Ravens come through late, knock off Browns on last-second field goal

This one’s going to hurt for Cleveland.

Placekicker Justin Tucker’s 32-yard field goal as time expired gave the Ravens 23-21 victory over the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday.

It was a thoroughly frustrating fourth quarter for the Browns (1-2). First, kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 50-yard field goal and had a 36-yard field goal blocked. Then, with a 21-20 lead and chance to close out the game in the final minutes, the Browns went three-and-out deep in their own end, setting up the Ravens at midfield at the two-minute warning.

Two plays later, the Ravens made the game’s pivotal play. Wide receiver Steve Smithbeat cornerback Joe Haden off the line, and quarterback Joe Flacco hit him for a 32-yard gain. Now, the Ravens were in slam-dunk field goal range, and Tucker — one of the game’s clutch kickers — gave Baltimore the win.

In victory, Flacco completed 19-of-31 passes for 217 yards with one TD and one pick. The Ravens’ ground game was very productive even without Bernard Pierce, racking up 160 yards. Rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro helped pick up the slack with 91 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

The Browns got another solid performance from quarterback Brian Hoyer, who connected on 19-of-25 passes for 290 yards and a touchdown. But Hoyer also went over the line of scrimmage on a fourth quarter TD pass to Miles Austin, resulting in a loss of down. On the next play, Cundiff’s field goal was blocked.

And in the end, Cleveland couldn’t close out Baltimore (2-1).

The Ravens suffered a potentially serious personnel loss in the win, as tight endDennis Pitta departed the game on a stretcher after a right hip injury. He was taken to a hospital, according to the club.

Rangers officially shut down Alex Rios

Rangers outfielder Alex Rios hasn’t appeared in a game since September 4 due to a nagging right thumb injury, and he’s not going to be rushed back for the final week.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rios has officially been shut down for the remainder of the season, leaving him with a disappointing .280/.311/.398 slash line in 131 games. The Rangers are expected to decline his $14 million option for 2015 — paying him a $1 million buyout instead — and he’ll be an interesting free agent case at age 33.

Rios has been hugely productive at different points in his career — he had 18 home runs and 42 stolen bases between the White Sox and Rangers in 2013 — but some of his seasons have been complete clunkers.

No. 6 Texas A&M rolls 58-6 over June-less SMU

DALLAS (AP) — Kenny Hill accounted for 322 yards of offense in just the first half, Jeremy Tabuyo turned two short passes near the sideline into long touchdowns, and sixth-ranked Texas A&M rolled to a 58-6 victory Saturday over an SMU team playing its first game without coach June Jones.

Trey Williams ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Aggies, who are 4-0 for the first time since 2006 and will be back in North Texas next week.

Jones resigned Sept. 8, two days after the second game of his seventh season on The Hilltop. SMU’s only score those first two games came on what turned out to be his final play as coach, a 33-yard touchdown pass in a 43-6 loss at North Texas.

Hill, the thrilling sophomore who succeeded 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as the starting quarterback, completed 16 of 22 passes for 265 yards with two touchdowns and his first interception at Texas A&M. He also had a 58-yard run that set up another touchdown as the Aggies built a 38-3 halftime lead in SMU’s home opener.

Texas A&M led 17-0 in the first quarter after Tabuyo caught a short pass near the sideline, managed to stay in bounds and then weaved through defenders, including two that ran into each other after he got by for a 30-yard touchdown.

By then, the Aggies already had 254 of their 663 total yards — and SMU (0-3) had minus-7 in its first game with defensive coordinator Tom Mason also serving as interim coach. The Mustangs finished with 241 yards.

On his only other catch of the game, Tabuyo turned a short pass from freshman quarterback Kyle Allen into a 50-yard score in the third quarter. The sophomore from Hawaii again caught the ball along the right sideline near defenders before breaking free.

Allen finished 8-of-15 passing for 130 yards.

Late in the first half, SMU receiver Der’rikk Thompson was bumped after an incomplete pass near the sideline, and his momentum sent him toward Texas A&M’s live mascot, Reveille VIII. But a Texas A&M cadet stepped in front of the collie and kept Thompson from running into her.

The Aggies will play about 25 miles west next Saturday for a neutral-site SEC game against Arkansas at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium that will host the national championship game in January.

Hill threw an interception on Texas A&M’s second possession, his first in 150 career attempts — 128 this season.

