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Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Ex-Saint Will Smith gunned down in case

of road rage

NEW ORLEANS (AP):

Former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was shot and killed in a case of road rage by a man who had rear-ended his car, police said yesterday.

Smith was beloved by fans for his role in bringing a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans in 2009, though the defensive captain also found himself at the centre of the NFL's bounty probe in 2012.

Smith's slaying rippled across the sports world, with figures from NBA star LeBron James to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offering their condolences. James said on Twitter: "So sad man. Good dude he was man!"

There was no indication Smith, 34, knew 28-year-old Cordell Hayes before the deadly confrontation or that anything except the car wreck led to the shooting.

Monaco wins US Men's Clay Court

HOUSTON (AP):

Argentina's Juan Monaco took advantage of defending champion Jack Sock's aching shoulder and leg cramps to rally for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory yesterday, winning his second US Men's Clay Court Championship nine months after major wrist surgery.

The 32-year-old Monaco, also the 2012 winner at River Oaks, held off a surging Sock in the third set after taking a 4-1 lead. Sock won the next four games but suffered the decisive break in the 11th game when, with his left thigh apparently cramping under the cloudy, humid conditions, missed an underhanded serve. Early in the match, Monaco also received attention from the trainer for an apparent back issue.

Sock, the 23-year-old American seeded fourth in defence of his lone ATP World Tour title, said after the match that he had begun feeling poorly with flu-like symptoms Saturday night. He had won 17 consecutive sets in the event, dating to his first-round match last year.