Cleveland Browns: Kizer to start season opener vs. Steelers

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 5:25 PM

            Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer will start the season opener against Pittsburgh, the 27th different QB to start for Cleveland since 1999.

Kizer showed coach Hue Jackson enough in Saturday’s exhibition start against Tampa Bay to secure the job. Kizer was given the assignment earlier this week by Jackson, who picked the second-round pick over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler.

Jackson made Kizer’s Week 1 start official on Sunday, saying he “earned the right.”

Kizer played the entire first half against the Buccaneers, completing just 6 of 18 passes for 93 yards and an interception. But he showed the poise Jackson was hoping to see from the former Notre Dame standout.

The Browns have been cycling thorough quarterbacks at an alarming rate, and their inability to find the right one has resulted in annual ineptitude.

Cleveland started three quarterbacks while going 1-15 last season.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, location, TV channel, time

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Super Bowl 2018 features the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots meeting in Super Bowl 52. Find date, location, TV channel and time information below.

The Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in the most recent Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 2018: Date, game information

Super Bowl 52 will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature the AFC champion New England Patriots against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Super Bowl 2018: Location

The 2018 Super Bowl is at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The city previously served as host of Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.

Super Bowl 2018: TV channel

The Super Bowl will be televised by NBC. Al Michaels is doing the play-by-play while Cris Collinsworth is the analyst. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox are the sideline reporters.

Super Bowl 2018: Time

Super Bowl 52 starts at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Super Bowl: Scores, winners, results

I Green Bay Packers 35-10 Kansas City Chiefs Los Angeles
II Green Bay Packers 33-14 Oakland Raiders Miami
III New York Jets 16-7 Baltimore Colts Miami
IV Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
V Baltimore Colts 16-13 Dallas Cowboys Miami
VI Dallas Cowboys 24-3 Miami Dolphins New Orleans
VII Miami Dolphins 14-7 Washington Redskins Los Angeles
VIII Miami Dolphins 24-7 Minnesota Vikings Houston
IX Pittsburgh Steelers 16-6 Minnesota Vikings New Orleans
X Pittsburgh Steelers 21-17 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XI Oakland Raiders 32-14 Minnesota Vikings Pasadena, Calif.
XII Dallas Cowboys 27-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XIII Pittsburgh Steelers 35-31 Dallas Cowboys Miami
XIV Pittsburgh Steelers 31-19 Los Angeles Rams Pasadena, Calif.
XV Oakland Raiders 27-10 Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans
XVI San Francisco 49ers 26-21 Cincinnati Bengals Pontiac, Mich.
XVII Washington Redskins 27-17 Miami Dolphins Pasadena, Calif.
XVIII Los Angeles Raiders 38-9 Washington Redskins Tampa, Fla.
XIX San Francisco 49ers 38-16 Miami Dolphins Stanford, Calif.
XX Chicago Bears 46-10 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXI New York Giants 39-20 Denver Broncos Pasadena, Calif.
XXII Washington Redskins 42-10 Denver Broncos San Diego
XXIII San Francisco 49ers 20-16 Cincinnati Bengals Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV San Francisco 49ers 55-10 Denver Broncos New Orleans
XXV New York Giants 20-19 Buffalo Bills Tampa, Fla.
XXVI Washington Redskins 37-24 Buffalo Bills Minneapolis
XXVII Dallas Cowboys 52-17 Buffalo Bills Pasadena, Calif.
XXVIII Dallas Cowboys 30-13 Buffalo Bills Atlanta
XXIX San Francisco 49ers 49-26 San Diego Chargers Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXX Dallas Cowboys 27-17 Pittsburgh Steelers Tempe, Ariz.
XXI Green Bay Packers 35-21 New England Patriots New Orleans
XXII Denver Broncos 31-24 Green Bay Packers San Diego
XXIII Denver Broncos 34-19 Atlanta Falcons Miami Gardens, Fla.
XXIV St. Louis Rams 23-16 Tennessee Titans Atlanta
XXXV Baltimore Ravens 34-7 New York Giants Tampa, Fla.
XXXVI New England Patriots 20-17 St. Louis Rams New Orleans
XXXVII Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-21 Oakland Raiders San Diego
XXXVIII New England Patriots 32-29 Carolina Panthers Houston
XXXIX New England Patriots 24-21 Philadelphia Eagles Jacksonville, Fla.
XL Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 Seattle Seahawks Detroit
XLI Indianapolis Colts 29-17 Chicago Bears Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLII New York Giants 17-14 New England Patriots Glendale, Ariz.
XLIII Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23 Arizona Cardinals Tampa, Fla.
XLIV New Orleans Saints 31-17 Indianapolis Colts Miami Gardens, Fla.
XLV Green Bay Packers 31-25 Pittsburgh Steelers Arlington, Texas
XLVI New York Giants 21-17 New England Patriots Indianapolis
XLVII Baltimore Ravens 34-31 San Francisco 49ers New Orleans
XLVIII Seattle Seahawks 43-8 Denver Broncos East Rutherford, N.J.
XLIX New England Patriots 28-24 Seattle Seahawks Glendale, Ariz.
50 Denver Broncos 24-10 Carolina Panthers Santa Clara, Calif.
51 New England Patriots 34-28 (OT) Atlanta Falcons Houston
52 Minneapolis


What South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin said before Florida

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:13 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. — On Monday morning, South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin reflected on the Tennessee loss, looked ahead to Florida, updated Kory Holden and shared a few thoughts about Clemson.

