March 5, 2015


Browns: QB Josh McCown plans to lead by example, wants to make up for awful 2014


Josh McCown’s willingness and ability to be a mentor was a factor in the Browns signing him last week. But McCown, 35, isn’t ready to be relegated to a rocking chair and still believes he can be a productive quarterback. How does he balance mentoring with his desire to be the starter? “It’s easy. You Read More…

Indians Notes: Exhibition season starts today … finally

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Today is a big day for the Indians and an even bigger one for their fans. Cleveland opens exhibition play at 3:05 p.m., taking on the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Manager Terry Francona thinks his team is ready to start playing games — even if they don’t count. “The timetable is Read More…

Girls basketball: Jodi Johnson, Aubrey Virgin key in Wadsworth victory


MEDINA — Lexi Civittolo, Jillian Miglich, Ava Illig and Bri Burgos won’t be getting thank you tweets or Christmas cards. Even so, the Cloverleaf girls basketball players gave second-seeded Wadsworth what it needed Monday: A competitive and, more importantly, intense tournament game before the real fun begins. The 19th-seeded Colts threw everything but the kitchen Read More…

Girls basketball: Medina can’t find touch in loss

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ELYRIA — Sometimes the basket is the size of the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes it’s the size of a pin. When the 10-foot goal shrinks, it might as well be an 80-foot obstruction. That was the case Monday, when 18th-ranked Medina played third-ranked Magnificat in an Elyria Catholic Division I District semifinal that turned ugly by Read More…

Wrestling: Brunswick turns heads and upends favored Wadsworth for first sectional title

Brunswick’s Nick Kuissis pins Wadsworth’s Cody Surratt in the 138-pound semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Brunswick wrestling coach Mike Koshar racked his brain and couldn’t come up with an answer. Former Blue Devils wrestlers took their best guesses but didn’t have anything concrete, either. A phone call to former coach Gary Eaton late Saturday night finally confirmed what many thought was true. When Brunswick won the Wadsworth Division Read More…

Highland’s Ashley Mennenga highlights record-setting day for county stars

Ashley Mennenga

CANTON — Another day, more records and more history. That’s how the final rounds of the Division I state swimming meet went Saturday as Medina County athletes closed the season with memorable performances. Ashley Mennenga gave the Highland faithful hope for a very bright future, as the freshman broke her school record in the 100-yard Read More…

James Harden, Rockets get best of LeBron, Cavs in OT

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HOUSTON — James Harden has been putting up MVP-caliber numbers all season for the Houston Rockets. Given the chance to go head to head with one of his biggest competitors for the award, Harden and the Rockets came out on top. Harden scored 33 points and Cleveland star LeBron James missed a pair of free Read More…

Indians’ Jason Kipnis is looking to put last season behind him

Jason Kipnis

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Newly crowned All-Star Jason Kipnis was on top of the world after the 2013 season. Then 2014 rolled around. With pretty much everyone in baseball expecting Kipnis to take the next step to stardom, the 28-year-old second baseman tripped and fell, producing a dismal season after signing a six-year, $52.5 million contract Read More…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber faces live hitters for first time

Corey Kluber

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A new round of Indians pitchers got the opportunity to face hitters for the first time Sunday, and one of them was somebody Cleveland fans know well — defending American League Cy Young award winner, Corey Kluber. “It’s hard to read too much into what the hitters are doing because it’s their Read More…

Indians Commentary: Sorry, Tribe fans, 2015 might not be your year

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — A number of respected baseball writers are picking the Indians to win the Central Division. I won’t be one of them. Then again, I’m not so sure “respected” would be an adjective many of the readers — or anyone else, for that matter — would use to describe me. But, whatever. As Read More…