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Gregory Shamus/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Center fielder Dexter Fowler has agreed to a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, sources told ESPN.

Fowler will reportedly travel to St. Louis for a physical on Friday.

Fowler was on the National League Central Division rival World Series champion Chicago Cubs  He hit .278 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI last season with Chicago.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Witnesses to the fatal shooting of former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith took the stand this week as the trial of Smith's accused murderer, Cardell Hayes, began in Louisiana.

Smith, 34, died from an apparent road-rage shooting after an altercation with Hayes in New Orleans on April 9.

Hayes, a former semi-professional football player, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty. Hayes is also charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Smith's wife in the incident.

According to The Times-Picayune, Hayes' attorney, John Fuller, said that Hayes felt threatened and was the victim of a hit-and-run by either Smith or Smith's friends driving in a separate car just moments before Hayes' orange Hummer was involved in an accident with Smith's Mercedes SUV.

"My client was not the aggressor," Hayes said in a court appearance in April, The Times-Picayune reported.

Here is a recap from this week's testimony so far from witnesses for the prosecution and what they say they saw that night:

Kevin O'Neal

Kevin O'Neal, a passenger in the Hummer driven by Hayes, testified Thursday about the alleged initial bump, the rear-end collision and what he described as a hostile and chaotic scene leading up to the shooting.

O'Neal said while they were driving that night, Hayes asked O'Neal: "Did someone just hit us?" and O'Neal said, "Yes."

O’Neal said they then pulled to the side, and the other car sped up. O'Neal said they followed to try to take a picture of the car's license plate to report it to 911.

According to local ABC affiliate WGNO-TV, O'Neal said when they were at a red light and it turned green, Smith hit the brakes, causing Hayes to hit Smith. Police said the rear window of Smith's Mercedes SUV shattered from the impact.

O'Neal said that they were then approached by various individuals. He said he noticed two men advancing him from the right side from a different car, WGNO reported. O’Neal said one man said, "I feel played. Someone hit us. Someone hit us twice," WGNO reported.

O’Neal also said that both men were behaving erratically, WGNO reported. "Before anyone was shot, Mr. Hayes was under attack as well as myself," O'Neal testified. "I stated that myself and Mr. Hayes did not want a physical altercation."

Separately, O'Neal testified that at one point, he could see multiple people attempting to restrain Smith, who had gotten out of the Mercedes SUV, WGNO reported. But, according to O'Neal, Smith broke away and "charged" him and Hayes.

O’Neal said Hayes and Smith exchanged words, but he could not distinguish who was saying what, WGNO reported. O'Neal said he heard someone say, "You hit me" followed by, "You hit me first."

O'Neal said Smith's wife "was attempting to restrain" her husband "and push him back to his vehicle."

During cross-examination, O'Neal said that Hayes told him that Smith was going to get a gun out of his car, according to WGNO.

When asked by Fuller why they didn't flee, O'Neal answered, "We didn't do anything wrong."

O'Neal said in cross-examination that Hayes was emotional and remorseful after the shooting, according to WGNO.

The prosecution concluded re-direct showing O’Neal a picture of Smith’s son and pointed out that his birthday is on Friday. O’Neal responded that Smith brought about his own demise, and Racquel Smith wept in the courtroom.

Wife Racquel Smith

Will Smith's wife, Racquel Smith, who was also shot in the April incident, broke down on the stand Tuesday, saying, "My worst nightmare happened for no reason."

"I don't want sympathy, I want justice," she said on the stand, according to local ABC affiliate WGNO. "He is not here today so I am his voice."

She said the morning of the shooting she and her husband "got dressed, we kissed the kids goodbye, and we told them we would be back," WGNO reported.

The former Saints player posted a photo the day of the shooting, writing that he was "having a blast" at New Orleans' French Quarter Fest.

Racquel Smith said she was standing outside of the Mercedes SUV during the altercation between her husband and Hayes, WGNO reported.

According to WGNO, Racquel Smith testified that at one point during the alleged, "I looked at my husband in the eyes and said this is not worth it ... and he walked away with me."

