October 25, 2014


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

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…