Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer played just one series against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night and took Cleveland on a 13-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a Ben Tate touchdown run. Hoyer completed 6-of-8 passes for 69 yards on the drive as the Browns rolled to a 33-13 victory in the preseason finale for both teams. Rookie Johnny Manziel connected on 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. The Texas A&M product also carried the ball four times for 55 yards. Isaiah Crowell carried the ball 13 times for 102 yards and a score for the Browns, who start the regular season at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.
Carlos Carrasco fanned seven batters in six-and-two-thirds innings of one-run ball to lead the Indians to a 3-2 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Carrasco improved to 6-and-4 with the win and Cody Allen finished it off for his 18th save. Jose Ramirez tallied a pair of hits and an RBI while Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis plated a run for Cleveland, which has won four of five.
If pot was legal, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon would be playing this season. And according to a survey of NFL players, they agree with President Obama that pot is no more dangerous than alcohol. 75% of players agree with that statement and consider onerous having to enter the League drug program if they test positive for marijuana. The NFL says changes in the policy would have to be negotiated in collective bargaining.
ESPN reports that Gordon wants to explore the alternative of playing in the CFL this season, but a CFL official says they are not allowed to sign a suspended player under contract from another league.
The News-Herald lists some notable high school football matchups that are coming up within the next few weeks that promise fireworks. They begin with tonight’s clash between Chagrin Falls and Madison, then the focus moves a week beyond when Riverside plays West Geauga and Mentor plays St Ignatius. On Saturday September 6 VASJ plays Euclid for the first time in 12 years. Also on that day Youngstown Ursuline plays Benedictine.
Ohio State freshman defensive back Marshon Lattimore will be forced to redshirt this season. Lattimore had surgery on his hamstring yesterday. He was a highly-regard prospect that played both wide receiver and corner in high school. Ohio State hits the field on Saturday in Baltimore against Navy.