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Maddie Meyer/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The superintendent of a Texas school district stepped down Saturday and is apologizing after he made racist comments about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Lynn Redden, superintendent for the Onalaska Independent School District, submitted his resignation letter to the Board of Trustees during a special meeting held Saturday that was intended to discuss possible penalties for the educator.

"I want to express my deepest apologies to the Board of Trustees, staff, students and patrons of the Onalaska Independent School District for the comments I made on Facebook," Redden said in his letter. "The comments were wrong and inappropriate, and have been an embarrassment to the district, my family, friends and to me. For this I am deeply sorry."

The superintendent, who had worked for the district for 12 years, criticized Watson earlier in the week in a public Facebook post after the Texans lost to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.

"That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I've seen in the NFL," he wrote on Facebook, according to Houston ABC station KTRK-TV. "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback."

Watson mostly brushed off the criticism when asked about Redden's comments during practice this week.

"I'm not worried about what he had to say," Watson told reporters. "I'm all about love -- that's what I focus on."

Watson's teammates, including All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt, were not as diplomatic.

"I think it's a very ignorant comment that doesn't deserve any more play," Watt told reporters on Wednesday. "I don't think anyone who speaks like that should get any run. It's ridiculous."

Head coach Bill O'Brien made similar comments, calling Redden's words "ignorant and idiotic."

Redden admitted he has "a lot to learn" about the situation and praised Watson.

The 23-year-old quarterback is in his second season in the NFL and is currently one of four African-American starting NFL quarterbacks -- along with the Panthers' Cam Newton, Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes. The Buccaneers' Jameis Winston, currently under suspension, and Tyrod Taylor, who started for the Browns this week before being injured, are also regular starters.

"As an educator, this experience has taught me that I still have a lot to learn," Redden wrote. "My comments were not only uninformed, but also hurtful, and I understand now why they were offensive to so many people. I'd like to apologize directly to Deshaun Watson. I recognize that given the opportunity to respond by criticizing or belittling me, he chose peace and positivity instead."

"In spite of the terrible position I put him in, he showed himself to be the kind of role model I'd be proud for any of my students to follow," he added.

The Texans, who are off to a disappointing 0-2 start, play the New York Giants in Houston on Sunday.

The league has been embroiled in racial controversy for the past two years after former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee before games to protest the treatment of minorities, especially by police. President Donald Trump criticized him publicly and repeatedly beginning at the start of the 2017 season. Kaepernick has not played the past two seasons and is suing the league, claiming he's been blackballed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Saturday’s sports events:

Chicago Cubs 8, Chicago White Sox 3

N.Y. Yankees 3, Baltimore 2, 11 Innings
Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 2
Detroit 5, Kansas City 4
Cleveland 5, Boston 4, 11 Innings
Houston 10, L.A. Angels 5
Seattle 13, Texas 0
Oakland 3, Minnesota 2

Atlanta 5, Philadelphia 3
St. Louis 5, San Francisco 4, 10 Innings
Washington 6, N.Y. Mets 0
Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 0
Miami 5, Cincinnati 1
Colorado 5, Arizona 1
L.A. Dodgers 7, San Diego 2

Pittsburgh 7, Columbus 3
Minnesota 7, Colorado 0
Tampa Bay 5, Nashville 2
Toronto 3, Buffalo 2
Detroit 4, Boston 3
N.Y. Islanders 5, N.Y. Rangers 2
Montreal 3, Ottawa 2
Florida 4, Dallas 3
Arizona 6, Anaheim 1
Calgary 5, Vancouver 2
Vegas 5, San Jose 4

