FOX Sports Ohio to Air Memorable Cavs Games
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 situation and the NBA Season being on hold, FOX Sports Ohio, the television home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, will begin re-airing games and memorable moments from the 2019-20 season and prior. Fans are encouraged to check back and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest updates on what games will be airing each week.
Andrew Billings explains why he sees 'great opportunity' with Browns
On his decision to sign with the Browns:
"I was just talking and going back and forth with the coaching staff. It seemed like a great opportunity for me as far as the team that I will be around, the new coaching staff and the environment."
On his familiarity with the Browns and the team's DTs:
"With their (defensive) tackles, I don't know much. I do know about (DT) Larry (Ogunjobi). I trained with him so that is a connection I have there. As far as [the defense] and how they are going to play, they are going to have a new defense coming in. As far as I know, they are good guys, athletic guys. I hope to get in there and start learning stuff and growing together."
On the messages from the Browns coaching staff that encouraged him to join Cleveland:
"It was the style of play. It was the style of play that we are going to incorporate and just my job. I don't want to go anywhere and they expect something that I don't expect or they want something that I don't want as far as I am still playing the same position and going between 2i and a 3-technique and stuff like that. Honestly, just the job, the technique and the style. Obviously, I like the coaches, as well."
On if he expects to play in a rotation on the Browns DL and his role:
"Any defensive line in the NFL, there is definitely going to be a rotation. From the jump Day 1, I think everything is going to be earned. You have to earn your way into the rotation. Just because they sign you doesn't mean you are going to get to play, and can earn my way up to that rotation."
On when he trained with Ogunjobi:
"We trained last summer. I went down to train with (Bengals DT) Geno (Atkins), but Larry was there. I met him there. A good guy."
On his impressions playing the Browns the past few seasons, particularly the team's offense:
"My impression is they do a really good of putting some pieces together on offense. The running back Nick Chubb, he is good. I have more of an impression of the offense than the defense, though, at this point, but I definitely see the potential and I see where they are going."
On if it was hard to leave the Bengals now as the team could be on the rise:
"At the end of the day, this is business. You don't want to always have to move, but I found a fit for me and a place where I was wanted, and that was good, too. Leaving the Bengals, it is always going to be hard to move and stuff, but as far as it goes, it really wasn't that hard – it is four hours down the road."
On lessons after being injured during his rookie season:
"It is a perspective of getting hurt, you definitely do not want to take anything for granted. Also, you have to remember I am playing a game for a living. It is always a blessing to do what you love. I do not take any game for granted or snap for granted."
On what Ogunjobi told him about the Browns when they trained together last summer:
"Honestly, I do not know if we even talked about much of that during training. I think it was more of us just talking about everything going on in the world. From what I have gathered, it seems like a great place to play and a great place to live and work."
On his goals for the next step in his career:
"The next step is definitely developing myself. After my rookie year, the step was to actually make the team and the next year was to actually start. Now, I think the step for me is learning more about developing myself into more of a complete player and a lot of off-the-field things, as well. Just improving on things I want to improve on every year – studying, watching my film and just really being a good teammate out there."
On the Browns DL and playing with players like DEs Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon and DTs Sheldon Richardson and Ogunjobi:
"I feel great about that. To go out there and play with those guys, it is always a good place to be surrounded by good people, good talent and people to learn from. I feel it will be a great opportunity for me. I am just going to try to soak up as much as I can."
On if he believes the Browns are on the cusp of being a playoff team despite winning fewer games last season:
"Yeah, something I have learned in the NFL is [making] the playoffs can sometimes be one play in a game. I think they are definitely in the right direction, have a lot more potential now and I think they are trending in an upward way."
MLB announces plans for a virtual opening day
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is delayed indefinitely, but that won’t stop baseball fans from getting one of their favorite days of the year. Opening day will go on, just with a virtual twist — and get this, your favorite team is guaranteed to win.
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday plans for what it’s called “Opening Day at Home,” a cross-platform day of baseball streaming that will bring fans at least a bit of that opening day energy.
It will happen Thursday, on what would have been opening day across baseball. The virtual event will feature a classic game for all 30 teams, a game they win. The schedule includes classic postseason games, no-hitters and walk-offs. You can find the entire schedule here.
If you were to watch all the games, you’d see Justin Verlander throw two no-hitters, Mark Buehrle throw a perfect game, the 2002 A’s win their 20th straight game, the Red Sox pull off a classic comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, plus the Cubs, Nationals, Diamondbacks and Giants winning World Series.
The games will be available for streaming across a handful of MLB’s social and digital platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter plus MLB.com and MLB.tv. (If you missed it, all games from 2018 and 2019 are free on MLB.tv, if you want to go off-script and have your own opening day with a different game). If you want to keep it super simple, you can also find each game streaming on the website of its respective team.
As part of its #OpeningDayAtHome efforts, MLB is also giving fans a fund-raising platform. On MLB.com/give, the league will be collecting money to donate Feeding America, Meals on Wheels and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
MLB Network has opening day marathon
We’re used to MLB Network going all out on opening day, this year, it’s just doing it with an eye to the past. It is showing five memorable opening day games starting at 1 p.m. ET. The lineup is:
1:00 p.m. ET – New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, April 2, 1996 – Derek Jeter hits a home run in his first career Opening Day.
4:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, April 1, 2013 – Clayton Kershaw pitches a shutout and hits a home run for the Dodgers.
6:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, April 2, 2017 – Madison Bumgarner duels against Zach Greinke.
9:00 p.m. ET – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, April 4, 2005 – Teams score a combined 22 runs in a back-and-forth game.
Midnight – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs – April 4, 1994 – Tuffy Rhodes hits three home runs for the Cubs.
Other opening day options for fans
There are other ways to get a baseball fix on what would have been opening day, including:
• FS1 is showing a pair of classic World Series games. At 7 p.m. ET, it’s showing Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Indians from 2016. At 10 p.m. ET, it’s showing the 2001 Game 7 comeback by the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Yankees.
• ESPN is showing eight hours of old Home Run Derbys starting at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. This includes the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Derbys. So if you’re just looking for dingers, this is the opening day party for you.
• MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM will talk opening day starting at 7 a.m. with a number of guests and then at 1 p.m ET will play five classic opening day games, as voted on in a fan poll.