April 23, 2014

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Avon gymnast shines for Magnificat at invitational

Magnificat’s Julia Corrao competes in the floor exercise at Saturday’s Clevidence Invitational at Medina High School. Corrao, an Avon resident, won the event, 
as well as the balance beam and all-around to lead the Blue Streaks to the team title. RON SCHWANE / CHRONICLE

MEDINA — Just two days after Magnificat’s gymnastics team made a huge statement by beating Brecksville, Julia Corrao made one of her own Saturday. The talented junior from Avon won the all-around, balance beam and floor exercise at the Clevidence Invitational, leading the Blue Streaks to a decisive victory in the team competition. Two-time state qualifier Read More…

Dulik: Browns coach’s firing came waaaay too quickly

Rob Chudzinski

  Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III is a man of many words, but he only needed six to sum up the current state of the franchise. “Talk is cheap, actions speak loud.” Yes, they do, which is why Cleveland’s decision to fire coach Rob Chudzinski after only 16 games spoke volumes about Haslam and CEO Read More…

Browns put five players in Pro Bowl

Mack

BEREA — Browns tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack are headed back to the NFL Pro Bowl. This time, they’ll have plenty of company from Cleveland. Cornerback Joe Haden, wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron joined Thomas and Mack in being named to the league’s all-star game Friday, which takes place Read More…

Browns notes: Haden hoping for Pro Bowl bid

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden warms up before the game against the New England Patriots Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BEREA — Browns cornerback Joe Haden has his fingers and toes crossed, hoping to hear his name called tonight when the NFL unveils its Pro Bowl rosters. A total of 86 players will be chosen for the Jan. 26 game in Hawaii, but will not be equally divided between AFC and NFC representatives for the Read More…

Brian Dulik: Just no defending Browns defense any longer

Cleveland Browns defensive end Billy Winn forces a fumble by Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett. Strong safety T.J. Ward, left, recovered the ball and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, though, and it’s time to start blaming the Browns’ defense. For the third time in three weeks, Cleveland squandered a fourth-quarter lead in spectacular fashion Sunday afternoon, allowing 21 points in a nine-minute span to hand the Chicago Bears Read More…

Bears QB Jay Cutler is healthy again … and Browns get him

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler walks around the field during team warmups on Monday. The quarterback has been cleared to play Sunday against the Browns. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

BEREA — Jay Cutler played the best game of his career at FirstEnergy Stadium, so it’s only fitting he will be under center Sunday when the Bears visit the Browns. Chicago coach Marc Trestman announced Thursday that Cutler has recovered from his left high ankle sprain and will start at quarterback against Cleveland. Josh McCown Read More…

Browns notes: New running back Edwin Baker familiar with Norv Turner’s system, expects to contribute right away

Edwin Baker (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

BEREA — Running back Edwin Baker admits his knowledge about the Browns is limited. So much so, that the only players he knew when Cleveland signed him earlier in the week were NFL legend Jim Brown and running back Fozzy Whittaker. “I’m just happy to be here and I know this is a great organization,” Read More…

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski choosing to stress the team’s strong play against Patriots, not the frustrating finish

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden  tackles New England Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan after a catch in the fourth quarter on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BEREA — Browns coach Rob Chudzinski stuck with his script and chose to accentuate the positive Monday afternoon. It wasn’t easy, though, coming less than 24 hours after Cleveland completely melted down in a 27-26 loss to the New England Patriots. “I see the light and am encouraged by our team,” Chudzinski said. “I see Read More…

Browns notes: Coach Rob Chudzinski defends Fozzy Whittaker’s play on costly onside kick against Patriots

Cleveland Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker runs from New England Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones in the second quarter on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BEREA — Running back Fozzy Whittaker made the wrong play in the wrong place at the wrong time Sunday, allowing New England to pull off its first successful onside kick since Jan. 1, 1995. Yet coach Rob Chudzinski refused to second-guess the sequence that allowed the Patriots to score the winning points in a 27-26 Read More…

Browns QB Jason Campbell cleared for practice, has chance to start Sunday vs. Patriots

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron  stands over quarterback Jason Campbell Sunday. Campbell was injured on a sack and fumble and left the game. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns quarterback Jason Campbell was cleared to return to practice Thursday, putting him in the mix to start against the New England Patriots. The ninth-year pro suffered a concussion on Nov. 24 when Pittsburgh cornerback William Gay delivered a left-handed blow to his face mask. The play went unpenalized by referee Terry McAulay, Read More…