December 20, 2014

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Dan Coughlin: Browns’ Dawson as good as it gets when it comes to kickers

Browns kicker Phil Dawson rejects the hero’s crown. “I don’t like it. I’m more comfortable going to work,” he said the other day in the Browns’ locker room. He thinks of himself simply as a guy with a job and, in this economy, anyone with a job considers himself lucky. The Browns were equally lucky Read More…

Respect for the rivalry: Even though Michigan is struggling, Ohio State not embracing role as overwhelming favorite

COLUMBUS — There’s a sign in the Ohio State locker room that says, “Do you remember the score the last time Michigan beat us?” It’s a reminder — in the chill of winter or the heat of August — that “The Big Game” is never far away. On his first day as coach at Michigan, Read More…

Ohio State vs. Michigan: Game capsule, Buckeye Periscope

OHIO STATE (9-2) VS. MICHIGAN (3-8) WHEN: Today, 12:08 p.m. WHERE: Ohio Stadium, Columbus TV/RADIO: Channel 5; WEOL 930-AM, WTAM 1100-AM RECORDS: Ohio State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) beat Illinois 30-20 on the road last week. Michigan (3-8, 2-5) lost 21-14 at home to Northwestern. COACHES: Jim Tressel is  82-18 in his eighth season at Read More…

College football roundup: Bowling Green lets big lead slip away, loses to Buffalo in double overtime

Drew Willy threw two late touchdown passes to tie it and James Starks ran 25 yards for the winning score in double overtime to give visiting Buffalo a 40-34 win over Bowling Green on Friday night. Starks and Willy led the Bulls (7-4, 5-2 Mid-American) back from a 27-7 fourth-quarter deficit, with Starks scoring on Read More…

Browns defense taking a dive: No one’s quit, but tackling technique not exactly making a splash

BEREA — Full twists from the pike position and backward somersaults from the tuck position may work for Greg Louganis, but they’re a no-no in Romeo Crennel’s book. The cannonball is off-limits, too. In an attempt to fix a tackling problem that reached epidemic proportion Monday night, the Browns coach told his team this week Read More…

Browns notes: Winslow says sprained shoulder won’t keep him out of Sunday’s game

BEREA — Tight end Kellen Winslow lined up with the starters Friday in the 30 minutes of practice open to reporters, and looked ready for Sunday’s visit by the Houston Texans. Winslow was limited in practice and listed as questionable on the official injury report, but said he was ready to play. He walked through Read More…

Putting loss in the past: Cavaliers focusing on Hawks, keeping home winning streak alive

INDEPENDENCE — One streak ended for the Cavaliers, but they’ll be out to extend another when they host the Atlanta Hawks tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland had its eight-game winning streak overall snapped by Detroit on Wednesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, but will look to improve to 7-0 at The Q by Read More…

High school football: Sylvania Southview crushes Akron Hoban in Division II state semifinal

Alex Pidcock threw two touchdown passes and Michael Hehl rushed for two other TDs to lead Sylvania Southview to a 31-0 win over Akron Hoban in a Division II state semifinal Friday night in Fremont. Shaun Joplin caught a 60-yard pass from Pidcock in the second quarter for Sylvania Southview (14-0). Pidcock’s second touchdown pass Read More…

Golf roundup: Sorenstam’s career comes to abrupt end when she misses cut at ADT Championship

Standing in the center of a sun-drenched 18th green, as waves of cheers rippled from a packed gallery, Annika Sorenstam hugged caddie Terry McNamara and took the flag from his hand. She held it high, like a conquering hero, then slammed it into the hole. “It’s over,” she said. Sorenstam’s tour career presumably ended Friday Read More…

Quinn gets OK to play: Broken finger not expected to sideline Browns quarterback Sunday against Texans

BEREA — Quarterback Brady Quinn doesn’t plan on letting a broken bone in his finger knock him out of the starting lineup. Not after a year and a half waiting for his chance. X-rays taken Wednesday night revealed a small fracture at the tip of the index finger on his right (throwing) hand. Quinn will Read More…