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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Man dies in parking lot during Chiefs-Broncos game

12.02.13 at 7:50 am ET

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‘€¢ A man in his 20s died outside Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and Broncos, and police said the incident was being treated as a homicide.

A police spokesman said the man was found inside another person’s vehicle, and a physical confrontation followed. The man was found lying unconscious on the pavement and was treated by paramedics before being taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“Talking to several witnesses that were out here in the parking lots, there was an individual who came back to his vehicle, saw someone inside the vehicle that did not belong,” police spokesman Darin Snapp said. “A struggle ensued between the two. That’s when the individual [who had been inside the vehicle] collapsed. ‘€¦ We don’t know if the person had a health condition, had a heart attack. We don’t know. We’re going to investigate this as a homicide until we hear differently. Right now it’s a suspicious death, but we are going to investigate it as a homicide.”

Snapp said three people were taken to police headquarters for questioning as persons of interest.

The incident happened exactly one year after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend and then committed suicide in the parking lot of the team’s practice facility.

‘€¢ Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith seems to get in a beef with an opposing cornerback every week — including Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib two weeks ago. Most recently, he picked a fight with a defender who doesn’t even play anymore.

“A guy that I think, and I take pride in, I destroyed his career, is Fred Smoot,” Smith said last week of the former Washington defensive back. “Coming out of Mississippi, he was considered a really good cornerback, and thought he was. And then after coming in Bank of America Stadium, things just went downhill from there.”

Smoot responded Sunday, saying: “Me and him hate each other. If I run into Steve Smith in a Giant [supermarket] right now, I’ll fight Steve Smith in a Giant right now. I don’t give a — I don’t care.”

Added Smoot: “I think he’s a bully. Actually, I think he’s a weak bully at that. And I’ll be honest with that. I don’t care about saying that. He’s Steve Incognito to me. I call him Steve ‘Pinocchio’ Smith, ’cause he’s a liar. He went on national TV and lied. He’s a liar. And I like to keep it real and I like to be honest. This guy wants to sit here and say he ruined my career, and I played you two to three times after that, and you did nothing. I played you actually 10 times before that, as a Redskin, and you’re going to talk about the one time that you actually got me.”

‘€¢ The Knicks lost their ninth straight game Sunday, dropping a 103-99 decision to the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden, and Carmelo Anthony is running out of answers.

“We just can’t seem to get it together,” the Knicks star said. “We can’t seem to figure it out.”

New York has lost seven straight at home, a franchise record.

“I think we’re playing to lose rather than playing to win right now,” Anthony said. “When you lose games the way we’ve been losing them at home, on the road, you start thinking a lot. You start playing a little tense, you start playing on your heels.”

Added coach Mike Woodson: “I thought coming down the stretch, we played on our heels. The [eight-game losing streak] we were looking at here was staring at us in the face, [and] instead of relaxing and just playing, we just didn’t make one play.”

The team has had two closed-door meetings in the past three weeks, but Anthony said the Knicks still are “searching who we are as a team. and who we’re going to be as a team.”

Said Anthony: “Anytime you’re fighting an uphill battle, you feel like you’re in a dark place. But we can’t go to that place. I’ve never been to that place. I don’t plan on getting to that place.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 2, 1961, goaltender Gerry Cheevers played his first NHL game, but it wasn’t for the Bruins. With which team did Cheevers start his Hall of Fame career?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We’€™re not coaching well enough. We’€™re not playing well enough. We’€™re not doing a good enough job, in any area. From opening kickoff, from the defense, to the offense, you know, just, none of it’€™s good enough. Got to do a better job of coaching, got to do a better job of preparing, got to do a better job of executing.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Sunday’s 34-31 victory over a slumping Texans team

STAT OF THE DAY: 0 — Penalties called on the Patriots in Sunday’s game

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Just in case you haven’t seen it — or if you haven’t seen it enough — here’s the incredible finish to Saturday’s Auburn-Alabama game, as called by Auburn radio.

From Saturday night, Rockets coach Kevin McHale does his best to create a distraction for Spurs forward Tim Duncan on an inbounds pass in front of the Houston bench, and that does not sit well with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Maple Leafs

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Britney Spears was born on this day in 1981.

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