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Sheriff: Florida teacher faces 408 child porn charges

Nov. 21, 2020 5:01 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida high school teacher, soccer coach and church youth leader has been charged with 408 counts of child pornography possession, authorities said Saturday. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference that 46-year-old Shawn Fitzgerald possessed hundreds of...

Killian Hayes talks to reporters after being chosen by the Detroit Pistons during the NBA basketball draft, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (Courtesy NBA via AP)

As always, NBA draft has a very international feel

Nov. 19, 2020 12:32 AM EST

It never takes long for the international flavor to hit the NBA draft, and Wednesday was no exception. With Killian Hayes and Deni Avdija going seventh and ninth respectively, it was the eighth consecutive year where a pair of international players went in the draft’s first 10 picks. Hayes was born in...

File-This April 22, 2017, file photo shows Cholet's Killian Hayes shooting during the French Cup under-17 final between Cholet and Chalon-sur-Saone in Paris.  Most NBA fans are just now learning the name Killian Hayes. The 19-year-old French-American point guard will likely be a top 5 pick in Wednesday night’s draft. The shifty 6-foot-5 lefty is among several international prospects that will be drafted, including Deni Avdija, Israel; Théo Maledon, France; Leandro Bolmaro, Argentina; and Aleksej Pokusevski, Serbia. (AP Photo, File)

Hayes, Avdija top list of international NBA draft prospects

Nov. 14, 2020 10:14 AM EST

Most NBA fans are just now learning the name Killian Hayes, the 19-year-old French-American point guard who could be a top 5 pick in Wednesday night’s draft. The shifty 6-foot-5 lefty is among several international prospects, continuing the NBA’s global reach. Others include Deni Avdija, Israel;...

Death penalty sought for man in shooting deaths of 3 friends

Oct. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 26-year-old man charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of three friends who had gathered at a central Florida lake in July for some late night fishing. The State Attorney’s Office filed its intent...

Clemson five-star RB Bowman puts name in transfer portal

Oct. 1, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson freshman running back Demarkcus Bowman has put his name in the transfer portal. Team spokesman Ross Taylor said Thursday that Bowman talked with Clemson coaches about his desire to transfer. Bowman is a 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback from Lakeland, Florida, who was rated a...