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Holding Call: Browns delay naming Mayfield new starting QB

Channel 10 news - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:53

CLEVELAND (AP) — The beer-fueled bash spilled into the streets around FirstEnergy Stadium as delirious Browns fans walked — some staggered — while chanting for their new hero, the streak buster.

"Ba-ker May-field," they screamed.

They've named their new starting quarterback. Coach Hue Jackson isn't quite there yet.

Jackson said he isn't ready to "officially" identify his starter for next week's game in Oakland, but all signs point to Mayfield taking over in Cleveland following his dazzling NFL debut on Thursday night.

The No. 1 pick in this year's draft replaced concussed starter Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and led the Browns (1-1-1) on four scoring drives as they erased a two-touchdown deficit to beat the New York Jets 21-17 and end Cleveland's 19-game winless streak — the NFL's second longest since 1970.

Jackson seems to only be delaying the inevitable: Mayfield's the guy.

And if Jackson doesn't' pick the celebrated and uber-confident rookie, he won't have to jump in Lake Erie again. Browns fans will throw him in. This one's a no-brainer.

Jackson, who gave his players the weekend off, wants to watch more tape and speak with his staff and general manager John Dorsey before making a decision that Mayfield has already made for him.

Although Jackson wouldn't publicly say Mayfield is his new starter, he gave strong indication he's leaning that way by telling reporters on a conference call, "I think that you guys all feel good about where things are headed."

It's Baker time.

Out of respect for Taylor, who is in concussion protocol with his third head injury in 13 months, Jackson wants to tell his two quarterbacks his decision in person on Monday before sharing it with the world.

Cleveland's plan was to bring Mayfield along slowly and groom him under Taylor, who guided Buffalo to the playoffs last season. But Taylor's injury along with his struggles in three starts has altered the Browns' strategy.

Taylor has completed 41 of 84 passes for 462 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, adding 125 yards rushing on 16 carries.

But even before he was knocked from Thursday's game, Cleveland's offense was going nowhere as Taylor was 4 of 14 for 19 yards and was sacked three times. Jackson sidestepped addressing whether he was going to pull Taylor at halftime, but it had to be running through his mind because anyone watching the game was thinking the same thing.

Mayfield's first regular-season game as a pro couldn't have gone much better. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 201 yards and was sacked once in just a little more than one half. His stats could have been more impressive if not for a drop by sure-handed receiver Jarvis Landry, and rookie Antonio Callaway letting a long throw down the sideline slip through his hands.

"He made some tremendous throws," Jackson said. "Obviously, he was able to move the team. Played with some rhythm. Got the ball into the playmakers' hands and gave them chances to make plays. There are some things that he has to clean up, obviously. We can't have the ball out on the ground. There are some progression things that we will work through.

"Overall for his first game out under the lights in that environment in that situation, he handled all of that extremely well and played well."

Most impressively, Mayfield did it on a short work week and without taking any snaps in practice with Cleveland's first-team offense. In fact, the 2-point conversion try he caught in the third quarter came on the first time he had ever run the play.

But just as he did while winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, Mayfield elevated everyone around him, and in turn electrified 60,000 fans and a national TV audience.

Mayfield took it all in stride, displaying humility that some wondered if he had after some questionable on-field antics while he starred for the Sooners. This game ranked with any of his wins.

"This one is definitely up there, being the first NFL game that I have played in," he said. "First regular-season one that actually counts. It is definitely up there for me. I have had some great memories, but I am just getting started."

NOTES: Other than Taylor, LB James Burgess (knee) was the only other notable injury against the Jets. Burgess started for LB Christian Kirksey, who missed his second straight game with an ankle injury. ... Jackson said he's not worried about giving his players so much freedom over the weekend. "We can't follow them around. We can't baby them," he said. "At the same time, we know who the guys are who we have to have an idea of where they are and what they have been doing. They have been good about letting us know, and we will definitely stay in contact with the majority of the guys."

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Columbus School Board member resigns, accused of sexual harassment by Statehouse colleagues

Channel 10 news - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:10

The Columbus Board of Education has announced that board member Dominic Paretti resigned Friday.

The announcement comes after a report that Paretti left his position as a legislative aide for Rep. Janine Boyd due to sexual harassment complaints.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, complaints were filed against Paretti by two female colleagues at the Ohio House of Representatives. The women claim Paretti sent them lewd, graphic text messages late at night on two different weekends.

The House Speaker’s office told 10TV that Paretti acknowledged he sent the texts during an interview.

Columbus Board of Education President Gary L. Baker II issued the following statement and added that district staff will not be providing additional comment at this time.

"Earlier this afternoon, Columbus Board of Education member Dominic Paretti submitted his resignation from his elected position, effectively immediately. No reason was specified in his letter of resignation, and there are no indications of any concerns related to his service in the District. Ohio Revised Code (ORC 3313.11) explains the process of replacing an elected member of a board of education. My colleagues and I will begin that process in a timely manner."

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Colin Kaepernick is Nike's $6 billion man

Channel 10 news - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:57

The heat Nike has taken over its controversial advertising campaign featuring former NFL start Colin Kaepernick seems to have had another effect: burnishing the iconic brand's appeal to investors.

Nike shares have surged 36 percent on the year, making the company the top performer on the Dow's index of 30 blue-chip stocks. The run-up includes a nearly 5 percent increase since Nike's Labor Day announcement that Kaepernick would be featured in its campaign, adding nearly $6 billion to the company's market value.

