Sashi Brown’s three biggest failures with Browns start in familiar place

The Browns on Thursday decided to end the tenure of chief decision-maker Sashi Brown. With the Browns’ decision came the demise of their analytics-based approach, aka the football version of “Moneyball.”

“I think sometimes people look at players, or look at a team, and they kind of say what they’re forecasting for it not even knowing all the dynamics it takes to even be a good team,” Donovan said. “And I think when you’ve got half the roster that’s different, these guys have done a really good job sacrificing, they’ve done a really good job building relationships and communicating, they’ve done a really good job working, and they’re trying to get to know each other on the court.”

Back to two games under .500 and currently outside the Western Conference playoff picture, the Thunder now head out for a trying three-game road trip against solid Eastern Conference teams, including homecoming games for George and Anthony.

“Everybody’s giving up something of themselves for the benefit of the team, and I think at some point that will pay dividends for us,” Donovan said.

Howard continued his struggles of the past few weeks, allowing four or more goals for the fifth time in eight starts and sixth time in nine appearances.

“What it came down to is I need to come with saves for the guys,” Howard said. “At the end of the day, the guys did their job and I have to do mine for them.”

Shortly after killing off a high-sticking penalty, the Blues opened the scoring at 11:50 of the first period. Schwartz took a pass from Alex Steen and drove a low shot that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard stopped with his left pad. Schwartz put the rebound past Howard.

The Blues made it 2-0 at 4:07 of the second period when Sobotka’s long wrist shot from just inside the Detroit blue line beat Howard high on the glove side. It was the Blues’ first shot on goal since Schwartz opened the scoring.

It was the first time that DeRozan won a game in Sacramento.

“I lost a few pucks in my feet, those things that I don’t normally do,” he added. “Those are adjustments after coming back from such a long layoff.”

Williams put the Canes ahead just 83 seconds into the first period with a nifty deflection in front, but Grant answered with his first goal in 10 games off a break with Shaw.

“Got our tails beat by a pretty good football team,” UNH coach Sean McDonnell said after the end of his team’s 14th straight playoff appearance.

JMU will be more competitive than New Hampshire, also a CAA Football power. In the schools’ first-ever meeting, the Wildcats (9-5) didn’t contain the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Wieneke even after Goedert was injured while being tackled on a 19-yard catch on the first play from scrimmage.

Jakob Poeltl made his first career 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter for the Raptors. The ninth overall pick in 2016, Poeltl hadn’t even attempted a shot beyond the arc before Sunday. “That’s what we do. That’s our secret weapon,” Lowry said.

Raptors: Lowry shot 4 of 17 and was 3 of 12 beyond the arc. .

Kings: Hield scored 14 points in the first half on 6-of-8 shooting. … Bogdanovic started in place of George Hill, who was out because of personal reasons. … Willie Cauley-Stein did not play because of a lingering sore back he initially hurt in Milwaukee on Dec. 2. … Sacramento had eight turnovers in the first quarter.

Not that it matters, of course. Miami’s lone touchdown is a chance defensive score on a bad snap. They’ve already gotten their breaks for the game (they also snatched an INT from Brady, just his third of the season), and they’re losing anyway. I’m not sure why I framed a potential one-score game as potentially affecting the outcome; I blame the announcers.canadiens_1239_72177b5116196137-140x140

Schwartz was placed on injured reserve, but Pietrangelo is day-to-day.

In the very first period after the Anaheim Ducks finally got captain Ryan Getzlaf and Jakob Silfverberg back from long-term injuries, Corey Perry hobbled off the ice with a lower-body injury that sent him to a hospital.

“It just seems like it’s a regular day for us,” Getzlaf said with a shake of his head.

The Ducks have been besieged by injuries all season long, yet they’re still scratching out enough points to remain in the race.

Before we get to the Mahomes vs. Smith debate, let’s touch on the coaching. Andy Reid is brilliant at designing game plans. There’s no debating that. However, it’s fair to comment on the lack of in-game adjustments.

For example, what exactly can Reid change in the middle of a game when players aren’t executing well enough? I think it’s fair to question the run scheme on Sunday. They ran too sideways. That didn’t work and they kept going back to it. But if guys are open and Smith doesn’t hit them, that’s not on the staff.

