Ritchie later made similar remarks to the Guardian interview

However, apparently made no mention of this, telling the officials his interview that Bobby Massie Jersey he opened fire after Crawford made aggressive move. He added a written narrative that the 22-year-old had turned towards us aggressive manner with the rifle hand. By the time Darkow filed his own written narrative, 10 days after his interview, he described Crawford’s final action differently. Darkow said only that it was a quick movement, and did not repeat his Brian Hoyer Jersey earlier remarks that Crawford appeared to be trying to retreat. Darkow has always said that the shooting was justified. Sherrod speaks out against the officer that shot her. The inconsistencies emerged after Crawford’s mother told the Guardian the police were trying to cover their after discovering Crawford was holding a piece of store merchandise and speaking on his phone, rather than threatening shoppers. But it’s not working, because we’ve seen the video, we’ve read the report – it doesn’t match, said Sherrod. The investigation file offers the first indication of why Crawford was engrossed his phone conversation. the girlfriend the store with him, said that Leecee, the mother of Crawford’s two sons, had previously tried to call both of them several times, and was unhappy that Crawford was out with another woman. It also casts new light on the changing story of Ritchie, the customer who called 911 to report Crawford was pointing his gun and posing a threat. Ritchie said he was prompted to act when Crawford passed them the hardware section about 100 yards to the left of the corner where he stood until being shot. Ritchie and his wife, claimed afterwards that Crawford was causing panic among fellow shoppers. Yet only one of seven other customers interviewed by Ohio’s bureau of criminal investigation recalled seeing Crawford. The customer, Brewer, told investigators that he was not alarmed and presumed the 22-year-old was a Walmart employee taking a gun on sale at the store to a storeroom.

The open of firearms is legal Ohio. Photo released by the Ohio attorney general’s office shows the opened box of the BB rifle that Crawford III picked up. Photograph: Ohio bureau of criminal investigation Ritchie stated repeatedly on his 911 call that Crawford was pointing the gun at people, including two children particular. This was relayed to the officers on the ground, and before shooting Crawford, called back to the 911 dispatcher to confirm the gun was being pointed at people. a written statement to Beavercreek police the following day, Ritchie repeated again that Crawford was pointing the gun at people as they walked by. Yet Ritchie later explained that the with the gun wasn’t actually pointing the gun at the family, according to a report of his interview with state investigators, but swinging the gun around and flashing the muzzle at children. Ritchie later made similar remarks to the Guardian interview. Later still, the surveillance footage showed Crawford occasionally swinging the gun at his side and pointing it at a shelf, but not the direction of anyone. Ritchie gave a similar account to investigators, adding that Crawford was acting very shady. She said the couple trailed Crawford, adding that her husband was a former marine and knew how to maintain a safe distance. According to his official service record, Ritchie was a marine for seven weeks 2008. He told the Guardian he was discharged after chiefs declared him a fraudulent enlistment for not disclosing a medical condition. He maintains that he did disclose it but paperwork was not submitted. He claimed to investigators that he actually served for a longer period but his record was shortened retrospectively. Ritchie, who used a Walmart scooter due to a leg injury, said she travelled around warning shoppers about Crawford. None interviewed by investigators recounted this. Surveillance footage showed Crawford continued to look straight ahead. Yet Ritchie, who had been standing to his left, said that despite what the video camera was showing, they maintained eye contact with Crawford. After police told customers to evacuate, she left the scooter and ran. She later stopped cooperating with the investigators. The documents disclosed how Walmart staff might have made contact with Crawford before the 911 call was made, order to advise him about potential misunderstandings. Only one of 27 employees working at the time told interviewers that he noticed Crawford and the air rifle. The employee, Corey, said he saw Crawford swaying what looks like a full-powered weapon. While he considered it not be real, he believed that it could cause potential panic, according to his interview report. radioed a colleague and asked her to tell assistant manager, to have Crawford leave the store. told investigators that she looked for Crawford but could not find him, and then heard gunshots. estimated that the shots were fired about 10 minutes after his radioed message. This would mean that he made his request for managers to talk to Crawford about five minutes before Ritchie called 911. The documents also disclosed that one of the first police officers to arrive at the Walmart following the shooting was ‘s father, who serves alongside his the Beavercreek force. said his interview that he believed his ‘s actions had been line with the department’s policies and procedures.

