July 31, 2014

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Why all the smoke?

Pillows of black smoke filled the 5 p.m. rush hour Thursday in downtown Elyria as fire struck a defunct building along 3rd Street. Elyria fire and EMS crews responded shortly after 4:50 p.m. to the site of the former Lorain County Fair and Riverview Mobile Home Park, and battled strong winds to fight the blaze. Read More…

Fickle finger decides Cavs’ fate: LeBron sprains finger in blowout loss

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – LeBron James was grounded at The Palace after lifting his game to rarified air in his previous visit. James sprained his left index finger in the second quarter Wednesday night, and did not return, and the Detroit Pistons went on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-74 Wednesday night. The Pistons insisted Read More…

Heels stop feat: No. 1 North Carolina snaps Ohio State’s home winning streak

COLUMBUS – One look at the stunned faces filling the stands at Value City Arena and it was easy to see that Buckeye Nation had forgotten what it was like to witness its men`s basketball team lose a game. But that`s exactly what happened as No. 1 North Carolina snapped Ohio State`s 28-game home winning Read More…

Ohio State notes: Buckeyes have been hot against No. 1

COLUMBUS – Ohio State had played the No. 1 team in the country 17 times before Wednesday night`s showdown with top-ranked North Carolina. The Buckeyes` record in those games was 8-9, but they had won six of the last seven – two during Thad Matta`s tenure as coach. Those meetings included last season`s 49-48 win Read More…

Browns GM Savage in no hurry to act on possible QB problem

BEREA – At some point, the Browns are going to have to make a choice between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. General manager Phil Savage wants to delay the inevitable. “Everybody feels like they have to have one (good quarterback),” Savage said Wednesday in a state-of-the-team news conference. “We feel like we have two. I`d Read More…

Browns notes: Savage credits Crennel for turnaround

BEREA – Browns general manager Phil Savage is a rare breed in sports. He is an honest man, perhaps to a fault, especially when it comes to discussing his team. “After our first game, I told somebody, ‘I don`t think we`ll be favored to win a game the rest of the year,`” he admitted Wednesday. Read More…

Former Brown Bill Willis was a real NFL pioneer

BEREA – Not long after Romeo Crennel was hired as Cleveland`s first black head coach, he was visited by an elderly man whose strength, courage and sacrifice decades earlier changed the NFL. Bill Willis sat in Crennel`s office that day and talked about football, the Browns and his special life, one that inspired generations of Read More…

Prep hockey: Elyria Catholic gives up five goals in third, falls 6-5

ELYRIA – Everything was looking up for Elyria Catholic heading into the third period of Wednesday`s non-divisional hockey game. The Panthers held a 4-1 lead on Western Reserve Academy. They were playing relatively penalty-free, having given WRA only one power-play opportunity through 30 minutes. The final period, however, was a nightmare for EC. Western Reserve Read More…

Dan Coughlin: Taylor’s death another case of Miami vice?

The NFL mourns another star, Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins, gunned down in his own house in Miami early Monday morning. He died early Tuesday. If you want to get shot, Miami`s the place. A year ago a University of Miami player was shot to death while standing in his front Read More…

District wants more mall taxes

Elyria school officials say land should be valued at $89 million, not $44 million ELYRIA – Elyria Schools wants to double the value of a good-sized chunk of Midway Mall – a move that, if successful, would double the amount of taxes the district takes in from the mall. The district contends that the value Read More…