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    Tim, Bill and Doug talk about what we learned about Ohio State's offensive line, including the growing possibility of Michael Jordan starting at center. Watch video

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For the third time in as many years, Ohio State could be starting a converted guard at center.

    During Saturday's open practice, Michael Jordan was working out as the first-team center. He had been the starter at left guard for the last two seasons.

    If indeed he starts there, he will follow Pat Elflein in 2016 and Billy Price in 2017 as guards who moved over to center. Acting head coach Ryan Day wrote in his note on Friday that Jordan is battling with fifth-year senior Brady Taylor for the starting center job.

    So if Jordan indeed starts at center for Ohio State when it hosts Oregon State on Sept. 1, how will that impact the offensive line?

    Watch Bill Landis, Doug Lesmerises and I discuss it in the video above and remember to subscribe to the Ohio State Football on cleveland.com channel on YouTube.

    More from Ohio State camp

    Ohio State freshmen in position to crack the depth chart

    A Pete Werner surprise as Ohio State shuffles the linebacker pieces

    Depth chart projection and notes from Saturday's practice

    Videos from Saturday's final practice of training camp

    What we learned from Ryan Day's camp update


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    Greg Allen's career-high 12-game hit streak could not have come at a better time for the Cleveland Indians.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Rookie outfielder Greg Allen couldn't have picked a better time to ride a career-high 12-game hitting streak for the Cleveland Indians.

    Since being recalled from Triple-A Columbus for the fifth time this season, Allen is hitting .353 (12-for-34) with three RBI and six runs scored. He rejoined the club Aug. 9 when Leonys Martin went on the disabled list and the Indians are 8-2 in that stretch.

    Allen was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, reaching base three times in Cleveland's 8-0 win against Baltimore on Sunday at Progressive Field. His 12-game streak matches Cincinnati's Jesse Winker for the longest by a rookie in the majors this year.

    His production has boosted the bottom of Cleveland's batting order and helped the Indians push their lead in the American League Central Division to 12 games while narrowing the gap on Houston for the No. 2 playoff seed in the league.

    Manager Terry Francona said it's fun to see a young guy like Allen slide into the leadoff spot for a game when Francisco Lindor gets the day off and then contribute in a number of ways.

    "It helps, not just for the win, but it helps your roster, it helps everybody feel like there doing something," Francona said.

    During Allen's 12-game hitting streak, Francona has noticed the 25 year old is doing a better job of staying on pitches, where earlier he had been chasing.

    "He doesn't really chase balls down out of the zone," Francona said. "He's now either laying off or hitting the ball to left field or wherever and keeping the ball on a line, so he's giving himself a chance."

    Allen says he is just trying to remain consistent in his approach and put the ball in play.

    "Really just stressing preparation," Allen said. "Coming in ready to compete each and every day, and again, just find ways on base, find ways to increase traffic on the base paths and give our guys some ways to try and drive guys in."

    Allen says the experience has helped, both in success and in failure.

    "Obviously this year, there's been some ups and downs, but I've been able to navigate through those," he said. "Going through those processes and having those experiences teaches you a whole lot about how to approach the game. Usually [I] just try to use it as a teaching point to try and get better." 

    Allen's teammates are also taking notice. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger said he gets a kick out of seeing guys like Allen and Yandy Diaz step in and contribute to the lineup.

    "The streak Greg's on is pretty unbelievable in and of itself. He's been playing his butt off, not only at the plate -- at the plate just stands out to everybody -- but defensively, he's been doing his thing, too."

    President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti noted that Allen has continued to get better and more consistent in his last several big league stints.

    "Hopefully it's him just feeling more comfortable at the major league level and being able to translate some of the things he did so effectively in the minor leagues into his major-league plate appearances," Antonetti said.


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    Listen to our latest edition of the Orange and Brown Talk podcast.

    BEREA, Ohio -- Josh Gordon is back with the Browns. He's not allowed to practice yet, but he is with the team. So, what does it mean?

    Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe held a Facebook Live chat on cleveland.com's Facebook page on Sunday night. You'll hear the audio from that chat, including our thoughts on Josh Gordon, on this podcast.

    Then, listen to Dan's interview with Jabrill Peppers for a story he posted on cleveland.com last week. You can find that story here.

    Want our podcasts delivered directly to your phone? We have an Apple podcasts channel exclusively for this podcast. Subscribe to it here. You can also subscribe on Google Play and listen Spotify. Search Orange and Brown Talk podcast.

    You can also use our podcast's RSS feed in your podcast player of choice.

