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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A regular season in college football is not complete without the Army-Navy game. This weekend, the two military schools will battle it out on the gridiron for the 119th time.

Army sits at 6-5, their first season with more than four wins since 2010, and head coach Jeff Monken expects the game to be competitive, as it always is.

"It's two teams that absolutely want to beat the pants off of each other, so they're gonna play really really hard," Monken said. "There's a lot of emotion for both sides. Everybody that's a competitor in that game cares more about that game than any game they play."

Monken and Army head into M&T Bank Stadium against a 9-3 Navy team that is coming off of a tough loss to Temple in the American Athletic Confernce championship. To top it off, Navy lost starting quarterback Will Worth and starting slotback Toneo Gulley in the game for the rest of the season due to foot injuries.

Navy also has a 14-game winning streak against Army on the line. Despite their recent success, head coach Ken Niumatalolo knows the game won't be easy for his team but that they're battle tested and ready for anything.

"They're resilient kids here,"  Niumatalolo said. "It's just kind of your makeup, the character that you build when you come to this school."

Regardless of their differences on the field, Coach Monken said both teams have very special young men. "They're the guys that go stand in the gap between the freedom we enjoy and those that want to take it from us," he said. "That makes this game pretty special."

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Pierre Thomas, friend and former teammate of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith -- and witness to Smith's fatal shooting -- recounted seeing Smith "slouched over the steering wheel" after a "back and forth argument" with the suspected shooter.

Thomas was emotional on the stand, at times, while giving his eyewitness account at the trial of Smith's alleged killer, Cardell Hayes.

 Smith, 34, was killed in the apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9.

Hayes, a former semi-professional football player, was charged with second-degree murder. If convicted of the charge, Hayes will face a mandatory life sentence, according to the Associated Press. He has pleaded not guilty.

He is also charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Smith's wife, Racquel Smith, in the incident.

Hayes’ attorney, John Fuller, has said in the past that Hayes felt threatened and was the victim of a hit-and-run just moments before he crashed into Smith's car. He said Hayes was chasing them to get license plate numbers and that Hayes had called 911 to report the hit-and-run before the accident with Smith.

 Thomas testified that he was in a car ahead of the Smiths when he saw smoke behind him. He said he stopped, got out and discovered there had been an accident; he saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing "back and forth."

"I never saw any physical contact," Thomas said.

He said he heard the first shot, then saw Hayes with a gun in his hand as Hayes turned and continued to shoot toward Will Smith.

Thomas said he walked to the passenger side window of Smith's car and "saw Will slouched over the steering wheel."

He expressed shock, saying he had thought the argument was over. He thought, "How did we get to this point?"

Rebecca Dooley, who was in the car with the Smiths the night of the shooting along with her husband, Richard Hernandez, also testified today, saying "Mr. Hayes was walking toward Will with a gun pointing at him. And I heard shots fired."

After the shooting, Hayes appeared to have "no remorse," Dooley said.

Dooley said Will Smith was driving and Hernandez was next to him in her testimony, which ABC affiliate WGNO in New Orleans reported as follows:

She testified that an orange Hummer in front of them slammed on its brakes and then Will Smith slammed on his in response.

"There was no impact," Dooley said.

They continued driving and she noticed headlights approaching the SUV very quickly. She said she saw the Hummer following them.

Dooley said an impact followed, during which the SUV glass shattered.

She testified that she and Racquel Smith got out of the car and saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing over who was responsible for the collision. "They both seemed angry," she said.

Racquel Smith got in between Will Smith and Hayes and tried to diffuse the situation, Dooley continued in her testimony.

After that, Dooley said she saw Hayes walking towards Will Smith with a gun.

She cried on the stand describing the aftermath of the shooting. Will Smith fell into the car, not moving, after he was shot, she said.

Dooley testified that then Hayes said over the ex-NFL star's body, "Look at you now, you were showing off."

She said that she and her husband took shelter behind some bushes and she heard Hayes say, "Where's that white boy at?"

Dooley said she pleaded with her husband not to go over there.

Dooley’s husband, Richard Hernandez, was next called to the stand as a witness and testified as follows, according to WGNO:

The father of two and friend of the Smiths told prosecutors that Hayes' Hummer pulled out in front of them that night, prompting Will Smith to slam on the brakes. Hernandez said they didn’t hit the Hummer, but shortly after Hayes crashed into the back of Will Smith’s Mercedes after they drove off. Hernandez said it seemed like the hit was on purpose.

Hernandez testified that Will Smith got out of his car and confronted Hayes about the crash, and Hayes accused the former Saints star of striking him first. The passenger in Hayes’ Hummer, Kevin O’Neal, also got out of his car and Hernandez said he sensed a fight was about to happen.

During questioning, the prosecutor asked Hernandez why he then took off his shirt and Hernandez said he thought there would be "a fist fight."

