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Freshman county Commissioner Sims isn’t waiting to make his feelings known on future appointments

GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan — Freshman county Commissioner Sims isn’t waiting to make his feelings known on future appointments by the county Board of Commissioners. The first-term Flint Democrat put his new colleagues on notice Tuesday that he push until Flint residents are appointed to positions numbers proportionate to Alan Ball Jersey their percentage of the county’s population. We’ve got to make sure the city of Flint is represented the different boards, Sims said after commissioners appointed one of their own — Fenton Democrat Lockwood — to the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee. The committee makes recommendations on how the county spends money raised by a senior citizens property tax. Sims had recommended Flint resident Black for the spot and asked for a report on the residency of current county appointees. He said other parts of the county seem to sit at the grown-up table while Flint residents are left at the kiddie table. Commissioners and new board Chiarman made several appointments to public boards and committees Tuesday at the commissioners regular meeting.

Investigation file reveals differences about specific command given by Ohio officers before Crawford III was shot dead Video footage of Crawford III moments before he was gunned down by police a Walmart Beavercreek, Ohio. Photograph: Guardian Witnesses to the deadly police shooting of a black who was holding unloaded BB gun Ohio Walmart have contradicted officers’ claims about the specific command they gave him the moments before Alshon Jeffery Jersey opening fire. The two police officers involved the shooting also gave differing accounts of which of them gave orders to Crawford III, who was speaking on his cell phone while standing aisle of the store a suburb of last month, and of Crawford’s final movements. The new findings were contained hundreds of pages of investigation file released to the Guardian by the Ohio attorney general’s office, following a grand jury’s decision last week not to indict the officer who shot Crawford, on criminal charges. Jurors considered reports contained the file, along with video surveillance footage and audio recordings.

The file gives the most detailed account far of how Crawford, 22, came to be killed on the evening of 5 based on the concerns of a couple, one of whom called 911 and claimed repeatedly that the 22-year-old was pointing the air rifle at shoppers. The caller later said that Crawford was waving it around. Reports from interviews of and the other officer who responded, sergeant Darkow, said that they apparently did not identify themselves as police to Crawford as they turned the corner into the aisle where he was standing. They specified that they shouted at Crawford repeatedly drop your weapon, drop your gun or drop the gun. Yet three witnesses separately said they heard one, less specific, command: Put it down, put it down. Crawford’s family have said surveillance footage suggests that while speaking on his phone, he not have heard order or realised that it was directed at him. One witness said she did hear police say drop your weapon; another said that he heard get down. A photo released by the Ohio attorney general’s office shows the Walmart aisle where Crawford III was killed. Photograph: Ohio bureau of criminal investigation a recording of the 911 call, a word that sounds like down is shouted as officers round a corner the Walmart, about a second before two shots ring out. Darkow confirmed to investigators that the time between the last command being given and shots being fired was fairly close. Popp, attorney for and Darkow, said: I don’t see issue with the choice of words. Mr Crawford was warned before shots were fired. People get details different. It doesn’t mean they’re lying; it means they remember it differently. Darkow also told his interviewers that before opening fire, he and separately instructed Crawford to put down the gun. Yet said that he did not recall personally giving any commands, and that only Darkow had done. Darkow further said that Crawford made a movement that seemed to indicate attempt to run or attempt to take cover just before the 22-year-old was shot. This description appears to be supported by the store surveillance footage, which was released last week.

Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Russia bounced back from a shootout loss to Slovakia

