December 21, 2014

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NFL notes: McNabb back in as Eagles starting quarterback

Donovan McNabb’s benching lasted less than 24 hours. One day after he got yanked at halftime of a close game, the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback got his job back — for now. McNabb will start when the Philadelphia Eagles host the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. “Donovan is the quarterback. I don’t want to leave Read More…

Waiting to be bowled over: Ohio State, with no more say over its postseason fate, could still land BCS berth

COLUMBUS — Ohio State is headed for a bowl game. It just may be a while before the Buckeyes find out which one. They concluded the regular season with Saturday’s 42-7 beatdown of Michigan. Now comes the waiting. “We can’t control anything now,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “Now we just go home and enjoy Thanksgiving Read More…

Two QBs, five turnovers, one lost season: Browns turn in truly ugly performance in loss to Texans, fall to 1-5 at home

CLEVELAND — Maybe general manager Phil Savage was onto something in his infamous e-mail. There are 31 other teams Browns fans could root for, and they can’t all be this maddening. The team that excited everyone with 10 wins last year, significant offseason additions and glimpses of brilliance this season is officially done teasing for Read More…

Brian Dulik: Shake up the Browns? Why bother? This season is a lost cause

The Browns’ season on the brink officially fell into the abyss Sunday afternoon. With a 16-6 loss to the lowly Houston Texans, Cleveland pounded the final nail into its coffin and made it clear things aren’t going to get better anytime soon. That unpleasant realization was evident on the faces of every player, coach and Read More…

Browns’ Edwards: No excuses, no answers for poor play

CLEVELAND — The Browns got their usual effort from Braylon Edwards on Sunday — a couple of big catches and plenty of dropped passes. What was different this time around was the fourth-year receiver’s postgame performance. In what was a rare display for the enigmatic University of Michigan product, Edwards took the blame for what Read More…

Browns notes: Lewis less than thrilled with his lack of activity

CLEVELAND — When Jamal Lewis carries the football 20 times in a game, the Browns almost always win. But when he logs half of that number, as was the case Sunday, the outcome is equally predictable. Lewis rushed for 58 yards on just 10 carries — only two coming in the first half — as Read More…

Browns vs. Texans: Breaking it down

THUMBS UP Andre Johnson, Texans receiver When the cornerbacks were playing off — which was most of the game — Johnson would cut his route short, give quarterback Sage Rosenfels a big target and make the easy catch in front of the coverage. Then, when Eric Wright decided to press him on fourth-and-3 from the Read More…

Schelotto lends a helping foot as Crew downs Red Bulls for first MLS championship

CARSON, Calif. — Midfield maestro Guillermo Barros Schelotto collected some more hefty bling. Coach Sigi Schmid got a sense of redemption. The 35-year-old Schelotto, a longtime star in his native Argentina, assisted on all the Columbus Crew’s goals in Sunday’s 3-1 MLS Cup victory over the New York Red Bulls. Afterward, he received the game’s Read More…

College basketball: Auburn tops Ohio State women in overtime

Sherell Hobbs scored six of her 23 points in overtime to lift No. 20 Auburn to an 87-80 win over visiting No. 17 Ohio State on Sunday. Hobbs had a steal and layup with 54 seconds left in the extra period to seal the win for the Tigers (4-0). She also finished with eight rebounds Read More…

Mission accomplished: Favored Ohio State romps to fifth straight win over Michigan

COLUMBUS — “The Game” wasn’t much of one. Though records are usually tossed to the side when Ohio State and Michigan get together, that wasn’t the case in the 105th installment of college football’s greatest rivalry as the 10th-ranked Buckeyes (10-2, 7-1 Big Ten) thumped the unranked Wolverines (3-9, 2-6) 42-7 at Ohio Stadium. It Read More…