November 26, 2014


Browns QB Johnny Manziel allegedly involved in fight early Saturday morning

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before a game against the Houston Texans in Cleveland. Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at 2:25 a.m. Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t leave the sideline Sunday, but was back in the news Monday. Manziel was involved in an altercation at about 2:30 Saturday morning at The 9 in downtown Cleveland. The alleged victim’s account to the police claimed “Johnny Football and his entourage” assaulted him in a brawl by the elevators, Read More…

New Elyria Catholic volleyball coach Mary Kate Evans just fine with high expectations

Mary Kate Evans

ELYRIA — Ready and willing to search far and wide for its next volleyball coach, Elyria Catholic instead found the perfect candidate right down the street. Former Fairview coach and Ely Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Kate Evans was named the Panthers new coach Monday. Evans is taking over a team that went 18-7 and advanced Read More…

Ohio State not worrying about playoffs, just Michigan

Michigan coach Brady Hoke talks to his team during a game. Hoke would not address his job status Monday. (AP FILE)

COLUMBUS — Brady Hoke refuses to contribute to the speculation about his job security. Hoke batted aside questions about his future with the Wolverines on Monday and instead spoke mainly about his team’s preparation for its upcoming annual grudge match with Ohio State. “They can speculate and all that,” Hoke said. “If I get distracted Read More…

Browns Notes: Safety Tashaun Gipson to miss rest of regular season with knee injury

Cleveland Browns defensive back Tashaun Gipson is helped onto a cart after being injured during the second half Sunday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

Free safety Tashaun Gipson is likely done for the regular season with a torn right medial collateral ligament. It’s yet to be determined if the Browns will keep him on the roster in the hopes he can return if they make the playoffs. The Browns (7-4) haven’t qualified for the postseason since 2002. “The timing Read More…

Brian Hoyer leads Browns to last-second win over Falcons


ATLANTA — Brian Hoyer was reeling. He had just thrown his second careless interception of the fourth quarter with the Browns trying to hang onto the lead. His face showed the disappointment and disgust in himself. Things only got worse when Matt Bryant made a 53-yard field goal with 44 seconds left to give the Read More…

Browns notes: Crowell the king at homecoming game

Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell runs into the end zone for a touchdown against Atlanta Falcons Sunday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ATLANTA — Isaiah Crowell’s return to his home state was a peach. A giant, juicy one. The undrafted rookie running back was chosen as a game captain, got his second straight start and rushed 12 times for 88 yards, a 7.3 average and two impressive touchdowns Sunday in a 26-24 win. All of it came Read More…

Josh Gordon — and Browns — enjoy his return

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon moves against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson )

ATLANTA — Josh Gordon knows how to make an entrance. He just has to work on eliminating the messy exits. Gordon returned from a 10-game suspension and had perhaps the largest impact Sunday in the Browns’ 26-24 last-second win. He led the team with eight catches and 120 yards and was targeted 16 times by Read More…

Patriots win 7th straight, rout Lions 34-9

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates his second touchdown pass to Timothy Wright in the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — For the first time in their seven-game winning streak, the New England Patriots didn’t score first. No problem. They came right back, taking the lead for good on Tom Brady’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Tim Wright late in the first quarter and rolling to a 34-9 rout of the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Read More…

Elyria’s Ben Darmstadt commits to Cornell wrestling

Ben Darmstadt

Elyria junior Ben Darmstadt has been making a lot of noise on the wrestling mats the last two years. At the same time, he was quietly performing at the highest level in the Elyria High classrooms. The two worlds met in the middle of the volume knob Sunday morning when Darmstadt orally committed to Cornell Read More…

Browns 26, Falcons 24: Billy Cundiff kicks winning field goal as time expires

ATLANTA — The Browns had the game, lost it and got it back. The end is all that matters. Billy Cundiff made a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift Cleveland to a 26-24 win inside the Georgia Dome. Quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had thrown two fourth-quarter interceptions, led the final drive. He was Read More…