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    The late Sen. John McCain started the movement for the Jack Johnson pardon.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The 11-month drought between fights for Yuandale Evans (20-1) ends on Oct. 27 when he faces WBA super featherweight champion Alberto Machado (20-0) in Madison Square Garden.

    Evans, out of East Cleveland, fought last in November when he won the WBC Continental Americas featherweight title here in Cleveland.

    Winning the title was not only to steer Evans into more fights, but at least into fights with financial incentives.

    But nothing happened. At least inside of the ring. Evans had an offer to fight in Columbus in the spring. Evans walked away because he wanted more than just a mere payday against an inferior opponent.

    "I wanted a big fight," Evans said. "I've just been on hold waiting for a call."

    Evans recently answered the call and signed to fight Machado.

    HBO will broadcast the fight that's on the undercard of the Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko bout for the vacant IBF middleweight title.

    "As a professional, you want to look at fighting in Madison Square Garden as the same as fighting in any ring," said Evans, who is 4-0 since his loss to Javier Fortuna in 2012. "But Madison Square Garden is a historical place and I'm fighting for a title. Many people don't get the opportunity to fight there and to fight for a title."

    Machado won his title with a KO over Jezreel Corrales last year. He defeated Rafael Mensah last month in his first title defense.

    Other than also being a southpaw, Evans does not know much about his opponent.

    "I know he has a title and 15,000 followers on social media, but I don't know much about the guy," Evans said. "I'm doing my research by watching him on video. But it doesn't matter, because he doesn't know much about me either."

    Quick jabs

    Only in boxing

    In a sport that has seen a fighter cry in the ring, Mike Tyson bite the ear of Evander Holyfield, and someone hang glide into the ring - I bet you have never seen anything like this:

    This week in boxing history

    Sept. 2, 1995: Frank Bruno wins by decision over Oliver McCall to retain the WBC heavyweight title.

    8 p.m., Saturday, (Facebook Watch):

    • Ryan Garcia vs. Carlos Morales, lightweights

    • Marvin Cabrera vs. Neeco Macias, junior middleweights


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    Notre Dame College will host No. 16 Shepherd on Saturday.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The 2018 college football season opens Thursday night.

    In Div. III, Baldwin Wallace will host Alma College at 6 p.m. at George Finnie Stadium.

    In Div. II, the No. 15 Ashland Eagles will host No. 4 Indiana (Pa.) at 7 p.m.

    The Yellow Jackets, who have won seven of their last 10 season openers, will play Alma for the first time.

    Senior quarterback Jake Hudson returns. He led the team with 2,027 passing yards. Hudson also amassed 519 rushing yards.

    Wide receivers Chad Steinwachs (35 receptions and six touchdowns) and Rob Wolfington (34 receptions with five touchdowns) also return.

    Defensively, junior free safety Kyle Kelly led the team in tackles last season. He'll lead the defense along with defensive back Ty Fields, the team's second-leading tackler last season.

    Listen to Baldwin Wallace vs. Alma live at wbwc.com.

    Ashland returns 17 players on defense among the team's top 26 tacklers. The defense is led by end James Prater Jr. and linebacker Tristan Reichelderfer.

    On offense, the Eagles will have a new starter at quarterback in Miami (Ohio) transfer Billy Bahl. He threw for 3,390 yards and 21 touchdowns for Miami.
    Andrew Vaughn (1,095 yards and 13 touchdowns) will lead the running game along with Keishaun Sims (455 yards four touchdowns).

    The strength of the offense is at wide receiver, where four of the top five performers from last year return in Logan Bolin (43 catches), Kamaron Green (35 catches), Jamie Hence (25 receptions) and Stanley Jackson Jr. (24 receptions).

    See the live video of Thursday's game here.

    Division II

    Thursday

    Indiana (Pa.) vs. Ashland, 7 p.m., Live broadcast

    Saturday

    Edinboro at Lake Erie, Noon, Live stats

    No. 16 Shepherd at Notre Dame, Noon, Live broadcast

    Division III

    Saturday

    Wabash (Ind.) at Hiram, 1 p.m., Live broadcast

    Oberlin at Kalamazoo College, 1 p.m., Live stats

    Rochester at Case Western Reserve, 7 p.m., Live stats

    Rose-Hulman at Mount Union, 7 p.m., Live broadcast

    John Carroll at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1 p.m., Live stats

    Alma at Baldwin Wallace, 6 p.m., Live broadcast


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    In a 2018 season preview, Bill, Tim and Doug break down why the Buckeyes are, and are not, strong contenders to win a national title this season.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On this week's Buckeye Talk Podcast, we zeroed in on a very simple question.

    Can Ohio State win it all?

    Bill Landis, Tim Bielik and I dove into that idea, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the 2018 Buckeyes, and making our season predictions for how things will unfold.

    We also previewed the season in a live show at Hofbrauhaus Columbus on Monday, a nearly two-hour extravaganza of football, trivia and schnitzel. Unfortunately, the recording of that podcast didn't turn out very well, mostly because I was eating the microphone and screaming the whole time. We didn't want to blow out your eardrums by making that the podcast, so we crawled back into my basement and recorded another season preview for everyone who didn't make it Monday.

