Chiefs’ player kills girlfriend, then takes his own life
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend early Saturday, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager.
Authorities did not release a possible motive for the murder-suicide, though police said Belcher and his girlfriend recently had been arguing. The two have a 3-month-old infant child.
Police identified the girlfriend as 22-year-old Kasandra M. Perkins, who was transported to a hospital, where she died a short time later.
Belcher thanked general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel before shooting himself in the parking lot outside the team’s practice facility, police spokesman Darin Snapp said. Police locked it down by mid-morning, and reporters were confined to Arrowhead Drive, just outside the gates.
The news cast a pall over the organization as it prepared to play the Carolina Panthers today. The NFL said the game will be played as scheduled.
Belcher was a 25-year-old native of West Babylon, N.Y., on Long Island, who played college ball at Maine. He signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent but had stuck around for four years, moving into the starting lineup. He’d played in all 11 games this season.
This season has been a massive disappointment for the Chiefs, who were expected to contend for the AFC West title. They’re just 1-10 and mired in an eight-game losing streak marked by injuries, poor play and fan upheaval, with calls for Crennel and Pioli to be fired.
The Twitter account for a fan group known as “Save Our Chiefs” recently surpassed 80,000 followers, about 17,000 more than the announced crowd at a recent game.
Majerus dies in L.A. at 64 because of heart failure
LOS ANGELES – Rick Majerus, the jovial college basketball coach who led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final and only had one losing season in 25 years with four schools, died Saturday. He was 64.
Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman, the coach’s longtime friend, confirmed in a statement released through The Salt Lake Tribune that Majerus died of heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.
Majerus said Nov. 19 that he wouldn’t return to Saint Louis because of the heart condition.
Majerus was undergoing evaluation and treatment in California for the ongoing heart trouble, and the school announced he was on leave in late August.
World Cup Ski Racing
Italy wins another: Marsaglia wins his first World Cup race
BEAVER CREEK – Matteo Marsaglia of Italy took big risks on a challenging super-G course for his first World Cup victory.
Finding speed in sections of the hill where others were slowing, Marsaglia finished in 1 minute, 14.68 seconds to edge Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway by 0.27 seconds Saturday. Hannes Reichelt of Austria was third, and Ted Ligety of the U.S. took fourth.
It’s been a good week for Italy, with Christof Innerhofer winning Friday’s downhill.
Vonn Cook(s) up another W at Lake Lindsay in Canada
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Lindsey Vonn raced to her 13th World Cup victory at Lake Louise on Saturday, leading another 1-2 U.S. sweep in the second downhill at the Canadian resort.
Vonn finished in 1 minute, 52.9 seconds to edge teammate Stacey Cook by 0.52 seconds. On Friday in the season-opening downhill, Vonn beat Cook by 1.73 seconds.
Switzerland’s Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was third in 1:53.52.
The 28-year-old Vonn, from Burnsville, Minn., but currently lives in Vail, will race in the super-G today in a bid to sweep the three-race event for the second year in a row.