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Robert Guerrero arrested for attempting to take gun on a plane while promoting Floyd Mayweather fight

Guerrero arrested for attempting to take a GUN on a PLANE while promoting upcoming world title fight with Mayweather

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

20:38 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 28 March 2013

Robert Guerrero was today arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport following his attempt to board an airplane with a handgun.

The welterweight, who is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on May 4, was reported to to have brought the gun – a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson – and three bullet magazines with him for the flight to the same California location.

The southpaw, who had been in New York to promote the upcoming fight, is to be charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. It is thought the charges will not affect the fight's status but he could regardless face up to four years in prison if found guilty.

Floyd Mayweather

Robert Guerrero

Controversial: Robert Guerrero was arrested while attempting to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr

According to the police report Guerrero, who it is understood has a permit to carry a gun in California but is not licenced to do so in California, allegedly told the authorities that he had the weapon with him upon arrival in New York from Virginia.

'I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks,' said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

'For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon — loaded or unloaded — into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.'

Hillsborough tragedy set for new inquest after Attorney General makes High Court request

Hillsborough tragedy set for new inquest after Attorney General makes High Court plea

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 16 October 2012

The Attorney General has paved the way for a fresh inquest to be held into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago.

Dominic Grieve QC said he will apply to the High Court to have the verdicts of the original hearing quashed so a new one can be held.

The move comes after a damning report into the disaster laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

Memorial: The Attorney General will apply to the High Court for new inquests into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy

Memorial: The Attorney General will apply to the High Court for a new inquest into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy

Memorial: The Attorney General will apply to the High Court for a new inquest into the deaths of 96 people at the Hillsborough tragedy

Mr Grieve said his consideration of
the evidence was far from over, but he was taking the exceptional step
of indicating he must apply for new inquests to be held on the basis of
the evidence he has already read.

Ninety-six Liverpool supporters died
in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15
1989, where their team were to meet Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup
semi-final.

Mr Grieve said: 'My consideration of
the evidence is far from complete but, given the anxiety further delay
may cause the families affected by the Hillsborough disaster, I have
decided to take an exceptional course and state at this stage that, on
the basis of what I have already seen, I have determined that I must
make an application to the court.

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters were killed in the crush

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters were killed in the crush

'In doing so, I should make it clear that further work will need to be done before any application can be made.

'In particular, there was not one inquest but 96.

'My current view is that I will apply to have every one of those 96 inquests quashed.'

Vigil: The news will come as a boost to those who have campaigned for justice

Vigil: The news will come as a boost to those who have campaigned for justice

He went on: 'I believe that these deaths, arising as they do from a common chain of events, should all be considered afresh.

'However, before reaching any final
view on the scope of the application, I want to give the families
affected the opportunity to make any representations in respect of the
family member or members they lost.

'I will therefore be in contact with each family seeking views.'

Manny Pacquiao"s loss to Timothy Bradley was not criminal

Criminal behaviour ruled out after Pacquiao's shock loss to Bradley in Vegas

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UPDATED:

08:01 GMT, 4 July 2012

Nevada's state attorney general has concluded no criminal violation occurred in Manny Pacquiao's controversial loss to Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas in June.

Bradley wrested the WBO welterweight title off Pacquiao via a controversial split decision on June 9, with two judges scoring the fight 115-113 in his favour and a third by the same score for the Filipino in a bout most believed the latter won easily.

Making a point: Manny Pacquiao is set for a rematch with Timothy Bradley

Making a point: Manny Pacquiao is set for a rematch with Timothy Bradley

Nevada state attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto has now responded to a letter from Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum requesting a review of the fight.

She wrote back: 'After conducting an initial investigation there do not appear to be any facts or evidence to indicate that a criminal violation occurred.

'Displeasure with the subjective decisions of sporting officials is not a sufficient basis for this office to initiate a criminal investigation.

'Unless evidence beyond mere displeasure is forthcoming, this matter will be considered closed.'

Pacquiao moved closer to a rematch two weeks ago when the World Boxing Organisation declared their belief that he should have won the bout.