(1) Alabama 45, (22) Texas A&M 23
(2) Georgia 43, Missouri 29
(3) Clemson 49, Georgia Tech 21
(4) Ohio St. 49, Tulane 6
(5) Oklahoma 28, Army 21
(6) LSU 38, Louisiana Tech 21
(7) Stanford 38, (20) Oregon 31
(8) Notre Dame 56, Wake Forest 27
(9) Auburn 34, Arkansas 3
(10) Washington 27, Arizona St. 20
(12) West Virginia 35, Kansas St. 6
Old Dominion 49, (13) Virginia Tech 35
Kentucky 28, (14) Mississippi St. 7
Texas Tech 41, (15) Oklahoma St. 17
Texas 31, (17) TCU 16
(18) Wisconsin 28, Iowa 17
(19) Michigan 56, Nebraska 10
(21) Miami 31, FIU 17
Purdue 30, (23) Boston 13
(24) Michigan St. 35, Indiana 21
(25) BYU 30, McNeese St. 3

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ABC News(DES MOINES) -- On most game days, the stands filled with fans for the Iowa State Cyclones football team are a riotous mix of colors.

But on Saturday morning, all you could see was a sea of solemn yellow, a tribute to a beloved star golfer who was killed earlier this week.

Celia Barquin Arozamena, recently named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year, was found dead with stab wounds in a pond on a golf course on Monday. Hours later, a man, who according to court documents, has a criminal background who had purportedly made statements recently "to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman," according to court documents, was charged with her murder.

The 22-year-old golfer was a native of Spain and her murder sent shockwaves from the nation's heartland to her hometown of Reocín, Spain, which held three days of mourning and condemned the "vile act" that took her life.

At the Cyclones' game on Saturday, fans and supporters wore yellow -- Barquin Arozamena's favorite color and a symbol of her Spanish roots. Cheerleaders wore yellow ribbons in their hair and players on the field wore yellow wristbands. Many wore a sticker with the letters 'CBA' -- Barquin Arozamena's initials -- on their T-shirts.

A video tribute played on a giant screen, the band used a formation that spelled out her initials, both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory, and players, cheerleaders and fans -- all 60,000 of them -- observed a moment of silence before the national anthem was played.

Barquin, the Cyclones’ first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.

"It's just a horrific, horrific senseless death," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Tuesday.

Reynolds' statement was echoed by Iowa State head women's golf coach Christie Martens.

"We are all devastated," Martens said in a statement.

"Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

Chicago White Sox 10, Chicago Cubs 4

N.Y. Yankees 10, Baltimore 8
Tampa Bay 11, Toronto 3
Boston 7, Cleveland 5
Kansas City 4, Detroit 3
Texas 8 Seattle 3, 7 Innings
Houston 11, L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 7, Minnesota 6, 10 Innings

N.Y. Mets 4, Washington 2
Milwaukee 8, Pittsburgh 3
Miami 1, Cincinnati 0, 10 Innings
Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 5
St. Louis 5, San Francisco 3
Colorado 6, Arizona 2
San Diego 5, L.A. Dodgers 3

N.Y. Islanders 3, Philadelphia 2
Carolina 5, Washington 1
Chicago 5, Ottawa 2
Toronto 5, Buffalo 3
Tampa Bay 5, Nashville 1
St. Louis 3, Columbus 0
Winnipeg 4, Calgary 3

(11) Penn St. 63, Illinois 24
(16) UCF 56, FAU 36

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Brophy College Prep's freshman running back No. 45 is a star.

Last week, during a freshman game, Adonis Watt, 14, scored not one, but two touchdowns for the Brophy Prep Broncos in Phoenix helping them win against Mesa Mountain View.

But there's more to his star power — Watt is blind due to a rare condition of congenital glaucoma but he said that didn't stop him at all.

"Eyesight is just really overrated," he said Friday. "You don't really need it to do whatever you want. ... (I just) try my hardest and just give it all and leave it all on the field."

 "You know, scoring those touchdowns felt like a big weight was off my shoulders. (It) felt like all the hard work, all the dedication, all the conditioning, all the waking up early in the morning finally just paid off," he told ABC News. "I'm just glad I did it."

It was Watt's second game but during the first game, against Gilbert Highland in August, the defense had let him score.

This time, though, he scored on plays that he'd practiced with his team over and over again — with no help from the other team.

"It was very exciting to finally just get in the end zone (and) know what it felt like to score for your team," he said Friday. "It was, in many ways, very indescribable. ... I just did my job and just powered it in."

