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The trial against a former Maine West High School coach accused of failing to report his soccer team's hazing rituals took a new turn Thursday after defense attorneys maintained that prosecutors failed to prove their case and asked the judge to dismiss charges.
Cook County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Warnick asked lawyers from the defense and prosecution to file briefs by Dec. 31 regarding one of the charges against ex-coach Michael Divincenzo.
Warnick will review the arguments for and against Divincenzo for "failing to report hazing," he said, before he rules on the request for a directed verdict on Jan. 8.
Besides the failure-to-report charge, Divincenzo faces two counts of misdemeanor battery in connection with a September 2012 incident at the Des Plaines school.
While the charges against the former varsity soccer coach are misdemeanors, "this is a serious case," Warnick said.
Two boys, both 15, testified in the Skokie court this week, alleging that they were on a freshman training run when older members of the team jumped them and shoved them to the ground.
The older players were accused of pulling down the younger players' pants and poking the players' buttocks area with their hands or other objects. Prosecutors have said that Divincenzo was aware of the physical abuse taking place before and during practices over a nearly four-month period last year.
Divincenzo has pleaded not guilty to all charges. At the start of the bench trial Tuesday, prosecutors said he turned down a plea deal in which he could have been sentenced to two years of supervision in exchange for pleading guilty.
On Thursday, shortly after the prosecution rested its case, defense attorney Todd Pugh told Mikel Leshoure Jersey Game the judge the case against his client was essentially a "civil liability (case) shoehorned into a criminal complaint." He described the alleged hazing as little more than horseplay and said the case shows "an ignorance" of what it means to be a teenage boy.
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If Warnick rules in favor of the defense in January, he could find Divincenzo not guilty on all charges. If he rules against the defense, the defense will likely present its case before it goes before the judge for a verdict.
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Justin Tucker's 61-yard field goal sinks Lions
Josh Katzenstein of The Detroit News is providing regular updates throughout the game as the Lions play host to the Ravens on Monday Night Football from Ford Field.
Kicker goes 6-for-6
The Ravens rode Justin Tucker's leg to a victory over the Lions tonight.
The placekicker hit six field goals, including a 61-yard field goal with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter, to give Baltimore an 18-16 win at Ford Field.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw an interception on the first play of their final possession to seal the loss, which leaves the Lions (7-7) in third place in the NFC North behind the Bears (8-6) and Packers (7-6-1).
Stafford threw three interceptions in the game and completed just 18 of 34 passes for 235 yards. He threw a 14-yard touchdown to tight end Joseph Fauria to put the Lions in front, 16-15, with 2:21 left in regulation, but the Ravens drove to the game-winning field goal on the next possession.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 27-yard pass to Jacoby Jones on the final drive that set up Tucker's long field goal.
Lions regain lead
The Lions lead the Ravens for the first time in the second half.
Matthew Stafford threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Joseph Fauria to give the Lions a 16-15 lead with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter.
The Lions failed on the 2-point try, an incomplete pass from Stafford to Calvin Johnson, but the Ravens burned one of their last two time outs before the attempt.
Fauria now has 12 catches and seven touchdowns in his rookie season.
Another Stafford interception
The turnovers just won't stop for Matthew Stafford and the Lions.
On third and 2 at the Detroit 33, Stafford threw an interception over the middle. It looked like he was looking for either Kris Durham or Joique Bell, but Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith picked off the low throw, Stafford's second interception of the game.
The Ravens actually lost a yard on the ensuing drive, but kicker Justin Tucker hit a 53-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 15-10 lead with 8:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Tucker has hit all five of his field goal attempts tonight.
Lions tack on some points
The Lions just scored for the first time since their opening drive.
David Akers hit a 40-yard field goal to cut the Ravens' lead to 12-10 with 1:49 left in the third quarter.
