February 1, 2015

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McGinest focusing on finale, not retirement decision

BEREA — Willie McGinest was in no mood to get sentimental Friday. He has a game to play Sunday in Pittsburgh, and that’s where his focus remained. Even if it could be the final game of a memorable 15-year career. McGinest, the 37-year-old outside linebacker, said in May that he planned to retire following this Read More…

Browns notes: Crennel to meet with Lerner next week

BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel will get the chance to plead his case and try to save his job. Crennel said Friday that owner Randy Lerner told him they will meet next week. The season ends Sunday in Pittsburgh. “His schedule varies a little bit, so I’m looking at sometime next week,” Crennel said of Read More…

Florida Atlantic rolls to Motor City Bowl win

DETROIT — Florida Atlantic has played eight seasons of major college football and already has a winning streak in bowl games. Howard Schnellenberger’s championship experience must be rubbing off. Rusty Smith threw for 307 yards and two second-half touchdowns to help the Owls beat Central Michigan 24-21 on Friday night in the Motor City Bowl. Read More…

NBA coaches are being fired at a record rate

Every year, at least a handful of NBA coaches wind up unemployed through some combination of bad play and bad luck. This season, there has to be another reason. Inflated expectations? The recession? A revolt against the coaching profession? Not even halfway through the season, NBA coaches have as weak a hold as ever on Read More…

High school wrestling: Southview is rolling

The Southview program has been one of the area’s best for many years, and the Saints are again off to an incredible start. Twelve wrestlers in the lineup sport winning records, with the bulk of those having two or fewer losses this season. “It’s been fun, but it has been a bit taxing, too,” Saints Read More…

High school bowling: Vermilion girls off to good start

The Vermilion High varsity girls bowling team has picked  up momentum early this season. The Sailors are not only undefeated, but they are bowling for an impressively. Three team members are ranked among the top five players for average in the North Shore Bowling Conference. Junior Valerie Piskur is ranked No. 2 in the NSBC Read More…

High school swim notes: Area excels at CSU meet

Bay junior Nikki Craft won her third straight CSU Viking title in diving with a score of 487.80last Saturday. North Olmsted junior Tiffany Platko was second (386.85), followed by Avon Lake’s Morgan Srail (384.0). Elyria Catholic senior Evann Heidersbach was second in the 50 free (24.62). She was out-touched by Magnificat senior Maddie Kete of Read More…

Cavs 93, Wizards 89: Christmas comeback is a gift

 CLEVELAND — In a generous, gift-giving mood, the Cleveland Cavaliers nearly handed a precious win to one of the NBA’s neediest teams. Down by seven points in the final minutes to woeful Washington and their home winning streak in serious jeopardy, the Cavaliers clamped down on defense, made their free throws and scored 11 straight Read More…

Browns: Cowher no lock to come to Cleveland

 PITTSBURGH — Some of his former Steelers players would love watching Bill Cowher spray another team with spittle and swear words. What they don’t anticipate seeing is their former boss coaching the rival Cleveland Browns, at least not next season. The Browns (4-11) may target Cowher to become their next coach shortly after they end Read More…

Scott Petrak: Charting the dismantling of Browns offense

 By now, anyone still paying attention to the Browns knows they haven’t scored an offensive touchdown in nearly 21 quarters. But the offense was a problem long before the touchdowns stopped Nov. 17, when Jerome Harrison ran 72 yards 13 seconds into the fourth quarter in a win over Buffalo. Long before Brady Quinn, then Read More…