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Browns' Richardson not scared of Giants

Browns' Richardson not scared of Giants

BEREA, Ohio (AP) While breaking down game tape this week, Trent Richardson noticed some gaping holes in New York's defense. He plans to run through them - and the Giants - Sunday.

The Browns rookie running back is aware the Philadelphia Eagles piled up 191 yards - 123 by LeSean McCoy, who got 121 in the second half - last week in a 19-17 win over the Giants. On a conference call with New York reporters, Richardson was asked if he thinks he can rack up some yards against the defending Super Bowl champions.

``Oh yeah,'' he said.

Richardson doesn't lack confidence. Now he just needs a few more blocks.

``If we put our hat on a number (block), just cover them up, I think we can get good yardage on them,'' Richardson said. ``But at the same time, I know they're going to throw everything they can at us. I'm pretty sure they're going to game plan around our running game, so we need to make sure we open up the passing game so we can get some good runs in.''

The winless Browns (0-4) will likely need a big game from the talented Richardson if they hope to snap a 10-game losing streak dating to last season.

Richardson has rushed for 222 yards on 64 carries this season, and the first-round running back seems to be getting stronger after missing the entire exhibition season after undergoing knee surgery. The Giants seem susceptible to the run, and Richardson hopes Cleveland's offensive line can create some cracks in New York's front seven.

``We have to run some outside zone and really need to cover number 90 (Jason Pierre-Paul) as much as we can, and big (Jason) Tuck,'' Richardson said. ``Both of those guys can bull rush and use their power and their quickness because those guys are two big guys that are very fast. I think that if we cover the edges and run hard, not doing all this juking and that, one move and go, I think we can have some success in the running game.''

Richardson missed practice on Friday to be with his girlfriend as she gave birth to his third child. Browns coach Pat Shurmur expects Richardson to travel with the team and play. Shurmur doesn't think Richardson's personal issues will have a negative impact on him giving a good performance.

``I've seen guys go through family situations, personal situations and come out and play outstanding games,'' he said. ``What's important is that he tidies up on the preparation that he missed, which I know he will.''

Richardson should be well rested. The Browns haven't played since Sept. 27, and the 10-day break has given him extra time to recover and prepare for the Giants defense, which is ranked just 23rd against the run.

Richardson had only 14 carries against the Ravens, and the Browns would like to get him as many touches as possible. To optimize Richardson, however, the Browns have to avoid falling behind and needing to throw to get back into the game. Richardson has only played four games, but he's already noticed that teams are designing their game plan around stopping him.

``Most definitely,'' the former Alabama star said. ``That's one thing they always have done. They've seen me play a little bit now, so they're going to try to stop me more than anything now. But what makes it easier on our receivers. If (quarterback) Brandon (Weeden) has 300-some passing yards and we win the game, that's good with me.

``If they key on me and we lose, I feel it's my fault.''

Weeden knows it's vital for Cleveland's passing game to open up the field for Richardson. Without the threat of a passing attack, New York will just overload the line of scrimmage and make it hard to move.

``That's when it's my job to try to do some things to get into a pass or check out of a play and get us into a better play,'' Weeden said. ``You don't want to run against eight-man boxes. You're just running into a brick wall. Your optimal is just to create some space and let Trent do his thing. These guys, they like to play seven- and eight-man boxes, so we've just gotta take what they give us.''

Richardson plans to take us much as he can.

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NOTES: Browns S T.J. Ward will play just a few days after undergoing surgery on a broken left thumb. Ward had nine screws inserted during the procedure. He'll wear a protective immobilizing brace. ``I can't grab,'' he said. ``I don't have a thumb. I have a few fingers free. I'll just have to play normal. It's a thumb. It's not like my whole arm is gone.'' ... With Browns WRs Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin doubtful with hamstring injuries, rookie Josh Gordon will make his first start. Gordon has seven catches. ... TE Alex Smith will miss his third straight game with a concussion.

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

After a very slow start to the season, Nationals' second baseman Brian Dozier has been seeing the ball a lot better over the past few games.

On Monday, Dozier took Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson deep in the fourth inning to give the Nationals a three-run lead, his third home run in the last four games.

He went deep against Miami twice over the weekend, both solo shots. The first came during Friday's 3-2 loss and the latter in Sunday's 5-0 victory.

This one, though, was a no-doubter. Take a look.

After staring for a brief second, Dozier didn't need to look any longer; he knew the ball was several rows into the seats. That altitude in Colorado definitely helped, as the home run landed 435 feet away.

Dozier has struggled to hit for contact thus far in 2019, posting just a .177 average entering Monday. But when the ball has hit the bat, it's traveled a long way.

For the Nationals sake, hopefully Dozier's power continues. They're counting on better production from the seven-year veteran than they have received thus far in 2019.

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NHL Playoffs 2019: When is Capitals-Hurricanes Game 7? how to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

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NHL Playoffs 2019: When is Capitals-Hurricanes Game 7? how to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Carolina Hurricanes held serve at home in Game 6, beating the Washington Capitals 5-2 to force a Game 7 in their first-round series of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Hurricanes and Capitals each won three games at home, and with the Capitals hosting the Hurricanes in Game 7 on Wednesday, April 24, the defending Stanley Cup champs seem to have the home-ice advantage. The Capitals last faced a Game 7 in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Braden Holtby pitched a shutout to send the Caps to the Stanley Cup Final.

A win over the Hurricanes at Capital One Arena on Wednesday night send the Capitals to the second round to face off against Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders.

The game time for Game 7 on Wednesday has yet to be announced. 

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 How to Watch:

What: 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Eastern Conference First Round. Game 7: Washington Capitals vs Carolina Hurricanes
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: TBD.
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
TV Channel: TBD (Channel Finder)
How To WatchStream pregame and postgame coverage Game 7 of Capitals vs. Hurricanes on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app or tune into NBC Sports Washington.
Radio: Capitals Radio Network (106.7 The Fan FM)

Don't already have the MyTeams By NBC Sports App? Click to download here and stream the Capitals-Hurricanes live!

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 TV Schedule:

NBC Sports Washington Daily TV Listing

Tune into Capitals FaceOff Live 90 minutes before Game 7 puck drop, with an extended, 60-minute edition of Caps Pregame Live to follow. After the game, tune in to another extended version of Caps Postgame Live, and Caps Overtime Live, only on NBC Sports Washington.

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Injury Report:

Capitals: Michal Kempny (torn hamstring, out for season), T.J. Oshie (broken clavicle, out)

Hurricanes: Andrei Svechnikov (Concussion, day-to-day)

Capitals vs. Hurricanes Game 7 Players to watch: 

Braden Holtby, G, Capitals

Holtby has been stellar in must-win games, but had a poor showing in Game 6. Can he pitch a shutout in Game 7 like he did a year ago? With the defense still figuring itself out, Holtby will need to unleash the beast0

Warren Foegele, F, Hurricanes

Warren Foegele has been a Capitals killer in the playoffs thus far, scoring three times and assisting on two others. If the Hurricanes eliminate the Capitals from the playoffs, it's going to be due in large part to Foegele's efforts.

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