May 1, 2016

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Browns coach Mike Pettine trying to avoid distractions, including his job security, and focus on finale vs. Steelers

BEREA — Forgive Browns coach Mike Pettine for feeling like the late Yogi Berra, but Monday was deja vu all over again for him. Pettine spent his afternoon news conference reviewing a Cleveland loss, addressing his tenuous job status and discussing a new party video of quarterback Johnny Manziel. Given the myriad times he has Read More…

Cavs’ Shumpert talks about delivering baby

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert can joke about it now, but it was no laughing matter when his fiancée went into premature labor in their bathroom. Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. arrived one month early, being born at 6:42 a.m. Wednesday as her father assisted Teyana Taylor in the delivery. He said mother and Read More…

NBA: Cavs get Kyrie back, cruise to win over 76ers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert stood in front of their lockers, happily singing along to “Picture Me Rollin’” by Chris Brown. No picture was needed, though, because the Cavaliers are indeed rolling. Irving finished with 12 points and four assists in his season debut Sunday afternoon, helping Cleveland cruise to a Read More…

Browns make a run for it: Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson breathe life into team’s struggling running game vs. 49ers

CLEVELAND — Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson provided the highlight of the season for the Browns’ moribund ground game. Crowell rushed for a career-high 145 yards and two touchdowns, while rookie Johnson gained a season-best 78 yards Sunday as Cleveland cruised to a 24-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Largely thanks to their efforts, Read More…

Browns give Barnidge 3-year extension

BEREA — Gary Barnidge could have ridden off into the sunset after this season, entering free agency and leaving the Browns behind. Believe it or not, the thought never entered his mind — and he made sure team owner Jimmy Haslam III knew it. “I wanted to talk to Jimmy face to face and tell Read More…

LeBron James does a little bit of everything as Cavaliers rally from 18 points down to beat Trail Blazers, end losing skid

CLEVELAND — No lead is ever safe when LeBron James is on the court. The Trail Blazers learned that lesson the hard way Tuesday night. James rung up game highs of 33 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots — along with three assists and two steals — in powering the Cavaliers to a 105-100 Read More…

Despite lopsided loss to Bengals, third-string quarterback Austin Davis gets a passing grade in his first Browns start

CLEVELAND — Austin Davis received a positive performance review from Browns coach Mike Pettine. Whether that’s good enough to keep him in the lineup remains to be seen. Davis completed 25 of 38 passes for 230 yards and an interception in his first start with the team, but the Cincinnati Bengals crushed Cleveland 37-3 on Read More…

Dulik: Browns and their fans come up short

For more than four decades, “Monday Night Football” was a prime-time spectacle and the highlight of every week in the NFL. When it made a rare visit to Cleveland, the excitement was palpable throughout downtown. Fans flocked to the lakefront many hours before kickoff — even those without tickets — because it was that big Read More…

Browns rookie Danny Shelton frustrated by slow start

BEREA — Browns nose tackle Danny Shelton has answered the bell and started every game as a rookie. His production, however, has not been nearly what he expected. Shelton ranks just 15th on the team with 20 total tackles — 10 solo and 10 assists — and is still seeking his first NFL sack and Read More…

Dulik: If the end isn’t at hand for Manziel, it should be

BEREA — Johnny Manziel never earned the right to start. Not as a rookie in front of Brian Hoyer, and certainly not this season ahead of Josh McCown. But the Browns gave him the job anyway — and gave him one condition to keep it. All Manziel had to do was not embarrass the franchise Read More…