Detroit Lions free agency preview: All eyes on running back Jamaal Williams
This is the second part of our series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. Enter your email here:Breakdown: Jamaal Williams and the Lions have started contract negotiations, each stating their mutual interest in a reunion. Williams expressed his case after the season ended, with general manager Brad Holmes updating the situation last week at the scouting combine. Although, if the Lions lose Williams to an outside suitor, then someone who plays like Hunt certainly makes sense. Some of Mattison’s top performances have come against these Lions, with 203 yards and one touchdown across two meetings in 2021.mlive.com
Man sentenced 12-25 years for killing friend in Ann Arbor during road trip
ANN ARBOR, MI – What should have been a road trip to see a friend ended in two families losing loved ones. Washtenaw County Trial Judge Carol Kuhnke sentenced Johnson Tuesday, March 8 to serve 12-25 years for killing Littleton who was fatally shot in the head by Johnson outside an Ann Arbor hotel. Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty Feb. 8 to one count of second-degree murder for the shooting death of his friend Littleton, 31. Road trip from Mississippi ended in fatal shooting outside Ann Arbor hotel, witness saysThe next day, Johnson and Littleton got into a minor disagreement in the van that escalated into a fight. Their GPS directed them to an Ann Arbor urgent care clinic which was unequipped to handle a gunshot wound.mlive.com
Fatal road trip shooting case ends in guilty plea
ANN ARBOR, MI – A man accused of shooting his friend in the face outside an Ann Arbor hotel, killing him during a road trip from Mississippi has accepted a plea deal. David Johnson, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 8, to one count of second-degree murder for the shooting death of his friend Calvin Littleton.mlive.com
Road trip from Mississippi ended in fatal shooting outside Ann Arbor hotel, witness says
ANN ARBOR, MI – David Johnson repeatedly told his friend he didn’t want to fight outside an Ann Arbor hotel April 9. The pair returned to the hotel a short time later to pick up Johnson who was told he was “acting like a b****” by Littleton, Prince said. At one point in the fight, Johnson briefly had Littleton in a headlock before letting him go, saying he didn’t want to fight. He told Johnson to take over driving and head to the nearest hospital. More from MLive:Senior and adapted kayaking programs coming to Ann Arbor through grantCOVID-19 vaccine required for all Trinity Health employeesGov.mlive.com
Mississippi man charged in fatal Ann Arbor shooting
ANN ARBOR, MI - The suspect in Friday’s fatal shooting in Ann Arbor has been charged with murder, according to county jail records. The shooting happened before 10 a.m. Friday, April 9, in a car in at a hotel parking lot in the 3500 block of South State Street, the Ann Arbor Police Department said. Related: Man fatally shot in head in Ann Arbor, police sayThe victim, a 31-year-old Mississippi man, was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head, police said. He was arraigned on Sunday, April 11, and charged with a single count of first-degree premeditated murder, according to the Washtenaw County Jail. Anyone with information about incident is asked to call the Ann Arbor Police Department at 734-794-6920 or the tip line at 734-996-3199.mlive.com
Portage couple found dead were ‘stable’ and dedicated people, brother says
PORTAGE, MI — Gary and Laura Johnson “painted a picture of stability that doesn’t really exist anymore,” said David Johnson, Gary’s older brother. Related: Bodies unearthed in Portage woods those of Gary and Laura JohnsonThe couple had last been seen alive Feb. 3, Portage Public Safety Chief Nicholas Armold told MLive. Laura Johnson was an only child, David Johnson said, and she and his brother were cut from the same cloth. A private burial for family and close friends will take place at some point next week, David Johnson said. “We don’t have to like it or understand it, but it is reality.”Also on MLive:Police uncover remains believed to be those of missing Portage coupleSon of missing Portage couple now considered ‘person of interest’ in pair’s suspicious disappearancePortage police find ‘signs of violence’ at home of missing coupleSon of missing Portage couple arraigned on multiple chargesmlive.com
U.S. vaccination campaign runs far behind schedule
But so far the operation is failing in its other core mission: getting vaccines to the American public. There must be enough freezer space, syringes and health workers to administer the vaccines. People were directed to register in person Saturday at the city’s vaccination clinic, then were told to call for appointments Sunday. News reports showed seniors lining up at the county health department with lawn chairs, waiting hours to see if they’d make the cut. In Tampa, the Hillsborough County vaccine registration website crashed within minutes of going online Monday morning.latimes.com
Henry passes 2K, Titans beat Texans 41-38 on late field goal
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) breaks away from Houston Texans defensive end Charles Omenihu (94) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Sam Craft)HOUSTON – The Tennessee Titans won the AFC South on Sunday. All it took was Derrick Henry surpassing 2,000 yards rushing and rookie Sam Sloman’s 37-yard field goal that bounced off the upright and through for a 41-38 victory over the Houston Texans. The Titans then capped a long drive with a 5-yard TD run by Ryan Tannehill with less than two minutes remaining. Henry had put the Titans on top 10-3 when he dashed 52 yards early in the second quarter.
