Virginia Father Charged With Toddler's Murder


Virginia Father Charged With Toddler's Murder

A Manassas man was charged Friday with murdering his 15-month-old son after medical examiners determined that the boy drowned.

Manassas City Police arrested Joaquin Shadow Rams, 40, and charged him with first-degree murder for the Oct. 20 death of Prince McLeod Rams.

At the time, the toddler had been on a court-ordered, unsupervised visit with his father.

The boy's mother, Hera McLeod, had fought unsuccessfully against unsupervised visitation, worrying that her son would be in danger.

Rams' arrest came after medical examiners determined that Prince Rams died of drowning. Prince William Commonwealth's Attorney Paul Ebert also said the father had taken out multiple life insurance policies on his son.

The boy's death has also prompted further investigation of the 2008 death of Joaquin Rams' mother and the unsolved 2003 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.

Rams is in custody and expected to be arraigned on Monday, Ebert said. Rams' lawyer did not immediately return a call Friday seeking comment.

McLeod -- an intelligence analyst who had previously been a contestant with her father on the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race” -- said she was relieved when she learned of her former fiancé’s arrest.

“I've spent the last two years, and especially the last four months, terrified,” McLeod said, worried that her own life was in danger. For a time, she had moved out of state out of concern for her safety.

On a blog she has maintained since her son's death, McLeod wrote Friday that she is still angry at the authorities who ignored her concerns for Prince's safety and granted Rams unsupervised visitation.

“Had the justice system been there for us before now, my son would be here to celebrate this moment with me,” she wrote. “I am not sure that I will ever be able to forgive my country for the terrible injustices that led to the death of my son. I am not sure if I will ever forgive myself for following the law and waiting for justice my son would not live long enough to see.”

“The unfortunate thing is this could have been prevented,” she said in a phone interview.

Sidney Crosby not thrilled to get whacked by Alex Ovechkin


Sidney Crosby not thrilled to get whacked by Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin cracked Sidney Crosby in the wrist while going for a puck halfway through the third period.

Crosby exited the ice and headed to the locker room for a quick evaluation. 

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Crosby was clearly frustated — he and Ovechkin don't exactly see eye to eye —and as he headed toward the locker room, took his frustration out on the brick wall.

Crosby returned moments later and Twitter promptly blew up.

VIDEO: Pirates pitcher chastised for antics as fan at Caps-Pens

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VIDEO: Pirates pitcher chastised for antics as fan at Caps-Pens

All kinds of D.C. athletes attend Capitals games when the team is home. So it's no surprise that players from other cities do the same. 

On Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, it was Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole who was in attendance right near the ice to watch the Penguins face Washington in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. And he got into it. 

As captured on video by Amanda Jupena of WTAE, Cole was happily booing the Capitals from his seat.

Well, it seems like Cole might have gotten a little too into it. NBCSN cameras showed a stadium staffer appearing to tell him to cool it a bit. 

Ah, the playoffs.

Orioles can't break through and lose 7-0 to Yankees


Orioles can't break through and lose 7-0 to Yankees

BALTIMORE – Wednesday’s pregame was dominated by silly talk that the Orioles deliberately canceled the New York Yankees’ batting practice the day before. 

Rain was forecast, but it never came, but that sometimes happens around here. 

The Yankees took batting practice in the mist, and on yet another cool and unpleasant night, broke their six-game losing streak with a 7-0 win over the Orioles before 15,998 at Oriole Park.

Through the first five innings, Tyler Wilson allowed just one hit, and 11 of his first 15 outs were on the ground. 

It all came apart in the sixth. With one out, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and stole second. He advanced to third on Brett Gardner’s single. Ellsbury scored when Adam Jones did not attempt a throw home on Carlos Beltran’s fly to center field. 

Mark Teixeira walked, and Gardner scored on Brian McCann’s single to right. Starlin Castro bounced to the mound, but Wilson (1-1) threw the ball past Chris Davis at first for a two-base error as Teixiera scored.

The Orioles (15-11) had plenty of opportunities against CC Sabathia, who recorded his 19th win against them. 

They hit into three double plays, and had just one runner on turd base. In the fifth, Jonathan Schoop doubled, and one out, Ryan Flaherty singled, but Schoop stayed at third as Joey Rickard and Manny Machado struck out. 

It got worse in the eighth. T.J. McFarland gave up a leadoff double to Beltran, walked Teixiera and left with the score 5-0 after McCann doubled to right and advance to third on the throw. Didi Gregorius’ single made it 6-0. 

Dylan Bundy loaded the bases with two outs, and hit Gardner with a 3-2 pitch. 

Sabathia (2-2), who barely made New York’s rotation out of spring training, allowed six hits in seven innings. 

Kirby Yates loaded the bases in the eighth with one out, but Dellin Betances struck out Davis and retired Mark Trumbo on a foul pop to third. 

NOTES: The crowd was the smallest for a Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore since Sept. 27, 1988 when 15,737 watched at Memorial Stadium. … The Orioles were shut out for the second time this season while New York recorded its first shutout. … Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.87) pitches against Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.45) on Thursday night.