His fastball averaged at least 94 mph every during that stretch

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Tigers’ search for one more relief option led them Thursday to former Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who agreed to terms on a Minor League deal Kevin Garnett Jersey with a non-roster invite to big league camp. Parnell, a 31-year-old right-hander, is expected to compete for one of two open spots Detroit’s bullpen. If he can recapture the form that earned him 22 saves 2013 before undergoing Tommy surgery the following year, he’ll have a good opportunity. The Tigers had relative success two years ago on a low-risk deal with a reliever his second back from elbow surgery. Joba Chamberlain became the Tigers’ setup 2014, two years after his surgery, and played underrated role Detroit’s fourth consecutive division title. Parnell had a longer stretch of success, racking up three seasons of 60-plus appearances a four-year span, before his Kevin Martin Jersey elbow gave out. He pitched 301 3 innings over 292 Major League appearances from 2009 through 2013, posting a 3 ERA and 3 while averaging 8 strikeouts per nine innings and a 2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

His fastball averaged at least 94 mph every during that stretch, according to. With surgery 2014, not only was Parnell’s career stalled, his bullpen spot was open for others to take. He returned last to make 30 appearances the rest of the year, but gave up 17 earned runs on 30 hits over 24 innings with more walks than strikeouts. Opponents hit Parnell’s fastball for a.349 on the, according to STATS, and he struggled to get swings and misses. Within those struggles, however, came a slow improvement his fastball, from 92 mph to 96 mph, according to. The Tigers had been eyeing free-agent relievers since the holidays, hoping to find bargains close to Spring Training. With the 40- roster full, however, Detroit did not want to give a guaranteed Major League contract and have to give up a prospect to make room. With Spring Training workouts beginning across the Majors this weekend, the lingering relief market began to move recent days. The Tigers worked out another former Major League pitcher Thursday, bringing former Astros starter Lucas Harrell to throw on the back fields at Tigertown. However, Parnell’s deal could conclude the Tigers’ non-roster invites.

Menu SANTA, Calif. — Once Rodgers and Co. warmed up the second half, the Green Bay Packers kept their unbeaten start rolling. Rodgers passed for 224 yards and a touchdown, ran 17 yards to set up a key second-half score, and the Packers beat the hapless San 49ers 17 on for their first 4 start four years. Rodgers caught a 9-yard touchdown pass on the game’s opening drive before Rodgers got his team going the second half after a slow start to snap a four-game streak to San, which included a pair of playoff defeats. Clay Matthews added his own flair to this one. When he sacked Colin Kaepernick the third quarter, he kissed his right biceps Kaepernick-style to punctuate the play — one of Green Bay’s six sacks. While methodical with nothing fancy, Green Bay seemed unfazed with a short week and trip West after beating Kansas City last Monday night. This is the team’s first 4 start since winning the initial 13 2011. The Packers certainly their trip to ‘s Stadium be the first of two this. The Super Bowl comes to the second-year, $1 billion Bay Area venue four months for its 50th year celebration. Kaepernick threw his fifth interception two and the 49ers have been limited to 28 total points over three while giving up 107 points. The quarterback, sacked six times, was booed the fourth quarter along with rookie punter Bradley Pinion. The Packers capitalized shortly after San ‘s Bush was stuffed for no gain trying to go up the middle on third-and-11 a play call that was immediately scrutinized. On the ensuing drive, James Jones caught a 38-yard pass on the left sideline by barely staying bounds. Rodgers then scrambled 17 yards to set up Kuhn’s 1-yard scoring burst. Green Bay made just enough plays.