    Thanks, by the way, to everyone who did come out. We hope to do another live event in the future and hope to see even more of you there.

    For now, here's our season preview. Don't forget, now that the season is starting we'll go back to two pod episodes a week: the regular Wednesday breakdown and a postgame podcast every Saturday.

    You can always submit questions via Twitter to the @BuckeyeTalkPod account. You can also now submit questions, comments and complaints via email to BuckeyeTalkPod@gmail.com.

    Before listening to the podcast below, make sure to subscribe to Buckeye Talk at any of these places:

    Buckeye Talk on iTunes

    Buckeye Talk on Google Play

    Buckeye Talk on Stitcher

    Buckeye Talk on Spotify


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    The Cleveland Indians released their 2019 spring training schedule for Cactus League games in Goodyear, Ariz.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. will celebrate its 10-year anniversary season in 2019 as it hosts spring training games for both the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.

    The Indians announced Wednesday their 2019 spring training schedule for Cactus League games taking place in Arizona. The Tribe will play 15 games as the home team at Goodyear Ballpark and 19 away games.

    Opening day for exhibition play is Saturday, Feb. 23 against Cincinnati. The Indians play the Reds four times before breaking camp March 25.

    Four split-squad evening home games slated for 6:10 p.m. start times in Arizona will take place against the Dodgers on March 1, Giants on March 8, Angels on March 20 and Cubs on March 22.

    Cleveland will travel to Arlington, Texas on March 25-26 to play the Rangers in a two-game exhibition series before traveling to Minnesota to open the season on March 28.

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    Doug, Bill and Tim talk about Thayer Munford, Michael Jordan, Joshua Alabi, Malcolm Pridgeon and where things stand with the Buckeyes up front. Watch video

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Ohio State offensive line on Saturday against Oregon State may not look the way most thought it would when last season ended in January.

    That would be especially true if something keeps Thayer Munford from being himself in what was expected to be his first career start.

    The true sophomore won the left tackle spot vacated by Jamarco Jones in spring football, but this week acting head coach Ryan Day said nagging injuries affected Munford during preseason camp, and Joshua Alabi could also be in line for a lot of playing time at left tackle in the opener.

    Ohio State's depth chart released Tuesday reads this way on the offensive line:

    LT Thayer Munford or Joshua Alabi

    LG Malcolm Pridgeon, Brady Taylor

    C Michael Jordan, Josh Myers or Taylor

    RG Demetrius Knox, Wyatt Davis

    RT Isaiah Prince, Nicholas Petit-Frere

    Prince is a three-year starter at right tackle, Jordan is a three-year starter who is moving to center for the first time from left guard, and Munford and Pridgeon are first-year starters.

    Watch the video to see what Bill Landis, Tim Bielik and I have to say about the line, and whether you should expect everything to be fine, or if there is reason to be concerned.


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    Miller last appeared in Sunday's 12-5 win at Kansas City, allowing one run and two hits in an inning of work.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Indians announced this afternoon they have placed reliever Andrew Miller on the disabled list with an impingement in his left shoulder, and they have recalled left-hander Tyler Olson from Columbus.

    Miller has been on the DL twice this season already and appeared in only 27 games after playing in 57 last season. This year, Miller is 2-3 with one save in four opportunities with a 3.38 ERA.

    The left-hander last appeared in Sunday's 12-5 win at Kansas City, allowing one run and two hits in an inning of work.

    He began his second stint on the DL on May 26 after experiencing right knee inflammation. He's missed 72 games this season, also spending time on the DL in late April with a left hamstring issue. 

    Miller appeared in rehab games beginning on July 17 at Single-A Lake County, AA Akron and AAA Columbus, posting an ERA of 1.93 in 5 outings with the Columbus Clippers (1ER/4.2 IP).

    He made 10 appearances for the Tribe since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 3 and had yet to pitch in consecutive games since being activated.

    In fact, the last time he pitched in consecutive games was July 30 and July 31 during his rehab at Class AAA Columbus. He has not pitched in consecutive games with the Indians since May 22-23.

    Olson is 1-1 for the Tribe this season with a 6.75 ERA in 32 appearances, with no saves. His last action with Cleveland came Aug. 15, a scoreless inning in a 4-3 win at Cincinnati. 


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    The Big Ten announced the conference schedule for 2022-2025.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State football now knows its Big Ten opponents for the next eight years.

    The conference released its conference schedules for 2022-25 on Wednesday. During that stretch, the Buckeyes are scheduled to play non-conference games against Notre Dame in 2022-23, Toledo in 2022, Washington in 2024-25 and Texas in 2025.

    See the full list of Ohio State's schedules from 2018 until 2027

    Here is Ohio State's updated schedules for 2022-25. See the conference schedules for all Big Ten teams here.

