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    Josh Gordon found the end zone in the first quarter on Sunday.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Josh Gordon caught a first-quarter touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer on Sunday, the first score for Gordon since Week 12 of the 2013 season.

    Gordon and Kizer hooked up on the Browns' first offensive play for a 38-yard gain. The 18-yard touchdown pass capped off a seven-play, 84-yard drive that tied the game 7-7.

    After the touchdown, Gordon was seen wearing sunglasses while hugging and hi-fiving teammates.

    Sunday's game was Gordon's second since playing five games at the end of the 2014 season. 


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    The Cleveland Browns passing offense looked sharp in the first half Sunday against the Green Bay Packers with DeShone Kizer throwing two touchdown passes.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my notebook as the Cleveland Browns lead the Green Bay Packers, 14-7, at the half:

    1. Josh Gordon made catches of 38 yards and then 18 yards for the TD in the Browns first drive. Gordon's early success shows two things: a) He is outrageously gifted physically. b) Life is so much easier for DeShone Kizer with a big-time receiver.

    2. Why don't the Packers just double-cover Gordon every time he goes out for a pass? Gordon was wide open on the 38-yard catch. He is the only player in an orange helmet who should scare opposing defensive coordinators.

    3. Gordon's fingertip catch was remarkable. He was covered, but he went up and just caught the ball.

    4. Green Bay scored a TD on its first drive. The Packers have scored seven TDs and 55 points on their first drives this season. That's the best in the NFL. It's also a sign of good coaching and those plays are "scripted" in advance.

    5. In other words, the Packers have scored TDs on 7-of-13 first drives this season. They also have kicked two field goals. That's according to the FOX NFL broadcast.

    6. On their opening TD drive, the Packers went for it on fourth down ... TWICE. They made it both times. Once was a fake punt when Ricardo Louis failed to cover his side of the line.

    7. The Browns blew the coverage on the 30-yard TD pass caught by running back Jamaal Williams. Cornerback Jason McCourty thought a safety was going to cover Williams. No safety there. He was incredibly wide open.

    8. The Browns threw an easy 4-yard pass to Corey Coleman. The receiver didn't catch a pass last week in the 19-10 loss to the Chargers. Later in the half, he made an excellent diving catch for a 20-yard gain.

    9. Browns safety Kai Nacua had one of the most ridiculous penalties of the season after he head-butted Green Bay receiver Davante Adams. The play was over. The Packers were set to punt on their next play. But Nacua was jawing with Adams, then head-butted him right in front of the officials.

    10. The Browns scored their second TD on a very-well executed 7-yard shovel pass from Kizer to Duke Johnson. This was the type of play Hue Jackson used in Cincinnati that worked so well for the Bengals. It had some quick deception and misdirection to fool the defense.

    11. Lots of Green Bay fans in the stands. Much easier to get tickets here than in Green Bay.

    12. Kizer played extremely well until the end of the half when he threw an interception with 17 seconds left. The rookie quarterback was 15-of-18 passing for 174 yards, 2 TDs and an interception.


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    The Packers came from down 21-7 to beat the Browns on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If the Browns looked like an actual, real-life NFL football team for stretches on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium, it's because ... well ... they did. It wasn't enough, though, as they ran out of gas and the Packers were just too good, as the second half and overtime ultimately proved. The Browns lost, 27-21.

    This is what it looks like when the talent simply isn't there -- and the talent definitely isn't there, especially considering the injuries on defense. The Browns played as good a first half as they played all season only to see Green Bay figure them out. When you don't have the talent, it's hard to adjust back.

    While their inexperience showed, the Browns did things that teams do in this league on a regular basis, their defense feeding off an early offensive score to bounce back after an ugly opening drive. The bad habits, though, and the glaring holes reared their ugly heads at the wrong times.

    The Packers are a team fighting for a playoff spot, but you certainly wouldn't have known it at times by watching them. Quarterback Brett Hundley struggled with his accuracy, especially in the first half and on deep passes, and the Packers offense didn't really get moving until early in the third quarter when they featured shorter, quicker throws and emphasized more of the screen game. They picked apart the Browns secondary most of the game's final two-plus quarters.

    It really felt like Sunday would be different when the Packers went for it on fourth-and-1 at the Browns' 10-yard line with 7:24 left in the third quarter. It was the Packers' best offensive drive of the day to that point and it ended with some sort of miscommunication and Hundley swarmed by Browns defenders Caleb Brantley and James Burgess. The Browns turned that big defensive play by the defense -- gift or not -- into a touchdown the other way with a solid drive that featured running back Isaiah Crowell breaking the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time all season.

    At that point, the Browns had to hang on for dear life and they were simply unable to come up with the big play to tilt the game finally in their favor. The defense played soft coverage. They couldn't come up with a game-changing turnover or sack. The offense couldn't sustain a drive long enough to shorten the game.

    And one of the rare winnable moments for this team slipped away.


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    Kizer's OT pick resulted in a 27-21 loss to the Packers that dropped the Browns to 0-13. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It was almost too good to be true for the Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. They were about to win a football game and avoid the 0-16 parade.

    And then it was too good to be true, and the Browns dropped to 0-13 for the second straight season.

    Blowing a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter, they lost 27-21 to the Packers in overtime after rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer scrambled around on third down and had his arm hit as he threw, resulting in an interception.

    The Packers took over at the Browns' 42, and quarterback Brett Hundley eventually threw a 25-yard TD pass to Davante Adams to produce the final margin.

    The Packers, who fell behind 21-7 late in the third quarter, scored three straight touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
     
    The Browns won the toss in overtime and started at their 25. If they had scored a TD on the first drive, game over. It didn't happen.

    On the third play of OT, Kizer scrambled around looking for an open receiver, and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews -- playing in front of his father Clay Jr., the 16-year Browns linebacker -- hit Kizer's arm as he released the ball, and it popped up into the air and into the arms of safety Josh Jones with 8:28 left in OT.


    It was Kizer's second interception of the game. He said after the game he saw receiver Rashard Higgins running free for what would have been a game-winning touchdown, if his arm hadn't been hit.