    You can download the podcast here.

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    After beating Raptors Uprising in the quarterfinals, 77-65, on Friday, Cleveland moved on to a best of three series in the semifinals against Knicks Gaming on Saturday.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cavs Legion's ended their inaugural season in the NBA 2K League just short of the Finals.

    After beating Raptors Uprising in the quarterfinals, 77-65, on Friday, Cleveland moved on to a best of three series in the semifinals against Knicks Gaming on Saturday.

    Lead by center Gerald "Sick x 973" Knapp's monster 11-point, 25-rebound, Cavs Legion drew first blood with an 83-72 win in Game 1. New York tied the series with tightly contested 79-77 victory in Game 2, setting up a decisive Game 3.

    Knicks Gaming got off to a quick start, building up an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Cavs Legion, on the strength of Sick's 30-point, 18-rebound performance as well as Brandon "Hood" Caicedo's equally massive 26-point, 13-assist game, battled all the way back before losing 81-78.

    New York, who finished the regular season with just a 5-9 record and entered the playoffs as the lowest seed, will now face Miami's Heat Check Gaming in the Finals on Saturday.


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    Gaines looked to have sufffered a serious knee injury, but it's a sprain. He's week to week.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns dodged a bullet with cornerback E.J. Gaines, who went down on Sunday with what appeared to be a serious right knee injury.

    Second on the depth chart behind Denzel Ward, Gaines is week-to-week with a sprained knee, a Browns spokesman said.

    He went down in practice Sunday after defending a pass to Jarvis Landry. He clutched the knee and was in obvious pain. He was carted off and underwent an MRI. 

    Gaines, signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Bills in March, had been making a strong case for playing time in recent weeks with multiple passes broken up. 

    "Obviously, he was a contributing member back there (in the secondary)," head coach Hue Jackson said on Sunday. "He was going to play and was slated to play."

    Gaines played 29 defensive snaps during Friday night's preseason game against the Bills, the seventh-most among Browns defenders. He signed with the team in March after spending 2017 with Buffalo. He spent his first three years in the league with the Rams.

    Cleveland Browns training camp, August 19, 2018Cleveland Browns defensive back E.J. Gaines is carted off the field with a trainer after injuring his knee grabs his knee during an 11-on-11 scrimmage in training camp, August 19, 2018, in Berea, Ohio. John Kuntz, cleveland.com 

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    A cross between a kayak and a rowing shell, a surfski boat takes advantage of human, wave, and engineering power to move through the water with the greatest of ease. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle and surf boards. You name it, I've ridden and written about it.

    Trust me, then, when I tell you: there's nothing else quite like a surfski. A cross between a kayak and a rowing shell, a surfski boat takes advantage of human, wave, and engineering power to move through the water with the greatest of ease. No other non-motorized craft I know enables two people to move so quickly.

    It's certainly a sight to behold. When I first spotted Will Hanson, owner of Aspire Fitness Studios, driving around town with his 24-foot surfski (surfski.info) strapped to his roof, I could hardly believe my eyes.

    The thing wasn't just enormous. It was beautiful: Long enough for eight but only built for two and barely wide enough for one. No wonder so many people stopped and stared when Hanson showed up at Merwin's Wharf the other day to take me for a spin on the Cuyahoga River. They'd never seen anything like it. I hadn't either.

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    There were brains to this beauty, too. In addition to its striking appearance, Hanson's surfski also boasted a small rudder with a pedal turning system and a mechanical bailer that automatically kicked into gear at high speed.

    Hanson's rationale for investing in a surfski was clear. An avid competitor in adventure races (triathlons with boating instead of swimming), he sought a boat that was lean and mean and would give him and his brother an edge over racing kayaks. He chose an Epic brand boat after finding a racing model for two at a price he liked.

    I suspect he also liked the exercise. More so even than kayak paddling, powering a surfski is all about core strength and stability. Simply put, the stronger your torso, the smoother and faster your ride will be.  

    I admit, the boat made me nervous at first. Because Hanson's surfski was so skinny and aqua-dynamic, it wobbled like crazy. It took all the balance and hip strength I had to keep from capsizing us. And this was while we were still sitting at the dock. When we pushed away from the post, I gasped.

    But all (okay, most) of my trepidation vanished when we started moving. Once Hanson and I were paddling in sync and twisting our cores to power each stroke, scooping water with our spoon-like oars, the boat stopped quivering and I was able to relax enough to fully savor the rush of flying through the water.