Menu VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Evgeni Malkin scored twice and Russia bounced back from a shootout loss to Slovakia, beating the Czech Republic 4 Sunday to reach the Olympic hockey quarterfinals. a rematch of the 1998 Olympic gold-medal game, won 1 by the Czechs, Russia scored every period to claim the top spot Group B with seven points. Malkin gave Russia a 1 lead the first and pushed it to 3 the third after a huge hit by teammate Chris Webber Jersey Alex Ovechkin freed the puck at center ice. Viktor Kozlov also scored for Russia, and Pavel Datsyuk added empty-netter off assists from Ovechkin and Malkin with 12 seconds remaining. Plekanec and Michalek had goals for the Czechs,. San ‘s Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves for the win. Czech counterpart Vokoun of Florida stopped 27 shots. Ovechkin, playing on a new line with Washington Capitals teammate Alexander Semin and Malkin, assisted on the first goal and then rocked Canada Hockey Place with a crushing hit on Jaromir Jagr. Jagr, who on Saturday called Ovechkin the best player the world, circled with the puck and was leveled when Ovechkin caught him high with his arm. Semin found Malkin the right circle for the goal at 1. Michalek converted Marek Zidlicky’s pass front to cut the Czech deficit to 3 with 5 left. The Czechs, who got the best of Russia four years ago Turin, Italy, when they won bronze, have to wait until the end of the Super Sunday tripleheader to find out if they have to play the qualification round. The Darren Collison Jersey three group winners and a wild card earn byes. Kozlov, a longtime NHL forward now playing Russia, took a bouncing pass from Alexander Radulov the slot and slapped a shot behind his back that caught Vokoun as he was shifting left and slid under the goalie’s glove with 5 left the second to make it 2. The game was nearly tied again just more than a minute later when a close shot by Jagr bounced around the crease and was briefly covered by Nabokov. The whistle blew before the puck entered the net. Russia sustained a double hit when Radulov boarded David Krejci but drove the Czech forward into teammate Sergei Zinovyev, whose left leg was bent under him. The teams traded power-play goals the first period, which Russia held a 12 shots advantage. Russia seemed to have more energy early, knowing it needed to win regulation to win Group B. The Czechs played with the cushion of needing only to reach overtime to secure a bye. After a holding call against Jagr, Malkin took advantage with his second of the tournament. Vokoun made a strong save on Ovechkin, but Malkin fired a shot while dropping to one knee at the bottom edge of the right circle and sneaked the puck under the goalie’s arm to make it 1 with 4 left. Jagr uncharacteristically protested the penalty on his way to the box and when he got out. He received no satisfaction from either referee, and one of them gave him a dismissive wave. Russia went 1 for 2 on first-period power plays, and the goal was its second 15 chances.

The Czechs received a pair of favorable calls 13 seconds apart for a 5-on-3 advantage. The second penalty, a questionable tripping infraction against Sergei Fedorov had Ovechkin and the rest of the Russian bench up and howling at the officials. Ovechkin had active first period as he played his high energy style. He absorbed a double check from and defenseman Pavel Kubina that crunched him against the glass and then was denied by Vokoun during a breakaway. Once on the bench, Ovechkin took off his helmet and doused his head with water. NOTES: Czech coach Vladimir Ruzicka captained the 1998 team that won Olympic gold. His Russian counterpart Vyacheslav Bykov also earned a gold medal as a player 1988 and 1992.

Published March 23 I rolled my wrist, Pedroia said Wednesday. I’ll take BP tomorrow and then play the next day. That’s it. I’m good. There’s nothing. It’s more spring training. It hurt at the time and then they just took me out of the game., no big deal. Pedroia sustained the injury the first inning, diving to snare a liner by Minnesota’s Denary Span. After getting to his feet, Pedroia launched errant throw, which careened off the protective fence front of the Red Sox dugout. He finished the inning but did not come out for the second. It’s a little sore, he said. I just landed weird. And I tried to get up and I couldn’t really get up. And I tried to throw it and I almost killed our dugout. But I’m fine. I’ll be alright. Pedroia was not scheduled to play Wednesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton. He did not take batting practice at City of Palms Park with members of the team who did not travel to Bradenton. I wasn’t going to play anyway. I played like six days a row, so told me I wasn’t playing today anyway., did it at the right time. It was good timing. He was not expected to receive treatment other than icing the wrist. I just iced it today, and that’s it. It’s just sore. No big deal. It’s. http: sports 2010 23 pedroia-leaves-early-strained-wrist.

