July 31, 2014

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Browns GM Ray Farmer defends rookie QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, Mike Pettine, Kyle Shanahan

BEREA — Johnny Manziel, a master at evading would-be tacklers, absorbed quite a few hits in the last several days. Coach Mike Pettine said it would be a “tall task” for him to wrestle the starting quarterback job from Brian Hoyer. Owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment with his off-the-field behavior. Manziel struggled to move the Read More…

Browns Training Camp, Day 2: Farmer says Manziel is ‘focused, committed to football’

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

BEREA — A day after owner Jimmy Haslam expressed disappointment in rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s offseason of partying, general manager Ray Farmer complimented Manziel’s commitment to football. “I’ve seen a young man that came back, that appears to be prepared for competition and I think that’s what we want — guys that took the time Read More…

Butler does in Indians

  The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pinch-hitter Billy Butler’s two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning sent the Kansas City Royals over the Indians 6-4 Friday night for their fourth straight win. Carlos Santana homered twice for the Indians, who have lost five of six. Butler connected against John Axford, sending Read More…

Manziel admits to some “rookie” mistakes

  Scott Petrak The Gazette BEREA — On the eve of his first NFL training camp, which will feature him trying to come from behind to pass Brian Hoyer in a highly anticipated quarterback competition, Johnny Manziel admitted to taking missteps off the field. But he downplayed the mistakes, again defended his right to party Read More…

Nine-year-old Jackson Chambers makes hole-in-one

  Dan Brown The Gazette YORK TWP. — From the first day he started playing golf, Jackson Chambers fell in love with the 11th hole at Shale Creek Golf Club. It’s the spot where he had his first par when he was six and his family lives in the York Township housing development that surrounds Read More…

Chicago’s Noah spices up rivalry with Cavs

  Brian Dulik The Gazette CLEVELAND — Leave it to Joakim Noah to spice up a quiet Friday on the Cavaliers front. The outspoken Chicago Bulls center — infamous for criticizing the city of Cleveland during the 2010 NBA playoffs — shared his thoughts on LeBron James’ return to the Cavaliers. Speaking with K.C. Johnson Read More…

Browns issues to watch: No. 1 is to keep an eye on Pettine

Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine will be watched closely. Pettine is the team’s third coach in three years. (FILE PHOTO)

The time has arrived. On Saturday morning at 9:30, breathless Browns fans will finally get a chance to watch Johnny Manziel practice up close and personal. The rookie quarterback that energized the fan base when he was drafted in May will join 89 teammates, rookie coach Mike Pettine and his new coaching staff as they Read More…

Rookie Andrew Wiggins signs four-year contract with Cavs

Andrew Wiggins

CLEVELAND — Rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the Cavaliers through August 22. Beyond that date, though, there are no guarantees he will remain in Cleveland. Wiggins signed a four-year contract Thursday that will pay him $5.5 million in his first professional season. The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Read More…

AP source: Josh Gordon to meet with NFL Aug. 1

Josh Gordon

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will have a hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1. Gordon was arrested this month on charges of driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More…

Indians lose first series in July

Jose Ramirez, Danny Santana

MINNEAPOLIS — For the first time this month, Cleveland lost a series. Trevor Bauer lost for the first time in five July starts as the Indians lost 3-1 to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday to drop two of three. “We just didn’t do much offensively,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I would say (Bauer) held Read More…