Matthew Stafford had a 37-yard completion to Calvin Johnson on the drive, the www.lionsnflofficialonline.com/lions-joique-bell-jersey-c-40.html longest play of the game by either team.
Stafford's pass attempt to Kris Durham on third and 9 at the Baltimore 22 fell incomplete as Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb appeared to get away with some contact.
Lions defense keeps it close
Damage control was the name of the game for the Lions defense on the last Ravens’ drive.
Baltimore started the drive at their 27 after defensive end DeAngelo Tyson intercepted Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on a pass thrown behind running back Reggie Bush.
It was the first turnover of the game.
Ray Rice had a 15-yard run, and Joe Flacco had a 24-yard completion to Marlon Brown to move the Ravens into scoring territory at the Detroit 35.
But the Lions defense effectively held from there and forced Baltimore to kick its fourth field goal of the night.
Justin Tucker hit from 49 yards to give the Ravens a 12-7 lead with 8 minutes left in the third quarter.
Ravens nick lead on quick drive
The Lions led for nearly the entire first half, but the Ravens enter the break with a 9-7 edge after a quick, precise drive.
Baltimore gained 71 yards on seven plays in just 1:20 before Justin Tucker hit a 32-yard field goal as Joique Bell Jersey White the second quarter expired.
Tucker has hit all three of his field goal attempts tonight as the Ravens haven't been able to find the end zone.
The Lions led since the 10:57 mark of the first quarter after Reggie Bush's touchdown run.
On the final scoring drive, Lions safety Louis Delmas was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Ravens receiver Marlon Brown after a helmet-to-helmet hit. It looked questionable at first, but Delmas certainly made contact with the head.
Here are some key stats from the first half:
Matthew Stafford: 8 of 15 for 70 yards
Reggie Bush: 6 carries for 46 yards and 1 TD; 1 reception for 6 yards Joique Bell: 5 carries for 15 yards; 1 reception for 23 yards Nate Burleson: 3 catches for 28 yards Calvin Johnson: 2 catches for 8 yards
1 for 6 on third down
6 penalties for 74 yards
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Bernard Pierce: 5 carries for 17 yards
Ray Rice: 6 carries for 13 yards
Jacoby Jones: 4 catches for 53 yards
Torrey Smith: 3 catches for 50 yards
3 for 7 on third down
4 penalties for 35 yards
0 for 3 in the red zone
Pass interference call sets up FG
The Ravens benefited from a questionable pass interference call on their last drive and turned it into 3 points.
Justin Tucker hit a 24-yard goal with 2:32 left in the second quarter to trim the Lions’ lead to 7-6.
Ravens receiver Marlon Brown appeared to trip at the 10-yard line on a deep pass, but Don Carey was called for pass interference, which resulted in a 24-yard penalty.
The Lions defense stood tall, though, to force a field goal.
Johnson shatters another record
It took nearly 22 minutes, but Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson finally has a catch tonight.
Johnson had a 7-yard reception on a slant, and, naturally, broke another NFL record.
He’s the first player in NFL history with 5,000 receiving yards in a three-year span. He entered the game with 4,996 since 2011.
Johnson has four targets tonight, but just one catch.
The Ravens are on the board.
Justin Tucker hit a 29-yard field goal to cut the Lions’ lead to 7-3 with 12:49 left in the second quarter.
Baltimore marched methodically down the field on the 15-play, 89-yard drive, but it stalled after Lions rookie defensive end Devin Taylor pressured Joe Flacco into an early throw on third and 7.
Lions cornerback Jonte Green struggled on the drive with a couple bad reads and allowed a 25-yard completion to Torrey Smith.
Megatron muffs one
After forcing a three and out by the Ravens, the Lions moved the ball well on their second drive, but a Calvin Johnson drop on third down led to a punt.
The Lions faced third and 15 after Matthew Stafford was sacked, and Johnson dropped a sure first down that hit him in the hands.
Reggie Bush had a 19-yard run on the first play of the drive.