Off the field and in the hallways of his school, Watt gets help from his classmates. His teammates said he was the glue that kept them together.

On Friday, he shared with ABC News about how he overcame struggles. He said his biggest dream was going to the NFL.

"You know, blindness shouldn't define you. ... Have faith. Have hope," he said. "Just trust your abilities because mountains do move, you just have to keep pushing them and pushing them and pushing them."

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(LOS ANGELES) -- LeBron James has never been one to hold back his disapproval on the actions and remarks of President Donald Trump, and he criticized the president again in his most recent interview, expressing worry that the president can even find the time to take shots at him.

"What bothers me is that he has time to even do that," James told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Thursday. "Like, you really got this much time that you can comment on me?"

On Aug. 3, Trump appeared to make a dig at James' intelligence after CNN anchor Don Lemon interviewed him. In a tweet, Trump described Lemon as "the dumbest man on television" who "made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do."

James laughed when asked if it bothered him when Trump calls him dumb, according to The Reporter.

"No, because I'm not," he says. "That's like somebody saying I can't play ball. That doesn't bother me at all."

The NBA star has a long history of railing against the president.

When Trump withdrew the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the White House in 2017 after point guard Stephen Curry said he would skip the traditional championship visit, James tweeted at the president, calling him a "bum" and highlighting that Curry "already said he ain't going!"

"Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James wrote.

During the NBA finals in June, James told reporters that neither team wanted to visit the White House.

"I mean, I know no matter who this series, no one's ... no one wants the invite anyway," he said.

In August 2017, after the Charlottesville protests turned violent, James tweeted that "hate has always existed in America," but "Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!"

James, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has also spoken out on Trump's immigration policies and rejected the characterization of Trump's comments to Billy Bush in the 2005 Access Hollywood video as "locker room talk."

"That's not locker room talk," James told reporters in October 2016. "That's trash talk."

James spoke to the reporter on his recent move to Los Angeles to join the Lakers roster and his role to 1990s hit "Space Jam."

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Iowa State Department of Athletics(AMES, Iowa) -- On Monday morning, Iowa State University women's golf team coach Christie Martens got a text message from Celia Barquín Arozamena encouraging her and her former teammates, whom she called the "Cyclonitas," to win the East and West Match Play tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Shortly after sending the text, Barquín Arozamena, 22, was golfing alone on a course in Ames, Iowa, working on how to take her game to the next level, when authorities say she became the victim of "a random act of violence" allegedly perpetrated by a man who had recently told an acquaintance that he wanted to "rape and kill a woman."

As police recovered the body of Barquín Arozamena from a pond on the Coldwater Links public golf course near Iowa State University in Ames, Martens began to get news of her former star player's murder on her phone.

"You can't believe it. There started being some reports, Ames Police reports at Coldwater. It's kind of like you don't know what's going on, but then we couldn't get ahold of Celia," Martens said in a tearful news conference Tuesday evening, after she and her golf team withdrew from the Ann Arbor tournament and returned to Iowa to mourn the death of the reigning Big 12 champion golfer.

In the text message to Martens, Barquín Arozamena wrote, 'Love seeing my Cyclonitas on top. Keep it up, girls."

"That really typified who she was," Martens said.

The heinous death of Barquín Arozamena sent shockwaves all the way to her hometown of Reocín, Spain, where a moment of silence was held in front of City Hall and civic leaders called for three days of mourning.

"I would like you to remember her as a fighter, as she always proved in sport and outside of it as well," Barquín Arozamena's brother, Andre Barquín, said at a vigil for his sister Tuesday in Torrelavegua, Spain.

A friend of Barquín Arozamena in Spain told ABC News Wednesday that he found the circumstances of her death unfathomable.

"I can't believe she crossed paths with this monster. It's just really bad luck," said the friend, Miguel, 23, who asked that his last name be omitted.

"I hope he will be severely punished," he said of the woman's alleged killer. "She never did anything wrong."

