Report: Browns land QB Osweiler in trade with Texans

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 3:47 PM


            FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans looks on in the second half against the New England Patriots during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans looks on in the second half against the New England Patriots during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns have acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler in a trade with the Houston Texans, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Osweiler was one of the biggest free-agent signings a year ago when he agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with Houston, but the Texans benched him for the final two games of the season after he threw 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

In addition to Osweiler, the Texans are sending Cleveland their second-round pick in 2018 in exchange for Cleveland taking $16 million off Houston’s books, according to Schefter’s report.

The Texans have been rumored to be in negotiations with Dallas to acquire quarterback Tony Romo, and dealing Osweiler would seem to clear the path for that to happen.

Washington doesn’t go down easy: What we learned from the Huskies’ loss to Utah

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:38 PM

Washington entered Thursday night’s game against Utah with the better record, but didn’t look like it for much of the night.

The Huskies found a way to stay within striking range for the majority of their contest against the Utes, closing Utah’s lead to 4 in a late-game surge, but the earlier mistakes and deficit that followed ended up being too much to overcome in a 70-62 loss. For Utah, the win snapped a 4-game losing skid.

Utah guard Justin Bibbins led all scorers with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Washington guard Jaylen Nowell led the way with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the Huskies.

Here’s what we learned from Washington’s loss to Utah.

Huskies get sloppy

Washington’s 12 turnovers would sink the Huskies on a typical night, but on Thursday, they were bested by the Utes’ 14 miscues of their own. Forcing these turnovers was really the only way Washington remained in the game. All but one of Washington’s starters had at least 2 turnovers each. And yet, in the final minutes of the game, there they were, just a possession from tying the game and another from taking the lead. While Mike Hopkins’ crew needs to clean things up, they should find pride in their relentless push, even if it came up short. Washington was a cleaner game from pushing Utah’s losing streak to 5.

Empty opportunities

While Utah allowed its opponent to hang around, failing to fully put away the Huskies for the majority of the second half, Washington did nothing to help itself. The Huskies made just 10 of 18 free throw attempts and were out-rebounded 44-38. At one point in the final 5 minutes of play, the Pac-12 Network’s broadcasting crew marveled at the fact Washington was still in the game when considering these numbers (plus a 38.5 field goal percentage). Just a few more buckets scored off turnovers would have produced a much different result, but that’s often how these things go.

The bright side: Washington received a fairly efficient game off the bench from Michael Carter III, and saw Jaylen Nowell near a double-double despite shooting just 8 of 17 from the floor. The dark side: Washington allowed 5-foot-8 guard Justin Bibbins secure his own double-double with 20 points and a stunning 10 rebounds.

Deep drought

The Huskies’ run of opportunities left on the floor extended beyond the arc, where Washington made just 2 of 18 3-point attempts. All 5 of Washington’s starters combined to make 0 percent of 3-pointers. An incredibly poor night from the floor in all categories was capped by a nightmarish evening from deep, where the Huskies couldn’t capitalize on open looks. It eventually came back to bite them when they needed more than trading buckets to overcome a long withstanding deficit.

What Oregon coach Dana Altman said after Ducks’ 75-70 home loss to USC

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:34 PM

Oregon coach Dana Altman will have to wait a few more days to get his 200 th win with the Ducks after they lost 75-70 at home to USC on Thursday.

It was the first time since 2009 the Ducks had fallen to USC, a streak of 14 consecutive wins. It was also their second home loss in Pac-12 play in three tries and third time losing in Eugene this year after having won 49 in a row at Matthew Knight Arena.

“We’ve lost three ball games at home, and that’s the highest since the year we opened the building,” Altman said, per Erik Skopil of DuckTerritory.com. “It’s frustrating. We’ve just got to fight through it. Everyone is judged by how they handle adversity, and we’ve got to do a better job of handling some adversity.”

Oregon sits at 2-4 in Pac-12 play and 12-7 overall, severely damaging its chances of making it back to the NCAA tournament.

“The last two games we’re up with four minutes left and we’re not finishing,” sophomore guard Payton Pritchard said, per OregonLive’s Tyson Alger. “Right now, we’re only playing 36 minutes. We need to play 40 minutes. We should not be in the place we’re in.”

Oregon is playing with an almost completely different team from the one that made the Final Four a year ago. Altman isn’t using that as an excuse or a crutch, however.

Dominick Watt commits to Nebraska: Huskers get pledge from Florida WR

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:29 PM

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Nebraska picked up a commitment late Thursday night: WR Dominick Watt.

The Florida receiver, a 3-star recruit for the 2018 class, appears to have celebrated his birthday by making his commitment to the Huskers. Watt played at Miramar High School his senior season after previously playing at McArthur High School.

“I have made up my decision which college I’ll be spending my next 3-4 years at,” Watt said in a note shared on Twitter. “I’ll be looking at this school the same way I looked at McArthur, ‘that I’ll be making my own legacy and history there.’ I’ll be committing to the University of Nebraska.”

Nebraska offered Watt, who’s 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, in December. According to 247 Sports, Watt ranks No. 68 nationally as a receiver. He’s also No. 69 overall for Florida recruits.

With Watt’s commitment, the Huskers rank No. 27 for 2018, No. 6 in the Big Ten and No. 1 in the Big Ten West.

Watt’s commitment is the second in only a few hours for the Huskers. Earlier on Thursday, 3-star ATH Miles Jones committed to Nebraska. The commitments can lead to signed national letters of intent on National Signing Day, which is February 7.

Watt previously listed Louisville, Pitt, South Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska and Cincinnati as his finalists.

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What Tim Miles said after Nebraska’s 72-52 win over Michigan

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:11 PM

Nebraska basketball entered Thursday night with a 13-7 overall record and a 4-3 record in Big Ten play. After the game against Michigan — which resulted in a 20-point victory for the Cornhuskers — the team is now 5-3 in the Big Ten standings.

Michigan is currently ranked at No. 23 in the country according to the latest AP Poll, but will likely drop after its loss to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, after wins over Illinois and now Michigan, could creep near the top 25.

James Palmer Jr. led all scorers with his 19. Only one Michigan player scored in double digits, as Charles Matthews scored 15.

What Nebraska coach Tim Miles said after Nebraska’s 72-52 win

On the atmosphere and the crowd:

“Pinnacle Bank Arena is one of the best venues in the country. You watch even the opponents warm up and they have a little extra skip going in their step, and it was phenomenal all night. It’s so nice to send the Huskers home early with a big smile on their face and not wait until the very end, or the bitter end, and really enjoy one. It was really cool, especially that first half when we started to kind of take a lead, it was one of those things that, like I said, I got chills. Students were phenomenal. I thought they really did a great job.”

On building off this win and staying in the conversation:

“You got a big road trip and whenever you go two in a row on the road you obviously have to start with, we got to get a split, and that starts the goal, and then you hope you get the first one and then you try and sweep them. That’s just kind of the old-school mentality that I’ve got and be ready for Monday.”

On the game plan:

“I was just very proud of the guys tonight. (Assistant Coach) Kenya Hunter put together a great defensive game plan, spent a lot of time, he and I, even in the offseason, how are we going to beat these guys that spread the floor so well? I thought Kenya made some adjustments, some of the switches and some of that, and our guys bought in. They were very focused, very competitive with energy, and did a great job. I’m really proud of our guys.”