March 6, 2015

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Boys basketball: Clearview pays tribute to an old friend while handing Keystone its first Patriot Athletic Conference loss

SHEFFIELD TWP. — It had been more than a year since No. 45 had been out on the floor giving his all to help the Clearview Clippers come away with a victory. Senior forward James Washington thought that was a bit too long. “I had a lot on my mind tonight because a close friend Read More…

Boys basketball: Westlake’s finishing flourish finishes Avon Lake, keeps Demons in Southwestern Conference hunt

AVON LAKE — Closing speed — Westlake had it and Avon Lake didn’t. As a result, the Demons ran away with a 51-41 victory Tuesday night in Shoremen country, a win that kept Westlake in the thick of a tight Southwestern Conference race. “It’s something we’ve struggled with all season but have done a good Read More…

Big Ben Roethlisberger driving Steelers this Super Bowl trip

TAMPA, Fla. — Ben Roethlisberger was along for the ride, and he knows it. Some teams win a Super Bowl because of their quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers managed not to lose one in Detroit three years ago despite Big Ben’s self-described bad game. Tom Brady, he wasn’t. As nervous as a teenager taking his driver’s Read More…

Boys basketball: North Ridgeville opens busy week with easy win over Avon

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The North Ridgeville Rangers outplayed, outhustled and, in the words of Avon coach Jim Baker, outclassed Avon 63-32 in a West Shore Conference game Tuesday, The Rangers jumped on the Eagles early and often as they seized control in the first quarter and rode the momentum to their fifth straight victory. The Read More…

Boys basketball: Brookside finds some offense to go with its tough defense against Oberlin

OBERLIN — Brookside balance overcame Oberlin star power Tuesday in a 75-57 win  in Patriot Athletic Conference action. Three Cardinals — Nick Jackman (21), Adrian Rivera (17) and Josh Harris (15) — took turns lighting up the offense as Brookside scored 30 points above its season average. Along the way, the Cardinals overcame the usual Read More…

Boys basketball: Lutheran West’s height makes sure Black River comes up short

ROCKY RIVER — Both coaches agreed it was size that tipped the scales in Lutheran West’s favor Tuesday night. The larger Longhorns beat Black River 72-42 in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. But it wasn’t only height that allowed Lutheran West (8-4, 7-1 PAC) to score the last 15 points of the third quarter Read More…

‘It can be done’: New Browns GM Kokinis optimistic, but turning around franchise won’t be easy

BEREA — George Kokinis embarked Monday on a mission that’s humbled many men. As he was introduced as Browns general manager, the obstacles to success were easier to identify than the road leading there. The Browns have never been to a Super Bowl, haven’t won a playoff game since 1994 and are on their fourth Read More…

Browns notes: Kokinis focused on NFL Draft, says he’ll be more than ready for it

BEREA — New general manager George Kokinis tried to ease the concern among some Browns fans that he won’t be prepared for the NFL Draft in April. Kokinis was a college scout in his early days in the league, but has been on the pro personnel side since 2000. “We are going to build this Read More…

Expecting company: LeBron James says Cavaliers deserving of more than one all-star this season

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James deserves company at the NBA All-Star Game, and he’s probably going to get it. James, who will start for the Eastern Conference in the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix, will be joined by Cleveland coach Mike Brown and his staff if the Cavaliers win two of their next four games. Point Read More…

Cavs notes: Ilgauskas on mend, could be back Thursday

INDEPENDENCE — If Zydrunas Ilgauskas has his way, he’ll make his return against arguably the best center in the NBA. The Cavaliers big man, who has missed the last 11 games with a chip fracture in his left ankle, went through a full practice Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and is aiming to be back Read More…