February 27, 2015

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Browns unveil new logo; uniforms to be unveiled April 14

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BEREA — The Browns’ unveiling of their new logo Tuesday turned out to be much ado about nothing. Cleveland will continue to use its insignia-free helmet as its primary logo, but dramatically brightened the shade of orange and changed the facemask to brown. The brown-and-white stripe atop the helmet also has been widened, reflecting subtle Read More…

Commentary: Hatred for Heat gone as LeBron James, Cavaliers keep rolling

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against Miami Heat’s Chris Andersen Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The vitriol is almost gone. So are the hard feelings about LeBron James’ defection to South Beach five years ago. Believe it or not, the Cavaliers’ 113-93 win over the Miami Heat was little more than a routine game on Wednesday night. Quicken Loans Arena was sold out and rocking, as usual, but the hatred Read More…

Brian Dulik: Cavaliers find out (Kevin) Love can conquer all … or at least the Lakers

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, center, tries to shoot against Los Angeles Lakers' Tarik Black in the first quarter Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Kevin Love insisted he didn’t do anything differently Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. The results — and his noticeable uptick in energy — indicated otherwise. The All-NBA power forward scored a season-high 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and buried seven 3-pointers as the Cavaliers crushed Los Angeles 120-105 at Quicken Loans Arena. Love showcased Read More…

Commentary: Fun night at The Q gives glimpse into how good Cavs can be

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, dunks the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cavaliers were a team on a mission Thursday, determined to show a national television audience just how far they’ve come. They also had one heckuva good time while doing it. J.R. Smith helped mascot Moondog attempt half-court shots, minority owner Nate Forbes playfully ran onto the court to call a technical foul and Iman Read More…

Commentary: Dion Waiters met with boos from Cleveland crowd

Oklahoma City Thunder's Dion Waiters drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Dion Waiters is a likable enough guy, always willing to offer high-fives to fans and warm smiles to Quicken Loans Arena employees. As a basketball player, though, “Ball Hard” was one of the most maddening talents to suit up for the Cavaliers in many years. Waiters brought his tired act to town Sunday with his Read More…

Dion Waiters returns with Thunder today to face Cavaliers for 1st time since trade

Dion Waiters

CLEVELAND — NBA MVP Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are the marquee players on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Backup shooting guard Dion Waiters, however, will have all eyes on him today as he plays against the Cavaliers for the first time since being traded to Oklahoma City on Jan. 5. Cleveland acquired shooting guards J.R. Read More…

Cavaliers: Coveted big man acquired in trade with Denver

In this Nov. 23, file photo, Denver Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov pulls down a rebound. The Cleveland Cavaliers have filled their biggest need, acquiring Mozgov from the Nuggets for two future first-round draft picks. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ quest to add a legitimate big man is complete. Denver traded starting center Timofey Mozgov and a second-round draft pick to Cleveland in exchange for two first-round selections Wednesday night, marking the Cavaliers’ second significant trade in three days. The 7-foot-1, 250-pounder averaged 8.5 points, a career-high 7.8 rebounds and 1.17 blocked shots Read More…

Browns notes: Veterans see Gilbert’s ability, need to see consistency

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert returns an interception for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert not only was inactive for the season finale against the Ravens, he was essentially suspended for it. Coach Mike Pettine said the first-round pick from Oklahoma State was late for a team meeting Saturday in Baltimore, prompting him to be a healthy scratch for the 20-10 loss the next Read More…

Browns: Undrafted rookie QB Connor Shaw to start finale Sunday in Baltimore

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine has made it official: Connor Shaw will start at quarterback in the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens. The undrafted rookie from South Carolina was named the starter Friday when Brian Hoyer was unable to practice because of an injured right shoulder and biceps. Shaw will become Cleveland’s 22nd Read More…

Browns: Humbling first year for Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel began his rookie season on the bench and will finish it on injured reserve. Obviously, the man known as “Johnny Football” is not pleased with his first year in the NFL, which consisted of just two starts. “My (left) hamstring is hurt enough to keep me out this week, Read More…