Bengals intercept Browns in red zone

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson talks with quarterback DeShone Kizer
FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson talks with quarterback DeShone Kizer(7)

With the Browns knocking at the door, Kenny Britt ruined their odds again.

A pass bounced off Britt’s chest and into the hands of Bengals linebacker Clay Fejedelem, ending a potential scoring drive in the red zone.

It was the second interception off Britt’s hands in as many weeks.

The Bengals are driving, trying to extend a 7-0 lead in the second.

Miles Jones commits to Nebraska: Huskers land former Vanderbilt pledge

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:17 PM

Miles Jones joined Nebraska football’s 2018 recruiting class Thursday night, announcing his decision on Twitter.

He’s the 17th member of the Huskers’ class, and the fourth to commit since the early signing period ended on Dec. 22. Jones de-committed from Vanderbilt on Tuesday after spending eight months verbally committed to the Commodores.

Jones is the No. 102 recruit in Florida, according to 247Sports composite rankings, and the No. 49 “athlete,” meaning he’s being recruited at multiple positions. Jones told Land of 10’s Chris Bumbaca Nebraska is recruiting him for a hybrid position:

Jones also had the chance to sit down with [offensive coordinator Troy] Walters for a 1-on-1 session, in which the offensive coordinator described in detail how Jones would be used in the Huskers’ offense. Walters offered a comparison to UCF running back Otis Anderson, playing both running back and slot receiver. The goal would be to create mismatches with linebackers. The position, Jones said, is called the “duck.” (Perhaps an ode to Frost’s Oregon days?)

“I like their offense,” Jones said. “I think it’s creative and it fits my skill set perfectly. I’m excited about that.”

Nebraska offered him on Dec. 13, 11 days after the Huskers hired Scott Frost as their new head coach. Jones took his official visit to Lincoln last weekend, where he gelled with the new staff.

“They were just really nice and really care about you,” Jones said. “They make you feel at home and they treat you like one of theirs.”

After that, his commitment seemed imminent. Jones didn’t take long to make it official, and can lock in his commitment by signing his National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 7.


Baker Mayfield thinks he should be placed higher in mock drafts

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:17 PM

Baker Mayfield might need to dig out the “pretenders” sign once again when the NFL Draft arrives in April.

According to the Tulsa World’s Eric Bailey, the former Oklahoma quarterback voiced frustration on Thursday over his placement among quarterbacks in several NFL mock drafts.

“I’m still not in the top 4 of anybody’s QB board,” Mayfield said. “It’s the same thing over again.”

Mayfield went on to say that the “winning speaks for itself” despite many experts acting skeptical over his future career in the NFL, according to Bailey.

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner’s draft stock has widely varied.

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. had Mayfield as the No. 13 overall pick on Thursday and as the fourth quarterback to be selected in the draft. Others experts, such as ESPN’s Todd McShay, have predicted Mayfield to be a “career backup.”

Regardless, Mayfield had a season to remember in his final year with the Sooners. The question now remains whether or not NFL GMs will think he can keep up that success in the pros when draft day rolls around.

Minnesota-Maryland basketball score: Live updates, stats, TV channel

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Minnesota basketball plays Maryland in a Big Ten game at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18. Both teams own 14-6 overall records this season.

Both teams have also played seven conference games to this point and have gone 3-4, respectively. With the sub-.500 play in conference, both Minnesota and Maryland are tied for seventh in the Big Ten standings.

Minnesota-Maryland basketball score: Live updates, stats

Minnesota-Maryland basketball: Time, how to watch online

Minnesota basketball plays Maryland at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18. The game is being televised on FS1.

Time: 8:30 p.m. ET

Date: Thursday, Jan. 18

TV channel: FS1


Minnesota-Maryland basketball: Radio information

Minnesota’s game against Maryland is on the Gopher Radio Network.

Minnesota-Maryland basketball: Preview

Minnesota’s season to this point has had its ups and downs. To start the year, the Golden Gophers were 7-0 and then lost three of its next four games.

Following that skid, the team went 5-0, but went on a three-game losing streak before winnings its last game in overtime. Minnesota’s Amir Coffey was sidelined with a shoulder injury on Jan. 6 and one of the team’s bigs — Reggie Lynch — is facing suspension due to sexual misconduct.

