D-backs Tomas accused of reckless driving
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PHOENIX — Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say troopers pulled over the 27-year-old Tomas around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
He was booked into the downtown Phoenix jail and his Mercedes coupe was impounded.
Authorities say Tomas could be facing up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500 on the criminal speeding charge while a reckless driving charge could lead to a suspended license.
“We are very disappointed to learn of this news,” the Diamondbacks said in a statement issued Thursday afternoon. “We are still gathering facts, and will refrain from further comment at this time as this is a pending legal matter.”
Tomas hit 31 home runs in 140 games in 2016, but only played 47 games last season due to injury.
South Korea coach banned for allegedly beating Olympic champ
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s skating authorities have suspended a national team coach for allegedly beating Olympic short track speed staking champion Shim Suk-hee.
The Korea Skating Union on Friday said Shim left a national team training center for two days this week after she was allegedly assaulted by one of her four male coaches. She returned to the center on Thursday.
Skating authorities confirmed an investigation is underway, but did not identify the coach.
Shim won the women’s short track 3,000-meter gold medal during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She also took silver the 1,500 and bronze in the 1,000.
No details of the incident have been released, and it wasn’t immediately known if the 21-year-old was injured.
Shim is preparing for the Feb. 9-25 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Trial in former NFL player McKnight’s death to resume Friday
GRETNA, La. — After two days of weather-related delays, the trial of the man who fatally shot former NFL football player Joe McKnight in 2016 is about to resume.
Ronald Gasser is charged with second-degree murder in McKnight’s death.
His trial opened Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb with jury selection. Icy weather caused the courthouse to close Wednesday and Thursday.
The courthouse was scheduled to re-open Friday, when opening arguments could begin.
The shooting followed a traffic confrontation. Police said the men cut each other off in traffic on a New Orleans bridge and on roads in neighboring Jefferson Parish. The vehicles had stopped and McKnight was standing outside Gasser’s car when he was shot. Gasser’s attorneys say McKnight was the aggressor and are expected to pursue a self-defense argument.