The stock continues to hover near an all-time high, which it reached in mid-September only weeks after some Nike customers publicly burned their shoes to express their displeasure at the new ad.

In afternoon trading Nike shares were up slightly to $85.67.

For Nike, the boost eases concerns about the decision to link its brand to the controversial Kaepernick, who in 2016 started kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest racial injustice.

Nike knows its consumer base, which skews younger, said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley RBR. "I don't think they just randomly decided to put this ad out, thinking, 'Let's commit political-correctness suicide'."

"People vote with their wallets, and the one clear winner in athletic apparel remains Nike," he said, comparing Nike to Apple in its ability to create demand by rolling out "must-have" products.

Nike did not return a request for comment on Kaepernick's compensation or whether it might be tied to the company's stock performance. But various media accounts peg his pay at millions a year, not bad for a football player no longer playing in the professional ranks.

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Ohio club loses liquor license after lap dances, drugs purchased with food stamps

Channel 10 news - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:53

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission has revoked the permit of a bar in Dayton when it closed Thursday night.

According to WHIO, agents began investigating Twenty Two Fifty Inc, also known as Sharkey’s, in May 2017.

During the investigation, agents were able to purchase lap dances and drugs using food stamp benefits.

Agents reportedly exchanged $2,404.87 in food stamps to purchase heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamines and lap dances.

Criminal charges were filed against employees and patrons for drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity.

This is the second adult establishment liquor permit that has been revoked by the commission as a result of an investigation into food stamp and drug trafficking this year in the Dayton area. The Harem lost its license in May.

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First & 10: Central Ohio high school football scores | Week 5

Channel 10 news - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:26

First & 10 featured games:
Watch complete coverage Fridays at 11:15 p.m. on 10TV.

  • Pickerington Central at Hilliard Davidson
  • Dublin Jerome at Hilliard Darby
  • Delaware Hayes at Dublin Scioto
  • Dublin Coffman at Pickerington North
  • Olentangy Liberty at Groveport
  • Grandview at Bexley
  • Eastmoor at Walnut Ridge
  • East at Beechcroft
  • Covington Catholic at DeSales

This week's high school football scores from around central Ohio.
Matchups and scores will appear at the conclusion of each game.

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What to watch for in Meyer's return against Tulane

Channel 10 news - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:17

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, watching on TV at home while serving a suspension, got so worked up during the TCU game last week that he had to leave the room when the Buckeyes struggled.

"I only watched the good plays," Meyer said this week. "I couldn't take it. My daughter kept me updated."

Ohio State came from behind to beat then-No. 15 TCU in Dallas, giving Ryan Day a 3-0 record as acting head coach. Meyer will get to watch his No. 4 Buckeyes (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) from the sideline again Saturday when they host Tulane. He's now done with his university-imposed three-game suspension for mismanaging former assistant Zach Smith, who was accused of domestic violence and other bad behavior.

Meyer said this week he was "devastated" to be away from the players. Meyer said the worst was training camp, which began two days after the university put him on paid leave and launched the investigation.

"That's when you build your team, and that's why I stay in a hotel with them," he said. "It's very difficult."

Meyer said he was impressed with how his team operated without him, especially against TCU.

Players say Meyer will be ready to go Saturday.

"I expect a really hyped-up coach, a lot of excitement, a lot of energy, a lot of juice," quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. predicted.

Here are some other things to look for in Saturday's game:

BIG UNDERDOGS

The Green Wave (1-2) come in as five-touchdown underdogs, so it should be a happy homecoming for Meyer and another tune-up game for the Buckeyes before playing Penn State at Happy Valley next week.

"Really big team," Tulane coach Willie Fritz said of Ohio State. "They've got great speed on both sides of the ball, they don't make a lot of mistakes. They're really sound."

BOSA HURTING

Ohio State's All-American defensive end Nick Bosa will be out after suffering a groin/abdominal injury early in the third quarter against TCU. Meyer said Thursday Bosa has had surgery on a "core muscle" and will be out indefinitely.

DRE'MONT DIGGING IN

Not having to face one of the most elite defensive players in the nation might be an advantage for the Green Wave, right? Maybe, but they better take note of where tackle Dre'Mont Jones is lining up.

Jones was named Big Ten defensive player of the week for his performance against TCU. He intercepted a shovel pass and rumbled for a 28-yard touchdown that was part of a third-quarter scoring flurry that put Ohio State ahead to stay. He also had two tackles for losses, including a sack.

PROTECTING BANKS

The play of Tulane's senior quarterback Jonathan Banks has been encouraging, despite the team's inability to protect him and score late in their two losses this season.

Banks has completed 48 percent of his passes for 651 yards and five touchdowns. He leads AAC in passing yards per completion, averaging 17.6 yards. He has two or more touchdown passes three of his last five games.

The bad news: Banks was sacked six times by UAB and threw an interception, the first in his last 98 passing attempts. One of the fumbles was scooped and turned into a touchdown by the Blazers.

FIRST TIME IN THE 'SHOE

Fritz said he and his players are excited about their first visit to storied Ohio Stadium.

"I'm sure our guys will enjoy the atmosphere," he said. "Heck, I'm looking forward to it. It's a big venue, you always hear a lot about playing in the Horseshoe. You've got to soak it in for a little bit, and then it's over and you play between the white lines."

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