    Kizer finished the game 20-of-28 for 214 yards with 3 TDs and 2 interceptions for a 99.4 rating.

    The OT pick spoiled big games by Isaiah Crowell, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman.

    "At critical times, our team, it's understanding what we have to do in the fourth quarter in order to win," Browns coach Hue Jackson said after the loss. ". . . . We've got to find a way to make those plays when the opportunities come."

    After David Njoku's third-down catch in regulation was overturned upon Green Bay's challenge, Britton Colquitt fired off his second straight 53-yard punt. Only this time, Trevor David returned it 65 yards to start the Packers at the Browns' 25 late in the fourth.

    Quarterback Brett Hundley converted a third-and-1 on a sneak, and then ran in from 6 yards out for an apparent touchdown. But the officials reviewed the play and ruled that Hundley came up a yard short. On the next play, Hundley threw a 1-yard TD pass to Davante Adams to tie the game at 21.

    Kizer's first-half performance

    Kizer finished the first half 15-of-18 for 174 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception for a 120.8 rating. His rating was a superb 150.5 until he was picked off on his final play of the half by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on a deep ball for Corey Coleman. Dix jumped the the sideline route and easily swiped the pass with 17 seconds left in the half.

    Before that, Kizer completed 14 of 16 for 170 yards, including TD passes to Josh Gordon and Duke Johnson.

    Kizer threw TD passes of 18 yards to Gordon, 7 to Johnson and 2 to Corey Coleman for a 21-7 lead with 2:49 left in the third quarter. He tied the Browns' rookie record for three TD passes in a game, also held by Tim Couch in 1999.

    Jackson said it was Kizer's best performance of the season, until the end.

    "The two picks, it's still the same old, 'If you turn the ball over, you're going to lose,'" Jackson said. "We had one at the end of the half, and one in overtime. You've always got to be team-protective of the ball."

    Jackson was not happy with the interception in overtime.

    "If it's not there, throw it away and play defense and give us a chance," Jackson said. "Just understanding who you're playing against. Again, it's Mathews coming off the edge, and he's a crafty guy, and he's going to get a hand on that football and make a play. He was able to make a play and we weren't."

    Gordon's big day

    For the second straight game, Gordon caught a pass on the Browns' first play, this time a 38-yarder after a fake handoff. On the touchdown, he made a great leaping grab, reaching for the ball over safety Morgan Burnett on a post route.

    It was Gordon's first touchdown catch since Dec. 15, 2013 -- almost four years, and a span of 1,456 days.

    After the TD, Gordon danced in the end zone with David Njoku and then waved his arms to fire up the crowd. On the sidelines, he donned a pair of shades handed to him by Bryce Treggs and walked around receiving congratulations.

    Gordon also caught a 13-yard slant on the next TD drive, the one that ended in the Johnson's TD.

    Johnson's TD

    Johnson caught a 7-yard shovel pass from Kizer after a fake handoff to Isaiah Crowell to put the Browns up 14-7 with 5:12 left in the half.  Key plays on the drive were catches of 20 and 18 yards by Coleman, and Gordon's 13-yard slant on third down. 

    Caleb Brantley stops the Pack

    Brantley came up big with 7:20 left in the third quarter when he dropped Brett Hundley for a 2-yard loss on fourth and 1 from the Browns' 10. The Packers, trailing 14-7 at the time, gambled by going for it on fourth down, but they had confusion in the backfield, and Brantley pounced, killing a 13-play drive. It marked a huge turning point it the game, because the Browns marched 88 yards and scored on the next drive to make it 21-7.

    Coleman's TD

    Coleman caught a 2-yard pass from Kizer with 2:49 left in the third to put the Browns up 21-7 and cap the 9-play, 88-yard drive. Coleman made a great catch just inside the end zone between two defenders. Kizer also threaded the needle on that play, putting the ball where only Coleman could get it. The drive featured a 37-yard blast by Isaiah Crowell. After the TD, Coleman got to wear the TD shades on the sidelines.  

    Packers close to within 21-14

    With quarterback Aaron Rodgers roaming the sidelines and hoping his 6-6 team could keep iots playoff hopes alive, the Packers closed to 21-14 with 12:50 left in the game on a 1-yard TD run by running back Jamaal Williams.

    The Packers stopped the Brown on third and 2 on the next drive, stuffing Isaiah Crowell. But Britton Colquitt uncorked a 53-yard punt, and the Browns downed the ball at the Packers' 3, to start them there with 9:23 left in the game. Carl Nassib forced the Packers to punt when he knocked down a Hundley ball at the line of scrimmage.

    Packers strike first

    Green Bay opened the scoring on a 30-yard TD pass to running back Jamaal Williams with 8:50 left in the first quarter. Williams was left wide open at the right side of the end zone on a blown coverage by the Browns.

    The Packers had burned the Browns by a 7-yard run on a fake punt, and then completed an 8-yard pass to Randall Cobb on fourth and 1. Safety Kai Nacua, who replaced Jabrill Peppers (knee), jumped the underneath route, leaving Williams open.

    John Dorsey sits with Jimmy Haslam

    New Browns general manager John Dorsey at side-by-side with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam in the owner's loge. On Friday, Dorsey gave the players a pep talk about beating the Packers, whom he played for as a linebacker and worked for as a personnel executive for 21 years. Dorsey especially tried to get the defense fired up to shut down the Green Bay offense, which was minus Rodgers.

    Kevin Hogan the backup

    Hogan, who was drafted by Dorsey in the fifth round of the 2016 draft out of Stanford by the Chiefs, was the backup quarterback after being inactive for six games following his three-interception game in Houston. Dorsey was instrumental in Hogan's acquisition, and wanted to sign him back to the practice squad after the Chiefs cut him in the final cuts. 

    But he opted to sign with the Browns instead, in part because his former Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was here.

    Kai Nacua's headbutt

    Nacua was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct when he headbutted receiver Davonte Adams on the sidelines after a play. The two were jawing, and then Adams shoved the official, and Nacua headbutted him to draft the flag. But the rest of the defense bailed him out and forced the Packers to punt o that drive.