Tazawa pitched 203 for the Red Sox over the last three seasons and was shut down for the final three weeks

Well, we like him a lot, said Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations. We’re pleased to be able to get him, and we think it really gives us another power arm the bullpen. It gives us a lot more depth from the right-hand side. After signing Price to a seven-year, $217 million contract last week, Boston had overflow of starters. The Miley move took place just hours after it was reported that starter Hisashi Iwakuma is leaving the Mariners to sign with the Dodgers, so perhaps the Red Sox were able to pounce on Danilo Gallinari Jersey the timing of that. Smith is 26 years old, and Boston has contractual control over him for the next five seasons. What’s clearly different with this group is it’s deeper talent, it’s deeper performance and it’s deeper the ability to get strikeouts key spots, said Farrell. The one that’s going to benefit the most with both Kimbrel and Smith coming here is Junichi.

Tazawa pitched 203 for the Red Sox over the last three seasons and was shut down for the final three weeks of 2015 due to fatigue. Pitching 70, Smith notched a 2 while striking out 92 over 70 innings and holding opponents to a.194 average. The Mariners selected him the eighth round of the 2011 Draft. What do the Red Sox like most about him? Probably the combination of power stuff and unique arm slot, said Farrell. He reminds you a little of a number of years ago with the Yankees where he was a dominant reliever for a lot of years. It’s a unique combination with that low three-quarter arm slot and the power. Smith experienced some decrease his velocity late ’15, but Boston isn’t worried. I’m sure because of the year, first year, he’s gone start to finish against that type Dikembe Mutombo Jersey of caliber of hitter, it’s going to have some taxation to it that you typically a reliever, said Farrell. All our reports are very strong and very consistent, both terms of his physical abilities and what he is as a person. He’s everything we hoped to get a reliever. The Red Sox also get another promising arm the 27-year-old, who started 49 for the Mariners over the past two seasons. 51 career appearances, he is 15 with a 3. Miley, 29, went 11 with a 4 2015, his only with the Red Sox. Boston acquired him from Arizona last year at the Winter Meetings. The Mariners have good cost control with Miley, who earn $6 million 2016 and $8 million ’17, and has a club option for $12 million ’18. We improved our bullpen and also keep some depth with the acquisition. But Miley did a nice job for us, Dombrowski said. There’s no question about that. Any time you get a that pitches well, wins double-digit, pitches close to 200 innings and does a lot of things that help you, sure it is.

McCLAREN warned Derby fans to forget about automatic promotion his programme notes. And he probably stick to the same story for the rest of the despite a brilliant 85th-minute winner that keeps the Rams hunting down second-placed Burnley. A frustrated McClaren took off both Eustace and out-of-sorts Patrick Bamford – even though the striker has scored five seven games. McClaren, who takes his team to Turf Moor for a crunch clash with Burnley next Saturday, said: It’s great when you are looking on the bench and have the quality we have. We have got the quality within the squad to change and the second half we were just waiting for that one moment of quality and the end we got it. It was a brave move but McClaren was determined to give the biggest Championship crowd of the – 27 – something to remember. Bournemouth, who had created all the first-half chances, feel bitter that the winner came from acontroversial decision by ref Heywood. We feel hard done by with the goal and how it came about Howe Skipper Elphick stopped Hughes’ mazy dribble with what the Cherries, to a man, protested was a fair tackle. They angrily surrounded the official but, before they could regain their composure, had curled his 20-yarder into the top corner for his 14th league goal of the. But the Cherries must have been kicking themselves after unsettling Derby’s rhythm. Grabban and Tokelo Rantie both troubled the Derby defence, particularly Buxton, with their pace. The Rams skipper could hardly believe his luck after a mix-up with Grant. Grabban and Elphick also went close before Matt Ritchie shook the post and the Cherries missed out. Bournemouth boss Howe said: We feel hard done by with the goal and how it came about.