    2022

    Sept. 3 vs. Notre Dame

    Sept. 17 vs. Toledo

    Sept. 24 at Michigan State

    Oct. 1 at Penn State

    Oct. 8 vs. Rutgers

    Oct. 15 vs. Iowa

    Oct. 22 Off

    Oct. 29 vs. Indiana

    Nov. 5 at Northwestern

    Nov. 12 vs. Wisconsin

    Nov. 19 at Maryland

    Nov. 26 vs. Michigan

    2023

    Sept. 2 at Indiana

    Sept. 23 at Notre Dame

    Oct. 7 vs. Maryland

    Oct. 14 at Purdue

    Oct. 21 vs. Penn State

    Oct. 28 at Wisconsin

    Nov. 4 at Rutgers

    Nov. 11 vs. Michigan State

    Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota

    Nov. 25 at Michigan

    2024

    Sept. 7 at Washington

    Sept. 28 vs. Illinois

    Oct. 5 vs. Rutgers

    Oct. 12 at Nebraska

    Oct. 26 vs. Wisconsin

    Nov. 2 at Maryland

    Nov. 9 at Penn State

    Nov. 16 vs. Indiana

    Nov. 23 at Michigan State

    Nov. 30 vs. Michigan

    2025

    Aug. 30 at Texas

    Sept. 13 vs. Washington

    Sept. 20 at Indiana

    Sept. 27 at Iowa

    Oct. 4 vs. Maryland

    Oct. 11 at Wisconsin

    Oct. 25 at Rutgers

    Nov. 1 vs. Northwestern

    Nov. 15 vs. Penn State

    Nov. 22 vs. Michigan State

    Nov. 29 at Michigan


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    Two teams with national championship aspirations, Michigan and Notre Dame will open the season at Notre Dame, Saturday night. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - While the opening weekend of college football is normally a dress rehearsal for Top 25 and traditional powerhouse programs, the 2018 season will have debut games that could greatly impact the national championship picture by December.

    The highlight game has No. 14 Michigan traveling to play at No. 12 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBC-Ch. 3) Saturday night. But other Top 25 matchups include No. 9 Auburn at No. 6 Washington on Saturday; No. 25 LSU at No. 8 Miami on Sunday night, and No. 20 Virginia Tech is at No. 19 Florida State Monday.

    Winners in all of those games will likely generate some level of early buzz to be one of the ultimate four teams to make the college championship playoffs. However, there are several other Top 25 teams that should be wary as well.

    No. 23 Texas is on the road Saturday at wounded Maryland, and the Longhorns can't afford a misstep to start the season. No. 17 West Virginia will host Tennessee as the Volunteers will be looking to make an early statement.

    And while No. 1 Alabama is not expected to have much of a challenge with rebuilding Louisville, the Crimson Tide should take advantage of building some early "style points" as that often becomes part of the selection equation down the stretch.

    You can get scores, updates, and previews all day on our live scoreboard.

    Week 1 AP Top 25 schedule (all times Eastern):


    Thursday, Aug. 30

    No. 21 UCF at UConn, 7 p.m. ESPNU

    Friday, Aug. 31

    Utah State at No. 11 Michigan State, 7 p.m. BTN
    Western Kentucky at No. 4 Wisconsin, 9 p.m. ESPN
    San Diego State at No. 13 Stanford, 9 p.m. FS1

    Saturday, Sept. 1

    Oregon State at No. 5 Ohio State, Noon ABC
    FAU at No. 7 Oklahoma, Noon, FOX
    Southern at No. 16 TCU,  Noon (no TV)
    No. 23 Texas at Maryland,  Noon FS1
    Furman at No. 2 Clemson, 12:30 p.m. ACC Net
    Austin Peay at No. 3 Georgia, 3:30 p.m. ESPN
    No. 6. Washington vs. No. 9 Auburn,  3:30 p.m. ABC

    Appalachian State at No. 10 Penn State, 3:30 p.m. BTN
    No. 17 West Virginia vs. Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. CBS
    UNLV at No. 15 USC, 4 p.m. Pac-12 Net
    No. 22 Boise State at Troy, 6 p.m. ESPN News
    No. 14 Michigan at No. 12 Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. NBC  
    Stephen F. Austin at No. 18 Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m. ESPNU
    Bowling Green at No. 24 Oregon, 8 p.m. Pac-12 Net
    No. 1 Alabama vs. Louisville, 8 p.m. ABC 

    Sunday, Sept. 2

    No. 8 Miami vs No. 25 LSU, 7:30 p.m. ABC

    Monday, Sept. 3

    No. 20 Virginia Tech at No. 19 Florida State, 8 p.m. ESPN


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    Adam Plutko and the Cleveland Indians face Kohl Stewart and the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Here are the starting lineups for Wednesday's game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins.

    What: Indians (75-56) vs. Twins (61-70).
    When: 7:10 p.m.
    Where: Progressive Field.
    Broadcast: SportsTime Ohio, WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM.

