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September 1, 2000
The Cincinnati Bengals' offensive production won't rest on Akili Smith's arm, but his confidence. Smith has completed 64.9 percent of his passes, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions on 74 attempts in the preseason. He's seemingly found a comfort level in the pocket and has been sacked only once. Still, the Bengals are thrilled beyond the numbers he's stacked up in the preseason. "We haven't had this type of direction in a while," offensive tackle Willie Anderson said. "I'm not saying we're going to be great or go to the Super Bowl or anything, but it's been a while since we've had that type of direction at the quarterback position."
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By Mike Preston | September 25, 2000
THERE WAS A little bit more than 14 minutes left in the game yesterday when Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon took a handoff and was smothered by Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary for a 2-yard loss. Dillon got up and slammed the ball to the ground. He stormed off the field only to be waved back on by Bengals coach Bruce Coslet. Dillon, though, waved off Coslet like Brady Anderson once blew off a bunt signal. He took a position on the bench, where he was comforted by teammates.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2000
NEW YORK -- LaVar Arrington understands the way the Cleveland Browns like to negotiate when they have the No. 1 pick in the draft. "I thought Cleveland was going to take Akili Smith last year and they took Tim Couch. I heard they did a pre-draft deal with Akili Smith and ended up taking Tim Couch. You never know what's going to happen," he said yesterday at a pre-game luncheon for five of the top prospects in this year's college draft, which opens at noon today. The Browns used Smith as leverage to get a draft deal done with Couch hours before the draft started last year, for a signing bonus of $12.25 million.
SPORTS
September 1, 2000
The Cincinnati Bengals' offensive production won't rest on Akili Smith's arm, but his confidence. Smith has completed 64.9 percent of his passes, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions on 74 attempts in the preseason. He's seemingly found a comfort level in the pocket and has been sacked only once. Still, the Bengals are thrilled beyond the numbers he's stacked up in the preseason. "We haven't had this type of direction in a while," offensive tackle Willie Anderson said. "I'm not saying we're going to be great or go to the Super Bowl or anything, but it's been a while since we've had that type of direction at the quarterback position."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1999
As if being 1-9 and having a coach fighting for his job aren't enough hardships, the Cincinnati Bengals can also throw into the mix a disgruntled starting quarterback who is counting the weeks until free agency.That would be Jeff Blake, who regained his job the past two games after losing it to rookie Akili Smith in the fifth week."I've been on a roller coaster the last two years, and I'm still here for some reason," said Blake, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season.Is he looking to stay in Cincinnati?
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
NEW YORK -- Starting a domino effect that scrambled the NFL draft, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian made a stunning move yesterday when he apparently drafted the best running back he could sign.After quarterbacks Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, and Akili Smith were selected by Cleveland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, respectively, with the first three picks, Polian bypassed Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams to select University of Miami running back Edgerrin James with the fourth pick.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
When the fur started to fly in yesterday's NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints wound up with the running back of their dreams, the Arizona Cardinals enhanced Jake Plummer's arsenal, and the Minnesota Vikings looked to their quarterbacking future.A first round that featured five quarterbacks -- the most in 16 years -- showed unusual balance. Also taken in the first 31 picks were five defensive ends, five cornerbacks and five offensive linemen.This is how the first round unfolded:1. Cleveland -- QB Tim Couch, Kentucky.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1999
Like W. C. Fields, Ricky Williams would rather not be in Philadelphia.The Texas running back is lobbying the Cleveland Browns to make him the top pick in the draft over quarterback Tim Couch."
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By Mike Preston | September 25, 2000
THERE WAS A little bit more than 14 minutes left in the game yesterday when Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon took a handoff and was smothered by Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary for a 2-yard loss. Dillon got up and slammed the ball to the ground. He stormed off the field only to be waved back on by Bengals coach Bruce Coslet. Dillon, though, waved off Coslet like Brady Anderson once blew off a bunt signal. He took a position on the bench, where he was comforted by teammates.
