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Cleveland Browns Scribbles: Hue Jackson, DeShone Kizer

CLEVELAND, Ohio <a href="">Marshawn Lynch Jersey Womens</a> -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Browns notebook:
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1. I was thinking back to early in the season. The <a href="">Anze Kopitar Womens Jersey</a> Browns were 4-0 in the preseason. All of us know those games don't count. But the Browns were 0-4 in the 2016 preseason and seemed completely out-classed. At least they were competitive in the 2017 exhibition games.
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2. The Browns opened the 2017 season with a 21-18 loss to Pittsburgh. I wrote how the team "showed promise." I wrote how the defense looked good, just as it had in the preseason.

3. I didn't write this, but I <a href="">Lawrence Taylor Jersey</a> thought, "They should win a game or two early in the season and at least there won't be a repeat of 2016."

4. I was fearing what Browns fans have experienced right now ... a depressing, <a href=""></a> mind-numbing, hopeless stream of Sundays where the Browns do nothing but lose and lose and lose. Elias Sports Bureau reports the Browns have <a href="">Authentic Jaylon Smith Jersey</a> lost 29 consecutive Sunday games ... the most in NFL history. Their last overall victory was on Christmas Eve in 2015. That was a <a href=""></a> Saturday.

5. The New York Giants (2-10) and the San Francisco 49ers (2-10) are the NFL's worst teams ... other than the 0-12 Browns. San Francisco has won <a href=""></a> two of its last three games. Yes, they beat the 2-10 Giants and the 3-9 Bears ... but they beat someone!
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Jamie Collins had his torn MCL repaired, full recovery expected

BEREA, Ohio -- Linebacker Jamie Collins made an appearance in the Browns' locker room on Wednesday in a full knee brace and walking with the help of a crutch.
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The Browns later announced that Collins underwent surgery two weeks ago to repair his torn right MCL. The surgery was performed by noted orthopedic Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and a full recovery is expected.
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 "Jamie's recovery is going great, and he's doing well,'' said coach Hue <a href="">Shea Weber Jersey</a> Jackson.

Collins, 28, tore the <a href=""></a> ligament in a 38-24 loss to the Lions Nov. 12 as <a href="">Sam Bradford Womens Jersey</a> he swiped a pass from Matthew Stafford. Originally, it was unknown if he'd require surgery. The only player on the <a href=""></a> Browns active roster with <a href=""></a> a Pro Bowl on his resume at the time of his injury and a team captain, the loss of Collins was a <a href="">Aaron Rodgers Youth Jersey</a> blow.

He's been replaced in the starting lineup by linebacker James Burgess, who's fourth on the team with three sacks.

Placed on <a href="">Brandin Cooks Womens Jersey</a> injured reserve Nov. 19, Collins also missed three games with a concussion earlier in the season. In his six games, he recorded 31 tackles, a sack, the pick and two passes broken up.
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The Bengals and Steelers need to clean things up

I’m all for <a href="">David Backes Womens Jersey</a> good, old-fashioned hate, but things are <a href=""></a> getting out of hand. From JuJu Smith-Schuster’s hit on Vontaze Burfict to <a href=""></a> Iloka’s hit on Brown, <a href=""></a> too many players are being unnecessarily hurt. As a fan, I don’t want to watch this kind of football. This isn’t fun anymore.
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Antonio Brown yelling “Karma” during the press conference was a very classless move that we <a href="">Antonio Brown Youth Jersey</a> need less of. Saying that Burfict <a href="">Jack Lambert Authentic Jersey</a> deserved his concussion is another. But at the end of the day, they are just players trying to do their jobs. There is no need for some disrespect.

If four players removed from every NFL game because of head/neck injuries, people would stop playing football. Let’s add some sportsmanship to the game. I don’t care if it's against the Steelers or the Browns. Enough is enough.
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Antonio Brown's toe sprain shouldn't hamper him on MNF

As expected, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will be active Monday night against the Bengals.
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As we said in a Sunday post, Brown should play and be effective.
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A pregame report <a href=""></a> on ESPN <a href="">Jarvis Landry Youth Jersey</a> said Brown sprained his toe. The exact nature of the injury was not identifiable by video. <a href=""></a> But the ESPN report joined with video and <a href="">Carey Price Womens Jersey</a> Browns’ <a href="">Phil Kessel Womens Jersey</a> Instagram post from last week, makes it apparent that it <a href="">Reuben Foster Jersey Womens</a> his right big toe that is injured.

Because the sprain is in the opposite direction from a turf toe (plantarflexion injury vs. dorsiflexion), it <a href=""></a> can be taped/supported without restricting needed motion.

