Browns Place OL Joel Bitonio On IR; Ink FB Dan Vitale

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsBrownsDan VitaleJoel Bitonio Matt Loedecenter_img The Browns today announced they have placed OL Joel Bitonio on the injured reserve, and they have inked FB Dan Vitale from Tampa Bay’s practice squad. Vitale is a 6-1, 239 pound rookie out of Northwestern. Originally selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round, he has spent the entire season on the Buccaneers’ practice squad. As a senior, he led Northwestern in receptions (33), receiving yards (355) and receiving touchdowns (four). A native of Wheaton, Ill., Vitale graduated from Wheaton-Warrenville South High School. He will wear No. 40.Bitonio, a second-round pick in 2014, started all five games this season and helped the Browns rank fourth in the NFL in rushing average (5.62) and fifth in rushing yards (624). He sustained a mid-foot injury during Sunday’s game against the Patriots.last_img read more

Holiday events plentiful in Laguna Madre

first_imgScenes from recent events, including the South Padre Island Christmas Parade and Santa Mobile festivities are pictured here, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse illuminated in blue and decorated with holiday lighting. (Staff photos)By CRAIG ALANIZReporter/ It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Laguna Madre area as local municipalities continue hosting holiday festivities.On South Padre Island, the Christmas parade had 44 entries from all around the county. The event was a part of the 12-plus Days of Christmas organized by the Parks Beautification and Recreation Committee.The 12 days included over 30 events all over the Island, capping off with Caroling in the Snow at Padre Rita Grill located 4001 Padre Boulevard.Santa Claus made his way through Port Isabel with City Manager Ed Meza and Commissioners Memo Torres and M.J. Garza. They were judges for Christmas light decorations in the city of Port Isabel.Twenty homes were honored with a gift bag and Santa door decoration for their efforts.The Port Isabel Police and Fire Department will be issuing toys that were collected for the children that were registered at the fire house Friday.Read this story in the Dec. 20 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedAhoy! Hoy! Hoy!Boat parade brings Christmas cheer By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS With the waters of the Laguna Madre awash in the colors of the holiday season, spectators gathered along the bay last Saturday evening to enjoy the South Padre Island and Port Isabel Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. More than…December 8, 2017In “News”SPI slates 12-plus Days of ChristmasSpecial to the Parade Highlighted by the annual South Padre Island Christmas Parade, the South Padre Island Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee will once again present a 12-plus Days of Christmas Celebration. Festivities begin Dec.12 with Cookies and Coffee at the SPI Welcome Center from 10-11 a.m. Then, on Dec.…November 18, 2011In “South Padre Parade”Boat parade draws big holiday crowdsBy PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Holiday cheer was afloat Saturday evening as the 28th Annual Lighted Boat Parade made its way from Port Isabel to South Padre Island, with around 10 boats participating this year. Spectators lined the waterways to view all the festively decorated vessels, with the…December 11, 2015In “News”last_img read more

Anthony Joshua gets £20m for shock defeat, Andy Ruiz £5m for winning

first_imgEngland’s Anthony Joshua (L) kneels after being knocked down by USA’s Andy Ruiz (R) in the 7th round to win by TKO during their 12-round IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Championship fight at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1, 2019. Andy Ruiz Jr might have produced one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history on Saturday, but his pay cheque was distinctly lightweight, compared to Anthony Joshua’s.The Mexican stunned Britain’s WBA, IBF and WBO champion to shake up heavyweight boxing’s established order in dramatic style.Ruiz is understood to have made only around £5m from the fight at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, The News Men has reported.Compare that to the whopping £20m Joshua is thought to have made and you see just how wide the gulf in class between these two boxers was supposed to be.Despite taking home Joshua’s three belts, Ruiz was not even meant to be on the money list on Saturday night.He took the fight with just five weeks’ notice after Joshua’s original opponent Jarrell Miller failed three drugs tests in the build-up.The cash is the largest purse of Ruiz’s career, but he can expect to earn a lot more than that in any rematch later this year. His previous biggest payday came in at a reported £770,000 for his defeat by New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in 2017.last_img read more