    Three key Browns defenders inactive

    The Browns were down three more key defensive players against the Packers.

    Defensive tackle Danny Shelton (ribs), safety Jabrill Peppers (knee) and cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) were all sidelined because of injuries.

    The Browns were already without Jamie Collins (torn ACL) and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.

    In addition to Nacua starting in place of Peppers, Larry Ogunjobi started in place of Shelton.

    Next

    The Browns host the Ravens next Sunday at 1 p.m.


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    A costly turnover in overtime helped keep the Browns winless.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Browns lost a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, then lost the game to the Packers in overtime on Sunday, 27-21. A DeShone Kizer interception set the stage for the Packers' victory.

    The play spoiled a lot of feel-good storylines for the Browns, from wide receivers wearing touchdown sunglasses to Kizer's three touchdown passes to Isaiah Crowell rushing for 121 yards. Not to mention what would've been their first win since Week 16 of last season. 

    But in the end, the game became another addition to the Browns in numerical form: 0-13 this season. 1-28 the last two seasons. 4-41 the last three seasons. And so on, and so on ...

    Here's what people are saying about it:


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    The Cleveland Browns had a chance to win their first game of the season, but blew a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead to the Green Bay Packers and lost in overtime, 27-21.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio  -- There's losing and there's excruciating.

    Then there's the Cleveland Browns 27-21 loss in overtime to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

    Part of me asks, "How can this happen?"

    The other part of me says, "How can you ask that question, these are the Browns."

    I kept thinking that one day, it won't be like this.

    One day when the Browns have  21-7 lead early in the fourth quarter at home ... they will play well enough to win.

    They won't do ... this.

    And there won't be so many Green Bay fans in the stands chanting, "GO PACK ... GO!"

    And when the game is over, there won't be Browns fans...

    Chilled and teeth-chattering...

    Putting one frozen foot after another...

    Heading to the parking lot, believing someone probably stole their car...

    Because that's what it's like to be a Browns fan most years since 1999.

    Being cursed would be an upgrade.

    For three quarters, the Browns looked like a football team ... a team that actually could win a game this season.

    DeShone Kizer was making pressure throw after pressure throw.

    The Gregg Williams defense came up with several huge stops.

    Corey Coleman made some catches worthy of a first-round draft choice.

    Josh Gordon had a superb catch for a touchdown.

    Duke Johnson looked like a playmaker.

    The weather outside was indeed frightful with a 15-degree wind chill, but parts of this game actually were delightful for Browns fans.

    Then came the fourth quarter.

    Defensive breakdowns. A couple of dumb penalties.

    The special team punt coverage collapsed.

    You could sense it ... the Browns were looking for a way to lose.

    This is what happens when a team is 1-28 over the last two seasons.

    They don't know what to do with a lead.

    Green Bay tied the game late in the fourth quarter.

    The Browns opened the overtime period with the ball.

    I was thinking, "Don't throw an interception."

    Kizer threw an interception.

    He was being hit. He fired up a long, flutter of a pass. It was so awful, three Green Bay Packer players were battling each other for the interception.

    Then the Packers marched down the field.

    Touchdown.

    There were problems with Hue Jackson and his coaching staff, but I don't feel like discussing the details.

    Of all the Browns losses in the last two seasons, this was the worst.

    Of all the Browns losses in the last two seasons, this was the one that makes you wonder, "Will they ever win a game?"

    Of all the Browns losses, this is yet another one that screams, "This team needs more veteran players who have a clue of what to do with a lead."

    Of all the Browns losses...

    I don't have anything else to say, other than I feel bad for the fans.

    They are the people who have watched this team year after year...

    Decade after decade...

    And when their team isn't being wiped off the field, something like this happens,

    Jackson opened his post-game remarks about his "guys playing hard."

    Even he admitted he sounded like a broken record.

    Indeed.

    It's the Cleveland Browns blues.


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    Quarterback DeShone Kizer's strong game effectively was ruined by a bad decision in overtime as the Cleveland Browns lost to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Cleveland.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Quarterback DeShone Kizer went 20-of-28 for 214 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Cleveland Browns' 27-21 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Kizer was sacked twice for minus-5 yards. He had two rushes for 7 yards.

    Sad sacks: The Browns are 0-13 this season, 1-28 under coach Hue Jackson and 4-46 since Nov. 30, 2014.

    What losing teams do: The Browns led the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers, 21-7, at home with 2:49 remaining in the third quarter.

    They led, 21-7, after three quarters.

    They led, 21-14, with 3:54 remaining in the fourth and had 1st-and-10 at the Browns 31.

    They still managed to lose.

    Inexcusable: With 2:57 left in the fourth, the Browns punted and Green Bay's Trevor Davis returned it not 1, not 5, not 10 but....65 yards. Once again, anything-but-special special teams cost the Browns dearly.

    The Packers turned the short field into the game-tying touchdown. Their possession comprised seven plays that covered 25 yards in 2:20.

    Bitter pill: Kizer played well for the vast majority of the game -- easily the best performance of his rookie season. Even including a bad pass at the end of the first half that resulted in an interception, he was on his way to no worse than an A-.

    Fox Sports play-by-play voice Thom Brennaman and analyst Chris Spielman repeatedly gave huge props to Kizer.

    Then 3rd-and-2 from the Browns 33 with 8:43 left in overtime happened. Kizer received the shotgun snap and looked right toward receiver Josh Gordon, who was blanketed on a slant. Kizer moved right before backpedaling left and away from Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and two other Packers. Kizer, desperately trying to make a play when he needed to throw the ball away, was hit during release by Matthews. The attempt to connect with receiver Rashard Higgins deep over the middle turned into a floater that Packers safety Josh Jones intercepted at the Browns 42.

    Kizer, no matter how confident he is in his arm strength or improvisation skills, can't tempt fate by trying to throw deep against his momentum while knowing a player the caliber of Matthews is in close pursuit. He absolutely can't do it in overtime.

