2 teammates came to aid of UConn player

Posted: October 20, 2009

One teammate performed first aid while another comforted a University of Connecticut football player who was fatally stabbed during a fight outside a school-sanctioned dance over the weekend, their coach said yesterday.

Coach Randy Edsall wouldn't identify the teammates or say how many players witnessed the fight that led to the death of 20-year-old Jasper Howard.

"One had Jasper in his arms and the other was pressuring where the wound went in and had blood on his hands," Edsall said. "And those two young men are pretty deeply affected right now."

The state medical examiner's office said yesterday that Howard died from a single stab wound to the abdomen. The death was ruled a homicide.

A second player stabbed in the attack, Brian Parker, 19, of Sarasota, Fla., suffered minor injuries. The sophomore wide receiver, who is academically ineligible to play this season, was treated and released from a local hospital.

Parker was able to point out one of the men allegedly involved in the attack, who was still at the scene, according to a police report.

Police arrested that man, 21-year-old Johnny Hood, after the stabbing and charged him with interfering with an officer and breach of peace. According to the report, he gave police a false name. Hood was arraigned yesterday and ordered held on $100,000 bond. He has not been charged with Howard's death.

Also, the lawyer for another man said his client will be arrested. Attorney Deron Freeman declined to identify his client, but said the man and several others got into a fight "with about six" UConn football players early Sunday. Freeman said his client did not stab Howard, but was present when Howard was mortally wounded.

In other college news:

* Louisville basketball players Jerry Smith and Terrence Jennings were sentenced to 1 year of probation after pleading guilty to a charge stemming from an altercation with off-duty police at a southern Indiana restaurant earlier this month.


* U.S. national soccer team forward Charlie Davies has been moved out of intensive care as he recovers from serious injuries after a car accident in the Washington area.

* American defender Oguchi Onyewu will have surgery tomorrow to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee, an injury sustained during last week's World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.

Sport Stops

* Former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta will get his second interview for the Cleveland Indians' opening today.

* WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title in Bern, Switzerland, on Dec. 12 against Kevin Johnson, of the United States.

* The WNBA's Detroit Shock is moving to Tulsa, Okla., a team official told the Associated Press.

* Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love will have surgery today on his broken left hand. He is expected to be out at least 6 weeks.

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