Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

Brent joins Brown's family in grief

DALLAS — Josh Brent, facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the one-car wreck that killed teammate Jerry Brown, joined the rest of the Cowboys and Brown's family at a private memorial service for the linebacker on Tuesday.

Brent attended at the request of Brown's mother, Stacey Jackson, who flew to Dallas from her home in St. Louis on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' plane. The nose tackle, out of jail on $500,000 bail, met the family at the airport and rode with them to the memorial.

Brown's funeral is Friday in St. Louis, his hometown. The Cowboys, who play Sunday, are not expected to attend.

Jackson said earlier that though she mourns for her son, she knows Brent is hurting, too.

"I was upset, but I realized that our youth today are young and stupid, and we were all once that age, and we've all done things we're not proud of," Jackson said Monday on CNN. "I know Josh Brent, and he's been part of our family since Jerry went to the University of Illinois."

Police in suburban Irving say Brent was speeding early Saturday when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped. Officers found Brent pulling Brown from the wreck, an arrest affidavit said. But a woman who arrived moments after the accident said Brent didn't try to save his friend's life until she begged him.

"Jerry was alive," Stacee McWilliams of Irving told the Dallas Morning News. "He was hurt. He was calling out, and his own friend walked away."

Brent's attorney, George Milner, told the Associated Press, "Not one person in the Irving Police Department has said one thing that is consistent" with the woman's story.

BELCHER WAKE: Hundreds attended a wake in Dix Hills, N.Y., for Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and himself. The 25-year-old Long Island native shot 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, then himself on Dec. 1.

RATINGS: NBC's Sunday Night Football was the top prime-time TV show for the second year in a row, with an average audience of more than 21 million, according to Nielsen ratings. Super Bowl XLVI was the most-watched single program, with more than 111 million viewers.

BUCS MOVE: The Bucs re-signed cornerback Brandon McDonald, released by the team Nov. 6.

BEARS: They signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to replace injured Robbie Gould (left calf).

EAGLES: Running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Michael Vick, now the backup, returned to practice after missing several weeks with concussions.

JETS: They signed receiver Braylon Edwards a week after he bashed them. Edwards, released by Seattle, had defended embattled Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on Twitter, saying, "Blame the idiots calling shots." Edwards apologized Tuesday.

PATRIOTS: Receiver Donte' Stallworth (ankle) went on injured reserve a day after catching a touchdown pass in a 42-14 victory over Houston.

RAVENS: The league suspended rookie cornerback Asa Jackson four games for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances.

STEELERS: Running back Rashard Mendenhall, deactivated the past two weeks, was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team."

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

Comments
Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

Rays beat Yankees in 12 innings on Jake Bauers homer

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays first baseman Jake Bauers sat at his locker after Sunday afternoon's 7-6, 12-inning win over the Yankees and thumbed through his text messages. There was no way he could get through them all. That's what happens when ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

Rays journal: Yarbrough comes through, Venters to DL, support for Ramos

ST. PETERSBURG — Ryan Yarbrough was only supposed to throw on Sunday if it was an emergency. In the 12th inning with the score tied 6-6 and a runner on first, there was an emergency.Jonny Venters tweaked his right hamstring trying to cover firs...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hit-and-run driver plows into New Tampa family on bike ride

Hit-and-run driver plows into New Tampa family on bike ride

A Tampa man suffered life-threatening injuries and his 3-year-old son is in serious condition after being struck by a hit-and-run driver as they went on a family bike ride Sunday afternoon."This is a family in a very tough situation," Tampa police Ch...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rays season turning into good one

Rays season turning into good one

ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays are not the best team in baseball. They are not going to win the World Series this year. Heck, they probably won't even make the playoffs.But I tell you what. This team is a heck of a lot of fun to watch.And ...
Updated: 1 hour ago

A local hockey draftee? Mitchell grad Nathan Smith is just that

TAMPA — Every year during draft season, local players from the Tampa Bay area are selected in the NFL, MLB and even NBA drafts.But hockey?Sure enough, in the third round of Saturday's NHL draft, the Winnipeg Jets selected Nathan Smith, a forwar...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

Suspect dead, 2 injured in St. Petersburg home invasion-turned-shooting

ST. PETERSBURGSuspect dead, 2 injured in home invasion, shootingThree people forced their way into a St. Petersburg house before dawn Sunday before gunfire broke out, killing a suspect and injuring two residents, police said.About 5:30 a.m., the peop...
Updated: 2 hours ago
A jogger accidentally crossed into the US from Canada and was detained for two weeks

A jogger accidentally crossed into the US from Canada and was detained for two weeks

The coast of White Rock, British Columbia, in western Canada looks to be an ideal place for a run, with its sweeping views of the Semiahmoo Bay to the west and scores of waterfront homes and seafood restaurants to the east. Thatís what 19-year-old Ce...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

Office building demolition at Midtown Tampa site proves tougher than expected

TAMPA ó Stripped to the girders, the old Bromley office building looked about as substantial as fish bones on a dinner plate.But the 5-story structure proved Sunday it still had a surprising amount of fight left in it.A demolition team had planned to...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

Head-on crash kills Pasco teenager, injures three

NEW PORT RICHEY ó A 19-year-old driver died in a three-car crash on Moon Lake Road on Saturday afternoon, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.Jillian Faith Hitt, 19 and of New Port Richey, was driving north on the road in a 2008 Hyundai Accent, weari...
Updated: 7 hours ago
President Trumpís trade war threatens the US newspaper industry

President Trumpís trade war threatens the US newspaper industry

STERLING, Ill. - As a longtime editor of small-town newspapers, Jeff Rogers has seen his industry face the collapse of print advertising, the rise of the internet and more. Today, his 18 employees work in a newsroom here that puts out two daily newsp...
Updated: 7 hours ago