    CLEVELAND INDIANS

    Francisco Lindor SS
    Michael Brantley LF
    Jose Ramirez 3B
    Edwin Encarnacion DH
    Yonder Alonso 1B
    Melky Cabrera RF
    Jason Kipnis 2B
    Yan Gomes C
    Greg Allen CF

    Adam Plutko (4-4, 5.09)

    MINNESOTA TWINS

    Joe Mauer DH
    Logan Forsythe 2B
    Eddie Rosario LF
    Miguel Sano 3B
    Robbie Grossman RF
    Tyler Austin DH
    Jake Cave CF
    Ehire Adrianza SS
    Willians Astudillo C

    Kohl Strewart (0-1, 6.94)

    Umpires

    Ed Hickox HP
    Gabe Morales 1B
    John Libka 2B
    Jerry Meals 3B


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    Left-hander Andrew Miller received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder and was placed on the disabled list Wednesday. There is no timetable for his return. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio --- The Indians' unsettled bullpen became a bit more unsettled Wednesday with the news that left-hander Andrew Miller returned to the disabled list, this time with a sore left shoulder.

    This is Miller's third trip to the disabled list this season and the question is will he be back in time for the postseason? Manager Terry Francona said there is no timetable for Miller's return.

    Miller's first two trips to the DL were because of left hamstring and right knee problems. Wednesday's trip was due to a impingement in his left shoulder.

    "He had some swelling in the bursa sac in his left shoulder," said Francona. "They injected him (cortisone shot) and that will hopefully knock it right out. Now, he'll be down for four or five days to let that (shot) work. Then we'll ramp him back up."

    Francona still seemed optimistic that Miller could return in late September in the postseason.

    "We've lost a little time for him to pitch," said Francona, "but if he comes back and feels good, the idea that he can still be Andrew. . .maybe not (at) as much volume but. . ."

    Miller was on the disabled list from May 26 through Aug. 3 with a sore right knee. After being activated, he was used sparingly and did not pitch in consecutive games. Francona said Miller came to Progressive Field on Tuesday and complained of a "balky' feeling in his left shoulder.

    When asked if Miller had felt the pain before, Francona said, "That's a hard one because. . .my guess is every single pitcher probably feels something, but when he voiced it on Tuesday, that's when we sat down and started to investigate it a little bit more."

    An MRI and a cortisone shot followed, but the Tribe's dream of having a three-headed monster at the back end of the bullpen in Miller, Cody Allen and Brad Hand for the postseason seems more distance than ever before. Especially with Allen struggling in closing situations.

    "I mean, sometimes things happen so you just do the best you can," said Francona. "He's not going to quit and we're not going to quit either. You make adjustments when you have to."

    The Indians could still acquire some bullpen help before Friday's waiver deadline at midnight. It was speculated that the Indians may have put in a claim on Tampa Bay's Sergio Romo, who was recently placed on revocable waivers. The Rays, however, removed Romo from waivers.

    Miller, 32, is a free agent after this season. He's 2-3 with a 3.38 ERA and one save in 27 games this season. He's pitched 24 innings with 33 strikeouts and 13 walks.

    Olson opened the season in the Tribe's pen, but struggled and was optioned to Class AAA Columbus. He went 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 32 games for the Tribe.

    In 17 appearances at Columbus, Olson went 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA and one save. He struck out 18 and walked three in 12 1/3 innings.

    Finally: Outfielders Rajai Davis and right-hander Neil Ramirez are scheduled to made rehab appearances with Class AA Akron on Wednesday night.


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    Corey Kluber's beard is gone. Now Cody Allen has the best whiskers in the Indians clubhouse.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Adios, Corey Kluber's beard. You will not be missed.

    When the Cleveland Indians returned to Progressive Field on Tuesday following a day off, the beard that Kluber had been growing since December was nowhere to be found. The three-time All-Star posted a photo to Instagram, mid-shear.

    View this post on Instagram

    Finally! I couldn't shave fast enough after @theklubermethod called off our bet

    A post shared by Corey Kluber (@ckluber28) on

    Kluber wasted no time trimming down his chops as soon as his wife, Amanda, acquiesced on a challenge levied during the offseason. The wager was that Kluber could not go the entire season without shaving.

    "I'm not sure why we ever made the bet because neither of us like my beard that way," Kluber said. "It was more like she didn't think I had the willpower to stick with it. She thought it was going to be an easy win, I guess."

    Call it a draw. Kluber never caved on his whiskers, but both agreed it was time for the competition to come to an end. When Kluber's beard finally came off, the couple's daughters, Kendall and Kennedy, still recognized their dad, but young son Camden was a little hesitant.

    "When he woke up, he didn't fully trust that it was really my voice," Kluber said.

    Maintaining the beard was only really a problem on hot and humid days like the team experienced last week in Kansas City, Kluber said.

    "It's hard to get some cool air when you've got that thing on your face," he said.

    Regardless of how it looks right now, Kluber said he was caught off guard by how passionate fans were about his choice of facial hair.

    "It was a little more polarizing than I imagined it being," Kluber said.

    Kluber wasn't the only Indians player sporting a more baby-faced look in the Tribe clubhouse this week. On Wednesday morning, reliever Dan Otero took a page out of Kluber's book and shaved as well.

    With Kluber's whiskers gone, the two-time Cy Young Award winner says closer Cody Allen probably holds the current title for best beard in the Indians clubhouse. In the past, he might have said reliever Andrew Miller, but Miller sported a clean-shaven look back in May when he returned from his first stint on the disabled list.