The Blues won their fourth straight despite being without second-leading scorer Jaden Schwartz and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, taking 58 combined points out of the St. Louis lineup.

Both suffered lower-body injuries in the Blues’ 6-1 win at Detroit on Saturday afternoon.

“We rolled our forwards, rolled our D-men and we kind of played that next-man-up mentality, and we have enough depth and we have enough chemistry that we’re confident with anyone that’s out there,” Stastny said. “So when we’re missing two big guys like that we don’t use it as an excuse, we just keep playing.”

Ngakoue and Campbell were lined up on the right side as the wide five technique and the three technique, respectively. They just had straight rushes with Myles Jack lined up on the line, in the A gap inside of them.canadiens_014_52c0535a68f00e8e-140x140

Cam Newton wears a fez before Sunday’s game vs. Vikings

Cam Newton loves his hats — and this weekend his hat of choice received a lot of attention.

“Of course it feels good and I’m happy tonight but I’m really trying to be consistent in what I’m doing,” he said. “So I’m going to keep working and try to get better simply. It’s just one game and there’s going to be a lot of other ones, so just got to be ready for the other ones now.”

Rather than unnecessarily stretch out the drama like a DC superhero movie, Ngakoue decided to go ahead and put the Browns out of their misery early.

This time there was no hesitation as he came off the ball. Drango tried to punch, but Ngakoue was up the field so fast that Drango was barely able to change his course. Drango had to bail out so hard to try to keep up with Ngakoue that he once again opened the gate and gave Ngakoue another short corner. With Kizer dropping back 10 yards, that practically gave Ngakoue a straight line to the quarterback.

The Flames’ second third-period comeback in two games moved them two points ahead of the Canucks in the Pacific Division and into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Anderson got his team-leading 11th goal when he picked up a hard Panarin ricochet pass off the back wall, skated around the net and snapped a shot over Raanta’s glove.

“Their guy went around the net and went post to post,” Raanta said. “I went down and thought I had all the angles covered, but he shot past me on the far side. I need to make that save. It’s pretty simple.”

Arizona (7-20-5) lost its third in a row and sixth of seven.mariners_003

It was a night for ending droughts as far as the Florida Panthers were concerned.

The Panthers hadn’t won in overtime all season. Defenseman Mike Matheson hadn’t scored a goal all season. But in one quick shot, both of those slumps came to a halt.

Matheson scored his first goal since April 6 to give the Panthers a 2-1 overtime decision over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

Florida began a grueling stretch of five road games in nine days by rallying for a 2-1 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Vincent Trocheck tied the score with a power-play goal midway through the third period before Mike Matheson potted his first goal of the season 2:02 into the extra session.

“I think it’s huge for us. Whenever you go on a long trip like that, it seems like when you win the first game it just gets you off on the right foot and really creates some momentum going into the rest of the road trip,” Matheson told the Panthers’ official website.

The Panthers are 3-0-1 in their last four road games after starting the season 3-8-0 away from home.

Dallas outshot New York 45-25, but Pavelec kept the Rangers in the game with an outstanding performance in goal.

Kate no longer drives for Uber and said she doesn’t want money but felt the need to expose the truth “about a powerful man who felt entitled to my body when all I wanted to do was my job.” She has hired attorney John Clune, who had previously represented the Florida State student that accused Winston of rape in 2012.

Clune has additionally asked the NFL to investigate the comments made by Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby after he defended Winston earlier this month, saying he was in the car at the time of the incident and that “nothing inappropriate in nature happened.”

“It’s always ideal when you can get a lead, especially on the road,” Staal said. “Special teams gave them a lot of momentum and they made some good plays but we stuck with it to get the two points.”royals_085

Colin Kaepernick vows to continue fighting after receiving Ali Award (from Beyonce!)

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce on Tuesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and vowed to continue fighting racial injustice in United States whether he returns to the NFL or not.

Outside the club, McDowell began yelling at police officers who had responded to the incident. According to the New York Post, one officer described McDowell’s actions as a “tantrum” in the police report.

“I repeatedly had to give him instructions and at one point he threw himself down on the ground in a tantrum,” the officer stated in the report. “He immediately accused me of stealing money from him, while I began to search his person, before placing him inside my vehicle, as we are trained to do. I tried to reason with him but to no avail.”

