Browns sign kicker

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:38 PM

            HAMILTON, CANADA - JULY 26: Brett Maher #3 of the Ottawa Redblacks kicks off to start the game during CFL game action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 26, 2014 at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns on Monday signed kicker Brett Maher.

Originally signed as an undrafted college free by the New York Jets in 2013, Maher is officially entering his first NFL season. The University of Nebraska product also has spent time on the Dallas Cowboys roster.

Maher spent the last three seasons playing in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Last season for Hamilton, he connected on 41 of 50 field goal attempts and scored 161 points.

Browns kicker Cody Parkey, who was 20 of 25 on field goal attempts and 20 of 21 on extra points last season, has one year left on his contract.

Former Bengals tackle is NFL’s most efficient pass blocker

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth watches from the sidelines during a break on the first day of mandatory mini camp Tuesday, June 14 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Departed Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth has been the most efficient pass blocking tackle in the NFL since 2012, according to Pro Football Focus.

Cincinnati drafted Whitworth in 2006. He was the foundation on one of the NFL’s best offensive lines that helped the Bengals to playoff appearances from 2011-2015.

PFF graded Whitworth at 97.6. The stat “measures pressure allowed on per snap basis with weighting towards sacks,” according to PFF.

The Bengals reportedly intended to re-sign Whitworth, with head coach Marvin Lewis going as far as saying they were “optimistic” about a deal. But that never came to fruition, and Whitworth signed with the tackle-needy Los Angeles Rams.

Now, the Bengals tackle spot is reliant on former first rounders Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. Both players were drafted to ignite a youth movement on the line, but neither has shown enough for any confident projections.

This season will be a transition year for the Bengals line. Cincinnati also lost guard Kevin Zeitler to Hue Jackson’s Browns in free agency.


Social media reacts to Indians’ 7-run comeback win over Rangers

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 2:02 PM

Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion scores on a hit by Carlos Santana during the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Progressive Field on June 26, 2017 in Cleveland.
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The Indians found themselves down 9-2 to the Rangers in the fourth inning Monday night. 

Then they started hitting.

Cleveland went on to win 15-9, its largest rally since April 2012 (it trailed Seattle 8-1). The baseball world reacted to the Indians’ potential wake-up call.


John McEnroe stands firm on Serena Williams vs. men stance

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Serena Williams looks on with John McEnroe before their match at the DIRECTV ESPN US Open Experience promoting DIRECTV’s mosaic coverage of the US Open August 26, 2009 at Bryant Park in New York Cty. (Rob Tringali/Getty Images for DirecTV)

John McEnroe had a chance on “CBS This Morning” to walk back somehow-controversial comments he made over the weekend about where Serena Williams would rank against the best male tennis players in the world.

(Hint: Not very high.)

He didn’t. 

Good for him.

While I think saying she would ranked 700th among men is over-the-top, McEnroe’s overall sentiment is correct.

Saying she could qualify as the greatest player ever regardless of gender is ridiculous.

I’m sure there are men she could beat — probably including right now McEnroe, who is more than 20 years older than she is— but that’s quite different than being among the best of the best.

And that’s OK. 

It doesn’t diminish her amazing career in any way.

Men and women don’t have to be equal at everything.

The genders have a lot of similarities and many differences. That’s a good thing. It makes life more interesting.

Unlike arguing about stupid things like this.

Here is the full interview from NPR if you haven’t heard it: 

Former pro baseball player's son hospitalized after being hit in face with baseball

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports.

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Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face and broke his nose.

Jason originally received stitches. While at a doctor’s office for a follow-up two days later to remove the tubes and packing in his nose, his nose began to bleed uncontrollably. A CT scan showed the fracture was worse than realized and there was a tear inside his nose, The Associated Press reported. Since then, doctors were working on controlling the bleeding.

Keith Lockhart, who played with the Braves from 1997 to 2002 and is now a scout with the Chicago Cubs, has provided updates on social media and asked for prayers for his son.

Jason underwent surgery to repair the fracture in his nose, but the bleeding persisted. 

According to a Facebook post by Lockhart’s daughter, Sydney, who also has been providing updates on her brother’s condition, Jason was placed on life support Friday. 

In part, she wrote on Facebook:

“Last night they were able to put Jason into a paralytic state through meds and machines. This has helped stop any movement that could encourage or cause a bleed to begin.”

The bleeding, however, continued.

On Sunday night, Keith Lockhart wrote on Twitter that doctors at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite hospital were closing in on a possible cause for the bleeding:

Late on Sunday, Sydney Lockhart wrote on her Facebook page:

The doctors decided to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today. They went in to his arteries and blood vessels and found the two most practical areas that could be feeding the areas where Jason has been bleeding. They went into both arteries on each side of his nose and cut off the blood supply. They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding. The surgery was a couple of hours long and Jason is now resting still on the ventilator to keep his vitals monitored and keep him comfortable. They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding. We are tired here but hopeful. The prayers and support that everyone has given to us is overwhelming and we are truly touched. Thank you so much. WE FEEL SO SURROUNDED

This article contains information from The Associated Press.