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Who Browns Need Is Lynch

Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Are Cavs Wearing Out Their Big 3?

Greg Swartz, Bleacher Report

If Wentz Is Fabulous, Eagles Win

Marcus Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns took themselves out of the running for Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, but can still land one of the top quarterbacks in the draft in Memphis' Paxton Ly...(full article)

In 2015, with starting quarterback J.T. Barrett hurt, Ohio State turned its playoff life over to backup Cardale Jones. He led the Buckeyes to a BCS Championship, throwing for 9.3 y...(full article)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are just one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, although it's been far from an easy ride. Following a 101-91 Game 3 win over the ...(full article)

HOWIE ROSEMAN and Jeffrey Lurie have often said: This is how you become great. You identify stars, studs, cornerstone players; and then, you get them. If it costs you five picks to...(full article)

Here’s to analytics ... or just plain old common sense. You don’t have to possess a degree from an Ivy League institution to conclude that the Cleveland Browns scored a major...(full article)

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