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By VITO STELLINO | April 16, 1999
No. Team ---------------- Player --------------------- Pos. ----- School1. Cleveland ------------ Tim Couch --------------- QB -------- Kentucky2. Philadelphia --------- Donovan McNabb --- QB -------- Syracuse3. Cincinnati -------------- Akili Smith --------------- QB -------- Oregon4. Indianapolis ---------- Ricky Williams -------- RB -------- Texas5. Washington ----------- Champ Bailey --------- CB -------- Georgia6. St. Louis ---------------- Chris McAlister -------- CB -------- Arizona7.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 15, 2000
NEW YORK -- LaVar Arrington understands the way the Cleveland Browns like to negotiate when they have the No. 1 pick in the draft. "I thought Cleveland was going to take Akili Smith last year and they took Tim Couch. I heard they did a pre-draft deal with Akili Smith and ended up taking Tim Couch. You never know what's going to happen," he said yesterday at a pre-game luncheon for five of the top prospects in this year's college draft, which opens at noon today. The Browns used Smith as leverage to get a draft deal done with Couch hours before the draft started last year, for a signing bonus of $12.25 million.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1999
As if being 1-9 and having a coach fighting for his job aren't enough hardships, the Cincinnati Bengals can also throw into the mix a disgruntled starting quarterback who is counting the weeks until free agency.That would be Jeff Blake, who regained his job the past two games after losing it to rookie Akili Smith in the fifth week."I've been on a roller coaster the last two years, and I'm still here for some reason," said Blake, who becomes a free agent at the end of this season.Is he looking to stay in Cincinnati?
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
When the fur started to fly in yesterday's NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints wound up with the running back of their dreams, the Arizona Cardinals enhanced Jake Plummer's arsenal, and the Minnesota Vikings looked to their quarterbacking future.A first round that featured five quarterbacks -- the most in 16 years -- showed unusual balance. Also taken in the first 31 picks were five defensive ends, five cornerbacks and five offensive linemen.This is how the first round unfolded:1. Cleveland -- QB Tim Couch, Kentucky.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1999
NEW YORK -- Starting a domino effect that scrambled the NFL draft, Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian made a stunning move yesterday when he apparently drafted the best running back he could sign.After quarterbacks Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, and Akili Smith were selected by Cleveland, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, respectively, with the first three picks, Polian bypassed Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams to select University of Miami running back Edgerrin James with the fourth pick.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1999
Like W. C. Fields, Ricky Williams would rather not be in Philadelphia.The Texas running back is lobbying the Cleveland Browns to make him the top pick in the draft over quarterback Tim Couch."
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By Ken Murray | September 25, 2000
Most selfless contribution: Ravens RB Priest Holmes, who coached rookie starter Jamal Lewis through the week and the game. Holmes generated 99 yards (51 rushing, 48 receiving) from scrimmage himself. Worst job security: Bengals coach Bruce Coslet, who has endured a number of lows in his five years at Cincinnati. This may have been the final humiliation. Biggest hit: DE Rob Burnett, who knocked Bengals QB Akili Smith out of the game with a second-quarter sack off a stunt with DT Sam Adams.
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February 17, 1998
BaseballAstros: Agreed to terms with OF Carl Everett and former Orioles minor-league SS Ricky Gutierrez one one-year contracts, avoiding salary arbitration. Signed C Ramon Castro, C Mitch Meluskey, IF Carlos Guillen, IF Carlos Hernandez, OF Richard Hidalgo and P Freddy Garcia to one-year contracts.Braves: Agreed to terms with C Eddie Perez and P Paul Byrd on one-year contracts.Reds: Agreed to terms with C Brook Fordyce on one-year contract.BasketballHawks: Released G Lloyd Daniels.CollegesAtlantic Coast Conference: Named North Carolina's Antawn Jamison men's Player of Week for record sixth time this season.
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