July 5, 2015

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The next big thing? Avon Lake graduate Brian Mihalik, who stands over 6-foot-8, hoping to reach new heights with Eagles

Boston College's Brian Mihalik helps bring down North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett last season. AP

Brian Mihalik hoped to land in Philadelphia. It turned out the Eagles and coach Chip Kelly wanted him, too. As a seventh-round pick in the NFL Draft, Mihalik is guaranteed nothing. But a good fit gives him the best chance to make the team and make a career. “The big thing was ending up with Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine studying up and enjoying his increased role with the offense

AURORA — Mike Pettine went back to school during the offseason. The curriculum consisted of one subject: the offensive system of first-year coordinator John DeFilippo. “I have flash cards to help me learn a lot of the formations,” Pettine said Friday at the Browns’ annual charity golf outing at Barrington Golf Club. “It was like Read More…

Browns Notes: Paul Kruger welcomes Johnny Manziel to his sleepy neighborhood on the golf course

AURORA — Johnny Manziel didn’t ask linebacker Paul Kruger for a scouting report before he left his buzzing downtown apartment building and moved to the sleepy suburban West Side golf community Kruger calls home. Kruger would’ve told him to be ready for a big change. “It’s about as polar-opposite as you can get,” he said Read More…

A knockout blowout: Cavs trounce Bulls to win series

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All-Star Kyrie Irving was injured again and unable to play in the second half. All-Star LeBron James wasn’t his dominant scoring self. The Cavaliers were on the road at the hostile United Center in Chicago. None of it mattered. The Cavaliers are moving on to the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland pulled away in the second Read More…

Browns cut K Garrett Hartley, sign sixth-round pick Charles Gaines

Cleveland Browns' Garrett Hartley (10) kicks a field goal against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 21, 2014. AP

The Browns cut veteran kicker Garrett Hartley on Monday, leaving them with two guys who’ve never kicked in an NFL game. Hartley was signed late last season after Billy Cundiff was released. He was 2-for-3 in two games for Cleveland. The remaining kickers are Carey Spear and Travis Coons, undrafted rookies in 2014 who were Read More…

Browns coordinator John DeFilippo encouraged by what he’s seen from Johnny Manziel

BEREA — New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has had more than three months to pore over the game film of quarterback Johnny Manziel’s seven quarters as a rookie. He’s had three weeks in the classroom and a week on the field to get to know Manziel the student. DeFilippo’s encouraged by what he’s seen. “All Read More…

Browns Notes: Coordinator Jim O’Neil out to fix run defense, says key is eliminating explosive plays

Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton (71) scrimmages at rookie minicamp on Friday afternoon, May 8. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Much of defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil’s offseason was spent looking for ways to fix the run defense that ranked last in the league last year. The same can be said of Cleveland’s draft. The Browns took nose tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 pick, outside linebacker Nate Orchard at 51 and end Read More…

Browns Notes: Mike Pettine says he’s always respected Tom Brady, but “I lose a lot of respect for people who cheat”

BEREA — Browns coach Mike Pettine has a strong opinion about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL investigation into his use of deflated balls. “Nothing is surprising,” Pettine said Friday during rookie minicamp. “I know what was put out there, but he’s one of the best ever and it would be a shame to Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns coach Mike Pettine: Josh McCown No. 1 QB; Johnny Manziel not competing for starting job, rather focusing on recovery

BEREA — Josh McCown is No. 1 on the quarterback depth chart, expected to stay there and the favorite to be the starter Week 1 when the Browns travel to play the New York Jets. Johnny Manziel isn’t competing for the starting job, is in a rotation at No. 2 and being eased back into Read More…

Browns: Draft pick Ifo Ekpre-Olomu determined to come back from serious knee injury

Arizona Wildcats running back Terris Jones-Grigsby (24) is tackled by Oregon Ducks defensive back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14) during a game last season. AP

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu believes he would’ve been a first-round pick if not for the non-contact knee injury suffered in a December practice. A simple tear of the anterior cruciate ligament may have hurt his draft stock, but the fall would’ve been short. Instead, the gifted Oregon cornerback was still on the board for the Browns in Read More…