The Mustangs then went three-and-out, and on the next drive Hill faked a handoff to Williams, followed him through the same hole and broke several tackles for a 58-yard gain before Williams scored on an 8-yard run.

Kolney Cassel got his first start for SMU but went 1 for 5 for 2 yards and was sacked three times. Garrett Krstich, the fourth different Mustangs quarterback already this season, was sacked five times while completing 13 of 24 passes for 137 yards.

Neal Burcham, the starter the first two games, is out for the season after injuring his elbow against North Texas.

Reveille VIII retiring; search is on for new first lady of Aggieland

After seven years of service as the Texas A&M University mascot, Reveille VIII will retire at the end of the spring semester.

The university announced Thursday that the 8-year-old collie from Topeka, Kansas, originally nicknamed Kelly, will be cared for at the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center on campus, where she will continue to interact with the community for the rest of her days. Her medical needs will be met by university veterinarians.

Interim Texas A&M President Mark A. Hussey asked Tom Reber, interim vice president for student affairs, to form a 12-member committee to begin an immediate nationwide search for the new first lady of Aggieland.

Reveille made her official debut as mascot at the 2008 season opening game against Arkansas State at Kyle Field and has been described as mellow, docile and a diva by handlers

The American Kennel Club in 2009 ranked Reveille No. 2 on its list of the top 10 dogs in pop culture between Snoopy at No. 1 and Scooby-Doo at No. 3.

NFL scout on Jameis Winston: He is a ‘fraud’

Jameis Winston’s immature behavior is costing him in the eyes of NFL scouts.

Since the widely publicized sexual assault allegations he faced last year, Winston has continued to display poor behavior.

The Heisman Trophy winner was cited in April for stealing crab legs at a grocery store. He was suspended this week for the first half of Florida State’s game vs. Clemson because of an obscene phrase he yelled in the middle of campus. It also has been revealed that he stole soda and acted disrespectfully at a Burger King in July, 2013. He was also investigated in 2012 for his involvementin a BB gun fight that resulted in broken windows at an apartment complex.

What’s interesting is that Winston always seems to say the right thing to the public in his press conferences, and then he goes out and behaves like a complete imbecile. The quarterback’s tendency to say the right thing and act like a jerk when the media is not around led one NFL scout to call him a “fraud.”

Speaking in light of Winston’s suspension for yelling the obscenity this week, an NFL area scouttold NFL Network’s Albert Breer that the incident will hurt the QB in the eyes of scouts.

“It’ll hurt him significantly,” the area scout told Breer. “Especially with all the stuff going on in the league. This may force him to stay another year to clean up his image. He’s a fraud. You can’t believe anything he says, because he keeps doing the same things over and over. In my mind, there are night-and-day differences between (Johnny) Manziel’s and his character concerns. Winston has some serious issues.”

Winston was projected to possibly be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft if he left school following the season. You have to wonder if he has scared away some teams with all the allegations he’s faced.

Klyde Warren Park: From Freeway to Greenway Aerial Video

We’re about a month away from finding out if the Klyde Warren Park is this year’s recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award. The honor, now in its fifth year, will be doled out at the ULI’s annual fall meeting in New York, where Dallas’ deck park is vying for the prize along with Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile in Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa’s Guthrie Green; The Railyard Park and Plaza in Santa Fe; and Cincinnati’s Washington Park. If the downtown deck park wins, it’ll be Dallas’ first nod since the award’s inception.

To commemorate the occasion of the nomination, CBRE executive vice president Phil Puckett had SkyLVL bust out the drone to film this sky-high look-see at the deck park. Says W. Ross Cromartie via email it was shot on August 23 and five nights later, during the monthly Decks in the Park dance party.

“This video was a gift from [Puckett] to the park, with the intent to show off our city’s great new asset for all,” says Cromartie via email. “The project was definitely pushed forward by the ULI nomination, and we are all rooting for Klyde Warren to win the award.”

Texas A&M – Shake it off

Too cool.

Published on Sep 4, 2014
We told strangers to do their favorite dance for just 5 seconds.

This was filmed at the Memorial Student Center on Texas A&M’s campus with no music whatsoever. They had no idea what song it was going to be until after they danced to it!

Thanks again to James Belcher for helping us get people to dance, as well as Taylor Swift for making this awesome song!

Editor – Ryan Brainard

Stranger Finder/Camera Man – Andres Pascal

Gig ‘em Aggies! WHOOP!