    The Packers converted the gift into the game-winning touchdown (six plays, 42 yards, 3:23). It meant that Kizer's team lost, and a decision by Kizer factored heavily in the outcome.

    Kizer was the starting pitcher who excelled for eight innings, only to throw a hanging curve in the ninth that resulted in a game-deciding homer. Such a mistake becomes impossible to gloss over when evaluating the body of work.

    Kizer's final grade: C+

    Piece by piece: Here is a look at Browns dropbacks, based on DVR review of the Fox Sports telecast:

    1ST QUARTER

    First possession (Packers, 7-0)

    1st-and-10 @ Browns 16

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to Gordon on left for 38 yards.
    • Skinny: Quality throw on Browns' first play from scrimmage. Gordon came from right and caught pass at Browns 45.

    3rd-and-5 @ Packers 41

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, scrambles left for 8 yards.
    • Skinny: Kizer escaped blitz pressure.

    1st-and-10 @ Packers 33

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to TE Randall Telfer on right for 12 yards.

    2nd-and-7 @ Packers 18 

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to Gordon on middle/right for 18-yard touchdown.
    • Skinny: Fantastic pass and catch. Kizer elevated a fastball on-purpose -- the ball needed to get over LB Jake Ryan near goal line -- and Gordon reached for the snatch-catch in end zone. Gordon came from right. 

    Spielman said: "This is what you call a skinny post, and I love the timing developed between Kizer and Gordon. Off the play action, this is where DeShone Kizer is throwing (Gordon) open....as opposed to waiting for him to come open.''

    Second possession (7-7)

    1st-and-10 @ Browns 32

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, incomplete intended for Higgins over middle.
    • Skinny: Kizer was provided plenty of time against four-man rush. Covered Higgins dived for sinker at right hash at Packers 34. Based on Kizer's body language after play, there might have been a miscom between him and Higgins.

    2nd-and-10 @ Browns 32

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to WR Corey Coleman on left for 4 yards.
    • Skinny: Coleman made catch near sideline and was shoved out of bounds. No YAC.

    3rd-and-6 @ Browns 36

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, sacked for 0 yards.
    • Skinny: Kizer wanted Gordon coming across field from left, but Gordon became bottled-up in middle of field. RB Isaiah Crowell flashed open on release to left during Packers zone-blitz.  

    Spielman mildly critiqued Gordon for not working to get open after stopping his route.

    2ND QUARTER

    Third possession (7-7)

    1st-and-10 @ Browns 30

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to Crowell on right for minus-1 yard.
    • Skinny: Kizer play-faked and threw low to Crowell, who stumbled after making catch at Browns 30.

    2nd-and-11 @ Browns 29

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to TE David Njoku on right for 12 yards minus RT Shon Coleman holding.

    2nd-and-18 @ Browns 22

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Coleman on right/middle for 20 yards.
    • Skinny: Kizer threw a dart, albeit low. Coleman went to ground for catch at Browns 42.

    3rd-and-1/2-yard @ Packers 37

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to Gordon on right for 13 yards.
    • Skinny: Slanting Gordon easily beat CB Damarious Randall off line and made catch at Packers 32.

    (Kizer called timeout; Jackson not happy.)

    2nd-and-12 @ Packers 26

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to FB Danny Vitale on left for 1 yard.
    • Skinny: Vitale caught screen pass at Packers 30.

    3rd-and-11 @ Packers 25

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Coleman on left for 18 yards.
    • Skinny: Kizer was provided a clean pocket against four-man rush from zone-blitz concept. Kizer threw fastball to open Coleman, who made catch at Packers 7. Coleman "sat'' in soft spot in zone.

    1st-and-goal @ 7

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, shovel pass to RB Duke Johnson Jr. over middle for 7-yard touchdown.
    • Skinny: Excellent play design and execution. Kizer faked handoff to Crowell moving right and flipped to Johnson moving right. Johnson made catch at Packers 10 and had clear path to end zone.

    Fourth possession (Browns, 14-7)

    (2:00)

    2nd-and-12 @ Browns 17

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Johnson on right for 1 yard.
    • Skinny: Checkdown. Kizer hit on release. Johnson made catch at Browns 18.

    3rd-and-11 @ Browns 18

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, incomplete intended for Higgins on left NULLIFIED by Packers offside.

    3rd-and-6 @ Browns 23

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Johnson on right/middle for 18 yards.
    • Skinny: Good recognition by Kizer to exploit mismatch. Johnson easily beat LB Ahmad Brooks on arrow route from right and made catch at Browns 26.

    1st-and-10 @ Browns 41

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, sacked by Matthews for minus-5 yards. 
    • Skinny: Matthews beat Coleman to the inside.

    2nd-and-15 @ Browns 36

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Coleman on left/middle for 18 yards.
    • Skinny: Kizer was provided plenty of time against four-man rush. Covered Coleman made catch inside numbers at Packers 46.

    1st-and-10 @ Packers 46

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, incomplete* intended for Gordon on deep right.
    • Skinny: *Packers caught a huge break, because Jones should have been penalized for interference near goal line. Gordon adjusted to under-thrown pass and got hands on ball even while dealing with double-coverage and Jones' interference.

    2nd-and-15 @ Browns 49

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to Crowell on right for 4 yards.
    • Skinny: Crowell caught screen pass at Browns 44.

    3rd-and-11 @ Packers 47

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, intended for Coleman on left intercepted by S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on left at Packers 19.
    • Skinny: Kizer locked onto Coleman and Clinton-Dix read him. Clinton-Dix returned pick to Packers 21.

    Kizer at half: 15-of-18 for 174 yards, two touchdowns, one interception; two sacks for minus-5 yards; one rush for 8 yards.

    3RD QUARTER

    Fifth possession (Browns, 14-7)

    3rd-and-3 @ Browns 32

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, incomplete intended for Gordon on left.
    • Skinny: Excellent touch-pass to Gordon, who got left hand on ball outside Packers 45. Randall pinned Gordon's right arm.

