October 30, 2014

Medina
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State cross country preview: Interesting race features Carlee Rhoads

It all comes to this. The best runners in the state will converge on National Trail Raceway in Hebron for the state meets Saturday. Medina County will be well represented with two teams and eight individuals competing among five races. Every county school will have at least one runner participating. One of the big storylines Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine, teammates sense QB Johnny Manziel’s frustration from not playing

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel has said all the right things about life as the backup quarterback. He’s staying in his “own lane,” playing his “role” and supporting starter Brian Hoyer. His best friend and coach know standing on the sideline is killing him. “He’s the ultimate competitor,” Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said Wednesday on a Read More…

LeBron James, Dan Gilbert focus on shared goal of bringing Cleveland a championship

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CLEVELAND — Small forward LeBron James and owner Dan Gilbert, the two most powerful men in the Cavaliers organization, look at their divorce and second marriage the same way. “We had one bad moment and it overshadowed all the great times we had together,” James said Wednesday after practice at Quicken Loans Arena. “Now we’re Read More…

Madison Bumgarner fires 5 shutout innings as Giants win 3rd World Series title in 5 years

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A giant, indeed. Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performance for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to throw Read More…

Cavs Notes: Tristan Thompson likely to sign contract extension

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CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson isn’t going to come cheaply, but it sounds like the Cavaliers are ready to reward the fourth-year power forward. Cleveland has through Friday to agree to a contract extension with Thompson, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and will earn $5.4 million this season under Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron’s replacements bring own styles to TE

Jim Dray, Khalil Mack

BEREA — Browns tight end Jim Dray has played five solid seasons in the NFL, while Gary Barnidge is in his seventh year in the league. Though they are filling in for Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron (concussion), neither has any illusion of playing at his level. “Jordan is literally an athletic freak, so you really Read More…

Volleyball: Balance key for Devils against taller Kenston

Olivia Krivanek and state-ranked Brunswick will play Kenston in a Division I regional semifinal. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

BRECKSVILLE — Ally Badowski, Julia Holden, Gina Yurik, Olivia Krivanek and Amanda Lessman are all capable of taking over a match for Brunswick’s volleyball team. Setters Erika Overton and Molly Grzybowski make sure they have the opportunity to do so, feeding their hottest hitters at all times. The fundamentally sound strategy has led the Blue Read More…

Volleyball: Improved Grizzlies set for semis rematch with powerful Hudson

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HUDSON — By all rights, this should have been a rebuilding year for Wadsworth’s volleyball team. Olivia Fortner, Jenna Oplinger, Rachel Pressley and Maria Sansonetti, however, refused to let that occur. The seniors provided the backbone and resolve as the Grizzlies became the first squad in Medina County history to win three consecutive district championships. Read More…

Cavs 2014-15 roster, projected roles

LeBron James

LeBron James No. 23 POSITION: Small forward HEIGHT: 6-8 WEIGHT: 250 AGE: 29 HIGH SCHOOL: Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary ACQUIRED: Free agent from Heat (July 12, 2014) NBA SEASON: 12th PROJECTED ROLE: Starter. Four-time MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star is the best player on the planet — and still in the prime of his Hall Read More…

Cavs Preview: LeBron James is back in Cleveland, and many believe a title will follow

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LeBron James isn’t promising anything, but he does have a dream — and it has a chance of becoming a reality. “For me, I’ve had a vision of boats and floats going down East 9th Street in a (championship) parade,” the Cavaliers small forward said. “If you don’t have a vision, you can’t get to it.” Read More…