December 20, 2014


Popovich sees bright future for Cavaliers


Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of the surliest interviews in professional sports. He enjoys demeaning sideline reporters and mocking journalists in every city, as was the case Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Popovich’s responses included, “Duh,” “Did you stay up all night thinking of that question?” and “I never said that. You’re making those Read More…

Browns notes: Skrine praised for bounce-back game vs. Bengals


BEREA — Cornerback Buster Skrine has been one of the most dogged competitors on the Browns during his four NFL seasons. Just like his predecessors, Cleveland defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil has quickly become a fan of the 5-foot-9, 185-pounder from Chattanooga. “The thing I love about Bust is if there’s one guy on the defensive Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says Terrance West earned last start, but won’t say he’ll be No. 1 on Sunday


BEREA — Terrance West rushed for 94 yards on a season-high 26 carries in the Browns’ 24-3 win over Cincinnati last week. To NFL Network viewers, however, his most notable contribution was an over-the-top touchdown celebration in the third quarter. As soon as quarterback Brian Hoyer saw West playing to a camera near the Cleveland bench, Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns make believers of television audience

Andy Dalton, Billy Winn

NBC didn’t believe the Browns were ready to play in primetime. Neither did ESPN or CBS. That’s why Cleveland’s one guaranteed national television appearance of the season took place on NFL Network. Suffice to say, the Browns made the most of their lone opportunity, dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in a 24-3 victory on Thursday Night Read More…

Browns notes: WR Hawkins misses Cincinnati homecoming

Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) makes a catch against Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CINCINNATI — Andrew Hawkins missed his homecoming. Hawkins, Cleveland’s leading receiver, was inactive Thursday night for the matchup with the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He spent the previous three years with the Bengals before being signed by the Browns as a restricted free agent. Hawkins took a big hit to his thigh and knee Read More…

Browns vs. Bengals: Marquee matchup features wide receiver A.J. Green vs. cornerback Joe Haden

Joe Haden, Mike Evans

A.J. (left) Green’s first three seasons were as good as any wide receiver in NFL history, featuring three Pro Bowl selections and a league-record 260 receptions. The Georgia product broke Anquan Boldin’s mark for catches in a player’s first three years, while gaining 3,833 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns. Only Randy Moss had more receiving Read More…

Browns: Former WR Greg Little criticizes Pettine, says game is personal

Greg Little

BEREA — Wide receiver Greg Little always talked a good game during his three seasons with the Browns. He continues to do so as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Little criticized Cleveland coach Mike Pettine and vowed to exact revenge on his former team Tuesday during a group interview in Cincinnati. The Browns play Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron’s replacements bring own styles to TE

Jim Dray, Khalil Mack

BEREA — Browns tight end Jim Dray has played five solid seasons in the NFL, while Gary Barnidge is in his seventh year in the league. Though they are filling in for Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron (concussion), neither has any illusion of playing at his level. “Jordan is literally an athletic freak, so you really Read More…

Volleyball: Balance key for Devils against taller Kenston

Olivia Krivanek and state-ranked Brunswick will play Kenston in a Division I regional semifinal. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BRECKSVILLE — Ally Badowski, Julia Holden, Gina Yurik, Olivia Krivanek and Amanda Lessman are all capable of taking over a match for Brunswick’s volleyball team. Setters Erika Overton and Molly Grzybowski make sure they have the opportunity to do so, feeding their hottest hitters at all times. The fundamentally sound strategy has led the Blue Read More…

Volleyball: Improved Grizzlies set for semis rematch with powerful Hudson


HUDSON — By all rights, this should have been a rebuilding year for Wadsworth’s volleyball team. Olivia Fortner, Jenna Oplinger, Rachel Pressley and Maria Sansonetti, however, refused to let that occur. The seniors provided the backbone and resolve as the Grizzlies became the first squad in Medina County history to win three consecutive district championships. Read More…