Brandon Phillips’ defense is overlooked no more

CINCINNATI — Brandon Phillips’ defense is overlooked no more. Phillips, the Reds second baseman, was named a recipient of a National League Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence on Wednesday. I’m surprised about things that have happened career, and this is one of them, Phillips said on a conference call with reporters. Being one of the best defensive second basemen the Leagues is a blessing. I work hard at it. For the second consecutive, Phillips led NL second basemen fielding percentage. He committed seven errors over Alonzo Gee Jersey 706 total chances. However, this is the 27-year-old’s first Gold Glove. both 2006 and ’07, the D-backs’ Orlando was the winner. Although he considers a friend, the slight angered Phillips. To tell you the truth, when I didn’t win it last year, it really hurt me a little bit, Phillips said. Then after that, I was like, ‘If I win one, I win one. If I don’t, it wouldn’t really bother me.’ But it’s different when you win one now. it Arron Afflalo Jersey feels great to finally get recognized and win the award. I think a lot of people are starting to recognize what type of player that I am. I play defense first before anything. Defense wins. It’s just a beautiful thing to finally win this award. I hope there are more to come. Displaying the fielding intangibles that often don’t appear statistics — range, athleticism — Phillips often executed some spectacular plays and made it easier for him to be noticed by the league’s managers and coaches that vote for the award.

Phillips was also a steady hand the field for a Reds team that ranked 14th out of 16 NL teams fielding percentage. From 10-July 8, Phillips held a 78-game errorless streak that was the second longest streak among second basemen this behind the 82-game streak by Pittsburgh’s Sanchez. I talked to him and boy, I’ve never heard a happier voice life, Reds manager Baker said. It was like he couldn’t believe it.

I couldn’t believe that he couldn’t believe it, because this has worked hard. He never sits down. He’s always working taking balls off the bat. He’s catching popups over his head, which I’ve never seen anyone do at practice. He practices like he plays, and it’s paid off. Last week, Phillips received Handbook’s Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive second basemen the Leagues. its Best Tools issue, Baseball rated Phillips the second-best NL second baseman — behind, a three-time Gold Glover that missed most of the past ‘s final two months with an injury. Phillips is the first Reds player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since second baseman Pokey Reese 2000. That first Gold Glove is the hardest one, Baker said. I told him you just have to keep working and see how more you can get. As a hitter, Phillips batted.261 with 21 home runs, 78 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. He missed the final 17 of the with a broken right index finger. Wednesday’s announcement is the latest personal triumph for Phillips, who came to Cincinnati an 2006 trade from the Indians after his status as a prospect faded. The deal only cost the Reds a Minor League pitcher named Jeff Stevens. his first with the Reds, Phillips led the team hits and multi-hit and became a breakout star. a superb all-around 2007, he committed just eight errors and had a.990 fielding percentage. Offensively, he joined Alfonso Soriano as the only two second basemen history that produced at least 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. February, Phillips signed a four-year, $27 million contract with a $12 million club option for 2012. This is more important than 30. Defense wins, Phillips said. A lot of players out there can do the 30 or 40 or be the MVP and never win the Gold Glove. I really think was the best thing that ever happened to me. I really take pride defense. It’s passion and I love doing it. is a reporter for. This story was not subject to the approval of League Baseball or its clubs.

It’s a pretty special feeling.

ANAHEIM — Trout’s first appearance on a League All- ballot is going pretty much the way you would expect it to: swimmingly. When the first American League update was released on Monday, Trout led all outfielders and ranked third total fan votes with 1,676. Only reigning Triple Crown winner Cabrera and Yankees second Mike Glennon Jersey baseman Robinson Cano had more. It’s pretty cool, Trout said. That’s awesome, to be up there with all the top guys.

