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Browns squander first chance at points versus Jets

Published: Sunday, October 08, 2017 @ 1:39 PM

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 24:  Isaiah Crowell #34 of the Cleveland Browns rushes against the San Diego Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 24: Isaiah Crowell #34 of the Cleveland Browns rushes against the San Diego Chargers at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Browns almost took their first lead of the season. Instead, Isaiah Crowell fumbled a pitch at the 7-yard line and the Jets protected a scoreless tie during Sunday’s game.

Analysts lit into the Browns for another inexplicable mistake.








NFL mock draft 2018: First-round picks, top players, order for the 2018 NFL Draft (1/21/12018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

With the 2018 Senior Bowl coming up next week, it’s time to look ahead to the  2018 NFL Draft.  A number of elite players declared for the draft, such as Sam Darnold, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen.   Baker Mayfield is expected to take center-stage at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers,  Rosen, Darnold, Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Texas’ Connor Williams could be selected in the top 5.

The order for the first 20 picks is set.

NFL mock draft 2018, Round 1

  1. Cleveland Browns: Sam Darnold, USC QB: The Browns have to use the pick on a quarterback, and we think they’ll choose Darnold.
  2. New York Giants: Josh Rosen, UCLA QB:  Rosen vs. Darnold will be an interesting debate. The UCLA quarterback might be wired to better succeed in New York than Darnold.
  3. Indianapolis Colts: Connor Williams, Texas T: For the Colts, it’s simple: They must do a better job of protecting Andrew Luck, provided he can return in 2018. As long as Williams can stay healthy, he’ll be a top draft pick.
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston): Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama DB:  The Browns went quarterback with their first pick. Next up, they grab the best defensive prospect in the class. Fitzpatrick is a queen-on-the-chessboard-type of defensive back.
  5. Denver Broncos: Josh Allen, Wyoming QB: Offensive tackle could be the pick here. Drafting Allen is a risk, but the Denver quarterback situation might be the worst in the league.
  6. New York Jets: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma QB: The Jets will continue toiling in mediocrity as long as they lack quality quarterback play. If anyone can handle the spotlight and attention that comes with playing for the Jets, it’s the Heisman Trophy winner.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bradley Chubb, N.C. State DE: The Buccaneers have stumbled this season thanks to both Jameis Winston’s struggles and a poor pass rush. Chubb should help shore up the latter of their issues.
  8. Chicago Bears: Christian Kirk, Texas A&M WR:  The Bears almost have to pick a wide receiver. While many will peg Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, I think Kirk is a little bit better. But the Bears couldn’t go wrong with either.
  9. San Francisco 49ers: Saquon Barkley, Penn State RB:  With Jimmy Garoppolo looking like the quarterback of the future, San Francisco can draft the best player available, which is the superstar running back from Penn State.
  10. Oakland Raiders: Roquan Smith, Georgia LB: A defense with Khalil Mack on it shouldn’t be as bad as Oakland’s was this season. Smith is maybe the best off-ball linebacker prospect since Luke Kuechly.
  11. Miami Dolphins: Arden Key, LSU DE/OLB : Quenton Nelson could be an option, but instead they’ll take Key. While he might have off-field concerns, the LSU product has the potential to be an elite pass rusher.
  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame T : The Bengals have skill players and a number of young and talented defenders. Where they most need help is on the offensive line. McGlinchey, or his teammate, Quenton Nelson, could be an option.
  13. Washington Redskins: Derwin James, FSU DB: What Washington does will largely depend on whether it keeps QB Kirk Cousins. If it does, look for them to take a player such as James, who is 95 percent the player that Fitzpatrick is.
  14. Green Bay Packers: Josh Jackson, Iowa CB: The Packers were a bit of a mess without Aaron Rodgers, so look for them to go best player available. The secondary was one of their biggest concerns and they’ll address it here.
  15. Arizona Cardinals: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame G:  If Mayfield were still on the board, he could be an option. Instead, the Cardinals will gladly take the best interior lineman in the class.
  16. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Ridley, Alabama WR:  The Ravens might have the worst group of pass catchers in the NFL. This makes too much sense.
  17. Los Angeles Chargers:  Da’Ron Payne, Alabama DT : The Chargers had the second-worst rush defense in the league. Payne will help them improve.
  18. Seattle Seahawks: Derrius Guice, LSU RB: The Seahawks have had a revolving door of running backs since Marshawn Lynch departed. Guice should make it two years in a row that an LSU running back goes in the first round.
  19. Dallas Cowboys: Maurice Hurst, Michigan DT: Hurst might not be drafted this high simply because of his position. But the Cowboys need defensive tackles who can play, and Hurst is one of the best football players in this draft class.
  20. Detroit Lions: Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech LB: Running back could be an option here, but Edmunds fits a similar role to what Anthony Barr does for Minnesota.
  21. Buffalo Bills: James Washington, Oklahoma State WR: While they need to figure out their quarterback situation, the Bills need to improve at the wide receiver position.
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City), Vita Vea, Washington DT: The Bills traded Marcell Dareus earlier this season. And they’ll look to Vea to fill his void.
  23. Carolina Panthers: Courtland Sutton, SMU WR: Offensive line could be the choice, but Cam Newton needs guys on the outside who can help him out. Sutton might be the most physically gifted wide receiver in the draft.
  24. Los Angeles Rams: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma T: Andrew Whitworth was huge for the Rams this season. But he’s also 36 years old. Brown is raw, but he could become the Rams’ left tackle of the future.
  25. Tennessee Titans: Denzel Ward, Ohio State CB: The Titans selected a cornerback in the first round last year and will look to continue to improve their secondary. The Titans also could target a pass rusher.
  26. Atlanta Falcons: Harold Landry, Boston College DE/OLB: The Falcons love athletic playmakers, and Landry fits that role. It would not be a surprise to see him go higher in the draft than this. Landry led the NCAA in sacks in 2016.
  27. New Orleans Saints: Harrison Phillips, Stanford DT: While the Saints defense has made huge improvements, it could stand to get better. Phillips was a monster for Stanford this past season.
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashaan Evans, Alabama LB:  With the Ryan Shazier injury casting doubt on his NFL future, linebacker becomes a position of need. Evans isn’t the prospect that Shazier was, but he, like many other Alabama linebackers, can be very good.
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State QB: Blake Bortles isn’t the answer for Jacksonville. The Jaguars could look at Rudolph or Louisville product Lamar Jackson.
  30. Minnesota Vikings: Billy Price, Ohio State G/C: Quarterback could be in play here, but Price, like Pat Elflein did this season for Minnesota, could be a Day 1 starter on the interior.
  31. New England Patriots: Sam Hubbard, Ohio State DE/OLB: Bill Belichick loves players who have ties to Greg Schiano. Pass rusher is a huge need for New England. And Hubbard’s defensive coordinator is in fact Schiano.
  32. Philadelphia Eagles: Ronnie Harrison, Alabama S:  The Eagles appear set at corner with Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones and Jalen Mills, but the secondary is still a weakness. Harrison could help turn that into a strength.