    Sixth possession (Browns, 14-7)

    2nd-and-7 @ Browns 33

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Johnson on left for 15 yards.
    • Skinny: Johnson, lined up slot left, caught bubble screen at Browns 31.

    2nd-and-goal @ 2

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, incomplete intended for Telfer on right.
    • Skinny: No chance for completion. Pass thrown out of back of end zone. Telfer covered.

    3rd-and-goal @ 2

    • Result:  Kizer, from shotgun, complete to Coleman on right/middle for 2-yard touchdown.
    • Skinny: Kizer did terrific job of shifting right from pressure and buying time so that Coleman, who was lined up wide right, could flash open. Kizer threw a strike to double-covered Coleman, who made catch 1 yard beyond goal line.

    4TH QUARTER

    Seventh possession (Browns, 21-14)

    1st-and-10 @ Browns 20

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, incomplete intended for Gordon on left.
    • Skinny: Bad break for Browns; injury for Packers. CB Davon House, covering Coleman on left, tripped. Gordon, coming from right, tripped over House at Browns 44. Pass appeared to be on-target. Crowell flashed open in left flat.

    3rd-and-6 @ Browns 24

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, complete to TE Seth DeValve on right for 11 yards.
    • Skinny: Clean pocket. DeValve beat S Morgan Burnett and made catch near sideline. No YAC.

    (On 3rd-and-2 @ Browns 43, Kizer was in shotgun with empty backfield. Packers called timeout. Browns switched to overload on left side, and Crowell was the single back. Crowell, attempting a cutback to right, was hit and gained 1 yard.)

    Eighth possession (Browns, 21-14)

    2nd-and-9 @ Browns 32

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to DeValve on right for 5 yards.
    • Skinny: Stellar work by DeValve, who dived for catch with left arm. 

    3rd-and-4 @ Browns 37

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, incomplete to Njoku on right.
    • Skinny: Njoku, working against Jones, initially had possession as he went to ground at Browns 44. Play was ruled a 7-yard reception; Packers challenged and won because a replay showed ball hit ground during attempted completion of catch.

    Ninth possession (21-21)

    (Browns kneel-down to end regulation.)

    (Browns won coin toss and received OT kickoff.)

    Tenth possession (21-21)

    2nd-and-9 @ Browns 26

    • Result: Kizer, from under center, complete to Crowell on right for 7 yards.
    • Crowell made catch near numbers at Browns 27.

    3rd-and-2 @ Browns 33

    • Result: Kizer, from shotgun, intercepted by Jones at Browns 42.
    • Skinny: Kizer wanted Gordon on slant from right, but Randall got physical with Gordon and eliminated that option. Kizer moved to his left and away from Matthews, pointed downfield and turned to try to heave deep to Higgins. Matthews hit Kizer's arm during release and the ball floated. Jones' interception came with no return yards.

    Spielman said: "I don't know why, in this situation, you're just throwing the ball up for grabs. (Kizer) panicked. That's a rookie, panic move by DeShone Kizer.''

    (Packers scored touchdown to win, 27-21.)


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    If you've been focused on the Browns game, you may have missed the crazy conditions in Buffalo for the Bills-Colts game.

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- If you were focused on the Browns' near-win Sunday in Cleveland, you may have missed the crazy conditions in Buffalo for the Bills-Colts game.

    Clevelanders are well-aware how nasty a lake-effect snowstorm can be. But a storm developing off Lake Erie did a number on Buffalo, and it made for quite a game for the Bills and the Indianapolis Colts. 

    The teams played in near white-out conditions, and it was snowing so hard, players could barely see the field. Yet the home team came out victorious in overtime, 13-7.

    See the wild weather for yourself:


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    Browns fans had plenty to say after the team squandered a late lead and lost in overtime to Green Bay to fall to 0-13. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland Browns fans were let down yet again by coach Hue Jackson and the team.

    The Browns lost to the Green Bay Packers in overtime Sunday, 27-21. This puts the Browns at 0-13 for the season.

    Changes were made in the front office with the firing of Sashi Brown on Wednesday, and welcoming John Dorsey as the team's new general manager. Jackson will remain head coach through 2018, ownership said.

    Fans we spoke with outside FirstEnergy Stadium after Sunday's loss feel pretty iffy about that.

    Watch the video above to hear fans' thoughts on the Browns' loss, their current state, as well as the future of the team.

    Want to see more? Here's last week's Sound Off video after the loss at Los Angeles.

    Fans happier after return of Josh Gordon, still feel pain:


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    Ron Ganim and his wife Joan combined to help bring Brecksville 12 state titles, including the first in 1994. Brecksville holds the state record for the most gymnastics titles with 17. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Longtime Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School gymnastics coach and Gymnastics World co-founder Ron Ganim has passed away, according to multiple sources.

    "Dear Gym World Family and the extended gymnastics community, we come to you with extremely heavy hearts to inform you, our extended family, of the passing of Coach Ron Ganim, (Mr. G)," stated Gym World on its Facebook account. "If Mr. G could coach you now, he would tell you to hug your family and embrace your life, so we ask that you do just that and remember how Mr. G touched all of our lives! Your GW Family."

    Ganim started his coaching career as a Kent State student in 1966 while dating his eventual wife and Brecksville coach Joan, according to the OHSAA. After starting a gymnastics program in Barberton, he joined his wife and became a physical education teacher four years later.

    Brecksville holds the state record for the most gymnastics titles with 17. The Ganims combined to help bring Brecksville 12, including the first in 1994. Brecksville started its varsity program in 1972 after developing a district-wide gymnastics program that included over 400 girls and boys.

    In 2007, Ganim received the 2007 National Gymnastics Coach of the Year award by the National Federation of State High School Associations and the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity award by the Ohio High School Gymnastics Coaches Association in 2010. He is also a Northern Ohio Lebanese American Association Hall of Famer.

    Two years later he retired as Brecksville's coach to continue his work as co-owner of Gymnastics World in Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Twinsburg along with children Maria [Schneider], Greg and A.J.

    Gymnastics World has raised nearly $200,000 for Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, according to its website, and has supported multiple charities since its inception in 1975.

