CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A former University of Virginia lacrosse player was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for the alcohol-fueled beating death of his ex-girlfriend.George W. Huguely V was sentenced for the slaying of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old suburban Baltimore woman who was found face down in her blood-soaked pillow on May 3, 2010. Authorities said the 24-year-old defendant left his on-again, off-again girlfriend to die after he kicked a hole in her bedroom door and physically confronted her about their sputtering two-year relationship. Police said he had been drinking heavily that day.A jury found the Chevy Chase, Md., man guilty in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny. The defense had asked for a 14-year sentence.Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced the jury's recommended sentence by three years."Unlike Miss Love, Mr. Huguely still has the majority of his life ahead of him," Hogshire said.Before announcing the sentence, Hogshire asked the shackled defendant if he had anything to say to the court.Huguely rose from the defense table and looked across the courtroom to Love's mother, Sharon Love, and tearfully said, "I'm so sorry for your loss." He also thanked family members for their support.Huguely and Love, both seniors and varsity lacrosse players at U.Va., had a volatile relationship that spiraled into the deadly confrontation. In a police interrogation video played at his trial, Huguely admitted he and Love had a physical confrontation over their on-again, off-again two-year relationship. But he denied inflicting the fatal injuries Love suffered. He said she had banged her head against her bedroom wall.A coroner concluded she died of blunt-force trauma.
OWINGS MILLS – Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace was back on the practice field Friday, after passing his conditioning test on the second try.
Wallace missed Thursday’s practice after he failed the test on his first attempt. Joining him on the field Friday was wide receiver Dobson Collins, who also passed the test on his second attempt.
The Ravens hope Wallace will return to the form he had early in his career, when he was a consistent deep threat for Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Wallace was a disappointment during stints with the Dolphins and Vikings, but Joe Flacco’s ability to throw the deep ball could help Wallace rejuvenate his career.
In other practice news, cornerback Jerraud Powers missed practice for the second straight day and remained the only player yet to pass the conditioning test. Running back Kenneth Dixon, who sprained his left knee Thursday, also did not practice.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was hoping the team would stay disciplined during the first day of practice in pads on Saturday.
“The biggest message when you put the pads on is, ‘You’ve been in pads before,’’’ Harbaugh said. ‘“Don’t overreact. It’s going to be fine.’…I want to get right into executing and keep building on what we’ve done the last two days.
“We’re not going to be out here tackling too much – especially the veteran guys. Let’s just go play football.”
With Aroldis Chapman now in Chicago, the Nationals have moved on to other options in their search for bullpen help.
They have been linked to Andrew Miller of the Yankees and Wade Davis of the Royals.
On Friday, another veteran name emerged on the rumor mill. That would be All-Star closer Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Melancon, like Chapman, would be a rental, as his contract expires after this season. He is a three-time All-Star who finished eighth in NL Cy Young voting in 2015.
Melancon has been brilliant for Pittsburgh this year with a 1.51 ERA and 30 saves in 33 chances. He led the majors last season with 51 saves in 53 tries.
What stands out about this rumor, though, is that the Pirates would even be willing to part with Melancon. They are currently just two games out of an NL wild card spot. Teams in their position do not usually become sellers.
Because of that, one would have to imagine the price would be high for Melancon, as Pittsburgh has no urgency to move him. One could argue they have no reason to in the first place.
Regardless, it's good news for the Nats if the Pirates will listen to offers. Melancon would be a rare commodity on the trade market as a closer with experience and a long track record of proven results.
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OWINGS MILLS – Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore left practice early Friday with a hamstring injury and was scheduled to have an MRI.
However, it was another strong day for tight end Dennis Pitta, who continued to make strides toward a successful comeback after missing all of the 2015 season with his second major hip injury.
Gillmore led the Ravens’ tight ends last season with 33 catches, 412 yards, and four touchdowns.
He is locked in a battle for playing time with a deep tight end group that also features Dennis Pitta, Ben Watson, and Maxx Williams. If Gillmore misses significant time in camp, there will be more practice reps for others in the tight end group.
The Ravens will practice in pads for the first time on Saturday, which means more contact for Pitta. However, Pitta wasn’t worried about his hip following Friday’s practice.
“My hip feels good, two days in, not worried about it at all,” Pitta said following Friday’s practice. Moving like I want to. Just continue to stay the course. Everything’s on track so far.
“I don’t anticipate tomorrow (Saturday) being a big hurdle for me to clear. It’s just another practice for me. Last year when I was trying to come off PUP, it still didn’t quite feel right…I’m at this point, and feel good, and don’t have any lingering issues or thoughts about it.”