September 22, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
55°F

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving named MVP as U.S. claims World Cup gold

Kyrie Irving

MADRID — With golden confetti raining on their heads and “Party in the U.S.A” ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything. Doesn’t matter. They had stopped listening long ago. All the questions about their talent, the doubts about their ability, were put down as easily Read More…

Browns 26, Saints 24: Brian Hoyer leads winning drive, gets coach Mike Pettine his 1st win

Mike Pettine

CLEVELAND — The last time the Browns won a home opener, Brian Hoyer had a fresh diploma from St. Ignatius and was just starting his career at Michigan State. Johnny Manziel was in grade school in Texas. Mike Pettine was a lowly assistant with the Ravens, less than three years removed from his time as Read More…

Indians swept out of Detroit on another late home run off Bryan Shaw

Don Kelly

DETROIT — The Cleveland Indians can probably start thinking about October vacation plans. Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Tigers beat the Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep that left Cleveland five games back for the second AL wild card with 14 games left. “Now we’re going Read More…

Brian Dulik: Once again, Browns QB Brian Hoyer proves he has the clutch gene

Brian Hoyer, Kenny Vaccaro

Brian Hoyer gritted his teeth and took a deep breath when the Browns unveiled their “Johnny Football” offensive package Sunday afternoon. Then he went back into the game and showed the world why he is Cleveland’s starting quarterback — and rookie Johnny Manziel is his backup. Hoyer engineered a brilliant 14-play, 85-yard drive in the Read More…

Browns: Johnny Manziel makes uneventful debut

Johnny Manziel

CLEVELAND — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan told a white lie when he said Johnny Manziel “probably” wouldn’t play Sunday against the Saints. Maybe he was just trying to keep New Orleans defensive coordinator and former Browns assistant coach, Rob Ryan, honest. Manziel, Cleveland’s high-profile rookie quarterback, made his regular-season debut in the Browns’ 26-24 win, Read More…

Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham makes plays, but Browns defense makes more

Jimmy Graham

CLEVELAND — Jimmy Graham got his at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, but the Browns got the win. As expected, Graham, an All-Pro tight end, was a force for New Orleans’ high-flying offense — catching 10 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees. But an inspired effort and big plays from Cleveland’s Read More…

High School Football: Manchester at Black River

Black River quarterback Vernon Beard throws as he is hit by Manchester Linebacker Mason Nist during the first quarter. Photo by Aaron Josefczyk

SULLIVAN TWP. — The last in a long series of memorable games between the Black River and Manchester football teams ended in the Panthers’ favor Friday night. What seemed like a close game on paper was anything but, as Manchester ran away with a 51-28 victory. For coach Al Young’s Pirates, there won’t be any Read More…

High School Football: Medina at Wadsworth

Medina's Ian Crawley hauls in a touchdown reception against Wadsworth's Craig Palidar during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

WADSWORTH — Wadsworth defensive coordinator Rob Karovic and Medina counterpart Toby Stepis had 84 reasons to be upset. In a non-league game that one team felt it should have won and the other felt fortunate it didn’t lose Friday, the Grizzlies used enough big plays to hold off the never-quit Bees 47-37. Wadsworth (3-0) led Read More…

High School Football: Cloverleaf at Buckeye

Buckeye quarterback Nathan Polidori celebrates after a Buckeye touchdown in the third quarter.

YORK TWP. — It took a little trickeration, some Johnny Manziel-like quarterbacking and some huge defensive stops, but the Buckeye football team finally ended a long losing streak against Cloverleaf with a 27-7 non-league win Friday. The Bucks (1-2) ended a 14-game skid against their county rival by taking control of the game late in Read More…

High School Football: Brunswick at Austintown Fitch

AUSTINTOWN — To begin its season with three straight wins, the Brunswick football team had to overcome a big barrier: The Blue Devils had to halt Austintown Fitch’s 15-game regular-season winning streak. Make Brunswick 3-0 after it coasted to a 41-27 non-conference victory Friday night at Falcon Stadium. “We wanted to be the ones to Read More…