    The cause of death is unknown. Gymnastics World stated on Facebook that arrangements will be announced once they are made.


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    Not much was made of the Cleveland Cavaliers re-signing Kyle Korver. It has been a huge move.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- When Kyle Korver signed his contract extension last summer, it was greeted with yawns ... at best.

    A few basketball people told me the Cavs made a mistake by giving Korver a three-year contract. After all, he will be 37 years old on March 17.

    Why three years? Korver's deal is for a total of $22 million. In the third year, $3.4 million of $7.5 million is guaranteed. The overall guarantee is $18 million.

    For some context, the Cavs are paying J.R. Smith $13.7 million this season. It's $10.3 million for Iman Shumpert. The average NBA salary is $7 million.

    Remember with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas all eligible to be free agents, the Cavs are worried about winning big this season.

    Korver helps them do just that.

    Korver ranks No. 6 in NBA history in 3-point shooting percentage: .431. Guess who is No. 1? It's Steve Kerr (.454). Former Cavalier Mark Price (.402) is No. 32.

    Korver is shooting .438 on 3-pointers this season. He led the league at .451 last season. His shot is aging gracefully. It may even be improving.

    Which brings me to new Cavs general manager Koby Altman. One of his first moves was to re-sign Korver. That was just the start of Altman putting together one of the best benches in the NBA.

    In terms of stats, the Cavs rank No. 5 in bench scoring at 41 points per game. That came after they were 28th a year ago ... 28.3 points per game.

    ADDING IT UP

    There is a stat called plus/minus. Here are the Cavs leaders heading into the weekend:

    • Kyle Korver, +182
    • Dywane Wade, +115
    • Channing Frye, +92
    • Jeff Green, +73
    • LeBron James, +72
    • Iman Shumpert, +29
    • Kevin Love, +11
    • J.R. Smith, +7

    The top four players are backups.

    James played a key role in Wade and Green signing veteran minimum contracts. Frye and Korver were obtained in trades by former general manager David Griffin. Then Altman worked hard to re-sign Korver, who would have had other options if he had hit the open market.

    Coach Tyronn Lue has talked about the "good chemistry" for the reserves. He said Wade has been "phenomenal" as point guard with the second unit.

    The coach also praised Green's defense and "ability to handle the ball." Lue pushed hard for Altman to sign the 6-foot-10 Green, and Altman made it happen. James also helped recruit the forward.

    "These guys know how to play the game," said Lue of his bench.

    THEN THERE'S OSMAN

    The coach also has been impressed with rookie Cedi Osman, who is seeing some limited action.

    "He's a smart player," said Lue. "He plays with a lot of energy. He's not scared."

    When Altman brought in Osman, I wondered if the 22-year-old would play anything other than garbage time. But Lue is gaining some confidence in the Turkish import. Osman was originally drafted by Griffin in 2015.

    Not sure if he'll play any meaningful minutes in the playoffs, but he could help in the regular season.

    The same is true of veteran point guard Jose Calderon, who has started 10 games because of injuries to Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and Isaiah Thomas. Calderon averaged 19 minutes in those 10 starts, scoring 3.3 points. He's made only nine turnovers and kept the ball moving. He rarely plays in crunch time. But the Cavs are 9-1 when he starts.

    ABOUT DERRICK ROSE

    1. We will have to see if Rose can finally get healthy. He still is recovering from the ankle injury that so discouraged him, he left the team for two weeks.

    2. Rose is back. He spoke to the team. It was only seven games before injuries hit. He was averaging 14 points per game but the Cavs were not functioning well with him on the court.

    3. Rose has the team's worst plus/minus stat: -51. His minutes were taken by Calderon and Wade, who have been handling the point guard duties.

    4. You can say put Rose on the bench, but that group has such excellent chemistry right now. It also is a group that shoots a lot of 3-pointers, especially Frye and Korver. That allows Wade to drive to the rim. Rose is a poor 3-point shooter (.297 career) and was 3-of-13 this season.

    5. I would not take the ball out of Wade's hands to give it to Rose, who could possibly give the Cavs some depth when Wade needs rest or if he is injured. But that's it.

    6. Making it more complicated, Thomas seems to be only a few weeks away from playing. So that would make Rose the No. 3 point guard behind Thomas and Wade. And the team has played well with Calderon.

    8. In other words, I don't see how Rose fits -- at least right now. Furthermore, Rose said he has a bone spur in his ankle. So who knows when or how it will heal.


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    A defensive play by Clay Matthews III helped the Green Bay Packers win in overtime over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Green Bay Packers trailed by two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Browns were on the cusp of their first victory over the season.

    But two Packer touchdowns followed by a hit that caused an errant pass that led to an interception helped the Packers win their second straight overtime game -- 27-21 Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium -- and keep their playoff hopes alive.

    Linebacker Clay Matthews provided one of the many sparks that led to the Packers' latest victory. In overtime at his own 25-yard line, Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer scrambled. With Matthews in pursuit, he rushed Kizer from the left side and hit his arm when he attempted to throw. The ball shot straight up in the air. If it was baseball, the infield fly rule would have been called. Instead, Packers safety Josh Jones made the interception at the Browns 42.

    "I was just running after the quarterback," Matthews said "I was fortunate enough to get to catch up to him and I hit his hand as he was throwing it. It was a huge lob and Josh made the play which was obviously huge. [The play] helped change the game."

    Moments later, Davonte Adams caught a 25-yard TD for the winning score.

    "To get the overtime game last week and today is huge because there's your season right there," Matthews said. "We've got three more games and they're all must wins."

    And for Matthews it was a must for him to change out of his Packers jersey into the old No. 57 worn by his dad, who was a member of the Browns from 1978-93. That made winning in Cleveland that much better.

    "Obviously, I have a special place in my heart for Cleveland, no doubt about it, especially after what my father was able to do here for 16 years," Matthews said. "I brought the jersey to represent pops. It's really cool and really special."


