October 24, 2014

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Cavs draft: Cleveland makes UNLV’s Anthony Bennett No. 1 pick

INDEPENDENCE — They didn’t trade the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. They didn’t take Maryland center Alex Len, Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel or even Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore. The always surprising Cavaliers pulled another draft night shocker Thursday and took UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the first pick. Cleveland took Read More…

Tribe: Cleveland pulls out 4-3 win against Orioles

Cleveland starter Scott Kazmir pitched six innings of no-hit baseball. (AP PHOTO)

BALTIMORE — Scott Kazmir took a no-hitter into the seventh, and the Indians scored two ninth-inning runs off Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson to pull out a 4-3 victory Wednesday night. A leadoff double in the seventh by Manny Machado was the only hit allowed by Kazmir, who gave up one unearned run in seven Read More…

Cavs draft commentary: Cleveland can’t contend without star

Beat writer Rick Noland predicts the Cavaliers will select Maryland center Alex Len with the first pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. This, of course, is assuming they don’t trade the selection. (AP PHOTO)

I’m not sure what Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant, one of the most secretive and silent front office employees in professional sports, is going to do tonight with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Copy that when it comes to the 19th, 31st and 33rd selections. What knowledgeable Cavs fans should hope Grant Read More…

Boys basketball: Barry Balderson hired to lead Pirates

SULLIVAN TWP. — Barry Balderson scratched a 23-year itch and applied to be a head boys basketball coach again. His new task will be a daunting one: Put Black River back in the win column. The 1975 Elyria Catholic graduate was selected recently to lead the Pirates, who have lost a Medina County-record 43 straight Read More…

Browns: Ausar Walcott released following arrest

Ausar Walcott

As the Browns’ draft picks were participating in the four-day NFL Rookie Symposium in Northeast Ohio designed to help them lead successful lives off the field, undrafted linebacker Ausar Walcott was charged with attempted murder in New Jersey. Walcott was arrested Tuesday after allegedly punching a man in the head outside a strip club in Read More…

NFL: Aaron Hernandez charged with murder

Aaron Hernandez

The New England Patriots did not wait until Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder to cut the troubled tight end, releasing him from the roster on Wednesday morning soon after police led him from his house in handcuffs. In a rare instance of public relations before football, the Patriots issued a statement saying, “At this Read More…

Tennis: Seven former No. 1 players suffer Wimbledon defeats

Michelle Larcher de Brito, left,  reacts after winning a point against Maria Sharapova. De Brito beat the favored Sharapova. Below, Sergiy Stakhovsky celebrates after upsetting Roger Federer. (AP PHOTO)

LONDON — Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years. The 27-year-old Ukrainian outplayed Federer on Centre Court, serving and volleying his way to a 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) victory that Read More…

Wrestling: Bees working at forgetting tough season

Brandon Gandolf

Whatever could go wrong for Medina’s wrestling program did last season. The injury bug left coach Chad Gilmore with just a handful of wrestlers by season’s end, and the program had no representatives at the Cleveland State Division I District for the first time in years. Those memories are getting pushed aside slowly by a Read More…

Cups Cafe doesn’t fill auction bill

Tim Van Arsdale, left, executive director of Cups Cafe, at 126 N. Court St., stands with his parents and spectators during the court-ordered auction Wednesday of the building that houses his cafe. Van Arsdale lost a bid to buy the property. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

Cups Cafe was outbid Wednesday in its quest to buy the building the organization rents at 126 N. Court St. in Medina. But it’s possible the Christian nonprofit that serves free coffee and lunch to at-risk teenagers can stay there — at least for a while. The winning bidders at the court-ordered auction were Tony Read More…

Brunswick VFW commander loses beard in bet

LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE PHOTOS Vicki Michalske puts the final touches on Norm Cerny’s new look after shaving his beard at the Brunswick Plaza Barbershop on Wednesday morning.

Nobody can say Norm Cerny, commander of the Brunswick Veterans of Foreign Post 9520, ever reneged on a bet. Earlier this year, Cerny promised his 560 members that he would shave his beloved beard if the post was named an “All American Post” by the national Veterans of Foreign Wars. On Wednesday, the beard came Read More…