August 23, 2014

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Pettine to name starting QB Tuesday

BEREA — Just because Johnny Manziel won’t take the first snap Monday night doesn’t mean he won’t be the starting quarterback when the season opens Sept. 7 in Pittsburgh. Coach Mike Pettine hasn’t closed the book on the competition that has captivated Cleveland and the NFL, despite naming incumbent Brian Hoyer the starter for the Read More…

Indians want to lock up Kluber

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ key position players, including Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana, are all locked up under long-term contracts. General manager Chris Antonetti hopes to add pitcher Corey Kluber to that list. “It’s safe to say we have an incredible appreciation for what Corey has done,” Antonetti said Friday prior to Cleveland’s series opener Read More…

Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant making the most of his third chance

Armonty Bryant

BEREA — Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant understands the demons Josh Gordon is fighting off the field. Demons of his own nearly ended his NFL career before it started, but also taught him what not to do. “Things could have gone really bad for me,” Bryant said. “Luckily, things did fall in my favor and Read More…

Indians: Former closer John Axford claimed off waivers by Pirates

Yan Gomes, John Axford

CLEVELAND — John Axford’s days are done in Cleveland. The deposed closer, who lost his job shortly into the season, was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. The Pirates reportedly will be responsible for the remainder — a little more than $1 million — of the $4.5 million salary Axford is earning Read More…

Indians split doubleheader against Arizona with thrilling win, shutout loss

Zack Walters

CLEVELAND — The Indians played two Wednesday night at Progressive Field. It was one too many. After a dramatic 3-2 win in the opening game of a traditional doubleheader against the Diamondbacks, Cleveland limped to an agonizing defeat in the nightcap, going scoreless through 12 innings of a 1-0 loss. The long day — seven Read More…

Cavaliers schedule features 29 nationally televised games

With LeBron James back in town and the team expected to contend for an NBA title, the Cavaliers will once again be national media darlings in 2014-15. Cleveland will have 29 games telecast nationally — five on ABC, 10 on TNT, 10 on ESPN and four on NBA TV — the league announced Wednesday. Eleven Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Bourn set for activation; Nick Swisher seeking second opinion

CLEVELAND — Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Friday, while Nick Swisher is headed in a different direction. Bourn, who has been sidelined since July 6 — his second stint on the injured list with a left hamstring issue — is expected to play Friday and Saturday, Read More…

Browns Notes: No-huddle offense makes rare appearance in Berea

Brian Hoyer, Terrance West

BEREA — The future of the NFL arrived Wednesday at Browns headquarters. Near the end of practice, the offense went no-huddle. Brian Hoyer led a 65-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 19-yard catch-and-run from running back Ben Tate after linebacker Barkevious Mingo slipped in coverage. Johnny Manziel went three-and-out in his two chances in the Read More…

Browns rookie RB Terrance West thrilled to spend time with Hall of Famer Jim Brown

Jim Brown

BEREA — Terrance West’s eyes had doubled in size. “Wow. THE Jim Brown,” he said, with the smile of a kid walking into Disney World. West, a rookie running back, met Brown, a Hall of Famer, for the first time Monday. They chatted again Wednesday after training camp practice, and the thrill hadn’t diminished. “It’s Read More…

Indians, Diamondbacks rained out, will play traditional doubleheader Wednesday

Jason Kipnis

CLEVELAND — Blame it on the rain. The series opener Tuesday night between the Indians and Diamondbacks at Progressive Field was postponed by inclement weather. That means the two interleague rivals will play a traditional doubleheader today, with the opening game scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. Trevor Bauer (4-7, Read More…