February 28, 2015

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Girls basketball notes: Oberlin exchange students catching on to this game called basketball

Team handball is not like the handball we know, and who knew about something called netball? Team handball is not a game in which two players compete by bashing a little rubber ball off walls with their sore and swollen hands. It’s known as European or Olympic handball and someone described it the other day Read More…

Doubly dynamic: LeBron James and Mo Williams combine for 67 points as Cavaliers get big road win in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — The road was a bit smoother for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Portland. After losing four of their past five road games, the Cavaliers held off the Trail Blazers 104-98 on Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. LeBron James had 34 points and 14 assists, while Mo Williams added a season-high 33 points, Read More…

Girls basketball: Elyria delivers in fourth quarter, hits clutch shots to outlast Magnificat

ELYRIA — It was the kind of basketball game you expect from Elyria and Magnificat — physical, competitive and close. The Pioneers’ clutch fourth-quarter shooting finally made the difference in a 54-47 non-conference win  Wednesday night. The game was up for grabs until Elyria guards Cynthia Woodard and Kourtney Schweitzer hit the team’s only two Read More…

Hockey: Strong final period lifts Elyria Catholic past Amherst

ELYRIA — Amherst outshot Elyria Catholic all night, except when it mattered most. The Panthers defeated the Comets 2-1 Wednesday night at North Park with a strong showing in the third period. Heading into the final period, Amherst held a 16-10 edge in shots on goal, but didn’t register a shot from the 6:30 mark Read More…

Browns coach Mangini says Kokinis moving closer to GM job

CLEVELAND — Browns coach Eric Mangini was encouraged by two days of meetings with Baltimore Ravens pro personnel director George Kokinis and indicated his longtime friend will soon be Cleveland’s new general manager. Kokinis, the leading candidate to take over as Browns GM, spoke with team owner Randy Lerner on Wednesday and could be days Read More…

Browns lay off more than a dozen employees

CLEVELAND — Feeling the pinch because of the country’s economic downturn, the Cleveland Browns have laid off more than a dozen people in the past two days. On Wednesday, the club released a member of its media relations staff, one of the club’s Web site writers and members of the operations team. Other layoffs included Read More…

High school swimming and diving: Bay’s Craft has sights set on defending her Division II state diving championship

Winning a state diving championship hasn’t changed the way Nikki Craft prepares. The Bay junior is working at polishing her list of voluntary dives, just as she did a year ago when she was chasing that first Division II state diving crown. Still, she knows this year is different. “It’s weird having all the eyes Read More…

Remembering Dante Lavelli: Browns receiver was truly an all-time great

CLEVELAND — Dante Lavelli won seven championships in 11 seasons, across two leagues. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. He had the perfect nickname for a receiver: Gluefingers. Lavelli, a sure-handed receiver who helped the Cleveland Browns build a dynasty in the 1940s and ’50s, died Tuesday night at Read More…

Another win for Lee: Indians ace named top pro athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

CLEVELAND — Cliff Lee is still racking up wins. The AL’s reigning Cy Young Award winner was named the city’s top professional athlete on Wednesday night, beating out Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and golfer Ben Curtis, a member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. James had won the award Read More…

Browns: Hall of Famer Dante Lavelli dies at 85

Former Cleveland Browns receiver Dante Lavelli, who was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975, has died at the age of 85. Lavelli, who was nicknamed “Gluefingers” for his sure-handed catching abilities, caught 386 passes and scored 62 touchdowns during his 11-year career with the Browns from 1946-56. The cause of death Read More…