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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…

Browns, Miami swap VPs Thomas and Aponte

BEREA — Cleveland president Mike Holmgren’s first trade didn’t involve a player or draft choice. The Browns and Miami Dolphins swapped vice presidents Monday, as Holmgren hired Matt Thomas as vice president of football administration, and Dawn Aponte – Thomas’ predecessor — accepted the role of senior vice president of football operations with the Dolphins. Read More…

Browns’ new hires have pack mentality

BEREA — President Mike Holmgren’s influence was felt again Wednesday with two hires, one to the coaching staff and the other to the front office. The Browns hired Kent Johnston as head strength and conditioning coach and Mark Schiefelbein as vice president of football operations. Both worked with Holmgren in Green Bay, where he was Read More…

Browns analysis: Fans have to live with the pain

It’s always something. Championship Sunday is the best day on the NFL calendar, but Browns fans can never fully enjoy the two games loaded with the ultimate drama — a Super Bowl bid hanging in the balance. Before all the guys and gals in their Browns sweatshirts and hats could get comfortable on the couch Read More…

Browns’ Rob Ryan believes brother Rex, Jets have real shot to make Super Bowl

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan doesn’t like watching from the stands. He’d rather be on the sideline with a chance to affect the outcome. He will make an exception Sunday in Indianapolis as he and his famous dad, Buddy, will watch twin brother Rex coach the Jets in the AFC championship game. “It’s all about Read More…

Personnel hires have history with new Browns regime

BEREA — The makeover of the Browns personnel department started with some old friends. The Browns announced the hiring of four men Wednesday, all of whom have worked with new president Mike Holmgren or new general manager Tom Heckert. The most significant hire is director of player personnel Jon Sandusky, who spent the last nine Read More…

Fantasy football pays off for area men

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Fantasy football earned a couple of local guys a big check in the real world. A really big check. Avon’s Ed Oszterling, Avon Lake’s Craig Gillette and Jason Conn of Shaker Heights teamed up to win the Main Event of the World Championship of Fantasy Football. The prize: $300,000 and a trip to South Florida Read More…

Browns season wrapup: The year that was

2009 saw screams and smiles from head coach Eric Mangini. (AP photos.)

When the new power brokers of the Cleveland Browns sat in front of the media last week, the word of the day was “excited.” President Mike Holmgren was “very, very excited” to land general manager Tom Heckert and vice president of business operations Bryan Wiedmeier. The new hires were “excited to be a part of Read More…

Browns '09 review: Days of our lives

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Mangini’s Rocky Road In a year of never-ending drama, the saga of the head coach tops the list. He was never fully adopted by Browns fans, alienated a chunk of players and non-football employees and traded the two biggest weapons in Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards. After a 1-11 start, Eric Mangini seemed headed for Read More…

Browns '09 review: 3 key issues

The new regime of president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert has plenty of work to do to fix the Browns’ problems. Here’s where they should start. 1. Quarterback decision Holmgren made his reputation mentoring quarterbacks Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck, and he’s charged with finding the Browns one who Read More…