And about that consecutive-starts streak by a quarterback … the Chargers’ Philip Rivers, 35, now has the longest current one at 188, meaning to break Favre’s mark Rivers would have to continue to start through September 2025 — when he would be 44.

“My gut tells me I’m like you — I don’t know if it can be done,” Favre told King. “But there’s always someone. … It’s doable. It’s very hard. So many factors, toughness being one. I just think, obviously, you have to be good for a long time. When it comes to Eli, looks like it might be the changing of the guard, whether it’s his fault or not. I am sorry it ended for him. … I think another factor that will play in my favor is guys making smarter choices about their future, with all the information about brain trauma and CTE out there. Guys will wonder, ‘Is it really worth it?’ Maybe they won’t play as long. I never thought of it. We didn’t really talk concussions.”


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He’s gotten some good snaps, so it’s a positive thing.

While the 20-10 final score made the game look a lot less competitive than it actually was, Washington got to celebrate a Thanksgiving Day win and cover against the New York Giants. With the win, Washington kept its slim playoff hopes alive, moving to 5-6 SU and ATS on the season.

Kirk Cousins had his second straight multi-touchdown game and his sixth of the season in the win to bring his season totals to 3,038 yards passing and 19 passing touchdowns.

Washington has enjoyed some success as a road underdog with a 7-5 SU and 9-3 ATS record in its last 12 games in those situations, per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Since Ezekiel Elliott was lost for six games due to a suspension, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have been nothing short of abysmal. Prescott has no touchdown passes over the three games and has thrown five interceptions over the last two.

The Patriots ran a fake punt for the 1st time in 13 years, and it worked perfectly

The New England Patriots only picked up two yards on the first three plays against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12, but the drive still ended in a touchdown after the team ran a fake punt for the first time in 13 years.

The last fake for the Patriots? An unsuccessful direct snap to Larry Izzo on Dec. 12, 2004. Izzo played 13 seasons of special teams in the NFL and is now the special teams coordinator for the Houston Texans.

For Thursday night’s game against Washington, Dak Prescott wore cleats that said “FAITH” on them in tribute to his mother, who died of colon cancer.

Prescott’s mother died in November of 2013 when he played at Mississippi State. Now he’s raising awareness for the disease.

Along with Prescott, other members of the Cowboys are wearing customized cleats. Jason Witten’s are directed at domestic violence, and Travis Frederick’s raises awareness on hunger.

According to the Cowboys, other players wearing customized cleats include Zack Martin, Orlando Scandrick, Kavon Frazier, Ryan Switzer, Joe Looney, Byron Jones, Chris Jones, Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford, and Keith Smith.dodgers_046

Jake Butt won’t play in 2017 after Broncos place rookie TE on IR

Jake Butt knew he probably would not play in 2017.

That became official on Monday.

Afterwards, the Seahawks left standing were understandably upset with having to play their second game in four days.

“Thursday night football should be illegal,” Doug Baldwin told reporters after the game. “This s— is not OK. You can quote me on that. It has to change”

I told Doug Baldwin that people have made the argument that the week and a half players get off after Thursday nights offsets the injury concerns. His response? “Tell them fu** you.”

He was the NFL’s MVP in 2012, when he ran for 2,097 yards less than a year removed from a knee injury that cost him the final four games of the 2011 season.

Miami is coming off a 45-21 loss to the Panthers on Monday. Carolina’s top-ranked defense stifled the NFL’s worst offense for most of the game. One bright spot for the Dolphins was Drake’s 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that was Miami’s first rushing touchdown of the season.

“I didn’t really pay attention to the noise, but after someone said that was our first rushing touchdown, I didn’t even think about it,” said Drake, whom Dolphins coach Adam Gase praised Friday. “You don’t really think about the stats and what we haven’t done; we just try to think about what we will do.”

Cowboys ground game is anemic without Ezekiel Elliott — The Cowboys running back began his six-game suspension on Sunday and the Cowboys offense suffered. Dallas had 107 rushing yards, but just 19 at halftime. The longest run of the first half was an 11-yard touchdown scamper by quarterback Dak Prescott.