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Baker Mayfield outduels Joe Burrow as Cleveland Browns edge Cincinnati Bengals

Baker Mayfield ‘s first quarter Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals couldn’t have gone any worse. But from then on, the Cleveland Browns quarterback was perfect.

Literally.

Mayfield rebounded from an 0-of-5 passing start, including an interception on his first throw, to break a franchise record with 21 consecutive completions, propelling Cleveland to a thrilling 37-34 comeback victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Mayfield finished 22-of-28 passing for 297 yards and five touchdowns, with three coming in a wild back-and-forth fourth quarter. His final touchdown was a game-winning, 24-yard strike to rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 15 seconds remaining.

“Everybody was talking we need to get to the 30 for a field goal,” Mayfield said. “I told the guys, ‘Screw that — we’re gonna win.'”

Mayfield’s only incompletion after the first quarter was a spike to stop the clock on the final drive.nfl cheap jerseys nike5

He passed Bernie Kosar (1989) and Kelly Holcomb (2003), who previously shared the Browns’ record with 16 straight completions. No other Cleveland quarterback in the past 30 seasons had tossed three touchdowns in a fourth quarter, either, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, and none since Derek Anderson in 2007 had thrown five in a game.nike jerseys nfl cheap

“He’s such a competitor. He doesn’t give up,” Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski said of Mayfield. “He didn’t back down. Every time I looked at him on the sidelines, he had that steely look in his eyes.”

Mayfield outdueled Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in a shootout of former Heisman Trophy winners and No. 1 overall picks.

Burrow completed 35 of 47 passes for 406 yards, the first 400-yard passing game of his pro career. Despite losing three starting offensive linemen to injury during the game, Burrow also threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another. On fourth-and-1, he connected on a 3-yard, go-ahead TD pass to running back Giovani Bernard with just over a minute to play, which only set up Mayfield’s late-game heroics.

“Hats off to him,” Burrow said. “He played great.”

According to Elias Sports Bureau research, it was the first game in NFL history with five go-ahead touchdown passes in a fourth quarter. Mayfield became just the second passer in NFL history to throw three go-ahead touchdowns in a fourth quarter, as well.

“Those guys were trading body blows,” Stefanski said. “We went for the knockout punch there.”

Mayfield has been battling a cracked rib injury on his right side, which he suffered on Oct. 11 against the Indianapolis Colts and had limited him in practice. He was also coming off one of the worst performances of his career. In a 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, Mayfield was intercepted for a pick-six on his first pass of the game, and he finished with a QBR of just 5.5 — the third-worst game rating of any NFL quarterback this year.

Philadelphia Union edge New England Revolution to keep pressure on Toronto FC

Anthony Fontana scored in the second half to help the Philadelphia Union earn a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution on Monday in Foxborough, Mass.

The Union, who also received an own goal, extended their unbeaten streak to four games. Philadelphia solidified its second-place standing in the Eastern Conference and climbed within three points of league-leading Toronto FC.

The Union won despite being without captain Alejandro Bedoya because of yellow-card accumulation.

Tajon Buchanan scored for the fifth-place Revolution, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

New England, which fell to 0-3-1 against the Union this season, including a loss in the Round of 16 at the MLS Is Back Tournament, had been 4-1-2 overall heading into play Monday.

In the 17th minute, New England’s Teal Bunbury gathered a loose ball about 10 yards out, but his shot deflected off Philadelphia defender Kai Wagner and out of bounds.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Union managed only one shot on goal in the first 25 minutes, a soft left-footed strike by Brenden Aaronson.8

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute on an own goal. Wagner sent a cross into the box, and a sliding Andrew Farrell kicked the ball into the goal. New England goalkeeper Matt Turner was moving the other way.

New England had 58 percent of the possession in the first half but trailed by a goal.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Early in the second half, the Revolution continued to dominate possession and Adam Buksa headed a cross just wide of the goal in the 52nd minute.

In the 65th minute, Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made a stellar save on a header in the box by Bunbury.

Philadelphia had a strong scoring chance in the 68th minute when Raymon Gaddis fired a shot that deflected off Revs defender Henry Kessler and out for a corner kick. Gaddis, a right back, has never scored in nine MLS seasons.