Barrett’s Game Goes Up a Gear as Buckeyes Cruise By Nebraska 56-14

first_imgBy Michael Bohm It was the JT Barrett show Saturday night in Nebraska, as the fifth-year quarterback led the offense down the field for a score on every drive in which he called the plays. The Cornhuskers were so clearly outmatched by the talent and depth the Buckeyes displayed as they rolled through Nebraska in the 56-14 blowout.After a three and out by the Cornhuskers, the first score of the game came by way of the freshman JK Dobbins, who found a hole and led the Husker defense on a 52-yard sprint to the end zone to go up 7-0 after starting form their own four-yard line.Just over halfway through the first quarter, Barrett would cap off the next Ohio State drive with a six-yard scramble to extend the lead to 14-0.The ensuing Buckeye drive finished off with Barrett finding receiver KJ Hill over the middle, who would then run in to go up 21-0.On their next drive, Barrett took a shot to the end zone and hit Terry McLaurin on the near sideline for 31 yards and another score, making the game 28-0.The final scoring drive of the half was marked by another run by Barrett for three yards, sending Nebraska to the locker room with a 35-point deficit. See a pattern here?The Buckeyes received the second half kickoff and drove 59 yards before Barrett would find tight end Rashod Berry alone across the goal line for a 16-yard score.Then, Nebraska would finally get some points on the board after quarterback Tanner Lee hit JD Spielman in stride with room to run for a 77-yard touchdown, leading to a 42-7 score.Ohio State answered as tight end Marcus Baugh reached the end zone for an 18-yard score. The Cornhuskers’ Stanley Morgan Jr. would then haul in a 17-yard pass from Lee, making the score 49-14.Facing a third and goal from Nebraska’s 6, Barrett would again hit Hill to increase the score to 56-14.On paper, the performance of Barrett was near flawless, notching 378 total yards as well as seven touchdowns.There are, however, still questions as the team’s signal caller could have taken a nap in the backfield considering the lack of pressure applied by Nebraska.The amount of time provided to Barrett warrants plenty of credit to the Buckeye offensive line, but an elite defensive unit will no doubt prevent such time for Barrett, who – despite making some near-impressive throws – waited too long to launch a number of passes and reached his receivers after their route breaks. Ohio State will have a bye next week before their highly anticipated showdown with Penn State. NEO College FB Staff Related TopicsJK DobbinsJT BarrettOhio State Buckeyeslast_img read more

Taylor out of season opener

first_imgThe striker has missed all of pre-season with the groin complaint, which has now required two injections to fix.However, Milan Djuric – who has been suffering from the same injury – is edging closer to a return. Head coach Lee Johnson told BCTV: “Matty is definitely out, which is disappointing because he’s had a bit of a setback on his groin.“He’s seen a specialist and had another injection on it to try and cure the problem, so we’ll have to see how it settles down.“We could throw Milan in, but we’ll have to see. He’d definitely give us an option. Is he 90-minute fit? No. Is he 20-minute fit? Maybe.“Given his size and what he brings to the team, it could be something we choose to do.”Meanwhile, Nathan Baker will serve a one-match suspension following his red card for Aston Villa on the final day of last season.last_img read more

