August 4, 2015

Intermittent clouds

Optimism reigns as Browns coaches, players aim to prove doubters wrong

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine and the Browns players are bringing a positive outlook to training camp. (AP FILE PHOTO)

BEREA — The eve of training camp is the perfect spot on the NFL calendar for optimism. The Browns’ pockets were packed with positivity. “We’re confident that if things fall right that we can be right there in the discussion at the end,” coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday. “We were sitting at 7-4 (last year) Read More…

Browns: Fans should keep eye on running backs, receivers

Cleveland running back Isaiah Crowell,  left, enters training camp with a slight edge to be the starter. Rookie 
third-round pick Duke Johnson and Terrance West are also in the mix. (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL / TNS PHOTOS)

Competition is a constant at training camp, and the Browns organization has made it a priority to promote it at every position. A deeper, more talented roster should increase the intensity of camp and make winning a regular-season roster spot more difficult. The rookies reported last week, the veterans arrive today and the first full-squad Read More…

Cavs: ‘Delly’ will be back next season

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The “Delly Trey” will be served up again in Cleveland in 2015-16. Restricted free agent guard Matthew Dellavedova agreed to play next season under the Cavaliers’ $1.2 million qualifying offer, with the hope of a bigger payday when the salary cap skyrockets next summer. Dellavedova, who will be a restricted free agent again in 2016, Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: Stiffing, whiffing & sniffing

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Gotta continue my investigation into this bright orange thing in a blue sky, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports and get outta here: Team meetings are for losers, and the Indians, heading into a Monday night game against Kansas City, have proven to be big-time losers. … This should not be surprising, because Read More…

Indians losses keep mounting as Tribe drops fifth game in a row

Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Santana points up after hitting a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez in the second inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — A team meeting designed to breathe life into the sagging Indians had little effect the following day. Cleveland opened a three-game series against Central Division-leading Kansas City on Monday night with a 9-4 loss at Progressive Field, accounting for the Indians’ seventh straight loss at home and fifth straight defeat overall. Cleveland’s ninth Read More…

Indians call team meeting after getting swept by Sox

Cleveland’s Brandon Moss, right, looks back as Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers chases him in the third inning. Moss was out on the play. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — There have been plenty of low points during this disappointing Indians season — none lower than this one. With a chance to prove they were still legitimate contenders for a postseason spot prior to the trading deadline, the Indians went out and showed they weren’t, getting swept by the White Sox in a Read More…

Browns have plenty of swagger, one of best in NFL

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BEREA — Incomplete passes are nothing new at Browns practices. Besides the hallucination of the 2007 season, the reincarnation of the Browns has featured a steady stream of bad offenses, particularly when throwing the ball. Quarterback, receiver and tight end remain giant areas of concern as training camp arrives Thursday, but there’s another, more positive Read More…

Cavs: Mike Miller, Brendan Haywood sent to Portland

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CLEVELAND — Center Brendan Haywood and small forward Mike Miller are now former members of the Cavaliers. Cleveland agreed to send Haywood and Miller — along with multiple second-round draft picks — to Portland in exchange for two trade exceptions worth $13.35 million on Sunday night. The transaction was first reported by Yahoo Sports. The Read More…

Wrestling: Medina County pair finishes strong in Freestyle Junior Nationals

Medina resident James Handwerk, left, takes on Kansas’ Isacc Luellen in the seventh-place match at 182 pounds. (BRAD BOURNIVAL / GAZETTE)

FARGO, N.D. — Familiar faces led to seventh places Saturday at the Junior Nationals during Freestyle competition in Fargo, North Dakota. That left Wadsworth’s Noah Baughman (120 pounds) and Medina resident James Handwerk (182), a Lutheran West junior, grinning after what were impressive performances at the FargoDome to earn All-American status. After putting together six Read More…

Chippewa Lake regatta attracts 14 competitors for boat race

Richard King of Canada was among the competitors Saturday in the Midsummer Madness Regatta hosted by the Chippewa Lake Yacht Club. King was a winner of one of the races for the day.

The Chippewa Lake Yacht Club hosted its Midsummer Madness Regatta over the weekend. Race categories were open to anyone 15 and older with a Y Flyer sailboat. Y Flyer sailboats are 18 feet long and can be sailed by one or two people. Teams from the U.S. and Canada competed in the races Saturday and Read More…