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Liverpool finally moves on from Andy Carroll

Liverpool finally cut ties with striker Andy Carroll on Thursday, sending him to West Ham in a season-long loan deal.

The Hammers got Carroll, who Liverpool paid £35 million for in January of 2011, for a £1.5 million loan fee and will have to pay his £80,000 per week wage bill. If they avoid relegation this year, they will owe Liverpool an additional £18 million to make the move permanent.

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Are the Browns making the right play by sitting Weeden?

We’ve expected (and feared) that this day was coming for a few weeks now, but that still didn’t make it any easier when we heard the news

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden will sit out Thursday’s game against Chicago, the final preseason friendly on the schedule as well as the last opportunity for Weeden and the rest of the rookie-infused offense to work together at game speed.

The Browns are betting that Weeden will be ready for the Eagles in Week 1 with the least amount of time possible to prepare.

Head over to The Cleveland Fan to find out if the gamble will pay off.

The kind of list the Browns don’t want to be on

In his latest column, Grantland’s Bill Barnwell, a must read if there ever was one at ESPN, lists the 10 types of contracts that haunt NFL franchises.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Browns have someone on the list – linebacker D’Qwell Jackson.

The Browns resigned Jackson in the off season for five years and $42.5 million – $19 million of it guaranteed. Barnwell writes that deal falls into the category of “The Refilled Health Meter” in which a team signs “an injury-prone player to a long-term deal after a rare season of health.”

The new contract made Jackson one of the 20 highest-paid linebackers in the NFL. Browns linebacker Chris Gocong – who the team put on season-ending injured reserve on Monday – is also on that list.

Oh, and, as Barnwell points out, Jackson missed all of 2010 as well as one out of every three games as a pro since being drafted by the Browns.

Ouch.

Jackson accumulates a lot of tackles when healthy – an AFC-leading 158 last year – but there is some question as to the actual value of those tackles.

It’s so much fun being a Browns fan sometimes.

(Photo by Getty Images)

Here’s something to chew on Tribe fans

There are obviously lots of ugly numbers when you look at the Cleveland Indians, who entered Monday night’s series-opener against Oakland in fourth place, 16.5 games out of first in the American League Central Division.

For example, the Tribe has won back-to-back games just twice in their past 44 outings, and they haven’t won three in a row since July 3-5.

Here’s another one for you, Tribe fans.

Derek Lowe, currently in the New York Yankees’ bullpen, made his last appearance in a Tribe uniform on July 31 against Kansas City.

Lowe won his eighth and last game as a member of the Indians on July 4, a 12-3 win by the Tribe against the Angels (part of that long-forgotten three-game winning streak).

Despite all that, Lowe currently has the third-most wins by an Indians pitcher this season, trailing Justin Masterson (10) and Ubaldo Jimenez (9).

It’s been that kind of season.

(Photo by Getty Images)

Liverpool lets one get away against Manchester City

It’s a fine line between hero and goat in professional sports.

Just ask Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel.

Defending Premier League champs Manchester City were able to get out of Anfield with a point they may not have deserved on Sunday thanks to one errant back pass from Skrtel.

Leading 2-1 off of goals from Skrtel and Luis Suárez, Skrtel tried play the ball back to keeper Pepe Reina, but his blind pass instead set up Carlos Tevez for an easy equalizing goal, denying Liverpool a much-needed three points in the home debut for manager Brendan Rodgers.

“My glass is very nearly full,” Rodgers told ESPN. “I thought it was a brilliant performance. We were asked a lot of questions and I thought the players were incredible. Some times the best team doesn’t win. Let’s remember we were playing a good side.

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Browns still have considerable work to do

The National Football League’s regular season opens for the Cleveland Browns in just two weeks and, judging by what transpired Friday night against Philadelphia, the team has a long way to go to be ready.

Let’s start with the good stuff:

Can the Tribe get out of the abyss?

Can things get any worse for the Cleveland Indians in this train wreck of a 2012 Major League Baseball season?

Wait, don’t answer that, because every time it seems the team has finally hit the abyss, they find a way to sink a little bit lower.

Since Cleveland’s sports teams don’t win on a regular basis, they need to sell fans on the notion that a better day is coming.

But for the Indians, that better day just keeps getting farther and farther away.

To find out just how far, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by MCT)

Can Clint Dempsey please move to Liverpool already?

Another day, another layer added to the saga of Clint Dempsey’s inevitable exit from Fulham.

The latest has the west London club getting its knickers in a twist because Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he would like the 29-year-old Dempsey in Liverpool red. Fulham has made an official complaint to the Premier League over the matter.

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Browns do football things, people get worked up

The Cleveland Browns closed out training camp on Wednesday by giving the media something to blow out of proportion.

Coach Pat Shurmur got into it with starting corner back Joe Haden during the morning practice and, after a few choice words, sent Haden to the locker room. The fracas all started when Haden brought down wide receiver Travis Benjamin after a play.

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Liverpool and the art of being patient

Liverpool kicks off the English Premier League season today at West Bromwich Albion today with plenty of questions surrounding a team that finished an uncharacteristic eighth in the table last season.

Let’s see if we can find some answers.

The Reds take the field today under a new manager in Brendan Rodgers, who is used to challenges after guiding Swansea into the Premier League and leading the Swans to an 11th-place finish, just five points behind Liverpool.

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