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    The Green Bay Packers defeated the Cleveland Browns in overtime on Sunday. Here's what the Packers had to say.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Here's what the Green Bay Packers had to say after their 27-21 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

    WR Davante Adams

    On how clutch this team is:

    "Clearly very clutch. We've had some critical moments, and have guys stepping up and making big plays. (QB) Brett (Hundley) did a really good job today. We have a lot of clutch in our DNA over here. I've said, it's not in our DNA to give up. It wasn't looking like it was in our favor late in the fourth quarter, but we continued to fight and get it done."

    On QB Brett Hundley:

    "I think those clutch situations, when it calls for someone to step up and make a play, that's what brings out the best in him. You can see it in his eyes. You can see it in the huddle. He commands the huddle well in those situations, and to be a young guy, that's really impressive to see that."

    On his game-tying touchdown and his game-winning touchdown:

    "I got a good release off of 30 (Browns DB Jason McCourty) on the first one.  Brett threw a great ball over the back shoulder, and it looked easy because it was - based on the ball and the placement he put it. The second one, it was really a play to get us closer and in field goal range. I broke a tackle and saw the end zone so I had to burst and get it."

    OL David Bakhtiari

    On the win:

    "You have to give credit to their run defense. They have a great scheme and they were able to keep us from getting into a rhythm. You have to tip your hat to them. We were able to adjust in the second half with the kind of plays we wanted to run."

    On making key plays at key times:

    "We are like a zombie; we refuse to go down. That's a nice characteristic you want from a team when physically, the injuries are piling up. I don't know what percentage we've had with back-to-back overtime games and having two walk-offs. It's definitely a momentum builder."

    WR Jordy Nelson

    On the impact that QB Brett Hundley has had:

    "Brett is just a grinder. He doesn't get down on himself, and he's had a lot thrown at him in this situation. He stayed steady throughout the whole thing and it shows why he was successful at UCLA and why he'll be successful in this league. He stays level headed."

    On the execution today:

    "Everyone executed. That's what it came down to. It probably wasn't the most explosive offense, but we stayed managing the down and distance, Brett was making some throws and we were making some catches. We converted some first downs which was key. You have a plan coming in, but you never know how the game is going to go."

    On the 65-yard punt return by WR Trevor Davis:

    "It brings energy, but your chances of scoring a touchdown skyrockets. It was big for us. Hats off to him. He stayed alive when it looked like he was stuck three or four times, but he stayed aggressive and has done a great on the return game all year."

    RB Jamal Williams

    On WR Trevor Davis' punt return:

    "We got them - that's what I thought. I thought he was about to score. It was a great play from Trev."

    On how clutch this team is:

    "I think we embrace these moments and we aren't scared of them. We aren't scared to fail. We know if we do our job and execute, it just takes one time."

    On QB Brett Hundley:

    "That last drive when we tied it up, that boy came with some fire. He's always had that fire. We always believe in Brett. This is what Brett does. I'm just glad he had this opportunity to get a come-back win and in overtime."

    Packers QB Brett Hundley

    On the fourth down play confusion with the running back:

    "That was on me. With the call and stuff like that, just a bad execution on my part."

    On how he thought he's done as the starter since QB Aaron Rodgers' injury:

    "My number one thought going into it was to keep our hopes alive and make the playoffs. We're still in it. At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. I'm just here and if my number is called upon, I'll be ready. It was my number one goal and we're still in it."

    On doing well in overtime and late situations:

    "It's just crunch time situations. Big time players make big time plays. My dad used to say that over and over growing up and that's where it resonates in these kinds of situations with me. It's still football. You just have to perform. I wish we could do this from the start and just carry it forward for 60 minutes, but we did what we have to do."

    On passing more as the game went on:

    "I was happy. When we throw the ball that many times, I'm always happy with that. We got it going at the end and we started opening things up and spreading people out."

    On the throw to WR Davante Adams to tie the game:

    "That's just my brother, man. We got a good connection and Davante is one heck of a good receiver. He showed it again today. It's fun throwing him the ball. When you have three horses like we do out there like (WR) Jordy (Nelson), (WR) Randall (Cobb), and Davante, I like any one of them in that situation. Davante made a good play on the ball and scored the touchdown."

    Packers coach Mike McCarthy:

    On whether the decision to challenge the Browns' third down was confidence or a slow replay:

    "It was a combination of both. I mean, obviously, there was a little over two minutes there so we had one timeout so it's the risk-reward thing if it's worth it even though you don't have a good view of it. On the sideline, the ball was clearly moving. I know I saw that. I was talking to one official and he told me that the ball was moving, but he didn't think it hit the ground. I knew it was a smart challenge. The information from the box and sideline was to challenge, so it was good game management. I look forward to reading about it in the paper."


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    New GM John Dorsey got a rough initiation Sunday in a 27-21 overtime loss to Green Bay. He also saw the best and worst of DeShone Kizer. Watch video

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - Welcome to Cleveland, John Dorsey.

    Some college frats have been disbanded for less harsh initiations than the one the Browns new GM received Sunday.

    It started off with Browns receivers donning sunglasses after TD celebrations and it ended with the same old burn.

    The Browns saved their worst ending of the season for Dorsey's first game, losing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, getting the ball first in overtime and then giving it away on a pass DeShone Kizer never should've thrown.

    The case for the 27-21 loss to Green Bay being the worst of the Hue Jackson Era is a good one, but more rock solid is the case for this being the worst ending of Kizer's short career.

    Dorsey understands quarterback is his first order of business here. Owner Jimmy Haslam so this week when he introduced yet another executive promising to revive this "iconic franchise."

    You don't do that by improving depth on the offensive line. Or certainly by putting together a QB room that has a combined zero NFL wins.

    Or finding guys who can cover a punt, though, then again, punt coverage would've been enough to deliver a win Sunday.

    Dorsey loves to watch game tape and will obviously draw his own conclusions on Kizer over the coming months.

    But in service of informing him and saving him some time, he need look no further than Sunday's game.

    This was it. This was the best and worst of Kizer in one afternoon.

    And if his best isn't good enough to outdo Brett Hundley (who has made fewer NFL starts), it's another reason why the Browns cannot wait for Kizer's development at the expense of drafting or signing a quarterback for the 2018 season.

