August 21, 2014

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Big man, big talent: Browns new defensive lineman is an athlete who is being counted on to shut down run game

BEREA — Lawrence Vickers is a 6-foot, 250-pound fullback. On Friday, he looked like a little kid trying to tackle his dad in the backyard. That’s what happens when the guy carrying the ball is 6-4, 350-pound defensive lineman Shaun Rogers. Rogers made the play of training camp when he tipped a Brady Quinn pass Read More…

Browns notes: Wendell Davis one guy who truly knows what Gary Baxter is facing in his comeback bid

BEREA — Gary Baxter got a visit from the one guy in the world who can truly empathize with him. Wendell Davis was at Browns headquarters Thursday and Friday as part of the team’s apprentice program. Davis had been the only NFL player to tear both patellar tendons before Baxter did so during a game Read More…

Bruell fights back for title: Despite bad cold, stages late rally to win Ohio Women’s Amateur

ELYRIA — Worn out and about ready to collapse from the dual effects of a bad cold and a marathon golf match, Frederique Bruell came up with a fantastic wedge shot to within 2 feet of the cup to cap an unbelievable comeback in the 85th Ohio Women’s Amateur at Elyria Country Club on Friday Read More…

High school basketball: Elyria Catholic bounces girls coach Higley, who says he doesn’t understand why

Ken Gottlieb The Chronicle-Telegram Elyria Catholic girls basketball coach Pat Higley is out of a job, and he’s not sure why. Higley says he unexpectedly got a phone call Monday from EC athletic director Barb Salata telling him his services were no longer needed. “I’m really at a loss,” Higley said Friday night. “I still Read More…

Softball notes: OGSO state finals in Wellington today; Elyria Little League tourneys also begin

There’s no lack of championship fastpitch softball this weekend right in our own backyards. Little League state tournaments in two age groups kick off this afternoon at Elyria’s Vic Janowicz Memorial Park and the Ohio Girls Softball Organization state finals are this afternoon at Wellington Community Park. Elyria is hosting Little League softball state tourneys Read More…

Steve Byrne on horse racing: Was someone horsing around with Gold Cup winner’s birthplace?

There’s a Danny Almonte-style scandal swirling around Ohio thoroughbred racing at the moment. Unlike Almonte, the tarnished Little League sensation of 2001, this mess involves place of birth, not date of birth. Marble Cliff, the winner of the $100,000 Cleveland Gold Cup for Ohio-breds on July 3 at Thistledown, might not have been born in Read More…

He’s wise at 25: Winslow wants a new contract, but says that won’t distract him or keep him off the field

BEREA — The old Kellen Winslow might’ve stayed in San Diego, stood next to agent Drew Rosenhaus and dug his heels into the sand. But the new, older Kellen Winslow is on the practice field and in meetings, a willing participant in the Browns’ most anticipated training camp in years. “My job is to just Read More…

Browns notes: Tucker’s hip improving; August return could be possible for veteran offensive lineman

BEREA — Offensive lineman Ryan Tucker isn’t ready to practice but said he’s hoping to return in time to play in a preseason game in preparation for the regular season. The preseason finale is Aug. 28 and the season opener is Sept. 7. “I’m just here every day working,” Tucker said Thursday. “I’ll get out Read More…

Not a ‘Bron deal: U.S. Olympic teammates support James’ gold-medal guarantee

LAS VEGAS — LeBron James’ teammates have their own guarantee: They’ll help the U.S. star try to back up his boast. And none seemed to have much trouble with James’ promise of an Olympic gold medal, which appeared in a Time magazine story that hit newsstands today. “You know what, I’ve never really understood the Read More…

Veteran Spotelson teaches college kids a thing or two on way to finals of women’s state amateur golf tournament

ELYRIA — Suzi Spotelson’s 41 years on this planet still puts her many years away from AARP membership eligibility, but can anyone blame her for feeling like a chaperone at the Ohio Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament? Certainly no one should blame her for feeling especially proud of  what she did against women half her age Read More…