*Order is through the Divisional round of the NFL playoff. The top 20 picks are official. Picks 29-32 will finalize after each round of the playoffs. San Francisco and Oakland will hold a coin flip for picks 9 and 10.

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills(Via Kansas City)

23. Carolina Panthers

24. Los Angeles Rams

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Iowa-Ohio State wrestling: Time, TV channel, how to watch online (Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

The No. 4-ranked Iowa wrestling team faces its greatest challenge of the season when it travels to No. 2 Ohio State for a pivotal Big Ten dual at 3:30 p.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio.

Both teams are 9-0 overall and 4-0 in Big Ten duals. Iowa has won the last three meetings, including the 2017 dual 21-13 in Iowa City. But Ohio State national champion Kyle Snyder did not wrestle in that meet. The Hawkeyes have won 37 of the last 38 duals between the teams. It’s the final home dual for the Buckeyes.

But the past doesn’t matter in this dual. Ohio State boasts six top-5 ranked wrestlers, while Iowa has four. The Buckeyes join Penn State as favored NCAA title contenders. Iowa is perhaps the top challenger outside those top, especially after beating Oklahoma State 20-12 in a dual last Sunday.

“This is the next step and that’s why Oklahoma State was so important because this one follows that one quickly,” Iowa coach Tom Brands said. ” I’m not the type of guy that shoots from the hip, and I’m not the type of guy who goes back to the drawing board. I believe in steady progress with nose-to-the-grindstone-type mentality.

“They’re [Ohio State, Penn State] the two that are flip-flopping. Nobody else is in that category.”

Ohio State heavyweight Snyder hopes the dual breaks the school’s attendance record of 15,338, which was set Feb. 3, 2017 against Penn State.

“I think the good part of having Iowa at home, especially at the Schott, is that we have an opportunity to break the attendance record that we set last year,” Snyder told reporters. “Other than that, since I’ve been here, we’ve pretty much beaten Iowa. I know their history is strong, but I think Ohio State is a better team.”

Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State meet time, details

Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Date: Sunday, Jan. 21

Location: Schottenstein Center , Columbus, Ohio

Rankings: Iowa (9-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 4; Ohio State (9-0, 4-0) is ranked No. 2

How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State on TV?

BTN will air the dual live. Tim Johnson and Jim Gibbons call the action from the Schottenstein Center.

How can I watch Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State  online?

BTN  will stream the meet on BTN-Plus and the BTN2GO app. FloWrestling.com also streams the dual.

How can I listen to Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State on the radio?

For Iowa wrestling, 800 AM (KXIC-Iowa City) is the flagship station.

Who is calling the Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State State meet?

Steven Grace handles play-by-play while two-time NCAA champion Mark Ironside adds analysis for KXIC.

How can I buy Iowa-Ohio State tickets?

Click here for ticket information from TicketCity.com.

Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State key matchup

125: Spencer Lee (Iowa) vs. Nathan Tomasello (Ohio State)

Spencer Lee (8-1) pinned a decent wrestler in his Iowa debut then knocked off No. 6  Nick Piccininni  of Oklahoma State last week. Now he gets his ultimate test against No. 1 Nathan Tomasello.

Tomasello was the top-ranked wrestler entering the 2017 NCAA Tournament at 133 pounds. He lost his semifinal match to Iowa’s Cory Clark, who won the national title. Tomasello has struggled on the national stage against Iowa wrestlers, including a 125-pound semifinal loss to Iowa’s Thomas Gilman in the 2016 semifinals. Tomasello, who has returned after missing three months with injuries, now wrestles at 125.

“We’ve got to be ready,” Brands said. “It’s similar to both the other matches the preparation. Both of those guys were capable. We have to figure some things out. The thing about Spencer Lee is he’s moving forward in his head and he’s always thinking. It’s not like, ‘Man I made it through that.’ It’s like, ‘I’ve got work to do.’ That’s the way you want to go forward.

“This is another opportunity. We know how capable our guy is. If we just focus on doing the things that we do best, I feel good about that matchup.”

HWT: Sam Stoll (Iowa) vs. Kyle Snyder (Ohio State)

Another pivotal match is at heavyweight where No. 3 Sam Stoll (12-0) of Iowa faces two-time NCAA champion, defending Olympic champ and top-ranked Kyle Snyder (5-0).

“[Stoll is] going to have to wrestle physical, and timid cannot be an ingredient in any way during that seven-minute match,” Brands said. “When that clock starts and the whistle’s blown and you’re going back to the center of the mat, you’d better be ready. There’s no let-up.”

Iowa wrestling vs. Ohio State probable lineups

Weight: Ohio State vs. Iowa

125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (2-0) vs. No. 6 Spencer Lee (8-1)

133: No. 2 Luke Pletcher (19-0)  vs. Paul Glynn (6-5)

141: No. 11 Joey McKenna (6-1) vs. Vince Turk (6-5)/Carter Happel (10-6)

149: No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes (19-2) vs. No. 2 Brandon Sorensen (14-0)

157: No. 6 Micah Jordan (17-2) vs. No. 2 Michael Kemerer (15-0)

165: No. 13 Te’Shan Campbell (14-4) vs. No. 8 Alex Marinelli (8-0)

174: No. 3 Bo Jordan (16-2) vs. Joey Gunther (11-3)

184: No. 2 Myles Martin (19-0) vs. Mitch Bowman (10-3)

197: No. 1 Kollin Moore (15-0) vs. No. 5 Cash Wilcke (13-1)

HWT: No. 1 Kyle Snyder (5-0) vs. No. 3 Sam Stoll (12-0)

Virginia-Wake Forest basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/21/2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

Virginia will look to remain red hot and extend its winning streak to double digits in an ACC clash against Wake Forest. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

Virginia-Wake Forest basketball game time, information

Time: 6 p.m. ET

Date: Sunday, Jan. 21

Location: Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

What TV channel is Virginia-Wake Forest basketball on?

The Virginia-Wake Forest basketball game will air on ESPNU.

How can I watch Virginia-Wake Forest basketball online?

The Virginia-Wake Forest basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.

Virginia-Wake Forest basketball preview

Expectations weren’t particularly high for Virginia this season. The Cavaliers followed three consecutive seasons that saw them finish first or second in the ACC with a sixth-place finish in 2017, and in their preseason predictions, media members forecast the same landing spot for Virginia this season.

More than halfway through the season, there may not be a team in the country, much less the ACC, better than Tony Bennett’s team.

Virginia enters this matchup with Wake Forest on a roll, having won nine games in a row and boasting a 17-1 overall record. The Cavaliers’ only loss came at West Virginia, which is now ranked No. 6 nationally. Virginia is ranked No. 2, behind only Villanova. The Cavaliers are the only remaining ACC team that is unbeaten in conference play.