"We were walking back to the car and I heard a 'pop pop,'" she said, according to WGNO. "I fell to the ground and played dead then I heard more pops."

Former Teammate Pierre Thomas

Will Smith's friend and former teammate, Pierre Thomas, appeared emotional on the stand, at times, while giving his account on Wednesday.

Thomas testified that he was in a car ahead of the Smiths that night when he noticed smoke behind him. He said he stopped, got out and discovered there had been an accident; he saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing "back and forth."

"I never saw any physical contact," Thomas said.

He said he heard the first shot, then saw Hayes with a gun in his hand as Hayes turned and continued to shoot at Will Smith.

Thomas said he walked to the passenger side window of Smith's car and "saw Will slouched over the steering wheel."

Friend Rebecca Dooley

Rebecca Dooley, who was in the car with the Smiths the night of the shooting along with her husband, Richard Hernandez, testified Wednesday, saying, "Mr. Hayes was walking toward Will with a gun pointing at him. And I heard shots fired."

After the shooting, Hayes appeared to have "no remorse," Dooley said.

In her testimony, Dooley said Will Smith was driving that night and Hernandez was next to him. WGNO reported her testimony as follows:

Dooley said the incident began when an orange Hummer in front of them slammed on its brakes; Will Smith slammed on his in response.

"There was no impact," Dooley said.

They continued driving and she said she noticed headlights approaching the Mercedes SUV very quickly; she said she saw the Hummer following them. Dooley said an impact followed, during which the Mercedes SUV glass shattered.

She testified that she and Racquel Smith got out of the car and saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing over who was responsible for the collision. "They both seemed angry," she said.

Racquel Smith got in between Will Smith and Hayes and tried to defuse the situation, Dooley continued in her testimony.

After that, Dooley said she saw Hayes walking toward Will Smith with a gun.

She cried on the stand describing the aftermath of the shooting. Will Smith fell into the car, not moving, after he was shot, she said.

Dooley testified that then Hayes said over Will Smith's body, "Look at you now, you were showing off."

She said that she and her husband took shelter behind some bushes and she heard Hayes say, "Where's that white boy at," apparently referring to Hernandez.

Dooley said she pleaded with her husband not to go over there.

Friend Richard Hernandez

Hernandez testified as follows on Wednesday, according to WGNO:

The father of two and friend of the Smiths told prosecutors that Hayes' Hummer pulled out in front of them that night, prompting Will Smith to slam on the brakes. Hernandez said they didn't hit the Hummer, but shortly after, Hayes crashed into the back of Will Smith's Mercedes SUV. Hernandez said it seemed like the hit was on purpose.

Hernandez testified that Will Smith got out of his car and confronted Hayes about the crash, and Hayes accused the ex-NFL player of striking him first. The passenger in Hayes' Hummer, Kevin O'Neal, also got out of the car, and Hernandez said he sensed a fight was about to happen.

Hernandez said O’Neal took a swing at him. Then, shots were fired, he said.

Hernandez told prosecutors he feared for his life when he heard Hayes allegedly say, "Where’s the white boy?"

"I was scared," Hernandez said. "I was thinking, 'I’m next.'"

Hernandez said his wife urged him to flee, so he got in a taxi and left the scene.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) -- Robert Griffin III is finally coming off the sidelines this weekend.

The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday that Griffin will be the team's starting quarterback when they go against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Griffin, 26, has been on injured reserve since Week 1, when he injured his shoulder during the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Since that loss, the Browns have tacked on 11 more losses, falling to a 0-12 record so far -- the worst in the NFL.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Aroldis Chapman is reportedly returning to the Bronx.

The 28-year-old left-handed closer told ESPN Wednesday night that he has agreed to a five-year, $86 million contract with the New York Yankees.

"I love the organization, they welcomed me with open arms, and that's why I decided to go back," Chapman told ESPN. "I was hoping I had a chance to go back, and it happened."

As part of the deal, ESPN reports the Cuba native "cannot be dealt to some West Coast teams and cannot be dealt at all in the first three years of the contract."

