Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The man accused of fatally shooting former NFL player Will Smith in New Orleans earlier this month has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge.
Cardell Hayes was also indicted for attempted second-degree murder of Smith's wife, Racquel, who was shot in the leg on April 9, the day Smith died. Additionally, Hayes faces charges of aggravated damage to property and aggravated assault with a firearm, court records show.
The indictment came during a probable cause hearing scheduled at the same time Thursday, and Hayes' bond was set at $1.75 million. More details on the indictment were not immediately available.
In a statement through their lawyer, Peter Thompson, Smith's family said they were "not surprised," but were pleased with the grand jury's decision to indict Hayes on the second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder charges.
"Although nothing can ease the pain this family is feeling, today was a step towards ensuring this cold-blooded murderer is held responsible for the actions that took the life of their husband, father and friend," Thomson said.
Racquel is still healing from her injuries, Thompson added.
Hayes' defense lawyer, John Fuller, did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment. Hayes pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Smith, who helped the New Orleans Saints win Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, died at the scene of the shooting after an apparent road rage incident in New Orleans' Lower Garden District. Thompson said Smith had been shot six to eight times in the back, while Racquel was shot twice in the leg reportedly as she exited the car in an attempt to diffuse the situation.
Photo by Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Get ready to grab a hanky. There’s a new Gatorade campaign celebrating retired Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, by focusing not on his career -- but on the kind of man he is.
Titled “Dear Peyton,” the ad features Manning’s friends, former teammates, coaches, even his dad Archie and brother Eli, all of whom read letters Peyton wrote to them -- thanking them, congratulating them, praising them, or offering encouragement and condolences.
There’s one two-minute version online now, as well as a series of shorter versions, each focusing on teammates, family, and former coaches who tell their stories in more detail. One exclusively features ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who broke the news of Manning’s retirement and is currently fighting cancer, while another features Pam Frenzel, the mother of a child who died of cancer, and whom Manning befriended before his passing.
You can watch all of the campaign videos now on YouTube.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tony Holmes will be attending his first St. Louis Blues hockey game next Tuesday and had a personal message from former Blues star and NHL Hall of Famer Brett Hull delivered to him Thursday on Good Morning America.
It is a strange journey for the baseball and football-loving Holmes, who became an overnight Internet sensation when he stumbled on Monday night’s Blues-Chicago Blackhawks game on TV and began to live-tweet his first hockey experience.
“It’s been crazy,” Holmes said on GMA. “I didn’t think it’d be this big about me just tweeting about a hockey game."
Holmes’s Twitter account (@Soloucity) jumped from 1,600 to 59,000 followers after his funny recap of the playoff game.
Honestly why wouldn't the whole team just stand in front of the net for the last minute????????????
studioaltius/iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The NCAA says it could take the privilege of hosting NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games away from any location that can't show proof that it is free of discrimination.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to adopt an anti-discrimination measure at their quarterly meeting. In a statement, the NCAA said that "currently awarded sites must report how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination, plus safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event." That action came after both North Carolina and Mississippi passed laws in recent weeks that critics say could allow for discrimination against members of the LGBT community.
"The higher eduation community is a diverse mix of people from different racial, ethnic, religious and sexual orientation backgrounds," Kansas State University president and NCAA Board of Governors Chairman Kirk Schulz.
ESPN says that the NCAA hasn't allowed neutral-site championship events in states where the government flies the Confederate battle flag since 2001, and has blocked schools from hosting for use of "abusive or offensive" Native American imagery or mascots.
North Carolina has hosted games in the basketball tournament 13 times since 2000, including last month.
The NBA has said that its 2017 All-Star Game could be moved from Charlotte if the current legislation stands. Musical acts including Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Pearl Jam and Boston have cancelled shows in North Carolina over the bill.
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The Golden State Warriors will allow assistant coach Luke Walton to interview with the Los Angeles Lakers for their coaching vacancy, now that their first round playoff series is over.
ESPN reports that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said prior to Wednesday night's Game Five that Walton would be free to talk to the Lakers "as soon as the series is over and we have a little break." After their 114-81 win over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night, the Warriors will await the winner of the series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Walton played eight seasons with the Lakers and is among their top targets to replace the fired Byron Scott. Scott posted a miserable 38-126 record in two seasons with the Lakers.
ESPN says the Lakers are also expected to speak with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, and University of Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie.
Walton, 36, coached spent more than half of the season as the Warriors' head coach as Kerr worked his way back to the team following back surgery. He became a popular name for open positions after the team went 39-4 in his charge. He finished eighth in the coach of the year balloting.
Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Nintendo of America will sell most of its interest in the Seattle Mariners, the team announced Wednesday, as part of an ownership shakeup that includes the retirement of the team's CEO.
The Mariners said at a Wednesday press conference that Nintendo will retain 10 percent stake in the team, with the remainder being sold to members of the current ownership group. The team's CEO, Howard Lincoln, will retire from day-to-day operations, being replaced by minority owner John Stanton as Chairman and CEO.