    And make no mistake: fly we did. I hadn't set out to help Hanson set a new personal top speed when I agreed to co-pilot his surfski, but that's exactly what I ended up doing. After hitting his previous record of 6.5 mph with minimal effort, we gunned it a few times and soon found ourselves cruising along at 8 mph.

    That was on flat water, too. Had conditions that day permitted, we might have paddled out to Lake Erie and attempted to "surf" waves as the boat's designers intended. How fast we might have gone in that scenario, I don't even want to imagine.

    What I can and want to imagine is getting back in a surfski. All my initial nerves notwithstanding, I had a blast in that boat. The list of watercraft I like to use is now one item longer.


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    Kevin Love thought he was dying the night of Nov. 5, when he laid on the floor inside the Cavaliers' locker room suffering from a panic attack. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kevin Love thought he was dying the night of Nov. 5, when he laid on the floor inside the Cavaliers' locker room suffering from a panic attack.

    "I had a moment where I thought I was going to die," Love said to Carson Daly on NBC's The Today Show in an interview which aired Monday.

    Love also shared the story with ESPN for a report on mental health that was published Monday.

     

    "I thought I was having a heart attack," Love continued. "I was running around looking for something that I couldn't find. I just wanted to get air. And so I ended up basically unconscious on the floor and putting my hand down my throat and trying to get something out of there, but there was nothing there."

    Love, 29, a five-time All-Star who signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavs last month, disclosed to the world in March his panic attack and confronting of mental health issues. He left the game against the Hawks on Nov. 5 because of the panic attack, and was transported to the Cleveland Clinic after the episode in the locker room.

    Love hadn't disclosed the details of what happened that night until Monday's media blitz -- he said Cavs trainer Steve Spiro found him lying on the floor that night.

    "I just remember him screaming my name, because you don't really know how to deal with that," Love said.

    Love's teammates were not told of his condition until Jan. 22 during a contentious team meeting in which they confronted him for leaving a game against the Thunder, leaving The Q before it was over, and then failing to show for practice the next day. Numerous sources told cleveland.com Love suffered that weekend from symptoms consist with his previous panic attack, but Love has publicly denied that.

    Either way, Love is now at the forefront of trying to erase the stigma of mental health issues, especially for famous men. Love thanked the Cavs the day he signed his contract extension for "having my back" on mental health.

    Spurs star DeMar DeRozan admitted to depression last year, and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue disclosed during the Finals his prolonged illness that cost him 10 games was related to anxiety.

    Daly disclosed his own battles with panic attacks and mental health on The Today Show after Love's revelation in March.

    "Kevin, since I've shared my story, largely inspired by you, I'm amazed -- everywhere I go people are like, 'hey, the anxiety piece you did on The Today Show, thank you so much,'" Daly said to Love.

    "Everywhere I go, it's the same with you -- having the courage to be up front with this kind of thing, has been unlike anything I've ever experienced," Love said.

    In ESPN's piece on mental health, former Cavs coach John Lucas estimated that 40 percent of NBA players are dealing with some kind of mental health issue, but less than 5 percent had sought help.

    "It's an epidemic in our league," Lucas told ESPN. "I'm talking about everything from ADHD to bipolar to anxiety and depression."


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    Francisco Lindor is following the progress of the Puerto Rican team at the Little League World Series.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Tribe shortstop Francisco Lindor watched the Little League World Series on television when he was growing up and recalls how the players would name their favorite big leaguers during introductions on each broadcast.

    Now players representing Puerto Rico at the tournament in Williamsport, Pa., are saying "Lindor" when asked to name their favorite. And they're looking the part.

    "It's special, because I remember watching it when I was little and seeing (Carlos) Beltran, Yadi (Molina) and all the other guys get named and now my name is out there," Lindor said. "It's pretty cool that kids see me that way and they try to imitate me."

    The team from Guayama, Puerto Rico -- hometown of Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario -- is even imitating one of Lindor's signature looks. Before the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Lindor and Houston shortstop Carlos Correa showed up to camp with dyed blond hair. It inspired the whole Puerto Rican team and their coaches to dye their hair for the duration of the tournament as part of Team Rubio ("rubio" is Spanish for "blond").

    Eventually the look spread to fans of the Puerto Rican national team, and caused an island-wide shortage of blond hair dye during the club's run to the WBC finals. Now, Lindor says every team that represents Puerto Rico in an international baseball tournament has adopted the style.

    "It's funny," Lindor said. "We left a mark on everybody in Puerto Rico. We're all Team Rubio. Team Blond. It's pretty cool."

