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CHICAGO — Bulls guard Derrick Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery,

the team said Tuesday.

Rose reported earlier in the day with right knee pain. An exam and subsequent MRI confirmed the tear.

A timetable for Rose’s return will be determined once he has surgery, the team said. The Bulls and Rose

decided to fix the meniscus tear instead of cutting the damaged part out in order to elongate Rose’s career.

The general feeling within the organization from several team personnel on Tuesday night was one of

disbelief and sadness after all the rehab work Rose put in over the last two and a half seasons.

The torn meniscus is the same injury he sustained in Nov. 23, 2013 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against Philadelphia.

The 2011 NBA MVP then missed the entire next season and played in only 10 games before the previous

right knee injury shelved him for the rest of last season.

This season, Rose was scratched for one game last month for soreness in his left knee and missed four

games in November with a hamstring injury.

It’s unclear when Rose re-injured the knee. He appeared to be rounding into form last month, averaging

22.6 points over his final 14 games before the All-Star break, but he had struggled since returning to the

court after the time off.

Rose had eight points on 1-for-13 shooting while playing almost 33 minutes in Monday night’s 87-71 victory

over Milwaukee. He averaged 10.7 points on 23.5 percent shooting in Chicago’s first three games after the

break.

It’s quite a blow for the surging Bulls, who have won six of seven and appeared to be picking up steam after

a tough stretch.

Rose, 26, is averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 assists in 46 games this season.

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Police arrested one of the men they say was involved in the stabbing of two members of Nicki Minaj’s crew

that left the rap superstar’s tour manager dead.

Philadelphia Police Homicide Detectives arrested Pierce Boykin late Monday night on attempted murder

and assault charges.

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Police said the 31-year-old was involved in an argument at Che Bar & Grill along Stenton Avenue in

Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane neighborhood early Wednesday morning that left Eric Parker injured

and De’Von Pickett dead.

An argument over a woman ultimately led to the stabbings, said sources close to the investigation.

Pickett and Parker, 27, were with a few friends outside the bar around 2:35 a.m. making sure that one

of the bartenders, a woman that Parker was dating, made it to her car safely when a group of men

approached the woman, according to sources.

Parker apparently asked the woman if she was OK and that’s when the fight broke out, sources said.

Pickett and Parker were stabbed several times. Pickett suffered stab wounds in the torso while Parker

suffered stab wounds to his left arm and left side.

A private car rushed both men to Albert Einstein Medical Center. Pickett died from his injuries at a short

time later.

Police later returned to Stenton Avenue where they found personal items, a cellphone and blood on the

sidewalk outside the bar. A Philadelphia police crime camera and business surveillance cameras that

captured at least part of the incident, said investigators.

More arrests could be coming. Last week, Police Capt. James Clark says arrests in the stabbing death of

Pickett were imminent.

“We believe we have identified all of the participants involved in this fight and ultimate murder,” said Clark.

Sources told NBC10 that the woman in the middle of the fight was dating Parker as well as one of the attackers.

Pickett was a tour manager and Parker, a tour employee, were working on preparations for Minaj’s

“The Pinkprint Tour,” which is set to begin next month in Sweden.

Pickett’s cousin, who did not want to be identified, also confirmed with NBC10 that Pickett was in Philly to

work on the tour with city rapper Meek Mill.

“They were all here for her,” the cousin said. “I guess they were out celebrating and things went wrong.”

During his career, Pickett worked with some of the biggest stars in the music industry, including Rihanna,

Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and Hip-Hop artist, Fabolous, who shared his condolences on his Instagram page.

Rihanna also posted photos of her and Pickett on her Instagram page as well.

The City of Philadelphia offered a $20,000 reward for an arrest and conviction in Pickett’s death.

Parker remained hospitalized in fair condition late last week.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (WPVI) — Authorities have cancelled the Amber Alert for Elinor Trotta after the

3-year-old and her father were located in Spencer, Massachusetts Tuesday afternoon.

Micheal Trotta is now in police custody, charged with assault, carjacking, endangering the welfare of

a child, and reckless endangerment.

Police say it was around 3:30 p.m. when SWAT teams moved in, taking Michael into custody and

recovering the little girl outside an apartment complex in Spencer.

Elinor’s mother, Dawn Barkus, spoke of receiving the good news that her little girl was safe, saying,

“Today is my birthday, and I prayed all day to God that I would get her back, and he gave me the best

birthday present ever. And I’m going to go get my Elinor back.”

The alert was issued around 7:00 Monday night after authorities say Michael Trotta took his daughter

from the home she shares with her mother in New Castle, Delaware.

Police say Michael Trotta had assaulted Barkus, his ex-girlfriend, before taking Elinor.

The Amber Alert went out across several states, and Trotta was spotted in Mount Laurel, New Jersey

last night.

We’ve learned that the FBI had Trotta under surveillance at the Spencer apartment building. Officials

believe he traveled there because of family connections.

At about 3:30 p.m. he walked out, little Elinor was with him, and SWAT teams didn’t hesitate or negotiate

before moving in to secure the pair.

Trotta was taken into custody by the FBI without incident.

Col. Elmer Setting from New Castle County Police says, “He had the child with him…They had a visual on

him, and again that’s why you want to have a relationship with your federal partners. Today is a great

example of working together.”

Earlier in the day Col. Setting explained that warrants were issued for Trotta stemming from Monday’s

assault, as well as a previous assault on February 15, 2015 involving Elinor’s mother.

New Castle County Police released a statement after the pair were located, reading in part: “After an intense

and aggressive investigation, detectives were able to locate Elinor and are working to reunite her with her

mother.”

Elinor’s mother, Dawn Barkus, will be flying with law enforcement officials to Massachusetts where she will

be reunited with her daughter.

Trotta is being held without bail as he awaits extradition to Delaware.

Police believe he may have had help fleeing. So there may be others charged in this case.

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