April 20, 2014

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper thinks Browns will have opportunity to trade down from No. 6 pick in draft

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper expects the Browns to receive offers for the No. 6 pick in the draft later this month. CEO Joe Banner is open to trading down and would like to add a second-round pick. The Browns gave up theirs when they selected receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft in July. Read More…

Girls basketball: Gazette names Wadsworth’s Rachel Goddard as MVP

Maria Vanadia

The Suburban League knew it well before everyone else in Ohio: Even if Wadsworth’s relentless pressure was somehow negated, there was still Rachel Goddard to contend with. Special game plans were pointless. Goddard picked every one of them apart with the precision of a neurosurgeon. It’s a fitting comparison, because the 5-foot-7 point guard was Read More…

Boys tennis: Cloverleaf’s Jacob Dunbar ready for last hurrah

2013 Cloverleaf Boys Tennis

Cloverleaf junior Jacob Dunbar has already proven to be one of the best boys tennis players in Medina County history. With a 61-5 record and two singles appearances at the Division I state tournament, he has accomplished more in his first two prep seasons than any local player ever. This spring, Dunbar will face additional Read More…

Indians: Excitement contagious for Nick Swisher, teammates

TORONTO — Nick Swisher is used to being the first one at the ballpark, on Opening Day or any day. But when the Indians’ new first baseman caught the coaches and staff bus that left the hotel at 1 p.m. Tuesday for Rogers Centre, there were 15 or 20 teammates on it. “That bus was Read More…

Browns cut linebacker Chris Gocong, safety Usama Young and sign a kicker

Two of former general manager Tom Heckert’s signature acquisitions were released Tuesday. The practice is common after a new regime takes over, but the dismissal of linebacker Chris Gocong and safety Usama Young came at positions already in need of a boost. The Browns also signed kicker Brandon Bogotay to compete for the job recently Read More…

Colt McCoy has no hard feelings about time with Browns

Colt McCoy’s three years in Cleveland were anything but easy. He claimed he was ignored by coordinator Brian Daboll as a rookie until he was forced to play because of injuries. He suffered a concussion on a vicious hit from Pittsburgh’s James Harrison in 2011 but was allowed to return to the game. Then he Read More…

Stepp’s expenses-paid trip to Florida

A promotional photo of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios, Orlando, Fla., displays Italian-style buildings and boats. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Full text of Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp’s response to Gazette reporter’s questions Loren Genson and David Knox MEDINA — Five years ago this week, Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp turned a four-day national conference for school board members into a weeklong stay with his family at Orlando’s Universal Studios, with taxpayers footing most of Read More…

Early voting begins for May 7 election

Voters now can cast early ballots for local races and issues for the May 7 election. The state’s top election official said Tuesday that voters in 74 counties will decide several local races and 355 local issues. Those local issues include 116 school issues and a number of local tax levies, bond issues and charter Read More…

More reports coming in over identity theft spree in Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — Police are investigating reports from at least 24 people who said their credit and debit cards were used for fraudulent purchases in March. Ten of the people have made reports since March 23. “We’ve contacted some of the financial institutions to try to find a common point of sales,” Wadsworth Lt. Rob Wyrick Read More…

Softball team reaches destination after crash in Virginia

Members of the Medina High School softball team arrived safely in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after they were delayed when their bus was part of a 95-vehicle pileup in Virginia. Softball coach Jessica Toocheck said the team was able to get another charter bus to finish the trip. None of the students were seriously injured in Read More…