Miguel, who is also a golfer, said he trained with Barquín Arozamena in Madrid, where she was studying before she moved to Iowa for school.

"Her life was golfing," he said. "She was passionate. Even [when] she was very young she was winning many medals and championships."

News of her death also caused pain for Barquín Arozamena's favorite golfer Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters Champion.

"Heartbroken over what happened to #CeliaBarquinArozamena," Garcia wrote on Twitter. "I had the pleasure of meeting her and I know she was a special person. Sending my thoughts and prayers to her family and loved ones in this difficult time."

After Garcia won the Masters, Barquín Arozamena, was one of the first to send him a congratulatory note on Instagram. In the post, she attached a childhood photo of her meeting the golfer, who inspired her to follow in his footsteps.

"You are a true champion," Barquín Arozamena wrote of Garcia. "That was amazing. #TheMasters2017 Spain is proud of you!"

Martens said that when Barquín Arozamena won the Big 12 Championship, Garcia returned the favor, tweeting her congratulations.

"She also loved Spain and she loved Sergio," Martens said. "She basically started crying on hole 13 of the Masters. She knew he was going to win. She already started crying because she was so thrilled."

Investigators in Iowa are still trying to determine why suspect Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who police said has no known address, targeted Barquín Arozamena on Monday morning.

She was stabbed multiple times — suffering wounds to her torso, neck, and head — before her body was dumped in a pond on the golf course, according to a criminal complaint against Richards.

Richards was charged Monday with first-degree murder and is being held in jail on $5 million bail.

"I hope people reserve judgment until after the trial," Richards' attorney Paul Rounds, of the Story County Public Defender's Office, told ABC News when reached by phone on Tuesday. He declined to comment further.

Richards, who has a lengthy criminal history, had purportedly told an acquaintance recently that he wanted to "rape and kill a woman," according to the criminal complaint.

He was arrested on Monday after approaching police on a tent encampment next to the Coldwater Links public golf course. He had several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting and was attempting to conceal a deep laceration to his left hand, the criminal complaint read.

After allegedly killing Barquín Arozamena, Richards showed up at an acquaintance's home near the golf course covered in blood, sand and water and asked if he could take a bath, according to the complaint.

Martens said she has spoken with Barquín Arozamena's mother by phone.

"It was very hard, but I guess the thing that meant the most to me was she said, 'Celia was very happy every day that she was there [at Iowa State] and even though all this has happened, if we had to decide all over again, we would still send her to Iowa State,'" Martens said.

She broke down in tears as she recalled how she recruited Barquín Arozamena.

"Everyone had told her that if you want to play college golf you have to go to the South. When I met with her and her mom, when I watched her at a tournament in France, her mom and I just hit it off right away. We just got along great and her mom said, 'I trust you. I want my daughter to go to Iowa State,'" Martens said.

Barquín Arozamena had completed her eligibility as a student-athlete and was named Iowa State's female athlete of the year for 2018. After winning the European Amateur Championship in June in the Netherlands, she turned pro and qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in Alabama, one of the LPGA Tour's majors.

"The spotlight is on her because of her golf. But what makes it so hard ... is who she was as a person and how much she meant to me personally and to our program and to all of her teammates and to everyone at Iowa State," Martens said.

A vigil in Barquín Arozamena is scheduled to be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the Iowa State campus. On Saturday, the school will honor her at a football game at the school's Jack Trice Stadium, which is across the street from the golf course where her body was found.

The Iowa State Cyclones football team plans to wear their yellow jerseys to commemorate Barquín Arozamena.

"Yellow is her favorite color," Martens said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NFL great Eric Dickerson has a gold Hall of Fame jacket, a bust in Canton and the record for most rushing yards in a season, but there's one thing he doesn't have from the league: health insurance.

Dickerson is one of a handful of Hall of Famers who said Tuesday they won't be attending next year's Hall of Fame ceremony if they aren't given health insurance coverage or a cut of the league's billion-dollar revenue.

The demands were made in a letter obtained by ABC News and addressed to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith and President of the NFL Hall of Fame C. David Baker.

