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Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield and New York Giants Rookie QB Daniel Jones

Welcome to the roundup of must-see sports news from Tuesday, highlighted by Baker Mayfield ripping on the Giants for drafting Daniel Jones and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd hitting a 55-yard field goal at Eagles’ practice.

We’ll also take a look at Antonio Brown returning to Raiders’ practice and Ronda Rousey almost losing a finger while filming for a television show.

All this and more as we get you up to speed with the sports world on this Wednesday!


Baker Mayfield Takes Shot at New York Giants for Drafting Daniel Jones, Then Back Pedals


If we’ve learned one thing about this edition of the Cleveland Browns thus far, it’s that they can easily make headlines.

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is the latest to hit the news cycle after he took a jab at the New York Giants for drafting Daniel Jones in a GQ Magazine feature that was published on Tuesday.

Mayfield told Clay Skipper of GQ, “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my mind.”

Jones was selected by the Giants at sixth overall this past April in the NFL Draft – a move which initially drew plenty of critique from the New York fanbase, with Jones having had gone 17-19 in his college career at Duke.

Mayfield, who unlike Jones, had a history of winning during his college career at Oklahoma before turning pro, spoke in the feature about the characteristics it takes to make a great quarterback.

“Either you have a history of winning and being that guy for your team or you don’t,” said Mayfield.

Jones will initially serve as Eli Manning’s back-up, but has had a solid training camp and performed well in the first two preseason games, completing 16 of 19 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

It wasn’t long ago that the charismatic Mayfield was also doubted and critiqued as he came into the league after being drafted No. 1 overall by the Browns in the 2018 draft. Despite having had won the Heisman Trophy, many had their reservations about Mayfield’s height (6’1) and whether or not he was mature enough to succeed on the big stage.

Mayfield silenced all of his naysayers last year, throwing the most touchdowns ever by a rookie (27) in NFL history and he led the Browns to a 7-8-1 record, a year removed from them going winless at 0-16.

After the GQ article was published on Tuesday and word spread about his comments, Mayfield took to Instagram to clarify things, saying he was taken out of context.

“This is not what I said … just so we’re clear. I also said I was surprised I got drafted number one. Then was talking about the flaws in evaluating QB’s. Where I brought up winning being important. Reporters and media will do anything to come up with a click bait story. Heard nothing but good things and wish nothing but the best for Daniel.”

As for Jones, he took the high road on Tuesday when asked about Mayfield’s comments.

“I’m not sure I would do it that way, but everyone’s got a different way of doing things,” said Jones.

“My focus is here, our focus is here. I think I speak for the team. We’re very focused on what we’re doing here and getting ready to play going into the season.”

More from Heavy.com: Jones’ teammate slams Mayfield


U.S. Women’s Soccer Star Carli Lloyd Boots 55-Yard Field Goal at Eagles’ Practice

Fresh off winning another World Cup title earlier this summer, U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd showed up to an Eagles practice on Tuesday and showed the field goal kickers how to get it done.

The two-time World Cup champion and Eagles fan stepped on the field at Philadelphia’s joint practice with the Ravens and kicked a 40-yard field goal and then made one straight down the middle from an amazing 55 yards out.

I can think of a few NFL teams that would benefit from this type of accuracy and distance from a kicker this season.


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WHAT’S ON TAP IN THE SPORTS WORLD

The New England Patriots host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, as week 3 of the NFL Preseason kicks off.

Rey Del Rio/Getty ImagesThe New England Patriots host the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, as week 3 of the NFL Preseason kicks off.

NFL: Preseason Week 3
The third week of preseason football kicks off Thursday night with a slate of six games, highlighted by the Patriots taking on the Panthers and a FOX broadcast of the Jaguars facing the Dolphins.

PGA TOUR: FedExCup Playoffs – The TOUR Championship
The top thirty players in this season’s FedExCup points head to East Lake in Atlanta this week for the TOUR Championship.

For the first time, the TOUR will use a staggered start to begin their season finale, with players assigned starting strokes based on where they finished in the season-long FedExCup standings.

Justin Thomas, who finished atop the standings following his win at the BMW Championship, will tee it up on Thursday at 10-under-par and have a two-stroke lead to begin the tournament.
WHEN: Thursday, 1 p.m. ET (First round coverage)
TV: Golf Channel

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Yankees Begin a Stretch Against the A’s With a Loss

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to lead the Athletics over the Yankees, 6-2, on Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games.

“I feel like we’ve been doing that lately,” Olson said. “If we give up a run or two, we find a way to come in and respond. To shut down any momentum is nice to do.”

Olson connected on a two-run shot down the right-field line with two outs in the first off Domingo German (16-3) for his 26th homer, and Canha followed with his 19th on a drive to right-center.

That helped carry the A’s to a win in the first meeting between the teams since the Yankees eliminated Oakland in the wild-card playoff last season. These teams could meet again come the postseason with New York holding the best record in the American League and the A’s moving one percentage point ahead of Tampa Bay in the race for the second wild-card spot.

This was the first of six games in less than two weeks between these teams, with Oakland visiting New York next weekend.

“You’d like to start out well, especially at home, knowing we’re going to play them six times in the next 12 days,” Oakland Manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s nice to get a first-game win.”

The early outburst proved to be more than enough for Homer Bailey (11-8), who shut the Yankees down after allowing a solo homer to Gary Sanchez in the first inning. Bailey allowed one run and seven hits in five and two-thirds innings to improve to 3-0 at home since joining Oakland last month in a trade from Kansas City. He walked none and struck out eight.

The Yankees have lost two straight after starting August with 15 wins in 18 games.

“We got a lot of hits, but we just couldn’t get that hit to kind of put us over the top,” Manager Aaron Boone said. “Been a couple days of that where we’ve had some opportunities and haven’t been able to cash in.”

Marcus Semien added a run-scoring double in the second inning, and Stephen Piscotty hit an R.B.I. single in the sixth

German had his career-best seven-game winning streak snapped after allowing six runs — five earned — and eight hits in five and a third innings.

Aaron Judge added a solo homer in the eighth for the Yankees, a 467-foot drive to left field that was the first long ball he has pulled all season.

“Direction doesn’t matter,” Judge said. “As long as they go over the fence and it adds runs, I’m happy with it. Left or right or center. Just glad to get one.”

On Wednesday night, Mike Fiers (11-3) will look to win his 10th straight decision when the A’s take on J.A. Happ (10-7) and the Yankees in the middle game of the three-game series.

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