Rays Hand Indians Sixth Loss in Seven Games

Dead center. 415 feet. That’s exactly where Rays lead-off batter, Austin Meadows, sent Trevor Bauer’s 3-1 fastball, making it a quick 1-0 lead for the Rays in the top of the first. It was the first  time all season that the Tribe have allowed a lead off home run. The Rays continued to make noise in the top of the third after Indians third baseman, Jose Ramirez, made an error, sending in a run for the bad guys. One more run came in during the inning, making the score at the beginning bottom of the third, 3-0 Rays. It was an ugly game for Indians catcher, Kevin Plawecki. After missing some key tags in earlier innings, a bad throw to third on a steal from Rays center fielder, Kevin Kiermaier, was especially hard to watch as his bad throw sent Kiermaier in for a 4-0 lead at the bottom of the fourth inning. As the game continued, the Indians kept twiddling their thumbs while the Rays drove in more runs. Bauer came out of the game at the beginning of the seventh and the Rays picked up right where they left off. Daniel Robertson lead off the inning with a double that ended up in the right field corner and was brought in by the next batter, Austin Meadows, who sent a hard grounder between the first and second basemen. Finally, in the bottom of the eighth, the Indians put a run on the board courtesy of, Oscar Mercado. It was his first home run in the big leagues and could not of come against a better team as Mercado is a Tampa Bay native. The Indians made things interesting in the ninth by loading the bases with no outs, but were only able to drive in two runs before Indians first baseman, Carlos Santana, grounded out, ending the game. The final score was 6-3 with Tampa capturing their 31st win of the season and giving Cleveland a .500 record at 26-26. Not the best showing for the Tribe last Sunday afternoon, but the season is still young and there’s still hope for fourth Central division title in as many years.  

-Jack Riedinger

Z88 Sports Embraces the Madness!

The WZIP Sports team has decided to have a competition as March Madness has officially begun! The brackets have come out and so have the competitive spirits. But the Sports team has decided to add a little edge to their bracket pool. The winner will not only get bragging rights around the studio, but also a sports jersey of their choice! Now, lets breakdown all of the team’s Final Fours and winner:

Kyle Molinelli- Duke, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, and North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Deontae Shahid- LSU, Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: North Carolina

Justin Miller- Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina . Winner: North Carolina

Neil Hassan: Duke, Michigan, Villanova, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Anthony Barnes: Duke, Gonzaga, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: Gonzaga

Jack Riedinger: Michigan ST, Florida ST, Wisconsin, North Carolina. Winner: Michigan

Zach Bush: Duke, Marquette, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Jeff Longville: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kentucky. Winner: Duke

John Alfieri: Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Jeanette Spencer: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Tyler Lane: Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Darnell Crider: Duke, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina. Winner: Duke

Keep in touch with us on our Twitter, @SportsPowerTalk, for live updates of our competition, as well as live on Sports Power Talk, every Sunday 11-12:30. And of course we wanna hear who you are cheering for. Let us know!

Heat Snuff Out Cavalier Comeback as Dwyane Wade’s Retirement Tour Rolls Through The Land

The Cavaliers’ struggles continued tonight as they lost their sixth straight game. This time, facing the Miami Heat in what will be Dwyane Wade’s last visit in Cleveland. Coming off their loss on Wednesday against Boston,  the Cavs looked to spark some momentum off Cedi Osman’s best game yet as a pro, putting up a stat line of 25-8-2, and shooting 6-7 from 3 point land. For a while it looked like they had.

The game was back and forth, and neither team could gain consistent momentum heading into halftime. The Cavs pulled out a little lead at the end of the second quarter, but it was not to be maintained.

Even with forward Larry Nance JR. back in the rotation, Cleveland had no answer to stop the Heat’s bigs. Miami started to pull away, growing their lead to as much as 18 points, led by Hassan Whiteside and Justice Winslow. Sloppy ball movement and stagnant offense has plagued the Wine and Gold this season, and it seems to what cost them this game early, until two threes made by Colin Sexton and Alec Burks sparked a 13-1 run for the Cavaliers.

The Cavs made it close, but the just could not finish them off. Which seems to be a running theme for this team. The Heat took the win 100-94.

Cedi Osman completed another career high going 29-4-4, Sexton and Burks both contributed 13, and the big man Ante Zizic almost had a double-double dropping 11 points and 9 rebounds. For Miami, they were led by Justice Winslow going 27-7-2. Followed by Hassan Whiteside contributing a double-double having 14 points and 13 rebounds. As for Dwyane Wade’s last ride in the Q, he made it a good one, going 13-6-3, capped off by trading jerseys post-game with Colin Sexton.

Following the loss, head coach Larry Drew was asked about Cedi Osman’s  progress, and what is the team’ next step to finishing out these close games. This is what he had to say:

Video courtesy of Cavs.com

 

The Cavaliers will be back on the court Sunday against the Bulls at 3:30 as they look to earn their 10th win on the year.

Browns Send Falcons Flying Home to Give Greg Williams First Win as Head Coach

 

Written by John Alfieri:

The Cleveland Browns, 2-6-1 entering the day, hosted the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta came in at 4-4 and had won three straight after a 1-4 start. Many questions still surrounded the Browns as Head Coach Greg Williams and new OC Freddie Kitchens looked lost at times in their new coaching role debuts last week against Kansas City.

On their second drive of the game, Baker Mayfield rolled out of the pocket to avoid pressure and found Rashard Higgins for the the 28 yard touchdown.

In the second quarter after an Atlanta field goal, the Falcons drove down the field and Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones on a 1 yard bubble screen for the touchdown. Atlanta would go up 10-7 before Baker tosses his second TD of the game, this time to running back Nick Chubb, who got the start. Cleveland went into halftime leading 14-10.

The Browns kept the momentum going into the fourth as Mayfield would find his other running back, Duke Johnson, for the 13 yard touchdown. After a punt by Atlanta, Nick Chubb had the play of the game and ran 92 yards to put the Browns up 28-10.

The Browns defense also played well especially in the red zone and on third down. Atlanta has a chance to cut down the lead and went for it on fourth and goal at the 1 yard line, but came up short after a broken up pass. Matt Ryan looked very frustrated at times.

The Falcons did put more on the board as Ryan found his tight end Austin Hooper on fourth and goal to make it 28-16. Atlanta went for the 2 point conversion but the Browns stood tall once again and it was no good.

Cleveland would go on to win 28-16 and move to 3-6-1. Baker Mayfield had a terrific game going 17/20 with 216 yards and 3 touchdowns. Nick Chubb also had another explosive game as he had 176 on 20 carries and 2 total touchdowns.

Baker Mayfield said in his press conference that he “woke up this morning feeling dangerous”. When asked what has changed with the play of this offense, Mayfield responded, “ Guys believing, believing in themselves.Not hesitating, not flinching, juts going out there and doing their jobs.” The rookie quarterback is coming into his own and becoming the leader that this team needs

The Browns are on a bye this week before they travel to Cincinnati for a showdown with the Bengals.