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Ravens snap-count analysis: Devonta Freeman takes center stage at running back in loss to Steelers



Ravens snap-count analysis: Devonta Freeman takes center stage at running back in loss to Steelers

Ravens offensive snap counts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 12/5/21

Alejandro Villanueva T 74

Ben Powers G 74

Kevin Zeitler G 74

Lamar Jackson QB 74

Bradley Bozeman C 74

Marquise Brown WR 64

Devonta Freeman RB 51

Mark Andrews TE 50

Devin Duvernay WR 44

Patrick Mekari T 40

Patrick Ricard FB 38

Tyre Phillips T 34

Sammy Watkins WR 34

Rashod Bateman WR 33

Eric Tomlinson TE 25

Latavius Murray RB 14

Josh Oliver TE 8

James Proche WR 6

Nate McCrary RB 2

Tylan Wallace WR 1

Observations: Freeman played a season-high 69% of offensive snaps while Murray played a season-low 19%. Ricard, who was listed as questionable for the game because of foot and thigh injuries, played just 51% of offensive snaps compared to 74% the week before. Watkins and Bateman each played fewer than 50% of offensive snaps for a second straight week. Duvernay has maintained his steady role in the offense no matter who has played around him. The Ravens again called on Phillips to step in for Mekari, and they have stuck with Powers as a full-time starter, even with Ben Cleveland available.

Ravens defensive snap counts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 12/5/21

Anthony Averett CB 60

Chuck Clark SS 59

Marlon Humphrey CB 58

Brandon Stephens FS 55

Tyus Bowser LB 55

Patrick Queen LB 55

Calais Campbell DE 49

Jimmy Smith CB 42

Josh Bynes LB 41

Justin Houston LB 40

Brandon Williams NT 36

Odafe Oweh LB 35

Justin Madubuike DT 26

Chris Board LB 11

Geno Stone SS 11

Justin Ellis DT 9

Tavon Young CB 8

Broderick Washington DT 6

Kristian Welch LB 4

Observations: Queen is back to being an every-down linebacker after he played just 46 defensive snaps combined in Weeks 6 and 7. Smith played more snaps than he had in the previous six weeks combined. If Humphrey is out for the season, will the injury-prone veteran have to step in as a starter, or close to it? Young, meanwhile, played a season-low eight defensive snaps after he was sick all week. Campbell was back to his normal heavy workload after he missed Week 12 in concussion protocol. With Campbell in the lineup, Madubuike saw his defensive snaps cut almost in half. Ellis and Washington also played significantly less than they had against the Cleveland Browns. Bowser was essentially an every-down player for a second straight week. The Ravens again declined to use Malik Harrison at inside linebacker or on the edge, where he’s worked in practice recently.

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Westminster defends actions of ex-officers sued over Taser use, releases video of Walmart incident



Westminster defends actions of ex-officers sued over Taser use, releases video of Walmart incident

A former Westminster police officer used a Taser on a 78-year-old man in a Walmart after the man tried to walk past the officer during a confrontation, surveillance video of the incident shows.

Westminster police released the video this week in response to a civil rights lawsuit filed Jan. 14 by the man, Clayton Shriver, against the city and the two former officers involved in the incident. The department defended the former officers’ actions, noting they had been cleared by an internal investigation.

In the lawsuit, Shriver’s attorneys alleged the officers used excessive force and unfairly prosecuted Shriver, and said the Westminster Police Department failed to properly train them.

Both of the officers involved, Michael Owen and Tyler Farson, resigned from the department in 2021 for reasons not connected to the incident, Westminster police spokeswoman Cheri Spottke said in a news release.

The officers contacted Shriver on May 15, 2020, in a Westminster Walmart after McDonald’s employees reported he would not leave the restaurant, which is located inside the Walmart. The McDonald’s employees told police that Shriver refused to leave the seating area, which was closed to customers due to COVID-19, and was acting aggressively and yelling profanities, according to Owen’s report on the incident, obtained by The Denver Post through a records request.

Shriver was experiencing a health crisis at the time of the incident, according to his lawsuit. He couldn’t understand what the restaurant employees were saying and subsequently began raising his voice. Shriver has medical and emotional health issues including traumatic brain injuries, memory loss, hearing loss and a mood disorder, the lawsuit states. He was sitting in the McDonald’s while his partner shopped because he didn’t feel well, according to the lawsuit.

Surveillance video shows Owen speaking with Shriver for about a minute before Shriver stood up and walked quickly toward the officer. Both Shriver and Owen said Shriver was trying to leave the McDonald’s. Owen wrote in his report that he stopped Shriver from leaving because he wasn’t sure whether a crime had been committed and whether he needed to arrest Shriver.

Owen then grabbed the man and forced him to the ground, the video shows.

Owen wrote in his report that Shriver kicked him in the leg, so he decided to use his Taser on Shriver. Owen used the stun gun twice on Shriver while the two struggled on the ground, the officer wrote in his report. Owen and Farson, the other officer who arrived on scene, then handcuffed Shriver and called an ambulance.

The surveillance footage does not clearly show the use of the Taser or the struggle because the group of men is partially blocked from the camera’s view by a sign and a wall. Neither officer wore a body camera because the Westminster Police Department did not equip officers with cameras until this month.

