December 20, 2014

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Boys basketball: Wellington not ready to run with Longhorns

ROCKY RIVER — The calendar wasn’t flipped two months early. And the location wasn’t Elyria. But Friday night’s heavyweight matchup between Lutheran West and Wellington had the look, feel and pace of a pressure-packed postseason game. If all goes according to plan, the Longhorns and Dukes should meet at the Division III sectional or district Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic misses too many easy shots against Holy Name

ELYRIA — It was a frustrating Friday night for Elyria Catholic at the Coliseum. The Panthers missed at least 10 easy shot attempts — known in basketball circles as “bunnies” — within two feet of the basket in a 50-43 North Coast League loss to Holy Name. “Time after time the ball looked like it Read More…

It’s tough keeping up with Jones: Browns safety earning praise for big plays, hits

BEREA — As the games have grown in importance, so has safety Sean Jones’ impact. He continued a run of eight strong weeks by making two of the most critical plays in the Browns’ 8-0 win over Buffalo last week. In the first quarter, he sprinted toward the sideline, dropped his shoulder and separated receiver Read More…

Browns notes: Shaun Smith rushes to launch verbal blitz at Bengals’ Palmer

BEREA — Browns defensive lineman Shaun Smith can talk with the best of them, so he wasn’t about to stand by quietly when friend and former teammate Carson Palmer took a shot at him this week — even if it was a joke. “He’s looking hefty,” the Bengals quarterback said of Smith during a conference Read More…

Doug Clarke: E-mail from Norman Chad? Shirley, you jest

Of all things … So the other day I get this e-mail from Norman Chad. You all know who Norman Chad is, right? Couch Slouch? Funniest guy this side of that Frank Caliendo guy who does all the imitations on TV. Well, OK, he’s not that funny, but on any given day his is the only Read More…

College basketball: Very little matches in Ohio State-Florida rematch

COLUMBUS — The jerseys will still say Florida and Ohio State on the front and it’s still basketball, five to a side. But today’s rematch between the Gators and Buckeyes is as far away from their showdown in last year’s national championship game as an NBA player’s salary is from a college kid’s meager checking Read More…

Amherst family battles cancer on many fronts

Little Emily Zichi learned the importance of a simple gift while enduring a deadly disease. The leukemia that invaded her 7-year-old body a year ago has been fought off with aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, but it was the support she got from those around her that Read More…

Oberlin official collects checks in two cities

OBERLIN — Being in two places at one time is not an easy feat. Yet Oberlin City Manager Eric Norenberg managed to do just that — at least on paper. Norenberg worked out a deal with city officials in Mesa, Ariz., — where he was departing as the information technology services leader — that had Read More…

Millions will take to road, pay $3 a gallon for holiday

Santa isn’t the only one who travels a lot at Christmas. According to AAA, 65.2 million Americans — more than 12 million from the Great Lakes region alone — will travel at least 50 miles during this holiday season. And with gas and airfare prices up, they might be more than a little envious of Read More…

Off the beat: Dec. 22, 2007

‘Hannah Montana here I come!’ It’s official. I’m going to the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus “Best of Both Worlds Tour.” Or, should I say my 8-year-old daughter is going to the concert and — as the official chauffeur of the Roberson household — I will be accompanying her to Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 3. Now, Read More…