October 31, 2014


Brian Dulik: Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer keeps proving he’s a leader and a winner

Brian Hoyer

Joe Haden was headed out of the Browns locker room, but he abruptly changed course when he saw Brian Hoyer striding toward the interview podium. “My man,” the Pro Bowl cornerback said, smiling broadly. “You can say whatever you want up there.” Though it was a simple gesture, it reflected the feelings of the entire Read More…

Browns notes: Big win has downside as Pro Bowl center Alex Mack suffers broken leg

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, left, is surrounded by teammates before he is taken off the field with an injury in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Browns center Alex Mack will miss the rest of the season after suffering a broken left lower leg Sunday, a league source confirmed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection was injured on a running play in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mack was immediately placed in an air Read More…

Johnny Manziel: NCAA needs to change, start paying players

Johnny Manziel

BEREA — Johnny Manziel will never have to worry about money again, having signed his first NFL contract and several multimillion dollar endorsement deals. The Browns rookie quarterback, however, believes he should have been paid while playing football at Texas A&M over the past three seasons. “I think college football is at a big crossroads Read More…

Browns Notes: CB Joe Haden misses practice again; Justin Gilbert, Robert Nelson preparing in case

Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert makes a catch during practice at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday. The rookie cornerback was benched last week at Tennessee and the No. 8 overall pick has had a rough NFL introduction. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden sat out practice for the second straight day with a hip injury, putting his availability in doubt for the Browns’ game Sunday against Pittsburgh. Undrafted rookie Robert Nelson and first-round pick Justin Gilbert continued to take reps with the starting defense, but coach Mike Pettine declined to speculate Read More…

Browns notes: Running back Ben Tate downplays his big day against Titans

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

BEREA — Ben Tate had every reason to gloat after rushing for a team season-high 123 yards in the Browns’ 29-28 win over Tennessee. Surprisingly, though, the outspoken running back chose not to. “I don’t want to talk about me, I’d rather talk about my teammates because it’s a team game,” Tate said Monday. “It Read More…

Browns Notes: Head coach Mike Pettine cautions against looking ahead

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron walks off the field on Sept. 21. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)

BEREA — The Browns’ players received a mathematics lesson from coach Mike Pettine in their pre-practice meeting Tuesday. Pettine explained that the combined records of Cleveland’s next five opponents isn’t 4-16. It’s one, as in, “There is a reason why you take it one game at a time.” “You just can’t afford to look ahead Read More…

Browns: Running back Ben Tate returns to practice, will get starting job back Sunday if healthy

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate  runs from Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Keenan Robinson during the first half of a preseason football game in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski, File)

BEREA — Browns running back Ben Tate returned to practice Tuesday after missing three weeks with a sprained right knee. He also reclaimed the top spot on the depth chart. Cleveland coach Mike Pettine announced that Tate will start Sunday at Tennessee — provided he is healthy — with rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell Read More…

Michael Brantley, Bryan Shaw reach milestones but Indians fall to Rays

Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley watches his single off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Colome in the fourth inning Saturday. Brantley's hit is recorded as his 200th hit of the year, which is the first Indian with 200-plus hits in a season since Kenny Lofton in 1996.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Indians left fielder Michael Brantley reached a milestone and setup man Bryan Shaw set a team record Saturday night. Both of them, however, were overshadowed by another poor defensive performance by the Tribe. A throwing error by Lonnie Chisenhall and a bouncing toss by Mike Aviles led to two runs, allowing the Tampa Read More…

Brian Dulik: Cavaliers just fine with spotlight’s glare

Below, James jokes around with Cavs teammates Kevin Love, left, and Kyrie Irving before a photo shoot for Sports Illustrated during the team’s media day in September.

INDEPENDENCE — Anderson Varejao surveyed the scene inside Cleveland Clinic Courts, then began laughing. Watching 300 reporters scurry around the gym, attempting to avoid the four live broadcast positions — while not physically bumping into Cleveland’s players and coaches — was quite a sight. “I knew the media day was going to be crazy like Read More…

Corey Kluber dominates again, but Indians knocked out of postseason race despite win over Rays

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber pumps his fist toward second baseman Mike Aviles after Tampa Bay Rays' David DeJesus grounded out in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Rays 1-0. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has done everything he can to win the American League Cy Young Award. Now the decision is in the hands of the Baseball Writers Association of America. The right-hander fired 11 strikeouts over eight scoreless innings in his final start of the season Friday, powering the Indians to a 1-0 victory Read More…