August 27, 2014

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Browns QB Brandon Weeden focusing on getting better, not speculation surrounding his starting job

BEREA — Unlike many fans and media, quarterback Brandon Weeden says he isn’t consumed by the constant speculation surrounding the most high-profile position in Northeast Ohio sports. “I don’t listen to it,” Weeden said Thursday following the last practice of the first week of organized team activities. “It’s not really my concern. I’m here now Read More…

Browns, QB Brian Hoyer agree to 2-year deal

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will get the chance to play for his hometown team. Hoyer, a St. Ignatius graduate who grew up in North Olmsted, agreed to a two-year contract Thursday, a league source confirmed. The deal isn’t official, because he hasn’t signed the contract and the Browns must cut someone from the 90-man offseason roster. Read More…

Browns owner: I didn’t know about questioned practices

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says he was “absolutely not” aware of and did not participate in the practices that led to the federal investigation into his Pilot Flying J company. “I take responsibility for what happens at PFJ as the guy at the top of the shop, but I was absolutely Read More…

Fairlawn man arrested in Mother’s Day carjacking

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A 22-year-old Fairlawn man was arrested Wednesday and charged with a Mother’s Day carjacking in Wadsworth. Antoine D. Petty was arrested by Akron police on a warrant issued by Wadsworth Municipal Court. Petty is accused of stealing a 1998 Toyota Corolla that was being refueled at the Marathon service station, 143 Broad St., at about Read More…

The bats are back as Indians beat Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — The Cleveland Indians erased all the negative numbers from their past three games with a few well-aimed swings of the bat Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. In beating the Phillies 10-4 to split the two-game series, the Indians looked a lot more like the offensive juggernaut that has compiled a 14-4 record since Read More…

Softball: Madison Smith’s triple is huge as Devils upset Hornets

Brunswick’s Madison Smith celebrates with coach Julie Salzman after hitting a three-run triple in the fifth inning. Below, Brunswick pitcher Syd Sherry winds up to make a delivery. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

BRUNSWICK — Madison Smith stands all of 5-foot-2, but she achieved giant status Wednesday afternoon. The senior hit a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning to break open a tie game, propelling the sixth-seeded Brunswick softball team to a 5-1 upset of No. 3 seed Highland in a Barberton Division I Sectional final. The Blue Read More…

Track: Medina’s Jenna D’Errico sets meet record

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BRUNSWICK — After missing two weeks of the season with an injury, all Jenna D’Errico wanted Wednesday was to defend her Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title in the pole vault. Not only did the Medina pole vaulter keep the league crown for another year, she did it with a meet-record jump as the Bees Read More…

Softball: Colts shock No. 2 seed

WADSWORTH — A questionable call in a scoreless game definitely affected Cloverleaf’s softball team Wednesday — so much so that the Colts pulled off a mild upset. Shortstop Lauren Strebel took advantage of an outfield error to score the third run and reliever Sierra Pickett got out of a big jam to lead sixth-seeded Cloverleaf Read More…

Cleveland star Joshua Cribbs signs deal with Oakland

Joshua Cribbs, an adopted son of Northeast Ohio after a quarterbacking career at Kent State and eight years with the Browns, has a new home on the West Coast. Cribbs signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, his agent announced on Twitter. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to prove myself Read More…

Softball: Medina’s Sami Holzman provides needed spark

Richard Doyle MEDINA — A day that started off as a close encounter for a talented Medina softball team quickly turned into a comfortable win against a determined Firestone team. In the end, the top-seeded Bees used a fifth-inning explosion to send the Falcons packing with a 9-1 victory in a Barberton Division I Sectional Read More…