    Lindor marveled at the way the young Boricuas from Guayama have overcome adversity to reach Williamsport. As the Indians and all of Major League Baseball witnessed in April, the island is still in desperate need of resources and support as its people recover from the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

    "It shows that the game never stops," Lindor said. "They always continue to play the game. In tough times, we stick together. We go out there and try to cover it with what we love to do."

    The Puerto Rican team went undefeated in the Little League Caribbean Regional tournament, defeating the squad from Curacao in the final to reach Williamsport. They drew a tough opponent in the opening round of the international bracket on Thursday, falling to the team from South Korea, 4-2, in nine innings.

    But they fought back to eliminate Australia on Saturday, 6-0, and set up a showdown today at 1 p.m. against the team from Arraijan, Panama.

    "They're living their dream right now," Lindor said. "Their dream was to win the championship in Puerto Rico and come out here and represent Puerto Rico. They look like they're having fun, which is the most important. It's definitely a special moment for them and I wish them nothing but the best."

    LLWS BaseballThe Caribbean Region Champion Little League team from Guayama, Puerto Rico, participates in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Little League World Series. 

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    See where the Buckeyes will begin the season in the Associated Press top-25 college football poll.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The voters in the Associated Press college football top-25 poll didn't seem to punish Ohio State too much for the uncertainty surrounding head coach Urban Meyer.

    The Buckeyes came in at No. 5 in the preseason poll, maintaining the top-five status they would have had regardless. Polls were due on Aug. 14. Ohio State has still not released its findings regarding its investigation of Meyer and how he handled domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach in 2015. But the impact of that seemed minimal in the voting for the preseason AP poll.

    Ohio State was No. 3 in the preseason coaches poll, released on Aug. 2, and only landed two spots lower in the AP poll. I voted Ohio State No. 3, and decided not to penalize the Buckeyes with the investigation still ongoing. I'm not sure I would have dropped them much if we knew Meyer wasn't the coach anyway. The roster is the roster, and OSU's talent is/would still be among the best in the country.

    AP poll: Bill Landis preseason ballot

    Alabama is the No. 1 team in the preseason poll for the third-straight year. The Crimson Tide received 42 first-place votes. No. 2 Clemson received 18 first-place votes, while No. 4 Wisconsin received one.

    Penn State (10), Michigan State (11) and Michigan (14) are the other Big Ten teams in the poll. TCU, Ohio State's opponent in week three, was ranked No. 16.

    The full preseason AP poll is below:

    1. Alabama (42 first-place votes)

    2. Clemson (18)

    3. Georgia

    4. Wisconsin (1)

    5. Ohio State

    6. Washington

    7. Oklahoma

    8. Miami

    9. Auburn

    10. Penn State

    11. Michigan State

    12. Notre Dame

    13. Stanford

    14. Michigan

    15. USC

    16. TCU

    17. West Virginia

    18. Mississippi State

    19. Florida State

    20. Virginia Tech

    21. UCF

    22. Boise State

    23. Texas

    24. Oregon

    25. LSU


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    Tirico will be joined by returning analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison as well as NFL Insider Mike Florio. Liam McHugh will take over Tirico's previous role of as on-site host for "Sunday Night Football."

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There will be a new, yet familiar face on the anchor desk when "Football Night in America" returns to NBC for the 2018 NFL season.

    Mike Tirico has been named to replace Dan Patrick, who hosted the Sunday night highlight/pregame show since 2008 but announced earlier this year his intention to leave the program.

    Tirico will be joined in the studio by returning analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison as well as NFL Insider Mike Florio. Liam McHugh will take over Tirico's previous role of as on-site host for "Sunday Night Football."

    The "Sunday Night Football" team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya remains intact.

    "As one of the most accomplished, respected and versatile voices in sports, Mike was the logical choice to move into the Football Night studio," said NBC Sports executive Sam Flood in a release. "He will anchor our show, set the scene, and educate the audience by extracting analysis, expertise, and news from Tony, Rodney, and Mike."

    Patrick told the New York Post back in March NBC offered him a five-year contract  but "I didn't want to do it and not love doing it," he said. 

    Tirico has been the main host for NBC Sports since coming over from ESPN in 2016. He anchors the Olympics, horse racing's Triple Crown and major golf events, and calls play-by-play for Notre Dame football.

    NBC kicks off the season Thursday, Sept. 6 with the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons.


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    Shon Coleman lost his starting spot on the offensive line to Austin Corbett. Is there a way they can both still help the Browns?

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One up, one down, one starting, one maybe gone.

