Browns schedule 2017: Cleveland faces AFC North gauntlet in first four weeks

There’s nowhere to go but up for the Cleveland Browns.

How far is questionable. Cleveland is coming off a 1-15 year in Hue Jackson’s first season as head coach. Can the Browns somehow have a .500 or better record in September and December? That was the key to a 10-6 season in 2007. Cleveland will know if that’s even remotely possible after an early-season AFC North round robin.

The Giants defense showed improvement last season, but the ground game was putrid and that resulted in mistakes by Eli Manning. If the G-Men can find a running game and the defense continues to make strides, they might score double digits in the win category. If the ground game is still nonexistent, the 9-7 prediction might be optimistic.

But for Russell, that’s not much redundant at all. Because neither he nor Lin is a pure point guard, he foresees a versatile, ball-sharing backcourt.

“I think it’s a go,” Russell told Sporting News last week at Gatorade’s Athlete of the Year event. “We just go. Whoever gets the ball, let’s run. I complement his game, he complements my game. He’s not a point guard, he’s not a shooting guard. I’m not a point guard, I’m not a shooting guard. I think we’re just basketball players trying to make the best of it.”

Russell averaged 15.6 points (on 40.2 percent shooting) and 4.8 assists last season for the Lakers, but was deemed expendable by the Lakers once it was clear the team would draft point guard Lonzo Ball. He had a rocky two seasons in Los Angeles, but says he bears no ill feelings toward his former team.

“It’s past,” Russell said. “I learned a lot and now I am moving on to a new opportunity. The situation is, you’re with one team and you go to another team and it is completely different. Brooklyn has been open arms from Day One for me, so I am looking forward to it.”
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Diamondbacks can’t get (or go) anywhere with brazen stadium shakedown

The Diamondbacks and Major League Baseball are not shy about the extortion scheme they’re running.

Kids Eric Weddle Jersey The team has taken Maricopa County (Ariz.) to court to get it to pay $187 million, give or take a few bucks, for expensive repairs and upgrades to Chase Field, which opened in 1998. The team is using the age-old threat of leaving Phoenix if it doesn’t get the money. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is providing the muscle.
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Who cares if their plot is weak? (The why is simple.) The chutzpah is tremendous to watch, in a the-nerve-of-these-guys-is-breathtaking way.

Borzello was directed to head down to Mesa, Ariz. and work with Willson Contreras, the organization’s then-23-year-old catcher. He had been participating in the Arizona Fall League after compiling a .324/.404/.466 slash line in 120 games in Double-A.

Once Borzello settled into his seat to watch the prospect, his plans nearly changed. In Contreras’ first at-bat, he pulled his hamstring; Epstein subsequently told Borzello he could go home. But the longtime instructor, who previously coached with the New York Yankees (1996-2006) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2007-10), said he understood the importance of learning about Contreras, along with introducing him to the mental side of the action, like scouting reports.

It was as Gibson passed my spot that I started to realize the beauty of this day. This parade of legends gave the fans who made the pilgrimage to Cooperstown the opportunity to do two things. First, it gave them a chance to reminisce, to tell stories and to revel in the memories of these players who helped tell the stories of their life as a baseball fan.

Greg Holland blew back-to-back saves then shaved his head and beard

Greg Holland arrives in Miami with the Rockies sporting a new look.

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He showed up Wednesday having shaved his head and beard.

Womens Gale Sayers Jersey Friday day games, we just play way too many day games during the week, Maddon said. We just do. I’m just being honest. Guys need their rest. When you are constantly going night (then) day, or day, day, day, and it’s hot during the summertime, it matters. It definitely matters.

It’d be wonderful if we could get to a more conventional method regarding the number of night games vs. day games. If not we’ll just have to deal with it. We did OK last year.

After a slow start to the season, the Cubs have looked more like a defending World Series champion in recent weeks. Despite two straight losses heading into Friday’s action, they still had a 1 1/2-game lead in the NL Central.

Maddon said the lack of night games is not an excuse for the team’s sluggish season, but he really would like to see the problem get fixed.

Listen, it’s no big secret. I’d be disingenuous if I told you something different. I’m not blaming anybody, Maddon said. This is not pointing finger. It’s not saying we’re not winning because of that. I just think it’s a better method to permit your players more consistent rest at home.

Jameis Winston is ready to take his place among the NFL’s best quarterbacks

Jameis Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and, understandably, that comes with high expectations. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expected a franchise quarterback who could lead the team to great things.

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Political Twitter hacks have grown more common as the service has become central to activists around the world. In June, Access Now reported on a new technique called the DoubleSwitch attack, used by attackers to take over targeted screen names with impostor accounts. But it’s still rare for those attacks to target Twitter’s verification system, much less importing verified users from across the world.

Twitter does not comment on individual accounts, and declined to break from that policy in this case. Reached by The Verge, a company representative referred us to the service’s page on account security.
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It’s still unclear who was responsible for the takeover, whether it was someone involved in Pakistani politics, a foreign state actor, or simply a troll looking to sow confusion. Reached by The Verge on Monday, the real Bussey was still unaware of the hijacking. The only person who has access to my Twitter account is my publicist, he said, and that’s not her. Asked if he ever expected to play a role in Pakistani politics, Bussey replied, not in a million years.

Brees is another player whose play could drop off a cliff really soon and leave the team without a quarterback. But he’s a player who can take the Falcons back to the Super Bowl in 2017 and he has a win under his belt.

