Star game will be held in New Orleans in 2014 and in New York in 2015.
The NHL played an All-Star game in Toronto in 2000. The Toronto Blue Jays hosted baseball's All-Star game in 1991.
- Created on 30 September 2013
Iconic Pittsburg Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood (pictured), one of the superstar cogs in the "Steel Curtain" defense that catapulted the team to four Super Bowls in the '70s has passed away at age 67. The cause of death was kidney failure, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Greenwood made up one-fourth of the formidable, awe-inspiring, and highly revered Steelers defensive line of players who invoked fear in to the hearts of all of their competitors. The starring players were Greenwood (pictured above, second from right), "Mean" Joe Greene (pictured above, far right), Ernie Holmes (pictured above, far left) and Dwight White (pictured above, second from left). The fearless foursome helped to propel their team to greatness, resulting in four unprecedented Super Bowl wins over the course of six years. According to sports historians, the "front four" were the best of all time, turning their organization into a winning dynasty.
Greenwood, a Canton, Miss., native, joined the Steelers in 1969. He was a 10th-round pick draft from Arkansas AM&N (now Arkansas-Pine Bluff). Greenwood was accidentally discovered by the Steelers organization who actually went to his school to scout another player.
Art Rooney, Jr., who was in charge of personnel for the NFL team during the '70s told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "I went to Arkansas AM&N to scout someone else, and this great big, tall skinny guy kept catching my eye," said Art Rooney Jr., who ran the player personnel department for the team in the 1970s.
"The guy I went to see was all right, but L.C. was a terrific player. The coaches there were really pushing him. [Steelers head coach] Chuck Noll kept telling us he wanted great athletes that also had high intelligence. We were maybe going to sign him as a free agent, but Chuck kept pushing us. He wanted to draft him. He was really in to the weight-lifting and thought he could bulk him up."
At the start of his NFL career, Greenwood blossomed into a pass rusher who demonstrated incredible speed. The 6'6″, 245-pound player could blow by offensive tackles and in to the backfield.
During his 13-year career as an NFL player, Greenwood posted 73 1/2 sacks.
Bad knees forced Greenwood to hang up his cleats before the 1982 season. After his stellar career, Greenwood remained in Pittsburgh, where he became an entrepreneur and motivational speaker.
Sadly, the star player did not live to see his name enshrined in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame, even though there was a movement to secure the honor; Greenwood was a finalist six times with the last attempt having been made in 2006.
- Created on 27 September 2013
(CNN) -- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, cousin and an associate have been indicted in connection with the investigation into the June 17 killing of semipro football player Odin Lloyd, Massachusetts prosecutors announced Friday.
Carlos Ortiz, 27, of Bristol, Connecticut, was indicted on a single count of accessory to murder after the fact in connection with Lloyd's death, Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said in a written statement.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Lloyd's death.
The former New England Patriots tight end's fiancee, Shayana Jenkins, 24, is accused of a single count of perjury.
His cousin, Tanya Singleton, 37, was indicted on a charge of "conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact." She remains jailed on a previous indictment for contempt of court by allegedly refusing to testify before a grand jury.
In search warrant affidavits obtained by CNN in August, authorities alleged that Jenkins and Singleton "have all made overt attempts to hide evidence, render assistance for suspect to elude law enforcement, and to hinder and mislead this investigation."
Arraignment dates have not been set for Jenkins and Singleton.
News of the indictments came after a bail reduction hearing Thursday for another co-defendant, Ernest Wallace, in Fall River, Massachusetts, revealed new details in the murder case against Hernandez.
Bristol County prosecutors, according to spokesman Gregg Miliote, told a judge that Hernandez was the only one who got out of a car with Lloyd in a deserted industrial park before Lloyd was allegedly shot multiple times, execution-style, by Hernandez. Lloyd's body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home in North Attleboro.
That's different from an earlier scenario laid out by investigators.
At first, Ortiz allegedly told investigators that Wallace and Hernandez got out of the car with Lloyd before shots were fired.
Since then, prosecutors say, Ortiz changed his story.
"Initially, Mr. Ortiz's statement was Mr. Wallace got out of the car and now his statement is that Mr. Wallace stayed in the car," Sutter said outside of court Thursday.