    Austin Corbett and Shon Coleman were separated by five lockers inside FirstEnergy Stadium after the Browns' second preseason game Thursday night and heading opposite ways.

    Does it have to be this way with the Browns, every success story matched by a failure?

    Receiver Rashard Higgins has impressed this camp, but Corey Coleman was dumped. The fact that Corbett has seized a starting job at left guard, his rise necessitated by Shon Coleman losing his starting spot at left tackle and Joel Bitonio sliding from guard to tackle, does that mean this Coleman is also done in Cleveland?

    Corbett, the rookie second-round pick from Nevada with a tattoo of an eagle and his last name on his right upper back, improved ten-fold from the preseason opener to what he showed Thursday. He consistently sealed off blocks in the run game and looked for work in pass protection, without glaring failures of misunderstanding.

    The father of his best friend texted after the game to give him a hard time, and Corbett laughed because he knew he improved. Can a 22-year-old glow after a preseason game? 

    He's figuring it out, admitting he's finally dispatching the tackle thinking of his college days (he started 49 games at left tackle at Nevada) and getting in guard mode. He had to.

    The Browns need him. They really need him.

    "They need the best person they can get, whether that's you or someone else," Corbett said. "That's the nature of the game we play. I'm doing everything I can to make sure I'm one of those guys at the end of the day. You've got to have that mindset where you get locked into a position and you never let go."

    Coleman did let go, the starting left tackle job that was handed to him by the retirement of Joe Thomas ripped away by Hue Jackson early in camp. Jackson didn't like what he saw and acted quickly to shift Bitonio and promote Corbett. Coleman went from first-team left tackle to second-team right tackle and could fall further still.

    The Browns signed former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson in June and have worked undrafted free agent Desmond Harrison at second-team tackle as well. Coleman was old coming out of Auburn, so entering his third NFL season he's already 26. But he started all 16 games at right tackle a year ago. Chris Hubbard is locked into the right tackle job now, and Bitonio-Corbett is working on the left side.

    So maybe this is progress - a starter one year is in danger of not making the team the next, because maybe the Browns are that much better. 

    They clearly aren't waiting on Coleman.

    "If you want the job, whatever job you want, you have to go get it," Jackson said of Coleman on Sunday. "You have to work at it. We have to play the best players. It's all about performance. It is not about somebody's feelings or any of that. This is a performance-based business, and Shon understands that. If he wants the job back, he has to go back and earn it."

    Baker Mayfield got blown up on a sack behind the second team Thursday on a miscommunication that looked like Coleman's fault, as he disengaged with a defender to pick up an outside blitzer that running back Nick Chubb was ready to handle. The player Coleman let go then buried the Browns' No. 1 pick.

    But playing with a second-team line that clearly struggled, Coleman wasn't a glaring weakness every play. Another blitzer flushed Mayfield in the fourth quarter after shooting past Coleman, but when engaged, Coleman wasn't constantly losing individual matchups.

    It's not hard to see Coleman as the odd man out here, if the Browns believe more in Robinson and Harrison as their tackle depth. Coleman's status as a previous starter or third-round pick in 2016 won't matter. 

    Is Coleman concerned about making the roster?

    "No, I don't even worry about that," he told me after Thursday's game. "I worry about what I can do on the field."

    Maybe the ship is sailing on another Coleman on Cleveland, but in an ideal world, I think the Browns would need both Corbett and Coleman. Yes, this rookie looks ready. But yes, this former starter who's only in year three, he's still worth something, too. 

    "I know I'm a guy that has a lot of ability, and obviously I can play both sides at tackle," Coleman said. "My big thing is just doing whatever the team needs me to do."

    He doesn't sound like a guy following the Corey Coleman plan, as shown on Hard Knocks, of asking for a trade after a demotion to second team. He still can be needed, even after losing a starting job.

    "I'm guessing so," Coleman said. "I'm still developing. I've got a lot of room for improvement. But at this point, I'm just trying to get better and let things fall in place however they may fall in place."

    As the Browns clearly improve their starting talent, depth, especially on both lines, remains an issue. 

    So let Corbett serve as an answer.

    "Come Week 1, I'm going to make sure that my name is coming out in that first starting five," Corbett said.

    But I'm hoping Coleman can provide an answer about depth as a former starter worth keeping rather than as another former failed high pick sent packing.

    "I know I can show a lot more," Coleman said, "by just developing into that player that I envision myself being."

    Finding a success story without packaging it with a failure? That's when you'll know the Browns are headed somewhere.


