Colts’ Lefeged faces gun-related charges
Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged has been arrested on gun-related charges after a traffic stop in Washington, D.C., police said.
D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali said Lefeged was a passenger in a car that fled from police after a traffic stop for speeding early Saturday.
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Court records show police said they smelled marijuana in the car and found a container of alcohol and a semi-automatic pistol underneath the front passenger seat.
Lefeged, 25, was ordered held on charges related to gun possession.
Lefeged and another passenger were caught when they tried to run from the car in different directions, police said, adding the driver ran away and was not immediately caught.
A preliminary hearing for Lefeged is scheduled for Tuesday.
Lefeged, who grew up near Washington, D.C., played college ball at Rutgers and has completed two NFL seasons.
Team officials said they won’t comment until they have more information.
Hundreds attend Lloyd’s funeral
Hundreds of relatives, friends and teammates wept together and hugged at the funeral of a semipro player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against ex-New England tight end Aaron Hernandez.
The body of Odin Lloyd, 27, was found June 17 near Hernandez’s home. Police arrested Hernandez on Wednesday and charged him with orchestrating the execution-style shooting.
Lloyd played for the Boston Bandits and was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Members of Lloyd’s team showed up for the funeral in their uniforms and chanted his name as pallbearers placed his casket in a hearse.
Hernandez, 23, has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. Two other men also are in custody. Prosecutors say the three were in a car with Lloyd shortly before his death.
Authorities have said trouble that led to Lloyd’s killing happened June 14, when Lloyd went with Hernandez to a Boston nightclub. Hernandez became upset when Lloyd began talking with people Hernandez apparently didn’t like, prosecutors said.
Kirilenko opts out
Forward Andrei Kirilenko is opting out of the final year of a contract that would have paid him $10 million next season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Kirilenko, 32, is hoping to get extra security with a longer-term deal when the free-agent market opens at 9:01 p.m. PDT Sunday.
Howard is in demand
Center Dwight Howard, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers this season, is expected to be pursued by the Lakers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors. He can’t officially sign with anybody until July 10.
Howard, 27, reportedly will meet with a Houston delegation first.
Avs own top draft pick
The Colorado Avalanche has the top pick in the NHL draft Sunday — and a lot of options.
Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones. Jonathan Drouin and Aleksander Barkov. Those players are the top candidates to go first.
Colorado won the draft lottery and has flirted with the idea of picking puck-moving defenseman Jones, a standout for the Western Hockey League Portland Winterhawks.
But there is speculation the Avalanche, if it keeps the No. 1 pick, is leaning toward choosing a forward, perhaps center MacKinnon of the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads.
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Asked at a news conference how he was going to build on limited experience in international coaching, Bylsma laughed and said, “I don’t have any experience. So ‘very little’ is wrong.”
• Centralinteligence ($19 to win) and Obviously ($2.60), who are 5-year-old geldings, won Grade I races at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.
Centralinteligence, trained by Ron Ellis, won the $250,750 Triple Bend at 7 furlongs on the synthetic surface and Obviously, from the Mike Mitchell barn, triumphed in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on the turf course.
• Wise Dan ($2.40), who was the 2012 North American Horse of the Year, took the Grade II Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Wise Dan, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Charles Lopresti and ridden by John Velazquez, ran a mile on yielding turf in 1:39.82 to beat runner-up Lea by 2 lengths in the $168,450 race.
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