August 29, 2014

Medina
Partly sunny
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Mangini hiring a positive step

By BRIAN DULIK Hiring Eric Mangini is not a gamble or a calculated risk by the Browns. It’s a safe, smart move by a franchise that hasn’t made many correct calls in the last quarter-century. The 37-year-old may not have been the flashiest or the most exciting coach on the market, but he was the Read More…

Five hints to being a Browns fan

By BRAD BOURNIVAL Staff Writer Getting around this Christmas season can be taxing enough. Throw in being a Browns fan and the month of December can be downright maddening. Too many times fights break out because some pea-brained fan is rooting for some pointless reason at something that just happened — or in the Browns’ Read More…

Just thinking about the Cavs

By RICK NOLAND Assistant Sports Editor Things I think about the Cavaliers, who are 15-3 overall, 10-0 at Quickens Loans Arena and the winners of six straight games and 14 of their last 15. I think the organization is stronger than it’s ever been: Earlier this week, I opined that the Cavaliers were in better Read More…

Cavaliers are very good

For better or worse, I’m old enough to have seen every squad in the Cavaliers’ 39-year history, with this being my 23rd year covering the team for this paper. As a high schooler in 1975-76, I listened to Joe Tait on the radio as Nate Thurmond, Jim Brewer, Bingo Smith, Jim Cleamons and Co. beat Read More…

Colts still find way to win

By BRIAN DULIK Staff Writer The Indianapolis Colts feature a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback, two elite wide receivers, a pair of solid running backs and one of the best coaches in the NFL. On Sunday afternoon, though, the perennial Super Bowl contenders looked more like pretenders — but still found a way to leave Cleveland Read More…

Turn out the lights on 2008

By BRIAN DULIK Staff Writer The Browns’ season on the brink officially fell into the abyss on Sunday afternoon. With a 16-6 loss to the lowly Houston Texans, Cleveland pounded the final nail into its coffin and made it clear things aren’t going to get better anytime soon. That unpleasant realization was evident on the Read More…

Hornets mull what happened

It’s been three full days since Highland lost a gut-wrenching 28-21 Division II, Region 6 final to Sylvania Southview, but the Hornets are still buzzing about a few things that knocked them out of the playoffs. First and foremost, human error comes into play and the referees made the right call on a personal foul Read More…

No blame game here

There was controversy, chaos, heartbreak and, ultimately, a gut-wrenching, season-ending defeat, but above all else, there was total class by the members of the Highland football team. The Hornets lost 28-21 to Sylvania Southview on Friday at Huron Memorial Stadium in a Division II, Region 6 final they’ll be talking about for decades in Granger Read More…

Cavs doing business the right way

By BRIAN DULIK Staff Writer Random thoughts from the stands at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavaliers hosted old friend Drew Gooden and the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday: If I’ve written it one time, I’ve written it 1,000 times: No team run by a Paxson will ever be successful, which is why this Bulls squad Read More…

Ravens suck life out of the Browns

By BRIAN DULIK Staff Writer It didn’t seem possible that the Baltimore Ravens could inflict more emotional damage on the city of Cleveland. Yet, the franchise formerly known as the Browns pulled it off in a one-hour timeframe on Sunday afternoon. Baltimore rallied behind a pair of rookies — running back Ray Rice and quarterback Read More…