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Police: Cowboys player didn't seem drunk at first

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Police: Cowboys player didn't seem drunk at first

DALLAS (AP) Police said Wednesday that Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff didn't seem drunk after they pulled him over this week before arresting him for driving while intoxicated.

Ratliff didn't immediately give off the smell of alcohol or look drunk after a late-night accident Tuesday in Grapevine, about 20 miles northwest of Dallas, according to search warrant paperwork released Wednesday. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

The 31-year-old Ratliff ``seemed to be moving around quite well given the wreck,'' but police officer Eric Barch wrote in a search warrant affidavit that he wanted to investigate further because the accident happened shortly after midnight, when wrecks can often involve an intoxicated driver. People in good physical shape like Ratliff can also hide how intoxicated they are, Barch said.

Barch spoke to Ratliff a second time and noticed a ``moderate odor'' of alcohol on his breath, the affidavit says. Ratliff's eyes were also bloodshot and watery, Barch said.

Ratliff said he was driving home from Arlington and was following directions on his navigation system when the crash occurred.

While in jail, Ratliff told police that earlier injuries might have prevented him from passing the walk and turn, and the stand on one leg portions of the test, Barch wrote in the affidavit.

``Ratliff did not appear to have any difficulty in moving around the crash scene, and I did not suspect any injuries as he told me he was uninjured initially,'' he said.

After Ratliff failed the test, he was arrested and taken to city jail. He has since been released on bond.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple declined comment.

Last month, Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was indicted on an intoxicated manslaughter count in the Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving say Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was pronounced dead at an area hospital. Brent is out of jail on $100,000 bond.

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Marshal Yanda returns to Ravens practice as offensive line picture slowly takes shape

Marshal Yanda returns to Ravens practice as offensive line picture slowly takes shape

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens offensive line is finally beginning to take shape. 

Right guard Marshal Yanda returned to the practice field Saturday, 15 days before the team’s regular season opener in Miami. He missed the last two weeks of practice. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley also returned from a left ankle injury.

Now, it’s a matter of getting the starting unit together.

“They’ve been practicing all along,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Marshal’s missed the last week or so, but he’s the one guy that can afford it. That was an opportunity to give those other guys a lot of reps. They’ve filled right in today. It’s time to go.”

With Yanda and Stanley on the offensive line, fourth-fifths of the starting unit was present at practice Saturday. The lone holdout was Jermaine Eluemunor, the presumed starter at left guard, who missed practice.

That leaves some inside spots open for competition, where Ben Powers and Bradley Bozeman have been looking to shore up the depth. 

“It’s good, every game, every Thursday you go out there and you get things you’re happy with that you’ve corrected over the course of the week, and you get things you need to address the next week,” Powers said. “Going into it every week, it’s just football.”

Powers, who mostly played left guard at Oklahoma, spent the majority of his snaps Thursday in Philadelphia at right guard. He took a few game reps, however, so the position isn’t completely foreign to him. 

Bozeman has also played reps at center and guard, so the interior offensive line has some versatility. Paired with Patrick Mekari and Patrick Vahe as well, the Ravens offensive line has depth up the middle.

“The inside did really well,” Harbaugh said. “The three young guys that you’re referring to I thought played very well. They all put themselves in contention, we’ve just got to figure out what we’re going to do.”

Aside from the offensive line, which should see some significant reps next Thursday in Washington, none of the Ravens starters will play. Harbuagh will decide how much key depth players like quarterback Trace McSorley will play on Monday.

And with roster cut downs a week from Saturday at 4 p.m., any playing time for depth players is crucial to earning their spot on the 53-man roster — in Baltimore or elsewhere. 

On the injury front, there was a noticeable lack of defensive backs present. Five missed practice, though there isn’t a cause for concern.

There were 12 players missing from practice Saturday morning: Randin Crecelius, Greg Senat, Jermaine Eluemunor, Brandon Carr, Tavon Young, Maruice Canady, Earl Thomas, Iman Marshall, Jaylon Ferguson, Nicholas Grigsby, Paul Worrilow and Gerald Willis.

It was later announced by Ian Rappoport that Worrilow, one day after signing with the Ravens, decided to retire at age 29.

According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, he left the Ravens stay at home with his wife, who is eight months pregnant. He’ll re-evaluate his NFL future at a later time.

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Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.

After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.

That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.

But Hachimura wasn't finished.

He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.

With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.

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