One minute later, Fontana chipped a shot over Turner for a 2-0 advantage.

Buchanan drilled a shot past Blake in the 81st minute to close the gap to 2-1.

New England nearly equalized a couple of times in five minutes of second-half stoppage time but couldn’t convert.

Inter Miami’s Higuain on MLS: I’m in love with football again

Inter Miami CF forward Gonzalo Higuain has said moving to the Major League Soccer side has helped him rediscover his love for the game.

The 32-year-old joined Inter Miami at the end of last season on a free transfer and has not had the best of starts to life in the U.S. as he missed a penalty on his debut in a 3-0 defeat against Philadelphia Union before clashing with his opponents. On Sunday, he was red carded after the final whistle in a 2-1 loss at Montreal Impact.

“I’ve always been curious about this league [MLS], after watching it closely because of my brother and other big players,” Higuain told CBS. “But I wanted to come here with the intention of being happy to play again and I think Inter Miami gave me everything I needed.

“Coming here to this league, gives me that feeling again, back when I was a kid enjoying playing, where in Europe I think that left me for many different reasons.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“I think from a media perspective, Europe was just too much. I had to basically prove to them every day, game by game, what I have done all my career, and patience was cutting short. So they don’t give you time to truly enjoy playing.”7

Another reason Higuain is enjoying his time at Inter Miami is that he was recently joined by his old brother Federico, who signed from DC United.

“There are many things I have never known about him due to being so far away from each other,” Higuain said. “So we basically lost 15 years together and now we’re trying to get all that time back.”

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He won three La Liga titles with Madrid as well as a Coppa Italia with Napoli and broke the Serie A goal scoring record of 36 in a single season — a feat which Lazio’s Ciro Immobile equalled last season.

In 2016, he became Juve’s record signing helped them to three Serie A titles, while he also won the Europa League with Chelsea in 2019.

He was widely blamed for close-range misses in Argentina’s two Copa America final defeats in 2015 and 2016 as well as in the World Cup final in 2014. At Juventus, he was singled out after the 2017 Champions League final loss, while at Napoli, he missed a late penalty on the final day of the season which saw them miss out on a place in the top four.

Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso gets first playoff start; Anthony Davis to center

Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel changed his starting lineup for Sunday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals, moving Anthony Davis to center in place of Dwight Howard and adding Alex Caruso to the first five along with LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Caruso, who just last season was a two-way player splitting time between the Lakers and L.A.’s G League franchise, the South Bay Lakers, is making the first start of his postseason career.8

The Caruso, Davis, James, Caldwell-Pope, Green lineup has played just one minute in the Finals so far, outscoring the Miami Heat 2-0.

Davis, who aggravated a right heel contusion in Friday’s Game 5 loss, is still affected by the injury but will play through it.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

“He’s going to have some soreness in there,” Vogel said of Davis. “The hope is once he gets moving up and down the floor, the adrenaline kicks in, that it shouldn’t be an issue.”

New Orleans Saints star WR Michael Thomas to be examined by Packers doctor Robert Anderson

The New Orleans Saints sent Michael Thomas’ ankle MRI to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to renowned surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson, who determined that the star wide receiver has a mild high ankle sprain, sources tell ESPN.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The Saints play their Week 3 game at home against the Packers, but they will have Thomas travel to Green Bay this week to meet in person with Anderson, who also is the Packers’ team doctor.

This sets up a potentially ironic scenario in which the Packers’ doctor might be the one who signs off on Thomas returning to play against his team.7

While any high ankle sprain might have sidelined some players for weeks, that might not be the case with Thomas, who already has been ruled out for Monday night’s game against the Raiders but who surprised the Saints last week with how well he was faring despite his injury.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

There is hope and even some optimism that Thomas could be back as soon as Week 3 against the Packers — especially if Anderson is comfortable with what he sees.

Thomas, who set an NFL record with 149 catches last season, limped off the field with the ankle injury just before the two-minute warning of New Orleans’ season-opening victory over the Buccaneers.

