Month: December 2017

Browns’ next priority is landing new quarterback, owner Jimmy Haslam says

The Browns made a big move in their front office this week with the firing of Sashi Brown and a quick hire of John Dorsey in an attempt to turnaround a franchise heading in the wrong direction, but that’s not the only change Cleveland is looking to make.

“This is a quarterback-driven league. We all know that and we all know, to succeed and to go a little bit farther and farther and farther, you need one of those guys,” Dorsey said. “So I think it’s an evaluation period that’s going to take a little bit to put a plan together.”

With the NFL Draft just over four months away, and free agency three months away, Dorsey said, “We have ample time to make a plan here.”

One advantage Dorsey will have in landing a franchise quarterback is the amount of salary-cap space he inherits from the previous administration. The Browns will also have five draft picks in the first and second rounds.

A 38-yard pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder was by far the biggest play of the game at that point, setting up Washington at the Giants’ 39-yard line at the two-minute warning. However, a series of drops stalled the drive and Washington punted from that position.

Giants 3, Washington 0: New York got back into Washington’s side of the field as linebacker Zach Brown went down with an injury. They moved further into scoring position and we finally got the first points of the game when the Giants nailed a 30-yard field goal.

The other three playoff teams each have one player on the first team, all on the defensive side. No. 3 Georgia, which faces Oklahoma in the Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl semifinal on Jan. 1, is represented by linebacker Roquan Smith. mariners_753

Prospect progress report: Central Division

The Central Division perennially exhibits a brutal fight from start to finish, and this season is no different. For as much talent as there is at the NHL level, the Central’s top teams also boast some of the deeper prospect pipelines in the NHL. Having a surplus of young talent below the NHL level is going to give some of those top teams trade flexibility if they’re looking to bolster their rosters in the hopes of a long playoff run.

In Russia, winger Andrei Altybarmakyan is a player to know for his aggressive style. He should be on Russia’s roster for the World Juniors. Meanwhile, 23-year-old goalie Ivan Nalimov continues to impress while splitting time in net for Vladivostok in the KHL, with a sterling .942 save percentage in 17 appearances. Forward Maxim Shalunov is another intriguing prospect, but it’s unclear if he’ll ever come to North America.

Tomas Hertl tapped in a loose puck for San Jose with five minutes left in regulation to tie it at 3.

Hertl’s goal followed a furious Sharks attack that Wild goalie Alex Stalock was able to fend off until a shot from Dylan DeMelo bounced off his shoulder pads and into no man’s land just above the crease.

“We faced a barrage in the third period,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think goalies like that as long as they’re making the saves. It came out positive.”

Brent Burns scored twice for the Sharks, who had won five of seven.

“It’s so crazy with a big comeback,” Burns said. “It got a little exciting out there and it was still a big point.”

Stalock made 31 saves in his first appearance against his former team. Martin Jones stopped 20 shots for the Sharks.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever played against an old team,” Stalock said. “I have a lot of good friends. I can’t wait to talk to Burnsie about the second goal. He ripped it but it moved like a knuckleball.”

Bazemore, Ilyasova lead Hawks past Magic, 117-110

Portis echoed the same sentiments after the Bulls’ most complete win of the season.

“Just going out there and playing off each other,” Portis said. “Both of us can pick and pop. That’s always been a big thing with Fred’s offense, us being able to make shots. When you make shots his offense looks great. And both of us can make shots and take and make good shots. Also, me being at the 5 has also helped, too, because I can roll and I can pop, too, and I can just mix it up.”

As the rest of the basketball world tries to process what it is seeing, Hoiberg doesn’t seem shocked the young pair has found such a nice rhythm together.

Evgeni Malkin scored his ninth goal on the power play and Riley Sheahan tallied his third for Pittsburgh. Sidney Crosby scored his 13th with 2:48 to play, but the Penguins couldn’t manage the equalizer. Crosby has at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games. Pittsburgh had won five of six before Saturday.

Tristan Jarry made 13 saves, but allowed three first-period goals before he was pulled for Casey DeSmith. DeSmith, making his second career appearance, stopped eight shots.

