December 22, 2014

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Browns believe organization has rid itself of losing culture

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Indians sign Gavin Floyd, say his elbow is fine; four spots in rotation set

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CLEVELAND — The Indians will enter spring training with four spots in the rotation already spoken for. Cleveland signed free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, 31, to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million Tuesday. And according to general manager Chris Antonetti, Floyd, who has been plagued by elbow injuries the past two seasons, has a Read More…

Scott Petrak: Remember when the Browns were relevant?

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A collection of thoughts with the season winding down, the Browns reeling and the playoffs out of the picture. Relevance was nice while it lasted. For the first time since 2007, the Browns entered December with a winning record. That meant extended excitement and finally games with real meaning. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the early Read More…