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Former Browns WR Michael Jackson dies in traffic crash
TANGIPAHOA, La. -- An early morning accident has claimed the lives of two people, including former NFL player Michael Jackson.
Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Dustin Dwight said it happened about 1 a.m. Friday on U.S. 51, south of the Village of Tangipahoa. After his retirement from football, Jackson held served as the mayor the village from 2009-2012.
Dwight said the 48-year-old Jackson, of Tangipahoa, was riding a motorcycle north on U.S. 51 at a high rate of speed, when 20-year-old Destiny Gordon, of Kentwood, Louisiana, backed her car from a parking space across both lanes of the highway into the motorcycle's path. Because of the motorcycle's speed, it penetrated the driver's side door, killing both Jackson and Gordon, investigators said.
Jackson, whose full name is Michael Dywane Jackson Dyson, played eight NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens from 1991-98.
He played in college at Southern Mississippi, catching passes from future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.
Jackson was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round of the 1991 draft. His best season was in 1996 with the Ravens, when he caught 76 passes for 1,201 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns. He finished his career with 353 catches for 5,393 yards and 46 touchdowns.
In a statement, Ravens General Manager and Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome said he was saddened by the news of Jackson's death.
"He was a vibrant person who became one of the Ravens' heroes and a popular player among Baltimore fans," Newsome said. "Well known for his big smile and welcoming nature, it was easy to feel a special connection with Michael. As we remember Michael fondly, we extend our condolences to everyone who knew him and those families affected by this tragedy."
Mets' Familia has surgery to remove arterial clot
Mets closer Jeurys Familia will miss several months after having surgery on Friday to remove an arterial clot from the armpit area near his right shoulder, general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters in Milwaukee.
Alderson said Familia mentioned in passing before Wednesday's game against the Giants that he had tingling in the ring finger of his right hand. Alderson said the symptoms were minor so Familia was cleared to pitch.
Familia told reporters that he was experiencing no arm issues on Wednesday shortly after blowing the save opportunity in a 6-5 loss to the Giants. He surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits while appearing in his third consecutive game.
The 27-year-old was scheduled to undergo tests on Friday with Dr. Robert Thompson, the St. Louis-based vascular specialist who last July performed thoracic outlet syndrome surgery on Matt Harvey.
Alderson said there is a chance Familia is back before the end of the season, but there is also a chance he's not.
MLB wants Marlins' bidders to show cash up front
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball wants the groups bidding for the Miami Marlins to show their cash up front, and thus far the group led by the son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears to be ahead.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the commissioner's office has told the parties that before the team signs a sale agreement a purchasing group must demonstrate it has enough cash to close the deal and to operate the team.
The Marlins have been negotiating with a group that includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, and a group led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of the former Republican nominee. MLB has told parties that based on submissions thus far, the Romney group has appeared to raise a higher percentage of the needed approvable equity, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.
Miocic's second UFC heavyweight defense is rematch versus Dos Santos
DALLAS -- Stipe Miocic, a Clevelander, prefers trying to avoid any extended talk about the possibility of matching some UFC heavyweight history, much like sidestepping a jab aimed for his jaw.
Miocic will try Saturday night to become only the fifth UFC heavyweight fighter to defend his title twice. To do so, he will have to beat former champion and fourth-ranked Junior Dos Santos, who defeated Miocic by a slim margin 2 1/2 years ago in a five-round brawl that left both fighters bloodied and bruised.
"If it happens, it happens, which, I'm going to do it," Miocic said of another title defense. "But I'm not going to worry about it. I'm going to worry about him," nodding in the direction of Dos Santos sitting only a few yards away.
Miocic is from Cleveland, and brought home a championship a month before his beloved Cavaliers won the NBA title last year.
The 34-year-old Miocic (16-2) claimed his UFC crown with a first-round knockout of Fabricio Werdum in May 2016 in Brazil, and he retained the title by beating Alistair Overeem last September at Cleveland with another first-round knockout.
Since the heavyweight division was formed in 1997, only Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar have won two title defenses.