Medically, there is no reason Brown shouldn’t do well against the <a href=""></a> Bengals.
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Drew Brees, Saints need each other now -- as much as ever

If the New Orleans Saints' 26-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams didn't give you indigestion, ponder this inconvenient truth:
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December could be Drew Brees' last month in New Orleans.
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That's right, the magical <a href=""></a> 12-year New Orleans career of the greatest player in <a href="">Emmitt Smith Authentic Jersey</a> Saints history could have five games left, three at <a href=""></a> the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, starting with Sunday's NFC showdown against the Carolina Panthers.

It might seem like an unlikely scenario, given Brees' proclaimed commitment to the Crescent City. He has repeatedly said he plans to finish his career in his New Orleans and will not worry about his immediate or long-term future until after the season ends.

"I'll be here for as <a href="">12th Fan Womens Jersey</a> long as they want me," Brees said <a href="">Cam Newton Authentic Jersey</a> after signing his latest extension before the 2016 season.

He reiterated his position to a San Diego radio station earlier this month.

"I feel like we've <a href="">Adam Thielen Jersey Womens</a> got a great opportunity ahead of us and I don't plan on leaving New Orleans ever," Brees said on the Hardwick & Richards show in San Diego. "Hopefully, <a href=""></a> I know all of that stuff takes care of itself when it's supposed to. I have not approached them about any <a href=""></a> contract. We just have a great understanding here. Listen, we're going to go through this season, and we'll <a href="">Odell Beckham Jr Womens Jersey</a> revisit it in the offseason. For right now, I'm in the moment."

I fully expect Brees to finish his career in New Orleans. But things change quickly in the <a href=""></a> NFL, as New York Giants quarterback and New Orleans native Eli Manning learned the hard way this week. Eli's older brother, Peyton Manning, at one time thought he would retire an Indianapolis Colt, too.
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Montoya cambiará de aires tras la llegada de Arana al Sevilla

Una de las opciones que vuelve a valorar Boca es hacerse <a href=""></a> con los servicios de Walter Montoya, jugador por el que Angelici habría realizado alguna gestión aunque al final se fue al Sevilla.

El Sevilla confirmó que tiene un principio de acuerdo por Arana en enero, pero para poder inscribir al futbolista necesita dejar salir a uno de los extracomunitarios: Ganso, Muriel o Montoya. Berizzo descartó que el primero vaya a irse y el segundo es intransferible, así que sólo queda Montoya.

Tanto Boca como Sevilla están de acuerdo y sólo falta concretar la fórmula: traspaso o sesión. El equipo hispalense intentaría recuperar al menos parte de la inversión de los cinco millones de euros que pagó hace casi un año en el caso de que se trate de un traspaso.

El representante del jugador, Daniel Luzzi, aseguró que nadie de Boca se había comunicado aún con ellos, pero dejó claro que Montoya necesita jugar. Según 'Marca', el futbolista no aguantaría en su situación seis meses más.

Montoya empezó siento titular porque Jesús Navas <a href=""></a> no estaba en buena forma, pero no convenció y ya lleva tres meses sin jugar. Su último partido fue ante el Girona, el día 17 de septiembre. 

About last night ... Canadiens romp to 10-1 win over Detroit

Short ALN tonight, peeps.

I’ve got a shot at the late train <a href=""></a> back to the ‘burbs.

Besides, what is there to say?

No fewer than 14 Canadiens got their names on the scoresheet.

The only ones who didn’t were Karl Alzner, Jeff Petry, David Schlemko and … Max Pacioretty!

But the captain and his increasingly comfortable linemates played a strong game — as did everyone in a red sweater.

The only disappointment?

Nicolas Deslauriers, who had a goal and an assist, did not complete a Gordie Howe hat-trick.

Other than that, near-perfection and absolute bliss.

The forward lines were uniformly excellent.

Jonathan Drouin needn’t rush the recovery from whatever ails him. Jacob De La Rose again looked solid between Alex Galchenyuk, who had four assists for the first time in his career, and the game’s First Star, Paul Byron, who bagged the first hat trick of his career.

The Tomas Plekanec-Charles Hudon-Brendan Gallagher line continued to shine. Hudon scored a career-first Bell Centre goal, and Gallagher’s was the 100th of his career.

And the D in front of Carey Price was superb.

Shea Weber returned to the lineup and was effectively teamed with Jordie Benn. Jeff Petry and Karl Alzner continue to develop excellent chemistry. And Schlemko and Victor Mete were each plus-5.

This hockey obsessed city can celebrate for a couple days. Then the schedule gets interesting.

St. Louis, a Western Conference powerhouse, visits Tuesday. Then the homestand concludes with games against Calgary, Edmonton and surprising New Jersey.

The win moved the Canadiens a point ahead of Boston, but the red-hot Bruins have four games in hand.

