Review Category : National Sports

Cleveland Browns Fan Wants Parade If the Team Finishes the Season Winless

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — It hasn’t been a great season for the Cleveland Browns, who remain winless this season. But that doesn’t mean they don’t get a parade.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Chris McNeil, of Granville, Ohio, has created a Facebook page asking the city to throw a parade if the Browns finish the season 0-16, losing every game.

McNeil has been actively tweeting about the Browns and created an online sign-up sheet for people who wish to participate in the parade, penciled in for Jan. 7. He’s even paid the $25 application fee for a parade permit.

“You’re not supposed to celebrate the Browns playing like crap, but I’m trying to put a positive spin on this season,” he said. “This is not just some troll on Twitter. There will be a parade.”

Peter John-Baptiste, Browns vice president of communications, said, “We have a great appreciation for all our fans especially when it comes to their passion and creativity. Our intent and hope is that we will be planning a parade to celebrate success with our fans at some point in the near future.”

The Browns are currently 0-10, the worst standing in the NFL. They’ll face the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 20.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/15/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Cleveland 121, Toronto 117
Atlanta 93, Miami 90
Charlotte 115, Minnesota 108
Chicago 113, Portland 88
LA Lakers 125, Brooklyn 118

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Ottawa 3, Philadelphia 2 (2OT)
Columbus 2, Washington 1
Carolina 1, San Jose 0
Tampa Bay 4, Detroit 3
Florida 4, Montreal 3
Toronto 6, Nashville 2
Winnipeg 4, Chicago 0
St. Louis 4, Buffalo 1
Calgary 1, Minnesota 0
New Jersey 2, Dallas 1
Colorado 4, LA Kings 3
NY Rangers 7, Vancouver 2
Anaheim 4, Edmonton 1

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(14) Gonzaga 69, San Diego St. 48
Baylor 66, (4) Oregon 49
(2) Kentucky 69, (13) Michigan St. 48
(8) Virginia 72, St. Francis (BKN) 32
(18) Syracuse 90, Holy Cross 46
(5) North Carolina 93, Long Beach St. 67
(22) Creighton 79, (9) Wisconsin 67
(7) Kansas 77 (1) Duke 75
(10) Arizona 78, Cal State Bakersfield 66

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Terry Francona, Dave Roberts Voted MLB Managers of the Year

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The MLB has selected its managers of the year.

Based on a vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona was named American League Manager of the Year and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts was given the title for the National League.

Francona helped lead his team to the World Series for the first time since 1997. Although the Indians didn’t win, they gave the Chicago Cubs a run for their money, pushing them to a Game 7.

Despite 28 players being placed on the disabled list in 2016, Roberts– on his first year on the job– helped lead the Dodgers to finish the season with only one extra loss compared to the year before.

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Tony Romo Says Dak Prescott Has ‘Earned the Right’ to Be Cowboys QB

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(DALLAS) — Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Tony Romo has thrown his support behind rookie starter Dak Prescott.

In a news conference Tuesday, he said Prescott had “earned the right to be our quarterback” as the Cowboys lead the NFC East 8-1.

Romo added that he wanted to be playing on the field, and admitted he was in a “dark place” at the moment.

“If you think for a second I don’t want to be out there, you probably have never felt the pressure of competing and winning,” Romo said at the news conference.

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Report: Rookie Jared Goff to Start as Rams’ QB Against Dolphins

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Rams rookie Jared Goff will reportedly take the field for the first time in his career this upcoming weekend.

Team sources tell ESPN that Goff, 22, will start at quarterback when the Rams take on the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Quarterback Case Keenum, who has started all of Los Angeles’ games this season, will be his backup.

Goff and Keenum were informed of the lineup change on Tuesday after meeting with Rams coach Jeff Fisher, according to the sources.

So far this season, the Rams are 4-5.

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Bulls and Blackhawks End ‘Circus Trips’

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Another streak is coming to an end for Chicago sports teams. Every November, the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bulls, both tenants of the United Center, vacate the arena for two weeks for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Now, according to the Chicago Tribune, that will no longer be the case.

After this season, the circus will not return to the United Center. In addition, Disney on Ice, which forces the teams to take another long road trip in February, will be condensed to one week beginning in 2018.

The end of the road trips should have a positive effect on the two organizations, according to Terry Savarise, senior vice president of operations for the United Center.

“The reason we’re doing this is twofold,” Savarise told the Chicago Tribune. “One is that in future years the Bulls and Blackhawks no longer have to endure two two-week road trips, and a subset of that is that those trips had resulted in a compression of our home schedules. There were times when you’d have four home games in a one-week period, which fans didn’t like.”

The Blackhawks have a 14-3-2 record over the last three “circus trips,” while the Bulls have gone 23-78 since Feb. 1998.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 11/14/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Indiana 88, Orlando 69
NY Knicks 93, Dallas 77
Detroit 104, Oklahoma City 88
New Orleans 106, Boston 105
Houston 115, Philadelphia 88
San Antonio 94, Miami 90
Memphis 102, Utah 96
LA Clippers 127, Brooklyn 95

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 4, NY Islanders 0

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

NY Giants 21, Cincinnati 20

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(12) Louisville 91, William & Mary 58
(19) West Virginia 107, Mississippi Valley St. 66
(24) Cincinnati 74, Albany 51
(11) Xavier 86, Buffalo 53
(21) Rhode Island 107, Marist 65
(3) Villanova 79, (15) Purdue 76
(20) Iowa St. 73, Mount St. Mary’s 55
(23) Texas 80, Louisiana-Monroe 59

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Bears’ Alshon Jeffery Suspended 4 Games for PED Violation

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LAKE FOREST, Ill.) — Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver for the Chicago Bears, has been suspended without pay for four games after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

According to a statement from Jeffery, he was taking a “recommended supplement to combat inflammation,” but it contained an ingredient banned by the league.

“I take full responsibility and I’m deeply upset with myself for not doing the proper research on this supplement,” he said.

“I want to apologize to my family, the Bears organization, my teammates, and Bears fans. I will work hard to earn back the respect and trust of the Bears nation and look forward to being back on the field.”

Jeffery will be able to return after the Bears’ Dec. 11 game against the Detroit Lions.

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Dodgers’ Corey Seager Named NL’s Rookie of the Year

Harry How/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager has been named the National League’s rookie of the year.

Seager, 22, was the unanimous winner after helping lead his team to the NL championship series as the Dodgers’ shortstop.

He finished the season with 193 hits, the second-most in the league.

Seager is also one of three finalists up for the NL Most Valuable Player award.

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Cowboys to Keep Dak Prescott as Starter, Tony Romo as Backup

Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(PITTSBURGH) — With the Dallas Cowboys winning their eighth consecutive game on Sunday, the team doesn’t want to stop the positive momentum. And that’s why, they’re keeping rookie quarterback Dak Prescott as a starter next week.

“Dak has got a hot hand, and we’re going to go with it,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters Sunday following the team’s 35-30 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

With Sunday’s win, Dallas now has an 8-1 record — the best in the NFL.

Prescott, 23, has been filling in for quarterback Tony Romo, who’s been out with a compression fracture in his back since the preseason. Despite being medically cleared last week and completing his second consecutive practice, Romo did not play on Sunday.

Romo, 36, will now be Prescott’s backup when the Cowboys face the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday.

“It’s just going with the obvious,” Jones said. “You are going with how the team is doing right now.”

“It’s not hard. It’s not hard at all,” he added. “Tony would make the same decision. That’s what you do.”

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