Browns coach admits late draw play a ‘bad call’

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens admitted that it was a “bad call” to try a draw play on fourth-and-9 during Sunday night’s 20-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Browns had the ball at the Rams’ 40-yard line in the fourth quarter, with a chance to take the lead. But instead of trying to get the first down with a Baker Mayfield pass, Kitchens called a draw to Nick Chubb, who was stuffed for a 2-yard gain. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no NFL team…

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Each MLB team’s 2019 breakout player

Not every player hits the ground running the minute they arrive in the Majors. Remember, Mike Trout hit .220 in his first season in the big leagues. But once he became Mike Trout, everyone knew it. He had his breakthrough season. And when you have your breakthrough season, it’s impossible for anyone to deny it. So, today at the Thirty, we look at the players who broke through in 2019, who established themselves as players we’ll be talking about for a long time. For the sake of clarity, we’ll ignore…

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Sources — Rockets, Sefolosha reach 1-year deal

Forward Thabo Sefolosha has agreed to sign a fully guaranteed one-year deal with the Houston Rockets for the veteran’s minimum, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. Sefolosha, a 13-year veteran, has been among several free agents who attended the Rockets’ voluntary minicamp in Las Vegas this week. Sefolosha, 35, has earned a reputation as a quality defender during his career. He has career averages of 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. Sefolosha is a trusted teammate to Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook, having played with them with the Oklahoma…

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Inside Connor McDavid’s NHL political awakening

Ken Holland knew about Connor McDavid, the hockey player. He watched the most gifted offensive center on the planet shred through his Detroit Red Wings while he was their general manager. But as he sat down for lunch with McDavid in Toronto, three weeks after taking over the Edmonton Oilers as their general manager, Holland started to understand Connor McDavid, the hockey activist. “I was very impressed at his understanding. Of the game. Of our team. Of other teams. He asked a lot of questions. He was very interested in…

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Long runs “worried me” at Richmond

Busch won a stage, led the most laps (202 of 400) and once Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 was over, he and Kevin Harvick had scored enough points to lock themselves into Round 2 of the playoffs regardless of how they finish next weekend at Charlotte. Still, losing the chance at the victory likely stung, as Busch has won four times this season but his most recent was in June in Pocono. “I don’t think we were as good as (Truex) all night long. Martin, the car, the combination…

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