Extra particulars emerge in Ime Udoka scenario, plus the Browns are fortunate to have Nick Chubb

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If the Cleveland Browns wish to keep within the AFC playoff image till Deshaun Watson returns, they will have to make use of the identical method they utilized in their 29-17 win over the Steelers on Thursday: a dominant floor recreation, a stable quarterback efficiency and a terrific defensive effort.

  • Nick Chubb had 23 carries for 113 yards and a landing. It was his twenty fourth 100-yard speeding recreation for the reason that begin of 2018, most within the NFL, and Cleveland completed with 171 speeding yards as a crew.
  • Amari Cooper and David Njoku mixed for 16 receptions, 190 yards and two touchdowns. Jacoby Brissett went to them very often as a part of a 220-yard, two-touchdown, zero-interception passing efficiency.
  • In Chubb and Cooper, the Browns had a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the identical recreation for the primary time since 1986.
  • The Browns’ protection scored extra factors within the second half (six on a fumble recovered by Denzel Ward in the long run zone on the ultimate play of the sport) than it allowed (three).
  • Regardless of his offense’s struggles, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stated he’s sticking with Mitchell Trubisky over Kenny Pickett.

Chubb is likely one of the NFL’s most understated, under-recognized stars, however his recreation did loads of speaking. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry total and an absurd 5.0 yards after first contact. When you’ve gotten a less-than-ideal quarterback scenario, the flexibility to show would-be damaging performs into brief beneficial properties and would-be brief beneficial properties into medium or lengthy ones is a big increase.

Brissett did not must pressure a ton of issues downfield, and he was very correct on the brief and intermediate recreation. Add in that protection, and Cleveland is driving excessive coming off a key division win.

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Celtics droop Ime Udoka for season; extra particulars emerge relating to relationship with staffer

The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the complete 2022-23 season and can decide relating to his future with the crew at a later date. Udoka reportedly violated organizational pointers by having an improper relationship with a workers member.

  • In keeping with experiences, the Celtics initially believed the connection was consensual. Nonetheless, the lady just lately accused Udoka of “making undesirable feedback towards her,” which prompted the group’s investigation.
  • Udoka led the Celtics to an NBA Finals look final season, his first as an NBA head coach. 
  • The Celtics (+550) are at the moment the favourite to win the NBA title, simply forward of the Warriors (+600), who beat Boston within the Finals.
  • Joe Mazzulla will probably be elevated to interim head coach. Mazzulla joined the Celtics in 2019; previous to that, he was the top coach at Division II Fairmont State. He interviewed for the Jazz head coach opening — which finally went to Will Hardy, one other Boston assistant — over the offseason.
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Udoka issued the next assertion:

  • Udoka: “I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, the complete Celtics group, and my household for letting them down. I’m sorry for placing the crew on this troublesome scenario and I settle for the crew’s choice. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark.”

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The Pistons are properly into their rebuild. The Jazz are tearing issues down. That distinction was on show Thursday, when Utah despatched Bojan Bogdanovic to Detroit for Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee.

Notably, there are not any draft picks altering fingers, making this an enormous win for the Pistons, writes NBA guru James Herbert.

  • Herbert:Pistons commerce grade: A+ — He’ll give Cade Cunningham extra space to function once they’re on the courtroom collectively and assist the crew stay useful when Cunningham is on the bench. The veteran might function a mannequin of types for Saddiq Bey, and the 2 forwards will complement one another. It is unclear if Jaden Ivey will begin immediately, however a Cunningham-Ivey-Bey-Bogdanovic foursome would give Dwane Casey‘s teaching workers an fascinating look: dynamic on offense, switchable on protection.”

James gave a considerably less-impressive grade to Utah, which has the fifth-shortest odds to have the NBA’s worst document at Caesars Sportsbook.

United States leads Presidents Cup 4-1 after first day 🏌

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America made their on-paper benefit felt on the course early and sometimes on the primary day of the Presidents Cup, rising with a 4-1 lead following the foursomes session.

  • Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele set the tone with an completely dominant 6&5 win over Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama within the first match.
  • Collin Morikawa and Cameron Younger, in addition to Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, additionally received to make the lead 3-0.
  • Si Woo Kim and Cam Davis rescued some extent for the Worldwide crew with a dramatic late comeback over Scottie Scheffler and Sam Burns. Two down with 4 to go, Kim and Davis received every of the final 4 holes.
  • Any momentum for the Worldwide crew evaporated when Tony Finau and Max Homa received the 18th gap over Taylor Pendrith and Mito Pereira to win 1-up.
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It is basically what we anticipated, writes golf scribe Kyle Porter.

  • Porter: “The verbiage between the 2 captains after the matches was telling. Trevor Immelman, chin up however eyes belying his confidence, saying that the Worldwide crew was going to maintain preventing as a result of that is all they know the right way to do. Davis Love III saying he was agonizing over who on the planet he ought to sit out over the subsequent few days. A story of two captains and the groups at their disposal.”

Listed below are the pairings and tee instances for immediately’s 4 ball session, and this is how one can watch the motion.

Who can overcome their 0-2 begin? Here is what historical past says 🏈


Beginning 0-2 is not essentially a demise knell, but it surely’s definitely not supreme. Since 1990, solely 30 of the 265 groups (11.3 p.c) to start out 0-2 have made the playoffs, and solely 4 have made the Tremendous Bowl:

  • 1993 Cowboys (received)
  • 1996 Patriots (misplaced)
  • 2001 Patriots (received)
  • 2007 Giants (received)

Our NFL professional Bryan DeArdo did an enchanting deep dive on all 4 of these groups, and Jeff Kerr took a take a look at which of the 5 groups at the moment 0-2 — the Bengals, Titans, Raiders, Panthers and Falconsnonetheless have an opportunity to show issues round.

  • Kerr: “Titans — Final yr’s No. 1 seed within the AFC seems to be like a shell of themselves. Derrick Henry has gone 5 straight video games with out 100 speeding yards (longest streak since 2019) and 5 straight video games under 4 yards per carry (longest streak since 2017-2018)… Tennessee solely has an opportunity as a result of they’re within the AFC South, the worst division in soccer. The Titans have a must-win recreation in opposition to the Raiders earlier than going through the Colts in two of their subsequent three video games.”

Aaron Decide watch: Slugger simply barely misses No. 61 ⚾


For a second, it appeared like Aaron Decide had performed it. Dwelling run No. 61 was going to be in opposition to the Purple Sox, tying Roger Maris‘ AL document, and in opposition to the identical franchise Maris had performed it, no much less. However his drive within the backside of the ninth inning got here up simply brief, and No. 61 should wait.

  • Decide went 0 for two with three walks. The ninth-inning fly out went 404 ft and would have been a house run in 13 of 30 MLB stadiumsThe digicam angle had everybody fooled.
  • The Yankees nonetheless went house completely satisfied after Josh Donaldson‘s walk-off single within the tenth inning scored Marwin Gonzalez for a 5-4 win.
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Apple TV+ will probably be the one streaming choice for tonight’s recreation, so make sure you understand how to observe.

What we’re watching this weekend 📺

We’re watching the NWSL on Paramount+ all weekend lengthy. We’re additionally watching the Presidents Cup. Here is how.


Japan vs. United States, 8:25 a.m. on ESPN 2
🏈 Virginia at Syracuse, 7 p.m. on ESPN


🏈 Maryland at No. 4 Michigan, Midday on FOX
🏈 No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest, Midday on ABC
🏈 No. 20 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. on CBS
🏈 No. 10 Arkansas at No. 23 Texas A&M, 7 p.m. on ESPN


🏈 Here is the NFL schedule.
⚾ Purple Sox at Yankees
, 7 p.m. on ESPN

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