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INDIANAPOLIS - Trent Richardson remembers the day he walked through the front doors of Clevelands training facility for the first time. Pete Cross Jersey . He was wearing the suit he had on when the Browns called his name with the third pick in the 2012 draft.Pat Shurmur, the head coach of the Browns at the time, met him at the door with a big smile on his face, Richardson recalled.It was one of those feelings that I didnt think I would ever be playing with another team, he said. I thought I would always be there and it would be the last team I ever played for. But it happened like it happened.The Colts acquired the running back from the Browns on Sept. 18, 2013, for a first-round draft pick — a move that shocked Richardson. Now, he and three other Colts players are headed to Cleveland this Sunday for a game against a team, and franchise, they know well.Return specialist Josh Cribbs, who joined the Colts last month as a free agent, signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Safety Mike Adams played for the Browns for five seasons and DQwell Jackson was drafted by the team in 2006 before he suffered two season-ending injuries.Heck, Colts coach Chuck Paganos first four years in the league as an assistant were in Cleveland.Cribbs left Cleveland after the 2012 season with a handful of records, including the all-time franchise marks in kickoff returns, kickoff return yards, and return touchdowns. Jackson is looking forward to the opportunity to face his former team, but says there wont be any time to spend with friends and former teammates.Im not going to change what I do, Jackson said. In the off-season, if I go back, Ill have dinner with some guys, but right now its a business trip and thats the only thing thats on my mind.For Richardson, its different.What he thought would be a long and successful career in Cleveland has been everything but what he expected. Things havent been the same since the Colts acquired him last year and now Richardson is looking for a breakout game this week against the team that drafted him — and traded him.They gave up on me, Richardson said in a conference call with Browns media on Wednesday. Im going to go into this game like its my last.Richardson has struggled to move the ball in Indy, and the Colts have been criticized for the move and questioned for sticking with the former Alabama star.Pagano made it clear the Colts plan to rely on Richardson as their starter.Theres going to be good days and theres going to be bad days, Pagano said. Hes had some days that have been very, very productive and some tough days.Richardson totalled 12 yards on eight carries against Washington last week. He had 42 yards against Jacksonville the week before, and finished with zero yards on six carries against New England on Nov. 16.Lack of productivity? Richardson sees it more as defences focused on him so much that he cant get into a groove.You know what? People have just been stacking the box, he said. I havent been getting the looks that I was getting earlier in the season. Now that Ahmad (Bradshaw) is down, people are counting on me running the ball. I havent been getting all of the same looks as everybody else.Richardson says that sometimes defences are thrown off when they think hes going to run the ball, but Andrew Luck decides to pass instead.When it comes down to it, I want to say that Ive been doing my job, Richardson said. Anytime I go in with play-action, somebodys wide open. If theyre trying to stop by and Andrew Lucks having a good day or (Daniel Herron) is having a good day, Im doing good because theyre distracted by me.___AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report. Tom Meschery Jersey . The Brazilian-born strikers brace drew him level with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as the leagues leading scorers with 17 goals apiece through 16 rounds. "The important thing is to help the team win, not the goals," Diego Costa said. After a first half dominated by defence, Atletico pressed Valencia into its area and Diego Costa did the rest. Jeff Green Jersey . -- Manchester United thrilled a record crowd with a brilliant opening goal -- and even Cristiano Ronaldos unexpected entrance proved futile for Real Madrid.HOUSTON -- Jimmy Nielsen had five saves, while Tally Hall had one stop and Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday night. The draw extends Houstons unbeaten streak to five games, but the Dynamo (13-10-9, 48 points) were unable to close the gap on Kansas City (15-10-7, 52 points), which remained four points ahead of the Dynamo in second place in the Eastern Conference. Nielsen was tested early by the Dynamo. Will Bruin had a shot from the right box stopped by a sliding Nielsen in the second minute, and Niellsen got a foot on a Bruin shot from outside the right goalkeepers box in the sixth minute. Seattle Supersonics Pro Shop. Corey Ashe let loose a shot from 30 yards in the middle of the field in the seventh minute that Nielsen had to jump up and bat over the crossbar. Aurelien Collin kept the game scoreless at the half, clearing a Brad Davis free kick from outside the upper right box off the end line. Off a throw-in, Kansas City had one of its best chances in the 67th minute, but Dominic Dwyers header from the penalty area was saved by Hall. ' ' '
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