September 23, 2014

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Browns notes: Players back Brian Hoyer as starting quarterback

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas, left, and tight end Jordan Cameron block defensive end Armonty Bryant during team drills at NFL football training camp. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns left tackle Joe Thomas has blocked for 13 quarterbacks during his seven seasons with the team. One of them is Brian Hoyer, who won all three of his starts in 2013 — and will be under center when Cleveland opens its regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. “Brian was obviously a Read More…

Carlos Carrasco shines in Indians’ win over Orioles

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco delivers against the Baltimore Orioles, Saturday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco has frustrated managers and pitching coaches since breaking into the big leagues in 2009. Now in his sixth year with the Indians, he finally appears to be on the right track. Carrasco tossed seven scoreless innings Saturday night, allowing three hits without a walk, as the Tribe cruised to a 6-0 Read More…

Indians notes: Michael Bourn returns to outfield, leadoff spot in lineup

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn hits a sacrifice bunt off Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Center fielder Michael Bourn returned to his familiar spot atop the Indians’ batting order on Saturday night. The two-time National League All-Star had been on the disabled list from July 6-Aug. 14 with a strained left hamstring, but declared the injury completely healed. “I feel good and I’m ready to play,” Bourn said Read More…

Indians walk off with another win, down Baltimore on Mike Aviles’ home run in the 11th

Cleveland Indians' Mike Aviles is mobbed by teammates after Aviles hit a game-winning solo home run off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brian Matusz in the eleventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, in Cleveland. The Indians defeated the Orioles 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber put the Indians in position for a victory, but needed Mike Aviles and Scott Atchison to finish the job. Aviles led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a homer onto the left-field porch, giving the Tribe a 2-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. The walk-off home Read More…

Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant making the most of his third chance

Cleveland Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant walks off the field after practice Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns defensive end Armonty Bryant understands the demons Josh Gordon is fighting off the field. Demons of his own nearly ended his NFL career before it started, but also taught him what not to do. “Things could have gone really bad for me,” Bryant said. “Luckily, things did fall in my favor and Read More…

Browns Notes: Jordan Cameron says shoulder is fine, remains in contract discussions

Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron jogs off the field after practice Monday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Browns tight end Jordan Cameron delivered a double-dose of good news Monday at training camp. The Pro Bowl selection returned to practice on a limited basis — declaring his sprained shoulder to be “fine” — and revealed that he remains in contract negotiations with the franchise. Cameron will make $1.43 million in the final Read More…

LeBron James tells crowd ‘I love you. I’m back’

LeBron Homecoming Basketball

LeBron James has made hundreds of millions of dollars and achieved international fame beyond his wildest imagination. But in his heart, he will always be “just a kid from Akron.” For that, all of Northeast Ohio should forever be grateful. “The King” has devoted his non-basketball life to giving back to the community — and Read More…

Browns notes: Wide receiver Travis Benjamin caps successful comeback with new title

Cleveland Browns  wide receiver Travis Benjamin runs the ball during practice. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Travis Benjamin underwent reconstructive right knee surgery last Nov. 15, but his recovery is well ahead of schedule. Special teams coach Chris Tabor has been so impressed with Benjamin’s comeback that he named him the team’s primary kickoff and punt returner Thursday. “We’re in the business of winning games, and Read More…

LeBron James attends Browns practice, sends jolt of excitement through coaches, players

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, watches Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel at the Browns training camp in Thursday. (AP Photo/The Cleveland Plaindealer, Chuck Crow)

BEREA — The best basketball player on the planet was the marquee attraction at Browns training camp. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce attended practice Thursday morning, much to the delight of Cleveland’s players and coaches. The four-time NBA MVP spent an hour standing on the field — chatting with Read More…

Browns Notes: Josh Gordon plays, waits for ruling

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon catches a pass during practice at the NFL football team's training camp Monday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — While the NFL continues to debate his fate, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon returned to training camp Monday. The Pro Bowl pass catcher took part in the first two hours of practice, then headed inside the building to continue the appeals process for his one-year suspension. An NFL spokesman said no decision on Read More…