If they’re going to continue to recover from their early season woes —– it took the Canadiens six games to score the 10 goals they scored against Detroit — the Canadiens have to continue to pile up the points … particularly with the <a href=""></a> traditional Christmas road trip looming.

Can they do it?

We’ll get a better idea against the Blues.

• On this day in Habs’ History: In 1995, Patrick Roy was beaten for nine goals — by the Red Wings! — skated off the ice and demanded a trade.

• The Canadiens had not scored 10 since Dec. 10 last year against Colorado..

• Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on nine shots.

• Paul Byron and Nicolas Deslauriers scored with 32 seconds on Pater Mrazek. Thursday night in Detroit, Charles Hudon and Andrew Shaw scored in 43 seconds.

• Tomas Plekanec’s assist was his 593rd career point, tying Pleks with Dickie Moore for 13th in team history. But let’s get real here: Moore was the better goal-scorer.

Pistons overcome 15-point deficit to beat Thunder 99-98

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another second-half collapse, another round of questions about Oklahoma City’s finishing power.

After dominating defending NBA champion <a href=""></a> Golden State from start to finish two days earlier, the Thunder wasted a big lead in a 99-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Oklahoma City had a 10-point lead at the half and was up 15 midway through the third quarter before the Pistons stormed back, led by center Andre Drummond and bench players Ish Smith and Langston Galloway.

“In the first half, (Drummond) was not good. That’s one of the reasons we were getting crushed,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said about. “In the second half, he was much better and we made some big shots.”

Detroit grabbed the lead for good midway through the fourth quarter and the Thunder missed 14 of their last 20 shots, including a final 27-footer by Russell Westbrook in the final three seconds that left Oklahoma City a point short.

“We’re going to live and die with Russ taking that shot,” Oklahoma City’s Paul George said. “He had a good look but it just didn’t go in.”

Westbrook had his sixth triple-double of the season for Oklahoma City with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He missed a long 3-point attempt on the final possession to finish 1 of 10 from 3-point range and 10 of 29 from the field.

Oklahoma City had numerous chances, missing three shots on one possession in the final minute.

It was the eighth double-digit lead given up by the Thunder this season on their way to a loss.

Smith finished with 15 points.

“Going into these buildings is going to be tough on us, but as long as we stay together and keep picking each other up, then we got a good chance,” Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson said. “It is always great to get a win on the road.”

Carmelo Anthony had 20 points for Oklahoma City, and Paul George had 16.


Since the start of 2009-10 season, the Thunder have the fourth best overall winning percentage among the Big Four professional sports, trailing <a href=""></a> only the New England Patriots (NFL), San Antonio Spurs (NBA) and Green Bay Packers (NFL).


Former Thunder guard Jackson made his first appearance in OKC after missing both meetings last season due to injury. Jackson was booed lustily in pregame introductions and in the first half of the game. His last appearance at Chesapeake Arena included a verbal altercation with a fan at courtside.

3 things to watch as Golden Knights enter Ducks’ pond

The Vegas Golden Knights will finally get a look at their division rival Anaheim Ducks when the two teams play at the Honda Center. The <a href=""></a> Golden Knights will come in with a full head of steam fresh off two wins and one of Maxime Lagace’s best performances as a starter.

The Ducks are also on a hot streak. They’ve won three in a row with wins over the Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks. The Ducks’ wins haven’t been as dominant, but a win streak is a win streak, especially with as many injuries as the Ducks have had to deal with. Anaheim is currently missing Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Ondrej Kase, Jared Boll and Ryan Miller. That injured list includes both of their top six centers, a fourth liner, a young rising star, and their backup goaltender. Their injuries are extensive.

On the flip side, the Ducks now have their five best defensemen back and healthy for the first time this season. The defensemen join John Gibson, who is posting a .924 save percentage this season and is a perfect 12-0-0 when the team allows more than 36 shots against. A true volume goaltender.


The Knights’ goaltender hasn’t been bad recently, either. For the first time, Lagace has strung together two starts over a .900 save percentage and is coming off a performance against the Los Angeles Kings in which he made 27 saves on 29 shots. Lagace didn’t allow the second goal until the game was well in hand.

So can the young goaltender keep his winning streak alive against another division rival? When he has been hot so far this season, the Knights have done really well, as they are 3-1-0 when Lagace posts a save percentage above .900. The loss came in a 2-1 game in Boston, and the goaltender can’t be blamed for a lack of offense.

Scoring in bursts

Speaking of offense, the Knights have had plenty of it recently. Over their past three wins, the Golden Knights have scored multiple goals in five of nine periods. In three others, however, they posted no goals. The Golden Knights have found that their momentum translates quite well within a 20 minute period, but doesn’t necessarily make the jump from one period to the next.

