September 30, 2014

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Special teams set with Cundiff signing

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — The Browns are still seeking a franchise quarterback and have myriad holes to fill on defense. Their special teams, however, are set for the upcoming season. Cleveland signed kicker Billy Cundiff to a one-year, $1.02 million contract Thursday, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this weekend. Read More…

Santana still a work in progress at third

  Chris Assenheimer The Gazette GOODYEAR, Ariz. — According to manager Terry Francona, this is how it went down with Carlos Santana and the switch to third base: “This was his idea. He came to us at the end of the year because he did not want to be a fulltime DH, which we understand. Read More…

Brunswick makes first state appearance

  Brad Bournival The Gazette COLUMBUS — Sixteen schools will roll into the Wayne Webb Columbus Bowl today with aspirations of becoming Division I state champions in boys bowling. For some teams, the enormity of the situation will be their downfall. Brunswick shouldn’t fall into that category. The Blue Devils, who are the first boys Read More…

Teske, defense block Bulldogs from moving on

Medina's Craig Randall goes up for a shot against Green's John Davies, right, and Nicholas Reale during the fourth quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Albert Grindle The Gazette MEDINA — Style points in March are overrated. Everyone knew beforehand what the 11th-seeded Green boys basketball team was going to do Thursday against No. 3 Medina in the Copley Division I District semifinals: Maintain patience on offense and bring physicality on defense. That still wasn’t enough, as the Bees countered Read More…

District boys basketball: Great effort falls short

Buckeye’s Garrett Beck scores between Vermilion’s Forrest Boyd, right, and Seth Konrad in the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTLAKE — Hearts were left in western Cuyahoga County on Wednesday night. They belonged to Buckeye boys basketball players, as the most successful season in school history ended with an action-packed yet heartbreaking 74-72 loss to Vermilion in the Westlake Division II District semifinals. The fifth-seeded Sailors (18-7), who received a virtuoso performance from All-Ohio Read More…

Browns: Cleveland lets go of Bess, two others

BEREA — Slowly but surely, the Browns are ridding themselves of the mistakes made by former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi. Cleveland’s latest corrective move occurred Wednesday, when it released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, along with wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Bess was a massive disappointment during his Read More…

Tribe: Masterson has made his pitch, deal appears imminent

PEORIA, Ariz. — Ace right-hander Justin Masterson is doing what he can to remain in Cleveland. Now, it’s the Indians’ turn. Masterson’s agent Randy Rowley told numerous media outlets Tuesday night that his client, who could demand a lucrative, long-term contract as a free agent next year, is open to signing a shorter-termed, less expensive Read More…

District boys basketball: Devils finally get another shot at title

Brunswick players (L-R) Jason Okulovich, Nate Armagost and Ryan Badowski celebrate a victory as time expires against the Westalke Demons. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

BROADVIEW HTS. — The Brunswick boys basketball team scratched a 15-year itch Wednesday night. For the first time since 1999, the Blue Devils will play for a regional berth after defeating Westlake 54-48 in Brecksville Division I District semifinal action. Seventh-seeded Brunswick (16-9) will meet powerful and top-seeded St. Edward, a 69-37 winner over Nordonia Read More…

Three people hurt in Sharon crash

SHARON TWP. — A crash on Sharon Copley Road this week damaged a house and injured three people. Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Paul Terrion said the crash happened Monday about 12:30 p.m. when Erica Duff, 18, of Milton Township in Wayne County, was northbound on State Road in a 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara sport-utility vehicle Read More…

Imagine Medina targets downtown development

Imagine Medina is asking residents for suggestions for long-term economic development of the downtown area. (DAVID KNOX / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — “What properties in and around the Downtown should be targeted for development or redevelopment over the next 10 years?” “What types of new developments, services, or entertainment options would you like to see in the Downtown?” Those are two questions being asked of city residents on a new website created for Imagine Medina, Read More…