October 20, 2014

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Brian Dulik: Cavaliers just fine with spotlight’s glare

Clevleand Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving (2) get ready for a photo shoot with Sports Illustrated during the team's media day Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

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…

Indians notes: Corey Kluber candidate for Cy Young award

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning Tuesday in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber’s sparkling statistics have put him in the thick of the race for the American League Cy Young award. The right-hander is 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA and 258 strikeouts in a career-high 227⅔ innings. Those numbers put the Tribe ace alongside Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (14-6, 2.34 ERA), Detroit’s Max Read More…

Indians down Royals to keep slim playoff hopes alive

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Cody Allen, right, is congratulated by catcher Roberto Perez after the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals, 6-4. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ playoff dreams remain alive for at least one more day. Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer and Carlos Santana drove in the go-ahead run Wednesday night, allowing the Tribe to stave off elimination with a 6-4 victory over Kansas City. “We’re going to keep going because we want to make the Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns have plenty of areas that need fixing, but QB isn’t one of them

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer passes against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer played a near-perfect game Sunday afternoon, completing 14 straight passes on his way to 290 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens. Unfortunately for the Browns, the same couldn’t be said about many of his teammates, who allowed Baltimore to steal a 23-21 win at FirstEnergy Stadium. “That’s a very good Read More…

Browns notes: Penalty negates trick play, spoils Johnny Manziel’s big moment

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel catches a pass on a trick play in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. The play was called back on a Browns penalty. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The legend of “Johnny Football” could have grown exponentially Sunday afternoon, if not for an ill-timed penalty in the Browns’ 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel caught a 39-yard pass from Brian Hoyer in the second quarter, but it was erased because of an illegal shift committed by rookie Read More…

It’s full speed ahead for Browns rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell

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BEREA — Ben Tate signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract March 15 to become the Browns’ featured running back. Just six months later, his status in Cleveland isn’t nearly as sunny because of “The Baby Backs.” Rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have shined during Tate’s absence with a sprained right knee, creating major competition Read More…

Browns notes: Jordan Cameron hopes to return Sunday

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron runs after catching a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sept. 7. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron isn’t making any promises, but he is crossing his fingers in hopes of returning to action Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The Pro Bowler has been plagued by a right shoulder strain since Aug. 2 — suffered during “Family Day” at the University of Akron — and was Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine relishes first win, says fans’ energy was big

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine walks off the field after a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints in an NFL football game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Browns coach Mike Pettine wore his heart on his sleeve and made no attempt to conceal his emotions Sunday afternoon. After Billy Cundiff split the uprights on a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, Pettine bounded onto the field — his face flush with pure joy — to celebrate Cleveland’s 26-24 victory Read More…

Brian Dulik: Once again, Browns QB Brian Hoyer proves he has the clutch gene

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer throws under pressure from New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Brian Hoyer gritted his teeth and took a deep breath when the Browns unveiled their “Johnny Football” offensive package Sunday afternoon. Then he went back into the game and showed the world why he is Cleveland’s starting quarterback — and rookie Johnny Manziel is his backup. Hoyer engineered a brilliant 14-play, 85-yard drive in the Read More…