Hernandez said that O’Neal took a swing at him. Then, shots were fired, he said.

Hernandez told prosecutors he feared for his life when he heard Hayes allegedly say, "Where’s the white boy?"

"I was scared," Hernandez said. "I was thinking, 'I’m next.'"

Hernandez said his wife urged him to flee, so he got into a taxi and left the scene.

On Tuesday, Smith's widow, Racquel Smith, testified and broke down on the witness stand saying "my worst nightmare happened for no reason."

"I don't want sympathy, I want justice," she said on the stand. "He is not here today, so I am his voice."

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Saints player Steve Gleason were also among those gathered at the courthouse Tuesday to lend support on the first day of the trial.

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Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Surgery will likely keep New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul off the field for the rest of the season, a source told ESPN.

Pierre-Paul had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a hernia and injured groin, and his recovery time will be at least six weeks, according to the source. That will keep him out of the game up to the conference championship. He injured his groin Sunday during the Giants’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pierre-Paul had returned this season after a Fourth of July fireworks accident in 2015 left him without his right index finger and missing parts of others.

After his surgery Wednesday, Pierre-Paul posted to his social media accounts that the surgery was successful.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- It appears the Chicago Cubs are close to landing Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis.

ESPN reports the Cubs "moved to the verge of a deal" for Davis Tuesday night. Sources, however, told ESPN the move has not yet been finalized and both clubs still need to approve medical information.

While details of the proposed trade were not made available, a source told ESPN should it go through, Chicago may give up outfielder Jorge Soler in exchange.

Davis, 31, has a career 3.53 ERA with 47 saves and 689 strikeouts. This past season, he had a 1.87 ERA, 27 saves and 47 strikeouts.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The University of Oregon has reportedly chosen a replacement for former head football coach Mark Helfrich.

Sources tell ESPN Willie Taggart, the head coach for the University of South Florida, will be named as Helfrich's successor. Helfrich was fired by the Ducks last week after leading the team to a dismal 4-8 record this season.

Taggart, 40, has coached the South Florida Bulls since 2013. This past season he led USF to a 10-2 record.

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

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Orlando 124, Washington 116
NY Knicks 114, Miami 103
Detroit 102, Chicago 91
San Antonio 105, Minnesota 91
Memphis 96, Philadelphia 91
Utah 112, Phoenix 105

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 2
Philadelphia 3, Florida 2 (OT)
New Jersey 3, Vancouver 2
Buffalo 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
St. Louis 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Detroit 4, Winnipeg 3 (SO)
Nashville 4, Colorado 3
Calgary 2, Dallas 1
Chicago 4, Arizona 0

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(1) Villanova 89, La Salle 79
(3) Kansas 105, UMKC 62
(5) Duke 84, (21) Florida 74
(14) Virginia 76, East Carolina 53
(18) Purdue 97, Arizona St. 64
(20) Arizona 79, UC Irvine 57
(23) Notre Dame 87, IPFW 72

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Larry French/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The wife of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith broke down on the stand Tuesday in the trial of her husband's alleged killer, saying "my worst nightmare happened for no reason," according to ABC News affiliate WGNO-TV.

Racquel Smith was also wounded in the apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9 that left her 34-year-old husband dead.

"I don't want sympathy, I want justice," she said on the stand, according to WGNO-TV. "He is not here today so I am his voice."

Cardell Hayes, a former semiprofessional football player, was charged with second-degree murder to which he pleaded not guilty.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Saints player Steve Gleason were among those gathered at the courthouse for support on the first day of the trial.

On Tuesday afternoon, the victim's wife took the stand for the prosecution and recounted the day of the shooting.

She said that morning "we got dressed, we kissed the kids goodbye, and we told them we would be back," WGNO-TV reported.

The former Saints player posted a photo the day of the shooting, writing "Having a blast" at New Orleans' French Quarter Fest.

According to WGNO-TV, Racquel Smith testified that, at one point during the alleged altercation between Hayes and her husband, "I looked at my husband in the eyes and said this is not worth it ... and he walked away with me."

"We were walking back to the car and I heard a pop pop," she said, according to WGNO-TV. "I fell to the ground and played dead then I heard more pops."


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Allen Kee / ESPN(NEW ORLEANS) -- A Louisiana sheriff on Tuesday defended his department’s four-day delay in arresting Ronald Gasser, the man accused of shooting and killing former NFL player Joe McKnight in an apparent road rage incident.

Gasser was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Monday, according to Jefferson Parish records, four days after the Thursday afternoon shooting.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand on Tuesday confirmed Gasser's arrest, saying, at about 5 p.m. local time Monday "we collectively came together and decided that we were prepared to draft an arrest warrant for the arrest of Mr. Gasser."