Charles Sale: FIFA urged to look at World Cup vote

FIFA urged to look at controversial World Cup vote processes

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UPDATED:

22:53 GMT, 27 March 2012

A new independent inquiry into the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes is expected to be one of the recommendations in an official report detailing root-and-branch reforms needed at FIFA.

The sweeping proposals include independent directors joining the FIFA executive committee, transparency over salaries and an outside judicial body regulating on future corruption issues. They would also probe current scandals involving FIFA top brass, such as the decisions to stage World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The tough measures are the work of FIFA’s own governance committee, headed by Swiss lawyer Mark Pieth, professor of criminology at Basle University, whose findings are to be discussed this week by the FIFA executive. If accepted, they will go to the FIFA congress in May for approval.

Controversy: Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup despite much opposition

Controversy: Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup despite much opposition

Pieth had been expected to detail only how FIFA should run world football in future. But the way continued allegations around the World Cup bidding process have been swept under the carpet has led to his committee’s likely proposal to re-visit the voting scandal in Zurich in December 2010 — when England, Australia and the United States felt especially aggrieved by serial double dealing.

Lord Goldsmith, the former Attorney General who is on the 13-strong governance group, has said: ‘We have looked closely at the way allegations regarding those World Cup host selections have been dealt with and we have not been satisfied with the level of investigation which has taken place.’

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Meanwhile, the FA would happily trade the British vice-presidency on the FIFA executive for continued home nations influence on the rules-governing IFAB.

Yet such is the opposition of Germany’s Theo Zwanziger, especially to the GB-centric composition of IFAB, that representatives from South America, Europe and Asia are expected to be included in future.

Spreading it thin

Sky co-commentator Matt Le Tissier surprisingly drew attention to a notorious failed betting scam when he remarked after Fulham won the first corner against Manchester United after 13 minutes on Monday that it would have been a good spread bet.

The former Southampton forward said in his autobiography he attempted to concede a throw-in straight from the kick-off against Wimbledon in 1995 because money was riding on it. Team-mate Neil Shipperley, unaware of the punt, kept the ball in play.

Choices

Gareth Southgate, the FA’s part-time head of elite performance, ticks all the boxes for the advertised FA technical director post. But he is likely to have to forfeit his pundit role with ITV if he is appointed.

Southgate has been offered a new contract by ITV, but the high-profile FA position, based at St George’s Park in Burton, is not a good fit with analysing England games for ITV.

One almost done, another to go

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie’s imminent call over the appointment of the next England coach will have to be followed by an equally critical long-term decision over the future of the performance department headed by Twickenham’s great survivor Rob Andrew.

Performances must improve: Rob Andrew continues his work behind the scenes

Performances must improve: Rob Andrew continues his work behind the scenes

The Andrew division will effectively receive a vote of confidence if Stuart Lancaster, who has risen through the system, gets the England job.

Along with Lancaster, all the other main age-group England coaches — John Fletcher, Peter Walton and Rob Hunter — are appointments by Andrew. Were Sir Clive Woodward, who has been the elephant in the room since he left the RFU in 2005, to return to Twickenham as an overall director of rugby, there would be no room for professional rugby director Andrew.

Auschwitz on agenda

A meeting at the FA next week will start putting in place the arrangements for England players to make a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp from their Polish hotel base in Krakow before the start of Euro 2012.

Yet the final say on how many of the squad go on such a harrowing trip will be down to the yet-to-be appointed manager.

The FA are keeping to their agreed schedule of delaying naming Fabio Capello’s successor until mid-April at the earliest — even if the public are getting impatient.

Joey Barton: Attorney General defends decision not to prosecute

Barton's Twitter comments were in bad taste, not contemptuous, says Attorney General

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has defended his decision not to prosecute footballer Joey Barton for a series of online comments about John Terry ahead of his trial, insisting they would not jeopardise the case.

QPR midfielder Barton posted the remarks on Twitter on Friday after Terry, who has been accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, was stripped of the England captaincy.