Grizzlies rule Jaren Jackson Jr. out for season due to meniscus tear

The Memphis Grizzlies, having already lost their first three games inside the NBA’s bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort, were dealt a significant blow to their playoff hopes Tuesday when promising young forward Jaren Jackson Jr. was ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a meniscus tear in his left knee.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday night that Jackson “experienced an unstable landing after making contact with an opposing player with contesting a shot” during Memphis’ loss on Monday to the New Orleans Pelicans, with further evaluation revealing the meniscus tear.8

Jackson, 20, had been outstanding in the first three games for Memphis, averaging 25.3 points per game — including 33 on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers — and averaged 17.4 points while shooting nearly 40% from 3-point range this season. He and presumptive Rookie of the Year Ja Morant have already formed one of the most explosive one-two combinations among young players in the NBA and helped power Memphis into the Western Conference’s eighth playoff seed heading into the NBA’s restart.

But after three tough, close losses to open play — Friday in overtime to the Blazers, Sunday to the San Antonio Spurs and Monday to the Pelicans — Memphis is now just two games ahead of the Blazers and Spurs for eighth in the West, and with all five games remaining (vs. Utah, Oklahoma City, Toronto, Boston and Milwaukee) coming against surefire playoff teams.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The eighth- and ninth-place teams in the West will play against one another in a play-in tournament later this month at the conclusion of the eight seeding games — assuming there are four games or fewer between the two teams, something that is all but guaranteed to happen now. The eighth-place team will have to win one of two games to advance to the face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, while the ninth-place team would have to win twice.

LA Clippers’ Patrick Beverley exits with sore left calf; team to be ‘cautious’

LA Clippers guard Patrick Beverley injured his left calf in the first quarter and did not return against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Beverley, who started the game, left with 3 minutes, 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter with what the team called soreness in the calf. He was listed as questionable to return before being ruled out in the third quarter.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

“I don’t think it’s bad,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the Suns stunned the Clippers 117-115 on Devin Booker’s buzzer-beater. “We’re going to be very cautious, I can tell you that.”7

Beverley had four points and two rebounds in his third game back since leaving the team briefly to tend to an excused family emergency. His injury comes as the Clippers were getting closer to being whole. Lou Williams rejoined the team for his NBA restart debut against the Suns after spending 10 days in quarantine following his departure from the bubble to tend to a family emergency.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

Forward Montrezl Harrell is still not with the team, and Rivers said there is no update on a timetable for his return yet. Harrell left the team on July 17 to tend to a family emergency. The forward recently posted on social media that his grandmother passed away.

Arsenal shocked as Aston Villa leapfrog into safety zone

Arsenal’s hopes for European competition took a hit in a 1-0 loss as Aston Villa jumped back in the safety zone of the Premier League standings.

Egyptian midfielder Trezeguet’s first-half goal was enough to give Villa the win.

“It was unbelievable, I think it was deserved we were outstanding today,” Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, who was superb throughout, told Sky Sports.

“It’s been a tense day, all we can do is focus on ourselves. It’s up to us what we do on the last day. It feels massive to be out of the relegation zone,” he added.

Mike Arteta made six changes to Arsenal’s lineup that had beat City in Saturday’s FA Cup semifinal.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

“Emotionally and physically it’s been a very demanding week but I saw a team whio wanted to fight until the end. I’m not disappointed about the attitude — I know where we are in certain areas and where we need to improve more. We will get that,” Arteta said.

Tuesday’s loss also seemingly ensures 10th place Arsenal can only reach the Europa League next season by winning the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Aug. 1 (stream the FA Cup final in the U.S. on ESPN+).7

Arsenal, who can no longer finish than eighth, are also guaranteed to have their worst Premier League finish since 1995.

“It tells you the gap doesn’t lie. We have to make that smaller and smaller,” Arteta added.

Trezeguet was one of many signings Villa made after their promotion last season, and the £8.75 million he cost might prove to be the club’s most important investment.

He scored both goals when Villa beat Crystal Palace in their last home game and delivered again.

When Conor Hourihane swung over a corner in the 27th minute the ball came out to the Egyptian stationed on the edge of the area and he set himself before hammering a shot past Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

It was a nervy night at an empty Villa Park with Keinan Davis wasting a glorious chance to make it 2-0 and minutes later Arsenal’s Edward Nketiah headed against the inside of the post.

