August 22, 2014

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Browns WR Nate Burleson eager to make good first impression; says WR Josh Gordon on right path

Detroit Lions 2011 Headshots

BEREA — Nate Burleson has been spinning his wheels for two weeks. With the Browns’ offense out of rhythm and the receiving corps filled with question marks — none bigger than Josh Gordon’s possible suspension — Burleson has been unable to help, stuck to a stationary bike with a hamstring strain. He missed practice again Read More…

Corey Kluber far from sharp, but offense provides little help as Indians fall to Twins

Corey Kluber, Kennys Vargas

MINNEAPOLIS — Corey Kluber has pitched so well for Cleveland this summer he’s put himself in the conversation about the American League Cy Young Award. On a so-so afternoon for the right-handed rock of the rotation, the Indians didn’t help him out. Kennys Vargas homered and sparked rallies with two other hits, leading the Minnesota Read More…

Girls soccer: Loss gives Highland extra motivation

Highland’s Mari Ley battles for the ball with Olmsted Falls Taylor Hurt in the first half. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

GRANGER TWP. — Sometimes the best thing to do after a loss is to get back on the field. That was the case for Highland’s girls soccer team, which bounced back from a bitter three-goal setback earlier this week by taking out its frustrations on Olmsted Falls in the form of a 5-0 non-league victory Read More…

Volleyball: Eager Cloverleaf bests Black River in opener

Cloverleaf’s Samantha Flora gets a kill against Black River’s Danielle Jenkins in Game 1. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

SULLIVAN TWP. — For 19 days, the Cloverleaf volleyball team had been itching to play in something that mattered. The Colts, pardon the pun, held serve in practice and did their best in scrimmages leading up to their season opener against Black River. But practice was exactly that, so Cloverleaf wasn’t about to hit the Read More…

Browns QB Brian Hoyer named starter, gets to fulfill lifelong dream

hoyer QB slider

BEREA — Now isn’t the time for Brian Hoyer to relax. But he can smile. The North Olmsted native that grew up cheering for the Browns was named the starting quarterback to open the regular season, beating out rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel. Rookie coach Mike Pettine gave them the news Wednesday morning before a Read More…

Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel and coach Mike Pettine agree: He’s not ready

BEREA — Call him Johnny Clipboard for now. Browns rookie Johnny Manziel will trade in his football for a clipboard when the regular season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine named Brian Hoyer the winner of the quarterback competition and the starter for Week 1. Manziel and the coaching staff reached the same Read More…

Arthroscopic surgery on both knees ends disappointing season for Indians’ Nick Swisher

Nick Swisher

CLEVELAND — Another unproductive and injury-plagued season will come to an end prematurely for Indians first baseman Nick Swisher. Swisher, who was batting a career-low .208 with only eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 97 games, underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees Wednesday in Los Angeles. He had been on the disabled list with Read More…

Scott Petrak: Browns’ quarterback competition was an unnecessary distraction

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

Mike Pettine learned quickly the painful lesson Butch Davis, Romeo Crennel, Eric Mangini and Rob Chudzinski know all too well from their days in Cleveland. Quarterback competitions are distracting, exhausting and largely counterproductive. Each of the aforementioned fired Browns coaches tried a different method when running a quarterback competition. None resulted in an empowered starter Read More…

Mike Aviles, T.J. House lead way as Indians shut out Twins

Chris Dickerson, Mike Aviles

MINNEAPOLIS — Mike Aviles didn’t know his numbers against Ricky Nolasco going into Wednesday night’s game. But he’s glad his manager did. Aviles homered among his three hits and drove in two runs, and rookie T.J. House threw shutout ball into the sixth inning, combining with four relievers to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Read More…

UPDATED Browns: Brian Hoyer named Week 1 starting quarterback

hoyer QB slider

BEREA — Brian Hoyer overcame surgery 10 months ago to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If that weren’t enough, he had to beat out the most popular rookie in the league in Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. So Hoyer allowed himself a smile and a few seconds to appreciate the moment after coach Mike Read More…