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NEW ORLEANS -- The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith insisted Saturday that he did so only after a drunken, irate Smith retrieved a gun from his damaged SUV following an April 9 car crash. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Bronson-Kaufusi-Jersey/ .I knew for a fact that I was going to get shot, Cardell Hayes, 29, told the jury in his second-degree murder trial, adding that he heard a pop that he believed to be a gunshot before he fired. Hayes also insisted he didnt shoot Smiths wife Racquel that night. Prosecutors say ballistics evidence shows otherwise.Hayes defense lawyers rested their case Saturday afternoon, setting the stage for closing arguments and the beginning of jury deliberations Sunday.On the stand, Hayes vehemently denied intentionally running into Smiths Mercedes SUV moments after the Mercedes appeared to have bumped Hayes car. He said he armed himself only after he and his own passenger were accosted by Smith and Richard Hernandez, a passenger in the SUV. Hernandez, he said, wildly stripped off his shirt and took something shiny from his pocket -- Hayes said he feared it was a knife.Smith didnt initially notice the gun, Hayes said. He said Smith, 34, threw a cup containing some type of alcohol at him and punched him repeatedly. At some point during the fast-unfolding melee, Hernandez alerted Smith to Hayes gun, Hayes said under questioning from defense lawyer John Fuller.Hayes testified that Smith addressed him with a racial epithet and then told him, ... you got your gun. Well Im going to get mine and Ill show you what to do with it.Hayes said Hernandez, a white Hispanic who fled the scene, also used racial epithets.However, race has not been raised as an alleged factor in the confrontation. Hayes and Kevin ONeal, his passenger, are black, and so was Smith.Hayes was calm and soft spoken under questioning from Fuller, his voice catching briefly as he noted that he has been jailed since the shooting, unable to be with his 6-year-old son. He was the only witness to place a gun in Smiths hand that night. Police say a loaded gun was found in Smiths SUV. Prosecutors say it was never fired that night and that Smith never grabbed it.Hayes fired a .45-caliber handgun numerous times. Racquel Smith was hit twice in the legs, and Will Smith once in the side and seven times in the back. Hayes and others have testified that she tried to calm her husband that night. Some prosecution witnesses say she appeared to have done so and that there was no apparent reason for Hayes to fire.On cross examination, Assistant Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Napoli repeatedly noted that no other witness said Smith had a gun and that Hayes never told investigators he saw a gun in Smiths hands that night.I never gave a full statement to anyone, Hayes said, growing testy as Napoli asked about inconsistencies in his testimony and past statements.Prosecutors also called a rebuttal witness -- a firearms expert who said there was no evidence Smith had fired a gun when he died.The first witnesses called Saturday were friends of Hayes who said he was in a good mood and was not drinking at a party before the crash. Among Saturday mornings spectators was Saints coach Sean Payton. Smith was a defensive leader on the Payton-coached Saints team that won the 2010 Super Bowl.Prosecutors rested their case Friday after nearly a week of hearing from witnesses, including Racquel Smith.She and Smiths former teammate Pierre Thomas were among prosecution witnesses who said Smiths anger seemed to have cooled before the gunfire. But Hayes passenger in the Hummer insisted that Smith and others with him were the aggressors. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Alex-Lewis-Jersey/ . -- Nathan Pancel scored twice as the Sudbury Wolves defeated the North Bay Battalion 4-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Jeremy-Maclin-Jersey/ . Numbers Game looks into the Canadiens securing the services of Thomas Vanek in a trade with the New York Islanders. The Canadiens Get: LW Thomas Vanek and a conditional fifth-round pick. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Matt-Judon-Jersey/.Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. Dusty Imoo figured that Saturday would be a long day.The Los Angeles Kings goaltending development coach had already been called on to replace goaltending coach Bill Ranford, who was in Winnipeg participating in the alumni game that preceded the Heritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers. With Kings franchise goaltender Jonathan Quick out with a groin injury, Imoo was also scrambling to help the team stabilize its situation in net.And that was all before Los Angeles expected starting goaltender, Jeff Zatkoff, left practice that day with a groin injury. Zatkoffs absence left the Kings with Peter Budaj as the lone goalie for their game that night against the Vancouver Canucks, and forced L.A. to call up Jack Campbell from its American Hockey League affiliate in nearby Ontario.Campbells