Jay Hart

  • Bad 24 hours for Aaron Hernandez as prosecution narrows in on missing murder weapon

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 10 days ago

    Where there had been a gun before, there was no longer a gun.

    Video footage showing Shayanna Jenkins leaving her and Aaron Hernandez's home clutching a black plastic bag.

    Paying housekeepers with a check, not cash.

    For most of the nearly four weeks of the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez, prosecutor William McCauley has presented the jury with a litany of seemingly inconsequential testimony. Jurors have learned that Attleboro is south of North Attleboro, that Comfort Suites is a hotel, that video showing a police officer ringing a door bell was, in fact, a police officer ringing a door bell.

    However, the last 24 hours have been damning for the defense of the former New England Patriots star, as McCauley has used testimony of three housekeepers to strengthen his contention that on June 18, 2013, the day after Odin Lloyd was found dead, Shayanna Jenkins removed from their basement the weapon her fiancé used to murder Lloyd.

    Monday, two housekeepers testified that on multiple occasions they'd discovered a gun hidden under a guest bedroom mattress in Hernandez's basement. Marilia Prinholato described the gun as about 30 to 40 centimeters long.

  • Newlywed Joey Logano inserts foot in mouth at Daytona 500 champion's press conference

    Jay Hart at From The Marbles 11 days ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chalk this one up to a guy who's been married for about two months.

    Joey Logano, about an hour removed from winning the Daytona 500, is sitting on the dais inside the media center at Daytona International Speedway.

    Standing some 20 feet to his left is his wife Brittany, whom he married back in December.

    On his left hand, his wedding band. On his right, a giant ring he'd just received for winning the Great American Race.

    Now let's go to the Q&A:

    Question: Given your track record with rings, what are you going to do with that one (the Daytona ring)?

    (Logano lost his wedding ring on his honeymoon when he flipped his kayak in Costa Rica.)

    Still, a veteran in the marriage world would have swatted this softball over the fence.

    I'll keep it somewhere safe …

    I'll wear it tonight, but really, I already have the most important ring right here …

    It's special, but it's not as special as this one …

    Here's how Logano handled it:

    "This one is harder to replace, I think."

    (Audience groans)

    "Well, I take that back. I screwed up, didn't I?"

    Yep.

    "Insert foot here," crew chief Todd Gordon said.

    Just a symbol! Just a symbol!

  • How Jeff Gordon became the face of NASCAR

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A year after Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400, NASCAR's first foray at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Sr. was making the talk show rounds celebrating his own victory there in 1995.

    Sitting on Jay Leno's couch, Earnhardt, as only he could, explained that while "Wonder Boy" won it first, he was the first "man" to win the Brickyard.

    And so it was for Gordon who'd infiltrated a world that, to that point, hadn't really had to deal with anyone like him. Which is to say, a kid from California who dared to not only to show up, but win too.

    Earnhardt didn't mind tweaking him, while fans loved to boo him – a lot.

    It's a starting point that makes the ending such a remarkable story.

    Twenty years later, as Gordon preps for the final Daytona 500 (where he'll start on the pole) in the final season of a brilliant career, he is unquestionably the face of the sport. Those boos, mostly gone, have been replaced by respect.

    Jeff Gordon leaves having won them over.

    _______________________

    "Jeff picked up almost 3-tenths of a second," Bickford says, "and won the race."

     

  • Aaron Hernandez Trial Day 3: Stirring testimony pits sister against sister

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    As Shaneah Jenkins sat in Aaron Hernandez's living room, just hours after learning her boyfriend Odin Lloyd had been found murdered, her sister Shayanna, Hernandez's fiancée, was acting "secretive" and "not normal."

    Shayanna was fielding phone calls and responding with one-word answers, Shaneah Jenkins testified Tuesday in the trial against Hernandez who is charged with Lloyd's murder. At one point, Shaneah testified, Shayanna slipped down to the basement with a black plastic bag in her hand.

    Moments later, Shaneah looked out a window and saw her sister in the backyard walking toward the house. Shortly thereafter, Shayanna came up the stairs, returned to the living room and asked to borrow Shaneah's car, something she'd never done before, because she needed to go to the bank.

    Thirty minutes later, Shayanna returned.

    The state presented video footage of Hernandez holding a gun inside his home minutes after Lloyd was murdered, but when police inspected the home a day later no gun was found.

    What the prosecution does have, though, is a mountain of circumstantial evidence:

    • Video places Hernandez in a car with Lloyd on the night he was killed.

  • Police: Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars, fled, then girlfriend took the blame

    Jay Hart at The Turnstile 1 mth ago

    Lance Armstrong has found trouble again, this time for allegedly hitting two parked cars, then leaving the scene of the accident only to have his girlfriend initially take the blame, according to a police report.

    The accident allegedly occurred on Dec. 28 as Armstrong drove home from an art museum party in the tony ski town of Aspen, Colo. According to an Aspen Police report, Anna Hansen, Armstrong's girlfriend, claimed she was driving because "Lance had a little bit to drink."

