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First call: Browns troll ex-coach Hue Jackson during win over Bengals

Tim Benz
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) meets with Cincinnati Bengals special assistant Hue Jackson, right, after an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

In Monday’s “First Call,” we look at some interesting exchanges between the Browns and their former coach. My favorite highlight from the NFL Sunday. And some local teams loved the holiday weekend.

Oh, Hue

After the Browns beat the Bengals with Hue Jackson on the Cincinnati sideline, Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield didn’t exactly have the warmest embrace with his former coach.

OK, it wasn’t “Stepbrothers” …

… but it was awkward.

There was also this wonderful moment when Damarious Randall intercepted a pass and then handed it to Jackson on the sideline.

His explanation?

“I never gave it to him when he was with the Browns, so I felt he needed one.”

Highlight-of-the-year candidate

Carolina’s Eric Reid tried to upend Seattle running back Chris Carson.

He did. Somehow, that didn’t stop Carson.

The run ended up being good for 15 yards. Carson had 55 on the day. He also got scolded from his mom who told him to “stay on the ground.”

That hurts to watch

Normally, we worry about players getting hit in the face with a puck. In this case, it is a coach.

Ouch! That was Flames coach Bill Peters taking one off the jaw in Arizona. Smith needed stitches. But he managed to a smile after the game.

Maybe winning 6-1 had something to do with that.

Good weekend

It was an excellent weekend for the Duquesne Dukes. They won in both football and basketball.

The football team won its first-ever FCS playoff game 31-10 at Towson.

The Dukes gave up the first 10 points. Then they rattled off 31 in a row. Up next is South Dakota State on Saturday in Brookings, S.D. AJ Hines had 175 yards rushing and a 75-yard touchdown pass.

The basketball team won, too, topping UMass-Lowell, 83-71.

Michael Hughes went 8-of-10 from the field en route to scoring a career-high 19 points.

Bounce back

The Robert Morris hockey team also had good weekend, after giving up 18 goals in two games against Penn State two weeks ago.

The Colonials apparently used the bye and the holiday week to their advantage to work out some kinks. They swept a home-and-home with Mercyhurst, winning 3-1 on Friday on Neville Island.

Then they went to Erie and got a 7-1 victory as well.

Goaltender Francis Marotte allowed just two goals on 58 shots over the two games.

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