"People know us from our highlight reels. They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us," the letter reads. "But on balance, it’s not. As a group we are struggling with severe health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds."

Dickerson, who is leading the effort, spoke to ABC News' daily podcast, "Start Here," on Tuesday about the players' demands.

"All of us feel like having health care is just a normal thing to have," Dickerson told "Start Here." "And I think it's right. I think people are kind of losing the message that you know it's all about the Hall of Fame. Well right now it's all about the Hall of Famers because we can't do anything because of the current CBA [collective bargaining agreement], we can't go back in and do that. I want all players to have health care; every player that played in the National Football League."

Legends Jim Brown, Marcus Allen, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner and Deion Sanders are among the 21 Hall of Famers to sign the letter. Sarah White, the widow of Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White, also attached her name to the letter. The name "Carl Ellard" appears on the list, though this was a typo, and actually referred to Hall of Famer Carl Eller.

Rice and Warner have both released statements saying they have no plans to boycott the Hall of Fame ceremony, though they do support better health care for retired players.

Dickerson called Rice and Warner's inclusion a "miscommunication" in a later tweet and corrected the spelling of Eller.

The players have received some criticism for demanding insurance and a share of league revenue for only members of the Hall of Fame, but Dickerson said that was simply a first step.

"I want this plan to help all players, but you can't, we can't, go back into the CBA until 2021," he told ABC News. "We have to start with the Hall of Famers."

NFL players from Dickerson's era -- he spent 12 seasons in the league mostly with the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts -- have no health insurance at all.

As for Dickerson's push for a chunk of league revenue, the league does have a pension plan for retired players established in 1959. In 1993's CBA, players established a 401K plan.

They can begin to access money at 55 and see a 300 percent increase when they turn 65, according to Miki Yaras-Davis, the NFLPA's senior director of benefits.

"There have been significant increases in the pension with every collective bargaining agreement in the history of this sport," Yaras-Davis told ESPN in a statement.

Players from before 1993, like Dickerson, were granted $620 million in benefits, called the "Legacy Fund," due to the 2011 CBA.

But Dickerson wants more than has been allotted in the "Legacy Fund." The letter calls the fund a "cynical public relations ploy."

The NFL generated $14 billion in revenue in 2017, according to an estimate by Bloomberg, and quoted in the letter by Dickerson. He says health insurance would cost only $4 million, and a salary taken from revenue would cost just 40 cents on every $100.

"The total cost for every Hall of Famer to have health insurance is less than $4 million -- less than that of a 30-second Super Bowl ad, or about 3 cents for every $100 the league generates in revenue," the letter states. "Paying Hall of Famers an annual salary works out to about 40 cents for every $100 in annual revenue, a figure that will increase dramatically in the near future with legalized gambling."

Dickerson also said he believes the league never would've addressed safety, including the degenerative brain disease CTE, if it wasn't for public outrage. The disease, caused by repetitive blows to the head, has been blamed for the deaths of former NFL stars Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau, both of whom committed suicide.

"The NFL is trying to do some of the right things you know to try to help players you know with CTE," he told "Start Here." "But I really believe the only reason they do it is because they got caught. And I really believe that. But they're trying. So I mean I give them that much credit."

As for the Hall of Fame boycott, Baker released a statement saying, "Many Hall of Famers have reached out to express their support of the Hall. While we enshrine Hall of Famers, our mission is to serve every player who helped build this great game. We guard the legacies and seek to serve all players and not just Hall of Famers who we serve every day."

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Iowa State Department of Athletics(AMES, Iowa) -- A man with a criminal background was charged with murder just hours after a former Iowa State University champion golfer turned up dead in a pond on a golf course.

Collin Daniel Richards, 22, who police said has no known address and, according to court records, was kicked out of his grandparents' house a year ago, was charged with first-degree murder in Celia Barquin Arozamena's stabbing death Monday.

Police found her body at Coldwater Links public golf course near Iowa State University in Ames, where she apparently went golfing alone Monday morning.

