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2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir in the fourth round

Pierre Desir

BEREA — The Browns added more depth at cornerback on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Cleveland selected Pierre Desir out of Division II Lindenwood University in the fourth round with the 127th pick, its first Saturday. “I think the NFL has shown there is a lot of small-school guys who can go in and Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns trade back into 3rd round, select highly productive Towson State RB Terrance West

Terrance West

BEREA — Cleveland moved back into the third round and selected Towson State running back Terrance West with the 94th pick. The Browns gave the 49ers fourth- (106) and sixth-round (180) picks to grab West and give them added depth behind free agent addition Ben Tate. “It means a lot, it means that they wanted Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns select Iowa LB Christian Kirksey in 3rd round

Christian Kirksey

BEREA — Cleveland went back to defense in the third round. The Browns added depth at linebacker, selecting Christian Kirksey of Iowa with the 71st pick tonight. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound senior is listed at outside linebacker, but said he expects the team to move him inside. He started inside his sophomore year and made the Read More…

2014 NFL Draft: Browns take Nevada OL Joel Bitonio in 2nd round

Joel Bitonio

BEREA — Despite possibly losing their star wide receiver for the 2014 season, the Browns stayed the course during Day 2 of the NFL Draft tonight. Cleveland selected offensive tackle Joel Bitonio out of Nevada with the 35th pick to strengthen its offensive line. He was taken with the third pick of the second round. Read More…

College Notes: Westlake’s Lauren Golick excels in tennis at Cleveland State

Lauren Golick

In most sports, the finish matters more than the start. Lauren Golick’s freshman season at Cleveland State started with a bad break: An injured shoulder. But once it healed, she couldn’t be stopped. The Westlake graduate rolled through the Horizon League, at first singles no less. She compiled a 7-1 regular-season singles record and won Read More…

College Softball Notes: Cleveland State driven by pair of Lorain County graduates

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If the Cleveland State Vikings are going to make a deep run in the Horizon League softball tournament, they’ll likely get contributions from Lorain County graduates. Junior Cynthia Woodard, an Elyria graduate, and sophomore Alyson Broschk, a Keystone graduate, are the top two run producers for the Vikings, combining to drive in 49. Broschk has Read More…

NFL greats say league needs to make health issues of retired players a priority

Dave Robinson is introduced before the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest Friday at the I-X Center in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — With television contracts and player salaries that keep growing, the NFL has no problem taking care of its current players. It’s the retired ones that are making noise for reform. “I don’t think (the NFL is) taking care of the veterans like they should,” said Hall of Fame linebacker Dave Robinson on Sunday Read More…

Firelands tabs former Longhorn to take over wrestling program

Josh Malave

Firelands has a lot of young talent coming up through its wrestling program. Appropriately, the school found a young coach to guide them to the top. The Falcons athletic department will recommend Josh Malave to be the school’s next coach at the Board of Education meeting May 12. He replaces Jim Black, who was not Read More…

College tennis: As Nikki Chiricosta takes over the BG record book, her sister Christine, who used to be No. 1, rejoices

At top, Christine Chiricosta (now Dieken) set most of the records her younger sister Nikki, below, is now breaking as a senior at Bowling Green. PHOTOS PROVIDED

From the day they set foot on campus, the Chiricosta sisters conquered Bowling Green tennis. Avon Lake graduates Nikki and Christine — now Christine Dieken — will soon be ranked first and second in singles and combined (single and doubles) victories at the school and likely second and third in doubles wins. Nikki, a senior, Read More…

College Notes: Elyria graduate Alyssa Barker has perfect week for Coppin State

Elyria graduate Alyssa Barker was MEAC player of the week after winning five games. PHOTO PROVIDED

A 5-for-5 day at the plate is impressive, but a 5-for-5 week in the circle really gets people to take notice. Alyssa Barker got the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s attention when she won all five of her starts from March 31 through April 6 for Coppin State’s softball team. The Elyria graduate posted a 1.40 ERA and Read More…