September 3, 2014

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Browns have simple playoff formula: They’re in with a win

CINCINNATI — The Browns have been here before — and they walked off the field celebrating. On Dec. 14, 1986, the Browns headed down I-71 for the penultimate game of the season in need of a win to clinch a playoff spot. They opened the game with a bomb, cruised to a 34-3 win and Read More…

Browns vs. Bengals: Keys and matchups

KEYS TO THE GAME Score early and often The Browns have everything to play for — a win and they’re in the playoffs — while the Bengals are merely trying to play the role of spoiler. An early lead by the Browns would take the crowd out of it and might sap the Bengals’ spirit. Read More…

College basketball: Stage smaller, but OSU finally beats Florida

COLUMBUS — Ohio State got its revenge against Florida on Saturday, but the sweet part is going to have to wait. Vanquished by the Gators twice last season, the final time in the national championship game, the Buckeyes finally beat Florida, winning 62-49 in front of a near-sellout crowd of 19,049 fans at Value City Read More…

Dan Coughlin: Cleveland fans kow all about bad trades

A conversation developed with the chap sitting next to me at a high school basketball game. That’s the charm of high school basketball. You can actually hold a dialogue with a stranger, unlike a Cavs game, where the atmosphere simulates the day room of an insane asylum because of that lunatic with a microphone. The Read More…

Girls basketball: Admiral King romps past rival Southview

LORAIN — Just when the Admiral King girls thought they had Southview put away, the Saints hit a pair of late free throws, cutting their deficit to 30 points. Some teams just won’t go away. But despite Southview’s 5-0 last-minute run, the Admirals rolled to a 75-48 victory over their crosstown rival on Saturday in Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria downs Olmsted Falls for a much-needed win

ELYRIA — After two straight losses — the last one an embarrassing blowout at Hudson — Elyria coach Mike Walsh admitted Saturday’s non-conference game with Olmsted Falls was an important one. “We needed a win right now,” Walsh said. “I told them this is our biggest game of the year. We’re on a two-game losing Read More…

Prep hockey: North Olmsted defender shows his offensive side in win

NORTH OLMSTED — North Olmsted coach Tim Murphy says he’s now able to tell one McBride twin from the other. Dan McBride is the one who plays defense. He’s also the one who was the big hero for North Olmsted in its 5-2 victory over Shaker Heights on Saturday. McBride, a sophomore and the twin Read More…

Prep wrestling: Pfister’s big day saves the day for host Black River

SULLIVAN TWP. — Black River’s chances for a three-peat at its own J.B. Firestone Invitational ended before the 44th edition of the event even took place. Violations of team rules resulted in big lineup changes and seven Pirates wrestling out of their normal weight classes. In wrestling terms, it was a major decision against the Read More…

‘Hannah’-mania runs wild on Midway Mall

ELYRIA — Say the words “Hannah Montana” to any pre-teen girl and watch her eyes go big as saucers.Say “free tickets” to parents and either stand aside or get trampled. Combine both, and suddenly the Midway Mall food court is packed. By 10:30 a.m. Saturday, hundreds of eager children and parents were already waiting in Read More…

Elyria hold-ups at bank, Subway have striking similarities

ELYRIA — It looks like robbers are returning to their old haunts just in time to ruin the holidays for local businesses. Elyria police officers were called to hold-ups Friday at National City Bank, 405 Midway Blvd., and on Saturday at Subway, 403 Cleveland St. Both places already had been robbed once before this month Read More…