Richards purportedly made statements to an acquaintance recently "to the effect of having an urge to rape and kill a woman," according to a criminal complaint made public Tuesday.

Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds described the killing as "a random act of violence" during a brief court hearing for Richards Tuesday morning.

"The state believes him to be a flight risk, also believes him to be a danger to the community," Reynolds said during the hearing.

The judge granted her request to set bail at $5 million.

Richards appeared in court in shackles and made no statements. He was ordered to return to court Sept. 28 for a preliminary hearing.

Attorney Paul Rounds of the Story County Public Defender's Office was appointed to represent Richards.

"I hope people reserve judgment until after the trial," Rounds told ABC News when reached by phone, declining to comment further.

The slaying sent shockwaves from the nation's heartland to Barquin Arozamena's hometown of Reocín, Spain, where civic leaders joined residents in a moment of silence at noon on Tuesday. The Reocín City Council also declared three days of mourning for the young woman and released a statement condemning the "vile act" that took her life.

"She was a really hard-working girl who was deeply loved by the whole town," Reocín Mayor Pablo Diestro told the Spanish sports website "It's a tragedy. We can't believe it."

Cmdr. Geoff Huff, head of the Ames Police Department's criminal investigations division, said at a news conference Tuesday, "It's rare, obviously. It's still very troubling that something like this would happen in broad daylight in a community that is as safe as Ames is.”

He added: "It's an awful thing that's happened. I'm not sure what else I can say."

Barquin Arozamena, a native of Spain, was recently named Iowa State’s female athlete of the year.

She had turned pro this past spring after completing her college golfing career. Earlier this year, she qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in Alabama, one of the LPGA Tour's majors.

The Ames Police Department opened a suspicious death investigation Monday morning when golfers found Barquin Arozamena's cellphone, ball cap and golf bag on the ninth hole fairway of the golf course "with no one around it," according to a police statement.

Golfers had seen Barquin Arozamena on the golf course earlier but told police she had disappeared, prompting a search for her, officials said.

Officers were called to the golf course about 10:24 a.m. and found the woman's body a half-hour later in a pond near where her golf bag was discovered and determined she had been assaulted, according to the criminal complaint.

"Based on the scene investigation, the victim sustained several stab wounds to the upper torso, head, and neck," the criminal complaint stated.

Police searched the golf course and stopped a man walking on a trail leading into a wooded area who identified himself as an acquaintance of Richards.

A K-9 unit tracked the victim's scent to a homeless encampment on the banks of Squaw Creek in the wooded area adjacent to the golf course, according to the criminal complaint.

Police were searching the camp, which consisted of two tents, when Richards approached them.

"Officers observed that … [Richards] had several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and also noted [he] attempted to conceal a deep laceration to his left hand, which he attempted to bury in the ground," the criminal complaint reads.

Police also contacted an acquaintance of Richards who told them the suspect showed up at his residence near the golf course Monday afternoon and that he "appeared disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water," according to the complaint.

The man told police Richards left his house after bathing and washing his clothes, the complaint stated.

Two other witnesses told police that Richards asked them for a ride to Jefferson, Iowa, and had given them a knife, according to the complaint. While driving to Jefferson, Richards told the men he needed to return to the homeless encampment because he forgot his tent, according to the complaint.

When they arrived at the golf course, they noticed police swarming the area, the complaint reads. Richards got out of their vehicle and approached police officers searching the tent encampment, the complaint states.

Police said they recovered a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two witnesses, according to the complaint. Police also found two pairs of blood-stained shorts in Richards' backpack.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa State University Police Department, assisted in the investigation.

"I don't know a lot of the details yet but it's just a horrific, horrific senseless death," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters Tuesday at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

Reynolds' statement was echoed by Iowa State University President Wendy Wintersteen.

"We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday of the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena. Celia was a dedicated student in civil engineering. She was a talented student athlete and an acclaimed golfer with a bright future," Wintersteen said in a statement Monday. "Celia was a champion and a proud ambassador for Iowa State. Our hearts are with Celia's family and friends as we grieve her passing. It's a terrible, tragic and senseless loss.