Mr Grieve said comments made 'in bad taste' on Twitter were 'neither here nor there' and would be judged only on whether they would prejudice a fair hearing.

No charge: Barton will not be prosecuted for comments about Terry's ongoing court case

No charge: Barton will not be prosecuted for comments about Terry's ongoing court case

'As far as I could see, in this particular case, whatever Mr Barton had been doing didn't seem to me, on the facts, to amount to creating the risk we have just been talking about,' he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

'I think it is a matter of common sense. If people put out into the public domain by publishing or by broadcasting material that might influence or prejudice the course of a trial by putting background material out that is prejudicial and irrelevant to the trial process, then that has the capacity to create the risk.

Twitter ye not: Barton took to the micro-blogging site to air his views

Twitter ye not: Barton took to the micro-blogging site to air his views

'Mere invective or unpleasantness doesn't necessarily meet that test, though in some circumstances it could.'

After airing his views about Terry on the micro-blogging site, Barton added: 'I'll probably get a letter now from “the powers that be”.'

He later returned to Twitter and defended his comments on the grounds of free speech.

Terry,
who was removed from his role as England captain on Friday, denies the
allegations and will stand trial in July, only days after Euro 2012
finishes.

The Attorney
General is the Government's senior law officer, whose remit includes
ensuring defendants facing criminal allegations receive a fair trial.

Joey Barton prepared to go to prison over Attorney General probe over John Terry tweets

Barton prepared to go to jail in probe by Attorney General over controversial Terry tweets

Joey Barton has claimed he is willing to go to prison 'in the name of free speech' after the Attorney General's office said it has been made aware of a series of robust observations on Twitter over the John Terry racism saga.

Following the stripping of the
England captaincy from Terry, Barton took to the micro-blogging website
to give his take on the matter.

The Chelsea skipper had his country's
armband taken from him for a second time in the wake of an allegation
of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a match at QPR last year.

Opposite sides: John Terry (left) and Joey Barton (right)

Opposite sides: John Terry (left) and Joey Barton (right)

Terry, who denies the charge, will stand trial in July, just a matter of days after Euro 2012 finishes.

Barton, who was playing in the match at Loftus Road in October, has defended his comments on the grounds of free speech.

However a spokesman for the Attorney General's office said: 'I can confirm the Tweets have been brought to our attention and have been viewed.'

At reading the possible punishment on Sunday morning, Barton tweeted: 'I will gladly go to jail for a month, in the name of free speech. I have no problem with what I said. Make me a martyr…….

'What are they going to do put everyone who exercises freedom of speech in jail They'll be a revolution, if they try that s***.'

Dominic Grieve QC is the current Attorney General.

He is the Government's senior law officer and part of his remit is to make sure people facing criminal allegations receive a fair trial.

Lance Armstrong doping probe dropped

Armstrong in the clear after Feds drop doping probe into seven-time Tour winner

Federal prosecutors dropped their investigation of Lance Armstrong on Friday, ending a two-year probe aimed at determining whether the seven-time Tour de France winner and his team-mates participated in a doping program.

Armstrong has steadfastly denied he doped during his glittering career, but the possibility of criminal charges threatened to stain his legacy as the world's greatest cyclist.

Legend: Lance Armstrong won the Tour seven times

Legend: Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong

'This is great news,' Armstrong
attorney Mark Fabiani said in a statement.

'Lance is pleased that the
United States Attorney made the right decision, and he is more
determined than ever to devote his time and energy to Livestrong and to
the causes that have defined his career.'

The probe, anchored in Los Angeles where a grand jury was presented
evidence by federal prosecutors and heard testimony from Armstrong's
former teammates and associates, began with a separate investigation of
Rock Racing, a cycling team owned by fashion entrepreneur Michael Ball.

Clear conscience: Armstrong always denied the allegations

Clear conscience: Armstrong always denied the allegations

United States Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said his office 'is closing an investigation into allegations of federal
criminal conduct by members and associates of a professional bicycle
racing team owned in part by Lance Armstrong.'

He didn't disclose the reason for the decision.