Shriver was bruised by the officers and had some bleeding from the Taser prongs, photos of his injuries included in the lawsuit show.

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Clayton Shriver, now 79, shows some of the injuries he sustained during his arrest by Westminster police in 2020. The images were included in his federal lawsuit against the city.

Shriver was charged in Westminster municipal court with trespassing, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest, according to lawsuit. Shriver was given a deferred sentence, which means the charges would be dismissed if he successfully met conditions set by the court, according to the police department. The charges were dismissed, according to his lawyers.

A Westminster police sergeant completed an internal affairs investigation into the incident after the department received notice in April from Shriver’s attorneys that he intended to sue, according to the department The sergeant reviewed reports from the incident, including witness statements, and reviewed the surveillance footage. The sergeant did not interview either Owen or Shriver.

The sergeant found the officers’ use of force to be within department policy.

“The actions of the officers were found to be legal and within policy,” the sergeant wrote in his findings. “None of the officers were found to have used poor judgment. There were no training issues present.”

A civilian review board and department leadership upheld the sergeant’s findings, according to the department.

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It’s a sunny Big West season, so far, for Anosike and Cal State Fullerton



It’s a sunny Big West season, so far, for Anosike and Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton played at Northern Arizona in December, on one of those days when it seemed like the North Pole.

E.J. Anosike shivered and looked at the sky. Snow was imminent. Anosike remembered how nice it looks until it starts invading your socks. He gave the side-eye to CSF coach Dedrique Taylor.

“I didn’t come out here for this,” Anosike told him.

He came “out here” from Tennessee because he wanted a bonus year of college basketball, wanted to wave goodbye in a meaningful way, and without gloves.

He is the leading scorer in the Big West and a main driver of Cal State Fullerton’s 4-0 league record. The Titans won, 65-63, at UC Irvine Thursday night.

Anosike played three years at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn., not terribly far from his home of East Orange, N.J. He went to Tennessee last year. Along the way he got a bachelor’s degree and an MBA.

Vincent Lee, Anosike’s partner in the post, came from Nevada. Tray Maddox Jr. came from Oakland U., near Detroit. Damari Milstead came from San Francisco. There are freshmen, too, but this is what college basketball is now. With no mandatory sit-out year, players are flying off the shelves.

A school like Cal State Fullerton and a league like the Big West wasn’t supposed to thrive this way. The case of Elijah Harkless, who went from CSUN to Oklahoma, was far more likely.

But players have their own motivations. They aren’t just names on a greaseboard.

Anosike knew the Titans because he knew Kyle Allman, the leader of the 2018 Big West championship team. And he knew that people often wear shorts on campus in January.

As Lute Olson said when he came to Long Beach State from Iowa, “I don’t have to scrape any of that ‘fair and warmer’ off my windshield.”

“I didn’t know anything about E.J. but when he became available we dug in our heels and looked at him,” Taylor said. “Location is important. We sell it. You can go an hour and a half one way and be in the snow if you want to, or you can go a half-hour the other way and be in the sand. Very few places can say that.

“The transfers bring maturity and professionalism. You see E.J. and he’s the same every day. He works. Our whole team is now emulating him.”

The Titans have the biceps and the composure of grown men. Anosike, at 6-foot-7 and 236, averages 18.7 points and 7.9 rebounds. As they got acquainted during non-conference season, they realized their wins would happen in the lane. They average about seven more foul shots than their opponents. At UCI they shot the first 16 free throws of the game.

But then Anosike had over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds at Sacred Heart, which plays in the Northeast Conference, a rough equivalent of the Big West. He also graduated in three years with a 3.57 GPA.

Tennessee was a natural next stop. Anosike’s sister Nicky was a teammate of Candace Parker’s in Knoxville and went to three Final Fours, winning two, while graduating with a triple major.

E.J., 12 years younger, was a ballboy for the Lady Vols. Nicky became a WNBA All-Star at Minnesota and was an L.A. Spark in 2012, and also played on national teams.

But E.J.’s year at Tennessee wasn’t as eventful. COVID-19 barred the fans, and Anosike averaged 8.6 minutes and 1.7 points.

“It was a great experience being around Nicky’s teams,” E.J. said. “I got to see what (coach) Pat Summitt was like. My mom saw a lot of herself in Pat, and they were close. I got to see what a woman’s empowerment can look like in a male-dominated industry.’

Nicky was a high school coach in Anderson County, Tenn. but resigned after a dangerous and difficult pregnancy.

“She’s the one who put the basketball in my hand,” E.J. said. “We’d go out to the park every Saturday. I finally sneaked a win against her when I was 14. After that, she didn’t want to play me anymore.”

But how disorienting are three different programs in different locales with different pressures and coaches?

“I’m just grateful to get to play five years,” Anosike said. “You find a family wherever you go.

“I’m not looking for the flashy, big-name stuff. You tune all of that out and you just focus on the actual playing, getting better on a daily basis. It’s really not that different. Just a different level.”

Wherever you go, there’s a trophy to win. Anosike wants sunshine to reflect off his.


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Two bodies found Friday morning in Douglas County residence



Two Colorado corrections officers justified in shooting death of armed fugitive

Two people, a man and a woman, were found dead Friday inside a Douglas County home.

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