Break the Cycle 2020 campaign raises £15k

first_imgThe fundraiser had been scheduled to take place Sunday, June 28th before falling victim to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic – but entrants were able to support the event, and their chosen charities, by taking part in its replacement fundraising challenge.While observing all Government guidance on exercise and social distancing, entrants were encouraged to cycle a minimum distance of 30 miles, nominating three people on social media to do the same (using #BreakTheCycle2020) and donating £5 by clicking here.All funds raised by this year’s event will go to the Bristol Bears Community Foundation, whose life-changing work impacts thousands of people across the region.The uptake has been sensational, with friends of the charity, Nascence partners and supporters clubbing in to raise vital funds. The campaign was even backed by the Bristol Bears squad and management, as players completed 12km relays on a WattBike to do their bit for the Community Foundation.The Community Foundation’s Community Development Manager, Craig Capel, said: “I’m elated by the level of engagement and funds raised this year by all associated with Break the Cycle 2020.“Break the Cycle has developed and grown every year with the increasing reputation and popularity of the event clearly striking a chord with those that have taken part in previous years and/or are committed to supporting the powerful work of our Bristol Bears Community Foundation colleagues. “Due to the impact of Covid-19, the financial climate we find ourselves in is pretty grim and will no doubt continue to affect our ability to deliver life changing community programmes during a time our communities need it the most.“The funds raised through this year’s virtual and digital campaign will solve some immediate financial challenges as well as maintain our capacity to work with some of the most disadvantaged people in our region throughout the year.“Huge thanks to all of the riders, sponsors, fundraisers and their families, and the Bristol Bears players and staff, as well as everyone who has worked remotely behind the scenes to get an event over the line that in March, I didn’t expect to run in any form due to the pandemic.”last_img read more

Fulham capture Williams from MK Dons

first_imgFulham have confirmed the signing of highly-rated striker George Williams from Milton Keynes Dons.Williams, 16, became the youngest ever scorer in the FA Cup proper when he netted on his senior debut against Nantwich Town last season.The Wales Under-17 international, who attracted interest from a number of other clubs, has joined Fulham as a first-year scholar.AdChoices广告He turned down the offer of a professional contract with the Dons, who were desperate to keep him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Club make offer for Manchester City forward, to replace former Etihad…

first_imgThe Turkish Super Lig side have sold their star player Robinho to league leaders Basaksehir and Duzen says they are keen to replace the former Manchester City player by signing Moreno on a temporary basis.Duzen said Sivasspor have made a loan offer to the Premier League champions after the Colombian attacker’s loan spell at Flamengo expired.It’s claimed that along with Sivasspor, Uruguayan side Atletico Penarol are also interested in signing the player.Embed from Getty ImagesSivasspor manager Hakan Keles has today confirmed the Turkish club are in talks with two Premier League club owned players to replace Robinho.According to reports in the French media, the Turkish side are also keen on Leicester City’s Fousseni Diabate.Moreno has also had loan spells at Girona, Deportivo and Flamengo during his time with Manchester City and under is contract at the club until Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayPremier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond BoutiqueUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undo TRT Spor’s Ersin Duzen has claimed Sivasspor are interested in signing Marlos Moreno from Manchester City on a loan deal.last_img read more