It’s a pretty special feeling. Trout spent the first month of his historic rookie the Minors and Mike James Jersey didn’t appear on last year’s ballot, but was nonetheless selected as a reserve by his peers and became the 20th player to become All- before his 21st birthday. After a slow start to 2013, Trout scorched through, posting a 1 OPS while belting eight homers and four triples, putting his slash line at a more typical.294.545 for the. Albert Pujols and Hamilton are struggling, and need a voting push if they to be the starting lineup at Citi Field. Pujols, a nine-time All- who has missed the last two Midsummer Classics, ranks fourth voting among first basemen, trailing the Orioles’, the Tigers’ Fielder and the Red Sox’s Napoli. Hamilton, who has started each of the last five All- Games for the, ranks 10th among outfielders — more than 300 votes shy of Torii Hunter third place.

Trumbo leads the Angels homers and RBIs, but he’ll have a hard time making it into the lineup as the designated hitter. Red Sox slugger Ortiz leads that group with 1,283 votes, while Trumbo is about 700 votes behind, fourth place. Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites — online or via your mobile device — using the 2013 All- Game ballot until Thursday, July 4, at 11 p.m. ET. Fans submit 25 online ballots during the voting period, but can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have account, visit and register accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free one. Fans can also once again participate the Home Run Derby Fan Poll, where they’ll have the opportunity to select three players each league who they would most like to participate the Home Run Derby. The 2013 Home Run Derby — part of All- Workout Day — be broadcast live on, HD, Deportes and Radio the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 15. The 2013 American League and National League All- teams be unveiled on, July 7, on the 2013 MLB All- Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world then be able to select the final player on each team via the All- Game Final Vote sponsored by on. The final phase of All- Game voting again have fans participating the official voting for the Ted All- Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by. During the Midsummer Classic, fans vote exclusively online at via the 2013 All- Game MVP Vote, and their voice represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Trophy. The 84th All- Game, played at Citi Field on July 16, be televised nationally by Sports, Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed. provide extensive online coverage of the All- Week festivities, while Radio and Radio Deportes provide national radio coverage of the All- Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM also also provide comprehensive All- Week coverage. For more information, please visit.

Ben Roethlisberger says Tom Brady atop NFL’s QB hierarchy

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger isn’t giving himself the top spot in the NFL’s quarterback hierarchy.

That spot belongs to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who starts the season on a four-game suspension over Deflategate.

The Patriots and Steelers reunite in Week 7 in Pittsburgh.

In 2015, Roethlisberger led all NFL quarterbacks with 328 passing yards per game and spearheaded the offense’s six-game streak of 30 or more points. As a result, the Steelers are a trendy Super Bowl pick in 2016.

Roethlisberger is more worried about beating the Washington Redskins’ pass coverage on Monday Night Football.

“I’m a big fan of being the hunter and not the hunted,” Roethlisberger said.

The NFL said in a statement that Ninkovich is eligible to return from his suspension, which is without pay, on Monday, Oct. 3.

Ninkovich told ESPN on Friday that he is devastated and shocked, and said he would never knowingly take an illegal substance.

Kaepernick also said Thursday that he plans to donate $1 million to organizations that will help communities in need.

The 49ers had previously released a statement on Kaepernick’s actions, saying, “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

“He could have been the MVP in the league last year if he would have stayed healthy,” Bradshaw told the team’s website. “I am not saying this because I am a Steeler and trying to suck up to anybody. I am just telling you he is special, different. I’ll take Roethlisberger over any of those guys.”

Victor Cruz doesn’t need to prove anything to his Giants teammates

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — If Victor Cruz’s return to the field Saturday proves to be a dud and comes with zero catches for zero yards and several drops, it won’t mean much to Odell Beckham Jr. The New York Giants’ star wide receiver isn’t worried about what Cruz does in the preseason.

Beckham doesn’t need any convincing to prove that Cruz can help the team this season. He has said on several occasions that the only date that matters is Sept. 11 — the day the Giants open their season on the road against the Dallas Cowboys.