    "Cody's is probably the fullest at the current point in time," Kluber said.

    Allen said he appreciated the beard praise, but wondered what made Kluber so certain that his beard was the better in the first place.

    "His was pretty solid," Allen said. "Mine's never been quite as ridiculous as that."


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    The Browns have released linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who faces 'substantial prison time for his role in an insider training scheme.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns on Wednesday night released linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who they say was not upfront with them about being under investigation by federal authorities for insider trading when they signed him in June.

    Charged with making up to $1.2 million in illegal profits from four stock trades between 2013 and 2015, Kendricks' representatives portrayed him to the Browns as the victim of the scheme, and not a target in the probe.

    Kendricks is cooperating with the authorities, but faces substantial prison time if convicted.

    "Prior to signing Mychal, we were informed that there was a financial situation that he had been involved with in 2014,'' Browns GM John Dorsey said in a statement released by the club Wednesday night. "We were told Mychal had fully cooperated with investigators as a victim. From what was communicated at that time and based on the numerous questions we asked and further due diligence on our part, including checking with the league office, there was no information discovered that conveyed otherwise.

    "Recently, we were provided an update on the matter and the circumstances have changed. We are now dealing with a different set of facts and the additional information we've gathered has led us to the decision to release Mychal from our team. Due to the ongoing legal nature of this situation, we will have no further comments.''

    At a press conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said Kendricks and co-defendent Damilare Sonoiki, a Harvard-educated analyst for Goldman Sachs who's currently a writer for the ABC hit sitcom "Black-ish," could face "substantial prison time" if convicted.

    Kendricks was to play a key role on the Browns' linebacking corps this season and perhaps even win a starting job in their 4-3 scheme. Now, his career with the Browns is over before it even began.

     "I would like to apologize,'' Kendricks wrote in a public statement. "Four years ago, I participated in insider trading, and I deeply regret it.  I invested money with a former friend of mine who I thought I could trust and who I greatly admired.  

    "His background as a Harvard graduate and an employee of Goldman Sachs gave me a false sense of confidence.  To this point, I had worked my tail off since I was 5 years old to become a football player.  I was drawn in by the allure of being more than just a football player.  While I didn't fully understand all of the details of the illegal trades, I knew it was wrong, and I wholeheartedly regret my actions.  

    "Since the beginning of the investigation, I have fully cooperated with the authorities and will continue to do so.  I accept full responsibility for my actions. Although I did not take any of the profits for myself, I am committed to repaying all of the funds gained illegally and accept the consequences of my actions.

    "I sincerely apologize to my coaches, the owners, and my teammates on the Eagles and the Browns, the NFL, and the magnificent fans to whom I owe my career. I also apologize to my family, who I have failed in this. You all deserve better, and I will work my hardest to re-earn your trust and respect, serve as an advocate to educate others, and show you that I will never be involved in anything like this again. Thank you. Mychal Kendricks''

    Kendricks, 27, was charged along with Sonoiki, who helped facilitate the illegal trades, McSwain said.

    "When individuals engage in insider trading ... it undermines the public's faith in our markets and harms ordinary investors that do play by the rules," McSwain said via philly.com. "Mr. Sonoiki and Mr. Kendricks were definitely not playing by the rules.''

    According to philly.com, both are expected to plead guilty in the next few weeks.
    In exchange for inside information on four stocks traded between 2013 and 2015 when he played for the Eagles, Kendricks offered Sonoiki $10,000 in cash, Eagles tickets and other amenties. Philly.com reported one of those was a visit to the set of a music video taping by hip hop star Teyana Taylor, the wife of former Cavs player Iman Shumpert.

    Kendricks was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2012 out of California, and played his first six seasons there. He won Super Bowl LII with them in January before asking for the second straight offseason to be traded. Instead, the Eagles released him with a year left on his contract. The move saved them about $6 million on the salary cap.

    In Cleveland, Kendricks was listed second on the depth chart behind Jamie Collins at the strongside linebacker spot. The Browns' other starting linebackers are Christian Kirksey on the weakside and Pro Bowler Joe Schobert in the middle.

    Kendricks' goal was to make the Pro Bowl for the first time this season. He was featured on the fourth episode of Hard Knocks Tuesday night, providing a thorough scouting report for the Browns' defense on the Eagles' offense, as requested by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who praised him. Williams and his son Blake, the Browns' linebackers coach, have both praised Kendricks, saying they wanted to draft him coming out of college.  


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    K'Vaughan Pope and Cameron Brown are the latest Ohio State freshmen to lose their black stripes.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two more defensive players from Ohio State's 2018 class, linebacker K'Vaughan Pope and cornerback Cameron Brown, lost their black stripes on Wednesday, which officially makes them Buckeyes.

    Pope, who is from Virginia, was the No. 9 inside linebacker and No. 218 overall player in the country according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. Brown, a native of St. Louis, was originally listed as a receiver before moving over to corner. He was the No. 54 wide receiver and No. 323 player in the country.

