Monday, December 22, 2014

The Raven Report 12.22.14 #Cavs #Browns #TheHobbit

By @nevaRWilliams

- What a difference a benching could make? After being benched in the 2nd half Friday against Brooklyn, Dion Waiters came out firing on all cylinders, dropping in 21 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 105-91. Waiters scored 13 or his 21 in the 4th quarter. LeBron James led all scorers with 25 points and adding 11 assists. Kyrie Irving had a season high 12 assists to go with his 17 points. Anderson Verajao had one of his best game of the year with 18 points. Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Randolph did not play due to a sore, swollen right knee that was suffered Friday against Chicago. The Cavs are back at it Tuesday night, at home, against the Minnesota Timberwolves before going down to Miami on Christmas, which will be LeBron's first trip back to Miami since returning to Cleveland.

- For all the good that happened with the Cavaliers, it was nearly the complete opposite was the case for the Cleveland Browns as they lost to the Carolina Panthers 17-13 on Sunday afternoon. While it appeared that Johnny Manziel might have had a better handle on being the starting QB, it was all for nothing as Manziel was removed from the game following a hamstring injury. Brian Hoyer replaced the rookie, going 7 or 13 for 134 yards, 1 INT and 1 long touchdown to Jordan Cameron for 81 yards. The run game for the Browns continued to struggle, with Isaiah Crowell gaining 55 yards on 16 rushes. As far as the Browns run defense and overall defense, well they were about spent from the get go. The long season filled with injuries allowed for Cam Newton to go 18/31 for 201 yards passing with 1 TD along with 63 rushing yards and 1 TD. Jonathan Stewart had 24 carries for 122 yards, himself. Thankfully, this long wretched heartbreak of a season ends next week as the Browns attempt to hurt the Baltimore Ravens' playoff chances in Baltimore.

- A former Florida Supreme Court judge ruled that evidence against Florida State QB Jameis Winston was insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof, clearing Winston of an alleged sexual assault from two years ago.

- The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for four minor leaguers. The Padres also recently acquired outfielders Matt Kemp from the L.A. Dodgers and Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Last season, Padres outfielders hit 29 home runs and 141 RBI, while the combination of Kemp, Myers and Upton had a combined 60 home runs and 226 RBI.

- The Yankees traded second baseman Martin Prado to the Miami Marlins for starter Nathan Eovaldi. New York also sent pitcher David Phelps in the deal for Eovaldi which included first baseman Garrett Jones and another minor league prospect. Eovaldi should fit in very nicely in the Yankees rotation with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Chris Capuano and Ivan Nova. Last season, Eovaldi threw near 200 innings with a 4.37 ERA for the Marlins.

- Jake Peavy signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the San Francisco Giants. Peavy was 6-4 for the Giants in 2014 after his trade from the Boston Red Sox.

- Major League Baseball and its umpires agreed to a new five year labor contract. The previous deal was set to expire on December 31.

- At the box office this past weekend, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" led the way with $56.2 million in its opening weekend. While it's the lowest amount of the three Hobbit movies, its still quite solid. Number 2 was "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" with $17.3 million. Rounding out the top five was "Annie" ($16.3 million), "Exodus: Gods and Kings" ($8 million) and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" ($7.7 million). Christmas Day will be interesting as Disney's "Into the Woods", Angelina Jolie's directorial debut film "Unbroken" open Nationwide, while "Big Eyes", "American Sniper" and "Selma" open in limited release before their Nationwide releases.

- Lastly, myself and everyone who works on would like to wish you a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday. We are so thankful to have you with us and continue to show you support for us as we try to become a new fan oriented voice of Cleveland sports and wrestling. 2015 should bring big things for us, including our own radio show. So please, stick with us and you'll see that big things are ahead.

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