How close is the league? The Red are on pace to play 33 overtime

DETROIT – The Detroit Red have started capitalizing on a first-half schedule that’s stacked with home. The Red are at Arena, where they’ll be playing five of their next seven prior to the NHL’s three-day Christmas break. They are Mike Jenkins Jersey riding a 10-game points streak, their longest since a 12-game run 2010. They are scoring more and registering more shots. But separation won’t be easy a tight Atlantic Division. The Red face three Eastern Conference clubs this week – Washington, Montreal and New Jersey – that rank among the league’s top 10 goals-against average, the power play, the penalty kill and fewest shots allowed per game. Here are five things to watch this week: 1. Mr. Green goes to Washington Green returns to Washington on Tuesday. That’s where he played for 10 seasons as one of the league’s most prolific offensive defensemen. Green has shown flashes of his offensive ability since returning from a shoulder injury, with nine points 14. The teams split two at JLA last month – the Red prevailed 1 on Nov. 10 behind Petr Mrazek’s 38-save performance and the Capitals won 2 on Nov. 18 on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s overtime goal. Ovechkin has registered 21 of his league-high 124 shots against the Red. Braden Holtby leads the NHL wins and goals-against average. Washington is its past 10 vs. Detroit and has won five of its past six home against the Red. 2. overtime on tap?

How close is the league? The Red Oniel Cousins Jersey are on pace to play 33 overtime. They are tied for the league lead OT and OT wins – that includes one shootout win. Six of Detroit’s past seven and eight of 10 have gone to three-on-three overtime, which has been much better for the Red than the shootout has been recent years. These extra points be difference some teams making the playoffs and others missing out. 3. Trying to end drought vs. Price-less Habs The Red try to snap a seven-game losing streak against Eastern Conference-leading Montreal when the Canadiens visit Arena on Thursday. It’ll help not having to face goaltender Carey Price, the reigning NHL MVP, who’s out another month with a lower-body injury. Condon isn’t bad, at, with a 2 GAA and.913 save percentage. The Canadiens, led by Pacioretty and Plekanec, have a balanced and potent offense, ranking second the league goals per game. 4. Can Jurco establish himself lineup? -term injuries to Drew and Teemu Pulkkinen enabled Joakim Andersson and Jurco to get into the lineup on Saturday. Andersson likely continue to play because he kills penalties, but what about Jurco? Jurco, who’s appeared only six, have difficulty cracking the top nine. As as he’s on the fourth line, he’ll need to alter his offensive mindset to a more grinding role. He’ll need to skate, play physical and focus on not getting scored against. If he can’t adjust, the Red might be inclined to play someone from Grand Rapids. They are expected to recall a forward this week so they have extra case of injury. 5. Devils somewhat of a surprise The Devils, who’ve missed the playoffs three years a row after losing to the Los Kings the 2012 Stanley Cup finals, qualify as one of the season’s surprises at. The Red visit the Devils Friday. The game pit the league’s two youngest coaches – 40-year-old Jon Hynes and Blashill, who turns 42 on Thursday. The Red have won four a row vs. the Devils and are their past 14 against New Jersey, which is led by Cammalleri, who has 30 points.

Menu San Spurs reserve guard Manu Ginobili will sit out Thursday night against Oklahoma City, while Thunder center Perkins will return to action. Ginobili has missed 12 this season, but just since the All-Star break. When asked during pregame whether Ginobili was sitting because of an injury or to rest, Spurs coach Popovich simply said: He’s out. Ginobili, who averages 12 points and 4 assists per game, is not listed on the injury report. The Spurs played State on Wednesday night. Perkins, a defensive enforcer at 6-foot-10 and 270 pounds, has missed the past 17 with a left groin strain he suffered against the Miami Heat. He averages 3 points and 5 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game.

QB Carson Wentz, Eagles cram for Browns

PHILADELPHIA — The fire alarm went off inside the NovCare auditorium just a few minutes into coach Doug Pederson’s news conference Wednesday.

Pederson briefly walked away from the podium, stuck his head out the side door, and declared with a smile, “No smoke out here.”

As far as player-specific tweaks to the game plan, Pederson noted that Wentz’s athleticism “may open up a run or two there that we can utilize, but we’ve gotta be smart with that and just protect him early. I just know having been in the position that when quarterbacks get hit early it affects you the rest of the game.”

