SHER­IFF DE­FENDS RE­LEASE OF AL­LEGED McKNIGHT KILLER

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har­vey, la.» The shoot­ing death of a for­mer NFL and USC run­ning back in a New Or­leans sub­urb was a “road rage” in­ci­dent that be­gan on a nearby bridge, a sher­iff said Fri­day as he urged against a rush to judg­ment and de­fended his han­dling of the case.

Joe McKnight was shot Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Ter­ry­town, across the Mississippi River from New Or­leans. Author­i­ties iden­ti­fied 54-year-old Ron­ald Gasser, who stayed at the scene, as the shooter and re­leased him overnight, spark­ing crit­i­cism.

At a news con­fer­ence Fri­day, Jef­fer­son Par­ish Sher­iff Newell Nor­mand said the al­ter­ca­tion that ended with McKnight’s death started on a nearby bridge — pos­si­bly when one of the two men cut the other off — and then pro­ceeded into streets of the New Or­leans sub­urb. He didn’t say which driver cut off the other.

Author­i­ties said Gasser shot McKnight three times from in­side his car with a semi-au­to­matic hand­gun while McKnight was stand­ing out­side. Wit­nesses re­ported the two had been in an ar­gu­ment, the sher­iff said.

Nor­mand de­fended his han­dling of the case, say­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing. No charges have been filed. Some pro­test­ers up­set at Gasser’s re­lease gath­ered out­side the sher­iff ’s of­fice ear­lier Fri­day.

Cow­boys’ McClain sus­pended

B ar­ling­ton, texas» Dallas Cow­boys linebacker Rolando McClain has been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s sub­stance-abuse pol­icy.

The sus­pen­sion is McClain’s third since the end of the 2014 sea­son. He had a one-year con­tract this sea­son.

John­son leads World Chal­lenge

B nas­sau, ba­hamas» Dustin John­son birdied the fi­nal hole for a siz­zling 6-un­der-par 66 and a share of the lead with Hideki Mat­suyama at the Hero World Chal­lenge.

Mat­suyama, who has won three of his last four tour­na­ments, shot a 67.

They were at 12-un­der 132, two shots ahead of Matt Kuchar and Louis Oosthuizen, who each shot a 67.

Tiger Woods, in his first com­pe­ti­tion in 15 months, shot a bo­gey-free, 7-un­der 65 and was six shots be­hind in a tie for ninth.

Nys­trom leads Rams in blowout.

Ellen Nys­trom led Colorado State women’s bas­ket­ball to a 77-31 vic­tory over South­east­ern Louisiana.

• Kailin Davis scored 17 points for Air Force, but Van­der­bilt beat the Fal­cons 75-49.

• Be­hind a ca­reer-high 21 points from ju­nior Liv Roberts, the Wy­oming bas­ket­ball team beat South­ern Utah 68-48.

• Brian Howard had a game-high 21 points and the MSU Den­ver men’s bas­ket­ball team beat South Dakota Mines 73-54 at the Au­raria Event Cen­ter.

• Sopho­more for­ward Juwan Mor­gan’s team-high 18 points helped the No. 13 In­di­ana men’s bas­ket­ball team post an 83-60 vic­tory over SIU-Ed­wardsville.

West Vir­ginia to face USC in fi­nal

B san jose, calif.» A goal by ju­nior for­ward Michaela Abam in the 74th minute pro­pelled No. 1 West Vir­ginia to its first-ever NCAA Col­lege Cup fi­nal with a 1-0 vic­tory over No. 6 North Carolina in women’s soc­cer.

• Katie John­son’s goal in the 60th minute was the dif­fer­ence in No. 2 USC’s 1-0 semi­fi­nal vic­tory over No. 2 Ge­orge­town.

Foot­notes.

Ken­tucky de­feated Colorado State 24-26, 25-22, 25-10, 25-17 in the first round of the NCAA Di­vi­sion I women’s vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment. Stan­ford beat the Univer­sity of Den­ver women 25-12, 25-22, 25-20. … Metro State de­feated Tar­leton State 20-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 in the sec­ond round of the South Cen­tral Re­gional of the Di­vi­sion II women’s vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment. … Colorado Mines’ women’s vol­ley­ball sea­son ended as na­tional No. 12 An­gelo State won 25-22, 25-18, 18-25, 26-24.

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