October 26, 2014

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High School Football: Brunswick at Strongsville

Brunswick's Mac Gore intercepts a pass intended for Strongsville's Joe Campo during the first quarter. Photo by Judd Smerglia

    STRONGSVILLE — Chalk one up for Brunstucky. It’s an inaccurate and overused moniker, but Brunswick defensive end Elliot Laisure alluded to it Friday after the Blue Devils recorded a crucial 27-14 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division victory over border rival Strongsville at packed Pat Catan Stadium. “(The rivalry) has been going on 30 Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers have met the the preseason hype

LeBron James, Mike Dunleavy

Expectations surrounding the Cavaliers were so high it would have been virtually impossible for them to exceed them in the preseason, but let’s be honest: They’ve looked pretty darn good as they prepare for their exhibition finale tonight in Memphis. Here’s a look at some of the positives, followed by a few areas of concern Read More…

Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

LeBron James

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98: Plenty pitch in to lift Cavs to preseason win

Tristan Thompson

COLUMBUS — It was only an exhibition game, but it could very well have been a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. With both teams sticking to their regular-season rotations and the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” playing together for just the second time in the preseason, Cleveland downed the Chicago Bulls 107-98 Monday night in front Read More…

Defensive lapses cost Cavs in first loss

  Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving returned after a three-game preseason absence and showed his offense was already in regular-season form. On the flip side, the Cavaliers’ defense, particularly in the first and third periods, left a lot to be desired. On a night when Kevin Love and Shawn Marion rested and Read More…

Noland book signing Saturday at Gazette

Gazette Assistant Sports Editor Rick Noland will be signing copies of his book, “Over Time,” at The Gazette, 885 W. Liberty Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The book is a compilation of Noland’s favorite stories from 30-plus years at the paper and sells for $19.95. Cash or checks will be accepted. It Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty to like about the Cavs so far

LeBron James, Damjan Rudez

The Cavaliers are undefeated midway through their eight-game preseason schedule — and early returns have been almost as perfect as their 4-0 record. Sure, Kyrie Irving has been out with a sprained ankle, LeBron James and Anderson Varejao sat out a game to rest and Kevin Love suffered a not-very-serious strained neck Wednesday in Cincinnati, Read More…

Love leads Cavs past Bucks while LeBron, Kyrie sit out

Kevin Love, Jabari Parker

CLEVELAND — With LeBron James resting and Kyrie Irving out with a sprained ankle, “The Big Three” was reduced to “The Big One” on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Power forward Kevin Love shot the lights out, shooting guard Dion Waiters joined in the fun and Cleveland’s third string outplayed Milwaukee’s starters down the Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James plans to sit out one of next two preseason games

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — Some fans in Cleveland or Cincinnati are going to be disappointed. LeBron James said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will sit out an exhibition game this week, but he’s unsure which one. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 at Quicken Loans Arena, then play Indiana on Wednesday at Read More…

High School Football: Shaker Heights at Medina

Medina's Eric Hammer knocks the ball away from Shaker Height's Melvin Cantrell III with a big hit in the second quarter Friday night at Medina. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  MEDINA — There was a fireworks display after the Medina football team’s homecoming game Friday at Kenneth Dukes Stadium, but not before the Bees provided plenty of explosions on the field. Quarterback Collin Minor threw for three touchdowns and Collin Winters had a back-breaking interception return for a score as Medina routed Shaker Heights Read More…