Colts recover another late fumble, beat Texans 27-20
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal (14) makes a catch under pressure from Houston Texans free safety Eric Murray (23) in the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS – Philip Rivers threw a late, tiebreaking touchdown to Zach Pascal and the Indianapolis Colts defense recovered a fumble in the end zone with 19 seconds left Sunday to seal a 27-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Watson answered by moving the Texans to the Colts 21. Coutee had five catches for 53 yards and one score before the fumble, and David Johnson had 11 receptions for 106 yards. Sanchez punted in that week's game, a loss to Tennessee.
Cowboys' Elliott inactive; Stafford will start for Lions
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott is inactive against San Francisco with a calf injury the two-time rushing championship has been battling for several weeks. Safety Deon Bush (foot) is also out after being listed questionable with Johnson. Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Ben DiNucci, WR Malik Turner, CB Rashard Robinson, DE Bradlee Anae, LB Luke Gifford, DE Ron’Dell Carter. ___JACKSONVILLE AT BALTIMOREJaguars: CB Sidney Jones, CB Luq Barcoo, LB Quincy Williams, DT Daniel Ross, QB Jake Luton. Ravens: DE Calais Campbell, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Marcus Peters, RB Mark Ingram, LB Kristian Welch, DE Jihad Ward, C Trystan Colon-Castillo.
Potter leads No. 12 Wisconsin past No. 23 Louisville 85-48
Micah Potter scored 20 points and Aleem Ford added 12 to lead the Badgers an 85-48 non-conference victory over short-handed No. Louisville (4-1), playing its first road game, originally had been scheduled to play at Wisconsin on Dec. 9. Trevor Anderson added 11 points and Brad Davison 10 for Wisconsin (6-1), which rolled to a 44-18 halftime lead. “Obviously really pleased with the way we played,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. Wisconsin finished the half 10 of 17 beyond the arc, including three each by Trice and Davison.
Colts have left tackle Castonzo, LB Okereke vs. Raiders
Indianapolis left tackle Anthony Castonzo and starting linebacker Bobby Okereke are both active for the Colts’ visit to the Las Vegas Raiders. ___GREEN BAY AT DETROITPackers: QB Jordan Love, CB Ka’dar Hollman, LB Jonathan Garvin, G Simon Stepaniak, WR Malik Taylor, TE Jace Sternberger. Raiders: QB Nathan Peterman, CB Damon Arnette, RB Theo Riddick, OT Brandon Parker, OG John Simpson, DE Carl Nassib. Eagles: CB Michael Jacquet, QB Nate Sudfeld, WR John Hightower, RB Jason Huntley, DB Grayland Arnold, S Rudy Ford, LB T.J. Edwards. Jaguars: QB Jake Luton, CB Luq Barcoo, LB Kamalei Correa, LB Quincy Williams, C Brandon Linder, TE Tyler Davis, DE Reggie Gilbert.
Rivers, defense help Colts to 26-20 win over Houston Texans
Indianapolis Colts middle linebacker Anthony Walker (54) celebrates with teammates after he recovered a fumble by Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON – With their offense sputtering in the second half Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts turned to their defense to seal a win over the Houston Texans. Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the first half and the defense dominated after that, lifting the Colts to the 26-20 victory. Their offense didn't score after that, but the defense held Houston (4-8) scoreless in the second half and Justin Houston added a safety with a sack of Watson in the end zone. With Sunday's shutout in the second half, the Colts are allowing an average of 7.33 points in the second half of games this season.
QB Jones inactive for Giants; McCoy to start at Seattle
(AP Photo/Aaron Doster)The New York Giants will be without starting quarterback Daniel Jones for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Jones was not expected to play because of a hamstring injury suffered last week against Cincinnati. Colt McCoy will make his first start of the season at QB for the Giants. Seattle was without both starting right tackle Brandon Shell (ankle) and backup Cedric Ogbuehi (calf) leaving a major question on the offensive line. ___CLEVELAND-TENNESSEEBrowns: WR Taywan Taylor, WR KhaDarel Hodge, CB Denzel Ward, RB Dontrell Hilliard, S Tedric Thompson, DE Joe Jackson.
