September 18, 2014

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NFL notes: Ravens fire Billick after nine seasons, one Super Bowl title

Brian Billick was fired as coach of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, less than a day after his team concluded a disappointing 5-11 season. Players were told of the dismissal as they packed up their lockers at the practice facility. Billick won the 2001 Super Bowl in his second season with the Ravens, and led Read More…

Browns suffer Titan-ic disappointment, despite winning finale

CLEVELAND — When the Browns eventually look back at 2007, they will have plenty to celebrate. They won 10 games, which is six more than last year. They set a franchise record with seven home wins. They sent two players to the Pro Bowl. But when the Browns went to sleep Sunday night, the happy Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns’ fate should have included spot in playoffs

The Browns deserved to make the playoffs. Analysts can crunch numbers, commentators can quibble over close calls and fans can dream about what might have been, but it all comes back to that point. Cleveland was a better team than Tennessee throughout the regular season, as well as being more exciting and infinitely more entertaining Read More…

Browns’ Anderson earns win, but Quinn finally pitches in

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland faithful got a look at the future when Brady Quinn saw his first NFL action, but it was Derek Anderson who delivered a late Christmas present Sunday afternoon. Anderson was knocked out of the game with an injury to the little finger on his throwing hand late in the second quarter, Read More…

Browns notes: Cribbs’ big day caps special season

CLEVELAND — Jim Brown is still known as the greatest Browns player of all time, but he no longer holds one of the franchise’s oldest records. Joshua Cribbs gained 192 all-purpose yards Sunday in Cleveland’s 20-7 win over San Francisco, allowing him to break Brown’s single-season team mark set 44 years ago. Cribbs finished the Read More…

Browns vs. 49ers: Browns dominate game, matchups

THUMBS UP Joshua Cribbs, Browns kick returner The Pro Bowler didn’t rest on his laurels. Cribbs returned the first punt of the day a career-high 53 yards, then followed with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown. It goes with two kickoff returns for scores this year and gives him five return TDs for his Read More…

Waiting for Means’ season: Ex-Shoreman excels in football, but baseball’s his love

For seven months out of the year, Andrew Means engages in a test of will. No practice swings in the cage. No fly balls in the outfield. He won’t even satisfy his insatiable need to grip a baseball. For roughly two-thirds of the year, Means bottles up his greatest passion and stuffs it in the Read More…

Ohio State beat the odds to make it back to BCS title game

COLUMBUS — This wasn’t the way the season was supposed to go for Ohio State. The offense was gutted by graduation and early defections to the NFL. The defense had a rebuilt line and new faces at half the slots in the secondary and at linebacker. The quarterback had never started a game, and neither Read More…

Prep roundup: Bay girls fall to Holy Name in basketball tourney

GARFIELD HTS. — Bay concluded its play in the Garfield Heights Holiday Cage Classic by dropping a 65-53 decision to Holy Name on Sunday. The Rockets (4-5) were 0-2 in the tournament. Lindsey Lowrie led Bay on Sunday with 21 points while Brittany Wenzell added 13. Holy Name (5-6) got 24 points from Megan Krakowiak. Read More…

Colts offer Browns no help

CLEVELAND — Helpless became hopeless for the Browns. The Browns finished 10-6 — their best record since 1994 — after a 20-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers, but needed a Tennessee Titans loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night to make the playoffs. The Titans got three field goals from Rob Bironas, including Read More…