September 17, 2014

Medina
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Weeden ready to start

BEREA — The future has arrived for Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo. First-round draftee Mingo is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday when Cleveland hosts the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium, taking the place of the injured Jabaal Sheard on the outside. “It’s very exciting and I feel good about it,” the 6-foot-4, Read More…

Media day to kick off training camp

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers will kick off their 2013-14 training camp Monday with the team’s annual media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts. When practice starts the next day, there won’t be a whole lot of suspense over who makes the final 15-man roster for the Oct. 30 season opener against the powerful Brooklyn Nets at Read More…

Injury angers Weeden

BEREA — Quarterback Brandon Weeden learned a valuable lesson while watching Brian Hoyer lead the Browns to their first win last week in Minnesota. “Don’t get hurt,” Weeden said Friday. “I don’t know how else to put it. Injuries suck. They happen. Things happen for a reason and we’ll see how it plays out.” Weeden Read More…

Perez no longer the closer

MINNEAPOLIS — Here’s something that should make a whole lot of Indians fans happy: Right-hander Chris Perez is no longer the closer. Manager Terry Francona confirmed Friday the Indians will finish the regular season closing by committee, with the game dictating which pitcher he would employ. The options are deep with Justin Masterson, Joe Smith, Read More…

Pirates win crazy 64-60 shootout

Chris Sweeney The Gazette SHEFFIELD TWP. — The Black River football team attempted one pass Friday. It went for a touchdown for Clearview. That was enough to keep the Pirates’ grounded. Black River ran all over the Clippers to the tune of three different backs rushing for more than 100 yards. Led by Andrew Vaughn’s Read More…

Hornets stay unbeaten

Kenneth Coleman The Gazette COPLEY — The Highland football team opened its Suburban League road schedule Friday with a 42-14 win at Copley to stay undefeated at the season’s halfway mark. The Hornets (5-0, 2-0) continued their high-scoring ways. “Being 5-0 is great, but we want the SL title,” Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey said. “We’re Read More…

Everything works for Bees

MEDINA — Using a balanced and unpredictable offense, the Medina football team routed North Royalton 41-21 in the Northeast Ohio Conference River Division opener. The Bees (3-2, 1-0) used the pass and run effectively to knock the Bears (2-3, 0-1) on their heels. Things really started clicking for Medina after it was flagged for a Read More…

Brunswick ties school record with 56 points

PARMA — After two tough losses to playoff-bound foes, Brunswick’s football team bounced back in historic fashion Friday night. Joe Pinzone and Richie Norman Jr. each rushed for two first-half touchdowns as the Blue Devils manhandled Normandy 56-0 in a Northeast Ohio Conference cross-division game. Brunswick’s 56 points equaled the school record set Oct. 31, Read More…

Grizzlies a great second-half team

WADSWORTH — Even if it doesn’t rally to win the Suburban League championship, Wadsworth is already making a strong case for the best second-half football team in Northeast Ohio. The Grizzlies once again dominated after halftime, as they scored all but six of their points in the first 12:03 of the second half to crush Read More…

Buckeye victory a team effort

ROCKY RIVER — It was only fitting Friday night that Christian Petek was the one to punch in the final touchdown for Buckeye’s football team against Lutheran West. After piloting a drive in which the Bucks chewed up more than 8 minutes, the senior quarterback got a second chance to punch in an insurance score Read More…