Asked by a reporter whether he was concerned about the fact that Ortiz had changed his story, he replied: "Not at all."
Ortiz's lawyer, John Connors, declined comment on why Ortiz may have changed his account.
"Almost every case I've ever been involved in, the story changes during interrogation," Connors said. "When a professional interrogation takes place, at the end of it sometimes you have trouble remembering your own name."
Connors stopped short of using the word credible to describe his client.
"He's a young guy who got caught up in a situation, and when all this came about, he was frightened and confused, as you can imagine anyone would be," he said. "I believe he's an honest guy."
"My client will enter a not guilty plea" at an upcoming arraignment, Connors told CNN on Friday. The attorney said he will ask for a low bail because Ortiz has "limited means" to post it.
Sources tell CNN that Ortiz is cooperating with authorities.
At the Thursday hearing, a judge refused to reduce Wallace's $500,000 bail, despite attorney David Meier's insistence that his client has "every intention" and "every incentive to appear at every court hearing."
In court, the district attorney's office also disclosed that Hernandez allegedly made several phone calls to Wallace after Lloyd's body was discovered.
"Mr. Hernandez ... immediately makes cell phone telephone calls to Mr. Wallace upon police arriving at his house," Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg told the judge.
Hernandez was not arrested until 10 days after the slaying.
Wallace turned himself in to police in Miramar, Florida, at his family's home more than a week later after taking a bus to Florida from Georgia. Wallace also has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory after the fact to murder.
During Thursday's bail hearing, prosecutors told a judge that Singleton drove Wallace to Georgia and, when her car broke down, bought him a bus ticket to go the rest of the way.
- Created on 27 September 2013
In this July 24, 2013, file photo, Shayanna Jenkins, fiancee of former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez, arrives at hearing for Hernandez at Attleboro District Courtroom in Attleboro, Mass. (AP Photo/Bizuayehu Tesfaye, File)
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- The girlfriend of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a perjury charge in connection with the killing of his friend, a Massachusetts prosecutor said Friday, bringing to five the number of people facing charges in the case.
A grand jury indicted Shayanna Jenkins, 24, on a single count in relation to the investigation into the June 17 killing of Odin Lloyd, Bristol County District Attorney Samuel Sutter said.
It wasn't clear what led to the charge. Sutter's spokesman, Gregg Miliote, said he could not comment until her arraignment, which has not been set. A message left for Jenkins' lawyer was not immediately returned.
Lloyd, a 27-year-old semiprofessional football player from Boston, was found shot to death in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., near Hernandez's home, where Jenkins also lives. Lloyd had been dating Jenkins' sister.
Jenkins was not arrested and will be ordered to appear in court for an arraignment, the prosecutor's office said. She and Hernandez have a young child together.
Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and weapons charges in Lloyd's death and is being held without bail. His attorneys have said the state won't be able to prove its case during a jury trial and that Hernandez will be exonerated.
Prosecutors say Hernandez killed Lloyd because he was upset with him for talking to some people at a nightclub with whom he had had problems.
Prosecutors said as recently as Thursday that the investigation was ongoing, the grand jury was continuing to hear evidence and that more charges could be coming.
In addition to Hernandez and his girlfriend, three others face charges in the case. Hernandez associate Ernest Wallace has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact.
Another associate of Hernandez, Carlos Ortiz, also was indicted on the same charge, Sutter said Friday.
Ortiz's attorney, John Connors, said Friday that the indictment wasn't unexpected. He said Ortiz will plead not guilty to the new charge and that he will make an argument for bail but had no further comment. A hearing on the gun charge that was scheduled for Friday was canceled.
Given the indictment, Ortiz's case now shifts to superior court in Fall River. His arraignment there has not been scheduled.
Hernandez's cousin, Tanya Singleton, also was indicted on a new charge of conspiracy to commit accessory after the fact, Sutter said. Prosecutors say that in the days after the killing, she drove with Wallace from her home in Bristol, Conn., where Wallace had lived at times, to Georgia, where her car broke down, and that she then bought him a bus ticket to Florida, where his family lives.
Singleton had been indicted earlier on a charge of criminal contempt after allegedly refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in the case. Prosecutors say they offered her immunity.
A message seeking comment was left for her attorney.