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CLEVELAND -- As long as hes Miamis quarterback, Ryan Tannehill will play in Dan Marinos shadow. Someday, he hopes to cast his own. Tannehill, surrounded by more offensive weapons in his second NFL season, passed for 272 yards and a touchdown, leading the Dolphins to a 23-10 win on Sunday over the Cleveland Browns, who lost their ninth straight opener and fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999. Tannehill threw a 34-yard TD pass to Brian Hartline in the third quarter, and completed 6 of 7 passes for 78 yards on the Dolphins game-clinching TD drive in the fourth. "Any quarterbacks job is to get the ball in the end zone," Tannehill said, downplaying his role in a win where Miami had several stars. Daniel Thomas had a 1-yard scoring plunge with 6:48 left, putting the Dolphins up by 10, and Miami then handed it over to a defence that recorded six sacks and pummeled quarterback Brandon Weeden from start to finish. Defensive end Cameron Wake had 2 1/2 sacks and Dimitri Patterson had two of the Dolphins three interceptions. Its only one win. But for the Dolphins, who have had four consecutive losing seasons, its a big step. "If youre the same team you are Week 1 that you are Week 17, 16, then youre not making very good strides, youre probably not a post-season team," said Hartline, who had nine catches for 114 yards. "Were hoping to grow." Tannehill went 7-9 as a starter during an up-and-down rookie season (12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions), but the former first-round pick showed the Dolphins enough promise that they invested more in his future. The club signed free-agent wide receiver Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson, and re-signed Hartline to a five-year, $30 million contract. The first game of his second season couldnt have gone much better for Tannehill, but coach Joe Philbin was cautious with his praise. "First glance, I thought he played pretty well," Philbin offered. For the Browns, coach Rob Chudzinskis opener was like so many previous ones. Cleveland hasnt won its first home game since 2004, and despite some renewed energy with the addition of better players, the Browns havent changed. Weeden finished 26 of 53 for 289 yards and one TD, but he was plagued by several drops and his offensive line was manhandled. "Its not the way we drew it up," Weeden said. "Were all going to learn from this. Theres no reason to point any fingers." Rookie Caleb Sturgis kicked field goals of 49, 45 and 36 yards for the Dolphins, who were leading 13-10 when Tannehill took the Dolphins 85 yards to set up Thomas short TD. Tannehill opened the drive with completions of 24 yards to Gordon and 16 to Hartline. Tannehill moved the Dolphins down the field without once hooking up with Wallace, who had just one catch for 15 yards and didnt want to discuss his performance with reporters afterward. "Ask coach," said Wallace, who signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Dolphins in March after four seasons with Pittsburgh. Tannehill didnt get any boost from Miamis running game as the Dolphins were held to 20 yards on 23 carries. "Thats not a good way to live in the NFL, youve gotta have balance," Philbin said. "Obviously we did not have that." Weeden was missing top wide receiver Josh Gordon, who is suspended for the first two games for violating the leagues drug policy. Gordon would have helped some, but the Browns also hurt themselves with nine penalties and couldnt get running back Trent Richardson away from Miamis tacklers. He had 47 yards on 13 carries, but none in the fourth. "Its just the first game," Richardson said, trying to point out a positive after the disappointing loss. "Dont get it wrong. Were going to come back and play hard. This season aint over with." Tannehill connected with Hartline in the third quarter to give the Dolphins a 13-7 lead. Three plays after Browns safety T.J. Ward dropped a possible interception in the end zone, Tannehill waited for Hartline to run a double move and get past cornerback Buster Skrine before hitting his wide receiver in stride down the left sideline. Weeden and the Browns offence overcame a bizarre, ugly first half -- five penalties, three interceptions -- to somehow lead 7-6 at halftime. With 28 seconds left, Weeden hit a leaping Jordan Cameron in the back of the end zone for Clevelands lone TD, a score that brought a fist pump from Chudzinski, a lifelong Browns fan who landed his dream job and knows he has a lot of work to do with one of the leagues youngest teams. "A disappointing game and a tough start," Chudzinski said. "Theres a lot of football left to be played this season." NOTES: Dolphins rookie DE Dion Jordan picked up his first sack with 1:55 left, his only tackle. .... It was Wake 10th career multi-sack game. His 43 sacks entering this season were the most by a Dolphins player in their first four years. He had 15 sacks last season. .... Thomas led Miamis rushers with 14 yards on eight carries. ... Miami has only won two openers since 2005. ... Tannehill had three interceptions in last seasons opener, a 30-10 loss to Houston. .... Patterson left in the second half with a groin injury and didnt return. David Ospina Jersey . Toronto has lost six of its last eight games but is coming off Thursdays 7-3 victory at Kansas City. Juan Francisco and Colby Rasmus both went deep for the Blue Jays, who are second in the American League with 34 home runs on the season. Stefan Medina Jersey . They were expecting him there all along. The Pacers announced Friday night that George has been cleared "to return to normal basketball activity," a decision made three days after he was concussed in Game 2 of the Indiana-Miami series. . The Durban-based Sharks withstood a furious second-half fightback to beat the Queensland Reds 35-20 for a fourth straight win which gave them a five-point lead atop the championship table. The Hamilton-based Chiefs scored two late tries to beat the Cape Town-based Stormers 36-20 for their third win, after the Stormers rallied from 24-6 down to 24-20 with six minutes remaining. Jeison Murillo Colombia Jersey . Both sides of the deal have formally announced acquisitions: TFC introduced Jozy Altidore as a designated player on Friday, while their counterparts announced a three-and-a-half-year deal with Jermain Defoe. Cristian Zapata Colombia Jersey . "Hopefully well get all this out of the way," he said, "and everyone will be healthy the rest of the year." Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and is expected to miss between four to six weeks.MADRID - Sevilla says Argentina midfielder Ever Banega trained with its squad on Tuesday, confirming his transfer from fellow-Spanish club Valencia. The player, who formed part of Argentinas World Cup squad, said it was "an important opportunity" for him when was presented to fans at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. The Andalucian club had reached agreement with Valencia over his transfer on Sunday, but Banegaa had to pass a medical examination early Tuesday.dddddddddddd Sevilla said on its website that the 26-year-old "was received with applause by his new teammates" at the clubs training ground. Banega said he was very keen to place himself at coach Unai Emerys disposal. No details of the transfer were made available by Sevilla. Valencia placed the underperforming Banega on the transfer list in January. 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