The No. 1 pick in 2016 didn’t show much as a rookie and it certainly doesn’t feel like there’s much optimism around him. But getting a top pick in his second season isn’t a raw deal by any stretch for the Steelers.

NFL teams have the upper hand with player holdouts this year

Holdouts are always a big story during training camp. Star players, dissatisfied with their contracts, will sit out to try to force their team’s hand, and fans are pretty split on the approach. Some people think it’s selfish for a player to hold out. But staying home is often the best way for a player to light a fire under a team to get a new deal done.

The real fun begins when those three light beers you drank, for a mere $32, are done filtering through your kidneys. After waiting in line 20 minutes to pee, splashing through the puddle of urine and whatever filth is oozing out of the one overflowing toilet (have you ever pooped at a stadium when it wasn’t an emergency?) and sauntering up to the urinal, you get the privilege of standing next to that guy who wants to talk to you while your frightened, enlarged prostate is making the whole process that much more difficult.

While you’re standing in filth waiting to relieve yourself, you will miss a pick-six, a circus catch, or whatever the one absolute can’t-miss highlight it is that this game will feature. Not to worry — you can catch the replay on TV when you get home.

You could’ve seen that highlight in real time had you opted to save the money and watch the game from the comfort of your own home (where I’m assuming nobody pees on the floor). And you’d have an extra $400-$500 to bet on the games, which is not a huge waste of money, nope. — Ryan Van Bibber

Which game would you pick? We asked Twitter and here’s what they said.
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Pittsburgh radio guy ‘under siege’ after Predators CEO calls him ‘moron,’ ‘schmuck’

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A war of words has escalated between Predators CEO and president Sean Henry and Pittsburgh media personality Dan Kingerski after Kingerski suggested that artificial crowd noise is being pumped into Bridgestone Arena during hockey games.

In the notes section of a column posted on pittsburghhockey.now after the Predators’ 4-1 home victory over the Penguins in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, Kingerski wrote, I’m convinced the Bridgestone Arena is using the PA to amp crowd noise.

Being here for the next nine years has been really important to me. … I certainly think we’ll win here and, honestly, it’s an honor to wear the Oilers jersey for the next nine years, McDavid said.

Connor has been unwavering in his commitment to stay with the Oilers, said GM Peter Chiarelli, who noted that the contract’s dollar figure could’ve been higher, but McDavid wanted to leave the team financial flexibility to build around him.

McDavid, 20, signed with the Oilers in July 2015 as the first overall pick in that year’s draft on a standard three-year rookie contract that pays him $925,000.

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In two seasons, he already has 102 assists and 148 points in only 127 career games played. He just won the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsey Award, signaling his rise as the league’s top player in 2016-17, when he secured the Art Ross Trophy, leading the NHL with 100 points.

That he did so as the youngest captain in league history merely adds to McDavid’s growing legend.

Predators’ Colton Sissons avoids suspension for Game 5 match penalty

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Predators center Colton Sissons won’t be suspended for Sunday’s potentially series-deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL ruled, after he received a match penalty in Game 5 for his face-high cross-check of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.
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The decision came after the league’s Department of Player Safety reviewed Sissons’ cross-check inside the final minute of Thursday night’s 6-0 win by the Penguins. The match penalty triggered an automatic review, per NHL rules.

Now the Pedators, down 3-2 in the series, will have Sissons, key given that Nashville forwards Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala are out with injuries.
Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers-$2.35 million): Raffl scored 21 goals three seasons ago, but was hurt much of last season. Can be a good, hard-working top-nine forward. Other Flyers considered: G Michal Neuvirth and RW Matt Read.

Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins-$640,000): The 25 year-old Rust is a hard-working two-time Stanley Cup winner with a penchant for scoring the big goal. In 46 career playoff games he has 13 goals. He also scored 15 goals in 58 games during the 2016-17 regular season. There are plenty of good options to choose from here, but Rust is the pick, and an affordable one, too. Other Penguins considered: G Marc-Andre Fleury, LW Carl Hagelin and D Ian Cole.

Lee Stempniak (Carolina Hurricanes-$2.5 million): Pack your bags again Lee! Sitting on 200 career goals, Stempniak has already played for ten teams, producing consistently along the way. And if he produces in Vegas, there’s a good chance he is someone’s trade deadline pick up…..again. Other ‘Canes considered: G Cam Ward, G Eddie Lack and LW Joakim Nordstrom.

Jeff Hornacek not sure Knicks have enough talent to play defense

Knicks players endured a bit of honesty Monday night when coach Jeff Hornacek pondered whether the team has enough talent after a 115-103 loss to the Magic.

I don’t think our guys aren’t trying. Maybe we’re just not capable of it. I don’t know, Hornacek said, via ESPN.com. That’s what we’re going to have to figure out. Maybe you have to play some of these other guys. We might have to mix the lineup up somehow.

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The Marfan diagnosis was supposed to be career-ending, but Austin was cleared to play in November.

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This past weekend, he and his Ohio-based Northeast Bluechips youth outfit took their talents to Indiana to compete in the Speice MLK tournament. As you’d expect, Bronny put on a show displaying all the skills that has college coaches salivating six years before he’ll ever enroll on anyone’s campus.

Along with his stellar play, he also showed he possesses the same playful personality that’s made his dad a favorite among his teammates throughout his career. He played bottle flip with his teammates on the bench, something Big Bron did earlier this season during a blowout of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Fastforward to the 1:39 mark to get right to the sideline shenanigans.