September 30, 2014

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College football: With 61 players from Ohio on roster, Ohio U. definitely fired up to play at Ohio State

COLUMBUS — This is not just another game for Kris Luchsinger. Or, for that matter, a lot of his Ohio teammates. The Bobcats’ defensive end, a native of Columbus, had to fight his emotions while casually discussing his team’s trip to play No. 3 Ohio State today. “Growing up I’ve always been surrounded by Ohio Read More…

College football preview: Oberlin expects to be a factor in the North Coast Athletic Conference

Matt Florjancic The Chronicle-Telegram OBERLIN — Confidence is the buzzword at Oberlin. With key skill players returning and a solid core of recruits ready to step in, the Yeomen are looking to improve on last year’s 5-5 overall record and surprising third-place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference football standings. “I think it’s about Read More…

College football preview: Tough schedule awaits Baldwin-Wallace this season … starting today

BEREA — Challenging is the word that best describes the outlook for Baldwin-Wallace’s season. The Yellow Jackets open with a game at Franklin (Ind.) College today. This will be the first-ever meeting with the Grizzlies, who are a perennial Heartland Athletic Conference powerhouse and participated in the Division III playoffs last year. “This will be Read More…

Cavaliers sign Lorenzen Wright as inside insurance policy

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers added some depth to their front line Friday by signing veteran center Lorenzen Wright. Terms of the deal were not announced, but the 6-foot-11, 255-pounder is believed to have received a one-year contract, most likely for the $1.26 million minimum for a player with at least 10 years in the league. Read More…

Serena Williams makes it to first U.S. Open final since 2002

NEW YORK — Serena Williams wound up and smacked a shot directly at Dinara Safina early in the second set of their U.S. Open semifinal. The ball hit Safina near her shoulder, ending the point, and she quickly turned her back to the net, muttering as she walked away, ignoring Williams’ attempts to apologize. Not Read More…

Browns rookie Alex Hall ready to step up, fill in for injured Peek

BEREA — Rookie Alex Hall has already beaten the odds by making it to the NFL. Now, he’s going to have to try to beat the Dallas Cowboys. The seventh-round draft choice went from role player to key player in an instant Wednesday when veteran linebacker Antwan Peek ruptured his right patellar tendon late in Read More…

Browns notes: Romo provides big spark for Cowboys

BEREA — In two years, Tony Romo has gone from backup Cowboys quarterback to a Hollywood cover boy. Dating singers Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson has helped, but what made Romo a star was his ability to throw a football and avoid getting hit. “I’ve played against him the last three years and I haven’t Read More…

Ohio State will use three RBs to replace Beanie Wells vs. Ohio

COLUMBUS — Even though the injured Chris “Beanie’’ Wells will not play for No. 3 Ohio State against Ohio on Saturday, the Buckeyes have plenty of other options. Really. They do. For instance, Maurice Wells is more than just those droopy dreadlocks that hang out the back of his helmet. Brandon Saine and Dan Herron Read More…

Elyria has shown balance in its offense during the first two weeks of the high school football season

ELYRIA — One of the passages in the football coaches’ “Big Book of Clichés” mentions the need for balance in an offense. Every team, the saying goes, needs to be able to come as close as possible to a 50-50 split between running the ball and passing it. Elyria’s offense is balanced. The Pioneers proved Read More…

Giants open NFL season with win over Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants won the Super Bowl with defense and they kicked off defense of that title with more of the same. Playing without Pro Bowl linemen Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora, New York limited the new-look Washington Redskins to 11 first downs and 209 total yards and gave indications Read More…