September 30, 2014

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Rick Noland’s book available for purchase

Dear Gazette Readers: My first book, “Over Time,” is now available for purchase. It is a 246-page compilation of 50 of my favorite stories during 30-plus years at The Gazette. It’s broken into six sections – Memories, Human Triumph, Person…alities, Events, Columns and Adventures – and I think there’s something in it for everyone. There Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: Sighting, slighting, writing

Gotta get some fishing in before this alleged summer officially ends, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here: Does anybody care about the FIBA World Cup? (It’s an international basketball tournament, if that helps.) … Sure, I hope Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t get hurt — or anyone else, for Read More…

Shawn Marion officially signs with Cavs

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The Cavaliers added more championship experience Tuesday with the official signing of veteran forward Shawn Marion, who agreed to terms in the middle of August. The 36-year-old Marion, who signed what is believed to be a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million, won an NBA title with Dallas in 2011. “I’m excited Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Kyrie Irving OK after scary fall at FIBA World Cup

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Cavs fans first held their breath, then breathed a sigh of relief. Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a hard fall Thursday with 1:12 to go in Team USA’s 95-71 rout of Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup in Bilbao, Spain. Irving, who landed awkwardly after driving to the hoop through two Ukraine defenders and Read More…

High School Football: Wooster at Highland

Highland's Zack Levine runs past Wooster's JR Sample after a reception during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — If the Highland football team wins 13 games again this season, it will be playing for the Division II state championship. State semifinalists a year ago, the Hornets were done in by a key injury, several crucial mistakes, porous pass coverage and two debatable calls Friday night in dropping their non-league season Read More…

Hornets’ Phelps next up at QB

Highland quarterback Blake Phelps isn’t trying to be the next Bruce Kinsey. He’s trying to be the first Blake Phelps. That’s a good thing, because all Kinsey did last season was throw for 2,021 yards and 21 touchdowns and rush for 1,227 yards and 15 scores as Highland went 13-1, won a Suburban League championship Read More…

Colts’ Keene hungry for big season

Rick Noland The Gazette Cloverleaf’s Jon Keene is hungry. Not only for the peach cobbler he can whip up just like Mom and Grandma or the trout he catches or rabbits and deer he hunts, but for success on the football field. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 350 pounds, the senior offensive tackle will play a Read More…

Pirates’ Slone an old-fashioned lineman

Two-way lineman Ryan Slone is a little bit crazy, but Black River football coach Al Young has no problem with that. “He’s a loose cannon, there’s no doubt about that,” Young said of the 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior. “He’s always been one of those kids who had fun playing, but this offseason he’s really taken hold Read More…

Bucks’ Scott has need for speed

With a ton of talented juniors, the Buckeye football team could be very good next season. But Nate Scott and the rest of the 11th-grade group are still planning on doing some big things in 2014. “We’re looking like a solid team coming off a good year last year,” the wide receiver/cornerback said of the Read More…

Cavaliers officially announce signing of Kevin Love

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INDEPENDENCE — Zero is Kevin Love’s new number with the Cavaliers. It also happens to represent his postseason appearances in a six-year NBA career and how many titles Cleveland has won in its 44-year existence. The latter two could change, however, because zero is also how many days it took LeBron James to contact Love after Read More…