    OSU's freshman class now has 15 players without their black stripes. Get caught up with our black stripe tracker.


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    We discuss how important Malik Harrison is in this edition of Buckwhys. Watch video

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Malik Harrison enters the 2018 season as one of the most experienced linebackers on Ohio State's roster.

    The Columbus native was the No. 4 linebacker on the team last year, and he got a start against Michigan State last season. He had six tackles, a sack and a pass defensed in Ohio State's 48-3 win vs. the Spartans.

    Harrison was named one of the starters on Monday along with sophomores Pete Werner and Baron Browning. Werner and Harrison will line up outside vs. Oregon State, with Browning in the middle.

    Browning and Werner are probably the most interesting guys of the three since they are the newcomers to the starting lineup. In addition, Tuf Borland is the only linebacker among Ohio State's captains.

    So why do we think Harrison is the most important linebacker on the team?

    Doug Lesmerises and I discuss that in this edition of Buckwhys. Watch above and subscribe to the Ohio State Football on cleveland.com channel on YouTube.


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    Paul Hoynes and Joe Noga talk about the Tribe's bullpen issues and discuss whether or not there's enough time left in the season to fix them.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Andrew Miller is back on the disabled list and Cody Allen is struggling to finish innings with the MLB postseason about a month away.

    Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is running out of time in the season to get his bullpen in order for the playoffs. With only a few days left before the deadline to acquire players and have them eligible for October, will Indians executives make another move to acquire bullpen help?

    In this week's Cleveland Baseball talk podcast, Paul Hoynes and Joe Noga look at what options are left for the Tribe. Paul and Joe also answer reader-submitted questions about MLB player suspensions, Mickey Callaway's impact and impending free agents.

    Got a question you want answered on the podcast? Submit it to Paul or Joe on Twitter or via email.

    Listen along to the show and leave your comments. You can download the audio here.

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    Quarterback Dwayne Haskins will make his first start on Saturday when Ohio State hosts Oregon State.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Pat Cilento likely envisioned the scenario many times before, making the short drive from Potomac, Maryland to College Park with Dwayne Haskins on his mind.

    Three years ago Haskins was Cilento's quarterback at The Bullis School, a buttoned-up prep school 13 miles outside of Washington D.C. with 100 percent college placement and an alumni base that includes, among others, the children of Washington bureaucrats and an Iranian princess. Back then, Haskins was committed to the University of Maryland, close enough for Cilento to watch him whenever he wanted.

    On this Saturday last fall, though, Cilento wasn't driving to see Haskins. He was on his way to College Park to watch Maryland play Penn State.

    On the radio he heard that J.T. Barrett had just exited in the third quarter of Ohio State's game against Michigan. Haskins was coming in. The signal connected Cilento to Ann Arbor as he listened in on Haskins' third-down completion to Austin Mack, his 22-yard scramble down to the Michigan 1-yard line and the three scoring drives he led in the Buckeyes' come-from-behind win.

    Those plays helped bring back memories of Haskins's senior year at Bullis, the eight touchdowns he had in a 66-65 overtime loss to Woodberry Forest, the four throws he completed on a badly-sprained right ankle in the final 91 seconds of a 19-16 win over Georgetown Prep, including the dart of a back-shoulder throw that clinched a share of a conference title. Cilento has all of the hits memorized.

    See, Haskins' heroics in the win at Michigan last year was the first glimpse for Ohio State fans that the Buckeyes might have something special at quarterback this year. For Cilento, that was normal.

    "He's a very calm person," Cilento said. "He doesn't get overwhelmed by the situation and he thrives on pressure. The bigger the obstacle, the better he does."

    The last year has been spent hearing people talk about how "special" Haskins' arm is, that he can transform Ohio State's dormant passing game into something more like it looked at the end of the 2014 national championship run. Just this week former Buckeye turned TV talking head Cris Carter said Haskins is the best quarterback he's seen at OSU since Art Schlichter.

    Haskins is among the Heisman Trophy favorites at Vegas sportsbooks despite never starting a game in college, and gets social media attention when he's working out with Deshaun Watson in Atlanta or Antonio Brown on a beach in Miami. In a light quarterback class, he could be in the discussion for the NFL Draft as early as this spring.

    All of that before we really know the answer to this question: Is he ready for his dream job as Ohio State's starting quarterback?

    It's about more than the talent and confidence that Haskins oozes. Remember this is the kid who at eight years old was in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in full OSU uniform, white head band and of course a No. 7 Haskins jersey, when he declared in a now well-known family video "I'm going to college here." He's living that dream now. Pressure comes with it.

    Haskins has shown a calmness in just about the most adverse conditions an Ohio State quarterback can face, down in the third quarter at Michigan. But he was the backup then, a surprise change of pace from Barrett who won't be surprising anyone when he makes his first start on Saturday against Oregon State (12 p.m., ABC).

    "You saw at the end of the season last year when he had to step into a role, he stepped right in there and he was ready to go," acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day said. "But now being a starter, that's different. You have to prepare different, you have to be ready. Teams have film on you and they start to see some of your tendencies. So it's going to be a week to week process as we get going. He has never started a game. So it will be a work in progress, but we're very happy with where he's at."

