October 25, 2014

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LeBron, Cavaliers say this season’s goal is simple: Win it all

INDEPENDENCE — Mo Williams said it, Anderson Varejao said it and Sasha Pavlovic said it. Then LeBron James, fresh off an Olympic gold medal, voiced it Monday at the Cavaliers’ annual Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I can lead these guys to a championship,” the 6-foot-8, 250-pounder said. “We really believe that. It’s not Read More…

Browns: Despite struggling start, GM Savage still believes in his team, his coach and his quarterback

BEREA — The 0-3 start and 1-3 record at the bye haven’t shaken the faith of Browns general manager Phil Savage. He said Monday he still believes the team can challenge for the AFC North crown and he expressed his support for oft-criticized coach Romeo Crennel and beleaguered quarterback Derek Anderson. “I know for a Read More…

Browns notes: Crennel wants to see fewer flags once bye week ends

BEREA — Coach Romeo Crennel placed eliminating penalties near the top of his to-do list for the bye week, right after getting injured players healthy. The Browns have committed 37 penalties for 237 yards in four games, an average of nine for 59. “None of it is excusable because we know that penalties hurt and Read More…

Indians not happy with season, but take pride in strong finish

CLEVELAND — At this time last year, the Indians were preparing to take on the New York Yankees in the Division Series after wrapping up their first Central Division title since 2001. Monday at Progressive Field, many of those same players were cleaning out their lockers and preparing for a long playoff-less offseason. Cleveland’s season Read More…

Boys soccer: Quick goal enough as Avon shuts out Wellington

AVON — Wellington’s boys couldn’t do in 80 minutes what Avon freshman Dan Brown accomplished in less than three on Monday afternoon. That was score a goal. It led to the Dukes’ downfall in a brisk non-conference soccer match between two of Lorain County’s top Division II teams. Brown’s goal was enough to win. But Read More…

College football: Wisconsin’s loss to Michigan doesn’t make Ohio State any less worried about Badgers

COLUMBUS — Moments after No. 14 Ohio State beat Minnesota 34-21 early Saturday in both teams’ Big Ten opener, the Buckeyes had already shifted their focus to the next task on their to-do list. “Wisconsin is a challenge. It’s a huge game,” linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “They deserve every bit of respect we can give Read More…

High school tennis notes: Avon Lake’s Chiricosta on top of her game heading into sectional tournament

Avon Lake’s Nikki Chiricosta has already won a Division I state title in doubles and has a year of experience in the state singles tournament under her belt. So it’s no surprise the junior was awarded the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye at this week’s sectional tournament at Oberlin College. The hurdles, however, Read More…

High school volleyball notes: Lake Erie League crown might just belong to King at season’s end

Admiral King is poised to win the Lake Erie League’s Erie Division championship. The Admirals played five conference matches before Monday night and won them all. Only one has gone past three games. Bedford, the team Admiral King played Monday, took the Admirals to four games on Sept. 10. The Admirals can feel fortunate the Read More…

Cleveland says bye to losing streak: Win over Bengals far from pretty, but Browns not complaining

CINCINNATI — Braylon Edwards bounded through the tunnel and into the locker room, the smile plastered to his face. Derek Anderson wore flip-flops and expressed his love for left tackle Joe Thomas, who recovered a botched handoff inside the 5-yard line. Joshua Cribbs was so overjoyed, he said tears nearly ran down his cheeks. The Read More…

Brian Dulik: Win over Bengals is good, but truth is, Browns really weren’t

It would be easy to say the Browns took a major step forward Sunday in winning their first game of the season. But it would also be inaccurate, considering how their 20-12 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals played out. Throughout the first three quarters at Paul Brown Stadium, Cleveland performed at the same lowly level Read More…