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NYPD: Soccer-slay suspect left note

NYPD: Soccer-slay suspect left note

NEW YORK (AP) The man suspected of killing a popular youth soccer coach on a busy New York City street before fleeing to Mexico left a note with his brother saying he was ``sorry,'' Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday.

Orlando Orea, also known as Orlando Gutierrez or Orlando Estevas, bought a one-way ticket on an Aero Mexico flight with cash moments before it was scheduled to leave from Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday morning. He is suspected by police of slashing 25-year-old Michael Jones to death last weekend in Manhattan's Union Square.

Police said part of the note read: ``I love you guy very much. I hope you can forgive me.'' It closed with, ``I'm sorry.''

Jones was attacked early Sunday on 14th Street. Police arrived to the bloody scene where Jones had been slashed in the neck and torso and his ear sliced off. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Liverpool, England, native was a coach with the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Program. He lived in West Harrison, in Westchester County

Police learned Orea's name at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday and placed him on a no-fly list, but he'd already gone. Kelly said Thursday they know what village he is in, and authorities were working to indict him and, hopefully, to extradite him. Kelly said several agencies, including NYPD, U.S. Department of State and INTERPOL, as well as authorities in Mexico, were working together to track Orea down. The 32-year-old is from Puebla, police said.

``We're doing everything we can to put the process in motion to get this individual back here,'' he said.

Police say they don't know what led to the killing and were ruling out the possibility that it was a case of mistaken identity.

The New York Red Bulls, a Major League Soccer team, held a memorial Wednesday in Westchester County attended by hundreds.

Jones' body is being returned to England. His family lives in Tarleton, near Liverpool.

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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Nationals to introduce 'Kids Eat Free' program for the rest of the summer

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Nationals to introduce 'Kids Eat Free' program for the rest of the summer

What's better than spending a summer evening at a baseball game? Spending a summer evening at a baseball game and getting free food, that's what!

From July 22 to September 2, the Nationals are introducing a "Kids Eat Free" program, allowing any member of the Jr. Nats Kids Club age 12 or under to get a free meal at a Nats home game.

The meal includes a hot dog, the choice of chips or applesauce, and a soda or bottled water. According to the Nats, the meal is a $17 value. 

“We’re trying to find ways to make our experience as family-friendly as possible,” Nationals EVP of business operations Jake Burns told Front Office Sports. “This idea was borne out of brainstorming of things we could do to get families in the door or provide a better experience to existing families, and we found a way to attract new fans to the ballpark and strengthen the relationship with those existing fans.” 

Take your kids out to the ballpark, folks. You get to introduce them to America's pastime and save some money!

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