If this continues versus the Ducks, it’s great news. The last time the Ducks allowed multiple goals in a period (Nov. 3 against the Nashville Predators) they lost. If the Ducks allow the Golden Knights to score two or more goals in a period, they may see the same result, as many opponents have discovered.

Knights players themselves are scoring in bursts as well. At least three of Vegas’ players have scored multiple points in each of the last five <a href=""></a> victories, and at least one player has achieved that in all of the Knights’ wins.

The Youths

Lagace, Shea Theodore, Brendan Leipsic, Alex Tuch, and Tomas Nosek are all rookies this season. So are Oscar Dansk and Malcolm Subban. Each of these rookies have accomplished things that show their worth to Vegas’ front office going forward. They’ve also each been important to a Knights’ victory at one point or another.

Theodore has played 21 minutes in both of the last two games. While he hasn’t shown up on the scoreboard since the Nov. 6 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he has shown improvement. He’s becoming stouter defensively, and Gerard Gallant is rewarding him for it.

Leipsic has a point in each of his last two games, both assists. He’s still looking for his first goal, and he will break through at some point. But his playmaking skills are not in question, even while playing limited minutes.

Tuch’s scoring abilities have been well proven, and he has five goals since being called up from the Chicago Wolves. He also has two points in each of his last two games, and his goal against the Kings was the one that cemented a victory. He played 18:34 in that game, as well as adding two blocks.

Lastly, Nosek has been important on the penalty kill (he’s ninth on the team in shorthanded time on ice, with 19:46), and has scored two goals and five points so far this season. He’s also started 53.7 percent of his even-strength shifts in the defensive zone and has still found ways to produce.

These rookies can be relied upon at times, and that’s an excellent thing both against the Ducks and moving forward this season.

A vote — from anyone — is a terrible thing to waste

Every political party gets out the vote on voting day.

Their vote. And only their vote.

GOTV, as it’s called, is an axiom of <a href=""></a> democracy. And yet the better that parties get at GOTV, the less democratic the turnout tends to be. From one election to the next, a political movement masters the technique or musters the technology to outhustle all rivals on voting day. But do we really want elections decided on the strength of a well-oiled electoral machine rather than a well-honed democratic impulse?

What if we got out the full vote (GOTFV) with a full pull — motivated not by partisanship but participation?

That’s what the Canadian Muslim Vote tried in the last federal election — and plans again for the coming provincial ballot. Mindful that Muslims vote far less than others, the group’s volunteers focused on their own faith group — but without trying to divine anyone’s partisan loyalties.

“We didn’t care who they’d vote for,” said Seher Shafiq, part of the leadership team at the non-partisan, non-profit organization.

As long as they voted for someone. For too long, too many of Canada’s 1.3 million Muslims voted for no one, she told a panel on democratic engagement that I moderated at Ryerson University on the weekend because this issue is crucial for me. Her group tried to understand how Muslim participation in the 2011 election was a mere 35 to 45 per cent in key ridings, compared to the national turnout of 61 per cent.

“We were shocked by this research . . . and we wanted to know why,” Shafiq told a couple of hundred democracy activists at the conference sponsored by Ryerson’s Leadership Lab and the Open Democracy Project.

The reasons were both banal and discouraging; people didn’t know who to vote for, how to vote, how to master the issues, and how to get engaged. In short, how they could make a difference.

Focused mostly on ridings in the Greater Toronto Area — where most volunteers, and most Muslims, happen to live — the group attended hundreds of grassroots events, paid for robocalls, mounted a social media push, and knocked on thousands of doors. Celebrity endorsements were part of the campaign, including Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri.

The bigger stars, however, were influential imams at local mosques. Her group persuaded them to praise the virtues of civic engagement and democracy in their regular sermons.

“For the first time ever, people saw the Muslim community was organizing politically,” she told the audience. “We really felt the buzz.”

It added up to a dramatic increase in the Islamic turnout — 79 per cent in the 2015 election versus 45 per cent in the previous vote, according to public opinion research commissioned by the group. In nine GTA ridings targeted by the <a href=""></a> group, the Islamic turnout averaged 88 per cent.

The Canadian Muslim Vote doesn’t take full credit for the improvement. Community concerns were bubbling up over perceived anti-Islamic rhetoric after the Stephen Harper government talked about banning religious face coverings, and proposed a “barbaric cultural practices” snitch line.

But I asked Shafiq if lessons learned from the Muslim mobilization could be transferable to other groups in the next provincial election. She is already comparing notes with Black Vote Canada and other organizations that motivate voters.

“Without talking to them — and having people who look like them talk to them — I don’t think they will be as engaged as they could be.”

Fellow panelist Dave Meslin, a grassroots activist trying to reform the electoral system, dismissed traditional GOTV as “a scam” that merely harasses people on election day, with little evidence that it improves democratic outcomes.


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