Reggie Bush looks just fine.
The Lions running back showed his explosion on a run around the left side and cruised in for a 14-yard touchdown on the opening drive.
The Lions lead the Ravens 7-0 with 10:57 left in the first quarter.
The first drive looked easy as the Lions marched 78 yards on eight plays. They were aided by a personal foul on Ravens safety Matt Elam, who hit quarterback Matthew Stafford after he slid on short of the yard to gain on third down.
Running back Joique Bell also converted a third down on a 23-yard reception.
Matthew Stafford holds the key
One way or another, tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game between the Lions (7-6) and Ravens (7-6) will likely be decided by Matthew Stafford.
The Lions quarterback has struggled the past month with nine turnovers in the past four games, of which they’ve lost three.
When Stafford is on, the Lions offense is nearly unstoppable. He’s shown an ability to spread the ball well, and running backs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell have provided the right balance to put games away.
But when Stafford struggles, so too do the Lions, granted that’s true with most quarterbacks.
The Lions overcame Stafford’s two interceptions and lost fumble to beat the Packers, 40-10, on Thanksgiving, but the Ravens won’t go down that easily.
Baltimore has won three straight -- all at home -- and have the ninth-rated defense in the NFL. However, the defense hasn’t been great at forcing turnovers with just 17 so far this season, tied for 24th in the NFL.
With cornerbacks Darius Slay and Chris Houston out, the Lions defense could be exposed unless the defensive line puts steady pressure on quarterback Joe Flacco.
Either way, Stafford needs to step up and protect the football for the Lions to win and keep pace in the NFC North.
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Rookie Stephen Tulloch Pink Jersey Report: Detroit Lions Week 12
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The return of Detroit’s first-round draft pick made a different and that was the only significant playing-time change for the Lions' rookies this week.
Ziggy Ansah returned to the lineup at defensive end and sacked Tampa Bay rookie quarterback Mike Glennon twice during the Lions’ 24-21 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He had the best performance of any Detroit rookie and continued his pretty good season.
Here’s a look at how Ansah and the rest of the Lions' rookies fared in Week 12.
DE Ziggy Ansah (first round, BYU): After two weeks away, Ansah returned to the Detroit lineup Sunday and had an immediate impact. He sacked Glennon twice and generally caused havoc for the Buccaneers. His presence gave the Lions the pressure on the line a spark they had been missing the past few weeks of the season. He played 40 snaps and was on the field 77 percent of the time for the Lions, right around the same numbers as Detroit’s other starting defensive end, Willie Young.
Ansah’s snap percentages after the opener, when he was recovering from injury:
Arizona -- 70 percent; Washington -- 62 percent; Chicago -- 68 percent; at Green Bay -- 72 percent; Cleveland -- 75 percent; Cincinnati – 70 percent; Dallas -- 21 percent; at Chicago -- DNP/injured; Pittsburgh -- DNP/injured; Tampa Bay -- 77 percent.
CB Darius Slay (second round, Mississippi State): Slay was primarily a special-teams player Sunday with 18 snaps, but he also had six snaps on defense, mostly after Chris Houston was injured. He had one assisted defensive tackle and one assisted special-teams tackle. He was also flagged once for defensive holding in the fourth quarter.
RG Larry Warford (third round, Kentucky): Warford played all 76 snaps on offense for Detroit as the Lions let Matthew Stafford be sacked twice and hit four times. Pro Football Focus has two quarterback hurries charged to Warford, only the second time this season the site has said Warford has allowed Stafford to be hurried more than once in a game. He still hasn’t missed an offensive snap for the Lions this season.
DE Devin Taylor (fourth round, South Carolina): With Ansah returning, Taylor’s snap count decreased somewhat dramatically. The rookie played 12 snaps on defense Sunday (23 percent) and didn’t record a statistic. He was largely ineffective in his smaller role with Detroit this weekend.