Eagles get Jeffery, Sanders back for game against Giants
The NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles have gotten healthier on offense in time for another division game. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is back in Philadelphia’s lineup against the New York Giants, his first action since foot surgery last year. Running back Miles Sanders, the Eagles' leading rusher, is also back after missing three games with a knee injury. Okung will miss his fifth game this season because of injury, so Dennis Daley starts, protecting Teddy Bridgewater’s blindside. The Buccaneers are playing without left guard Ali Marpet, who will miss his second consecutive game with a concussion.
Henry, Titans rally past Texans 42-36 in OT, remain unbeaten
Henry took a direct snap and ran 5 yards for a touchdown 3:30 into overtime and the Titans remained undefeated, rallying to beat the Houston Texans 42-36 on Sunday. “Obviously, we all witnessed somebody taking a game over,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Henry. Watson's final TD pass put Houston (1-5) up 36-29 with 1:50 left, but his pass to Randall Cobb on the 2-point conversion attempt failed. Coach Romeo Crennel, in his second game since replacing the fired Bill O'Brien, said he went for the conversion in a bid to put the game out of reach. Watson answered two plays later with a 53-yard TD pass to Will Fuller for a 30-29 lead with 8:37 left.
Texans fire coach Bill O'Brien after 0-4 start
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, center, gives signals from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)HOUSTON – The Houston Texans had faith that coach Bill O'Brien was the man to lead them to their first championship. O'Brien repeatedly thanked the McNair family for the chance to coach the Texans and apologized for falling below their expectations. Romeo Crennel, who was the team's assistant head coach, will serve as interim coach for the rest of the season. I think football is the ultimate team game, so I really there’s no doubt in my mind that I want to coach again."
Chiefs begin title defense with 34-20 victory over Texans
That run includes a come-from-behind 51-31 victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Texans' Deshaun Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score, but he also was under relentless pressure and was intercepted once. The elusive Johnson finished it off by scampering 19 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead. Watson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a TD later in the quarter to make the final score a bit more respectable. The teams then stood together in a line that stretched from one end zone to the other for a moment of silence before the coin toss.
Texans-Chiefs set to kick off NFL season unlike any other
Fans watch the Kansas City Chiefs during NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Chiefs coach Andy Reid no longer carries around the heavy and ignominious tag of best coach never to win a championship. This is the best opportunity you can have to start the season.That contract extension is the second largest in NFL history. Very, very dynamic players, Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. They also will miss cornerback Bashaud Breeland and defensive tackle Mike Pennel, who are suspended for the start of the season.
Direct deposit: WR Hopkins negotiates own deal with Arizona
Hopkins and the Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. Hopkins said he worked on about 90% of the deal and had some help from advisers. Cardinals GM Steve Keim said it was a great process and he got to know the receiver even better during negotiations. It was our goal all along to get (Hopkins) extended, Keim said. I was like, man, if I could be in this offense, a pass-first offense one day, the sky's the limit, Hopkins said.
Vikings, Cook present NFL's latest RB contract standoff
FILE - In this Oct. 24 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Minneapolis. The Vikings have centered their offense around running back Dalvin Cook and praised him at every turn, but now the bill has come due. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn, FIle)MINNEAPOLIS Dalvin Cook logged off last week from virtual team activities with the Minnesota Vikings, no longer willing to participate until he has secured a new contract. The three-year, $39 million contract Arizona gave David Johnson, who's now with Houston, might be the most realistic model. Gordon took a two-year, $8 million contract with Denver.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Week 6 Pickups: Despite Rudolph Injury, Diontae Johnson A Solid WR Option
Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones and Will Fuller finished with around 45 fantasy points each, while guys such as DJ Chark (32 points), Josh Jacobs (28 points) and Michael Gallup (21 points) exploded onto the fantasy scene with massive outings. Minshew has registered at least 16 fantasy points in every game this season, a remarkable feat for a sixth-round pick that was nowhere near the fantasy radar just a month ago. Brissett entered Week 5 having registered at least 16.5 fantasy points in each of Indys first four games, and topped the 20-point mark in two of those contests. With the Colts entering their bye week, fantasy owners may unload Brissett, giving you the opportunity to snag the 26-year-old quarterback. While the touchdown was Tates first of the season, Week 5 marked the third consecutive week in which the 22-year-old had at least six targets.detroit.cbslocal.com
Army Vet, Teen and Young Mom Shielding Infant Son Among Victims of Dayton and El Paso Shootings
Andre, 23, and Jordan, 24, died shielding their infant son, Paul, from the bullets spraying the unsuspecting crowd. FacebookDavid Johnson, 63, also died shielding his family from the gunfire, his family said. A lifelong resident of El Paso, Arthur had worked as a bus driver for Sun Metro, the citys public transit system. Uniformed officers on patrol in the area responded the shooting and shot and killed Betts within one minute, authorities said. Life had been going according to plan for Turner when it was tragically cut short, his loved ones told People.