DENVER — A gang member convicted of killing Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 1,152 years.
Willie Clark, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder in the New Year's Day 2007 drive-by slaying.
Clark was declared a habitual criminal, making him eligible for the 1,152 years in prison.
Rosalind Williams called her 24-year-old son's slaying cowardly and said gang violence must be stopped. "Now, whenever someone tells me Happy New Year, it hurts," she told the court before Clark was sentenced. "Now, when anybody says Happy Mother's Day, it hurts because my baby will never be able to tell me, 'Happy Mother's Day' again."
TURNING PAGE ON PREDRAFT QUESTIONS: After his first rookie minicamp workout with the Cowboys, receiver Dez Bryant repeatedly said he didn't want to talk about his interview with Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and the controversy that has followed. Ireland asked in a predraft interview if Bryant's mother was ever a prostitute.
"I just want to talk about the Cowboys and what I'm doing. I put that in the past," Bryant said.
SI.com reported that when Ireland asked Bryant what his father did for a living, the receiver said his father was a pimp. Ireland followed by asking Bryant what his mother does. Bryant reportedly said she worked for his dad, which led Ireland to ask Bryant if his mother was a prostitute.
"No sir, that was a lie," Bryant said of the reported exchange.
Ireland apologized and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gave Ireland a vote of confidence and said he considers "the matter closed," though Ross also said the team will "make improvements" to its interviewing practices.
TEBOW TAKES FIELD: Tim Tebow's every move in Denver's first day of rookie minicamp was recorded — a team videographer was at his feet when the former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida took snaps and threw passes. "We can look at every play, every throw, go back and see what I did good, what I did bad, what I have to work on and what I need to change," Tebow said.
OLDEST PLAYER RETIRES: Jeff Feagles, the oldest player in the NFL at 44, announced his retirement as the Giants' punter after a league-record 352 consecutive games. "I just got out of bed and the good Lord told me and sent me a sign that day and said: 'You know what? You're done! You're finished!' " Feagles said. He holds league records for career punts (1,713), punts inside the 20-yard line (554) and yards (71,211).
BEARS: The team named former Seahawks president and GM Tim Ruskell, who worked for the Bucs for 17 years, as director of player personnel. Ruskell, a USF and King High graduate, was director of player personnel when the Bucs won the Super Bowl in the 2002 season. … Restricted free agent defensive end Mark Anderson signed his one-year tender.
BILLS: Former Florida receiver David Nelson signed as an undrafted rookie free agent.
PANTHERS: Starting cornerback Richard Marshall, who hasn't signed his one-year, $1.759 million tender as a restricted free agent, is skipping minicamp.
RAIDERS: Quarterback JaMarcus Russell took the field for minicamp. After the team traded for Jason Campbell, there were reports that Russell could be cut before camp or held out of the workouts to avoid an injury.
STEELERS: Wide receiver Hines Ward said of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's six-game suspension, "I think the suspension is justified … Is it disappointing? Yes." Roethlisberger was suspended last week for violating the league's personal conduct policy in the wake of a March 3 incident in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a nightclub in Milledgeville, Ga. Roethlisberger was not charged.