Former NBA player to face murder charge


Former NBA player to face murder charge

From Comcast SportsNet Friday, September 16, 2011ATLANTA (AP) -- Former Washington Wizards guard Javaris Crittenton is back in Atlanta to face a murder charge in a woman's shooting death. Crittenton is charged in the death of 22-year-old Julian Jones, a mother of four who was hit by gunfire during a drive-by shooting. Crittenton has denied any involvement in the shooting. Fulton County sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says Crittenton arrived Thursday from Los Angeles and is being held at the county jail. She said he's expected to have a first appearance before a magistrate at 11 a.m. Friday at the jail. Crittenton was detained at a California airport two weeks ago when he was about to board a flight to Atlanta. He was suspended from the NBA along with ex-teammate Gilbert Arenas for having guns in a locker room.

Giants looking for new home for right-hander Chris Heston


Giants looking for new home for right-hander Chris Heston

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- With an abundance of starters on their 40-man roster and in the high minors, the Giants are shopping Chris Heston, per league sources. 

Heston, 28, was the pleasant surprise of the 2015 season, starting 31 games and posting a 3.95 ERA with 12 wins, one of which was a no-hitter in New York. He was a first-half savior for a staff limited by age and injuries, but the Giants filled their rotation that winter by signing free agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Matt Moore was acquired in the middle of the summer and Ty Blach and Matt Cain are expected to compete for the fifth starter spot. The urgency to deal Heston comes because the Giants have to add Mark Melancon to the 40-man roster this week and they are currently out of open spots. 

Heston made just four appearances in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen. It was a transition that didn't quite take, and he ended up back in the minors, making 14 starts for the River Cats as he worked to regain some of the velocity that was lost when he dropped 15 pounds during offseason workouts. An oblique injury led to Heston being put on the 60-day DL in June, and ultimately ended his season. 

It was unclear if the Giants were gaining any traction in discussions Wednesday, but at least a couple of teams had reached out to see if Heston might be the right fit. In a market completely lacking starters, he could be a cost-effective option for the back end of a rotation. 

Stanford star RB Christian McCaffrey will enter NFL Draft


Stanford star RB Christian McCaffrey will enter NFL Draft

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

McCaffrey announced his decision on Wednesday, saying he has done everything he could in college and now wants to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL.

"Since I was 6 years old, I've wanted to play in the NFL," he wrote in an announcement on Stanford's website announcing his decision. "It's been on every list of goals that I've ever written. Now, it's time to take that step. There's nothing more I can put on film."

McCaffrey was the runner-up last season for the Heisman Trophy when he broke Barry Sanders' NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season with 3,864 yards. He has proven to be the ultimate all-around threat with the ability to run with power between the tackles, use his elusiveness and speed running on the outside or as a receiver and being a dangerous returner.

He rushed for 2,019 yards and eight scores, added 645 yards receiving with two more touchdowns and had 1,200 yards and two TDs as a returner in 2015 when he narrowly lost the Heisman to Alabama's Derrick Henry.

McCaffrey was not as prolific this season as he was slowed in October by an injury. He still rushed for 1,596 yards and increased his yards per carry from 6.0 to 6.3 despite a less accomplished line and passing game. He also scored 16 touchdowns overall this season for coach David Shaw and the 16th-ranked Cardinal (9-3).

"I've talked to many in and out of the game and received advice from people whose opinions I greatly respect, including Toby Gerhart, who was here for a game this season. I took their feedback and came to a conclusion: I'm ready," McCaffrey wrote.

"I talked to Coach Shaw about everything. He completely agreed. Really, it just made sense. The opportunity is right in front of me. Simply put, this is the best time to live out my dream."

McCaffrey says he plans to return to school to get his degree.