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SAINTS-WILL SMITH SHOT

Ex-Saints star's killer faces sentencing, but delay possible

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Defense lawyers for the man who killed former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith have filed a motion for a new trial based on "new evidence."

Court records show the motion was filed Tuesday afternoon. The records don't spell out what the evidence is. The motion is expected to be argued Wednesday, the same day Hayes is scheduled to be sentenced. It was unclear whether the motion might lead to a sentencing delay.

The New Orleans district attorney has said Hayes deserves to be imprisoned for 60 years. That would include the maximum 40 years for Hayes' manslaughter conviction, followed by another 20 for attempted manslaughter in the wounding of Smith's wife.

The shooting came after an April 2016 traffic crash. Hayes was convicted in December.

NEBRASKA-LEE

Riley tweets Tanner Lee enters summer as Huskers' No. 1 QB

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced on Twitter that Tanner Lee will head into summer as the Cornhuskers' No. 1 quarterback.

Riley said in a series of tweets Wednesday night that the competition among the quarterbacks was outstanding this spring and that they would continue to push each other. Riley said coaches met with the quarterbacks and "explained the importance of defining a starter at this time."

Lee, a junior from Destrehan, Louisiana, who transferred from Tulane, beat out redshirt freshman Patrick O'Brien. Lee made 19 starts at Tulane in 2014-15 and completed 54 percent of his passes, with 23 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

Lee was sharp in the spring game on Saturday, completing 13 of 19 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

NFL CHARTERS

Some NFL teams could lose their charter flights

Some NFL teams may have to alter their travel schedules as airlines balk at providing charter flights.

Others seem to have little or no concern.

Several airlines have indicated they are either diminishing their presence in the charter flight area or are shifting those planes to commercial flights. The Pittsburgh Steelers say they are one of the clubs told that American Airlines has ended their charter agreement.

"We are in the process of figuring out what charter or airline service we will be utilizing this upcoming season," team spokesman Burt Lauten told The Associated Press.

American also is dropping charters for the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals for the upcoming season.

But American, which has a hub in Dallas, is not dropping the Cowboys. It also is continuing its partnership with the Carolina Panthers.

The Denver Broncos say there are no changes in their arrangement with United Airlines.

The Cardinals said: "We are confident that our air travel needs will be met and (American's withdrawal) won't affect our plans in any way."

While many other teams say their charter transportation situations are status quo, several would not comment when asked by the AP.

The NFC champion Atlanta Falcons said they have not been informed of any changes in their agreement with Delta. The airline is based in Atlanta, so dropping the Falcons wouldn't be a particularly popular move by Delta.

San Francisco noted it makes travel arrangements once the league schedule is announced; that announcement will be on Thursday night.

The decisions by the airlines originally were reported in the blog One Mile at a Time, which also identified which teams have affiliations with what airlines. According to the site, United has 15, American has nine, Delta has eight and Hawaiian has one (Oakland). Tampa Bay was listed as participating with Delta and United.

ATHLETE PROTESTS-TOMMIE SMITH

Olympian Tommie Smith applauds athletes' social activism

A U.S. Olympic champion who famously raised his black-gloved fist during a 1968 medal ceremony says he's proud to see current professional athletes drawing attention to racial inequality and social injustice using peaceful protests during the national anthem.

Tommie Smith received his gold medal in the 200 meters in Mexico City. Smith and American bronze medalist John Carlos lowered their heads and raised their fists during America's national anthem and were later booed.

The 72-year-old Smith tells The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2pwp46A ) he took those actions because black athletes' attempts to be heard were limited.

Smith commented about more recent protests ahead of a Thursday panel at Ohio State University, where he's set to discuss the role of athletes' activism in social change.

He now lives near Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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