Chapman first joined the Yankees last December when he was traded by the Cincinnati Reds. New York later traded him to the Chicago Cubs this past July.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Boston 117, Orlando 87
Charlotte 87, Detroit 77
Brooklyn 116, Denver 111
Atlanta 103, Miami 95
Milwaukee 115, Portland 107
Cleveland 126, NY Knicks 94
Houston 134, LA Lakers 95
Sacramento 120, Dallas 89
Indiana 109, Phoenix 94
Golden State 115, LA Clippers 98

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Minnesota 3, Toronto 2
Washington 4, Boston 3 (OT)
Ottawa 4, San Jose 2
Anaheim 6, Carolina 5 (SO)

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(6) Kentucky 87, Valparaiso 63
(7) North Carolina 83, Davidson  74
(8) Gonzaga 98, Washington 71
(10) Creighton 77, Nebraska 62
(11) Louisville 74, S. Illinois 51
Colorado 68, (13) Xavier 66
(15) West Virginia 90, W. Carolina 37
Indiana St. 72, (16) Butler 71
(17) Wisconsin 78, Idaho St. 44

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A regular season in college football is not complete without the Army-Navy game. This weekend, the two military academies will battle it out on the gridiron for the 119th time.

Army sits at 6-5, their first season with more than four wins since 2010, and head coach Jeff Monken expects the game to be competitive, as it always is.

"It's two teams that absolutely want to beat the pants off of each other, so they're gonna play really really hard," Monken said. "There's a lot of emotion for both sides. Everybody that's a competitor in that game cares more about that game than any game they play."

Monken and Army head into M&T Bank Stadium against a 9-3 Navy team that is coming off of a tough loss to Temple in the American Athletic Confernce championship. To top it off, Navy lost starting quarterback Will Worth and starting slotback Toneo Gulley in the game for the rest of the season due to foot injuries.

Navy also has a 14-game winning streak against Army on the line. Despite their recent success, head coach Ken Niumatalolo knows the game won't be easy for his team but that they're battle tested and ready for anything.

"They're resilient kids here,"  Niumatalolo said. "It's just kind of your makeup, the character that you build when you come to this school."

Regardless of their differences on the field, Coach Monken said both teams have very special young men. "They're the guys that go stand in the gap between the freedom we enjoy and those that want to take it from us," he said. "That makes this game pretty special."

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Pierre Thomas, friend and former teammate of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith -- and witness to Smith's fatal shooting -- recounted seeing Smith "slouched over the steering wheel" after a "back and forth argument" with the suspected shooter.

Thomas was emotional on the stand, at times, while giving his eyewitness account at the trial of Smith's alleged killer, Cardell Hayes.

 Smith, 34, was killed in the apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9.

Hayes, a former semi-professional football player, was charged with second-degree murder. If convicted of the charge, Hayes will face a mandatory life sentence, according to the Associated Press. He has pleaded not guilty.

He is also charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Smith's wife, Racquel Smith, in the incident.

Hayes’ attorney, John Fuller, has said in the past that Hayes felt threatened and was the victim of a hit-and-run just moments before he crashed into Smith's car. He said Hayes was chasing them to get license plate numbers and that Hayes had called 911 to report the hit-and-run before the accident with Smith.

 Thomas testified that he was in a car ahead of the Smiths when he saw smoke behind him. He said he stopped, got out and discovered there had been an accident; he saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing "back and forth."

"I never saw any physical contact," Thomas said.

He said he heard the first shot, then saw Hayes with a gun in his hand as Hayes turned and continued to shoot toward Will Smith.

Thomas said he walked to the passenger side window of Smith's car and "saw Will slouched over the steering wheel."

He expressed shock, saying he had thought the argument was over. He thought, "How did we get to this point?"

Rebecca Dooley, who was in the car with the Smiths the night of the shooting along with her husband, Richard Hernandez, also testified today, saying "Mr. Hayes was walking toward Will with a gun pointing at him. And I heard shots fired."

After the shooting, Hayes appeared to have "no remorse," Dooley said.

