Man testifies in trial over NBA players assault

first_imgNBA players Markieff, left, and Marcus Morris arrive at Superior Court for the second day of their aggravated assault trial, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The twins, along with Gerald Bowman, are charged with assaulting Erik Hood outside a recreation center in 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The man accusing NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday by defense lawyers about his financial motives in the case.An Arizona grand jury indicted the Morris brothers on felony aggravated assault charges. They are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24, 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Hood stressed in court that he wasn’t looking at any of the defendants differently from each other.Hood initially identified both Marcus and Markieff Morris as assailants, but testified that he later changed his statement to police to say Markieff did not physically assault him but had been in the vicinity.Defense attorneys pressed Hood on his knowing about the NBA players’ substantial assets and asked if he was intent on having a claim on at least one of the Morris twins for his financial gain. Hood denied that claim.Eckstein reviewed text messages Hood sent to multiple people indicating the Morris twins would have to pay him millions in financial damages for the case.The Morris brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty. Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season, with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. Read Next The Morris brothers have known Hood since they were promising teenage AAU players, but Hood testified they had a falling out in 2011.Hood testified that his relationship with the brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message he sent their mother. He said there was nothing “improper” happening with him and their mother.Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein suggested Hood knew he had no chance of having a professional relationship with the players after the 2011 incident, but Hood insisted their relationship was not based on the twins making it to the NBA.The Morris brothers were drafted back-to-back in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft.The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Under Armour’s Bandit 3 running shoes are ready to help you take on the street Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to the same charges. The Morris brothers and the final defendant, Gerald Bowman, have pleaded not guilty.Hood told Phoenix police he was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood said the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHood tried to run but fell down before five men, including the Morris twins, punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities said. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom, according to police.Hood, 36, testified he wanted justice for the incident that left him with a broken nose and other injuries. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

a month agoArsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emery

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emeryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSome Arsenal players are growing increasingly frustrated with Unai Emery’s training methods. The Gunners criminally blew a two-goal lead to draw with Watford last Sunday, with lacklustre defending at fault for both goals.Emery was criticised for his tactics and decision making during the match, which saw Watford accumulate 31 shots.It isn’t only the problem Emery is facing as his players have become increasingly frustrated with his refusal to practice pressing in his training sessions.The Athletic says Emery does not view pressing as an essential tactic to work on in training.This has annoyed some of his players who want to see Emery change up his training methods.The Spaniard is still liked by his playing group, but that could change if the situation continues this season. last_img read more

Oklahoma Now No. 1 In Both College Basketball Polls

first_imgCollege basketball polls.oklahoma no 1 in both college basketball pollsThe Oklahoma Sooners, sporting a 15-1 record after knocking off both Oklahoma State and West Virginia last week, are your new No. 1-ranked college basketball team. OU made the jump Monday in both the AP Poll and the Coaches’ Poll, replacing Kansas, which lost to the aforementioned Mountaineers. The Jayhawks dropped to No. 3 in both polls – with North Carolina coming in at No. 2. There was a major shakeup in both polls this week, considering the fact that 16 of the top 25 teams in the land (per the AP Poll) lost games.In 1 week, 16 of the AP Top 25 teams have lost a game. Welcome to College Basketball. pic.twitter.com/l47tBWc02e— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 17, 2016Here are the AP Poll rankings. You can see more over at the Associated Press.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Xavier6. West Virginia7. Maryland8. SMU9. Iowa10. Texas A&M11. Michigan State12. Arizona13. Virginia13. Baylor15. Miami (FL)16. Providence17. Louisville18. Butler19. Iowa State20. Duke21. USC22. Purdue23. Kentucky24. South Carolina25. Indiana …and here are the Coaches’ Poll rankings, released by USA Today.1. Oklahoma2. North Carolina 3. Kansas4. Villanova5. Maryland6. Xavier7. West Virginia8. Texas A&M9. Iowa10. Michigan State11. Arizona12. Duke13. Virginia14. Miami (FL)15. Baylor16. Louisville17. Providence18. South Carolina19. Kentucky20. Pittsburgh21. Iowa State22. Purdue23. Indiana24. Butler25. USCOklahoma begins its reign at No. 1 with a tough game on the road against No. 19 Iowa State tonight.last_img read more

Gurbani Sangeet Samagam celebrates Guru Nanak Devs 550th birth anniversary

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Punjabi Academy of the Delhi Government has organised a three-day Gurbani Sangeet Samagam 2019, to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.The annual cultural festival of Gurbani Sangeet is organised between September 6 and 8 at Talkatora Stadium of Delhi. This was the 15th year of the festival with performances of Punjabi spiritual songs and recitation of messages from the Guru Granth Sahib. The festival started with the performance of Aprampar Kirtan Group of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Khalsa College, Delhi and other singers by chanting the messages of the Holy Book Guru Granth Saheb. The unique musical tradition established by venerated Sikh Gurus of India which is nearly five-century old practice was presented in the festival by various artists. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe festival has always been a most awaited event of Delhi’s cultural life and people look forward to this festival of love, spirituality and brotherhood rendered traditionally through Raagas, as originally composed and enshrined in the Guru Granth Saheb by the Sikh Gurus. On the first day performance by Smita Rao Bellur of Mumbai and Principal Sukhwant Singh Jandiala Guru, Amritsar took place. On the second day, Ustad Lakhan Khan-Dane Khan of Rajasthan and Bhai Davinder Singh Bondal of Jalandhar performed at the event. On the last day of the festival, Delhi will witness performances from Bibi Rashmi Agarwal, Ghulam Abbas Khan and Bhai Baljeet Singh Namdhari. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Delhi has a very rich Punjabi culture, therefore, my goal is to present the message of inclusion and harmony of Guru Nanak Dev through cultural programs. I believe that culture is the best way to convey messages to the people of Delhi across religion. This festival will not only help to enrich the Sikh tradition of Delhi but also give a chance to the people to witness and explore the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev and other Sikh Gurus,” said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.last_img read more

New Justin Bieber exhibit in Stratford filled with personal memorabilia from his

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Fans have already snapped up many of the tickets to Stratford Perth Museum’s Justin Bieber exhibit, opening Feb. 18. – Chris Pizzello/AP/File Facebook “We really didn’t believe how big he got so quick,” says his grandfather, Bruce Dale. “It was just amazing.” Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Justin Bieber’s grandparents stand next to the steps of the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ont., where they remember him busking even before he turned 10.“He was raising money to take his mom on a trip to Disney World… and he did,” says Diane Dale, Bieber’s grandmother. “He made a lot of money sitting here on the steps. He was good.”Viral videos of him performing on the steps of the theatre are what helped Bieber get noticed by his talent manager Scooter Braun and become one of the best-selling artists in the world soon afterwards. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more