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Tennis Referee murder case dismissed

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The arrest of an aging tennis referee in her husband’s death was a shocker last summer. On Friday, the case took another surprise twist when prosecutors dropped the murder case against Lois Goodman.

The case was dismissed by Superior Court Judge Jessica Silvers due to insufficient evidence and without prejudice.

“I feel I’m being treated fairly now. It was just a terrible accident,” Goodman, 70, said outside court.

A dismissal without prejudice means the case could be refiled, but defense attorney Alison Triessl believes it’s over.

“We’re elated,” Triessl said. “This has been a living hell for her. Justice has been served. She did not do this.”

Goodman has refereed matches between some of the greatest tennis players in the world.

She had been accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee cup. She said she was innocent, and her lawyers suggested Alan Goodman died in an accidental fall.

The couple had been married 50 years and had three grown daughters. They lived in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles their entire lives.

Alan Goodman died in April. Authorities initially believed he fell down stairs at home while his wife was away, but they later said it was a homicide after a mortuary reported suspicious injuries on his head.

Authorities then alleged he had been clobbered on the head with a mug, and they began to treat Lois Goodman as a suspect.

But defense lawyers said there was little forensic evidence in the case because of the delay in the investigation. They recently disclosed Lois Goodman had passed polygraph tests supporting her claim of innocence.

She was arrested by Los Angeles police in New York in August as she arrived to be a line judge in the U.S. Open. She made her first court appearance wearing her uniform.

Goodman pleaded not guilty.

After a brief stay in jail, she was released on electronic monitoring and subsequently came to court for pretrial hearings with friends and family present to support her.

“I definitely want to get back to refereeing,” Goodman said after the dismissal. “But first I want to call my close friends that supported me and thank them again and again.”


Novak Djokovic Laps Up The Ladies | Sit Back & Relax | Tennis

The video, uploaded to YouTube on Monday, lacks context and unfortunately, my Serbian is rustier than the Tin Man in a wet t-shirt contest, but sometimes a picture (or a million of them in rapid succession) really is worth 1,000 words. Or perhaps just one: damn.

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Djokovic Chocolate Treats | Tennis

LONDON (AP) — Always the joker, Novak Djokovic was a man bearing gifts after reaching the championship match at the ATP finals.

The top-ranked Serb beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sunday in the semifinals of the season-ending tournament. He then handed out chocolates to thank journalists for their ”cooperation throughout the whole year.”

”I have a little chocolate treat for everybody,” Djokovic said after answering English questions. ”If you would be kind and accept my present to you.”

The Australian Open champion then stepped off the podium and handed out chocolates to all who wanted one.

After each tennis match, players are obligated to hold a news conference. Most players, including Djokovic, normally answer questions in English from the international media first and then switch to their native language for journalists from their home countries.

Djokovic, who last week walked out on court at the Paris Masters with a Darth Vader mask to celebrate Halloween, is known for his humor. Some videos on YouTube of him impersonating rival players have gone viral.

On Sunday, Djokovic originally had been scheduled to have his news conference about 1 hour, 20 minutes after his match ended. But that was delayed by 15 minutes, and he didn’t actually start until about 30 minutes after that.

But, of course, Djokovic had a witty answer as to why he was so late – after his serious response.

”We just took a little more time to do all the post-match recovery program because I’m going to play tomorrow,” Djokovic said. ”I needed to be fresh and ready for a press conference, as you guys always can be very challenging.”


Sean Karl – USA (Tennis) Battling with cancer – [video]

Sean Karl was recently diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for him!!

 

 


Hats off ! Dimitrov leaves Troicki stunned with cheeky trick shot

During an indoor ATP tour match in Basle, the Bulgarian stunned the crowd by playing a crafty trick shot behind his legs that even had opponent Viktor Troicki acknowledging he was being wound up.


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