October 1, 2014

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Cavs: LeBron James gives Dion Waiters advice, guard embraces lessons

Cleveland’s Dion Waiters drives to the basket last season against Charlotte’s Cody Zeller. (FILE PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers small forward and four-time league MVP LeBron James is the teacher. Third-year shooting Dion Waiters is the willing student. Lessons are being learned, but there are more to come. “Every team, there’s a guy (that media members) want to place the blame on,” James said Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “It would Read More…

Browns Notes: Head coach Mike Pettine cautions against looking ahead

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BEREA — The Browns’ players received a mathematics lesson from coach Mike Pettine in their pre-practice meeting Tuesday. Pettine explained that the combined records of Cleveland’s next five opponents isn’t 4-16. It’s one, as in, “There is a reason why you take it one game at a time.” “You just can’t afford to look ahead Read More…

Browns: Running back Ben Tate returns to practice, will get starting job back Sunday if healthy

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate  runs from Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Keenan Robinson during the first half of a preseason football game in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

BEREA — Browns running back Ben Tate returned to practice Tuesday after missing three weeks with a sprained right knee. He also reclaimed the top spot on the depth chart. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine announced that Tate will start Sunday at Tennessee — provided he is healthy — with rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell Read More…

Order Noland’s book, ‘Over Time,’ via email

Gazette readers: Rick Noland’s book, “Over Time,” is a compilation of his 50 favorite Gazette stories over the past 30-plus years. Included are the infamous “The” events in Cleveland pro sports history – The Drive, The Shot, The Fumble, The Decision, The Return –  as well as numerous in-depth stories about human triumph. For many of Read More…

Indians disappointed in season, but see bright days ahead

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CLEVELAND — When their disjointed season ended, the Indians didn’t agonize over missing the playoffs. They did that a few days earlier. Following Sunday’s finale at home, there was nothing to do but move on. Corey Kluber took a lap around the clubhouse, the dominating Cy Young candidate stopping to share a heartfelt hug with Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving to lead team as point guard

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James is the Cavaliers’ leader in the locker room, but Kyrie Irving will fill that role on the floor as the team’s starting point guard. “It’s Kyrie’s show,” James said. “He’s our point guard. He’s our floor general. We need him to put us in position to succeed offensively. He has to Read More…

Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson can pick off passes with the best of them, but league slow to catch on

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Richard Sherman and … Tashaun Gipson? Anyone who knows anything about the NFL knows Sherman is the Seahawks’ All-Pro cornerback. He earned respect for his play on the league’s best defense, then became rock-star famous with his postgame rant after making the play that won the NFC championship. Anyone who isn’t from Cleveland, Wyoming or Read More…

Ohio State: Defense more than a passing concern

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COLUMBUS — Just about everything during Saturday’s 50-28 victory over Cincinnati went well for No. 20 Ohio State. It’s the few things that didn’t that haunt coach Urban Meyer. “I hear someone say, ‘Just take away those four plays …’” Meyer said Monday. “But you can’t just take away those four plays. That’s part of Read More…

Girls soccer: Brunswick suffers setback

COPLEY TWP. — It was the rematch the Brunswick girls soccer team had been waiting for all summer. Facing a Copley team that knocked them out of the postseason a year ago, the Blue Devils were out for a little payback Monday night. That revenge will have to wait a little bit longer, however, as Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Former Black River state champion to coach Pirates

SULLIVAN TWP.— Jesse Campbell is going back to where he made a name for himself. The former Black River state champion wrestler recently was named successor to longtime coach Corey Kline. Campbell spent last year guiding the Pirates’ middle school program, making him almost an ideal fit for a team that will feature a handful Read More…