June 27, 2016

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Browns: Ogbah seventh of 14 draft picks to sign contract

BEREA — Seven draft picks down, seven to go for the Browns. Linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah signed a four-year contract worth approximately $6.5 million Thursday, becoming the seventh member of their NFL Draft class to agree to terms. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder from Oklahoma State was the first player selected in the second round with the No. Read More…

Browns: Thomas feels recharged because of new coach Jackson

BEREA — Joe Thomas was emotional and unhappy at the end of last season, openly wondering if he wanted to spend his entire career with the Browns. Less than five months later, the nine-time Pro Bowl tackle is singing a much different tune because of their new coach. “Since I got here, my goal was Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Kyrie Irving continues terrific postseason, getting better by the game

LeBron James reached another milestone — the first player to appear in 100 postseason games with Cleveland — and the Cavaliers posted their largest-ever playoff victory Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving, however, was the marquee attraction in Cleveland’s 115-84 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Irving scored a game-high Read More…

Commentary: Cavs fire away, much to their coach’s delight

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue delivered a simple but clear pregame message to his team Wednesday night. “If you’re open and it’s your shot, take it,” Lue said roughly two hours before the opening tip. “With the way Atlanta is playing and packing it down in the paint, we have to make shots from the outside. Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love doesn’t let bad shooting night get him down

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is struggling to make shots, but he hasn’t allowed it to affect the rest of his game. Love recorded his fifth straight double-double to open the playoffs Monday night, collecting 17 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93 in Game 1 of their Eastern Read More…

Commentary: Jackson wants fans to trust him with Kessler pick — but it might not be blind faith

BEREA — Browns quarterback Cody Kessler was a third-round pick and the No. 93 overall selection in the NFL Draft. Though the Southern California product was not considered a strong prospect around the league, Cleveland views him as a long-term keeper. And in the short-term, Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown shouldn’t get too comfortable Read More…

NFL Draft 2016: Browns snap up Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah with first pick in second round

BEREA — Emmanuel Ogbah was born in Nigeria, grew up in Texas and attended college in Oklahoma. His future, though, will be in Cleveland. The Browns kicked off the second day of the NFL Draft by selecting the Oklahoma State defensive end with the No. 32 pick, which was the top selection in Friday’s second Read More…

Commentary: Give Browns credit for filling a need by picking a speedy wide receiver, but no credit for creating that need

If NFL Draft picks were victories, the Browns would be on the fast track to the Super Bowl. Alas, they are not — nor do picks translate into wins — so Cleveland finds itself even deeper in the football abyss after the first round of the three-day event. The Browns traded down to accumulate additional Read More…

Commentary: Kyrie Irving shows he can carry Cavs if needed

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyrie Irving made a half-court shot to end the third quarter, buried a 3-pointer in the final minute of the fourth, then locked down defensively on the last play of the game. Given the setting and the situation, it was the finest performance of his five-year NBA career. Irving scored 20 Read More…

Cavs expect Detroit’s best in tonight’s Game 4

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was relaxed and appeared to be well rested Saturday afternoon. His players were even more content after being given the day off. All of them were pleased for the same reason. Cleveland leads Detroit 3-0 in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series, and has the opportunity to sweep Read More…