May 25, 2016

Elyria
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Browns notes: Cornerback Justin Gilbert admits to problems during his rookie season, puts blame on being a ‘hard sleeper’

BEREA — Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert finally came clean about the events of his rookie year. He did so Monday, one day after his second season came to an end. “I missed a whole bunch of meetings last year,” the No. 8 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft said. “I wasn’t saying that then, but Read More…

Browns: Has Joe Thomas had enough? Pro Bowl tackle sounds like team’s struggles have taken toll

CLEVELAND — Left tackle Joe Thomas has played for five coaches since being the Browns’ top pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. The nine-time Pro Bowl selection isn’t sure that he wants to make it six with the team. “As you get older, the tomorrows become fewer and far between, and you become more reflective Read More…

Browns notes: Coaches agree Johnny Manziel showing improvement, but still has work to do away from the field

BEREA — No one associated with the Browns disputes that Johnny Manziel made great strides in his second NFL season by passing for 1,500 yards. “Johnny Football” earned his first two wins as a starting quarterback, threw seven touchdowns and appeared in nine games before suffering a season-ending concussion last week at Kansas City. But Read More…

Browns notes: Pettine remains confident in kicker Coons

BEREA — Travis Coons began the regular season as the Browns’ kicker. He will have the opportunity to finish it in the same role. Coons has missed four of his last 10 field goal attempts — all of them blocked — but coach Mike Pettine said his job is safe heading into the season finale Read More…

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…