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Archive for the month “September, 2012”

Suárez hat trick finally gets Liverpool on the board

If you had asked us before the season started which team would be the first to win a game – Liverpool or the Cleveland Browns – we easily would have put our money on the Reds.

We just never would have believed it would take until Week 4 of the NFL season for Liverpool to finally put a notch in the win column.

Luis Suárez had a hat trick, and Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard each added a goal, as Liverpool beat Norwich City, 5-2, to give Brendan Rodgers his first win as manager.

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Browns battle but still beaten by Baltimore

The battling Cleveland Browns dealt with rainy weather, heavy balls and the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium.

And while the Browns gave a better effort than they did just four days prior, they still ended the night on the wrong end of the scoreboard, falling to 0-4 on the season after a 23-16 loss to the Ravens.

We know there are no moral victories and all that, but the fact that the Browns had a chance to tie the game at the end is a positive. The Ravens are a Super Bowl contender that has won 12 consecutive home games and 20-of-21 overall at home. After spending all week hearing about how the Browns were going to be embarrassed on national TV, it was good to see the Browns hang with the Ravens as best they could.

For the full story, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

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What’s the next move Paul?

The Cleveland Indians fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday with just six games remaining in the season.

“The Cleveland Indians would like to thank Manny Acta for everything he has done for the organization in his three seasons as our manager,” general manager Chris Antonetti said. “Manny’s passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure.

“Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary.”

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Browns vs. Ravens – Week 4

The Cleveland Browns head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in the NFL Network’s nationally televised Thursday night game of the week.

Should be a lovely time.

How will the Browns respond after a team-wide poor showing on Sunday against Buffalo? In some ways, having a short week could be a blessing for the Browns as they get a chance to wash the losing taste out of their months quickly.

Plus, facing a division foe should help with the game planning. As the teams face each other twice a year, there really shouldn’t be anything the Ravens can throw at the Browns that they are not expecting.

Of course, being the Browns, none of that may matter.

For the full preview, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

Sorry Browns fans, replacing Pat Shurmur now won’t matter

Another week, which means another post-mortem on another Cleveland Browns loss.

You would think we’d be used to this by now, with the Browns having lost nine games in a row dating back to last season, but it doesn’t get any easier.

As usual in the days after a Browns loss, talk around Brownstown has focused on coach Pat Shurmur and what he does – or doesn’t do – on the sidelines each week.

With every loss more and more fans are calling for incoming owner James Haslam to fire Shurmur – preferably within minutes of being approved as owner of the Browns at next month’s owners meeting. But will that really make a difference?

To find out, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

Browns do same things, end up with same result in loss to Bills

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

The Cleveland Browns fall into an early hole, the defense regroups while the offense does just enough to make the game close, the defense can’t get the one stop they absolutely must have, and the offense can’t sustain any kind of success.

Add it all up and you get the Browns ninth consecutive loss, this time by the score of 24-14 to a Bills team that really isn’t that good.

Head over to The Cleveland Fan for all the ugly details.

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Controversial penalty costs Liverpool vs. Manchester United

We haven’t been a Premier League fan as long as most, but we’ve been following the league long enough to not be surprised.

Liverpool dropped a tough 2-1 decision to Manchester United on Sunday thanks to a classic Manchester United call that led to a Robin van Persie penalty kick that proved to be the winning margin.

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Browns vs. Bills – Week 3

The Cleveland Browns return home on Sunday to take on the Buffalo Bills on Cleveland Browns Legends Day with the Browns looking for their first win of the season.

The Browns have lost eight consecutive games since beating Jacksonville in Week 11 last season. Things haven’t been this bad since the end of the Romeo Crennel era and the dawn of the Eric Mangini error, when the team lost 10 in a row.

On the other hand, Buffalo hasn’t won a road game in more than a year, last winning away from home in Week 1 of last season.

For the full preview, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

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Please leave now if you still think Matt LaPorta “needs a chance”

If there are any Cleveland Indians fans who still think Matt LaPorta just “needs a chance” to show what he can do, then we don’t know what to tell them.

Because if Tuesday night’s game didn’t convince them that LaPorta is simply not a Major League ballplayer, then we don’t know what will.

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Ranking the rookie quarterbacks – Week 2 edition

Week 2 of the NFL season saw the five rookie starting quarterbacks all have very solid days, with three of the five coming out on the winning end of the scoreboard.

After combining to throw four touchdowns against 11 interceptions in Week 1, the group bounced back seven touchdowns against just one interception in Week 2.

Earning their first career NFL wins were Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and Seattle’s Russel Wilson; while Washington’s Robert Griffin III and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden came out on the short end.

Let’s see how the group – four of whom were taken in the first round of the draft (with Wilson being the outlier) and will be linked together for not only this season but also their careers – rank after two weeks on the job.

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