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Will the Browns be picking last in the draft they may host in 2021, and other takeaways from the world of sports

Editor's note: Tony Grossi covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR.

Takeaways from all over the sports world …

1. Cleveland is expected to be awarded the 2021 NFL draft at league meetings on Wednesday. Appropriately, the Browns should be drafting last in the first round by then ...

2. John Beilein was a really good college coach for a long time. I think I’d be a lot more excited if it was Cleveland State who hired him …

3. The NBA should go back to including only the three worst teams in the draft lottery. The enlarged field – and the way it unfolded this year – only encourages more tanking …

4. This last NFL draft was considered one of the great defensive line drafts in history. Yet Browns GM John Dorsey elected to upgrade his defensive line with veterans – Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, and possibly Gerald McCoy

5. I didn’t think a golf course existed that I wouldn’t play -- until I saw Bethpage Black. No, thanks …

6. Cavaliers fans are incapable of accepting the fact that Stephen Curry is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. The jersey exchange between Stephen and younger brother Seth after the Warriors swept the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference finals was a neat, authentic family moment …

7. If Curry ceased with the shoulder shimmies and exaggerated gnawing of his mouthpiece, he would be the most popular player in the NBA …

8. Not enough was made of the fact that the horse most impaired by Maximum Security’s interference in the Kentucky Derby was War of Will. Then it went on to win the Preakness. I’d love to see War of Will dust up Maximum Security in the Belmont …

9. Is it possible the Indians won’t have a player hit 20 home runs this year? The last time that happened was 2012 when the Tribe finished 68-94 …

10. Too bad there’s not a bona fide Indians candidate for the All-Star Game home run contest. Somebody was asleep at the switch on this one. Is Paulie Sorrento available? ...

11. There’s something really intriguing about seeing LeBron James and Kyrie Irving team up again. I’d be all for it. I don’t think there’s any chance of them hoisting a trophy again …

12. Brooks Koepka now has six PGA Tour wins. Four of them have come in majors – two U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. How do you explain that? …

13. The Buffalo Bills erred terribly in reissuing O.J. Simpson’s No. 32 jersey to undrafted halfback Senorise Perry. They should have drenched it in kerosene and set it ablaze long ago …

14. Among the story angles to be explored prior to the Browns v. New York Jets “Monday Night Football” encounter in Week 2 is the connection of Joe Namath to Freddie Kitchens. The Alabama quarterback alums are more than casual acquaintances, I’m told …

15. Baker Mayfield didn’t actually play in the Browns charity golf outing, but he showed up and mingled with golfers. According to the fine print of the NFL CBA, attendance was voluntary, yet Mayfield delivered. Odell, take note.