    Hue Jackson said it was Kizer's best game "by far." Don't be a cynic. He meant that as a compliment.

    "Yeah it was," Jackson said. "The two picks, it is still the same old...if you turn the ball over, you are going to lose...It is unfortunate that they got the opportunity there at the end...This is improvement, but again it's not enough."

    That's this season perfectly summarized for Kizer. He's shown some upside in a difficult introduction to the NFL. But it's not enough to cover fatal flaws.

    Jackson gave him the kind of support he needed Sunday with a game plan that utilized Josh Gordon's home run power but was built on a running game and controlled passing game.

    Browns running backs and tight ends had 12 of his 20 completions. He threw for three touchdowns. And it was not enough.

    "Every time I step on the field, whether it be practice or whether it be a game, it is about doing whatever I can to prove to my teammates and to this organization who I am as a quarterback and a competitor," Kizer said.

    "I look forward to being in Cleveland for a long time and I look forward to winning for a long time. Every time I step out there and every rep that I get, it is about making sure everyone knows exactly who I am."

    As a competitor, he shows toughness. As a quarterback, he shows why he lasted until the 52nd pick in the draft.

    Kizer referred to the overtime interception as "another unfortunate event" as if it were something that happened to him.

    He will get a chance to prove he can overcome his inaccuracy and mistakes. But time is too short to keep the Browns and Dorsey from seeking a sea change at quarterback.

    Kevin Hogan, Cody Kessler or Brock Osweiler are not the definition of that.

    When Dorsey spoke at Friday's press conference he was asked to detail what ingredients he likes to see in a quarterback.

    "Got to win -- No. 1," Dorsey said. "You have to have the physical skills that we all see. Feet are important in today's football. Accuracy is very important. Do they have the mindset of the head coach? Can they comprehend and digest that playbook?

    "Do guys naturally gravitate to him from a leadership component? What does he do in adverse situations? How does he react? Can he extend the play? Can he drive it and win it at the end of the game? These are the little things you look for."

    The "little things" turned big and insurmountable for Kizer late Sunday.

    After Kizer showered, he sat at his locker talking to the new general manager. They shook hands and parted.

    "We'll keep (what they talked about) between us," said Kizer.

    With three games remaining in a winless season, there's not much to say except that time is even shorter for a rookie quarterback who - No. 1 - is still looking for a win.


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    Mary Kay Cabot and Dan Labbe talk all things Browns following Sunday's overtime loss to Green Bay.

    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Browns fell to the Green Bay Packers in overtime on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. It dropped them to 0-13 on the season.

    Following the game, Mary Kay Cabot and I talked all about what happened, including:

    • DeShone Kizer's performance.
    • What went wrong in the second half and overtime.
    • New general manager John Dorsey spending extra time in the locker room after the game.
    • Is there anything Kizer can do to prevent the Browns from picking a quarterback?

    Listen to the podcast via SoundCloud below or Subscribe to the cleveland.com Sports podcasts channel on iTunes (click the link or search cleveland.com Sports podcasts).

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    With free-agent relievers flying off the shelf, will Tribe's Bryan Shaw be next. Meanwhile, is Jason Kipnis being shopped? Watch video

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Free agent relievers are starting to fly off the shelf. Could iron man Bryan Shaw be next?

    Shaw, who spent the last five seasons with the Indians, made more appearances over that period than any reliever in the big leagues. If a player is going to dive into the quirky waters of free agency, that is a good thing to take with him.

    Jason Kipnis is not a free agent, but he has been a teammate of Shaw's in Cleveland. The signs are growing stronger that the Indians are willing to trade Kipnis if they can find the right deal.

    The Cubs reportedly agreed to terms with Brandon Morrow on a two-year deal on Sunday, the first day of the winter meetings. The Cardinals, right after that, reached agreement with Luke Gregerson to a two-year deal worth $11 million with a club option for 2020.

    Last week Texas signed left-hander Mike Minor to a three-year $28 million deal. They plan to make him a starter.

    Morrow went 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 45 appearances for the Dodgers last season. It was his second year in relief after spending the previous six seasons as a starter.

    Gregerson spent the last three years with Houston. This year he went 2-3 with a 4.57 ERA and one save. He struck out 70 and walked 20 in 61 innings.

    Shaw, who appears to be out of the Tribe's price range, has received at least two three-year offers since becoming a free agent. It's unclear if the Mets made one of them, but make no doubt they are interested.

    Mickey Callaway, former Tribe pitching coach, is their new manager and he's seen what Shaw can do. The Mets feel Shaw would be complement to a bullpen that already includes lefty Jerry Blevins (6-0, 2.94, 76 games), right-hander Jeurys Familia (2-2, 4.38, six saves, 26 games) and right-hander Hansel Robles (7-5, 4.92, 46 games).

    Last season Shaw went 4-6 with a 3.52 ERA. He tied Kansas City's Peter Moylan for the AL lead with 79 appearances. Shaw started his career with Arizona so he is not a stranger to the NL.

    Kipnis is currently a man without a position. He ended the year playing center field in the AL Division Series for injured Bradley Zimmer, but has spent almost his entire career at second base, going to the All-Star Game in 2013 and 2015.

    The Mets have been one of the teams linked to Kipnis. The Angels and Toronto are looking for a second baseman as well. The Blue Jays are run by former Tribe executives Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins.

    Kipnis made three trips to the disabled list last season with a strained right rotator cuff and right hamstring. He has two years left on the six year $52.5 million deal he signed in 2014 (Check). He'll make $13.5 million in 2018 and $14.3 million in 2019. The club option for 2020 is worth $16.5 million with a $2.5 million buyout.

    While Kipnis dealt with injuries last season, Jose Ramirez moved from third to second base and played well there. When Kipnis was healthy, manager Terry Francona elected to move him to center field rather than move Ramirez back to third because he liked the way the infield of third basemen Giovanny Urshela or Yandy Diaz, shortstop Francisco Lindor, Ramirez and first baseman Carlos Santana played together.