April 19, 2015

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Browns’ Holmgren has confidence in front office as combine nears

New Browns president Mike Holmgren meets the media Tuesday during a news conference at Browns headquarters in Berea. Holmgren, who led the Packers and Seahawks to the Super Bowl as a coach, said he is “invigorated” to be back in the NFL after taking a year off. (AP photo.)

The restructured hierarchy of the Browns will be on display for the first time when the NFL convenes for the scouting combine this week in Indianapolis. New president Mike Holmgren and new general manager Tom Heckert lead the operation, joined by the old scouts, new personnel department and retained coaching staff. They will don Browns Read More…

Cribbs close to new deal

Less than two months ago, All-Pro special teamer Joshua Cribbs cleaned out his locker and vowed not to play again for the Browns without a new contract. That deal is near, according to a source familiar with negotiations. The source said the sides “are close, not real close” to completing a deal and there’s no Read More…

Browns’ Jamal Lewis gone after 3 years

BEREA — Jamal Lewis’ time with the Browns is over, but his NFL career may continue. The Browns terminated the contract of Lewis on Wednesday with one year left on the deal. He missed the final month of the season with post-concussion symptoms and said after the finale he was still suffering headaches and blurred Read More…

Elyria Sports Hall of Fame: New class filled with skill, variety

The Pioneers, Panthers and Wolverines will be well-represented May 1 when the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame inducts its 39th class. Five individuals — two each from Elyria High and Elyria Catholic and one from Elyria West — will be joined by the 1992 state championship baseball team from Elyria West during the induction ceremony Read More…

Cavs analysis: Shaq, Dwight Howard trade plenty of shots

CLEVELAND — OK, we get it. Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard don’t like each other. You didn’t even have to know the pair had a history to get the point after watching Cleveland’s 115-106 victory over Orlando on Thursday night. During a seven-second stretch in the second quarter, each big man was assessed an offensive Read More…

Elyrian puts aside patriotism as referee for the Olympics

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Tim Quinn’s luggage included an extra item for his trip this week to Vancouver, British Columbia. Tape. Not just any tape. The sturdy black electrical tape he will use to cover the stars and stripes on the bottom of his 25-year-old custom-made speedskates. Quinn, an Elyria resident who ran for mayor in 2007, is in Read More…

Browns’ Holmgren hires Gil Haskell to be adviser

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BEREA — Browns president Mike Holmgren hired an old friend to be his trusted confidant. Gil Haskell, who has coached for more than 30 years in college and the NFL, was hired Wednesday as senior adviser to the president. Haskell most recently spent nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks when Holmgren was coach. Haskell was Read More…

Browns cut Donte Stallworth

BEREA — The Browns wasted no time in cutting ties with receiver Donte Stallworth. The NFL reinstated Stallworth on Monday following the Super Bowl, and the Browns terminated his contract Monday afternoon. The team issued a one-sentence press release and didn’t provide a statement. The Browns are thin at receiver, especially ones with experience, but Read More…

Browns ticket prices not going up

The Browns won’t raise season ticket prices for 2010. Following a 5-11 record, with a poor economy continuing throughout Northeast Ohio and the team having purchased thousands of tickets at the last minute to avoid four local-television blackouts in the second half of the season, owner Randy Lerner kept prices the same for the fifth Read More…

Greater Cleveland Sports Awards: Local wrestler grabs top honors

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CLEVELAND — Collin Palmer ruled the high school wrestling scene for four years. On Wednesday night, he expanded his domination. Palmer, a Columbia Station resident who won four state titles at St. Ed’s, was named the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards High School Athlete of the Year at a lavish ceremony at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Read More…