August 31, 2014

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Browns Notes: Tonight’s game last chance for players to prove they belong

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Taylor Gabriel (18) returns a kick during a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Saturday. Tonight's preseason game is the last chance for many players to prove they belong on the roster. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — The moment of truth has arrived for the two-dozen Browns players on the bubble to make the team. Cleveland’s preseason finale tonight against the Chicago Bears will mark the final time that some of those athletes will ever put on a football uniform. It’s a cruel reality about life in the NFL — Read More…

Boys soccer: North Olmsted edges Avon Lake

Avon Lake's Bailey Stephenson works the ball past North Olmsted's Brad Reinhard and sophomore Gabe Schreiner.  KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It became the kind of match you’d expect when two old rivals square off in a Southwestern Conference soccer opener. One side takes advantage of a rare scoring chance and the goal holds up in a low-scoring thriller. That’s how it unfolded Wednesday night at Drive Morris Stadium. Max Becker, North Olmsted’s Read More…

VIDEO: High school football kicks off Friday


On Friday night, high school stadiums throughout Lorain County and Northeast Ohio will erupt with cheers as another football season kicks off. With that, so begins The Chronicle-Telegram’s comprehensive coverage provided to you by a sports staff named the best in the nation for like-sized papers. Included in today’s paper is The Chronicle’s preview section Read More…

White Sox 3, Indians 2: Kluber, Tribe lose in Chicago

Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber, left, is taken out of the game by manager Terry Francona during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago Wednesday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

CHICAGO — It seems hard to say Corey Kluber appears to be tiring when the Indians’ ace right-hander allowed only three runs Wednesday night. But the American League Cy Young Award candidate was so dominant through 26 starts this season that a 32-pitch inning against the Chicago White Sox felt like a warning sign. Especially Read More…

Browns: Josh Gordon appeal denied; WR suspended for the season

Josh Gordon

BEREA — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon steadfastly refused to take responsibility for his actions, even after being suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The Pro Bowl pass catcher was formally banned from the league for the entire 2014 season on Wednesday, paying the price after violating the league’s substance abuse policy for the third time. Read More…

Boys cross country 2014: Black River’s Hawley motivated after success last year

Black River’s Tanner Hawley is looking to repeat as a state qualifier this year. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Tanner Hawley handled the pressure of his first state cross country meet like a pro. Nervous and a bit sleep-deprived, the Black River runner didn’t allow the nerves to rule the day — no more than the stress of chip shot or putt as a member of the varsity golf team. Hawley finished 39th out Read More…

High school football 2014: Westlake could be contender in SWC


Westlake coach Mark Campo just smiles. He’s told after a Demons scrimmage that a lot of people are talking about his team, about Westlake again challenging for a Southwestern Conference crown, about running back Quan Hardy, about new quarterback Andris Balodis. “Let’s just say that I’m excited to coach them,” he says coyly. “As long Read More…

Ohio State: Navy’s unique offense could present problems

Ohio State's Joey Bosa sacks Michigan State's Connor Cook during the Big Ten Conference Championship on Dec. 7. For Saturday's season opening game with Navy, Bosa and the Ohio State defense must get ready for the Midshipmen's lethal triple-option game. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

COLUMBUS — It’s already difficult enough to play Navy because of the tough, dedicated and disciplined players demanded by any service academy. “These guys are guys who are trained to be fearless and they’re trained to be relentless,” Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry said. “So we know that we have to go full-go the whole Read More…

Girls cross country 2014: Amherst looks to continue success

Megan Parker, left, and Alexis Szivan lead the Amherst girls. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

Typically not only talent sets elite high school programs like Amherst apart from its rivals. It’s their line of thinking. That’s played a major role in the success of senior Alexis Szivan and junior Megan Parker. “What helps me before the race is to think about somebody who can’t run and try to run it Read More…

(UPDATED) BREAKING: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 2014 season

Josh Gordon

The NFL upheld the indefinite suspension of Browns receiver Josh Gordon for violating the league’s drug policy. He’s banned for the season, effective immediately. A league spokesman said Gordon’s eligibility for reinstatement will be determined following the 2014 season. “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans,” Gordon Read More…