    The work includes changing his physique to be more durable and polishing Haskins' game, though teammates continue to rave about that golden arm.

    Receiver Johnnie Dixon recalled a play in camp when Haskins rolled to his right, kept his eyes right then threw a no-look pass back across his body to Mack on a slant on the left side.

    "Just crazy," Dixon said.

    The arm isn't in question.

    "After he throws the deep ball, we're all watching it land into the receiver's hands like, 'That was a damn good ball,'" right tackle Isaiah Prince said.

    Whether or not he's a guy Ohio State can rally around, whether he can carry the team through September dates with TCU in Arlington, Texas and at Penn State, if he can handle the weight of guiding a team with legitimate national title aspirations, if he has the resolve to consistently come up big in games against the gauntlet that is the top half of the Big Ten East -- those are the fair questions to ask, and the ones OSU players and coaches were looking for answers to during camp.

    In winter workouts, Tate Martell was the most vocal of the quarterbacks, teammates said. Through the first week of camp Haskins, who's quiet despite having a personality that's right on the line between assertive and cocky, was still trying to get comfortable developing a commanding voice.

    "Sometimes when we were sputtering on offense during practice he may be a little quiet, but there's been a couple times where I'll see him grab linemen, or he'll grab the receivers and encourage us to get things going," receiver Terry McLaurin said. "You want to see that from your quarterback, know that he's on your side but at the same time hold everybody accountable. When I saw him start to do that more and more, not sitting back and letting things happen, is when I knew he was taking that next step as a leader."

    That was toward the end of the second week of camp, receiver Parris Campbell said. Haskins has continued growing since.

    It's not really a tangible thing, a quarterback's ability to lead and handle the moment. Following in the footsteps of Barrett, growing in leadership can feel like a Sisyphean task that can't possibly be achieved over the course of 20-something camp practices.

    The truth is it can't.

    "The thing we talk about with Dwayne is he doesn't have to be JT, he doesn't have to be Braxton (Miller), he doesn't have to be Cardale (Jones)," Day said. "All the quarterbacks, they have to be themselves ... you have to find your own way to lead."

    Haskins is still feeling that out.

    "He feels loose," Dixon said. "You can tell he's being himself. He's not being one of those puppets on a stick. You can't be tense. I feel like that gives bad vibes off to people sometimes. He hasn't been that way at all for being a first-year starter. He's come a long way."

    But it's not until the games start, and honestly probably not until that first tough game against TCU on Sept. 15, that Ohio State will know for sure if the potential riding on Haskins' right arm will be matched by all of the intangible things Day and Urban Meyer want from their quarterback.

    Only then will his coaches and teammates know if the Haskins that showed up in Ann Arbor is the Haskins the Buckeyes can expect to show up all the time.

    Though if they were in the car with Cilento listening to the radio last November, they might already know the answer to that question.

    "The more pressure you put on him, the better he's gonna do," Cilento said. "He loves that pressure."


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    Odell Beckham Jr. appeared on HBO's "The Shop" with LeBron James, saying he feels like a zoo animal when interacting with fans. Watch video

    Odell Beckham Jr. appeared on HBO's "The Shop" with LeBron James, saying he feels like a zoo animal when interacting with fans who expect him to dance or take a picture on command. Many athletes have echoed this complaint and feel people don't respect their time or space enough. Still, fame and getting paid millions of dollars comes at a price and they should expect a change in how people interact with them. What do you think?

    PERSPECTIVES

    How do you feel about Odell Beckham Jr. making this statement?

    Athletes are good at what they do and they make millions of dollars. They still deserve to be treated like human beings and not an animal for fans' entertainment. 

    People bother athletes at inconvenient times and still have the audacity to complain about a simple, "No, sorry." Check your entitlement and respect athletes more.

    Fans pay for players' contracts. Athletes owe it to the fans to take pictures and sign autographs. That's not too much to ask considering how much these people make. 

    Fans are mostly respectful anyway when they ask for a little memento. It just comes with the territory.

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    Check here for the live first-round leaderboard from the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic 2018 on Thursday, Aug. 30.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Brooke Henderson, So Yeon Ryu, Inbee Park, Austin Ernst, Mo Martin, Danielle Kang and Minjee Lee are among notables in the field at the LPGA Tour's Cambia Portland Classic 2018 this week. Round 1 is Thursday, Aug. 30.

    LPGA TOUR
    CAMBIA PORTLAND CLASSIC
    Site: Portland, Ore.
    Course: Columbia Edgewater CC. Yardage: 6,476. Par: 72.
    Purse: $1.3 million. Winner's share: $195,000.
    Television: Thursday, 7-10 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday-Saturday 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-9 p.m. (Golf Channel).
    Defending champion: Stacy Lewis.
    Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn.
    Previous week: Brooke Henderson won the CP Women's Canadian Open.
    Notes: Lewis won a year ago after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and donated her earnings to relief efforts. ... Brooke Henderson moved back into the top 10 in the world ranking at No. 8. ... Henderson needs one more victory to match Sandra Post for most among Canadian players. Post won eight times. ... Sung Hyun Park and Ariya Jutanugarn, Nos. 1-2 in the world, are taking the week off. ... This is the final LPGA Tour event in the United States until the season concludes with the CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 15-18, in Naples, Fla. ... Seven players, led by Jutanugarn, have a scoring average under 70. ... Henderson has won in Portland two of the past three years. ... The tournament dates to 1992 when Nancy Lopez was the inaugural winner.
    Next tournament: Evian Championship on Sept. 13-16.
    Online: www.lpga.com
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    A Buckeye Take from Doug Lesmerises on the redshirt sophomore quarterback with the season on his arm.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Among the 16 teams to make the College Football Playoff in its first four years, six had first-year starting quarterbacks. Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins will make it at least seven of 20.

    Combine the chaos of the last month with the fact that he's replacing a four-year starter in J.T. Barrett, and college football doesn't know Haskins like it should. That's fine. But he's going to define the season.

    Among the top 12 teams in the preseason AP poll, only two have first-year starting QBs - Ohio State with Haskins and Oklahoma with Baker Mayfield replacement Kyler Murray.

    Alabama is going with a Jalen Hurts-Tua Tagovailoa combo to start, then from Clemson's Kelly Bryant to Washington's Jake Browning, from Wisconsin's Alex Hornibrook to Auburn's Jarrett Stidham, from Penn State's Trace McSorley to Georgia's Jake Fromm, the best teams in the country feature a quarterback who's done it.

    Haskins has that touchdown drive against Michigan, but he hasn't done what they've done. But I don't think the Buckeyes should trade Haskins for any of them.

    Jameis Winston won a national title his first year playing at Florida State as a redshirt freshman in 2013. Fromm led Georgia to the playoff last year as a freshman, and Barrett led a national title regular season for Ohio State in 2014 as a redshirt freshman.

    Haskins, a redshirt sophomore, is more ready than any of them were. But because of who he backed up, and what's happened in his football program the last month, college football isn't ready for him.

    If Barrett was back for year six, more people would pick Ohio State to win it all. But Ohio State is better off with Haskins. If he maximizes his potential, the Buckeyes have it all to win it all. The college football season rests on his arm.

    Read the full feature on Haskins today by Bill Landis

    Buckeye Take is a quick 300- to 400-word column on a single aspect of Ohio State football. We're trying to replicate in written form the feel of our Buckeye Talk Podcast, where we drop a multitude of opinions every week. We know not all of you listen to the pod (though you should), and we don't want you to miss out on what we're thinking about the Buckeyes. So enjoy Buckeye Take, which may become a regular feature here.

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    The College Football Playoff announced the dates for its semifinal and championship games up to 2025-26.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The College Football Playoff announced when its semifinals and championship games will be played all the way up to the 2025 season on Thursday.

    Earlier this summer, it announced extensions on deals with the Cotton, Fiesta and Peach Bowls. The deal means those bowls will continue to host playoff games every three years up until 2026.

    The CFP said back in 2016 that it was still holding semifinals on New Year's Day for when it was the Rose Bowl's turn to host a semifinal. It also said the Orange Bowl was going to have a semifinal in the years following the Rose and Sugar Bowls.

    The three-year rotation is not changing. This season, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will host semifinals. The Fiesta and Peach Bowls will host them in 2019 and it goes back to the Rose and Sugar Bowls in 2020.

    One thing to note is that in every year but one until 2025-26, all playoff semifinals will be played either on New Year's Day or a Saturday. The lone exception is 2021-22. That year, the games will take place on New Year's Eve, which falls on a Friday.

    It learned its lesson from 2015-16. The playoff games that year were played on a New Year's Eve Thursday. And the ratings for those semifinals fell by 36 percent compared to the first year.

    The championship games also have dates, although the sites for title games in 2024-25 and 2025-26 have yet to be determined.

    Here is the full playoff schedule until 2025-26:

    2018-19

    Semifinals: Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at Cotton Bowl (Arlington, Texas) and Orange Bowl (Miami).

    Final: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at Santa Clara, Calif.

    2019-20

    Semifinals: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.) and Peach Bowl (Atlanta).

    Final: Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 at New Orleans, La.

    2020-21

    Semifinals: Friday, Jan. 1, 2021 at Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) and Sugar Bowl (New Orleans).

    Final: Monday, Jan. 13, 2021 at Miami.

    2021-22

    Semifinals: Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 at Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.

    Final: Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at Indianapolis.

    2022-23

    Semifinals: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 at Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl.

    Final: Monday, Jan. 9 at New Orleans

    2023-24

    Semifinals: Monday, Jan. 1, 2024 at Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl.

    Final: Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 at Houston.

    2024-25

    Semifinals: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2024 at Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl.

    Final: Monday, Jan. 6, 2025 at site to be determined.

    2025-26

    Semifinals: Saturday, Dec. 27, 2025 at Fiesta Bowl and Peach Bowl.

    Final: Monday, Jan. 5, 2026 at site to be determined.


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