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    FirstEnergy Stadium will host a pair of matches in the 2019 Gold Cup including the U.S. Men's National Team.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Men's National Team is coming back to FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland as part of the 2019 Gold Cup on June 22.

    The USMNT will play in one of two matches in Cleveland. The opponent will be determined once all nations have qualified for the tournament.

    Cleveland was one of 15 cities selected to host matches in the 2019 Gold Cup. Presale tickets for the tournament will go on sale on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m., at the Gold Cup's website

    The USMNT came to Cleveland as part of the 2017 Gold Cup, where it defeated Nicaragua, 3-0. It went on to win the tournament.

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    This isn't the first time Beckham has sounded off about his team coming up short and many feel if he wants to criticize his team, the Giants should ship him out Watch video

    Odell Beckham Jr. had some interesting opinions about the New York Giants' struggles, seemingly pinning the early season trouble on coaching and quarterback Eli Manning. This isn't the first time Beckham has sounded off about his team coming up short and many feel if he wants to criticize his team, the Giants should ship him out. Still, he is one of the best wide receivers in the league and moving his new contract would be a problem. What do you think? 


    Beckham got candid with Josina Anderson. Here is what he said about the Giants' offense:

    I feel like in the past five years they found a way to run a Cover 2, keep everything in front, and that's how they play me -- and there's no way to say "How do we beat this?" I feel like I'm being out-schemed, and I also don't have a chance to like, do something. Oh, I gotta take a slant and go 60? Not to say it's not fun, but I want those easy touchdowns too. I watch everybody across the league, all the top receivers get the ball the way they should, and if they don't they say something about it.

    Is the relationship salvageable or should the team just trade him away?

    Beckham has been a distraction before he got his big contract and is still mouthing off after he got paid. No amount of spectacular plays is worth the undermining and constant complaining. If he's going to be a negative influence on the team, there's no need to keep him around. The Giants should trade him for pieces who buy in and want to be with the team.

    There is no way New York should trade what may be the best wide receiver in the league. He is an essential piece to the future the Giants that they can't afford to lose. He'll still be Mossing defenders and scoring touchdowns long after Eli Manning is officially done. They need to keep Beckham and keep him happy.

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    Hilliard could be an option in the return game for the Browns.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns elevated running back Dontrell Hilliard from their practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday. Defensive back Jeremiah McKinnon was waived to make room.

    Hilliard could be an option to return kicks for the Browns who have received little from their return game so far this season. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in May and has been on the team's practice squad for the last five weeks.

    A versatile back out of Tulane, he returned 18 kickoffs for 278 yards. He rushed for nearly 3,000 yards in his college career and caught 70 passes.

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    The Ohio High School Athletic Association officially handed down penalties Tuesday to Cleveland Metropolitan School District members Glenville and John Marshall.

    OHSAALogoLG.jpgThe OHSAA announced sanctions for athletic violations by Glenville and John Marshall. 

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Ohio High School Athletic Association officially handed down penalties Tuesday to Cleveland Metropolitan School District members Glenville and John Marshall.

    In a release by the OHSAA, it is barring Glenville from the Division III football playoffs and being placed on probation through June 2021. John Marshall is forfeiting football and boys soccer victories, but remains playoff eligible.

    The OHSAA sent a letter to CMSD athletic director Desiree Powell on Oct. 1, informing the district of its sanctions against Glenville and the district.

    The letter, obtained by, outlined five points in its penalties against Glenville and CMSD.

    • Glenville shall be removed from the 2018 football tournament;
    • The school is being placed on probation through the 2020-21 school year, adding that "any further infractions of this nature shall place the school's membership in jeopardy";
    • CMSD is being reprimanded for "a lack of administrative responsibility and institutional control for failure to implement these business rules"; (The two-page letter outlines OHSAA bylaws.)
    • CMSD is fined $5,000 for administrative errors; and
    • The central office staff and building administrators at each member high school is required to participate in continuing education with the OHSAA compliance staff throughout the probationary period.

    Here is the OHSAA's official release:

    The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced sanctions Tuesday for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) for incorrectly assigning students to certain schools for participation in football and soccer. As a result, John Marshall High School must forfeit two football victories and three boys soccer victories and Glenville has been ruled ineligible for the football playoffs, if the school finishes in the Top 8 of its region.
    In addition, Glenville is placed on probation through June 2021 and CMSD has been fined $5,000 and reprimanded for lack of administrative responsibility and institutional control in assigning students to the correct high school for athletic participation purposes. The violations are of OHSAA Bylaw 4-3-1, which addresses participation opportunities for students only at the school where they attend. While Exception 4 to that bylaw allows some participation opportunities for students who attend a non-traditional school, CMSD did not adhere to the business rules for how those students are assigned. In 2007, CMSD co-authored those business rules.
    "I need to acknowledge the cooperation from Cleveland Metropolitan School District in this situation," said Jerry Snodgrass, OHSAA Executive Director. "This draws attention to the fact that school districts with multiple high schools need to be aware of how to properly assign students for athletic participation. While we will continue to offer our assistance with understanding and interpreting our bylaws and regulations, we hope and trust these mistakes will not occur again."
    A spokesperson for CMSD said the District accepts OHSAA's findings and has investigated where and how errors occurred in the assignment of players to their appropriate teams.
    "The District takes seriously any infraction of OHSAA rules and is holding accountable those who failed in their oversight responsibilities," said Roseann Canfora, Chief Communications Officer. "It is apparent that a rule created in cooperation with OHSAA in 2007 and that was reaffirmed in August, 2018, was not followed."
    District officials met this week with players and their families to brief them on OHSAA's findings, implemented disciplinary procedures for those who erred in player assignments and called for professional development, including a review of OHSAA rules, to be repeated for every member of the administrative staff in the Athletics Department. 
    "CMSD accepts full responsibility for the sanctions imposed by OHSAA, with the exception of penalties imposed on our players," said Canfora. "For this reason, CMSD will file an appeal with OHSAA to find a way to hold the District accountable without imposing harm to our students for the decisions of adults."
    The OHSAA had previously reviewed this regulation with CMSD administrators and CMSD did properly count those students into the enrollments of the schools at which the students should have been participating. However, despite this fact, the students were all still permitted to play football at Glenville. 
    The difference in each school's penalties stems from the eligibility of the affected students. John Marshall was allowing students who attend a non-traditional high school in the district to play football and soccer at its school. However, the school where the students attend does offer sports, so those students' only participation opportunity was at the school where they are enrolled and attending. These students were not eligible to participate at any other CMSD school, irrespective of whether the school offered the particular sport in question.
    Conversely, the students participating at Glenville attend a different non-traditional high school in the district which does not offer any sports. Therefore, they are permitted to participate in athletics at the CMSD high school located closest to the students' residence. CMSD was not properly assigning these students to the correct high school, but since the students are otherwise eligible to participate at the properly assigned schools, no forfeitures are required due to administrative error and the students may finish the football season at Glenville before being properly assigned for subsequent seasons.

    John Marshall athletic director Joe Gilbert said Monday night he has hired an attorney to appeal the ruling against his school.

    Contact sports reporter Matt Goul on Twitter (@mgoul) or email ( Or log in and leave a message below in the comments section.

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    While other schools in the state such as Miami University and the University of Akron already offer esports programs, Ohio State is developing what it describes as a comprehensive, first-of-its kind esports program.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ohio State University is getting into the esports game.

    While other schools in the state such as Miami University and the University of Akron already offer esports programs, Ohio State is developing what it describes as a comprehensive, first-of-its kind esports program.

    "With Ohio State being a leader in engineering, academics, research and medicine, it seems a natural fit to pull all of these together to support the esports program," Deborah M. Grzybowski, co-director of the game studies and esports curriculum development, said in an announcement.

    Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields of study offered across five colleges and might include esports management, game art and production, game design, programming and more. There will be elective course offerings and online certification programs as well.

    The university will also field esports teams to compete against other universities in a new league formed by the Electronic Gaming Federation-- sort of the NCAA of college esports. Gamers will play and practice in a state-of-the-art arena equipped with over 80 seats, along with gaming consoles and virtual reality systems and a broadcast booth. The arena will be open to all students.

    Additionally, the influx of gamers will allow researchers at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center to study the brains of elite esports players to find out what makes them tick.

    "We have a lot to learn from studying esports athletes, from their exceptional reaction times and rapid decision-making abilities to their physical attributes and health behaviors," said James Onate, co-director of the Sports Medicine Movement Analysis and Performance Program at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, in a statement.

    When the program launches, Ohio State will join more than 60 colleges and universities with esports programs. Competitive video gaming has rapidly become popular in recent years but is only beginning to reach the mainstream. Esports is expected to become a billion dollar industry by 2019, according to market researcher New Zoo.

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    Now that the postseason is over for the Indians, one of the biggests questions facing them is can they sign All-Stars Francisco Lindor and Trevor Bauer to mulityear deals?

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The postseason ended for the Indians on Monday in an embarrassing 11-3 loss to the Astros at Progressive Field. As soon as that season ended, another season began.

    Call this the money season and the star players will be owner Paul Dolan and executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff. They have several impending free agents to make decisions on.

    Then there is Francisco Lindor and Trevor Bauer and the arbitration process. Lindor will be eligible for the first time this winter. Bauer will be taking his third bite of the arbitration apple. released its projections for what every eligible player will earn in arbitration this winter. Lindor, to say the least, is in for a big raise.

    He made $623,200 this season, just above the major league minimum of $545,000. He is projected to earn $10.2 million for the 2019 season.

    Bauer, who in a rare move took the Indians to arbitration last offseason and beat them, is projected to earn $11.6 million. His arbitration victory this season paid him $6.525 million.

    The Indians have tried several times to sign both players to multiyear deals without success. A couple of springs ago, they made Lindor an extension offer that was close to $100 million, but he turned it down. They have not made much headway since.

    In Bauer's case, he's on record as saying he'd like to play his whole career on one-year contracts. Perhaps having this season interrupted by a stress fracture in his right leg will convince him that a career can be a fragile thing, but that's something only Bauer can answer.

    Last winter Kris Bryant of the Cubs avoided arbitration by signing a one-year $10.85 million deal. It's a record for a player in his first year of eligibility. Bryant was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and the NL MVP in 2016.

    While Bryant became eligible for arbitration after 457 games, Lindor needed 547 games. He's a three-time All-Star who finished second in the AL Rookie the Year voting in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, Lindor finished ninth and fifth, respectively, in AL MVP voting and should finish in the top 10 against this year.

    Along with his career statistics -- .288 (665-for-2,306), 377 runs, 138 doubles, 98 homers, 310 RBI, 90 steals and a .837 OPS - Lindor and his agent could make a compelling argument if they went the distance in their arbitration case.

    Bauer was in contention for the AL Cy Young award when he was hit by a line drive above the right ankle on Aug. 11 by Jose Abreu. He came back to make three appearances at the end of the regular season before pitching out of the bullpen in the ALDS.

    He ended the regular season at 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and one save in 175 1/3 innings. He was one of four Tribe pitchers to strikeout 200 or more batters in one year.

    The Indians control Bauer through 2020 and Lindor through 2021.

    Here are the other Indians eligible for arbitration and what they're expected to earn: Danny Salazar $5 million, Leonys Martin $2.8 million, Neil Ramirez $1.3 million, Cody Anderson $900,000, Brandon Barnes $800,000 and Nick Goody $700,000. Salazar missed the entire season with a right shoulder injury, Martin played six games for the Indians after being acquired from the Tigers before his season ended because of a bacterial infection. Anderson has been sidelined since the spring of 2017 because of Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Goody made just 12 appearances this year before needing surgery on his right elbow.

    When the World Series ends, these Indians will become free agents: Michael Brantley, Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Lonnie Chisenhall, Josh Tomlin, Rajai Davis, Melky Cabrera, Oliver Perez and Josh Donaldson. If the Indians don't bring any of them back, they'll be shedding an estimated $46 million in salary.

    Tribe minor leaguers Alexi Ogando and Evan Marshall have already filed for free agency.

    The Indians hold club options for 2019 on 17-game winner Carlos Carrasco and outfielder Brandon Guyer. Carrasco's option is worth $9 million and it's a no-brainer it will be exercised. Guyer's option is worth $3 million, but that could be questionable because he had a hard time staying healthy this year.

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    The Ohio State quarterback and the Alabama quarterback sent each other scripture messages before their games last Saturday. Watch video

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins are leading the Heisman Trophy race at the midpoint of the college football season. It turns out the two of them should have someone to hang out with at the Heisman ceremony in New York on Dec. 8.

    Haskins said Tuesday night that he and Tagovailoa are friends and communicate regularly.

    "We talk every week," Haskins said when asked by if he knew the Heisman frontunner. "We sent each other scriptures before the game on Saturday, just send out blessings to each other."

    It's normal for elite national players to know each other, even though Haskins grew up in New Jersey and went to high school in Maryland, while Tagovailoa is from Hawaii. Thanks to recruiting camps, the best of the best are often around each other in high school.

    But this wasn't a sure connection. Haskins was the No. 91 overall recruit in the Class of 2016. Tagovailoa, a year younger, was the No. 32 overall recruit in the Class of 2017.

    But Haskins said they did get to know each other at Elite 11 quarterback recruiting camps and other recruiting opportunities.

    Now, Tagovailoa is the runaway Heisman favorite. In ESPN's weekly tracker, he received all 10 first-place votes. Haskins was second with three second-place votes and six third-place votes, just ahead of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

    While Haskins is putting up numbers that will break every Ohio State single-season passing record, Tagovailoa is doing almost as much in an even more efficient manners.

    "Definitely is an accurate guy who brings a lot to his offense," Haskins said. "Really upbeat, well-spirited guy, and I admire his game.

    Compare their stats through six games:

    Tagovailoa: 76 of 101 for 1,495 yards, 75.2 percent, 18 TDs, 0 INTs

    Haskins: 142 of 198 for 1,919 yards, 71.7 percent, 25 TDs, 4 INTs

    Tagovailoa really opened eyes with his last game, when he went 10 of 13 for 334 yards and four touchdowns against Arkansas.

    "I was like, 'How do you go 10 of 13 for 300 yards?'" Haskins said. "He was like, 'I don't know.' That's pretty cool. I wish I could do that one of the games this year."

    Maybe they'll have a game against each other

    Alabama is 6-0 and ranked No. 1. Ohio State is 6-0 and ranked No. 3. Both teams are odds-on favorites for the College Football Playoff.

    And both quarterbacks are almost locks to make it to New York as Heisman finalists unless something unexpected happens.

    Then they can deliver their weekly messages in person.

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    The Arizona Fall League, the finishing school for MLB's top prospects, opened play on Tuesday. The Indians have seven players on the Glendale Desert Dogs' roster.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Tuesday would have been a great day to play Game 4 of the ALDS at Progressive Field. The weather was perfect, almost too hot.

    That possibility ended when the Indians lost to Houston on Monday, 11-3, as the Astros completed a three-game sweep. Still, there were members of the Indians' organization playing baseball on Tuesday. It was just a long way from the postseason.

    The Glendale Desert Dogs, with seven minor leaguers from the Indians on its roster, played the Peoria Javelinas on opening day in the Arizona Fall League. They lost, 8-7, but outfielder Connors Marabell, drafted in the 25th round in 2015, went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

    Indians pitchers on Glendale's roster include right-handers Justin Garza, Jared Robinson and Dalbert Siri and lefty Rob Kaminsky. Rigo Beltran, the Indians pitching coach at Class AA Akron, will serve as Glendale's pitching coach.

    Tribe position players include catcher Li-Jen Chu, infielder Yu Chang and Marabell.

    Chen, who was in spring training with the big-league club this past season, hit .256 (117-for-457) with 13 homers and 62 RBI in 127 games in his first year at Class AAA Columbus. He played 94 games at shortstop, 23 at third and nine at second, while striking out 144 times.

    Marabell hit .296 (102-for-345) with 23 doubles, 11 homers and 64 RBI in 89 games at Akron. He was promoted to Columbus where he hit .214 (25-for-117) with two homers and nine RBI in 31 games.

    Chu spent most of this season at Class A Lynchburg where he hit .278 (82-for-295) with 20 doubles, eight homers and 45 RBI in 81 games. He appeared in 16 games at Akron and two at Columbus.

    Siri went 1-5 with 15 saves and a 2.45 ERA in 42 games at Lynchburg. He struck out 71 and walked 29 in 47 2/3 innings.

    Robinson, an 11th round pick in 2014, went 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 29 starts at Lynchburg. He struck out 56 and walked 21 in 51 innings.

    Kaminsky, the Cardinals No. 1 pick in 2013, moved to the bullpen at Akron and went 1-1 with a 3.08 ERA and four saves in 23 appearances. He struck out 22 and walked 18 in 26 1/3 innings.

    Garza, an eighth-round pick in 2015, went 5-6 with a 3.71 ERA in 16 starts at Lynchburg. He struck out 69 and walked 22 in 68 innings.

    There are several former Indians managing or coaching in the AFL. Former Tribe catcher Lou Marson is managing the Mesa Solar Sox. Don "The Rock" Schulze is his pitching coach. Shelley Duncan is Salt River's hitting coach, while Dave Burba is their pitching coach.

    Teams send their better prospects to the AFL to continue their path toward the big leagues. The season runs through Nov. 17.

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the 10th annual Big Shots Little Stars event benefiting Flashes of Hope on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio-- Many Cavaliers players and coaches describe the team's annual Big Shots and Little Stars event as the best night of the season.

    The smiles on the faces of pediatric cancer survivors make it easy to see why.

    The Cavaliers hosted the 10th annual event benefiting Flashes of Hope and the Children's Tumor Foundation Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, which was transformed into the fictional "Hogwarts" as part of the event's Harry Potter theme for 2018.

    Forty cancer survivors showed off beautiful gowns and sharp suits as they joined Cavaliers players and coaches for a fashion show, which ended with a standing ovation from the crowd on hand as confetti fell from the ceiling.

    Prior to the heartwarming show, 1,200 of Cleveland's business and community leaders enjoyed festivities including a live auction.

    Check out some behind-the-scenes photos and videos of the Cavaliers and their "Little Stars" below.

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    Check here for the tee times, TV schedule for CIMB Classic 2018 this week in Malaysia.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Paul Casey, Ryan Armour, Justin Thomas, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Kevin Tway, Ryan Moore, Ernie Els, Marc Leishman, Jason Kokrak, Cameron Smith, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and defending champion Pat Perez are among those in the field for the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic 2018 this week in Malaysia. Round 1 begins Wednesday night (by United States time).

    Snedeker, Moore and Tway are coming off a playoff at the PGA Tour's 2018-19 season-opening Safeway Open last week in California. Tway won.

    Site: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Course: TPC Kuala Lumpur (West). Yardage: 7,005. Par: 72.
    Purse: $7 million. Winner's share: $1,620,000.
    Television: Wednesday-Thursday, 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Golf Channel; Friday-Saturday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., Golf Channel.
    Defending champion: Pat Perez.
    FedExCup leader: Kevin Tway.
    Last week: Kevin Tway won the Safeway Open.
    Notes: This is the first of a three-week swing through Asia with limited fields and no cuts. ... Justin Thomas won his first two PGA Tour titles at the CIMB Classic. He is among 10 players in the field who were in the season-ending Tour Championship three weeks ago. ... Sixteen players competed in all three Asian events last year. Only three of them made it to the Tour Championship -- Xander Schauffele, Paul Casey and Kyle Stanley. ... Perez made 56 percent of his regular-season FedExCup points during the three-tournament Asian swing last year, starting with his victory in Malaysia. ... Tway and two players he beat in a playoff at the Safeway Open, Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore, are among 30 players in the field who played in California last week. ... Thomas and Moore have two victories in Malaysia. ... Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand is making his debut as a PGA Tour member.
    Next week: CJ Cup in South Korea.
    (Fact box from Associated Press.)

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    Check here for tee times for the LPGA Tour's KEB Hana Bank Championship 2018 this week in South Korea.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Sung Hyun Park, In Gee Chun, Lexi Thompson, Minjee Lee and Cristie Kerr are among those in the field for KEB Hana Bank Championship 2018 this week in South Korea.

    Site: Incheon, South Korea.
    Course: Sky 72 GC (Ocean Course). Yardage: 6,316. Par: 72.
    Purse: $2 million. Winner's share: $300,000.
    Television: Thursday, 1:30-5:30 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay); Friday-Sunday, 12:30-3 p.m. (Golf Channel-tape delay).
    Defending champion: Jin Young Ko.
    Race to CME Globe leader: Ariya Jutanugarn.
    Last week: South Korea won the International Crown.
    Notes: In Gee Chun, who won all four of her matches last week, is among 21 players from the International Crown playing this week. That includes Sung Hyun Park, the No. 1 player in the world. ... All four Americans from the International Crown are playing -- Michelle Wie, Cristie Kerr, Jessica Korda and Lexi Thompson. ... Thompson has not won in more than a year, dating to the Indy Women in Tech Championship 2017. She has slipped to No. 5 in the world. ... The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Korean LPGA, which selected 12 players to compete. That gives South Korea 27 players in the field of 78. ... Jin Young Ko, the defending champion, has a big lead over Women's British Open champion Georgia Hall in the race of LPGA rookie of the year.
    Next week: Buick LPGA Shanghai.
    (Fact box from Associated Press.)

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    Check here for the entry list, tee times for the European Tour's Sky Sports British Masters 2018 this week in England.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood and Thorbjorn Olesen are among notables in the field at Sky Sports British Masters 2018 this week in England.

    Site: Surrey, England.
    Course: Walton Heath (Old Course). Yardage: 7,394. Par: 72.
    Purse: 3 million pounds. Winner's share: 500,000 pounds.
    Television: Thursday-Friday, 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Golf Channel).
    Defending champion: Paul Dunne.
    Race to Dubai leader: Francesco Molinari.
    Last week: Lucas Bjerregaard won the Dunhill Links Championship.
    Notes: FedExCup champion Justin Rose is the tournament host this year at Walton Heath. ... British Open champion Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood, the first European tandem to go 4-0 in the Ryder Cup, are in the field. ... Rose will have a chance to return to No. 1 in the world. ... Walton Heath was founded in 1903 and had King Edward VIII as its first captain. The Old Course hosted the 1981 Ryder Cup. ... The field features four Ryder Cup players (Rose, Molinari, Fleetwood and Thorbjorn Olesen), Captain Thomas Bjorn and three vice captains in Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Robert Karlsson. ... The tournament dates to 1972. ... The list of champions features eight winning Ryder Cup captains -- Bjorn, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Sam Torrance, Seve Ballesteros, Bernard Gallacher and Tony Jacklin.
    Next week: Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

    (Fact box from Associated Press.)

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    Meyer said there is ongoing conversation about using Tate Martell in short yardage and in the red zone. Is it needed?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It ended up being nearly three years to the day between Urban Meyer being asked very similar questions about Ohio State's quarterbacks.

    On Oct. 5, 2015, Steve Helwagen of asked Meyer if he'd ever consider using J.T. Barrett as OSU's red zone quarterback. Meyer paused and glanced at the back of the room before saying "that's a good point" and admitting the coaching staff had thought about it.

    You could take Meyer's answer one of two ways: They had been thinking about it and Steve unearthed it before that week's game, or the idea was planted in Meyer's mind right there. Either way, OSU used Barrett in the red zone that week against Maryland and scored six touchdowns on six red zone trips.

    Now, with so much talk about struggles in short yardage this season as teams continue to key on Ohio State's run game, I asked Meyer on Monday: Have you considered using backup quarterback Tate Martell sporadically in running situations or in the red zone?

    "There continues to be that conversation ... those are all conversations that we have," Meyer said. "Tate's a very dynamic player. Those are questions we have every two hours."

    Here's the thing: This isn't 2015. Back then, Ohio State's offense was dysfunctional. Not scoring enough points in the red zone. Ranked No. 121 in the country with six touchdowns on 16 trips at the time that Meyer decided to use Barrett as the red zone quarterback.

    This year OSU's red zone touchdown percentage is 72.4 percent. Lower against TCU and Penn State, just two in six trips, but much better overall than it was three years ago.

    The Buckeyes are converting 50 percent of third downs (but only 27 percent against TCU and PSU). Their third-and-short success rate is 87.5 percent, per Bill Connelly's advanced stats, ranked No. 27 in the country. They're converting 70 percent of fourth downs, up from last year's rate of 66.7 percent.

    This offense isn't broken like it was the last time Meyer pondered the idea of a specialty running quarterback. It's just different. This seems to go back to Meyer's comfort level with a drop-back passer at quarterback.

    "Third-and-one is tough right now," he said. "That's another weakness ... there's a time you're going to have to throw it and we have. But there might be more times to throw that ... Used to be, when the dual-threat stuff, I don't want to say it was automatic, but it was pretty good."

    You know what else has been pretty automatic? Dwyane Haskins and his 71.7 completion percentage. Plus he's shown the touch to throw the ball in short yardage, unlike Cardale Jones in 2015.

    There are things to balance when playing Martell: The lack of quarterback depth and flow of the offense chief among them.

    "Yes, yes, yes, yes," Meyer said when I laid out all of those variables.

    Martell can help. No doubt. Whether it's worth it will be the question that won't go away until OSU gets some better quarterback depth.

    Or the Buckeyes can throw more, and keep throwing until defenses start keying on the No. 3 passing offense in the country.

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    The Kevin Love Fund announced that Headspace subscriptions along with in-person mental training sessions will be given to all UCLA student-athletes and coaches.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A few weeks back, Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love announced the start of the Kevin Love Fund -- an initiative to raise mental health awareness around the country and help people improve their well-being.

    To kick off that mission, Love is giving back to UCLA, where he starred and helped lead the Bruins to a Final Four appearance.

    The Kevin Love Fund announced that Headspace subscriptions along with in-person mental training sessions will be given to all UCLA student-athletes and coaches.

    "I am really excited to partner with Headspace to bring an invaluable tool to the Bruin family," Love said in a release Wednesday morning. "It is incredibly important to the mind as well as the body to be at peak performances in all aspects of life, and Headspace makes it so easy for student-athletes to integrate mental training into their everyday regimens."

    Headspace, a global leader in meditation and mindfulness, was founded in 2010 by Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson. Through its meditation app and online offerings, Headspace has already reached more than 32 million users in 190 countries. The company has forged partnerships with Apple, Amazon, Nike, the NBA and the Kevin Love Fund, among others.

    "Kevin Love's commitment to integrating mental fitness into sport, together with UCLA's storied athletic success and commitment to their student-athletes' holistic well-being, is the perfect combination to evolve the culture of sport to be one in which training the mind is equally as important as training the body," said Lindsay Shaffer, Head of Sports and Fitness at Headspace. "We are incredibly excited to partner with the Kevin Love Fund to establish Headspace as the mental training tool for UCLA athletes and coaches."

    According to the release, Shaffer will educate student-athletes about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness so they understand how training the mind is equally as important to training the body for peak performance.

    "At UCLA, we have held a longstanding commitment to providing our student-athletes with comprehensive physical and mental health services," said UCLA's Director of Sports Medicine Mark Pocinich. "We'd like to thank the Kevin Love Fund and Headspace for their generosity, providing a significant boost to our efforts to support the total athlete. In Kevin, our student-athletes can see themselves, and having this come from a member of the Bruin family makes it even more impactful to them."

    The Cavaliers' franchise player has become one of the leading voices for mental health awareness and one of several NBA stars to open up about his own history with anxiety and panic attacks. Love first did that in a powerful essay titled "Everyone Is Going Through Something," which appeared on the Player's Tribune in early March. 

    Love has made it his mission to change the stigma attached to anxiety and depression, something he has battled for a long time.

    It's an issue that sent him running back to the locker room during a game against the Atlanta Hawks last season. He said recently he felt like he was having a heart attack in that moment, when Cavs trainer Steve Spiro found him on the floor of the locker room. 

    He spoke on Media Day about the decision to start the Kevin Love Fund.

    "The idea started organically just knowing and seeing what my father's side of the family, including him, had gone through and just knowing what I have dealt with for many years on the anxiety and depression side of things to now facing all this stuff head on, writing the article, being very vulnerable and being able to help all demographics and knowing this thing doesn't discriminate," Love said. "To see where we are now, that's what probably what I'm most proud of. Knowing that this thing has legs and we're going to be able to help so many people with this and this thing is universal, worldwide and being able to help that next man and pay it forward, it's going to be special."

    Wednesday's donation to UCLA is the latest step.

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    Months later, the ground beneath him started to shake and he could never regain his footing.

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The 2017-18 regular season began exactly the way Rodney Hood envisioned.

    In his fourth season in Utah, the swingman was thrust into a bigger role. Expected to help fill the void after Gordon Hayward's departure, Hood was about to get every crack at solidifying his spot in Utah's long-term plans and earning the robust contract he had been working toward for years. It was also the perfect platform to rebound from a postseason flop.

    Months later, the ground beneath him started to shake and he could never regain his footing.

    "It started off as one of my better seasons since I've been in the league and then in the playoffs not playing for the first time, getting DNPs, not playing to my full potential and trying to figure everything out, it was just tough," Hood told

    The summer didn't get any easier.

    In late June, the Cavs extended a qualifying offer to Hood, making him a restricted free agent and allowing them to match any offer Hood received from another team.

    Hood's agent went out in search of a lucrative offer sheet but it never came. All the while, Hood waited patiently and paid close attention to the market -- not with unrestricted free agents but guys positioned the same from his draft class.

    He watched Julius Randle get his qualifying offer rescinded, allowing him to join the New Orleans Pelicans on a two-year deal. He noticed Zach LaVine, coming off a significant knee injury, was able to land a massive $78 million offer sheet from the Sacramento Kings that was eventually matched by the Bulls. Kyle Anderson, taken seven picks later than Hood in the 2014 NBA Draft and with lower career numbers, found a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies. Marcus Smart cemented a four-year, $52 million contract. Jabari Parker, Hood's college teammate, cashed in with Chicago after the Bucks rescinded his offer.

    "I was happy for them for one because I know those guys," Hood said. "Jabari is like a brother to me and I know Marcus -- we came in the league together. So I'm happy for them getting money and stuff like that. But I had to understand restricted free agency. At first, it was hard because I really didn't. And I was thinking, 'All right, he got paid and I was supposed to.'"

    But as Hood finally realized, it doesn't always work that way. A team's cap situation matters. So do a variety of other factors. Restricted free agency can get complicated.

    While those other deals were signed, Hood, who had welcomed twins in April, was staring at an uncertain future.

    "It came to a point where I had to understand it wasn't about talent and what you have done, it's about situation," Hood told "So when I understood that I took my feelings out of it."

    All along, the Cavs wanted him back. After all, they had swung a deal for him at the trade deadline, believing they got an alluring 25-year-old with the potential to become the starting shooting guard. Andrae Patterson, the Cavaliers' director of basketball administration, was with Hood in Utah for a few years. Patterson knew Hood well and gave his stamp of approval.

    Still, when it came to summer negotiations, the visions of Hood's underwhelming 2018 playoffs were tough to shake. It wasn't just a few games. The Cavs had a 17-game sample size -- plenty enough to pause and recalculate his value.

    The Cavs carved out a place in their imaginary budget with what they believed to be a reasonable offer. They were willing to go three years at a little more than $7 million annually -- a deal close to what Lou Williams received with the Clippers in a February extension.

    Hood either wanted a shorter deal to get back into free agency quickly or a longer contract that carried a eight-figure salary per year -- closer to the Smart contract.

    But here's the thing: While Hood was floundering in his second postseason appearance, plastered to the bench in the Eastern Conference finals, Smart was on the other side helping push the Cavaliers to the brink of elimination. The 6-foot-4 guard wasn't putting up flashy stats and probably won't ever be an accomplished scorer, but he's integral to Boston's success and his toughness is coveted in a grueling postseason series.

    There was no way the Cavs could say the same about Hood. He hadn't shown them that.

    According to The Athletic, that was the message from general manager Koby Altman when the two had an important phone call this summer that helped change Hood's perspective.

    "He explained to me that he believes in me as a player," Hood said. "It was mainly, I didn't get to where I wanted to money wise and years wise because of what I've done here. I understood that, I accepted that.

    "He was honest with me. I was honest with him, how I felt. Lot of times with a third party, messages get confused. It was good to talk to him on the phone."

    According to those involved with the off-season negotiations, the Cavs and Hood are in a good, healthy spot. There are no hard feelings. Ultimately, Hood made the decision to play this season on the one-year qualifying offer.

    He's betting on himself. 

    "Just knowing the work I've put in, knowing the type of player I believe I am and what I've already done in the league," Hood told when asked why he was willing to take that risk after such a poor start with the Cavs. "It's not about a contract. That will take care of itself. This year it's about getting back to myself and earning my respect back."

    Hood wanted to make it known that he doesn't believe it's a make-or-break year -- even though he averaged 10.8 points during the regular season and a ghastly 5.4 points, including 16.7 percent from 3-point range, in the playoffs before getting bumped out of the rotation.

    It is, however, fair to call this his most important NBA season.

    "You can say that," he said. "I feel like a lot of people have counted me out and this is my chance to really come back on the scene even more than I was at first, before I got here. It's more about proving people right than proving people wrong. That's just how I'm wired."

    Head coach Tyronn Lue is one of those who believes in Hood. Lue even pointed to Hood as the most likely second option on the offensive end recently.

    "It makes me feel good. He believes that and I think all my teammates believe that," Hood said. "It's something I've proven that I can be, one of the leading scorers on the team and I can put up numbers. That's not my mission to be the second-leading scorer. But every night I need to be aggressive and where that leads me then that's where it leads me."

    Hood doesn't want to dwell on the past. But playing alongside LeBron James in a single-player-focused system wasn't easy. With it, comes plenty of stress and added pressure. Hood doesn't believe he regressed as a player. Nor does he believe his weaknesses were exposed in the postseason. It's just those Cavaliers weren't the ideal fit for him.

    Even members of the organization will admit as much.

    "He came from Utah where Coach (Quin) Snyder ran a lot of stuff for him coming off the bench and kind of ran offense through him," Lue said. "Coming into a situation where LeBron had the ball in his hands a lot and the second unit was different with (Kyle) Korver and different guys, it was a change for him. Only having 30 games with that change was tough."

    Last year, it was a different culture, different teammates, different coaching staff and different expectations.

    After going through that, Hood is ready to turn the page. He can even look back on the tumultuous eight months and consider that stretch a valuable lesson.

    "Once you have been through some stuff it becomes easier. I've seen the 'bottom.' Mentally I'm in a much different space," Hood said. "I'm hungry. Ready to go."

    So what's the next step for Hood?

    "Now he understands what we are looking for," Lue said. "He's going to be a big option on this team and we need him to score the basketball."

    Lue is expected to run more plays for Hood, where he can use screens to open up quality looks. The hope is that he thrives with more touches, the ball moving from side to side, rather than sticking with one player for a bulk of the possessions while the others stand on the perimeter and wait for passes. It was an effective formula for the Cavs, just not for many individuals.

    During the first part of the 2017-18 season, Hood boasted a usage rate of 26.6. It added up to career-highs in points (16.8), shot attempts, (14.2), 3-point percentage (38.9) and free throw attempts (2.5).

    When he arrived in Cleveland, that changed quickly. His usage rate plummeted to 17.5. Then his stats and playing time followed.

    The Cavs' message to Hood is simple: Be aggressive. Show more consistency.

    "There's times in the game where I can be passive and almost to a fault," he said. "Just after self-evaluating over my career, just not leaving stuff on the table. Going out there, scoring the ball, making the right plays and not be a black hole by any stretch, but being more aggressive and getting back to being a two-way player -- a guy that can defend multiple positions."

    It's clear Hood views himself as a high-level player. But it's time to show that. No more excuses. This is his shot. The contract still looms. But he believes he's better equipped to handle that pressure.

    "I'm not playing this year for that," Hood said. "I feel like I've been overlooked -- rightfully or wrongfully so -- for a long time and I want to get back to myself. That's what this season is about. That, winning games and getting to the playoffs. I want to get that feeling back so I can prove myself in that type of environment."

    An eventful summer followed a chaotic few months. But Hood says he's put that all behind him. In some ways it's come full circle. Hood is again entering a contract year with plenty to prove and the promise of a larger role -- the opportunity he's always wanted.

    And if all goes according to plan, the plan hatched between the Cavs and Hood after months of negotiating will be a win-win. The two parties can continue to work together and if Hood finally realizes his potential -- starts making meaningful plays, shows he can stay healthy and becomes an integral part of Cleveland's new core -- then he will get the recognition he feels he deserves. The big contract, too.

    As for the Cavs, they will have their starting two-guard -- the player they believe they acquired at the February trade deadline.

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    One of six players invited to training camp to compete for that 15th -- and final -- roster spot, Randolph played in the last two preseason games.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers took a step toward finalizing their roster on Wednesday afternoon, waiving guard Levi Randolph. 

    One of six players invited to training camp to compete for that 15th -- and final -- roster spot, Randolph played in the last two preseason games.

    He scored two points on 1-of-4 from the field in 13 minutes against the Boston Celtics. He played just four minutes during Monday's short-handed loss against the Indiana Pacers. 

    The Cavaliers' roster now stands at 19 players. 

    According to a team source, the Cavaliers' plan is to have Randolph play for the G League affiliate Canton Charge.

    After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft, Randolph played in the D-League (now G League) for one season. He has spent most of his professional career playing overseas in Italy and France. 

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    While we don't know what the new jerseys will look like, we know they will be different shades of blue.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cavaliers are adding two new uniform sets to their repertoire this season and ditching those gray "The Land" jerseys that nobody (except me) liked.

    While we don't know what the new jerseys will look like, we know they will be different shades of blue. That's according to Twitter user Casey Vitelli, who snooped the depths of LockerVision, the NBA's web site that lists what uniform each team will wear on any given night, to get the intel which has since been backed up by other reliable uni watchers.

    The new "City" uniform -- the one replacing those gray jerseys -- will reportedly be dark blue, perhaps a nod to the shade used in the popular blue alternate jerseys from the first LeBron era. It's not clear if the team will use "The Land" again on the jerseys -- my guess is it won't -- but the ensemble will have some sort of ode to the city whether it's another nickname, a landmark or symbol.

    The team also wore blue during their Price-Daugherty-Nance glory days of the late 1980s, though that shade was more of a navy blue. 

    According to the NBA schedule, the Cavaliers will wear the dark blues for the first time November 13 against Charlotte Hornets.

    The Cavaliers, by virtue of making the playoffs last season, will also reportedly be one of 16 teams to don a fifth uniform set. Dubbed the "Earned" edition, the new kit will be powder blue-- a color, like the gray introduced last season, the team has never used before. It'll be interesting to see how the Cavs pull it off-- powder blue makes you think of the Los Angeles Chargers or Kansas City Royals, not Cleveland's NBA team.

    The Cavs are scheduled to debut the new "Earned" edition jerseys against the Miami Heat on January 2.

    The team will continue wearing three ensembles from last season -- the white "Association," wine "Icon," and black "Statement" jerseys -- again this season. Though the Cavs pretty much abandoned wearing white during last season's playoff run, the "Association" edition will be most frequently used uniform set this season with 34 appearances on the schedule.

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    "Honestly it just don't compare at all,'' Randall said of the Browns' defense compared to those he played with in Green Bay. "I mean, this defense is talented and it's going to only get better.'' Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio --  Damarious Randall believes the Browns are as good as the Packers playoff teams he played on over the past three years, and that the Browns defense is superior to any he played on in Green Bay.

    "By far,'' he said Wednesday as the Browns prepared for the 3-2 Chargers Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

    He noted the Packers' defensive talent wasn't close to the 2018 Browns'. During his three seasons in Green Bay, the Packers ranked 15, 22nd and 22nd overall. The Browns are 27th overall this season, but have a league-high 15 takeaways and are 12th in the league in points allowed.

    "Honestly it just don't compare at all,'' Randall said. "I mean, this defense is talented and it's going to only get better.''

    Acquired in an offseason trade for DeShone Kizer, Randall and Green Bay made it to the NFC Divisional round after the 2015 season and the NFC Championship Game after 2016. He believes the Browns are as good as those Packers teams.

    "Yes,'' he said. "Yes, but I mean it's a different feeling, though. We could possibly be 4-1, 5-0, but not to harp on that. but it's just they style of play that we're playing with. I mean, just the rate that the defense is getting the ball and the way the offense is starting to click, it should be a lot of exciting football coming forth.''

    Mayfield, 15 takeaways and why the Browns 'ain't no joke'

    While many Browns have nothing to compare it to, Randall can speak from experience when he talks about this defense. In addition to playing in three overtime games (1-1-1), all five games have been decided by four points or less.

    "We feel like we're a contender,'' said Randall. "We feel like we're one of the best teams up in the league, so week in and week out we've just got to do our job each and every one of us and really we've just got to cut down up on the mental errors and some of these games might not be as close."

    He said knew from the moment he set foot in Berea that the Browns could be good this year despite 0-16 last season.

    "Never had a doubt, man,'' he said. "Ever since I got here with OTAs and I saw the talent that this team had, and it was just all about putting it together. And I'm just glad we were able to finish this last game and just hopeful we can finish some moving forward."

    He agreed with coach Hue Jackson that the 2-2-1 Browns dug themselves a hole by not winning some of their early games, but "we're just going to keep taking it one week at a time and we're just going to move past those games that we gave away early because there's a lot of football left and we're just going to keep taking it day-by-day, week-by-week and game-by-game."

    Randall, the starting free safety, has maintained for weeks that Baker Mayfield is a main reason the Browns believe anything can happen.

    "Relentless effort, man, I mean just a winner,'' he said. "That's something that he's always been at Oklahoma and just somebody that can overcome a lot of things. He was a walk-on twice and he ended up being the Heisman Trophy winner, so just to have a guy like that you just know that he's always going to try to put the team in position to win game. You've just got to love it."

    Randall also told after Sunday's 12-9 overtime victory over the Ravens that the Browns will soon win a championship.

    "Honestly, I feel like if we can keep this team together for a couple years, we will bring a Super Bowl to this town," he said. "You can mark my words on that. If we can keep most of these core guys and most of this together, we will win a Super Bowl."

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    Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talk all things Browns. Watch video

    BEREA, Ohio -- The Browns are on to the Chargers this week. Los Angeles comes to FirstEnergy Stadium with a 3-2 record and have won two games in a row.

    Wednesday, we heard from rookie cornerback Denzel Ward, who was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. We also heard from safety Damarious Randall on how good he believes this defense is and can be. Quarterback Baker Mayfield spoke today, too, and talked about how he has taken too many sacks.

    Mary Kay Cabot and I talked about the day at Browns practice in the video above.

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    Snoop Dogg made a surprise visit to Browns practice Wednesday, but Hue Jackson warned his players not to get distracted by the folks jumping on the bandwagon. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Superstar rapper Snoop Dogg paid a surprise visit to Browns practice on Wednesday and Hue Jackson loved it, but he also cautioned his players not to get caught up in folks jumping on the bandwagon after a few wins.

    "Snoop, I've known him for quite a while," said Jackson. "He's been around some other places I have been. ... It was good to have him out for a moment. A lot of guys see him on the sideline, and his message was 'Man, you guys are doing some good things, some really good things.'

    "I thought that was great. At the same time, there are going to be a lot of people that want to come be on this wagon when the wagon gets rolling, and we're going to circle the wagon. I know that because I didn't see any of these people the last two years.

    "I'm still the same guy. I still knew all of these people prior to this year. We're not going to get caught up in any of that. Our players won't, and that's my message to them. We are going to work, and we're going to continue to get better and see where we are."

    Randall: Browns are as good as his Packers playoff teams

    Snoop Dogg, a Steelers fan, was in town to promote his "Redemption of a Dogg" stage play, which comes to Playhouse Square on Oct. 28. He toured the Browns' facility, made a brief appearance on the club's in-house radio show "Cleveland Browns Daily" and made a cameo on the field at the end of practice.

    "The real Dogg had to come see the Dawg Pound and make it official," he said on Cleveland Browns Daily. "I like a lot of players y'all got on your team. I like what y'all doing. (Jarvis) Landry, (Baker) Mayfield, (Myles) Garrett, (Jabrill) Peppers. It's a bunch of guys I like how they get down."

    Later, in a short Browns video, he said, "What up there, this is big Snoop Dogg. Dawg Pound, y'all better turn up this week, man. Y'all got a new feeling, a new spirit. Let's go get it done Dawg Pound.''

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