October 23, 2014

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Prep Athletes of the Week for the week of Oct. 21

Chloe McKinzie

Football Gary Clift Jr., Brunswick: Senior wide receiver scored two touchdowns in Blue Devils’ 59-21 win over Twinsburg. … First score in Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division game came on 70-yard punt return. … Other TD was 9-yard reception in second quarter. … Had 134 punt return yards in first quarter. … Finished with five Read More…

Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

LeBron James

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Browns Notes: Running game lacks rhythm

Johnathan Cyprien, Ben Tate

BEREA — The Browns are the only NFL team to have three players with 200-plus rushing yards on the season. None of them, however, were effective Sunday in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Starter Ben Tate gained a team-high 36 yards on 16 carries, undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell had 18 on seven attempts, and Read More…

Browns lament loss to Jaguars, try to move on quickly

Brian Hoyer, John Greco, Paul McQuistan

BEREA — The disappointment hadn’t dissipated by Monday afternoon. The Browns (3-3) squandered an opportunity for a three-game winning streak, playing easily their worst game of the season in a 24-6 loss to previously winless Jacksonville. Their first two losses came on field goals on the final play. This one stung because the performance was Read More…

Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98: Plenty pitch in to lift Cavs to preseason win

Tristan Thompson

COLUMBUS — It was only an exhibition game, but it could very well have been a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. With both teams sticking to their regular-season rotations and the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” playing together for just the second time in the preseason, Cleveland downed the Chicago Bulls 107-98 Monday night in front Read More…

World Series: Will it be rest or rust for Royals and Giants?

Ned Yost

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head. Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout. “I can’t believe Read More…

Ohio State: Meyer trying to keep focus on Penn State, not Michigan State

Urban Meyer

COLUMBUS — There’s always the danger of a powerhouse looking past a couple of struggling teams to the marquee game on its schedule. But Urban Meyer says that won’t be the case for No. 13 Ohio State at Penn State on Saturday. “I think if you play a really bad team, that happens,” Meyer said Read More…

Golf: Highland, Medina have no regrets, finish sixth, eighth

Highland senior Chloe McKinzie putts during the second round of the Division I state tournament. (TRISHA KRAKOWSKI / GAZETTE)

COLUMBUS — Second-round expectations were relatively tame for the Highland and Medina girls golf teams at the Division I state tournament. Both walked off Ohio State University’s Gray Course satisfied with their seasons. Basically holding their ground in gloomy, 50-degree weather Saturday, the Hornets kept the status quo to finish sixth and the Bees fell Read More…

Jaguars pick up first win against Browns

Brian Hoyer, John Greco, Paul McQuistan

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One by one, the Browns stressed they didn’t take the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars lightly. The alternative explanation for the ugly performance wasn’t any better. “We just didn’t play well,” quarterback Brian Hoyer said. “We got our butts kicked. They handed it to us.” The Jaguars got their first win of the year Read More…

Brian Hoyer one of many who had bad day for the Browns

Brian Hoyer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coach Mike Pettine knew quarterback Brian Hoyer didn’t play well. He wanted everyone else to realize Hoyer wasn’t alone Sunday in Cleveland’s 24-6 loss to the Jaguars. “Today is a really good example of when a team wins a quarterback gets a lot of credit, and when they don’t he’s going to Read More…