October 31, 2014

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Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Johnathan Cyprien, Ben Tate

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns’ John Greco enjoys new position, not being center of attention

John Greco

BEREA — Browns offensive lineman John Greco and quarterback Brian Hoyer are like two peas in a pod. Both are Northeast Ohio natives who starred on the high school level, but had little success in the NFL until coming to Cleveland. Greco, however, has one significant edge over his friend from St. Ignatius. “We played Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden looking forward to second chance against Cecil Shorts

Joe Haden

BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has experienced many lows in his career, but rock bottom occurred last Dec. 1 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Pro Bowl honoree was beaten for the game-winning touchdown by Cecil Shorts III with 40 seconds left, allowing lowly Jacksonville to beat Cleveland 32-28. Following the game, Haden broke down in Read More…

Volleyball: Making districts, Carla Relitz kills Cloverleaf’s hopes

Medina’s Jess Sency tips the ball past Cloverleaf’s Brooke Bell in the first game. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BARBERTON — Carla Relitz emerged as a key contributor for Medina’s volleyball team late in the regular season. The junior outside hitter made an even bigger impact in her tournament debut. Relitz hammered nine of her career-high 10 kills over the first two games Tuesday, leading the Bees to a 25-12, 25-8, 13-25, 25-16 win Read More…

Volleyball sectional: Rockets rally to beat Bucks

PARMA HTS. — Buckeye’s volleyball team recovered from numerous injuries in time to peak for the start of the postseason. Unfortunately for the Bucks, their stay was limited to one match. Bay rallied from a four-point deficit in the fifth game Monday for a 25-20, 18-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-11 victory over Buckeye at the Holy Read More…

Browns notes: Big win has downside as Pro Bowl center Alex Mack suffers broken leg

Alex Mack

CLEVELAND — Browns center Alex Mack will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left lower leg Sunday, a league source confirmed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured on a running play in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack was immediately placed in an air Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer keeps proving he’s a leader and a winner

Brian Hoyer

Joe Haden was headed out of the Browns locker room, but he abruptly changed course when he saw Brian Hoyer striding toward the interview podium. “My man,” the Pro Bowl cornerback said, smiling broadly. “You can say whatever you want up there.” Though it was a simple gesture, it reflected the feelings of the entire Read More…

Manziel says college players should be paid

  Brian Dulik The Gazette BEREA — Johnny Manziel will never have to worry about money again, having signed his first NFL contract and several multi-million dollar endorsement deals. The Browns’ rookie quarterback, however, believes he should have been paid while playing football at Texas A&M over the past three seasons. “I think college football Read More…

Volleyball: Brunswick grabs NOC Valley crown

ELYRIA — It’s time to make room for another volleyball championship banner at Brunswick. Ally Badowski, Julia Holden and Gina Yurik combined for 36 kills, eight aces and eight blocks Thursday night, powering the Blue Devils to a 25-17, 25-19, 29-27 victory over Elyria. The triumph earned Brunswick (19-2, 9-1) a share of the Northeast Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Haden doubtful for Sunday

Justin Gilbert

BEREA — Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice for the second straight day with a hip injury, putting his availability in doubt for the Browns’ game Sunday against Pittsburgh. Undrafted rookie Robert Nelson and first-round pick Justin Gilbert continued to take reps with the starting defense, but coach Mike Pettine declined to speculate Read More…