Tuesday, December 1
Ravens win as time expires on blocked field goal return
CLEVELAND (AP) — Will Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards for a touchdown as time expired, giving the Baltimore Ravens a 33-27 win Monday night over the luckless Cleveland Browns, who lost their sixth straight game along with starting quarterback Josh McCown.
Cleveland's Travis Coons lined up to kick a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal with 3 seconds to go, but it was deflected by defensive end Brent Urban, who was playing his first NFL game for the injury-riddled Ravens (4-7). Hill scooped it up and rumbled down the left sideline for an improbable win, stunning a Cleveland (2-9) crowd which moments earlier was ready to celebrate.
Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub, making his first start since 2013, threw two touchdown passes.
McCown injured his right shoulder in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Austin Davis, whose 42-yard TD pass to Travis Benjamin tied it with 1:47 remaining.
BENGALS-UP AND RUNNING
RB Jeremy Hill has best game in Bengals' throwback win
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jeremy Hill gave the Bengals a glimpse of the only thing they've been missing on offense.
The second-year running back had his best showing of the season on Sunday during a 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams. He ran for 86 yards and could have reached 100 if he hadn't twisted his left ankle in the fourth quarter.
It was a breakthrough for Hill, whose previous high this season was 63 yards.
The Bengals (9-2) emerged from a two-game slide and reasserted themselves atop the AFC North. With Pittsburgh's loss at Seattle, the Bengals lead the division by three games over the Steelers (6-5).
They could clinch their second division title in three years when the Steelers visit on Dec. 13.
BIG TEN DEFENSE AWARDS
Penn State DE Carl Nassib Big Ten's defensive player of year
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Penn State's Carl Nassib is the Big Ten's defensive player of the year in a vote of coaches and media.
Nassib leads the nation with 15 1/2 sacks and six forced fumbles. The 6-foot-7, 272-pound senior from West Chester, Pennsylvania, started his career at Penn State as a walk-on.
Other award winners: Joey Bosa, Ohio State, defensive lineman of the year; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin, linebacker of the year; Desmond King, Iowa, defensive back of the year; Griffin Oakes, Indiana, kicker of the year; Sam Foltz, Nebraska, punter of the year; Will Likely, Maryland, return specialist of the year; Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, freshman of the year.
The Big Ten announced only its defensive honorees Monday. The offensive award winners will be announced Tuesday.
Singer Marc Anthony making pitch as sports agent
MIAMI (AP) — Another entertainer is joining Jay-Z in the sports agent business — singer Marc Anthony.
Anthony founded Magnus Media this year. The company said Monday it is forming a joint venture that will represent Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.
Praver Shapiro Sports Management is part of the joint venture. It is headed by agents Barry Praver and Scott Shapiro.
Chapman is the hardest throwing pitcher in the major leagues. He is eligible for free agency after the 2016 World Series.
Jay-Z, whose given name is Shawn Carter, is partners with CAA Sports in Roc Nation Sports. It signed Robinson Cano as its first baseball client in 2013.