Grealish went close before halftime and while Arsenal had plenty of possession after the break they looked flat.

Davis could have settled Villa’s nerves when Grealish played him through but his left-foot shot slid wide.

That miss almost came back to bite Villa when Nketiah’s glancing header struck the inside of the post and rebounded back into the hands of Pepe Reina who kissed the ball.

“It’s a big boost, that’s for sure. We knew we had to win to catch Watford up. Now we’ve got the season in our own hands and that’s all you can ask for,” Villa manager Dean Smith said.

Villa, now in 17th place with 34 points, are ahead of Watford on goal difference going into Sunday’s final round of matches. Second-bottom side AFC Bournemouth, who next play Everton, have 31 points and also remain alive.

Angels’ Julio Teheran delayed by positive virus test

Pitcher Julio Teheran said Sunday that his delay in reporting to the Los Angeles Angels’ summer camp was because he tested positive for the coronavirus.nfl nike jersey cheap

The right-hander said he began to have symptoms two days before the start of camp. He was later tested and the result came back positive. He made his comments in Spanish during a Zoom call with reporters.7

“I tried to keep everything private because it’s something serious,” Teheran said, according to the Orange County Register. “I think this virus, with all the things that we’re hearing in the news and media, it was something difficult for me and I decided to keep it quiet. We weren’t out of it yet, and my family was still recovering.”

Teheran said his wife and son also tested positive but were asymptomatic.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

He arrived to Angels camp on Saturday and estimated Sunday that he is only “a week behind” other players as they prepare to open the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teheran, 29, is in his first season with the Angels after signing a one-year contract in the offseason.

Michael Malone expects Nikola Jokic to join Nuggets ‘very, very soon’

Nikola Jokic is expected to join the Denver Nuggets “very soon” in Orlando, Florida.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone hinted that the team’s All-Star center could arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort as early as Saturday night.

“Nikola Jokic will be in the bubble very, very soon,” Malone said during a video conference call with reporters on Saturday. “I know that is a big topic of discussion, when’s he going to be here. He will be here very, very soon, and excited to see him.”

“No new arrivals today,” Malone later added when asked if any other Nuggets players who aren’t in Orlando have arrived yet. “But the midnight hour has not struck yet, and I’m expecting a big surprise from Europe to arrive fairly shortly.”nike cheap nfl jerseys

A source told ESPN that Jokic did not fly with the team when the Nuggets departed for Orlando on Tuesday due to travel issues. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported on June 23 that Jokic tested positive for the coronavirus while in Serbia and that his arrival to the United States would be delayed. A source said Jokic has since tested negative, something he would have to do twice before leaving Serbia and then twice again in the United States.7

Upon arriving at Disney World, Jokic will have to quarantine for two days before participating in team activities.

“If he doesn’t have [the coronavirus], then that’s good,” Nuggets guard Jamal Murray said when asked what it will be like to have Jokic back with the team. “So I hope he doesn’t have it when he comes here, doesn’t contaminate the bubble. … It will be good to have all of our teammates [back].”

While Malone would not go into specifics, he said the team is waiting to see if other Nuggets in the travel party who did not fly with the team to Orlando will be arriving soon. The Nuggets closed their team facility before departing for Florida after two members of the team’s 35-member traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus, sources told Wojnarowski.

“We are awaiting positive news from back in Denver,” Malone said. “And I can’t wait for us to get whole and be here as a full family.”

Malone has repeatedly said Jokic is healthy and feeling good. The All-Star center turned heads when photos of his new slimmed-down physique went viral recently.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

“So much is being made of Nikola’s weight loss,” Malone said. “I think there was a picture that spread like wildfire while he was home in Serbia. The funny thing for me is long before the league was suspended on March 11, Nikola had lost a ton of weight from the beginning of the season. … To his credit, he just continued to be disciplined and focused with his routine during the suspension and hiatus.”

“Nikola had committed himself to losing that weight,” Malone added. “From the beginning of the season until now, he has lost a considerable amount of weight, probably in the best shape of his life.”