October 20, 2014


Browns Notes: QB Brian Hoyer’s agent says Johnny Manziel won’t impact contract talks

Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer

BEREA — Quarterback Brian Hoyer improved to 6-2 as a starter for the Browns on Sunday with his first win over the Steelers. He’s eighth in the league with a 99.5 rating and first with 13.6 yards per completion. As he further establishes himself as a quality and reliable starter, his uncertain contract status gains Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James plans to sit out one of next two preseason games

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — Some fans in Cleveland or Cincinnati are going to be disappointed. LeBron James said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will sit out an exhibition game this week, but he’s unsure which one. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 at Quicken Loans Arena, then play Indiana on Wednesday at Read More…

Cross country: Highland’s Carlee Rhoads, Grizzlies’ boys win

Wadsworth junior Jon Bach (1468) leads the pack as it enters the wooded section of the course. (AARON JOSEFCZYK / GAZETTE)

Jonathan Huff | The Gazette AKRON — Suburban League championships proved twice as nice for Highland star Carlee Rhoads and the Wadsworth boys cross country team. In a near-copy of the SL Super Duals, Rhoads won the meet with space to spare and the Grizzlies beat Green by a matter of points. The Nordonia girls also Read More…

Tennis: Inching closer, Emily Dunbar takes set but falls to Sandberg

Emily Dunbar

OBERLIN — Emily Dunbar has taken a set. The next step is to win the match. That was the consensus Saturday after Walsh Jesuit’s Molly Sandberg beat Dunbar 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to win her second consecutive Oberlin College Division I District title in girls tennis. The great news for Dunbar is there will be another Read More…

Browns 31, Steelers 10: Cleveland dominates rival, improves to 3-2 with 2nd straight win

Brian Hoyer

CLEVELAND — No furious comeback. No last-second heroics. Nothing fluky. Just a dominant win against a hated rival in a critical game. The Browns played their best 60 minutes of the season Sunday and clobbered the Steelers 31-10 at a raucous FirstEnergy Stadium. They improved to 3-2 with their second straight win. “To beat those Read More…

Browns notes: Big win has downside as Pro Bowl center Alex Mack suffers broken leg

Alex Mack

CLEVELAND — Browns center Alex Mack will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left lower leg Sunday, a league source confirmed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured on a running play in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack was immediately placed in an air Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer keeps proving he’s a leader and a winner

Brian Hoyer

Joe Haden was headed out of the Browns locker room, but he abruptly changed course when he saw Brian Hoyer striding toward the interview podium. “My man,” the Pro Bowl cornerback said, smiling broadly. “You can say whatever you want up there.” Though it was a simple gesture, it reflected the feelings of the entire Read More…

Banged-up Browns defense turns in bang-up performance in win over Steelers

Joe Haden, Antonio Brown

CLEVELAND — The Browns defense faced an uphill battle Sunday against Pittsburgh. It was down two starters and a key reserve. Two other starters were ailing and two more contributors were lost during the game. It had not played well so far, entering Sunday allowing 421.8 yards — second-worst in the NFL — and 26.2 Read More…

Cardinals down Giants on walk-off homer, tie NLCS at a game apiece

Cardinals v San Francisco Giants NLCS

ST. LOUIS — Kolten Wong and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied again with their latest postseason power show, tying the NL Championship Series at a game apiece. After the final party at home plate, reality set in: They might be without Yadier Molina the rest of the way. Wong hit a leadoff home run in Read More…

High School Football: Buckeye at Black River

Black River's Alex McIntyre can not make a reception as Buckeye's Tom Harrington defends during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  SULLIVAN TWP. — Buckeye offensive linemen Hunter Gray, Brad Calta, Bruce Barnby, Brenden Morrissey and Jack Schroeder may have well said, “Here it comes. Try to stop it,” every time they put their hands in the dirt. The jet sweep looked like the best play in the history of football. School and MedinaCounty records Read More…