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    A gentle suggestion to drop the nickname first bestowed on the group by Zach Smith.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Zach Smith created the name for the Ohio State receivers in 2014, and it stuck.

    Zone Six.

    Actually coined by receiver Dontre Wilson that spring, Smith grabbed the name and ran. By November, there were separate Zone Six stickers for the receivers, a special name for a group once called a clown show by Urban Meyer in 2012.

    "We operate on the power of a unit, and I wanted our unit to be the strongest unit on the team," Smith said in November of 2014. "Whatever it is, and however that mentality got developed, I wanted to kind of help that along."

    Ditch it now.

    Whatever is decided this week about the future of football coach Urban Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith, Zach Smith is gone from Ohio State football and will never return. Though never charged by the police with a domestic-violence crime, the past month has made clear he's a person that Ohio State should want no part of.

    The Buckeyes should forget about him.

    So drop the name he helped bring to Ohio State football, back when Smith was an assistant coach in constant need of attention. Since that 2014 season, his receivers haven't performed to the level of Kerry Coombs' cornerbacks or Larry Johnson's defensive ends or Tony Alford's running backs. 

    But Smith still made his receivers separate.

    Alford has dubbed his running back room Tote Nation, and the secondary has used the letters BIA - for Best in America. The defense as a whole has claimed a Silver Bullets nickname that dates back decades, but no small unit group bought into a name like the receivers.

    Zach Smith, always an embarrassing loose cannon on social media, went as far as to accuse NBA father LaVar Ball of stealing his Zone Six logo in a series of ludicrous tweets in 2017.

    Do you want that 20 years from now, Ohio State receivers still going by Zone 6, someone asking where the name came from, and a Zach Smith tale emerging?

    The grandson of Ohio State legend Earle Bruce, Smith was handed a career in football by his bloodlines and connections, and we now know he handled that career carelessly. Gifted a full-time assistant coaching job at Ohio State well before his 30th birthday, a job that should be treated as gold in the coaching business, he threw it away.

    So throw away any part of Ohio State football touched by Zach Smith.

    It's a minor point maybe. It's just a name. But the Buckeyes are trying a rebranding.

    Interim receivers coach Brian Hartline tweeted out a video featuring the receivers on Sunday, with the hashtag #NewZone6.

    Included in the video is a screenshot that reads:  

    Chapter Eighteen

    The New Zone Six

     

    Why is it new? All the receivers are back from a year ago. None of them are new. What's new is no Smith. What's new is Hartline in charge.

    So make a clean break. New Zone Six? How about no Zone Six.

    It's their room. Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, K.J. Hill, Austin Mack, Ben Victor, Demario McCall and the young receivers have put in the work, so they can call themselves anything they want to call themselves.

    A big season for the receivers may be ahead. Replacing Smith, whose coaching had been questionable at best for several seasons, with Hartline is a step up for Ohio State.

    I'd suggest a step away as well.

    This season is about Campbell, Dixon, McLaurin, Hill, Mack and the rest of the players in that room. It's not about who coaches them. It's not about what they're called.

    Here's a suggested name for them.

    The Ohio State receivers.

    The players in that room should understand that being a Buckeye has always been enough, even if others forgot that.


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    A Senate bill that could legalize sports gambling will get committee hearings but likely not be voted by the full chamber, Ohio Senate President Larry Obohf said. The U.S. Supreme Court in May paved the way for states to allow the gambling.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sports fans hoping to bet for - or against - the Browns will likely not be able to do so lawfully in Ohio this year.

    Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said Senate Bill 316, which would legalize sports gambling, will be vetted in a committee after the November election. The bill will probably not hit the Senate floor for a vote in 2018, said Obhof, a Medina Republican.

    In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled each state could decide whether to legalize sports betting. At the time, only Nevada allowed full-scale sports gambling. But other states are now starting to legalize it.

    SB 316 has no specifics. Sponsors said they introduced the bill as a place-holder among the dozens of bills in the Senate, and they plan to fill in the details later. A House bill also lacks details and will likely contain the same provisions as the Senate's bill.

    Obhof said he personally believes the legislature doesn't have the right to legalize sports gambling. He said the Ohio Constitution prohibits gambling, except under specific circumstances - which the voters approved. He believes any sports betting would also have to be amended into the constitution by a vote.

    "I think there is a pretty serious legal question of -- irrespective of the federal court decision this year - whether or not we could even have sports gaming here, if that's something the legislature could even authorize, even if they wanted to," he said.

    The legal questions may be sorted out as the committee holds hearings on the bill, he said.