As usual, Virginia’s success has resulted from an absolutely stifling defense. Ken Pomeroy’s ratings rank the Cavaliers first nationally in defensive efficiency. Bennett’s team leads the nation in scoring defense by more than four points per game, allowing its opponents to score just 52.6 points per contest. The next-closest ACC team, Miami, allows 61.9 points per game.

On the offensive end, Virginia has been led by sophomore guard Kyle Guy. Guy, who typically came off the bench last season, is averaging more than 30 minutes of playing time per game this year, and he has made the most of it. Guy leads the Cavaliers in scoring at 15.2 points per game. Senior Devon Hall, who is averaging 12.6 points per game, and sophomore Ty Jerome round out the team’s potent backcourt.

If there is one knock on Virginia, however, it’s that the Cavaliers have been largely untested. Virginia has faced only two ranked teams this season in West Virginia and North Carolina, and one of those games resulted in the team’s only loss. In addition, the Cavaliers have played only two true road games outside the state of Virginia — one of which, again, was the loss to West Virginia.

Wake Forest will look to use its home-court advantage to help pull off an upset. After reaching the NCAA Tournament last season, the Demon Deacons have not had the season many fans likely envisioned so far this year. They started the year with consecutive losses to Georgia Southern, Liberty and Drake, and while the team has certainly shown improvement since, it is currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Handing the No. 2 team in the country its first loss in conference play would certainly do a lot to turn the season around.

For Wake Forest to have any hope of an upset, guards Bryant Crawford and Keyshawn Woods will likely have to have a huge game. The two combine to average more than 30 points per game, and Crawford averages 4.7 assists per contest as well. If the Demon Deacon backcourt can keep the offense moving in spite of Virginia’s stifling defense, Wake just might be able to hang around long enough to pull off a victory.

Louisville-Boston College basketball: Game time, TV channel, watch online (1/20/2018)

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 1:30 AM

Louisville will look to continue its recent resurgence in a home matchup against Boston College on Sunday, Jan. 21. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online below.

Louisville-Boston College basketball game time, information

Time: 12 p.m. ET

Date: Sunday, Jan. 21

Location: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

What TV channel is Louisville-Boston College basketball on?

The Louisville-Boston College basketball game will air on the ACC Network.

How can I watch Louisville-Boston College basketball online?

The Louisville-Boston College basketball game will be streaming on WatchESPN.

Louisville-Boston College basketball preview

After Louisville lost Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino prior to its season opener and dropped its first three contests of the season against teams currently in the top 25 — including a 29-point loss to rival Kentucky — the Cardinals appeared in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament. Now, after three consecutive wins, Louisville is beginning to resemble a traditional Cardinals team.

Louisville will look to keep its winning streak alive against one of the ACC’s biggest surprises in Boston College.

The Eagles, who went 9-23 last year, are off to a 13-6 start this season, which includes a victory over then-undefeated Duke. A road win against Louisville would undoubtedly boost the unlikely NCAA Tournament resume for the Eagles.

So far this season, Boston College has been led by its stellar backcourt. Jerome Robinson is the team’s leading scorer, averaging more than 18 points per game. Robinson is complimented by Ky Bowman, who is averaging more than 16 points and 5 assists per game. The team’s most effective frontcourt presence has been senior Deontae Hawkins, who is averaging 12.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on the season.

The Eagles’ backcourt will face a tough match up in Louisville point guard Quentin Snider, who has emerged as the Cardinals’ leader during his senior season. Snider is averaging 13.1 points and 4.2 assists per game. He has received ample scoring help from swingman Deng Adel, who is leading the team in scoring at 15.7 points per game.

Perhaps the greatest reason for Louisville’s turnaround of lately has been the improved play of its frontcourt. Power forward Ray Spalding notched a career-high 23 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the team’s last game, a double-overtime win over Notre Dame. Center Anas Mahmoud has been a defensive force, averaging nearly 4 blocks per game.

Even under new coach David Padgett, Louisville makes its hay on the defensive end. The Cardinals are ranked 14th nationally in defensive efficiency according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. As a team, the Cardinals rank second in the nation in blocks, averaging 7.4 blocks per game. They also force opponents to commit an average of 14.5 turnovers per game.

Boston College, meanwhile, has struggled at times to take care of the ball. The Eagles average 12.5 turnovers per game, which ranks 153rd nationally. In recent losses to Clemson and Virginia, Boston College had 14 and 13 turnovers, respectively.