The Golden Gophers are currently 3-4 in Big Ten play and will have a chance to get back to .500 in its game against the Terrapins. Jordan Murphy leads the team in both points (18.1) and rebounds (12.1) per game this season.

Five total players are averaging over 10 points per game for the team, but Coffey and Lynch make up two of those five. The meeting between these two teams on Jan. 18 will be its only meeting of the regular season.

Maryland is currently 3-4 in Big Ten play as well, but began the season with a 5-0 record and lost three of its next four. Much like Minnesota, the Terrapins responded to its losing ways by winning its next seven games, but have again lost three of its last four to Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan, respectively.

The Terrapins lost guard Melo Trimble over the offseason, but its next three leading scorers returned and are all sophomores in Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson. Those three make up three of the top four scorers again and freshman big Bruno Fernando is third on the team in scoring.

Jackson however hasn’t played since Dec. 7 and is out for the rest of the season with a torn labrum.

Nebraska-Michigan basketball: Live updates, stats, analysis (January 18, 2018)

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Nebraska basketball returns home to face Michigan on Thursday, Jan. 18. The game tips off at 8 p.m. CT. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.

Nebraska-Michigan basketball live updates, score

Nebraska-Michigan basketball: Game time, information

Nebraska and Michigan play at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Time: 9 p.m. ET

Date: Thursday, Jan. 18

Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, Neb.

How can I watch the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on TV and online?

Nebraska and Michigan will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.  BTN2Go and  FOX Sports Go will have the livestream.

Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel will call the game.

How can I listen to the Nebraska-Michigan basketball game on the radio?

Nebraska and Michigan can be heard on the Husker Sports Network, including 590 AM (Omaha), 1400 AM (Lincoln) and 880 AM (Lexington). Online radio will be available at, on the Huskers App, and on TuneIn Radio and the TuneIn Radio App. The radio broadcast begins one hour prior to tipoff.

Kent Pavelka and Jake Muhleisen will have the call.

Nebraska-Michigan basketball preview

Nebraska (13-7, 4-3 Big Ten) and No. 23 Michigan (16-4, 5-2 Big Ten) meet Thursday evening at 9 p.m. ET at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The meeting is the 17th between the two programs, dating back to 1949. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 14-2, although Michigan’s win over Nebraska in the 1992 Rainbow Classic was later vacated. The Huskers are looking to snap a 10-game losing streak to Michigan on Thursday. The streak dates back to 1980.

Michigan is the only Big Ten team Nebraska has not defeated since joining the conference.

Nebraska comes into the game after an exciting 64-63 win over Illinois on Monday. James Palmer Jr. hit a 3-pointer with only 0.3 seconds left to win it. The last-second shot capped off a 24-point performance from Palmer against Illinois.

The Huskers last two games have come down to the wire, although the meeting at Penn State did not fall in Nebraska’s favor. Against the Nittany Lions, Nebraska lost in the final 2.7 seconds of overtime.

Palmer wasn’t the only star against Illinois. Both Isaiah Roby and Evan Taylor were key in the Huskers’ rally over the Fighting Illini. The game was Roby’s first start of the year and he nearly posted a double-double, finishing with 9 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Taylor added 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench.

As for Michigan, the Wolverines come to Lincoln having won 9 of the last 10 games. That includes a 10-point win over then No. 4 Michigan State last Saturday.

The No. 23 Wolverines defeated Maryland 68-67 on Monday. In another Big Ten game that came down the the wire, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s two free throws with 1.2 seconds left helped Michigan escape with the win. Beyond Abdur-Rahkman, Michigan also features the star duo of Moritz Wagner (14.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Charles Matthews (14.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Michigan’s last loss was to Big Ten co-leader Purdue on Jan. 9. The team’s only other Big Ten loss was to Ohio State on Dec. 9.

The Wolverines are averaging 76.3 points per game and rank second in the Big Ten with 9.6 3-pointers per game. Michigan also leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+4.7 per game), committing a conference-low 9.8 turnovers per game.

The game marks the return of Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga, who  is back with the team after an absence last weekend.