#SportsReport: Colts LB Killed By Suspected Drunken Undocumented Immigrant Driver

Feb 6, 2018


Police say a man being held in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has twice been deported from the U.S. Indiana State Police said Monday that 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala is a citizen of Guatemala and gave officers a fake name following the Sunday accident. Investigators say he's in U.S. illegally and was deported in 2007 and 2009. He remained in the Marion County Jail on Monday. Police say the 26-year-old Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were standing outside their car along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis when they were hit and killed by a pickup truck being driven by Orrego-Savala. Police say they believe Orrego-Savala was intoxicated and driving without a license. Police say they're working with prosecutors on potential criminal charges.

Matt Patricia is the new head coach of the Detroit Lions after spending the last six seasons as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. Patricia was on coach Bill Belichick's staff for 14 seasons, much of that while Lions general manager Bob Quinn was part of New England's personnel department. Former head coach Jim Caldwell was fired last month after the Lions missed the playoffs despite a 9-7 record. Detroit was eight games over .500 under Caldwell.

The Saints have released defensive tackle Nick Fairley with a non-football illness designation. He missed all of the 2017 season because of a heart condition and will have to use the grievance process or legal action to receive any more money from a four-year extension he signed last year. Had Fairley remained on the roster this season, his 2018 salary and roster bonus would have been worth $5 million.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't saying why he benched defensive back Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl. Butler was a star in the team's 2014 NFL title. But he did not take a defensive snap in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

He has traveled a long road: starter and castoff, journeyman and backup. Now Nick Foles stands at the summit of his sport. In the morning after the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots, Foles was asked about this path to the top. After a night of little sleep, Foles offers this bit of advice: "The big thing is don't be afraid to fail."

An estimated 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, the smallest audience for television's biggest yearly event since 2009. The Nielsen company says viewership was down from last year's audience of 111.3 million. The all-time record for Super Bowl viewing was 114.4 million for the Seattle-New England game in 2015. The NFL's viewership has been down this season, and so has television watching in general. The decline came despite a thrilling game that was competitive from beginning to end. Meanwhile, the post-game episode of "This is Us" was seen by 27 million people, the most-watched entertainment program after the Super Bowl in six years.


A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Cleveland Cavaliers have no plans to fire coach Tyronn Lue (TY'-rahn loo) despite the team's recent slide. Lue is the only coach to win a championship with a Cleveland team since 1964, but his status came into question following Saturday night's 32-point home loss to Houston. Cleveland has lost 12 of 18 and has been blown out several times in the span.

The Brooklyn Nets have traded center Tyler Zeller to Milwaukee for guard Rashad Vaughn and a second-round pick. The Nets say they will get the pick this June if it falls between Nos. 31-47. If not, it will go to Brooklyn in 2020.

Knicks guard Ron Baker will have right shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. The Knicks say Baker will have an arthroscopic shoulder stabilization. It will be performed Wednesday. Expected recovery time is four to six months.


Martin Hanzal returned from injured reserve and scored the game-winning goal in the Dallas Stars' 2-1 victory over the slumping New York Rangers. On the power play, Hanzal skated across the goalmouth and tipped in Julius Honka's shot from the right point to break a 1-all tie 4:05 into the third period.

Ryan Johansen scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation, and Roman Josi scored the winner 3:42 into overtime to rally the Nashville Predators past the New York Islanders 5-4. Kevin Fiala had two goals, and Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Johansen also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1-2 in its last 12 games. Pekka Rinne stopped 24 shots.

Leadership and accountability remain issues with the slumping Buffalo Sabres despite an offseason front-office overhaul. First-year coach Phil Housley acknowledges he might have underestimated how daunting a task he faced in addressing leadership concerns and changing the team's losing culture. Buffalo ranks last in the Eastern Conference and 30th overall.

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has received a three-game suspension from the NHL for his late hit on Rangers forward Jimmy Vesey. Forsberg hit Vesey behind the Rangers net in the second period of the Predators' 5-2 win over New York on Saturday. The league ruled Forsberg committed interference for starting the hit after Vesey had passed away the puck.


The Houston Astros have avoided salary arbitration with their World Series hero. Outfielder George Springer has accepted a two-year, $24 million package that allows him to remain eligible for arbitration again after the 2019 season. Springer batted .283 with 34 homers and 85 RBIs in 2017, his fourth major league season. The 28-year-old Springer homered in each of the last four games in last year's Fall Classic as the Astros captured their first championship. He tied a World Series record with five home runs while batting .379 with seven RBIs against the Dodgers.

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent third baseman Todd Frazier and the New York Mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is still pending a physical. Frazier turns 32 next week. He hit a combined .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs last season for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees.

Marcus Thames was promoted to hitting coach by the New York Yankees, replacing Alan Cockrell on the staff of new manager Aaron Boone. Thames spent the past two seasons as assistant coach under Cockrell, who served as assistant to Jeff Pentland in 2015 and replaced him after that season. P.J. Pilittere will be Thames' assistant after serving as hitting coach at Double-A Trenton in 2016 and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year.

In other baseball news:

Bartolo Colon isn't ready to end his playing career. The Texas Rangers have signed the 44-year-old pitcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Colon was a combined 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts for Atlanta and Minnesota last season. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner has 240 career victories in 20 seasons with 10 different teams.


Rafael Nadal says he is on track to returning to the ATP Tour in Acapulco this month. The top-ranked Nadal says he is recovering well from the left leg muscle injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals last month. He says he is undergoing intensive treatment to make sure he is fit to play in the Mexico tournament which starts on Feb. 26.


Juwan Morgan had 24 points and eight rebounds and Robert Johnson scored 19 points to lead Indiana past Rutgers 65-43. Indiana opened a 42-22 lead with 12½ minutes remaining after Josh Newkirk found Collin Hartman for a 3-pointer, causing Rutgers to call a timeout.

Tyus Battle scored 25 points to lead Syracuse to a 78-73 victory over Louisville. Syracuse (16-8, 5-6) never trailed in the final 28:58 as they snapped a two-game losing streak. However, the Cardinals (16-8, 6-5) made it interesting down the stretch against the Orange, who had just six healthy scholarship players and played just seven.


Mikaela Shiffrin is setting herself up to be the star of the Pyeongchang Olympics. Not just the star of Alpine skiing but of the entire Winter Games. The American already owns one gold medal from four years ago and has been close to unbeatable in 2018. She is the main ski racer to watch in South Korea. Other story lines to watch include Lindsey Vonn's farewell Olympics and Marcel Hirscher's bid for his first gold.

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