"In these moments, we recognize our own mortality and realize that each day is a gift," Wintersteen said. "I hope everyone will take time today to meet with their friends and loved ones, value those connections and feel thankful that they can do so. A bright candle in our Cyclone Nation no longer shines, and our community and the world are less for it."

Barquin Arozamena claimed the 2018 Big 12 Championship with a three-shot victory in April, according to the university, which called her one of the most accomplished golfers in the school's history. She was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester.

The death of Barquin Arozamena prompted the Iowa State women's golf team to withdraw from competition at the East and West Match Play tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to return to Iowa to mourn the former teammate, the team said in a tweet.

The team was scheduled Tuesday to play for the tournament title.

"We are all devastated," Christie Martens, Iowa State head women's golf coach, said in a statement. "Celia was a beautiful person who was loved by all her teammates and friends. She loved Iowa State and was an outstanding representative for our school. We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life."

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard added: "Celia had an infectious smile, a bubbly personality and anyone fortunate enough to know her was blessed. Our Cyclone family mourns the tragic loss of Celia, a spectacular student-athlete and ISU ambassador."

Barquin Arozamena qualified for the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Shoal Creek, Alabama, in May but did not make the cut after the first two rounds.

The university’s Athletics Department said it plans to honor her memory at a football game Saturday at the school's Jack Trice Stadium, which is across the street from where police found her body.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

"I'm just kind of surprised," ISU freshman Isaac Sachse told ABC affiliate station WOI-TV in Des Moines.

"First it was the kidnapping and now this. It's kind of horrifying," he added, referring to the death of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who was allegedly killed by 24-year-old Cristhian Rivera while on her routine jog through farm country earlier this summer.

Richards has a criminal record, according to court documents. He has pleaded guilty to charges of domestic abuse, assault, theft and public intoxication in the past, the records show.

In September 2017, he was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his grandparents' house, according to court records. Richards told police he had broken into the house to retrieve his belongings after his grandparents had kicked him out, records show.

Richards’ most recent arrest occurred in July when he was taken into custody on suspicion of public intoxication after police found him passed out at a convenience store in Ames, according to records.

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Indy Thunder(NEW YORK) -- The familiar orange and black script on the Orioles' uniform will be replaced Tuesday night with Braille to honor the National Federation of the Blind, and for one visually impaired ball player, the night is about recognizing people like him.

"They're acknowledging that you're there," Erik Rodriguez, 18, told ABC News' Start Here podcast. "Sometimes that's the biggest step."

Rodriguez is a shortstop for the Indy Thunder in beep baseball, a modified version of the game which uses sound and beeping bases to guide visually impaired players. He was born with Stickler syndrome and glaucoma, which weakened his eyes over the years and led to retina detachments.

While his vision declined, his passion for baseball never did. At 10 years old, he was introduced to beep ball and "immediately fell in love."

"It's changed my life," he said. "It's given me a platform where I can still perform on an elite level, where I can still consider myself a champion, where I can still have that team bonding that you really can't get in individual sports."

Rodriguez led the Indy Thunder to their third straight World Series championship as one of the captains this past season. It was his sixth season in beep baseball, but he told "Start Here" he only recently began to consider himself a "good hitter."

"It's kind of like target practice for the pitcher and the batter," he said. "It's a lot more complicated than people realize, so it takes a lot of good teamwork and trust."

The pitcher is trying to get the batter a hit instead of striking them out, so when the pitcher says, "Set, ready, pitch," they tailor their pitch depending on who they're throwing to. The batter then needs to keep their swing consistent to make sure they're close to the ball every time.

"It just takes a lot of practice and reps," Rodriguez explained. "It does not happen overnight."

Rodriguez told "Start Here" he loves following the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees, but the Orioles have earned the beep ball player as a fan for their National Federation of the Blind Night.

"The fact that such a big organization like Baltimore is wanting to do something like that for the blind community ... it makes you feel good, it makes you feel like they care and they want to help make a difference for the young people and the older people that are suffering from this disability."

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