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Ex-NFL player suing Redskins, coach over career-ending injury

WASHINGTON -- A former NFL player is suing the Washington Redskins and former assistant coach Gregg Williams, saying a career-ending knee injury is the result of a bounty program where Redskins coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.

Barrett Green, a linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants between 2000 and 2005, says the knee injury during a game on Dec. 5, 2004 was the result of a bounty program and a "unusual, outrageous, and an obvious cheap shot."

After leaving the Redskins and spending one season with Jacksonville, Williams became defensive co-ordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2009 and was considered the mastermind behind the bounty scandal that led to unprecedented sanctions from the NFL. He was suspended for one year by the league and is now a senior defensive assistant with the Tennessee Titans. The lawsuit also names former Redskins player Robert Royal, the tight end who hit Green.

Redskins coaches and players told The Associated Press in 2012 that Williams also offered cash rewards for big hits and other plays -- a violation of NFL rules -- when he was coaching Washington's defence from 2004-07.

The Redskins declined to comment Monday on the lawsuit.

 

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Injury forcing Daly to miss British Open

JOHN DALY withdrew from the British Open on Monday because he will have surgery on his right elbow this week that will end his PGA Tour season.

Daly said he first noticed something wrong at the Byron Nelson Championship in May, and tests revealed a torn tendon. He said doctors told him he could try to play as long as he didn't hit a rock or a tree root.

"And that's what happened on the 12th hole Friday at Greenbrier," Daly said. "I was just trying to chip out and there was a root under the ball. It wasn't more than a 50-yard chip shot. But that's the pain I've been dealing with."

Daly says he is scheduled for surgery Thursday morning. He said doctors told him he could start rehabilitation in early September, and if everything went well, he could return to golf in the late fall.

This will be the first time Daly, 47, has missed the British Open since 1999 at Carnoustie.

 

Hernandez acquaintance held without bail

ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- A man facing an accessory to murder charge in the case involving former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was ordered held without bail on Monday, and a judge ruled that search warrants that had earlier been sealed may be released.

Ernest Wallace pleaded not guilty in District Court in Attleboro, Mass. The Miramar, Fla., man will be held without bail until another hearing on July 22, under an agreement between his attorney and prosecutors.

Details of the charge against Wallace -- accessory to murder after the fact -- were not released during the brief proceeding.

Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was found slain on June 17 at an industrial park in North Attleborough not far from Hernandez's home.

Prosecutors say Wallace, 41, and another man, Carlos Ortiz, were with Hernandez when they drove with Lloyd to the industrial park. Authorities say Hernandez orchestrated the killing because he was upset at Lloyd for talking to certain people at a nightclub a few days earlier; they have not said who fired the fatal shots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday that if the charges against Hernandez are true, his organization has been "duped." The Patriots last year signed Hernandez to a five-year contract worth $40 million but released him the day of his arrest.

 

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Georges Laraque ham it up during a campaign stop in Calgary on April 19, 2011.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Georges Laraque ham it up during a campaign stop in Calgary on April 19, 2011. (COLLEEN DE NEVE / POSTMEDIA NEWS SERVICE)

Laraque taking shot at Bourassa riding?

MONTREAL -- Former NHL tough guy Georges Laraque appears poised to take a swing at federal politics.

The former hockey enforcer has an announcement planned tomorrow with Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in Montreal. The party has issued a statement saying there will be an announcement at a reception hall "regarding the riding of Bourassa."

That Montreal riding faces a byelection with its longtime MP, Liberal Denis Coderre, leaving to run for mayor.

A former Edmonton Oiler, Pittsburgh Penguin and Montreal Canadien, Laraque racked up 1,126 penalty minutes in an NHL career where he was better known for his left jab than for his wrist shot. But in recent years he's also become known for his political activism as a vegan, animal-rights crusader and environmentalist.

Laraque was quoted in a recent news report saying he planned to eventually seek a seat in the House of Commons with the Greens. His Twitter feed now carries a more recent message: "Big news coming soon!" he said last Friday.

It's not yet known when Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call a byelection for the riding, which is in a diverse north-end area with different economic classes and ethnic groups and which has a large Haitian population.

Laraque, whose parents were born in Haiti, has been involved in humanitarian work there since the Caribbean country was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 9, 2013 C4

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