It’s Monday, and if one player-of-the-year award is good, two is better (read on)….
Weather: Still rainy. We’re not being deluged with rain like they’re getting along the Gulf Coast, but we still will have scattered showers and a few storms today and tomorrow. Highs will be around 85, nighttime lows around 68. Rain chances are 70 percent today, 40 percent tonight and Tuesday. Skies clear and it turns hotter on Wednesday.
Traffic: Normal traffic issues in the Corridor X construction zone on I-65. The paving project that has closed I-20/59 in Bessemer continues; the detour is south on I-65 through downtown, then west on I-459.
Three dead at Auburn; suspect still at large. The official death toll has been set at three — two of the former Auburn football players — in a shooting spree during a poolside party in an apartment complex near the school campus Saturday night. Ladarious Phillips and Ed Christian, who both played for the Tigers, were killed along with Auburn resident DeMario Pitts. Current team member Eric Mack was also shot and originally reported as dead in the confusion following the shootings, but he was only wounded and released form a hospital Sunday. Another person was shot and remains hospitalized in critical condition. Police are looking for Desmonte Leonard as their prime suspect; he is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Missing Hayden teenager found safe. Shelby Love, a teenage girl who was reported missing last week, was returned home Friday evening after being found and turned over to authorities in Blount County. Gardendale Police were involved in Love’s return, but would not comment on the circumstances. After being missing for more than a week, Love’s mother started a publicity campaign using Facebook and other Internet media.
Sports: McDouble. Haylie McCleney, the starting center fielder for Mortimer Jordan softball, won her second major statewide award in four days when she was named Miss Softball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association at a banquet Sunday. McCleney, who broke multiple AHSAA state records this season (school officials are still researching possible career records), was also named Gatorade Player of the Year last week by the ESPN high school staff. McCleney and Bailey Murphy, the Blue Devils’ eighth-grade starting pitcher, were both named to the Class 5A All-State first team, along with Hayden sophomore Katie Parr. Jordan’s Shelby Maze won an honorable mention. Corner’s Jordan Entrekin made the Class 4A first team …. Golf: Tom Lehman likes Shoal Creek — a lot. Lehman shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the Regions Tradition, winning the PGA Champions Tour major for the second year in a row. Lehman was two strokes ahead of Bernhard Langer and Chien Soon Lu…. Hockey: It’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, as the Los Angeles Kings hope to hoist the Cup on home ice tonight. They lead the New Jersey Devils 3-2. The Devils took Game 5 on Saturday…. Horse racing: Union Rags won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, a race that will be better remembered by who didn’t even start. I’ll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and was vying to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, was scratched Friday morning after an exam showed a case of tendinitis. His owner announced the horse would be immediately retired to stud.