Dooley said Will Smith was driving and Hernandez was next to him in her testimony, which ABC affiliate WGNO in New Orleans reported as follows:

She testified that an orange Hummer in front of them slammed on its brakes and then Will Smith slammed on his in response.

"There was no impact," Dooley said.

They continued driving and she noticed headlights approaching the SUV very quickly. She said she saw the Hummer following them.

Dooley said an impact followed, during which the SUV glass shattered.

She testified that she and Racquel Smith got out of the car and saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing over who was responsible for the collision. "They both seemed angry," she said.

Racquel Smith got in between Will Smith and Hayes and tried to diffuse the situation, Dooley continued in her testimony.

After that, Dooley said she saw Hayes walking towards Will Smith with a gun.

She cried on the stand describing the aftermath of the shooting. Will Smith fell into the car, not moving, after he was shot, she said.

Dooley testified that then Hayes said over the ex-NFL star's body, "Look at you now, you were showing off."

She said that she and her husband took shelter behind some bushes and she heard Hayes say, "Where's that white boy at?"

Dooley said she pleaded with her husband not to go over there.

Dooley’s husband, Richard Hernandez, was next called to the stand as a witness and testified as follows, according to WGNO:

The father of two and friend of the Smiths told prosecutors that Hayes' Hummer pulled out in front of them that night, prompting Will Smith to slam on the brakes. Hernandez said they didn’t hit the Hummer, but shortly after Hayes crashed into the back of Will Smith’s Mercedes after they drove off. Hernandez said it seemed like the hit was on purpose.

Hernandez testified that Will Smith got out of his car and confronted Hayes about the crash, and Hayes accused the former Saints star of striking him first. The passenger in Hayes’ Hummer, Kevin O’Neal, also got out of his car and Hernandez said he sensed a fight was about to happen.

During questioning, the prosecutor asked Hernandez why he then took off his shirt and Hernandez said he thought there would be "a fist fight."

Hernandez said that O’Neal took a swing at him. Then, shots were fired, he said.

Hernandez told prosecutors he feared for his life when he heard Hayes allegedly say, "Where’s the white boy?"

"I was scared," Hernandez said. "I was thinking, 'I’m next.'"

Hernandez said his wife urged him to flee, so he got into a taxi and left the scene.

On Tuesday, Smith's widow, Racquel Smith, testified and broke down on the witness stand saying "my worst nightmare happened for no reason."

"I don't want sympathy, I want justice," she said on the stand. "He is not here today, so I am his voice."

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Saints player Steve Gleason were also among those gathered at the courthouse Tuesday to lend support on the first day of the trial.

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Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Surgery will likely keep New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul off the field for the rest of the season, a source told ESPN.

Pierre-Paul had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a hernia and injured groin, and his recovery time will be at least six weeks, according to the source. That will keep him out of the game up to the conference championship. He injured his groin Sunday during the Giants’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pierre-Paul had returned this season after a Fourth of July fireworks accident in 2015 left him without his right index finger and missing parts of others.

After his surgery Wednesday, Pierre-Paul posted to his social media accounts that the surgery was successful.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) -- It appears the Chicago Cubs are close to landing Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis.

ESPN reports the Cubs "moved to the verge of a deal" for Davis Tuesday night. Sources, however, told ESPN the move has not yet been finalized and both clubs still need to approve medical information.

While details of the proposed trade were not made available, a source told ESPN should it go through, Chicago may give up outfielder Jorge Soler in exchange.

Davis, 31, has a career 3.53 ERA with 47 saves and 689 strikeouts. This past season, he had a 1.87 ERA, 27 saves and 47 strikeouts.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- The University of Oregon has reportedly chosen a replacement for former head football coach Mark Helfrich.

Sources tell ESPN Willie Taggart, the head coach for the University of South Florida, will be named as Helfrich's successor. Helfrich was fired by the Ducks last week after leading the team to a dismal 4-8 record this season.

Taggart, 40, has coached the South Florida Bulls since 2013. This past season he led USF to a 10-2 record.

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