December 18, 2014


Boys basketball: Black River proves it can handle bright lights in win over Brooklyn


CLEVELAND — The magnitude of the moment wasn’t lost on senior shooting guard Alex McIntyre. The Black River boys basketball team was clinging to a single-digit lead over Brooklyn heading into the fourth quarter. The golden opportunity to grab its second Patriot Athletic Conference victory in 46 months was there for the taking. The catch Read More…

Indians: Jason Kipnis has surgery on finger, expected to be ready for 2015 season


CLEVELAND – Injuries plagued Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis last year. Now, before the 2015 season has even gotten underway, the former All-Star is dealing with another health issue. The Indians announced Wednesday that Kipnis underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger. The surgery was performed at the Cleveland Read More…

Browns believe organization has rid itself of losing culture


BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine and his players think Browns legend Bernie Kosar has it wrong. They insist the culture within the organization has changed for the better and will support a winner. They know the best way to demonstrate that is to stop the skid at three and finish the season with wins in Read More…

Cavaliers a disaster on defense, get blown out at home by Hawks


CLEVELAND — There’s no sense trying to defend the Cavaliers, because they didn’t attempt to defend anyone all night. In what was an absolutely abysmal effort — if it can even be called that — Cleveland fell 127-98 to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. “I really don’t have too, too Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron stresses importance of playing well at The Q


CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers want to make always-sold-out Quicken Loans Arena a place no team looks forward to visiting. Cleveland entered its game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday having won six straight at The Q, where it was 8-4 on the season, only to get clobbered 127-98 by the Hawks. “We still have a Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Ohio State handles North Carolina A&T


COLUMBUS — In its first game against a North Carolina school, No. 12 Ohio State did all right. The next one will be a truer test. D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points and Marc Loving had 15, leading the Buckeyes to a 97-55 victory over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday night. The win set the stage Read More…

Browns Notes: Garrett Hartley taking time off from TV to kick


BEREA — Garrett Hartley was already planning for his life after football, co-starring in the hunting series “Southern Chaos” on Sportsman Channel, when the Browns called him last week. The former Saints kicker made all 10 of his field goal attempts in a Dec. 9 tryout, then was offered a two-year contract just three days Read More…

Boys basketball: Fun-loving Dillon Mullins keeps things loose for improved Cloverleaf

Cloverleaf center Dillon Mullins (42) pulls down a rebound between Keystone’s Jacob Miller, right, and Jake Bowers on Dec. 3, 2013. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

The first question posed to shooting guard Braedon Hansen, one half of Cloverleaf’s version of comic strip characters Mutt and Jeff, was what comes to mind when someone says “Dillon Mullins.” As most boys basketball fans know by now, Mullins is an old-school, back-to-the-basket center who is among the top scorers in the Suburban League. Read More…

High school football: Bob Lake ends second tenure as Cloverleaf coach

Recently resigned Bob Lake is Cloverleaf’s winningest football coach. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WESTFIELD TWP. — With his plan fulfilled, Bob Lake has stepped aside as the coach of Cloverleaf’s football team. The winningest coach in school history with a 67-102 record, Lake came in to help when the Colts needed him the most. Without the ability to hire a full-time teacher in 2012, Cloverleaf looked to Lake, Read More…

Rick Noland: Ignore the critics, LeBron James is still the best


He’s lost some explosiveness. He takes a few possessions off defensively. His rebounding numbers are down. He turns 30 in a few weeks. He even missed a game because of, gasp, knee soreness. Relax, people. While there is at least a grain of truth to all of the above statements, LeBron James is still so Read More…