Gasser had an initial court appearance Tuesday morning, and bond was listed at $500,000. He was assigned a public defender, and it’s unclear whether he entered a plea. The public defender’s office declined to comment.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Normand defended his arrest of Gasser on Monday rather than on the day of the shooting, saying if he had made the arrest last week, some witnesses would not have come forward. The case was still developing as of Tuesday morning, Normand added.

"Justice has no time period. Justice is not a sprint, it is a marathon. These investigations are marathons," he said, adding, "our arrest is only as good as a prosecution."

Normand thanked the McKnight family for its patience, restraint and trust.

"People don't think that we know what we’re doing strategically … tough. I don't care," the sheriff said.

As he did Friday, Normand said officials were going forward in a "deliberate and definitive way." They have conducted over 160 interviews, he said.

"We identified 260 folks that we had an interest in talking to based on license plate recognition camera hits of multiple cameras," he said. "We talked to over 70 business owners in an attempt to retrieve video."

Normand also conveyed more information about the shooting Thursday afternoon in Terrytown, Louisiana, located about 5 miles south of New Orleans across the Mississippi River, that killed McKnight, 28.

He said Gasser and McKnight's cars were in an altercation, cutting in front of one another, and Gasser got in front of McKnight's car at a red light. He said McKnight pulled “around on the right-hand side, comes to a stop on the side of Mr. Gasser's car."

There were several other cars around Gasser, Normand said, and "Mr. Gasser is hemmed in and does not have an avenue for retreat."

With their windows rolled down, Gasser and McKnight had a verbal altercation while in their own cars, Normand said. Then, McKnight got out of his car and went to Gasser's car, and "there continues to be a verbal altercation," the sheriff said.

At some point "Mr. Gasser pulls his weapon ... and fires three shots at Joe McKnight, killing him," the sheriff said.

Gasser got out of his car after the shooting "to see what actually happened to him," the sheriff said.

Norman said there was a gun in the car that McKnight was in, clarifying that it was McKnight's stepfather's gun and McKnight's stepfather's car.

Normand said both of the men were "engaged in unacceptable behavior" and "did not understand how to deal with conflict resolution."

Normand called it "incredibly tragic consequences over bad driving behavior and bad spoken words."

Gasser, 54, stayed at the scene after the shooting, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Gasser allegedly admitted to fatally shooting McKnight and cooperated with the investigation, the sheriff's office said.

Gasser, who relinquished his gun, was taken into custody and questioned by authorities Thursday before he was released later that night without charges, officials said.

McKnight, who went to high school in Louisiana, headed west for college in 2006 and became a football star at the University of Southern California.

After USC, McKnight played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs.

A spokesman for the McKnight family said in a statement last week that "the family is distressed, distraught."

"This tragedy is something that changes all of our lives so dramatically," the statement said. "We are in the process of trying to deal with the grief and what we need to go through legally. We want to give Joe his just due."

McKnight's death marks the second time an NFL player was shot and killed in a motorist incident in the New Orleans area this year. In April, former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was fatally shot while driving in New Orleans's Lower Garden District. The trial for Smith's accused killer begins Tuesday.

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Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Rich Hill has found a home after a long journey through many levels of baseball.

Hill signed a three year, 48 million dollar deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the team he pitched for in the second half of 2016. The left-hander was one of the hottest commodities at this year's Winter Meetings, but in his mind, there was never any doubt he was returning to Los Angeles.

"It's just the fan base that's there in L.A. and the passion that they have; the intensity to win, that's something that we wanted and something that we wanted to come back to," Hill said, according to ESPN. "We want to be a part of that; we want to bring a championship to L.A."

The tall left-hander has had plenty of highs and lows since debuting with the Cubs in 2005. He was up and down in the minors for a few seasons and suffered a number of injuries and setbacks. He continued to switch teams and ended up playing for eight different organizations before landing with the Dodgers.

At the beginning of the 2015 season, he was invited to Nationals spring training but didn't make the team and was ultimately released. After receiving no major league offers, he pitched for the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League, until the Red Sox signed him that September and had him start a game for the first time in six years.

Hill was invited to Spring Training by the Oakland Athletics at the beginning of 2016, and impressed enough this time to not only make the team, but be part of the starting rotation. He pitched so well he became the team's ace, and was then traded to the Dodgers at the trade deadline for their playoff run.

Hill's found a home in L.A. at the age of thirty six after never seeming to find an organization that could keep him for the long term. And over the first eleven years of his career, Hill made 11 million dollars. Now: he'll be making 16 million a year.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Baylor University has reportedly chosen its new head football coach.

Sources tell ESPN that the Bears will name Temple University coach Matt Rhule to replace former Bears coach Art Briles, who was fired back in May.

During his four seasons at Temple, Rhule has led the Owls to an American Athletic Conference championship and has a 28-23 record.

Jim Grobe, who has served as Baylor's acting coach since Briles' firing, will step down following the Bears' appearance in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on Dec. 27. Baylor will go up against Boise State.

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