Below are a few of the highlights from Martin’s half-hour interview session.

Coming off the Tennessee loss

“Still disappointed that we kind of let one get away on Saturday. That emotion hasn’t left me, but at the same time, very encouraged by the progress our team’s made. … We’ve made tremendous strides as a team in the last – we’re making them in December and the injury bug hit us. We’ve made tremendous strides over the last two weeks. We just need to keep worrying about that, stay the course and get to the finish line, then let everything fall where it may.”

Separating the results

“I hope the lessons that the season has taught us to this point will help us. The same way we separated the emotion of beating Georgia then not allow it to interfere with preparing to beat Kentucky, I hope that we can disengage from the disappointing loss to Tennessee, so it doesn’t impact our game at Florida, or our preparation leading into the game.”

Florida is consistent

“They’re consistent with this: If you turn the ball over or take bad shots, you can’t rebound it and it allows them to get out and run on you, and then they’ve got multiple shooters with a four-year point guard. You let them get in the open court, then it’s hard to contain them, because they’ve got so many guys who can make open shots. You have to score on the interior.”

On Kory Holden

“I got an update yesterday. Yesterday was a day off, but they come in – they all do extra stuff with the trainer. … And he did some stuff with our trainer yesterday, starting to feel good, really is. I still don’t think you’ll see him on the court in the next week [or] 10 days. That’s just a guess. I’ll put it to you this way, I’ll be surprised if he’s on the court in the next week or 10 days.”

On Donte Grantham and Clemson

On Monday morning, Martin reached out to Clemson wing Donte Grantham, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear on Saturday against Notre Dame.

Martin told reporters that the injury “broke my heart,” when he heard about it. The Gamecocks head coach also called Tiger coach Brad Brownell on Monday morning.

“I’ve seen [Grantham] since high school and Brad’s a friend,” Martin said. “Brad said, ‘Wow, man, you guys are playing a lot better.’”

3 SEC teams ranked in AP Top 25 poll, Kentucky falls from rankings

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Three SEC teams are ranked in the updated AP Top 25 poll, which was released on Monday afternoon, but one traditional conference power has slipped from the rankings.

Auburn (No. 19), Florida (No. 20) and Tennessee (No. 22) represent the SEC in the latest poll, while Kentucky fell from the rankings for the first time since March 2014.

The Wildcats fell from the Top 25 poll after a week in which they lost to both South Carolina and Florida. They are 14-5 and looking to rebound on Tuesday when they play Mississippi State.

Auburn is the top-ranked SEC team, despite going 1-1 last week. The Tigers lost to Alabama, but rebounded to beat Georgia.

Florida was unranked in last week’s poll, but moved up to No. 20 after beating Arkansas and Kentucky last week. The Gators’ victory over the Wildcats was a slim, 66-64 win.

Tennessee lost to Missouri last week, but rebounded to beat South Carolina.

While it’s strange to see Kentucky left out of the AP Top 25 poll, there’s plenty of time for the Wildcats to return to the rankings later in the season. And of course, being unranked won’t matter if they make the NCAA Tournament and have a deep run through March.

Texas Tech drops to 14th in updated Associated Press poll

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

After rising as high as No. 8 in the national rankings, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are headed in the wrong direction.

After losing each of their two games last week against Texas and Iowa State, the Red Raiders have dropped six spots in the AP Top 25 to No. 14.

Texas Tech, which was once 14-1 after opening its Big 12 slate with wins over No. 18 Baylor, No. 10 Kansas and Kansas State, has now lost three of its last four games, including the aforementioned back-to-back road losses against Texas and Iowa State, which marks the Red Raiders first losing streak this season. Texas Tech’s only win since Jan. 6 came at home against then-No. 2 West Virginia on Jan.13.

Consequently, Texas Tech’s recent struggles have led to a 3-0 start in conference play falling to 4-3 in the league, which is tied for third, along with Oklahoma and Kansas State.

The good news for Texas Tech, however, is that the schedule becomes a bit more forgiving for the foreseeable future. After opening Big 12 play with four ranked foes in five games, the Red Raiders will have an opportunity to bury their recent struggles with six-straight unranked opponents ahead.

That stretch begins on Tuesday, Jan. 23 against Oklahoma State.

The Red Raiders and Cowboys are set to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNews.