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    Landry caught 10 of his 15 targets, but he can't do it all alone.

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Unless the Browns trade for an Amari Cooper or a DeVante Parker, or sign a Terrelle Pryor, things won't get much better on offense this season.

    During Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Bucs, it was once again Jarvis Landry and The Others, and that's just not going to cut it. Landry was targeted a game-high 15 times, and caught 10 passes for 97 yards, including the gametying 16-yard TD in regulation.

    After the game, which dropped the Browns to 2-4-1, he couldn't use his left arm to put on his shirt, and he had a wrap on it. He said he'll play in Pittsburgh, though, so he should be okay.

    But Landry needs some help and so does Baker Mayfield.

    After Landry, the three other Browns' receivers combined for five catches for 43 yards: Antonio Callaway (1 of 2 targets for 14 yards), Damion Ratley (3 of 3 targets for 23 yards) and Breshad Perriman (1 of 1 targets for 6 yards). Meanwhile, the Browns were trying to keep pace with a Bucs offense that features the high-octane trio of Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Chris Godwin and more.

    Furthermore, the lack of a supporting cast is wasting Mayfield's big arm. The two longest completions were for 20 and 23 yards.
    Hue Jackson vowed to dive in and fix the offense, which might even mean taking the playcalling back from offensive coordinator Todd Haley soon.  But Jackson might soon discover that even if he changes things up, he might not have enough weapons to compete with the good offenses in the NFL such as those of the Bucs, Chargers, Steelers and Chiefs.

    The Steelers and Chiefs are up next, and those could be long games if the Browns don't get some help.

    Rashard Higgins should be back soon from his sprained MCL, and that will help a lot. He's one of Mayfield's favorite targets and he's reliable. But even that won't be enough.

    The Browns need to seriously consider trading for a receiver and getting help right away. It won't be easy. It's tough to walk onto a new team and pick up the offense overnight. But they have to try something.

    Pryor is being released by the Jets, and he could help the Browns once his torn groin heals in a few weeks. The Dolphins are fielding calls about 2015 first-round pick DeVante Parker, who was inactive on Sunday. Parker's agent Jimmy Gould on Sunday told ESPN that Dolphins coach Adam Gase "is incompetent''  so there might be no coming back from that.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier Sunday that the Broncos are shopping Demaryius Thomas, 30, who's been struggling in Denver. Some of these receivers might not make sense from a compensation and salary standpoint, but John Dorsey must do something.  

    The Browns' offense was shut out in the first half by a Bucs' defense that was giving up first half-points at an alarming rate, an average of 25 per game. And the red zone? They allowed TD on 15 of 16 trips. But the Browns couldn't score when they got inside the red zone, despite the fact the drive started at the Bucs' 19 thanks to one of the defense's four takeaways.

    They were outgained 243 yards to 74 in the first half, and fell behind 16-2. That's a big hole to dig out of. They tied the game at 23 on a 16-yard Landry TD catch, but they went three-and-out on their two possessions in overtime.

    Life is tough enough on a rookie quarterback. It's almost impossible without a good enough supporting cast.

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    The Browns lost to the Buccaneers 26-23 Sunday on a 59-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro Watch video

    The Browns lost to the Buccaneers 26-23 Sunday on a 59-yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro with 1:50 left in OT. The kick cashed in on Jabrill Peppers' fumble on a punt return that started the Bucs at the Browns' 48 with 3:12 left in the 10-minute session.

    Mayfield rushed for 41 yards, with 35 coming on second-and-26 play in the fourth quarter. Another rush, on fourth-and-2 in the second quarter, ended with Mayfield fumbling the ball out of bounds short of the first down marker at the Bucs 10-yard line.

    He was sacked five times.

    It was the fourth overtime game for the Browns this season. The record for OT games in a season is five. The Browns are 1-2-1 in OT this season.

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    The Browns forced four more turnovers on Sunday and the offense, yet again, failed to cash in on many of them.

    TAMPA -- Jameis Winston dropped back with 1:04 left in the first half on Sunday and hit his tight end, Cameron Brate, for 10 yards and what should have been a first down -- except T.J. Carrie punched the ball loose and Christian Kirksey recovered and returned the ball to the Buccaneers 19-yard line.

    The Browns, trailing 16-2 at the time, had the ball in perfect field position with 50 seconds left. Four plays later, Baker Mayfield, on fourth down, scrambled and appeared to have the yardage for a conversion but fumbled the ball backwards just enough to negate the first down. The Browns came up empty.

    It was the second time in the final 2:30 of the first half that the Browns came away with nothing off of a turnover. Kirksey intercepted Winston on a first-down pass and, after a penalty, the Browns took over at their own 25. They lost six yards on the drive.

    The Browns are up to 20 takeaways on the season, the most by a Browns defense through seven weeks since 1989. That team also had 20 takeaways at this point.

    Half of the Browns turnovers this season have come in two of their games. They forced six in Week 1 against Pittsburgh and finished plus-5 in turnover margin. They forced four against Tampa Bay on Sunday and finished plus-3.

    In those two games, they have scored off one of those turnovers just twice. One of those scores -- against Pittsburgh -- came after Jabrill Peppers scooped a fumble and returned it to the Steelers 1-yard line.

    Browns defenders were straightforward about how it impacts them.

    "Go out and keep doing our job," Kirksey said. "That's what defense is for. Whenever the offense is struggling, we've got to pick it up even more."

    "Just keep playing football," safety Damarious Randall said. "At the end of the day, everybody's got jobs. As long as we can do our job to the best of our ability to try to give this team a chance to win in the fourth quarter of every game, I feel like that's what we've been doing."

    Which is what you'd expect them to say. The reality is that the offense hasn't been holding up their end.

    "We got to capitalize on defensive turnovers," quarterback Baker Mayfield said. "Our defense is playing great, we have to take that momentum and run with it."

    Sunday, the Browns offense didn't run more than four plays in a possession following a turnover. Two of those possessions ended in punts, another in the failed fourth down conversion and, probably the most painful of them all, a three-and-out in overtime following Jamie Collins' interception.

    That possession started at the Buccaneers 45-yard line, realistically a first down away from considering a game-winning field goal attempt. Instead, the Browns gained nothing on a first down run and, following a 7-yard completion to tight end David Njoku, Mayfield took a sack on third third-and-3 from the 38-yard line, negating any realistic chance to consider going for it on fourth down.

    Turnovers are the great equalizer in the NFL, or at least they should be. It's why the Browns defense can come away from a game in which they gave up 456 total yards of offense and feel like they did what they needed to do to win the game.

    The inability by the offense to cash in turnovers has cost the Browns at least two games already. Consider that this team's record with those two games as wins would be 4-3.

    Seriously, all the Browns needed to do to be above .500 after seven games was win two games in which they were a combined plus-8 in turnovers. For as complicated as this game can be sometimes, something like that is simple.

    Slow starts are killing this team. The inability to find ways to win close games is killing this team. Penalties are definitely killing this team.

    All of those mistakes, though, get erased when a defense forces turnovers at the rate the Browns are forcing turnovers.

    "We didn't capitalize on some of those (turnovers) early," head coach Hue Jackson said after Sunday's loss. "That's what you got to do."

    The Browns defense keeps giving gifts. Their offense keeps taking them back to the returns counter.

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    Mayfield was hit helmet-to-helmet, but the flag was picked up because he was a runner.

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Baker Mayfield was miffed that a helmet-to-helmet hit on him after a long fourth-quarter run in Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Bucs wasn't flagged.

    The officials threw the flag on the play, but then picked it back up, saying Mayfield was a runner when safety Jordan Whitehead drilled him in the head. The problem is, he had already initiated his slide.

    "There's a lot of stuff being put on protecting the quarterback,'' said Mayfield. "It doesn't seem like the Browns are getting a lot of calls. They can review and they can say I was a runner, but I started my slide. It's helmet-to-helmet contact. I felt it. But I got up and let the guy know he's going to have to hit me a lot harder than that if he wants to affect me."

    Head referee Shawn Hochuli announced over the loudspeaker after the flag was picked up, "the quarterback is still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head.''

    But coach Hue Jackson, who argued a number of the Browns' 14 penalties for 114 yard, asked for clarification.

    "They said he was a runner,'' Jackson said. "What I know is he should be protected once he starts to slide. He says 'no he was like any other normal runner who's out there running,' but I thought he had slid and got down before he got hit. That's what the guy said to me. He said he's not afforded that protection out there. That was different from what I know."

    The NFL declined to comment on the non-call after the game, and no pool report was requested.

    Mayfield had scrambled 35 yards for a first down to the Tampa Bay 41 on the play. A 15-yard penalty would've moved him to the 26. He got the Browns down to the 2, but Nick Chubb gained only a yard on third down and then Mayfield was stopped on fourth and 1 with 4:55 left in regulation.

    A miffed Jackson doesn't rule out take the playcalling back from Todd Haley

    But Jarvis Landry helped make up for it by laying out for a 16-yard TD catch that tied it at 23 with 2:28 left in the game.

    Still, Landry was as mad about the non-call on Mayfield as anything else after the game.

    "Tom Brady gets that call,'' he said. "Aaron Rodgers gets that call. Any other quarterback gets that call. It's tough to beat a team and feel like you're playing against another team as well (the officials). It's a problem. It's really a problem.''
    Landry added, "All quarterbacks turn into a runner but when they slide, they get their protection back. I don't understand the difference and he hit them in the head. He hit him in the head.''

    He lamented that Emmanuel Ogbah was flagged 15-yards for roughing on Jameis Winston for what seemed like a lesser offense.

    "All he did was jump,'' said Landry. "He didn't even tough him in the head. It makes no sense.''

    He added, "We're the most penalized team in the NFL. Every week it's 12-15 penalties. Nobody listens. It's not to attack the referees, but somebody should be taking a look at this stuff. We get apologies but it's game changing plays. People's jobs, lives are at stake. I don't understand why it's not a bigger issue.''

    Fortunately for the Browns, Mayfield didn't suffer a concussion on the play.

    The Browns will send it into the NFL for clarification, but as usual, it won't do them any good.

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    "Today we took two steps back," Tristan Thompson said following a 133-111 loss against the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks. "I would expect an effort like this in Toronto, but not at home." Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Late Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers left the Target Center in Minneapolis feeling proud of their effort despite a second-straight loss to open the season.

    They weren't happy per se. After all, it was another defeat.

    This is the NBA, where there are no moral victories, not even against a superior opponent with playoff aspirations. But for a "growing team," which is the classification leader Kevin Love has used since training camp, the Cavaliers felt they were heading in the right direction.

    Not anymore.

    "Today we took two steps back," Tristan Thompson said following a 133-111 loss against the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks. "I would expect an effort like this in Toronto, but not at home."

    There was plenty that had Thompson miffed after the game. He lamented the communication breakdowns that led to the Hawks' offensive explosion. He didn't appreciate the lack of fight the team showed in the second half, as the Hawks scored 69 points, shot 49 percent from the field and connected on 44.4 percent of their 3-point attempts in a rout that few saw coming.

    But the hardest thing to grasp? It was the Hawks. On Cleveland's home floor.

    "It was embarrassing," Thompson said. "We would never expect for us to come out like that, especially at home.

    "No disrespect to the Hawks, but those guys, their mentality this season is for their young guys to get reps, work on their game and just go out there and compete obviously at a high level, but understand it's not about the wins and losses, for them it's about the long journey to get back to where they want to get to. For us, that's not what we're here to do. For me, Kev, Kyle (Korver), G Hill, Swish (JR Smith), all the guys that have been part of winning environments, we come to compete. That's what we're here to do and tonight there was none of that at all."

    For one night, the Cavaliers looked like the Eastern Conference's punchline. They looked like the overmatched team that should consider tanking.

    They aren't going to, of course. Not yet. Head coach Tyronn Lue even said he wasn't going to look inward three games into the season.

    Still, these are the kinds of losses the Cavs can't afford. These are the ones that could force the front office in a different direction come February. These are the ones that doubters single out when discussing Lue's coaching prowess. There's no margin for error. Every game matters. This was the equivalent air-balling a layup. 

    If Cleveland can't stay competitive with the Hawks -- a team that had lost two straight games by double figures going into the night and trailed by at least 20 points in each of them -- then how are they supposed to be in the playoff mix?

    Given the stage (home opener) and the opponent, there was no sugarcoating this debacle. 

    "The last three quarters were pretty damn alarming," Love said after a 37-point turnaround. "Opening Night at home we expect to play better. We expect to play better in front of our home crowd. I don't know if alarming is the right word but it sure sounds right, just with our effort level. Our effort level wasn't there, especially defending the three-point line. They were just gunning and we weren't getting into them, we weren't physical."

    There was no time to defend the halfcourt defense and blame the 130-point night on the lazy, unbalanced effort in transition the way Lue did following the Minnesota loss. There was no way to point to the team's admirable fight because it was nonexistent. There was no sense in pulling out any positives because that would've looked silly against a team the Cavs were favored to beat by eight points.

    The Cavs decided to implement a switch-heavy scheme this off-season. They pointed to its effectiveness during past playoff runs. They also thought it was suitable for this versatile group. Through three games, it doesn't look like Cleveland has the personnel to run it effectively.

    "It can work with this team if guys communicate and are physical at the point of the screen," Thompson said. "The one bad thing sometimes when you switch 1 through 5, guys think it's easier and they relax. You have to be just as aggressive. If we're going to switch 1 through 5 we got to meet that point of entry at the ball and be physical."

    In a switch-heavy approach, communication is vital. It also helps to have quality individual defenders. Otherwise the opponent will just find the weak link and prey on him. The Cavs are lacking both right now.

    "What they were doing was just swinging the ball and just basically carving us up one-on-one," Thompson said. "Guys have got to take the challenge. I'm not asking everyone to be lock-down defenders or Bruce Bowen, but take the personal challenge.

    "Whoever's in the game has got to be ready to play, take the scout serious and understand what we're doing. If you don't know what to do, ask questions. But don't go out there and say, 'I know. I know,' and then you come out there and get your ass whupped."

    Atlanta made a team-record 22 triples, shooting 46.8 percent. They had 32 assists on 48 made shots. 

    The offensive end wasn't much better. The Hawks gave up 126 and 131 points in their first two games. The Cavs could only muster 111 Sunday night, shooting 46.5 percent from the field and going 10-of-27 on 3-pointers. They only assisted on half of their made shots.

    After exploding for 10 points in a great first quarter, Love, the new offensive focal point, went silent.

    He finished with just 16 on another rough shooting night, missing 13 of his 19 shots and seven of his eight 3-pointers.

    "The second half it was just too perimeter-oriented for me," Love said. "Looked for some things in the post but we have to have a go-to action. It was too perimeter-oriented. Just felt like I was jacking from the outside. That's on me too. Need to get with the guys out there and see what we run, what we want to get into in our offensive flow.

    "We just weren't making the extra pass, we weren't playing for each other. It was more one pass, pick and roll and shot. We're going to look at film on both sides of the ball, but we have to get better. We didn't expect to be 0-3."

    Love wasn't alone in his struggles. Cedi Osman had 12 points on 5-of-15 from the field. Osman also had more turnovers (5) than assists (4).

    Collin Sexton, in a matchup of top-10 picks, looked out of place.

    Sexton scored just four points on 2-of-11 from the field. He committed four fouls and two turnovers against a pair of assists.

    On a night he shared the floor with Trae Young, who was picked three spots in front of him, the Hawks' franchise building block was the one being showered with praise after undressing countless defenders and scoring 35 points and dishing out 11 assists, becoming just the second rookie since Stephen Curry to have at least 35 points and double digit assists in a game.

    "He's great. Definitely fearless," Love said of Young. "You can tell that tonight was a confidence-builder. He was impressive tonight."

    As for Sexton, the Cavs' prized rookie? Well, he got swallowed by the moment.

    "He took it personal," Lue said when asked about the Sexton-Young matchup. "A lot of times he was trying to fight over the screens to guard Trae, but that's not what we wanted to do. We wanted to switch and I think taking it, because of the competitor that he is, wanting to guard Trae.

    "Trae is in a position where he's the no. 1 option. He can shoot all the balls when he wants to. Collin is more in a situation where he's coming off the bench right now and you have an All-Star playing in Kevin, got some older guys who can play as well. It's just different situations. As far as growth, I would say his competitive nature got the best of him tonight."

    Actually, Young got the best of him. By 31 points and nine assists.

    But that matchup was simply a window into the Cavs' crummy night. They entered the arena for the home opener brimming with confidence, believing they had made positive strides in the first two games and were on track for their first win.

    Hours later, they got a nasty reality check.

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    The Associated Press college basketball preseason Top 25 basketball poll will be released Monday afternoon. Here is Plain Dealer sports writer Elton Alexander's ballot.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One thing is for sure, with the possible exception of defending national champion Villanova, my Associated Press Top 25 preseason basketball poll will quite likely look distinctly different come March.

    Expect the usual suspects - Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State - to be in the national championship mix in some form or fashion. No matter what Syracuse does, and this season the Orangemen should actually be pretty good, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will over favor them again.

    But don't be surprised if several teams off the beaten path who showed their colors strong last season return for more flag waving.

    Nevada, Buffalo, Loyola-Chicago may or may not be AP Top 25 teams come March, but most or all should be NCAA Tournament teams. And while San Diego State has not been on the radar a lot in recent years, don't be surprised when their light shines again.

    While the Atlantic Coast Conference and the SEC will certainly be strong, don't be surprised, by the end of the season, if the Big Ten has at least four in the Top 25 ranks.

    Purdue should get there and Indiana could surprise as well.

    For the 2018-2019 basketball season, this is just the beginning.

    Here's my preseason ballot:

    Elton Alexander's Top 25 poll vote.

    • 1. Villanova
      2. Gonzaga
      3. Kentucky
      4. Duke
      5. Nevada
      6. Michigan State
      7. Kansas
      8. Virginia
      9. Tennessee
      10. North Carolina
      11. Kansas State
      12. West Virginia
      13. Oregon
      14. Michigan
      15. LSU
      16. TCU
      17. San Diego State
      18. Florida State
      19. Auburn
      20. Buffalo
      21. Arizona
      22. Syracuse
      23. Florida
      24. Loyola-Chicago
      25. Missouri

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    Check here for video highlights from NFL Week 7 games of Sunday, Oct. 21.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The New England Patriots defeated the Chicago Bears, 38-31, in Chicago; the Carolina Panthers shocked the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-17, in Philadelphia; the Los Angeles Rams drilled the San Francisco 49ers, 39-10, in San Francisco; and the Kansas City Chiefs blasted the Cincinnati Bengals, 45-10, in Kansas City, Mo., as part of NFL Week 7 games on Sunday, Oct. 21.

    The Panthers trailed the defending Super Bowl champions, 17-0, in the fourth quarter.

    Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes II went 28-of-39 for 358 yards and four touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Chiefs running back and Northeast Ohio native Kareem Hunt scored three touchdowns.

    Among other Week 7 games: The Browns lost at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-23, in overtime. Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro made a 59-yard field goal late in OT. 

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    The Cleveland Browns were flagged for 14 penalties in their overtime loss to Tampa Bay. The lack of discipline makes the coaches look bad.

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Scribbles in my notebook after the Browns lost, 26-23, in overtime to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

    1. Listening to Hue Jackson's post-game press conference, you could feel the pressure mounting on the Browns. As I wrote, Jackson is going to insert himself into the game planning for the offense. Will he take play-calling away from Todd Haley? We'll see. Jackson promised the former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator could call plays if he came to the Browns.

    2. The most disturbing part of Haley's tenure with the Browns is the offense scoring just six points in the first quarter in 2018. That's a pair of field goals in seven games. That's six points in seven quarters. That's almost impossible to believe.

    3. While the Jackson/Haley situation will dominate sports talk, there were so many other things wrong with the Browns. They committed 14 penalties, costing them 114 yards. It's embarrassing to see a team so undisciplined at key parts of the game. Jackson said: "Our discipline today wasn't very good. We had way too many penalties, offensively and defensively."

    4. Yes, the defense had some dumb penalties. But Gregg Williams' unit was playing without key cornerbacks Terrance Mitchell and EJ Gaines. The Browns also were missing Pro Bowl middle linebacker Joe Schobert (hamstring). He is called the "quarterback of the defense" by Williams. The defense did a respectable job of holding the Bucs to 26 points. More importantly, it forced four turnovers -- setting up the offense.

    5. Christian Kirksey took over for Schobert at middle linebacker. He had an interception. He recovered a fumble. He was active. Emmanuel Ogbah was credited with 1.5 sacks. He had two other quarterback hits. Myles Garrett had two more sacks. The Brown played with fire and purpose on defense.

    6. The offense took those four turnovers and turned them into just seven points. The offense often looked uncertain. Tampa Bay entered the game having allowed 35 points, the most in the NFL. The Browns were facing the league's worst defense -- and that defense was missing three of its top players.

    7. Typical Browns story: They cut Carl Nassib at the end of training camp. Tampa picked him up. Injuries allowed him to start. He sacked Baker Mayfield twice. He had four total tackles (zero sacks) all season before Sunday.

    8. Another typical Browns story: Tampa kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed an extra point. He missed a 40-yard field goal. His longest field goal was 36 yards this season. I was shocked when Tampa lined him up to attempt a 59-yard field goal in overtime. He made it. Life with the Browns, who are now 1-2-1 in four overtime games this season.

    9. Jackson, on the kick: "I said there was no way he'd make it. And he did. So they won."

    10. Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said he didn't think his team would get the ball back if it punted with 1:55 left in overtime. "Chandler had made a 61-yard kick in practice this week, so I knew he had it in him...the way the game was going, we were going for the win."

    11. After the game, Jackson praised the Browns special teams. But then he had to talk about Jabrill Peppers fumbling a punt late in the overtime period. That gave the ball back to Tampa, and it eventually set up the improbable game-winning field goal.

    12. Peppers did average 23 yards on two punt returns. The Browns didn't give up any long returns on punts or kickoffs. The special teams stayed away from penalties. Greg Joseph was 3-of-3 on extra points. But special teams made one very costly mistake.

    13. Jackson, on Peppers: "In a huge moment, he's got to make that play...he's got to hold on to the ball for his teammates and for everybody. There was no way he was trying to let the ball out, but it came out."

    14. Jackson correctly praised Peppers for his aggressive play on defense. Peppers had eight tackles. He broke up a pass. He is improving the more he plays strong safety.

    15. Jackson, on Baker Mayfield: "Baker is getting hit way too much. We've got to figure that out."

    16. For the second game in a row, Mayfield was sacked five times.

    17. The really awful call against the Browns was when Mayfield took off on a 35-yard run, started to slide and was clearly hit in the helmet with the defender's helmet. It was an obvious violation of the targeting rule. The officials first threw flags, but then picked them up -- and wiped away the penalty. I'm surprised Mayfield didn't get a concussion on that play.

    18. Mayfield was 23-of-34 passing for 215 yards and two TDs. The Browns figured out that throwing passes somewhere near Jarvis Landry is a good idea. He had 10 catches for 97 yards, including a superb diving grab near the goal line that became a touchdown.

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    Check here for video highlights from NBA games of Sunday, Oct. 21.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Denver Nuggets defeated the Golden State Warriors, 100-98, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 133-111, as part of the NBA's four-game schedule on Sunday, Oct. 21.

    Gary Harris scored 28 for the host Nuggets (3-0). Steph Curry scored 30 for the Warriors (2-1).

    Hawks rookie guard Trae Young scored 35 (on 13-of-23 shooting) and had 11 assists. The visiting Hawks improved to 2-1; the Cavs slipped to 0-3.

    In the other games, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets, 115-112, in Staples Center, and the visiting Sacramento Kings toppled the Oklahoma City Thunder, 131-120.

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook scored 32 in 35 minutes of his season's debut (knee). Kings guard and former Cav Iman Shumpert scored 26 in 30 minutes.   

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    The Boilermakers went awards crazy after beating the Buckeyes 49-20.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- How did Purdue beat Ohio State on Saturday night?

    With the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week, Specials Teams Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week.

    Given that, did the Buckeyes ever have a chance?

    For the first time in Big Ten weekly awards history, a school took a clean sweep of the four weekly honors handed out by the conference each Monday for performances the weekend before. The league added freshman of the week in 2010, so this had never happened in nine years.

    Here are the bios from the Big Ten explaining what these players did to lead Purdue to a 49-20 win over the Buckeyes.

    Offensive Player of the Week
    David Blough, Purdue
    Sr., QB, Carrollton, Texas/Creekview

    • Threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns in Purdue's victory over Ohio State, extending the Boilermakers' winning streak to four games
    • Became the fifth quarterback in school history to throw for at least 300 yards in three consecutive games, joining Jim Everett (twice), Drew Brees (twice), Kyle Orton and Curtis Painter
    • In the last five games, has thrown for 1,951 yards and 13 touchdowns against two interceptions
    • Earns his third career Offensive Player of the Week award and second this season
    • Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: David Blough (Sept. 17, 2018)

    Defensive Player of the Week
    Markus Bailey, Purdue
    Jr., LB, Columbus, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson

    • Recorded a game-high 15 tackles, including eight solo stops, in the Boilermakers' win against Ohio State
    • Returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to cap Purdue's largest scoring total against the Buckeyes in school history
    • Became the first Boilermaker to record 15 or more tackles in a game since Anthony Spencer had 15 at Notre Dame on Sept. 30, 2006
    • Receives his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
    • Last Purdue Defensive Player of the Week: Anthony Brown (Nov. 2, 2015)

    Special Teams Player of the Week
    Joe Schopper, Purdue
    Sr., P, Indianapolis, Ind./Cathedral

    • Averaged 43.3 yards per punt in Purdue's victory over Ohio State
    • Rushed for a first down on a fake field goal that set up the Boilermakers' second touchdown of the contest
    • Placed two punts inside the Ohio State 20-yard line
    • Earns his second career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
    • Last Purdue Special Teams Player of the Week: Joe Schopper (Oct. 1, 2018)

    Rondale Moore, Purdue
    Fr., WR, New Albany, Ind./Trinity

    • Racked up 252 all-purpose yards in Purdue's win against Ohio State, marking the sixth time in seven career games that he has recorded at least 112 all-purpose yards
    • Finished with a game-high 12 receptions for 170 yards and two touchdowns
    • Returned three kicks for 49 yards, rushed twice for 24 yards and had a punt return for nine yards
    • Records his third Freshman of the Week award
    • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Rondale Moore (Sept. 24, 2018)

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    The redshirt sophomore had suffered two ACL tears in his football career.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State defensive tackle Malik Barrow announced on social media Sunday night that his football career is over because of injuries. 

    Barrow was part of the 2016 recruiting class, ranked the No. 299 overall player in the nation by as a 6-foot-3 tackle out of IMG Academy in Florida.

    Barrow tore his ACL his senior season and then tore his opposite ACL during the fourth game of his redshirt freshman year, against UNLV in 2017.


    Our scholarship chart this season listed the Buckeyes with 86 scholarship players, one over the maximum allowed. That was based on information made available by Ohio State regarding which players were on scholarship, including former walk-on receiver C.J. Saunders and West Virginia transfer and backup quarterback Chris Chugunov.

    But that obviously couldn't be the case, because the NCAA rule is 85. Barrow was one of the few players who hadn't appeared in a game this season and had a known injury issue. But Ohio State would not confirm that Barrow had become a medical hardship case who would keep his scholarship at Ohio State but would no longer count against the football team's 85.

    We had assumed he was the player who was getting the Buckeyes to 85. Now he has made official the end of his career. However, Nick Bosa's withdrawal from school also removed a scholarship from the roster. 

    So we now have the Buckeyes at 84. Check out our scholarship chart to stay updated on the roster configuration.

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    The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced they were making changes to the tiebreak rules at Wimbledon to prevent matches from extending too long.

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club announced they were making changes to the tiebreak rules at Wimbledon to prevent matches from extending too long. Some fans hate the new rules, saying the long matches between John Isner, Nicolas Mahut, and Kevin Anderson were the highlight of their respective tournaments. Others welcome the shift, believe matches become too tedious to watch after a while. What do you think?


    In order to prevent tennis matches from going on and on like dog chasing its own tail, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is setting tie-breaks at 12-12 in the final set at Wimbledon. But are those long matches of attrition fun or boring to watch?

    Wimbledon: Final set tie-breaks to be introduced in 2019

    Tennis is a sport that requires mental and physical stamina rarely seen in any other sport. Those long matches at Wimbledon that go beyond 12-12 in the final set are a testament to the training and grit these players have to truly give it all for a win. The crowd loves it, too! They want to see players who won't give an inch, stare down an opponent that won't give them anything in return and battle it out to determine who's the better athlete. Cutting epic matches like this short cheapens the sport. Wimbledon needs to keep the traditional rules.

    Tennis can be an exciting sport, but it can get tedious to watch if it starts becoming a battle of wills. Players aren't playing to win anymore; they're playing not to lose. The strain their bodies go through is unimaginable. It's unsafe for a human being to sprint so much for that long. These new rules will not only improve the quality of play, but it will also prevent these players from breaking down physically. Marathon tennis is horrible.

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    The AP Preseason basketball poll has Kansas No. 1, but Plain Dealer sports reporter Elton Alexander sees things a bit differently.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - If you are looking for No. 1 in the annual preseason Associated Press college basketball poll, Kansas is where you should start.

    The Jayhawks are the favorite to win it all in the preseason AP Top 25 poll for the 2018-19 season, which was released Monday.

    The Jayhawks topped the ballot for 37 of 65 college basketball writers and analysts who voted, nearly double that of No. 2 Kentucky. 

    Plain Dealer college sports writer Elton Alexander posted his poll vote earlier this morning, with defending national champion Villanova sitting No. 1.

    Of last season's NCAA Tournament Cinderella teams, only Nevada (No. 7) made the Top 25. Loyola-Chicago was effectively No. 26 while Buffalo garnered 14 votes.

    "Obviously we lost a lot off last year's team with Devonte', Svi (Mykhailiuk) and Malik (Newman), so I'm a little surprised that the writers put us there this preseason," Kansas coach Bill Self said in a statement to the AP. "It's definitely a spot we welcome and certainly know the goal is to be playing to that ranking by when it counts the most."

    According to the AP, college basketball poll voters were pretty clear about the top contenders for the season. Kansas, Kentucky, No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 4 Duke. Those four teams appeared in some combination at the top of nearly half the ballots (32 of 65).

    Kentucky coach John Calipari's latest group of touted recruits helped the Wildcats earn 19 first-place votes to open as a top-5 team for the eighth straight season.
    Gonzaga's ranking is the program's highest in a preseason AP poll, though the Zags have reached No. 1 during the regular season before.

    As for Duke, the Blue Devils had started No. 1 in each of the past two preseason AP polls. The points gap between the Jayhawks and the Blue Devils (129 points) at fourth was slimmer than between Duke and fellow Atlantic Coast Conference program Virginia (166 points) at No. 5.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    The Buckeyes are off this week before hosting the Cornhuskers.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State will return from its off week with a noon kickoff against Nebraska on Nov. 3.

    The Big Ten announced the kickoff time on Monday.

    The Buckeyes home slate this season will consist of four noon games (Oregon State, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Michigan finale), two games at 3:30 (Rutgers, Tulane) and one at 4 p.m. (Indiana).

    Meanwhile there have been two road games at 7:30 (Penn State, Purdue) and one at 8 p.m. (the neutral site game in Arlington, Texas, down the road from TCU's campus).

    The 7-1 Buckeyes have four games left, at home against Nebraska, then road games at Michigan State and Maryland where the times have not been set, and the Michigan game a home.

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    The Buckeyes will have play seven home games this season, four at noon, two at 3:30 and one at 4 p.m.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One piece of the fabric of modern-day Ohio State football has been torn this season.

    No night game.

    For the first time since 2007, the Buckeyes will not play under the lights in Ohio Stadium. That was confirmed with Monday's announcement that the Nebraska game on Nov. 3 will kick off at noon.

    Ohio State has played three night games away from home this season, two 7:30 starts at Penn State and Purdue and the 8 p.m. neutral site game against TCU in Arlington, Texas, that was 20 miles away from the campus of the Horned Frogs.

    Urban Meyer helped usher night games into the Big Ten, enjoying the late-night spectacle as a recruiting showcase. He also pushed back hard last season when the Buckeyes played three Big Ten road night games and it looked like they might get four. Ohio State drew the line there, and the late-season kickoff at Iowa was set in the afternoon.

    Overall, the Buckeyes have now played 11 road night games in the last four seasons, more than any other Big Ten team. All these night game decisions are based on what schools told the Big Ten they would put up with, and by an increased demand in the Big Ten TV contract for night games. I delved into all of this in great detail a year ago, if you want a refresher.

    The basics are this:

    1. The Big Ten needs more night games, and Ohio State is more open to night games than some schools.

    2. Ohio State is a great night draw, so other schools will always want to play the Buckeyes at night. They means more road night games for Ohio State, and the school understands that, but it draws the line at accepting four conference night games.

    3. The tradeoff is a few home night games a year where the Buckeyes can show off for recruits, get more primetime exposure, maybe wear some special uniforms and have a grand old time.

    4. There's no tradeoff this year. No home night games.

    It seems like the Buckeyes may have been geared up for a Nebraska night game. They're planning a Black Out in the stands for a noon game.


    But the Buckeyes are seemingly OK with this.

    Meyer, after making a strong point a year ago, brushed off a night game question last week before Purdue. He said he may have mentioned something to the Big Ten in the offseason about the night schedule, but he had no interest in revisiting that topic now.

    And the Buckeyes did get what they want there. The TCU game is on their dime - that's a non-conference game that they left in control of the TV partners. The Big Ten had nothing to do with that.

    What the Big Ten gave the Buckeyes so far on the night game schedule is two road, none at home.

    "Always enjoy a night game at home," Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told in a text message Monday, "but schedule not conducive this year."

    The 1-6 Cornhuskers didn't help the cause of making this one at night game. With Penn State and Michigan State on the road, and Michigan a traditional noon start, there wasn't an obvious choice for a home night game on the OSU schedule.

    On Nov. 3, while the Buckeyes start at noon, Michigan-Penn State will start at 3:45 and Northwestern-Notre Dame is the one night game involving a Big Ten team, on ABC or ESPN at 7:30.

    The result is that the Buckeyes haven't played a Big Ten night game at home since Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. (Their only home night game last year was against Oklahoma.) They've played five Big Ten road games since then - at Indiana, Rutgers, Nebraska, Penn State and Purdue.

    Overall in their history, the Buckeyes are 60-27 in night games. That's 30-12 on the road, 15-10 at neutral sites and 15-5 at home. That includes bowl games and conference title games.

    Since the night games greatly increased in 2007, Ohio State is 30-10 in regular-season night games, having played 14 at home, 25 on the road and the one neutral site this season.

    Here's that breakdown.

    Home: 10-4 (9-1 Big Ten)

    Road: 19-6 (17-4 Big Ten)

    Neutral: 1-0

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    Jackson says he's had conversations with his bosses and has their full support. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Hue Jackson, who fell to 2-35-1 with the Browns' 26-23 overtime loss to the Bucs, says he has the full support of owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam and GM John Dorsey.

    "No doubt. No doubt. None. No question,'' he said.

    His reason for being so confident despite the Browns falling to 2-4-1 following their fourth overtime game in seven outings?

    "Conversations,'' he said. "Conversations."

    He said he meets with Dorsey "all of the time'' on Mondays after games. The loss dropped them to 1-2-1 in OT and was their 24th straight road loss.

    The nature of their talks after a loss like that? The Browns trailed 16-2 at the half and 23-9 in the fourth quarter before tying it at 23 with 2:28 left in the fourth. They then lost on a 59-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining after Jabrill Peppers fumbled on a punt return.

     "I'm supposed to tell you all that?,'' he asked with a laugh. "I know that you'd like to have that. I think we have to keep that in house. That's between me and John."
    The Browns, challenged offensively and with Jackson vowing to get more involved on that side of the ball, are now tasked with facing the 3-2-1 Steelers on the road coming off their bye, and the 6-1 Chiefs at home.

    "I've always had added pressure to win now,'' he said. "I think everything we've tried to do is win now. Our players and our coaches are doing everything that we can to win each and every game we play. That's why you play. Nothing more, nothing less than that. I don't feel any extra pressure of, 'Boy, Hue, you better win or else.' I have never felt that since I've been here.

    "I'm trying to do the best job that I can with the staff and with the players, and we have to find a way to win some games. That is just the nature of the business."
    He said Dorsey consulted with him before trading Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick in 2019 and that he was on board.

     "Yes, absolutely,'' he said. "This is an organizational decision that we made. Me and John talked about it, talked it through every avenue that you can talk through it and made the decision that's best for the organization.''

    He acknowledged that trading a player on a player isn't easy, especially when it's your leading rusher. Plenty of Browns players expressed their dismay on Twitter.

    "The way it came down - what Jacksonville's needs were, what they were willing to do for us, our roster, the players that we had at the position - you know how some of these things go,'' he said. "It's either take it or leave it. We felt very good about the situation that we were in. I don't think that there was anything wrong with that."

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    Hue Jackson publicly criticized the Browns' offense and how it was being coached. He owns the media backlash.

    CLEVELAND -- Hue Jackson is right about many of the problems with the Browns offense.

    They start too slow. They don't do a good job protecting quarterback Baker Mayfield. They aren't scoring enough points.

    He's also right about having experience calling plays and shaping offenses. He succeeded in that role as the offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals. That was part of the reason the Browns hired him as head coach in 2016.

    But Jackson is wrong when he blames the media for trying to create division between himself and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 

    For decades, I've listened to frustrated Browns coaches immediately after losses.

    I've never heard a head coach speak so publicly about needing to step into a coordinator's domain as Jackson did after Sunday's 26-23 loss in Tampa.

    "I've got to jump in head first all hands, feet and everything to go figure that out," Jackson said after losing yet again in overtime.

    Jackson called plays in his first two seasons as the Browns' head coach. I wondered if he'd continue to let Haley to do that job if the team struggled.

    "I feel like I have to and I want to (help the offense)," Jackson said after the game. "I'm not going to continue to watch something that I know how to do...That's just the truth. That's nothing against anyone in the building."

    Because Jackson was an offensive coordinator, he has to know how he'd feel if his head coach was so publicly critical.

    This is not to defend Haley. He's struggled with a team that has scored only four touchdowns in the last three games.

    It's mind-boggling that the Browns have scored only six points (two field goals) in the first quarters of seven games this season.

    Haley has an offense with a rookie quarterback, a rookie left tackle, a rookie running back and some very young receivers. No one should expect a powerhouse.

    But the offense is in a major regression after showing some early season promise.


    I reviewed what Jackson said because he's trying to blame others for his own problems.

    He talked publicly about helping the offense and "infusing himself" into it. Those points could be made in a meeting with Haley and other coaches on offense.

    Just the coaches, no one else needs to know.

    I'm sure other head coaches have shown that kind of discretion.

    But being so vocal, so public and so critical of his offensive coordinator is a failure of leadership on his part.

    He also said Sunday, "I'm the head coach of this football team. Period. Period. There's nothing else that needs to be said. Nothing. That's the way it works.

    "I'm the head coach of the football team. That's it. It's not about butting heads. I'm the head coach of the football team."

    At least four times, he mentioned he's the head coach.

    He did the same in the first episode of Hard Knocks when Haley questioned Jackson about having players sit out practice to avoid injuries.

    It's odd Jackson feels he has to keep reminding people that he's the head coach. It's not a good sign.

    "It was not harshness on the staff," Jackson explained Monday. "It was harshness of I want to win."

    No matter how Jackson tried make nice on Monday, he's opened the door to speculation of there being a significant split within the coaching staff.

    That's especially true because Haley is a former head coach, a veteran offensive coordinator and has a very strong personality.


    Jackson insisted he still has the full support of ownership and of General Manager John Dorsey.

    But he knows his job is on the line. His record is 3-35-1 in three seasons, and he has yet to win a road game. The road losing streak is at 19 heading into Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.

    I'm not sure firing Jackson in the middle of the season solves much -- unless there is someone available right now the Browns would want to be full-time coach next season.

    Interim head coaches rarely work.

    Somehow, Jackson has to not only "fix the offense," he has to repair the damage he did to his coaching staff.

    At Monday's press conference, a much calmer and better prepared Jackson insisted, "I never said I'd take over the play calling (from Haley)."

    He also explained: "When I brought Todd Haley here, I made the commitment to give him total autonomy of the offense."

    He added that he worked with Special Teams Coach Amos Jones the last few weeks to improve that area of the team, and no one complained about that.

    That's because he didn't seem to be criticizing his special teams coach. His comments were measured.

    If he did the same with Haley, he wouldn't be having all the headaches he does right now.

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    Jackson will still dive in and help Todd Haley, but won't strip him of playcalling duties. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In his Monday press conference, Hue Jackson said he won't be taking over the playcalling duties from offensive coordinator Todd Haley despite his strong and impassioned remarks after Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Bucs.

    After watching the offense get shut out in the first half against a defense that's allowing the most points in the league, Jackson vowed that he wasn't "going to continue to watch something that I know how to do keep being that way. That's nothing against anybody in our building. That's what I do, and I need to be a little bit more involved.''

    He repeated several times that he's "the head coach of the football team. I've got to jump in head first, all hands, feet, everything and go figure that out.'

    Asked what that would look like, he said, "I don't know. I haven't thought through that part of that yet. I'll figure that out as I move forward.''

    He didn't rule out taking back the playcalling on Sunday night, but noted on Monday that won't be the case.

    "I never said I'd take over the play calling,'' he said. "I just want to make that clear. Sometimes things get said, written, whatever that is. When I said that I'd do whatever need to do, that's to help. If there was something I needed to change, I would regardless of what that may be.

    "My frustration - again, as a coach, I have to be careful of not getting too frustrated too when you see things and you want them to happen faster than maybe they are.''

    He said he's been particularly dismayed by the slow starts, including a total of six offensive points in the first quarter of the seven games combined.

    "We haven't started fast enough and we're firing on all cylinders in the second half,'' he said. "My whole thing there is if we can put it together - first half and second half - then maybe we'll have a better chance of finishing some of these games and winning. I want to watch it all and see where I can help - infuse myself, I do plan on doing that, infuse myself to help and assist our offensive coaching staff."

    Jackson says 'no doubt' he has the full support of the Haslams and Dorsey

    He said Haley, who will return to Pittsburgh on Sunday, where he spent the past six years as offensive coordinator, is open to Jackson's help.

    "He didn't say, 'No, you can't do that' or anything like that,'' said Jackson. "The way maybe it came off - and I take responsibility for that - was not in harshness of staff. It was in harshness of 'God, I want to win.' That's where my motivation was coming from."

     He said two heads are better than one in certain situations.

    "Everybody sometimes has their own blind spots,'' he said. "I'm not saying that Todd does, but I'm sure that another good set of eyes on certain things might help. Obviously, somebody has to lead it and that's Todd's job, but at the same time, if I see something where I can help and help us be a little bit better, that's my job, as well."

    He stressed that it was his decision to hire Haley and turn the play calling over to him.

    "It was not mandated to me,'' he said. "When I decided to bring Todd here, I made a commitment that he'd have total autonomy of the offense. I don't think that you hire a coordinator and put him in that position when you're an offensive head coach to dabble in what that person's doing. That's that decision that I made.

    "Obviously, the guy has been extremely good at what he's done. His reputation precedes him. He's doing some things extremely well here right now. Has he been calling plays? Yes, he's been calling the plays. He's had my full support that way, and I'll continue to support him in that way."

    As for his critics charging that he passes the buck with his postgame remarks, he said he understands the reasoning.

    "When you're a 1-31 coach from a year ago, everybody's going to take it as I'm passing the buck. People are going to feel the way that they feel. I'm human just like anybody else, and I want to win. All I said is that I want to help. I did not feel like I said anything wrong.''

    He pointed out that no one sounded the alarm bells when he said he'd jump in and help out on special teams earlier this season.

    "I have to continue to do what I do as a head coach,'' he said. "What you've seen is something that I'm very passionate about, which is offensive football. We haven't been able to do much in the starting blocks. I want to see if I can help."

    Heading into the Steelers game, the Browns offense is 21st overall and 23rd in points scored with 21.6 per game. But over the past three games, they've averaged about 15 points per game, and that's with seven takeaways by the defense.

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    After 162 regular season games and a furiously-paced postseason, two teams will battle it out to Champions of MLB. Watch video

    It's finally here. After 162 regular season games and a furiously-paced postseason, two teams will battle it out to Champions of MLB. The Dodgers overcame a seven-game slugfest with the Milwaukee Brewers to reach the championship round and have enough pitching to carry them to a title. The Red Sox ousted the defending World Series champions and has the offense to crush any opponent. Who wins the World Series?


    The Dodgers and Brewers the played in the only series to go to seven games and it was the Hollywood hitters that survived. The Boys in Blue rode the hot bats of Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor and Manny Machado to the World Cup, with the trio combining to bat .328 and drove in eight runs. Los Angeles' pitching has also been solid, earning a 3.18 ERA as a staff.

    The Red Sox breezed their way through the playoff, never truly having their backs against the wall. The Dodgers have performed well and survived when their playoff lives were on the line. They will survive any adversity they face to win the World Series.

    The Houston Astros was one of the hottest teams heading into the postseason. Too bad they ran into the buzzsaw known as the Boston Red Sox.

    The Fenway Park residents have been the best team in baseball all season and they flexed those muscles against the defending champions. Their offense was on fire with Jackie Bradley Jr. and Rafael Devers leading the way, combining to drive in 15 runs. Their pitching might not be as consistent, but no matter what the Dodgers throw at them, the Red Sox will have an answer. Boston is destined to win the World Series.

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    Check here for NBA video highlights from games of Monday, Oct. 22. Among teams in action were Kyrie's Celtics (loss), the Raptors (win), the Warriors (win) and LeBron's Lakers (loss).

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The San Antonio Spurs defeated LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, 143-142, in overtime at Staples Center; the Toronto Raptors defeated the Charlotte Hornets, 127-106, in Toronto; the Orlando Magic shocked the Boston Celtics, 93-90, in Boston; and the Golden State Warriors handled the Phoenix Suns, 123-103, in Oakland, Calif., as part of the NBA schedule for Monday, Oct. 22.

    The Lakers joined the Bulls, Thunder and Cavaliers at 0-3. LeBron scored 32 and helped send the game to overtime, but he fizzled in the final 15 seconds of OT.

    With the Lakers leading, 142-141, with 12.8 seconds left, LeBron missed two free throws. Coming out of a timeout, the Spurs ran a set piece that ended with Patty Mills sinking a jumper from the left wing with 6.8 seconds left. Coming out of a timeout, the Lakers got the ball to LeBron, who dribbled, declined to drive on Rudy Gay, stepped back and missed a long two-pointer from the left wing. The ball banged off the rim, then the horn sounded.

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes for the Spurs (2-1).

    Steph Curry scored 29 for the Warriors, who rebounded from a loss the previous night in Denver. The Warriors are 3-1.

    Not even the greatness of Celtics coach Brad Stevens, a lock for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame even before he reaches his first NBA Finals, could save his team Monday. All Magic starters scored in double-digits, led by Nikola Vucevic with 24 (and 12 rebounds).

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