recall had further repercussions. It left Imoos son, Jonah, as the Ontario Reigns only goalie. What ensued was a unique evening that the hockey world, not to mention the Imoo family, is still talking about.I knew it was an original situation and I could tell as the game approached that it was developing a life of its own, with the cameras and fans, Dusty Imoo said. Its been kind of crazy. I had no idea it would get this much traction.Traction from sports media is exactly what you get when a 46-year-old coach is forced to rush back to Ontario so he can serve as a backup in his 22-year-old sons first major pro start. When word started spreading on social media that Dusty would serve as Jonahs backup, the story took off. It happened so fast that the elder Imoo wasnt even able to make travel arrangements to Southern California for his wife, who lives with their three other children in Vancouver.Even several days later, Dusty and Jonah Imoo were still processing on the unique moment they shared on the ice.When I went into the dressing room and saw our stalls and gear and name tags next to each other, it was an unreal thing, said Dusty. Sitting next to him and getting our gear on together for a real professional hockey game, and his first one. That I could be there and do that with him was more than a dream come true. I was a teammate and I got a stool, but I didnt sit on it very much. I worked the gate and got right into the game. I was yelling at refs and having fun.The younger Imoo stopped 26 of 31 shots in a 5-4 overtime loss to the San Jose Barricudas. And while the press onslaught that followed kept asking him to discuss his one night as his fathers teammate, Jonah Imoo is mostly preoccupied with developing -- on his own merits -- as a goaltender.The more I play, the more comfortable I will feel, said Jonah. For my first game, I did feel pretty comfortable. Obviously it was a lot of fun. You want to play a little more just to build up more trustt. http://www.ravensrookiestore.com/Ravens-Brent-Urban-Jersey/. At least hell have someone other than his father backing him up. The Reign called up goaltender Jack Flinn from Manchester of the ECHL following Saturdays game and the Kings signed former NHL goaltender Anders Lindback to a professional tryout on Tuesday. Lindback must wait for his work visa to be processed before he can play.As memorable as their shared game was, Dusty Imoo has been fortunate to have his family around for many of his finest moments in the sport. When he earned his Japanese citizenship and backstopped the Japanese national team at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games, his kids, including then-4-year-old Jonah, were there in full face paint, cheering on his overmatched squad. When he won a 2000 league title in Japan, where he played professionally for more than a decade, Dusty brought his youngest son, Makito, onto the ice. Just months old at the time, Makito Imoo even appeared in the Seibu Prince Rabbits celebratory team photo.But when it comes to indelible moments that combine Dusty Imoos love for his family and his sport, there might be a new standout.I was emotional at times. During the game not so much because it was so intense, said Dusty. But before the game, for sure. And then after, when I started reading stuff and seeing Jonahs interviews, that meant a lot.That sentiment is shared by his son.Its tough to explain how it felt. Something like that never happens, said Jonah. It was really cool having him there on the bench because he is my goalie coach and my dad. Hes given me tips my whole life. During the TV timeouts, he always had something good to say. Something reassuring and helpful.Life for the Imoo family mostly returned to normal after that AHL game. Jonah returned to practice, while Dustin flew to Vancouver the next morning to spend a few days with the rest of the family. But theyll be reunited during a weekend road trip that will see Ontario play three games in three nights.With Lindback and Flinn in the fray, Jonah will focus on retaining the starting job with Ontario. Meanwhile, his father will continue to find a way to stabilize the franchises goaltending situation. At least he wont be called on to serve as a backup again anytime soon.Im off the hook, he said, joking.Just days removed from this once-in-a-lifetime confluence of events, Dusty Imoo cant help but feel a little emotional about that wild night he shared with his son.I will always ... he said before pausing to correct himself. We will always have this moment. I know Jonahs going to go on and do other things, whether it be with the Kings or someone else. Hes going to have other memories. But well always have this. Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Cheap Nike Basketball Jerseys Wholesale Hockey Jerseys China Nike Baseball Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys China Cheap Football JerseysWholesale Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys Canada Wholesale Nike MLB Jerseys Canada Cheap NBA Jerseys Authentic Canada Stitched Soccer Jerseys CanadaCheap Jerseys Canada NFL ' ' '