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February 19. 2013 10:45PM
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Chiefs
Investigation into Belcher shooting is complete

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was apparently worried he would lose his baby and money to his longtime girlfriend before fatally shooting her and killing himself, according to newly released police reports.


Belcher also complained about Kasandra Perkins, the mother of the couple's 3-month-old daughter, in conversations and text messages sent to a woman he was dating on the side, the reports show.


In one text message sent in late October or early November, Belcher wrote he would shoot Perkins if she didn't leave him alone. The girlfriend told police that Belcher said his child's mother threatened to take all his money and his child if they split up and knew exactly how to press his buttons and make him angry.


Belcher shot Perkins multiple times in their home on Dec. 1 and then drove to team headquarters, where he killed himself in front of his coach and general manager after telling them he wasn't able to get enough help.


COWBOYS
Bond lowered for Brent, must wear monitor

DALLAS — A judge has ordered Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent to wear an electronic monitor while free on an intoxication manslaughter charge in a car crash that killed a teammate.


A judge modified conditions for his continued release and lowered bond from $500,000 to $100,000 during Brent's Tuesday court appearance.


Prosecutors asked that Brent wear an electronic ankle bracelet while free pending trial on in the Dec. 8 one-car accident that killed friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. The judge agreed.


Brent, who was driving the vehicle, declined comment following the court hearing. Brent has been placed on the NFL reserve/non-football illness list and won't play again this season. He was on the sideline Sunday at Cowboys Stadium as Dallas beat Pittsburgh 27-24 in overtime.



Giants
Cruz visits home of fan killed in Newtown

NEWTOWN, Conn. — New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz has visited the home of the 6-year-old Connecticut shooting victim who was buried in a replica Cruz jersey.


Jack Pinto was among 20 children shot to death Friday in Newtown. Several elementary school-age children played touch football in the front yard of his family's home Tuesday. Many wore Giants jerseys or Newtown football or wrestling shirts as they laughed, smiled and hugged.


The children and their families left after several hours. Kids carried autographed Giants footballs and jerseys.


About 45 minutes later, Cruz left the home in an SUV and an escort of five police cruisers, sirens blaring. He later tweeted that he has much love to the entire Pinto family. Great people with huge hearts.


Vikings
Teammates vote Peterson courage award winner

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings have voted Adrian Peterson as the team's winner of the Ed Block Courage award.


The Vikings announced the vote on Tuesday. Peterson has been one of the feel-good stories of the NFL this year. He tore the ACL in his left knee last December, and has returned to lead the league in rushing this season.


Peterson needs 294 yards in the final two games to eclipse Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards set back in 1984. His 1,812 yards this season are already a career high.


The Ed Block Courage award is given to one player on each team who exemplifies commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.


Bears
Bush on IR with rib injury

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears have placed running back Michael Bush on season-ending injured reserve because of a rib injury and signed Kahlil Bell to take his place.


Losing Bush is another blow for the struggling Bears. They've dropped five of six after a 7-1 start and are coming off a loss to Green Bay that clinched the NFC North for the Packers.


Chicago needs help to make the playoffs after leading the division for much of the season, and losing Bush does not make things any easier.


Signed to a four-year deal to give the Bears depth in the backfield with Matt Forte, Bush appeared in 13 games and ran for 411 yards and five touchdowns. Bell was waived by Chicago in October.


The moves were announced on Tuesday.


-- The Associated Press




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