Investigators looked at whether a doping program was established for
Armstrong's team while, at least part of the time, they received
government sponsorship from the US Postal Service. They also examined
whether Armstrong encouraged or facilitated doping on the team.

In the clear: Armstrong was delighted by the decision

In the clear: Armstrong was delighted by the decision

Armstrong won the Tour de France every year from 1999-2005.

Betsy Andreu, who with her husband and former Armstrong teammate, Frank,
accused the cycling champion of doping, said she was shocked by
Birotte's decision.

'Our legal system failed us,' she said.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr pleads guilty to battery and will serve 90-day prison sentence

Mayweather pleads guilty to battery and will serve 90-day prison sentence

Floyd Mayweather Jnr has been sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and no contest on two counts of harassment.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa also ordered the 34-year-old Mayweather to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.

The plea deal avoids an evidentiary hearing on felony grand larceny, coercion and robbery charges, plus misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment charges stemming from a September 2010 argument involving Mayweather”s ex-girlfriend and two of their children.

90-day sentence: Floyd Mayweather

90-day sentence: Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather could have faced 34 years in state prison if convicted of all charges. He will report to jail on January 6.

Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich told the judge Mayweather has been in trouble before and hasn”t been punished.

But defence attorney Karen Winckler argued that the public would benefit more if Mayweather performs 100 hours of community service with children. She said she”s considering an appeal.

Mayweather has also agreed to plead no contest next week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an incident involving a security guard in November 2010, prosecutors said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Police use pepper spray on crowd after haka sparks riot fears

Police use pepper spray on high school crowd… after haka sparks riot fears

The first time the police in the small Utah state town of Roosevelt saw a haka, they thought a riot was happening.

So they used pepper spray and batons on the spectators performing New Zealand”s native Maori challenge following a high school game of American football, including a dozen people from a single family, one aged four.

Well known: All Blacks perform the haka

Well known: All Blacks perform the haka

An investigation by the police of Roosevelt, 140 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah, cleared their own officers of wrongdoing in the incident and said their actions were appropriate because they feared a riot was imminent.

But the Utah branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said the police report was “anything but objective” in a letter sent this week to Duchesne County Attorney Stephen Foote.

The ACLU was concerned that the decision to pepper spray during a cultural ritual may have violated the spectators” constitutional rights, interim director Joseph Cohn wrote.

He also noted that the police failed to consider a video of the haka or statements from 15 witnesses who said they did not feel threatened by the performance.

A haka, which usually lasts less than a minute, has been performed by New Zealand rugby teams as a pre-match challenge for more than 120 years around the world.

I predict a riot: Samoan rugby captain Semo Sititil leads his team in performing the Haka

I predict a riot: Samoan rugby captain Semo Sititil leads his team in performing the Haka

The challenge has also been adopted by its national teams in rugby league, basketball and even ice hockey, and was performed by flash mobs during the recent Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The haka has spread to at least a dozen American football teams at US high schools, especially those with large numbers of Polynesians.

On October 20, one Polynesian family drove 136 miles to Roosevelt to watch a relative play his final game for Union High School. Union lost to finish the season winless.

To cheer up the team, a group of Polynesian men and boys performed a haka.

Officer Luke Stradinger, who deployed pepper spray, apologised in the police report for causing “discomfort” to innocent bystanders, but said he wasn”t familiar with the haka and was concerned because the group was blocking the only exit from the field for the teams.

“I have never seen such an event, or even heard of such a thing,” Stradinger said.

Intimidating: England get a taste of the All Blacks

Intimidating: England get a taste of the All Blacks” haka

Officer Wade Butterfield, who used a baton to disperse the group, said he became worried during the game because some of the people were yelling obscenities at the referees and acting in an unsportsmanlike manner.

“I have seen a riot first-hand and know how dangerous they can be in an instant,” Butterfield said.

“No more force was used than was necessary to defuse the situation.”

Roosevelt police said officers will be given additional training in cultural diversity and customs.

Flash dance: New Zealand fans are known for doing the haka

Flash dance: New Zealand fans are known for doing the haka