    Via the Aspen Daily News:

    The detective in the case, Rick Magnuson, wasn't fully buying the story and went to check it out. A valet at the museum said he recognized Armstrong and said that he, not Hansen, got in the driver's seat to drive home.

    Hansen claimed in a second interview with Magnuson that they had made a stop on the way home at which point she got into the driver's seat. Two days later, Magnuson interviewed Hansen again, this time acknowledging that Armstrong had, in fact, been driving.

    Via the police report:

    Hansen has not been charged for filing a false report.

  • Aaron Hernandez Trial Day 2: If goal is to bore jury, prosecution is succeeding

    Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Now we know why the trial of Aaron Hernandez is expected to take up to two months: prosecutor William McCauley is doing the questioning.

    In Day 2 of the murder trial against the former New England Patriots star we learned that Comfort Suites is a hotel, that after getting pregnant a baby is born and how a 911 call is routed.

    There were a few relevant points made during the four hours of testimony on Friday, namely the prosecution's attempt to put Hernandez's footprint at the scene of the crime, where Odin Lloyd's dead body was found, but mostly what the jury of 18 got was more useless facts that the defense promised in its opening statement would be forthcoming from the prosecution.

    McCauley may be trying to lay an exceedingly firm foundation, but so far he's mostly just installed a bunch of windows looking out onto nothing.

    The kicker came when Charles Sutherland, director of communications for the Massachusetts State Police, took the stand to explain the ins and outs of a 911 call. This took 17 minutes, after which there was no cross examination.

    And why would there be?

     

  • Lance Armstrong: I would dope again

    Jay Hart at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    Lance Armstrong would dope again, which might be the most honest thing he's said since, well, ever.

    "If I was racing in 2015, no I wouldn't do it again because I don't think you have to do it again," he said in an interview with BBC. "If you take me back to 1995, when it was completely and totally pervasive, I would probably do it again. People don’t like to hear that."

    People won't like to hear him say that, and the quote will provide more fodder for those who now see Armstrong as the biggest fraud sports (any sport) has ever known. But here's the thing: he's just providing an honest assessment of his sport circa 1995 and beyond.

    Hamilton wrote:

    Stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from competition, Armstrong said in the BBC interview that his life has been "brutal" since he told Oprah Winfrey that he cheated.

    "The fallout has been heavy, maybe heavier than I thought. It was, you know, pretty brutal afterwards. It's been tough."

    For that he only has himself to blame.

  • Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin mock NFL in news conference

    Jay Hart at Shutdown Corner 3 mths ago

    Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin just flipped the script on the NFL, and it's brilliant.

    Not wanting to suffer the same fate as their teammate Marshawn Lynch, who was fined $100,000 last week for not talking to the media, Sherman and Baldwin took to the podium Tuesday to fulfill their media obligation and … none of what they had to say was very flattering … to the NFL.

    It's a must watch here. Give it the full two minutes:

    Two games in five days? Yeah, that's a hard one to defend.

    There's not much you can really argue with here, even if you're one of those who normally thinks Sherman's mouth needs a muzzle.

    The question now is, just days after fining a player for not talking, will the NFL fine Sherman and Baldwin for talking?

    The ball is now uncomfortably in Roger Goodell's court.

     

  • Stick a fork in 'em, the U.S. isn't bringing the Ryder Cup home this time either

    Jay Hart at Devil Ball Golf 5 mths ago

    This is exactly where the United States didn't want to find itself. After rallying to within a point of the Europeans after a solid morning session in the 40th Ryder Cup, the Americans were nearly blanked in the afternoon session, earning a measly half point – and even that was disappointing.

    The result: a 10-6 deficit heading into Sunday's singles matches.

    Oh, it's guaranteed U.S. captain Tom Watson will remind his boys that the Europeans rallied from the same deficit to win at Medinah two years ago. But telling the story about an epic comeback is a whole lot easier than actually pulling one off, even if the Europeans aren't quite celebrating yet.

    "We know it's possible," Rose said of a comeback. "The finish line is nowhere near yet. Still have 4 1/2 points to earn tomorrow. That's four or five guys that need to go out and play great golf, and that's nearly half the team. So the way I see it, we have some work to do."

    So where did it go wrong for the Americans?

    But the afternoon session was a total reversal. Four matches, three wins for Europe and a halve that probably shouldn't have been.

  • Ryder Cup: Kaymer wraps approach around first hole

    Jay Hart at Devil Ball Golf 5 mths ago

    Martin Kaymer got the Europeans off to a fast start in the 40th Ryder Cup, nearly draining his approach on No. 1 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

    Kaymer's ball did everything but go in the hole, actually wrapping around the cup.

    No worries, the putt was conceded, the U.S. pairing of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler couldn't match the birdie and Kaymer and partner Thomas Bjorn were 1-up just like that.