July 29, 2014

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Welcome Home rally set for LeBron James

LeBron James

AKRON — Turns out there will be a LeBron James party after all. The city of Akron and the LeBron James Family Foundation will hold a Welcome Home LeBron Community Rally on Aug. 8 at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. In a July 11 essay co-written with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins that announced the Read More…

Santana hits a pair of home runs to push Indians past Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn’t do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City. Carlos Santana hit five home runs in a series at spacious Kauffman Stadium, connecting for two more shots Sunday and Read More…

LeBron James returning to No. 23 for his Cavaliers jersey

LeBron James (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, File)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ jerseys have changed since LeBron James last wore the wine and gold four years ago. James’ number, however, will remain the same. James announced Sunday that he will wear No. 23 in his Cleveland comeback, simultaneously releasing the news on all three of his social media accounts. “23 it is! It’s Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, Mike Pettine, Kyle Shanahan

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Browns Training Camp, Day 2: Farmer says Manziel is ‘focused, committed to football’

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

BEREA — A day after owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason of partying, general manager Ray Farmer complimented Manziel’s commitment to football. “I’ve seen a young man that came back, that appears to be prepared for competition and I think that’s what we want — guys that took the time Read More…

Butler does in Indians

  The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pinch-hitter Billy Butler’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Butler connected against John Axford, sending Read More…

Manziel admits to some “rookie” mistakes

  Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — On the eve of his first NFL training camp, which will feature him trying to come from behind to pass Brian Hoyer in a highly anticipated quarterback competition, Johnny Manziel admitted to taking missteps off the field. But he downplayed the mistakes, again defended his right to party Read More…

Nine-year-old Jackson Chambers makes hole-in-one

  Dan Brown The Gazette YORK TWP. — From the first day he started playing golf, Jackson Chambers fell in love with the 11th hole at Shale Creek Golf Club. It’s the spot where he had his first par when he was six and his family lives in the York Township housing development that surrounds Read More…

Chicago’s Noah spices up rivalry with Cavs

  Brian Dulik The Gazette CLEVELAND — Leave it to Joakim Noah to spice up a quiet Friday on the Cavaliers front. The outspoken Chicago Bulls center — infamous for criticizing the city of Cleveland during the 2010 NBA playoffs — shared his thoughts on LeBron James’ return to the Cavaliers. Speaking with K.C. Johnson Read More…

Browns issues to watch: No. 1 is to keep an eye on Pettine

Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine will be watched closely. Pettine is the team’s third coach in three years. (FILE PHOTO)

The time has arrived. On Saturday morning at 9:30, breathless Browns fans will finally get a chance to watch Johnny Manziel practice up close and personal. The rookie quarterback that energized the fan base when he was drafted in May will join 89 teammates, rookie coach Mike Pettine and his new coaching staff as they Read More…