Wentz should have a full complement of players around him. No word has come down regarding right tackle Lane Johnson’s suspension, so he should be available. And Pederson noted that everyone is expected to practice on Wednesday including defensive end Vinny Curry, who could be limited.

Rookie free safety Darian Thompson missed the previous two weeks with a shoulder injury, but he practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity. Thompson is wearing a harness and is expected to play — and likely start — Sunday against the Cowboys. The key is to see how he does in Thursday’s fully padded practice. If Thompson can’t play, Nat Berhe has been taking first-team reps in his place. Overall, the Giants are relatively healthy. All 53 players on their active roster practiced Wednesday and are expected to play in the opener. The Giants also didn’t lose a projected starter to injury this spring or summer. — Jordan Raanan

Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has been cleared for action after sitting out most of the preseason with a hairline rib fracture. Coach Doug Pederson announced that every Eagles player practiced Wednesday, including defensive end Vinny Curry, who was eased in after missing some time with a knee injury. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews missed the preseason with a knee injury of his own, but he is expected to be full go. The Eagles are in good health overall heading into Week 1. — Tim McManus

Running back Matt Jones was full go in practice Wednesday and didn’t need to wear a yellow no-contact jersey like he had to on Monday. The expectation remains that Jones will play Monday vs. Pittsburgh after missing two weeks of practice with a sprained left shoulder. Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson practiced Monday, but he was limited Wednesday and it’s uncertain if he’ll play against the Steelers as he returns from Achilles tendonitis. — John Keim

Chargers sign Joey Bosa to four-year contract

Joey Bosa — at long last — is under contract.

The Chargers announced Monday that they finally have signed the elusive first-round defensive end to a four-year contract.

One player to watch from each team
Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, left tackle. Baltimore must keep Joe Flacco upright this season, which puts plenty of pressure on his rookie blind-side protector to shine right away. While we’re on the subject of Flacco assistance … Can Mike Wallace finally give the Ravens the deep threat they’ve missed since Torrey Smith exited stage left for San Francisco? We have our doubts.

If the Bears thought they might be let off the hook by facing a Texans team lacking J.J. Watt in the opening week of the season, they might be disappointed come Sept. 11. Watt, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year who is recovering from back surgery, might not miss any time after all.

On Monday, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he can “definitely see” Watt playing in the first game of the season, but he “won’t commit to it,” according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. McClain then added that he expects Watt to play and start against the Bears.
That’s a huge development for the Texans. When news of Watt’s surgery broke in July,’s Mike Garafola reported that Watt could be out up to 10 weeks. And Watt himself said that he couldn’t promise to be available Week 1.

O’Brien didn’t promise anything Monday, but he probably wouldn’t have made that comment if he didn’t feel confident in Watt’s status.

Though Watt might still be bothered by his back, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. After all, Watt shook off a long list of injuries last year to capture his third defensive player of the year award. He played through a broken hand, herniated disk, and five fully or partially torn core muscles.

Unfortunately for the Bears, they’re going through some issues up front. They already lost center Hroniss Grasu for the season and Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long is dealing with a shoulder injury. If Watt is healthy and Long isn’t, Watt might will feast on the Bears.

After hosting the Bears, the Texans’ attention will turn to the Chiefs and Patriots — two playoff teams from a year ago. So, Watt will be needed, even if the Texans’ new-look offense turned some heads Sunday.

In somewhat of a surprise move, the San Diego Chargers announced the team released veteran receiver James Jones as the team works to get down to 75 players before Tuesday’s deadline.


Russell followed that up with a two-run shot into the teeth of the wind Saturday.

The Pirates outfielders took a combined one step on the two homers – no doubters.

That power potential is something Maddon has been talking up since spring training, continually pointing to Russell’s strong hands and youth (players don’t typically hit their power peak until 26-27 years of age).

Russell said he feels more confident this year at the plate and is working to get pitches he can drive and do some damage with.

That calm demeanor – that “slow heart beat” – is not anything new to the second-year rising star.

“It’s been that way my whole life,” Russell said. “It doesn’t mean that I don’t get nervous or anything like that. It’s just I don’t show a lot of emotion out there.”