P Sam Martin (fifth round, Appalachian State): Martin had two of his four kickoffs go for touchbacks but the biggest thing was a punt was blocked -- his first of the season. After the game, Martin said he Nike Stephen Tulloch Jersey needed to watch film to understand exactly what happened. His average on his punts was 50.3 yards gross (33 yards net) and he placed one inside the 20-yard line. Martin really had no chance on the blocked punt. Danny Gorrer came in unblocked from the right side of the line after sneaking over from the outside and got to Martin untouched.
RB Theo Riddick (sixth round, Notre Dame): Riddick tipped a punt on special teams as part of his 18 special-teams plays. He had two total snaps on offense but did not receive a carry or a target.
TE Joseph Fauria (undrafted, UCLA): The No. 2 tight end had nine snaps -- his lowest since www.lionsnflofficialonline.com/lions-stephen-tulloch-jersey-c-27.html Week 5 -- but made them count. He caught the only pass thrown to him for a 10-yard touchdown. It was an impressive catch as well as he grabbed the ball in the corner of the end zone and was able to get both feet down in time. A good effort overall considering how little he played.
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'Perfume' is a much more delicate release, a hark back to some of her more successful ballads like 'Lucky,' and as the singer herself revealed recently, it is also a much more personal release than her raunchy first single.
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"'Perfume' is incredibly special to wholesale jerseys me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone," Spears said to E! News about her latest single.
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'Perfume' is the second single to be taken from her upcoming eighth studio album, Britney Jean, and was unveiled to her fans through her official FaceBook page on Sunday, 3 November. The song was later release through iTunes and is currently storming up the singles chart. The single release also marks the occasion when fans can preorder her upcoming album, Britney Jean, which will be released officially on 3 December.
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The production company for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit racked up $20.2million for its tax rebate in the first actual year of production, according to its financial statements. Cheap UGGs UK
The movie, produced by Warner Bros Entertainment' subsidiary 3Foot7, recognised the subsidy as part of its $70.9million annual revenue in the 12 months ended March 31, according to statements lodged with the Companies Office last week. The bulk of revenue was a fee to fellow subsidiary New Line Productions for production services, though that won't be recognised until the production is wrapped up.
The $20.2 million rebate amounts to 14.4 percent of http://cheapaggboots.co.uk the $140.6million production cost for the year, just below the 15 percent of locally incurred costs that can be claimed back in tax under the Large Budget Screen Production Grant, known as the qualifying New Zealand production expenditure.
Though the entire project is expected to cost about US$500 million to produce, the total tax rebate may be NZ$50million to $60million below the maximum possible rebate of US$75million, according to media reports.
The period captures preproduction work last year and the first few weeks cheaperbootsuk.com of filming, which kicked off in Wellington in March.
The twomovie project has suffered several delays, including funding woes from MGM, firstchoice director Guillermo del Toro quitting and producer Peter Jackson taking over, a threatened actors' boycott, and surgery for Jackson.
Funding for The Hobbit became a political football last year after actors threatened to strike and Warner Bros countered by threatening to film the movie elsewhere. Prime Minister John Key stepped in to broker a deal with Warner Bros US executives who flew into New Zealand, giving them an extra subsidy of $9.75 million per movie for spending more than $200 million, expanding what spending qualifies for the rebate under the existing rules, and changing employment law to classify all film workers as contractors by default. The government would also stump up US$10 million uggs outlet online to market local tourism as part of The Hobbit's release.
Last week, Jackson announced Wellington will host the world premiere of the first Hobbit film when Prime Minister Key dropped into the set as part of his election campaign. The same day the opposition promised to repeal the changes to employment law passed for the production.
In December last year, Jackson's Weta Digital was awarded $7.2 million over three years under the government's Technology Development Grant Programme. Weta will be a major contributor to the digital special effects for the two movies, having previously worked on blockbusters including James Cameron's Avatar and Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong.
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