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    Obhof said he would probably vote against a sports gambling constitutional amendment, saying he's not interested in expanding gambling in Ohio.

    The gambling industry is promising big bucks to Ohio in the form of revenues, but Obhof is skeptical.

    "First, I think that some of the numbers that some of the proponents are talking about are probably exaggerated," he said. "Whether it is a revenue generator or not I think is a second question before you decide whether it's legal or not, if it's constitutional or not."


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    Michigan named Shea Patterson as its starting quarterback on Monday. Here is what it means for the Wolverines.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Michigan officially named former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson as its starter on Monday. He was expected to be the starter after being granted immediate eligibility back in April.

    Patterson was the former No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 4 overall player in the class of 2016 according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.

    He started seven games last season for the Rebels, completing nearly 64 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. But he suffered a season-ending torn right PCL in a loss to LSU.

    Patterson transferred from Ole Miss following the season, just days after the NCAA levied sanctions against the Rebels.

    In Patterson, the Wolverines have something at quarterback they haven't had since Jim Harbaugh came to Michigan. Patterson was a highly-touted quarterback who has started and put up some good numbers in the SEC. Lance Zierlein of NFL.com listed him No. 10 among his top quarterbacks to watch in college football this season.

    And in 2017, Michigan was not good at passing the football. The trio of John O'Korn, Brandon Peters and Wilton Speight combined to start all 13 games. Between them, they completed just 53.5 percent of their passes for 2,226 yards, nine TDs and 10 interceptions. They were No. 111 in the FBS in yards per game, No. 113 in completion percentage and tied with Minnesota and Old Dominion for No. 119 in passing touchdowns.

    O'Korn graduated and Speight transferred to UCLA. Peters, along with redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton, were the others vying for the starting job.

    Harbaugh had Iowa transfer Jake Rudock as his starting quarterback in 2015.

    That year, Rudock had the best season for a quarterback in Harbaugh's time at Michigan. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,017 yards, 20 TDs and nine interceptions. That's almost 800 more yards than Michigan had in all of 2017, and with more than twice as many touchdown passes.

    Michigan opens its season on Sept. 1 at Notre Dame, before finishing the season at Ohio State on Nov. 24.


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    The university's investigation of Meyer wrapped up on Sunday. The board will discuss the findings on Wednesday.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday to discuss the findings of the university's investigation involving head football coach Urban Meyer.

    The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at Longaberger Alumni House. It will begin in open session, but move to a closed executive session "for the entirety of the personnel matters discussion."

    The university's final decision regarding Meyer will be made by university President Michael Drake, in consultation with the board.

    Meyer has been on paid administrative leave since Aug. 1, when the school announced an investigation into what Meyer knew about domestic abuse allegations against a former assistant coach in 2015, and how that information was handled. A team from the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton completed the investigation on Sunday.

    The investigative team will verbally share its findings with the board on Monday, according to a school release, but the board will not discuss the findings or make any decisions before Wednesday.

    "(Monday's) briefing is to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday's meeting," the statement read.

    Ohio State did not put a deadline on the final resolution, only saying last week that Drake's decision will come "following deliberations with the board, and appropriate time for consideration."

    The football team opens the 2018 season on Sept. 1 against Oregon State.

    The university's release can be found in its entirety below:

    "The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to discuss personnel matters related to the investigation involving Urban Meyer. The meeting will be held at Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road. In keeping with Ohio open meetings law, the meeting will be convened in public session before entering executive session for the entirety of the personnel matters discussion.

    The investigative team will verbally share its findings to the board today in an informational briefing. The board will not deliberate or discuss any public business or make any decisions today based on the information presented during the session. Today's briefing is to ensure that board members are adequately prepared to discuss this matter at Wednesday's meeting."


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    Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talk about the Browns' defensive outlook in 2018. Watch video

    BEREA, Ohio --Browns safety Damarious Randall called the Browns' defense dominant after Friday night's game against the Bills. The first-team defense forced four consecutive three-and-outs.

    Can the Browns defense be a dominant unit this season? Mary Kay Cabot and I looked at the reasons it could be possible in the video above.


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    Ohio State freshman cornerback Tyreke Johnson is the 10th freshman in the class of 2018 to lose his black stripe.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State now has 10 members of its 2018 freshmen class that have lost their black stripes, meaning they are officially Buckeyes.

    Freshman cornerback Tyreke Johnson lost his stripe on Monday.

    Johnson, who was a five-star prospect from Florida, enrolled early at Ohio State. He and Shaun Wade were teammates in high school at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville.