Russell is comfortable in that skin and is developing a reputation as a “clutch” player 174 games into his big-league career.

“I think that’s his personality,” veteran second baseman Ben Zobrist said. “He’s very calm. He’s very focused and I think when he gets up to the dish, I say he’s got ice in his veins.

“He’s not getting too hyped up there. He’s ready to do the job and have a good, quality at-bat. He’s just gonna continue to get better. Any struggles that he has, even at this time, it’s just because he’s young. He’s just gotta get that experience.”

While most players – especially young guys in their sophomore season in “The Show” – tighten up in high-pressure spots, Zobrist has watched Russell play without fear, whether it’s with two strikes, two outs or the game on the line.

Maddon mentioned Russell’s approach unprovoked two separate times throughout the weekend, talking about the shortstop’s pregame routine when he’s a self-described “loner.”

“He’s got great aptitude and he’s a great listener,” Maddon said. “Those are two wonderful qualities to have as a young person trying to get better in your profession.”

Count Cubs ace Jake Arrieta among those at the forefront of the Addison Russell Fan Club thanks to his defense, which included a diving snare of a line drive in Sunday’s game.

“I’m always impressed with Addison,” Arrieta said. “Whether he’s hitting .320 or not, his defense shows up every day. He’s capable of some pretty special things when he’s on the field.

“He’s swinging the bat really well. A couple big home runs. It’s just a matter of time before he really comes into his own at the plate. We’ve seen it in spurts. He’s such a young player and to see the promise already from him is pretty incredible.”

If you ever wanted to know Russell’s ridiculous potential, just look at how Cubs players and coaches constantly talk about how much more is left in the tank.

This about a guy who has an OPS over 1.000 through the first 15 days of May.

“The sky is the limit for that guy,” Zobrist said. “He’s an incredible athlete. He’s strong, he’s quick. He’s got all the tools to be a fantastic player.

“He’s already making those adjustments. It’s because he thinks along with the game. He’s not just assuming it’s gonna happen. He’s making the adjustments and he’s working hard.

“It really irks him when he’s not playing the way he’s capable of. He’s got all the intangibles that you have to have on top of the physcial aspect. He’s just gonna get better.”

Bears general manager Ryan Pace traded up and out of the No. 11 pick in last month’s NFL draft and into, in some opinions, a supposed problem in the person of pass rusher Leonard Floyd. Multiple problems, actually, considering all the things “wrong” with Floyd.

Fortunately for the Bears, all of these flaws come with major qualifiers – “yeah, but…” things that render those flaws suspect at least, moot at best. And the yeah-but’s come, not from scouting reports, projections or other suppositions, but from the NFL itself.

Where’s the sack production?

Floyd put up just 4.5 sacks for Georgia last season, hardly the kind of numbers general managers trade up to get. Floyd finished his three Georgia seasons with 17 total sacks – the same total Von Miller posted in his junior season alone at Texas A&M on his way to being John Fox’s first draft choice (2011) in Denver.

“He’s shown that he’s a good pass rusher in college,” insisted defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. “He just doesn’t have the numbers to support that on a piece of paper. But a lot of that is due to the way [Georgia coaches] used him, too.”

Fangio was asked during this weekend’s rookie minicamp if he had ever coached anyone who hadn’t been an elite college pass rusher but became one in the NFL. Fangio said nobody came to mind, a concerning comment from one of the NFL’s top defensive coaches and one who’d coached rush-linebacker Aldon Smith as a rookie.

Yeah, but…

The fact is that more than a few of the NFL’s elite pass rushers only achieved “elite” status when they reached the NFL level. Surprisingly, Fangio was involved with one prominent example: Smith.

In one of the NFL’s greatest examples of immediate impact, Fangio was San Francisco defensive coordinator when the 49ers drafted Smith No. 7 overall in the 2011 draft. Smith’s career has derailed after an impressive start that saw him compile 42 sacks over his first 43 games – effectively one per game.

This after a final Missouri season that produced six sacks – decent but not spectacular for the player who then became the fastest player in NFL history to register 30 career sacks.