September 2, 2015

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Just another game: Browns quarterback Josh McCown shrugs off return to Tampa Bay to play his old team

Josh McCown is friendly, accommodating and thoughtful with reporters. But he was curt this week when asked to reflect on his time with Tampa Bay. “I’d rather not,” he said. McCown has good reason for not wanting to spend too much time thinking about his year with the Buccaneers, whom the Browns visit tonight. He Read More…

High school girls soccer 2015: Avon Lake goalie Elise Duvall prefers shutouts to shoutouts … and she has a lot of shutouts

Avon Lake's Elise Duvall is ready for another soccer season. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Avon Lake’s Elise Duvall doesn’t really like to talk about being a record breaker, she’d rather focus on being a good teammate. Duvall, a senior, was a mainstay at goalkeeper last year when the Shoregals recorded nine consecutive shutouts, the seventh-longest streak in Ohio High School Athletic Association history. But ask her about that and Read More…

Indians notes: Manager Terry Francona confirms he has an opt-out clause, but says he would never use it as leverage

CLEVELAND — Manager Terry Francona confirmed he has an opt-out clause in his contract with the Indians should team president Mark Shapiro leave the organization. But Francona said Friday he doesn’t plan to use it anytime soon, despite reports the Blue Jays are interested in hiring Shapiro, his longtime friend, for the same position he Read More…

LIVE CHAT: High School Football, Week 1

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Live Blog High School Football Week 1  

New homes, new hopes: Area schools feeling optimistic after conference shuffle

The Chronicle’s Shaun Bennett and WEOL’s Tim Alcorn talk about the new conference alignments — among other things — in the inaugural high school football preview for the 2015 season. The shake-up started two years ago when the Northeast Ohio Conference started to fracture and come apart. By the time footballs fill the air this Read More…

Browns Notes: WR Terrelle Pryor frustrated by missed time, but has “burning desire” to play in preseason

BEREA — Receiver Terrelle Pryor’s lingering hamstring injury cost him precious time on the field and with his son. His frustration was obvious as he talked to reporters Thursday, but he said it hasn’t gotten the best of him. “It’s making me, not angry, but I have that burning desire like I want to get Read More…

VIDEO: Alcorn, Bennett, Bishop talk high school football

Tim Alcorn of WEOL 930 AM talks with the Chronicle’s Shaun Bennett and Bruce Bishop at Cork’s and Stubby’s in Amherst about the upcoming high school football season.

High School Football 2015: Speed, smarts make North Ridgeville’s McCall a man apart

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall (with ball) is striving to reach new heights this season, but knows he’ll need the help and support of his teammates. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Demario McCall breaks off the line and the opposing defensive back begins to backpedal. The quarterback drops back, passes and — with the football just a few feet from the QB’s hand and with the cornerback locked on McCall’s hip — the superstar North Ridgeville senior yells out, “Touchdown.” The advanced warning doesn’t matter. The Read More…

Browns coach Mike Pettine says QB Johnny Manziel won’t play in final 2 preseason games as he battles elbow soreness

BEREA — Johnny Manziel’s preseason is over at the halfway point. Manziel didn’t throw for the fourth straight day Thursday with a sore right elbow. Coach Mike Pettine ruled him out for the game at Tampa Bay on Saturday and the finale Thursday in Chicago. “Just given the short week and not wanting to put Read More…

With eye toward future, college athletes seeking trademarks

BOSTON — Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans. The NCAA generally forbids its players from cashing in on their athletic success, but by gaining legal ownership of phrases tied to their personal brands, players can pave the Read More…