Browns tab Hogan to replace rookie Kizer

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Rookie DeShone Kizer has been replaced as Cleveland's quarterback by backup Kevin Hogan, who will be the 28th different starter for the Browns since 1999.

Kizer has regressed in recent weeks, throwing interceptions and prompting coach Hue Jackson to make a change. Hogan will start this week at Houston.

Jackson benched Kizer at halftime of Sunday's loss to the New York Jets for Hogan, who threw a pair of touchdown passes and moved the offense.

Kizer leads the league with nine interceptions - four inside the red zone. The second-round pick from Notre Dame has showed promise, and Jackson still believes the 21-year-old can develop into a quality starter.

However, his turnovers are hurting the Browns' chances to win and at 1-19 over two seasons, Jackson is beginning to feel more pressure to show he's the one to turn the team around.


WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts college's newest varsity athlete is a 10-year-old chronically ill boy recruited more for his spirit than his slap shot.

The Babson College men's ice hockey team in Wellesley welcomed Walpole fourth-grader Coleman Walsh to the squad Tuesday. The induction was organized by Team IMPACT, a national nonprofit that connects colleges with youngsters dealing with debilitating or life-threatening illnesses.

Since birth, Coleman has been fighting Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder.

Coleman signed a letter of intent with Babson. He put on skates and a jersey before taking to the ice. He'll be able to attend practices, games and other events.

Anaheim Ducks player Chris Wagner is from Walpole and wished Coleman luck this season in a video message.

Team IMPACT says it has paired more than 1,200 children with 450-plus U.S. colleges.


METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Pelicans say veteran guard Rajon Rondo is expected to be sidelined about four to six weeks following surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury.

Rondo's injury occurred during New Orleans' preseason game at Oklahoma City on Friday night.

The Pelicans say Rondo traveled after the injury to Philadelphia, where he was operated on by sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers.


BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - There will be no 24-hour basketball marathon on ESPN to mark the start of the college season this year.

The broadcasting giant says the annual event, which ran for nine seasons, presented programming challenges and won't be part of this year's schedule.

The event featured more than a dozen games spread out over 24 consecutive hours.

Spokesman Josh Krulewitz says the company may explore a return of the marathon concept at some point in the future.

He notes that more than 3,500 college basketball games will air on ESPN's platforms during the 2017-18 season.

ESPN recently announced it will air a new early-season tournament, the Phil Knight Invitational, which will feature 16 teams playing across two separate brackets from Nov. 23-26.

One bracket features Butler, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Portland State, Stanford and Texas. The other includes Arkansas, DePaul, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland and UConn.


CHICAGO (AP) - Muhammad Ali Enterprises is suing the Fox Broadcasting Company for more than $30 million for what it says was Fox's unauthorized use of the famed boxer's image in a video that ran just before its broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl.

The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago comes two years after a federal jury awarded $8.9 million to basketball legend Michael Jordan in his suit against the owners of a defunct supermarket chain for using his identity in an advertisement without permission. Last year, soccer great Pele filed a similar $30 million lawsuit against the electronics company Samsung.

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