And while the Giants and fans want a clearer idea of what Cruz can do on the field after almost two full seasons on the sideline, his teammates don’t seem to care much. They seem convinced — almost to a man — the return of the old Victor Cruz will happen. It’s only a matter of when.

“He doesn’t need to prove anything to me,” running back Rashad Jennings said.

Cruz, 29, was a Pro Bowl receiver. He has two 1,000-yard seasons and a Super Bowl touchdown catch and ring on his resume, but suffered a serious, season-ending knee injury early in 2014 and missed all of 2015 with a calf injury. Cruz also struggled this summer with a groin injury.

It doesn’t seem to matter. The way undrafted rookie cornerback Donte Deayon sees it, Cruz is a “somewhat of a legend.” It’s a sentiment shared by many of the younger players in the locker room who look up to Cruz and his salsa-dancing superstardom. They’re used to seeing No. 80 making defensive backs look foolish.

It’s not as important to his teammates. They’ve remained patient, and are willing to stay that way through the start of the regular season, if need be.

“You tell him to just pace himself,” Harris said. “We have a lot of time until Sept. 11. We have 16 games. You don’t want to poop out the first half of the season and not be able to play the second half of the season when we really need you. If you miss a couple games, it’s cool.

“We have a whole lot of games after that. I tell him every day, ‘Keep your head up. Stay focused. Take your time getting back.'”

As if two years wasn’t enough already, Cruz’s teammates are willing to wait longer if necessary. Fatigue? What fatigue?

Thankfully, they’ll receive a sneak peek on Saturday and, in their eyes, how it unfolds doesn’t really matter. As long as Cruz comes out of it healthy.

It was the first place where Bill Parcells truly tested Romo to see whether he had the mettle to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. It was only a preseason game on Aug. 12, 2006, but Romo not only started the game against the Seattle Seahawks but went the distance.

He completed 19 of 25 passes for 235 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Crayton in the Dallas Cowboys’ 13-3 win.

A little more than two months later and with the Cowboys sitting at 3-3, Parcells replaced Drew Bledsoe with Romo.

Romo-mentum and Romo-mania were born. Romo has become the franchise leader in touchdown passes, been selected to four Pro Bowls and been the reason the Cowboys have been in contention when he has started and finished a season.

But things changed on Jan. 6, 2007.

That’s the night a potentially game-winning field goal attempt slipped through Romo’s hands on the snap. The Cowboys lost 21-20, and it was the last game Parcells coached.

Multiple teams inquire about availability of Josh Gordon

Multiple teams have reached out to the Cleveland Browns to inquire about the availability of wide receiver Josh Gordon, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

However, a Browns team source told Schefter that the team is not looking to trade Gordon.

Gordon said Tuesday that he doesn’t want to be traded.

“I haven’t heard too much about it,” Gordon said. “Cleveland is my team. That’s where I want to be, everything like that. That’s not even in the ballpark for me. I’m not sure how that works.”

Cleveland has tried to establish an environment in which Gordon could thrive, and many around the league believe first-year head coach Hue Jackson is the right coach for him.

“I think it works out perfectly then for me,” he said. “Mr. [Jimmy] Haslam, the organization, Coach Jackson, I think the world of those guys, this city, this organization. They’re showing me the love and respect back to me by allowing me to stay here up to this point.

“I expect to move forward with that. I’m excited about it. This is where I want to be and I’m happy to be with Cleveland.”

Gordon took part in three series with the Browns’ starters in Sunday’s practice.

Gordon, 25, is suspended for the first four games to start the regular season, but the NFL is allowing him to participate in team activities during the ban.

Jackson said he wants to be sure that Gordon will be ready to face the New England Patriots in Week 5 on Oct. 9, the same game Tom Brady returns from a four-game suspension.

Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in the 2013 season but was suspended for 27 of the next 32 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He has 161 receptions for 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns in 35 career games, all with the Browns.