August 30, 2014

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Browns veteran Ben Tate, rookie Terrance West spice up battle for starting running back job

running back battle

BEREA — The quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel is the primary storyline at Browns training camp. The most explosive position battle? That might just be the duel between running backs Ben Tate and Terrance West. Fifth-year pro Tate and rookie West have exchanged pointed comments through the media — refusing to acknowledge Read More…

LeBron James returning to No. 23 for his Cavaliers jersey

LeBron James will wear No. 23 when he steps on the court for Cleveland. (AP Photo/Lori Shepler, File)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ jerseys have changed since LeBron James last wore the wine and gold four years ago. James’ number, however, will remain the same. James announced Sunday that he will wear No. 23 in his Cleveland comeback, simultaneously releasing the news on all three of his social media accounts. “23 it is! It’s Read More…

Brian Dulik: Brian Hoyer wants to earn his cheers

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer signs autographs for fans after practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

When the Browns opened training camp Saturday, the stands were filled with fans wearing Johnny Manziel jerseys. The souvenir stand was stocked with his familiar No. 2, as well, and doing brisk business. It was quite a sight to behold, until Cleveland’s players ran onto the field for their first practice — led by starting Read More…

Browns notes: Terrance West won’t rest in bid to become starting RB

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West runs the ball at training camp in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Rookie running back Terrance West was a man on a mission Saturday at the Browns’ first training camp practice. The third-round pick from Towson displayed quick footwork and explosive speed out of the backfield, as advertised, but also “shocked” coach Mike Pettine with his ability to catch the football. West made two one-handed Read More…

Cavs sign 4-year deal with Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins

CLEVELAND — Rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins will be a member of the Cavaliers through Aug. 22. Beyond that date, though, there is no guarantee he will remain in Cleveland. Wiggins signed a four-year contract Thursday that will pay him $5.5 million in his first professional season. The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft Read More…

Cavaliers make deal with Jazz that could pave way for future deal for Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin continued to reshape the team’s roster by making another trade Tuesday. Cleveland sent shooting guard Carrick Felix and a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, along with approximately $1 million in cash, to the Utah Jazz in exchange for point guard John Lucas III and power forwards Read More…

Cavaliers to announce Andrew Wiggins signing

Andrew Wiggins

CLEVELAND — The next step in the Cavaliers’ busy offseason appears to be the signing of rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins. The No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft is expected to ink a multi-year contract with Cleveland this week, according to a Sunday report by ESPN. The first season of the pact will pay Wiggins $5.5 Read More…

Cavs’ Irving excited about LeBron’s return, new deal

Kyrie Irving

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving doesn’t travel with a posse. Nor does he have marketing advisors eager to see him play in a larger market. Yet, that didn’t stop local sports talkers and out-of-town reporters from accusing him of both last season. Irving admitted Saturday that the rumors did bother him because they Read More…

UPDATED: LeBron James taking Instagram poll on Cavs jersey number

lebron jersey

CLEVELAND — LeBron James wore No. 23 throughout his first stint with the Cavaliers, but switched to No. 6 upon joining the Miami Heat in 2010. Now that “King James” has returned to Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent, he is seeking fan input for which number to choose. James posed the question “6 or Read More…

Cavs may be willing to trade Wiggins for Love

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have stepped up their efforts to acquire three-time All-Star power forward Kevin Love, but it could cost them a steep price. Rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins — the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft — is now in play as part of a possible trade with Minnesota that would bring Read More…