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Cleveland Browns should go after Plaxico Burress

By Marla Published: July 26, 2011

The Browns have said they're not going to make a big splash in free agency. That might mean in terms of dollars. But they could still steal the headlines by bringing in former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress.

I've been saying the Browns should go after him for months, so now I'll finally publish these feelings. Burress might be the best bargain out there, considering he was released from prison on June 6 after being locked up for 20 months on gun charges.

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Fox Sports: Tiger Woods wants to play at Firestone

By jim Published: July 22, 2011

Seven-time Bridgestone Invitational champion Tiger Woods wants to play in the $8.5 million event at Firestone Country Club Aug.  4-7, but his plan is being thwarted by his firing of caddie Steve Williams, according to a report on Foxsports.com.

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NFL lockout: All's well that ends well, except for Northeast Ohio

By Marla Published: July 21, 2011

While most NFL fans are likely rejoicing over Thursday's news that the league's owners have approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Northeast Ohioans might take a more pessimistic view when the lockout ends.

Not only must the Browns install new offensive and defensive schemes under new coach Pat Shurmur before the Sept. 11 opener against Cincinnati, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the city of Canton took a marketing and economic hit with the cancellation of the Hall of Fame Game. Every year the game is technically a sellout, with a large number of tickets purchased locally.

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Tiger Woods fires his caddie; when's the book coming out?

By jim Published: July 21, 2011

Although it's likely he'll have to stick to a confidentiality agreement, caddie Steve Williams became the most qualified person to recount Tiger Woods' fall from grace after Woods fired Williams Wednesday.

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Darren Clarke qualfies for Bridgestone Invitational

By jim Published: July 21, 2011

By virtue of his British Open championship, Darren Clarke will return to Firestone Country Club for the $8.5 million Bridgestone Invitational Aug. 4-7.

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Soccer's 'Metcalf up the middle' and other weekend musings

By Marla Published: July 18, 2011

It's hard for me to be disappointed in Japan's victory over the United States in an overtime shootout in the women's World Cup final Sunday because of how much the triumph meant to Japan, ravaged by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Perhaps the match should merely be taken for what it was -- 117 minutes of heart-stopping competition between two talented and unified teams.

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Does scrambling hold the key to British Open?

By Marla Published: July 12, 2011

I love this item on PGATour.com from a ShotLink analysis of past British Open champions going back to Stow's Ben Curtis in 2003.

It shows that scrambling is the key to victory, with seven of the past eight champions ranking in the top 15 in that category during the tournament.

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The day The Fumble got company

By Marla Published: July 8, 2011

This is the day The Drive and The Fumble got company.

And probably got upstaged.

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Jamal Lewis named as patient of Galea

By Marla Published: July 7, 2011

Former Browns running back Jamal Lewis was one of three athletes named by a federal prosecutor Wednesday as being patients of Dr. Anthony Galea, a Toronto doctor who has admitted to smuggling HGH and other illegal drugs into the U.S., the Buffalo News reported.

The other two were golfer Tiger Woods and linebacker Takeo Spikes, now with the San Francisco 49ers. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana did not say what kind of treatments Lewis and Spikes received. New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez has also acknowledged being one of Galea's patients. 

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CC Sabathia not motivated by All-Star snub

By Marla Published: July 6, 2011

After his 25th career game with double-digit strikeouts in the New York Yankees' 9-2 victory over the Indians Tuesday night at Progressive Field, CC Sabathia refused to gloat.

And he had every reason to.

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Tiger Woods skipping British Open

By Marla Published: July 5, 2011

Three-time British Open champion Tiger Woods announced on his web site that he will be forced to skip the July 14-17 event at Royal St. George's in Sandwich, Kent because of injuries to his left leg.

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