Archive for November, 2015

NFL-Ravens beat Browns with touchdown off blocked field goal (Reuters)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Baltimore Ravens safety Will Hill gave up the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter Monday night, but he atoned for that error in a big way. Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards on the final play of regulation, lifting his team to a 33-27 win over the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens (4-7), playing with backup quarterback Matt Schaub plus backup running backs Javorius Allen and Terrance West, avenged a 33-30 loss to the Browns on Oct. 11 in Baltimore.

Last-gasp drama as Ravens stun Browns (AFP)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Will Hill returned a last-gasp blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown as the Baltimore Ravens scored a dramatic 33-27 win over the Cleveland Browns on Monday. The Ravens had looked set to suffer an agonising late defeat as Cleveland kicker Travis Coons stepped up for what would have been a game-winning 51-yard field goal with the last play of regulation.

NFL standings (Reuters)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Dec 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the NFL on Monday AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCEAFC EAST W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. New England 10 1 0 1 347 212 .909 2. NY Jets 6 5 0 0 272 228 .545 3. Buffalo 5 6 0 0 266 257 .455 4. Miami 4 7 0 0 225 287 .364 AFC NORTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Cincinnati 9 2 0 0 297 193 .818 2. Pittsburgh 6 5 0 1 266 230 .545 3. Baltimore 4 7 0 1 259 276 .364 4. Cleveland 2 9 0 1 213 310 .182 AFC SOUTH W L T OTL PF PA PCT 1. Indianapolis 6 5 0 1 249 260 .545 2. Houston 6 5 0 0 232 234 .545 3. Jacksonville 4 7 0 1 236 299 .364 4. Tennessee 2 9 0 0 203 257 . ...

Browns find a new low, lose on a blocked field goal for a touchdown (Shutdown Corner)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
The factory of sadness produced a moment that is only believable from the Cleveland Browns. The Browns lined up for a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation on Monday night. And the Baltimore Ravens ended up winning the game on that play. Ravens defensive end Brent Urban blocked the kick. Safety Will Hill scooped it up and returned it down the sideline for a touchdown to finish a surprisingly entertaining 33-27 Baltimore win. The Browns managed to lose a home game against a Ravens team that came in 3-7 and was without Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith and Terrell Suggs, among others. This tweet from the Browns' account right after the final play sums it all up: Unbelievable... — Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 1, 2015 And this hilarious/sad video is the essence of life as a Browns fan: Only the @Browns ?????? pic.twitter.com/IxMOWdAg0m — Matt Alberson (@malberson6) December 1, 2015 The final two minutes were a comedy of errors. After the Browns got the ball back on another Matt Schaub interception, they had some strange clock management errors despite having two timeouts. They ran straight ahead for no gain on the play before the blocked field goal, which was a long attempt with a low trajectory. It seemed somehow fitting that on the block Urban got penetration between Browns offensive guard Cameron Erving and defensive tackle Danny Shelton, Cleveland's two somewhat disappointing first-round picks. Browns fans might be numb to it all at this point. They have the worst record in the NFL since re-entering the league in 1999. They're 2-9 after that brutal loss. Johnny Manziel, their 2014 first-round pick, had to watch Austin Davis play quarterback when Josh McCown left with a right shoulder injury because Manziel had been demoted to third string for partying on the bye week and lying to the team when a video of it surfaced. The Browns might be the NFL's most hopeless franchise. Coach Mike Pettine's time seems to be running out, and the strange ending to Monday night's game won't help. The team has had four first-round picks the past two years and none of them have made a huge impact. Cornerback Justin Gilbert, taken before Odell Beckham last year, is almost certainly going to go down as a bust. He has barely played on defense this season. Manziel was picked ahead of Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr, and his career seems to be hanging on by a string. Erving has been overpowered at times. Shelton hasn't been great either. There isn't a ton of hope in Cleveland, and it's not supposed to be that way in the NFL. The way the league promotes parity, every team should be able to turn it around in a year or two with just a few good decisions. But that's the problem. The Browns haven't made many good decisions. So when Hill picked up the blocked field goal and went for the touchdown, it was just another stomach punch for the beleaguered Browns fans. The way things have gone for them the past 17 seasons, they probably figured it was coming before the ball was even snapped. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Garret Sparks has historic debut with Maple Leafs

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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Garret Sparks certainly knows how to make a great first impression. In his first career NHL start, the rookie delivered a shutout in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night at Air Canada Centre. No other goaltender in team history has ever accomplished that feat.

Leafs’ Garret Sparks delivers shutout in NHL debut

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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Shutouts don't come easy for the Maple Leafs. Rookie Garret Sparks made it happen Monday night. The 22-year-old Sparks stopped 24 shots in his NHL debut to lead Toronto to a 3-0 win over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Monday.

Seahawks blow as knee injury ends Graham's NFL season (AFP)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a torn tendon in his knee, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed. Graham was injured during the fourth quarter of Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers as he tried to catch a pass from Russell Wilson in the end zone. "We've loved Jimmy Graham coming to our team and we're very grateful that he's been part of it," Carroll said.

Missouri governor, Rams owner meet day before NFL meeting (The Associated Press)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon met with Rams owner Stan Kroenke Monday, the day before an NFL owners meeting in Dallas where teams will discuss putting a franchise in Los Angeles. Nixon spokeswoman Channing Ansley confirmed the meeting at Rams Park but declined to comment further. Owners of the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are all exploring moves to Los Angeles.

Barry Bonds discussing job with Marlins as hitting coach: report

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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A person familiar with the discussions says Barry Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach.

Rivers-to-Gates, plus some luck, helps Bolts end skid (The Associated Press)

Monday, November 30th, 2015
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Chargers finally found a way to win, and not surprisingly, the Philip Rivers-to-Antonio Gates connection was a big reason.