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Friday, 19 December 2014 07:04

Browns' LT Thomas Accepts Playoff Fate

 
   BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns left tackle Joe Thomas knows his drought may continue. He'll probably have to wait at least another year to get into the playoffs.
 
   Cleveland's odds of making the postseason this season are extremely long, and Thomas, who's expected to earn his eighth straight Pro Bowl appearance, has accepted the Browns' likely fate. Thomas enjoyed being in the race this season and hopes for a taste of the postseason "before I retire."
 
   Last week, Thomas called former longtime teammates D'Qwell Jackson and Josh Cribbs, now with Indianapolis, and congratulated them on qualifying. Thomas told them he was happy about their success and says he hopes he's next.
 
   The Browns have made just one playoff appearance (2002) since returning to the NFL in 1999. Thomas believes the organization is finally on the right path toward sustained success.

Friday, 19 December 2014 07:04

Browns' WR Hawkins Misses Practice

   BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was not on the practice field during the portion of the workout open to the media.
 
   Hawkins leads Cleveland with 58 receptions for 763 yards and two touchdowns. The team did not have an immediate reason for Hawkins' absence.
 
   Earlier this week, Hawkins, who is in his first season with the Browns, poignantly spoke about his reasons for wearing a T-shirt before Sunday's game protesting two police shootings in Ohio.
 
   Browns cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder), safety Tashaun Gipson (knee) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (hamstring) are also sidelined. Haden and Williams rode stationary bikes during the early stages of practice.
 
   Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas returned after his normal rest day. Thomas was voted the team's player of the year by the local chapter of the Football Writers of America.

Friday, 19 December 2014 07:02

Evansville Overcomes Ohio U

  EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - D.J. Ballentine scored 23 points, including eight in overtime, to lead Evansville to an 81-69 comeback win over Ohio on Thursday.
 
   The Purple Aces (8-2) scored 12 unanswered points in OT and made 23 of 28 free throws.
 
   Ohio built a five-point second-half lead, 57-52, on a 3-pointer by Javarez Willis, but Evansville pulled ahead with a 13-2 run. Ohio rallied and Willis tied it at 69 with a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
 
   The lead changed hands 11 times and there were six ties in the first half until Stevie Taylor hit a layup with 1 second to play for a 38-36 Ohio lead.
 
   Egidijus Mockevicius scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Evansville, Blake Simmons added 14 points and Adam Wing 11.
 
   Maurice Daly Ndour led Ohio (3-4) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, Willis scored 12, and Antonio Campbell and Taylor had 10 apiece.

Friday, 19 December 2014 07:01

Manning Overcoming Flu; "Onto Cincinnati"

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning is over his illness but not his injury.
 
   Denver's quarterback was limited Thursday when the Broncos reconvened for their first practice since their 22-10 win at San Diego on Sunday. Manning fought through the flu in that game and strained his right thigh in the first half, which he blamed on dehydration.
 
   Manning participated in the walkthrough but retreated to the Broncos' facility after the team stretch.
 
   Manning didn't appear in any discomfort afterward. He had his coloring back in his face and even jokingly referenced Bill Belichick three times when he answered reporters' questions with a "We're onto Cincinnati" mantra.
 
   That's something the Patriots coach did five times, a day after their 41-14 drubbing at Kansas City on Sept. 29.

 

 

 

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