“We just weren’t good enough, and it was the difference in the outcome,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “When you play good teams, you can’t spot them a three-goal lead. I’m not sure I understand why, but that’s something as a group we have to solve if we want to become the team we want to be.

On Sunday, Jacksonville’s defensive line was once again a sight to behold in the course of getting after Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, and this time it was Ngakoue leading the charge. In a very close contest, his performance had a huge impact on the outcome of the game and helped secure the seventh victory of the season for the Jags.canadiens_013_d3f4a2d9e61f7c90-140x140

Broncos end 8-game skid with 23-0 win over Jets

Running the ball well opened up the play-action pass, which allowed Smith to chuck the ball downfield and hit home runs, something he hadn’t done in previous seasons. He took advantage of the aggressiveness of defenses playing the run, which isn’t the case anymore with the decreasing success running the ball.

Spagnuolo said he knew only that Apple had tweeted during the game, not the contents of the tweet. Veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn’t aware of the situation until he was asked about it by the media on Monday.

“I didn’t know about it. He tweeted during the game. What did he say?” Rodgers-Cromartie asked. “Pshhh. That is a tough one there. I don’t know. They probably have that kind of connection. But to do it during the game, that is probably bad timing.”

It has been a tumultuous season for Apple, the second-year cornerback who started the Giants’ first three games this season. He was originally benched for reportedly having a shouting match with his position coach. Apple also had to miss a couple of days of practice as he dealt with a personal issue related to the health of a family member.

“He needs to go out and make plays for the football team, create separation for the quarterback so the quarterback feels comfortable letting the ball go and be a steadying influence among that group as we go forward, and I think he can do that,” Jackson told reporters via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

“He has to go do it – he knows it – on a consistent basis. It’s a one week opportunity. Here is his resume this weekend. We’ll go from there and keep moving forward.”

However, after being sent home for the game, Britt never improved on the field. After catching eight balls through his first four games, he caught 10 in his final five. Britt had signed a four-year, $32.5 million deal prior to the start of the 2017 season.mariners_781

Boston’s David Backes also got a major — for head-butting — and a game misconduct later in the third.

DeBrusk made it 2-0 when he collected a loose puck in the slot, spun and beat Halak with a wrister inside the right post 6:45 into the third.

The Jets forward scored two twice and added an assist to help Winnipeg halt a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night.

His second goal with 44 seconds left in the game was even initially awarded to linemate Matt Hendricks before it was changed. Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom was behind the net with the puck and shot it straight to Hendricks in the slot. Hendricks fired the puck and Perreault lifted his stick up and deflected it in.

“It’s kind of a reaction play,” Perreault said “It was going in his empty net and I just got my stick on it. I could have tipped it out of the way so lucky enough it went in.”

The Vikings entered the day ranked fifth in total defense and second in rush defense. They played like a top-five defense on Thursday against the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback.

Earlier this year, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league still opposes legalized sports gambling.

“I think (owners) still strongly oppose legalized sports gambling,” Goodell said at the owners meetings in Phoenix. “The integrity of our game is No. 1. We will not compromise on that.”royals_015

Broncos QB Trevor Siemian admits he’s pressing, ‘out of sync’

Trevor Siemian isn’t making any excuses.

After a strong start to the season, the Broncos quarterback admitted he’s been slumping and took full responsibility for his poor performance in recent games.

“When things aren’t going well, you want to make a play, you want to do something — fit a ball in, you want to make sure you don’t miss a play — and that’s when bad things happen. For me I just kind of go back to feeling the flow of the game and not trying to do too much.”

Siemian lost his starting job after Week 8 against the Chiefs before regaining it again in Week 13 against the Dolphins. Amid numerous quarterback changes and the firing of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Denver has dropped eight straight after entering its bye week with a 3-1 record.

The Broncos (3-9) will look to snap their skid when they host the Jets (5-7) at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.

Detroit on Sunday lost its toughest remaining game, in Baltimore in Week 13, to fall to 6-6, four weeks before it finishes with Green Bay. Before then Detroit has favorable games at Tampa Bay, vs. Chicago and at Cincinnati.

