April 18, 2014

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Browns: New safety Donte Whitner predicts big things for his return home

Donte Whitner, Karlos Dansby and Isaiah Trufant stand with Browns head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer during a news conference Wednesday.

BEREA — The Browns didn’t express any interest in Cleveland native Donte Whitner during his first venture into free agency. Three years and two Pro Bowl selections later, the hard-hitting strong safety was at the top of their wish list. Whitner formally signed a four-year contract worth $28 million with the Browns on Wednesday, bringing Read More…

Browns sign kicker Billy Cundiff to one-year deal

Billy Cundiff

BEREA — The Browns are still seeking a franchise quarterback and have myriad holes to fill on defense. Their special teams, however, are set for the upcoming season. Cleveland signed kicker Billy Cundiff to a one-year, $1.02 million contract Thursday, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent this weekend. He made $840,000 last season. Read More…

Browns drop troubled WR Bess

BEREA — Slowly but surely, the Browns are ridding themselves of the mistakes made by former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi. Cleveland’s latest corrective move occurred Wednesday, when it released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, along with wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Bess was a massive disappointment during his Read More…

UPDATED: Browns release wide receiver Davone Bess

Davone Bess

BEREA — Slowly but surely, the Browns are ridding themselves of the mistakes made by former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi. Cleveland’s latest corrective move occurred Wednesday, when it released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, along with wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Bess was a massive disappointment during his Read More…

Browns put transition tag on center Alex Mack, can match any offer sheets; free safety T.J. Ward headed for free agency

Browns fans would like to see a contract extension for center Alex Mack, a staple of the offensive line and one of the team's top players.  (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Two-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack is likely to spend many more years with the Browns after the team designated him its transition player Monday. Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward, however, will enter the free-agent marketplace after Cleveland opted to use its lone available franchise/transition tag on Mack. “We looked at the collective Read More…

Indians aim to boost attendance with ticketing, promotional options

Cleveland Indians

CLEVELAND — The Indians qualified for the American League playoffs in 2013, but had the third-lowest average attendance in Major League Baseball. In hopes of drawing larger crowds to Progressive Field this season, the Tribe unveiled a series of fan-friendly ticketing and promotional options Wednesday. The most notable — and innovative — concept is Kids Read More…

Sectional Gymnastics: Magnificat’s Julia Corrao captures floor exercise, qualifies for district 6 ways

Julia Corrao

MEDINA — A gymnast can qualify for the district meet in six ways. Magnificat junior Julia Corrao accomplished all of them Saturday. Corrao won the Medina sectional championship in the floor exercise, and added top-six showings in the all-around, vault, uneven parallel bars and balance beam in leading the Blue Streaks to the team title. Read More…

Brian Dulik: Winning is the only thing that can save Browns

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine speaks during a news conference on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

New Browns coach Mike Pettine said all the right things Thursday at his introductory news conference in Berea. The longtime NFL assistant thanked Cleveland’s front office for hiring him, praised the team’s long-suffering fans and expressed gratitude that he now holds one of “only 32 of these jobs in the world.” Pettine’s most important statement, Read More…

Avon gymnast shines for Magnificat at invitational

Magnificat’s Julia Corrao competes in the floor exercise at Saturday’s Clevidence Invitational at Medina High School. Corrao, an Avon resident, won the event, 
as well as the balance beam and all-around to lead the Blue Streaks to the team title. RON SCHWANE / CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Just two days after Magnificat’s gymnastics team made a huge statement by beating Brecksville, Julia Corrao made one of her own Saturday. The talented junior from Avon won the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise at the Clevidence Invitational, leading the Blue Streaks to a decisive victory in the team competition. Two-time state qualifier Read More…

Dulik: Browns coach’s firing came waaaay too quickly

Rob Chudzinski

  Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III is a man of many words, but he only needed six to sum up the current state of the franchise. “Talk is cheap, actions speak loud.” Yes, they do, which is why Cleveland’s decision to fire coach Rob Chudzinski after only 16 games spoke volumes about Haslam and CEO Read More…