September 1, 2014

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Cleveland’s offense is a work in progress

CLEVELAND — Renovations at FirstEnergy Stadium are ongoing, which is why fans will see construction zones around its perimeter. Fittingly, the Browns’ offense is also a work in progress, setting up a potentially messy matchup against the St. Louis Rams tonight at 8. Cleveland (0-2) has not scored a first-half touchdown in its first two Read More…

Browns notes: Players back Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

Joe Thomas

BEREA — Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for 13 quarterbacks during his seven seasons with the team. One of them is Brian Hoyer, who won all three of his starts in 2013 — and will be under center when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “Brian was obviously a Read More…

Aviles blasts walk-off

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber put the Indians in position for a victory, but needed Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison to finish the job. Aviles led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a homer onto the left-field porch, giving the Tribe a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The walk-off home Read More…

Indians want to lock up Kluber

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ key position players, including Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana, are all locked up under long-term contracts. General manager Chris Antonetti hopes to add pitcher Corey Kluber to that list. “It’s safe to say we have an incredible appreciation for what Corey has done,” Antonetti said Friday prior to Cleveland’s series opener Read More…

Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant making the most of his third chance

Armonty Bryant

BEREA — Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant understands the demons Josh Gordon is fighting off the field. Demons of his own nearly ended his NFL career before it started, but also taught him what not to do. “Things could have gone really bad for me,” Bryant said. “Luckily, things did fall in my favor and Read More…

LeBron James tells crowd ‘I love you. I’m back’

LeBron Homecoming Basketball

LeBron James has made hundreds of millions of dollars and achieved international fame beyond his wildest imagination. But in his heart, he will always be “just a kid from Akron.” For that, all of Northeast Ohio should forever be grateful. “The King” has devoted his non-basketball life to giving back to the community — and Read More…

LeBron James attends Browns practice, sends jolt of excitement through coaches, players

Cleveland Browns training camp Day 12

BEREA — The best basketball player on the planet was the marquee attraction at Browns training camp. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce attended practice Thursday morning, much to the delight of Cleveland’s players and coaches. The four-time NBA MVP spent an hour standing on the field — chatting with Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon plays, waits for ruling

Josh Gordon

BEREA — While the NFL continues to debate his fate, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to training camp Monday. The Pro Bowl pass catcher took part in the first two hours of practice, then headed inside the building to continue the appeals process for his one-year suspension. An NFL spokesman said no decision on Read More…

Reciever Charles Johnson has real chance to make Browns team this year

Charles Johnson

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t pull any punches during his first meeting with wide receiver Charles Johnson. “I told him I didn’t know much about him, but I went on You Tube and watched his Grand Valley State highlights,” Pettine said. “They were impressive. You could see he was worth taking a peek Read More…

Browns veteran Ben Tate, rookie Terrance West spice up battle for starting running back job

Joe Haden

BEREA — The quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is the primary storyline at Browns training camp. The most explosive position battle? That might just be the duel between running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West. Fifth-year pro Tate and rookie West have exchanged pointed comments through the media — refusing to acknowledge Read More…