January 31, 2015

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Browns WR Josh Gordon says he doesn’t have a drug or alcohol problem, expresses regret in open letter to critics

Browns receiver Josh Gordon had heard enough about his presumed addiction. Enough about how his career and life are destined for disaster. Enough criticism from virtual strangers with powerful microphones since Gordon’s latest failed drug test, and impending suspension, came to light Sunday. Gordon responded Thursday with a long open letter. He named the most Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving named All-Star for third time

CLEVELAND — Two players out of the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” will be part of the NBA All-Star Game. Point guard Kyrie Irving was selected as one of seven reserves Thursday by Eastern Conference coaches and will join small forward LeBron James, who was named a starter in fan voting, for the Feb. 15 game at Read More…

High school wrestling: Avon dominates Bay to put wraps on perfect West Shore Conference dual season

AVON — The stage was set for a special night for the Avon wrestling team Thursday. In their last home meet of the season, the Eagles hosted Bay with an unbeaten dual-meet season and first place in the final year of the West Shore Conference at stake. The Eagles didn’t disappoint. Getting seven pins and Read More…

Ohio State crashes boards, bashes No. 16 Maryland

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Thad Matta has been wondering about his team’s toughness. Not anymore. Marc Loving matched his career high with 19 points and D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Thursday. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), at Read More…

One Super matchup: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski vs. Seattle safety Kam Chancellor

PHOENIX — On some point Sunday it will happen. At least everyone hopes it happens. The biggest, most athletic tight end in football will be running downfield and be met in a full-speed collision with the hardest-hitting strong safety in the game today. What will happen when the NFL’s version of Thunderdome comes to the Read More…

Cavaliers 99, Trail Blazers 94: Kyrie Irving erupts for 55, saves day with LeBron James sidelined

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots over Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard during the second quarter Wednesday. Irving scored a team-high 55 points for the Cavaliers 99-94 win.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was the kind of game everyone dreams about as a kid. With four-time league MVP LeBron James sitting out with a sprained right wrist, Kyrie Irving scored an arena-record 55 points Wednesday night to lead the Cavaliers to a thrilling 99-94 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. With the game tied at Read More…

Browns Analysis: Return by Brian Hoyer is possible, may be best move for both parties

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When Brian Hoyer lost his starting job to Johnny Manziel — before the biggest game of the year — the assumption was that Hoyer’s tenure with the Browns was all but over. Hoyer furthered the belief when he took the nameplate over his locker as a souvenir “just in case.” Hoyer is set to become Read More…

H.S. Wrestling: Pair of freshmen help Elyria to pair of wins in dual team tourney

Elyria’s Brendon Fenton pins Ashland’s Ben Helbert at 113 pounds Wednesday at the dual team tournament. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA TWP. — Elyria wrestling coach Erik Burnett has a simple philosophy when it comes to momentum. “I think the big thing when we talk about dual meets is there is only good momentum,” he said Wednesday. “If your teammate just won and you’re walking out there, you should feed off that if you can. Read More…

Girls Basketball: McKenah Peters comes up huge in important Keystone win over Firelands

Keystone's McKenah Peters passes against Firelands. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LAGRANGE — McKenah Peters was a huge factor in an equally big win for Keystone against Firelands on Wednesday night. The sophomore scored 20 points — the only scorer in double figures — and the Wildcats overcame converting only two second-half field goals by going 7-of-13 from the free throw line in their 30-26 win Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron James misses game with sprained wrist, doubtful for Friday

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James watches in the final minute of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers small forward LeBron James was a late scratch Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers due to a sprained right wrist. James, who is listed as doubtful for a game Friday against Sacramento at Quicken Loans Arena, underwent an exam and MRI earlier in the day at the Cleveland Clinic. The four-time Read More…