LeBron James On Cavaliers’ Issues: “I Stink”

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he’s a major reason for their early failures.

“We got a four-game losing streak, so I stink,” he said. “I’m not doing my job.”

With the Cavs at 5-7, playing uninspired and not close to living up to enormous expectations, James offered the blunt critique of his own game Monday at the team’s shootaround as they prepared to host the Orlando Magic.

After a day spent with family and watching football, James, who called the Cavs “fragile” following Saturday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, said he has to do a better job leading the way. He’s staying positive, cognizant that if he isn’t upbeat his teammates will follow his example.

“Me being the leader of the team, if I start hanging my head low then it’s going to start going to everyone else,” he said…

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Doug Dieken Says Hoyer Realizes Mistakes Can’t Continue, “Has Survived or Excelled Because He’s Played Smart Football”

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Browns analyst Doug Dieken joined Bull & Fox to talk about the Browns’ 26-24 win over the Falcons, Isaiah Crowell’s “giddy-up” in the offense, the amount of injuries on the defensive side of the ball, Brian Hoyer’s realization that turnovers can’t continue, the defensive opportunities that need to be taken advantage of and his thoughts on the latest incident involving Johnny Manziel.

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Browns Excited For Return Of Josh Gordon, Not Looking To Him As “Savior”

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BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Josh Gordon stopped by his locker clad in Baylor green Monday with a smile that stretched ear to ear.

The 6 month soap opera concerning his eligibility this season finally ended with his reinstatement and Gordon will take the practice field Wednesday afternoon for the first time since late August.

“No place I’d rather be than Cleveland right about now.. #reinstated,” Gordon tweeted Monday afternoon.

Fans expect Gordon to jump in and pick up where he left off last season that saw him lead the NFL with 1,646 yards in just 14 games after he sat the first 2 of the year out because of a suspension for a substance abuse violation.

But the team – including quarterback Brian Hoyer – is trying to manage those expectations.

“We all know what Josh is capable of, but let’s not put all this pressure on him that…

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Team Grades: Turnovers Plague Browns Versus Texans

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By Danny Cox

After moving out into first place in the AFC North last week, the Cleveland Browns thought they could take their momentum and continue forward against the Houston Texans. Unfortunately, they didn’t focus enough on stopping J.J. Watt. That meant stopping him on defense, offense, and just about every other way imaginable.

Watt was all over the field on Sunday, and he almost single-handedly delivered a loss to the Browns who looked good at times, but couldn’t put points on the board in a 23-7 loss to the Texans. Let’s not forget that the Browns defense regressed to how they played at the beginning of the season and could stop nothing that Houston tried to do.

Coaching

Mike Pettine seemed to have a good game plan in place, which was to do what they’ve been doing for a few weeks now. Unfortunately, the defense missed that memo and…

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Bob Dibiasio, Indians Sr. VP Of Public Affairs Describes The Year That AL Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber Had & What Makes Him So Special

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Bob Dibiasio, Sr. VP of Public Affairs for the Indians joins Kiley & Booms, to chat about the year that Corey Kluber had en route to his first Cy Young. He talks about this personality and demeanor within the public world and how he’s different among the teammates who see him differently. He chats about the development of some of his pitches and how he’s primed for another great year in 2015.

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5 Reasons Indians Pitcher Corey Kluber Deserves The AL Cy Young Award

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The American League Cy Young Award winner will be announced on November 12, with Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners and Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox in the running for the coveted honor.

Here are five reasons Kluber should claim the AL Cy Young and become the fourth Indians pitcher to win the award:

1. MLB WAR leader

What is WAR good for? Making a case for Corey Kluber, of course. Kluber led all of baseball in pitching fWAR (7.3), the highest mark since Roy Halladay posted an 8.1 fWAR and won the NL Cy Young in 2011. Felix Hernandez (6.2) and Chris Sale (5.4) — the two other finalists — each finished with fewer wins above replacement. While the argument can be made that Sale could have finished with a higher WAR if he had pitched more innings (174 in 2014), the fact…

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Rumors Begin: Will Love Opt Out Next Summer?

The Lakers went after Kevin Love hard in the off season in a trade or through free agency in 2015.  There’s still a chance that Love could opt out next summer for LA according to a few rumors which can be found here & here.

Kevin Love attended college in LA and the Lakers have a ton of cap space to potentially burn on a star player like Love.

Dion Waiters Says Missing National Anthem Was ‘Big Misunderstanding,’ Not Because Of His Muslim Faith

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CLEVELAND (CBS Cleveland) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters called it a “big misunderstanding” as to why he missed the national anthem in Utah last week before the game.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group originally reported that Waiters was absent for the national anthem prior to the game against the Jazz because he is a Muslim and excused himself from it.

“It’s because of my religion,” Waiters said. “That’s why I stayed in the locker room.”

Waiters rejoined the bench seconds before tip-off.

During practice Sunday, Waiters said it was a “big miscommunication” between himself and Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“It was a big miscommunication,” Waiters told ESPN. “Big misunderstanding. I love my country. I love the United States of America. I’d rather be here than any place else. It was just a big misunderstanding on both parts.”

Waiters explained that he accidentally missed the anthem because his pregame routine…

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