September 20, 2014

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Browns notes: Jamal Lewis absent from organized team activities

Scott Petrak The Chronicle-Telegram BEREA — Veteran running back Jamal Lewis skipped Tuesday, the second day of OTAs (organized team activities). It’s believed he was also absent Monday — reporters were allowed to watch practice Tuesday, but not Monday — although the team wouldn’t confirm because attendance is voluntary. Lewis, who keeps an intense workout Read More…

French Open: Stunner — Nadal suffers first defeat in Paris

The Associated Press PARIS — For 31 matches, Rafael Nadal ruled the red clay of Roland Garros, boasting an unbeaten record and an unbreakable will. For 31 matches, this was his surface, his tournament, his time. For 31 matches, dating to his debut on May 23, 2005, Nadal never truly was challenged, much less defeated, Read More…

Browns want Steinbach to pack on some pounds

BEREA – Before committing to incumbent Eric Steinbach as the starting left guard, coach Eric Mangini would like to see more of him. Literally. Mangini wants Steinbach to gain weight, which, in principal, would make him more durable and effective as a run blocker. “A couple extra plates of pasta wouldn`t hurt,” Mangini said Thursday Read More…

Browns: Cribbs drops ‘holdout,’ gets back to game he missed

BEREA – Joshua Cribbs went to the movies. He pictured his teammates relaxing at home. He listened to his agents and thought of the millions he deserved to be making. No matter what he did, Cribbs couldn`t forget he was missing minicamp. So he dropped his “holdout” and returned to practice Tuesday – without a Read More…

Browns notes: Hood had other offers, but likes Mangini’s vision

BEREA – The Bengals, Lions and Bears were reportedly interested in him, and the Rams made an offer. But cornerback Rod Hood chose the Browns, signed Tuesday and was at practice Wednesday as the team continued minicamp. “All the teams were good, but when I sat down with Coach (Eric) Mangini, just talking to him, Read More…

Browns: Veteran Hood adds competition at cornerback

BEREA – Brandon McDonald has some competition. The Browns signed free-agent cornerback Rod Hood on Tuesday, and he`s expected to battle for the starting spot held by McDonald. McDonald and Eric Wright are the incumbents, but neither had to fight for a starting job last season in just their second year in the league. Hood, Read More…

Browns ‘trade’ trio attend camp and ready to play

BEREA – In an offseason of change, their names spent the most time on the rumor mill. Braylon Edwards was headed to the Giants. Brady Quinn destined for Denver. Derek Anderson gone to whichever team needed a quarterback. Yet there they were Thursday, practicing in orange helmets under the bright Northeast Ohio sunshine as the Read More…

Agent says Cribbs not Josh-in’: Versatile Brown wants to talk new deal or he might skip minicamp

AKRON – The Browns open their first full-squad minicamp under coach Eric Mangini today, but they`ll likely do it without one of their best players. One whose role was expected to expand under Mangini. Special teams ace Joshua Cribbs will skip the “voluntary” three-day minicamp, and another next week, unless the Browns step up negotiations Read More…

Browns: Rookie Francies took long and winding road to pros

Jason Sehorn and Daylon McCutcheon played cornerback in the NFL for nearly a decade each. Dwight Lowery started 10 games at corner for the Jets as a rookie last season. They have nothing on Coye Francies, according to Keith Burns, who coached them all in college. “Coye may be the best of that group,” Burns Read More…

Browns: Mangini tries a ‘smart’ start by drafting a bunch of scholar-athletes

BEREA – Smarter better be better. General manager George Kokinis and coach Eric Mangini are trying to rebuild the Browns through discipline, effort, concentration and intelligence. The thirst for knowledge was obvious in their first draft last month. First-round pick Alex Mack, a center, was the Draddy Award winner at California as the nation`s top Read More…