Harbaugh won’t hesitate to make roster changes to get better

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Entering the bye week with the Ravens sporting a losing record this late in the season for the first time in his six-year tenure, it was clear head coach John Harbaugh wasn’t in a jovial mood while meeting with reporters on Monday.Offering short answers with little elaboration on several occasions, Harbaugh made it clear that the Ravens need to improve in every phase of the game after a 3-4 start to the season. After the Ravens traded the recently-demoted left tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins earlier in the day, the Baltimore coach said his team will explore every channel — internally or externally — to turn around a season that now includes a two-game deficit with AFC North-leading Cincinnati.“We’re going to do whatever it takes,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll trade guys. We’ll cut guys. We’ll sign guys. We’ll coach guys. We’ll change schemes. It doesn’t matter. We’re going to find a way to get better. That’s the business we’re in.”The issues with the running game and offensive line are well-documented through the first seven weeks of the season, but Harbaugh was critical of a running game that surrendered 141 yards on the ground in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their AFC North foe entered Week 7 averaging just 61 rushing yards per game, but the Ravens gave up at least 140 yards on the ground for the third time in four games.Harbaugh was even more critical of Jerry Rosburg’s special-teams units after reserve safety Jeromy Miles was offside on Justin Tucker’s failed onside kick attempt with 13:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and the kickoff team lost outside containment on Steelers returner Emmanuel Sanders 44-yard kickoff return to set up Pittsburgh at its 37 to begin its final drive that resulted in a game-winning field goal. Realistically speaking, the Ravens could make a few changes to impact their special teams more easily than finding impact players on the offensive or defensive side of the ball.Disappointing free safety Michael Huff was one of several players who failed to hold outside contain on that final kick return and was limited to just five special-teams plays on Sunday after he was initially signed to a three-year, $6 million contract to serve as the team’s starting free safety. He was benched after the season opener and has made little impact on special teams while playing sparingly in the Ravens’ dime package.“We’ve got to play better on special teams; we’re going to go find some guys that want to play special teams,” Harbaugh said. “We’re not going to have guys out there letting the ball run outside of them; that’s unheard of. We’re not going to run a surprise onside kick and not know what we’re doing; we’ll go to work on that. If it means changing people out, then that’s what we’ll do.”Like last year, the Ravens will enjoy their bye during Week 8, but their 3-4 record has prompted plenty of frustration. Baltimore didn’t exactly enter last year’s bye on a high note after the Houston Texans dismantled them in a 43-13 final, but a 5-2 record was easier to swallow.Players will continue to put in work at the team’s Owings Mills facility through Wednesday afternoon before being dismissed for four straight days off as mandated by the collective bargaining agreement.“The biggest difference between last year and this year right now is that we’ve lost the close games,” Harbaugh said. “Last year, we won the close games. We’ve got to get hot a little bit and win some close games. It’s going to be a long season, and we have an opportunity going forward. We’ve just got to become a good football team.”Osemele playing through back ailmentStruggling left guard Kelechi Osemele told Sports Illustrated after Sunday’s game that he is dealing with a disc problem in his back that will require surgery in the offseason, prompting questions about the second-year lineman’s health.Osemele missed most of the Ravens’ Week 5 win over Miami as he dealt with back spasms that surfaced during pre-game warmups, but the 2012 second-round pick appears to be pushing through the injury for now.“Most players in the league have something along those lines that way, so he fights through it,” said Harbaugh, who was initially dismissive of the report but didn’t firmly address whether surgery would be in order. “He had the same issue last year [and] he fought through it last year. All the guys have things like that. All those things get addressed in the offseason if it needed to be addressed. We looked at it last year — it wasn’t addressed that way. Maybe this year it will be, but I really don’t know.”An exchange between Osemele and another Twitter user last week prompted further suspicion, but trying to draw conclusions based solely on a social media site is difficult. Both Osemele and the Ravens declined comment in requests made by and portions of the conversation have since been deleted on the player’s verified Twitter account.“I respect [that] K.O.’s tough. All those guys are,” Harbaugh said. “Anybody in this league that plays in this league with the physical demands that this game puts on you, you have to respect, especially those guys in the trenches. He’s no different than most of the guys that way.”Positive review for McClain’s returnHarbaugh praised linebacker Jameel McClain’s effort in making his return to game action for the first time since suffering a spinal cord contusion on Dec. 9 of last season.Filling in for the injured Josh Bynes, who underwent surgery on an infected finger late last week, McClain played 30 defensive snaps and collected five tackles while also serving on some special-teams units. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees said last week that McClain would be the team’s weakside inside linebacker upon being activated, so it will be interesting to see how both McClain and Bynes fit into the defensive plans when they’re both healthy.“Given the circumstances, [he] probably played really well,” Harbaugh said. “[He] hadn’t played for a long time, hadn’t practiced much, was throw into a situation because of Josh’s situation where he had to play quite a few snaps. He did a solid job, and he’s only going to get better from here on out. He came out of it healthy, so that’s important. He’ll really benefit from the next couple days of work.”Suggs’ ‘state of emergency’Five-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs provided the greatest sense of alarm following the 19-16 loss to the Steelers, describing the Ravens as being in “a state of emergency” as they enter the bye week.Harbaugh didn’t express agreement with those words but echoed the sentiment he shared last week in which he thought some frustration to get better was a positive for his struggling team. Suggs said he was very concerned and that the Ravens could no longer kid themselves over the seriousness of their problems in every phase of the game.“All the guys have a right to say whatever they think,” Harbaugh said. “If that is how Terrell sees it, then that’s good. A sense of urgency is a good thing.”last_img read more