The bottom line is nine wins aren’t going to get it done in the NFC. The Packers were not able to move up until the Lions, who won at Lambeau earlier this season, were in position to finish one game behind.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady opened his Saturday news conference by apologizing for lashing out at offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sideline last Sunday, saying it had been bothering him all week.panthers_045

Rams coach Sean McVay might be doing Jared Goff’s job for him, but he’s not cheating

Jared Goff has taken a dramatic step forward between his rookie season and Week 13 of his second year in the NFL. And some people think it’s because Sean McVay is too involved in making pre-snap reads through the helmet communication system from the sideline.

Still, this Jaguars team is rolling and Sunday could look a lot more like Gabbert’s time on “shitty teams” in the past than his recent success.

With Week 13 close to finished, the Cleveland Browns are still winless with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants just behind with a couple wins each. The Browns are currently in line to pick first in April, one spot ahead of the Giants with the 49ers sitting in third.

It was Cleveland and San Francisco in the first two spots last year, with the Browns taking Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall, and the 49ers sending their selection to Chicago. The Giants owned the 23rd pick.

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Goff has just one interception over his last four games and now has 16 touchdowns to go with four picks on the season.

Thanksgiving is about sharing food with family and friends — and players are no different from the rest of us when it comes to celebrating. Of course hockey players love to eat. It turns out, some of them are not too shabby in the kitchen, either. ESPN identified some of the best amateur chefs in the NHL. Here, they share their go-to recipes.

They’ve put pretty much everything on their defense and their best runners, Cam Newton and Christian McCaffrey. The formula is not broken, but eventually, the forward pass has to be better without Kelvin Benjamin. Greg Olsen returning to join Devin Funchess will be a nice boost.

With seven wins under first-year coach Sean McVay, the Rams have matched their best single-season win totals under previous coaches Jeff Fisher and Steve Spagnuolo.

Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy left Sunday’s 17-14 loss to the Redskins with a groin injury and did not return.

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler suffered an elbow injury in the first half of the 23-7 win over the Bengals and did not return.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott threw a career-high three interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in his second straight loss without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, serving a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence.

Jake Elliott’s injury wasn’t a factor for nearly a half because the NFL-leading Eagles couldn’t get in scoring position. They failed to get a first down on five straight first-half drives, starting with one at the Dallas 15 when Elliott missed a 34-yard attempt and soon after left the field.

Trailing 9-7 at halftime, Wentz led the Eagles on scoring drives of 75, 90 and 85 yards, the middle one boosted by Jay Ajayi’s 71-yard run against his hometown team in his second game since getting traded by Miami.

Packers can, will get a better Brett Hundley, starting against Lions

The Packers had no hope with Brett Hundley at quarterback in their first two games with Aaron Rodgers hurt. Luckily for them, they had a bye right after those two losses to regroup.

Green Bay is 4-3 going into Monday night’s matchup against the Lions at Lambeau Field, but it feels like the Packers’ season is already on the line with a must-win division game at home. But the Packers won’t be able to win many more games and stay in the playoff hunt unless Hundley is more effective and efficient while Rodgers is out.

Had that been Cardinals starter Carson Palmer or most other above-average QBs, the Seahawks would have had to sweat much more. Things became a whole lot easier once Russell Wilson pulled off a magic trick to help build an insurmountable lead.

Roseman, meanwhile, has gone from that hot seat to the catbird seat. He is my choice for midseason NFL Executive of the Year.

Trading up and drafting Wentz is the most visible move Roseman has made, but as with any winning GM, he has made many other key decisions to turn around the Eagles’ fortunes.

“When I was younger, we saw Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and when Reebok had a basketball side,” Fox said. “For those brands to be coming at me and talking to me about what they were going to do in terms of commercials, it was just a blessing. I grew up wearing all of their shoes and paying for them, and at the end of the day, they wanted to pay me to wear their shoes.”

The Miami Dolphins waived Rey Maualuga on Saturday after the veteran linebacker was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge earlier in the morning.

The team announced the move without comment on the legal situation.

Police and court records show Maualuga was arrested after an early-morning incident at a downtown Miami nightclub, allegedly involving a dispute over a bar bill. It was unclear if Maualuga had retained an attorney.steelers_004