November 20, 2014

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Freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett’s record-setting day leads No. 8 Ohio State past Minnesota

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett leaves behind Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson on his 86-yard touchdown run Saturday. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

MINNEAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett broke three of Braxton Miller’s records, the latest breakthrough for this remarkable replacement. Ohio State’s pursuit of a place in the College Football Playoff stayed steady with a tough win on the road. Barrett threw for three touchdowns and ran for an Ohio State quarterback-record 189 yards and a score, helping Read More…

Men’s college basketball: Avon grad Jack Poyle scores 26, leads Oberlin past Wittenberg for first time in 36 years

Oberlin’s Jack Poyle drives in for a layup against Wittenberg on Saturday at Oberlin College. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

OBERLIN — It had been 36 years and 50 games since Oberlin College’s men’s basketball team defeated Wittenberg. Trailing by 10 at halftime in their season opener, the Yeomen methodically battled back in the second half. And when all was said and done Saturday afternoon at Philips Gym, Oberlin’s raucous student section was ready to Read More…

Olympic gold medalist Lisa Fernandez shares knowledge at softball clinic

Lisa Fernandez, who won three Olympic gold medals in softball in 1996, 2000 and ’04, speaks at a clinic Saturday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — One of the greatest players in the history of softball came to town Saturday — and she brought her three gold medals with her. Former U.S. Olympian and current UCLA assistant coach Lisa Fernandez was at All Pro Athletic Center to lead a clinic for about 100 girls from across Ohio. The 43-year-old Read More…

Midview QB Dustin Crum keeps his cool in the cold, leads magical comeback

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum reacts after running for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Avon. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH ROYALTON — This isn’t supposed to happen to a team with a sophomore quarterback and a rookie head coach but don’t try telling that to Midview, which improved to 12-0 and will play for a Division II regional championship next week. Dustin Crum, the savvy sophomore signal-caller for the Middies, and D.J. Shaw, the Read More…

Isiah Pinto’s power keeps Avon running in tough loss

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Avon High School senior running back Isiah Pinto (4) hurdles into the end zone, scoring a touch down against Midview on Friday night, Nov. 14.

NORTH ROYALTON — November in Northeast Ohio means cold temperatures and snowy terrains, perfect weather for a running game. And the Avon Eagles certainly weren’t shy about establishing theirs against Midview during Friday night’s Division II, Region 4, semifinal at North Royalton High School. Despite falling 42-36 in overtime, Avon’s running backs combined for 246 Read More…

Regional Semifinal: Midview beats Avon in overtime thriller

Heavy snow fell in the first quarter with Avon on offense on the first series against Midview. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH ROYALTON — It was apparent late in Friday night’s Division II regional semifinal that Midview was going to win the game. Then it wasn’t, and Avon had the game locked up. All of a sudden, the game was the Middies’ again. The back-and-forth momentum changes came at a furious pace down the stretch, and Read More…

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead Cavaliers past Celtics with big fourth-quarter rally

BOSTON — Cleveland’s third quarter was unacceptable to LeBron James. The fourth period was much better. James and Kyrie Irving helped the Cavs rally for a 122-121 win over Boston on Friday. James had 10 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth, and Irving scored 15 of his 27 in the final quarter of Read More…

Safety Tashaun Gipson listed as questionable after concussion, hopes to play Sunday, keep Browns’ streak going

BEREA — Tashaun Gipson wants to keep the good times rolling Sunday against the Texans. He’s not talking about the run of forced turnovers that has him leading the league with six interceptions. The free safety’s focused on the team’s three-game winning streak and five victories in the last six games. “A lot of things Read More…

College football: No. 8 Ohio State looking to stay hot in the cold against Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — With a decisive win over rival Iowa, Minnesota regained a treasured traveling trophy and forged a three-way tie for first place in the Big Ten West Division with three games to go. Coach Jerry Kill could be forgiven, though, for his reluctance to revel the rest of the weekend. “We come off a Read More…

Browns DL Phil Taylor out for season, needs another knee surgery; S Tashaun Gipson returns to practice, listed as questionable

BEREA — Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor needs another surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season, coach Mike Pettine announced this afternoon after practice. Taylor missed four games following arthroscopic surgery Oct. 8, and returned Nov. 6 in the 24-3 win over Cincinnati. He practiced Tuesday, then was shut Read More…