Nintendo of America plans to sell a majority of its interest in the #Mariners to other members of the current ownership group.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners: INTERLEAGUE Boston 9, Atlanta 4 AMERICAN LEAGUE Chi White Sox 4, Toronto 0 Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 1 Detroit 9, Oakland 4 Texas 3, N-Y Yankees 2 Cleveland 6, Minnesota 5 L.A. Angels 4, Kansas City 2 Houston 7, Seattle 4 NATIONAL LEAGUE San Francisco 13, San Diego 9 Philadelphia 3, Washington 0 N-Y Mets 5, Cincinnati 2 Pittsburgh 9, Colorado 8 St. Louis 11, Arizona 4 Miami 2, L.A. Dodgers 0 Milwaukee at Chi Cubs (postponed, rain) NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS Charlotte 90, Miami 88 Portland 108, L-A Clippers 98 Golden State 114, Houston 81 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS N-Y Islanders 5, Tampa Bay 3 Nashville 2, Anaheim 1
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ATLANTA) -- University of Georgia men's basketball coach Mark Fox was on the Delta flight that almost collided with another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday, ESPN reports.
"We were running full throttle, getting ready to take off," Fox told ESPN Wednesday. "And the pilot slammed on the brakes."
A sportswriter for TheCharlotte Observer newspaper, Scott Fowler, who was also on Delta Flight 873, reported the pilot told the passengers that there was an "administrative mistake" made by air traffic controllers that caused the immediate stop.
Fox told ESPN the flight was originally supposed to depart at 10:10 a.m. ET for Miami, but it ended up leaving Atlanta just after noon after the plane was sent back to the gate for brake inspection.
"I was fine," Fox told ESPN. "It was just unusual. The pilot did a great job. Honestly, it wasn't that big of a deal."
Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- An NFL source told ESPN that the league doesn't see any reason to reopen settlement talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) in reference to Brady's four-game suspension.
The source told ESPN that the NFL doesn't believe that there was adequate reasoning to renew settlement discussions. This comes after a federal appeals court upheld the suspension earlier this week.
The source said the league thinks the time for those talks has come and gone.
Brady's four-game suspension was reinstated by a U.S. appeals court ruling Monday according to ESPN.
Last summer, the league and attorneys for the NFLPA were in discussions last summer in an attempt to reach a settlement in Brady's appeal of the suspension for is involvement in the Deflategate scandal.
When the two sides couldn't come up with an agreement, U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman overturned the suspension on Sept. 3, ESPN reports.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Wednesday in Chicago that the league is looking to simply move forward.
"I think the most important thing from the ruling is that the judgment that the district court made last summer was incorrect. They obviously reversed that," Goodell said. "They reinforced our authority here, and they reinforced the fact that we have the facts correct, that it was a fair process and that we came to the conclusion that they supported. From our standpoint, we think that's the right decision and frankly should have been the decision last time."
iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- The NFL Draft is tomorrow and after a pair of big trades, quarterbacks are expected to be the top two picks, but beyond that, question marks abound.
The Saint Louis Rams gave up a package of draft picks to acquire the first overall pick earlier this month. While head coach Jeff Fisher wouldn't say at the time what the team's intent was -- and said this week that the player himself wouldn't know until draft night -- it is expected that they will choose either Cal quarterback Jared Goff or North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
The Philadelphia Eagles, who traded their own package of picks for the second pick in the draft last week, are expected to take whichever quarterback remains on the board. General Manager Howie Roseman said after the trade was made that the team's goal was to "invest in quarterbacks."
Roseman said that he would be happy with either signal-caller, saying it was like choosing between vanilla or chocolate. "What do you like better? That's the best part about this....they're not the same guy, they're different...unique in so many ways, and at the same time they both have some really great traits." When asked which flavor he preferred, Roseman said simply, "I like vanilla and chocolate."
Prior to the trades, Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey were considered two of the top picks. Each may see their stock fall somewhat, with Tunsil dropping as low as the tenth pick in at least one mock draft.
Some of the draft's other top prospects include Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, and Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.
See the draft order for the first round: 1) Los Angeles Rams (acquired from Tennessee Titans) 2) Philadelphia Eagles (acquired from Cleveland Browns) 3) San Diego Chargers 4) Dallas Cowboys 5) Jacksonville Jaguars 6) Baltimore Ravens 7) San Francisco 49ers 8) Cleveland Browns (from Miami Dolphins via Philadelphia Eagles) 9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10) New York Giants 11) Chicago Bears 12) New Orleans Saints 13) Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles) 14) Oakland Raiders 15) Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles Rams) 16) Detroit Lions 17) Atlanta Falcons 18) Indianapolis Colts 19) Buffalo Bills 20) New York Jets 21) Washington Redskins 22) Houston Texans 23) Minnesota Vikings 24) Cincinnati Bengals 25) Pittsburgh Steelers 26) Seattle Seahawks 27) Green Bay Packers 28) Kansas City Chiefs 29) Arizona Cardinals 30) Carolina Panthers 31) Denver Broncos