    Johnson was the No. 21 overall player and No. 2 safety in the country according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.

    In case you missed any of the black stripe removals from camp, you can see them all here.


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    Jackson reiterates that Mayfield won't get any first-team reps in preseason.

    BEREA, Ohio -- Hue Jackson emphatically re-iterated Monday that Baker Mayfield won't get any first-team reps this preseason.

    "No, no, no, no, no,'' he said. "Everybody's asked me that a ton of times. Why? I'm going to tell you the reason why. We are learning a new system, and I think Tyrod (Taylor) needs every rep that he can get with the ones.

    "I think Baker's doing outstanding with the twos. If something happens and we need to put him there, we will. Right now, that hasn't happened."

    The Browns break camp on Tuesday, but they still have plenty of practices before the opener against the Steelers Sept. 9, and two more preseason games, Thursday night against the Eagles and Aug. 30th in Detroit.

    Mayfield had an excellent preseason debut against the Giants and followed that up by giving the Browns a spark in Friday night's 19-17 loss to the Bills.

    But Jackson has been adamant from day one that Taylor is his starter and that it wasn't going to change.

    After the Giants game, Jackson was asked if he'd do anything differently in the wake of Mayfield's encouraging performance, and he said "nothing's changed.''

    True to his word, he kept Mayfield exclusively with the second team offense, regardless of the fact he might have to step in for Taylor at some point. But the Browns are so laser-focused on getting ready for the Steelers and getting to winning, Mayfield's development is not the focus right now.

    And that's no surprise to him. The Browns laid out the plan for him right from the start, and he always knew if would be that way.

    Besides, coming from behind is his M.O. He walked on at Texas Tech and Oklahoma and earned the starting job both times.
     
    "Whenever I got to Texas Tech I wasn't given an opportunity to get out there as well,'' he said. "Then when I got to (Oklahoma) I was on scout team. It's how I've always handled it. Whatever opportunity I get, to make sure I get better I need to take advantage of that.''

    In addition to not working with the first-team offense through the first 17 days of camp, Mayfield has occasionally gone up against the first team defense in practice while surrounded by backups. It's been a great learning experience for him, and has provided a glimpse of just how far he has to go.

    "Whenever I get a chance to get my reps in, that's a good challenge for me,'' he said. "Whoever I'm with, I still have to do my job and the most important thing for me is raising their expectations and their level of play as well.''


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    Corey Kluber and Rick Porcello will face each other Monday night in a four-game series between the Indians and Red Sox at Fenway Park.

    BOSTON -- Here are the starting lineups for Monday night's game between the Indians and Red Sox at Fenway Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

    INDIANS

    SS Francisco Lindor.

    LF Michael Brantley.

    3B Jose Ramirez.

    DH Yandy Diaz.

    1B Yonder Alonso.

    RF Melky Cabrera.

    2B Jason Kipnis.

    C Yan Gomes.

    CF Greg Allen.

    RHP Corey Kluber, 15-6, 2.68.

    RED SOX

    RF Mookie Betts.

    LF Andrew Benintendi.

    1B Mitch Moreland.

    DH J.D. Martinez.

    SS Xander Bogaerts.

    2B Ian Kinsler.

    3B Brock Holt.

    C Sandy Leon.

    CF Jackie Bradley.

    RHP Rick Porcello, 15-5, 4.04.

    UMPIRES

    H Pat Hoberg.

    1B Brian Knight.

    2B Jeremie Rehak.

    3B Gerry Davis, crew chief.


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    Edwards managed parts of three seasons for the Cleveland Indians in the late 1980s.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Doc Edwards, who spent parts of his 57 years in professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians, died Monday at age 81.

    Howard Rodney "Doc" Edwards managed parts of three seasons for Cleveland from 1987-89. He was first signed by the club as a catcher in 1958 before going on to play for the Kansas City A's, Yankees and Phillies. Edwards was a career .238 hitter, with 15 homers and 87 RBIs in 317 games.

    Edwards began his coaching career with the Phillies organization and later came back to the Indians, eventually taking over as manager for Pat Corrales in 1987. The Tribe finished sixth in the American League East division in 1988 with a 78-84 record and Edwards was dismissed late in the 1989 campaign after going 65-78.

    John Hart, then a scout with the club, replaced Edwards at the helm for Cleveland before eventually becoming the team's general manager.

    Edwards posted an overall 173-207 record as a big league skipper. He also coached the Mets and in the minor leagues with the Yankees, Cubs and Expos.

    His last job in pro baseball was in 2014 with the independent San Angelo Colts.


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