December 21, 2014


Sick, sore Manning leads Broncos to AFC West title

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning looks to pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four bags of intravenous fluid and an AFC West championship made Peyton Manning feel a whole lot better. Manning came into Sunday’s game with flu-like symptoms, and then hurt his right thigh. It was all good, though. Manning threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter and Read More…

High school hockey: Midview holds off Avon

Midview’s Jacob Hack keeps the puck away from Avon’s Gabe Intaglianta during the second period Sunday. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It was a big penalty … and an even bigger penalty kill. Midview was able to shut down the Avon power play for five minutes after Jacob Hwodecky was whistled for a five-minute major for his hit on Pat Baeder, protecting a two-goal lead that culminated in a 5-3 Middies victory at Read More…

Brian Dulik: This wasn’t the debut Johnny Football had envisioned


Johnny Manziel will have many more opportunities to wreck this league, but his first NFL start went as well as the Titanic’s initial showdown with an iceberg. The rookie quarterback was overmatched — and completely overwhelmed — from start to finish Sunday as the Cincinnati Bengals routed the Browns 30-0. Johnny Football threw two terrible Read More…

Bengals RB Jeremy Hill makes Browns look real bad

Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill runs away from Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND — Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill may have put his foot in his mouth with comments made after a Week 10 loss to Cleveland, but on Sunday he used both feet to stomp out just about whatever remained of the Browns’ playoff hopes. The 6-foot-1, 238-pound rookie from LSU ran the ball 25 Read More…

Browns Notes: Secondary takes injury hit

Cleveland’s Joe Haden tries for an interception Sunday during a loss to the Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Haden left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert are the latest additions to the Browns’ long list of injuries, both being hurt Sunday in a 30-0 loss to Cincinnati at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pro Bowl honoree Haden exited with a right shoulder injury, while Gilbert was diagnosed with a possible concussion later in the second quarter. Read More…

Bengals 30, Browns 0: Johnny Manziel’s 1st start a giant dud


CLEVELAND — The giant steel ball struck first on Cleveland’s third offensive play. It didn’t stop swinging until the demolition was complete. The Cincinnati Bengals wrecked Johnny Manziel’s first NFL start Sunday at a stunned and silenced FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns expected energy and fire in the much anticipated beginning of the Manziel Era. Instead, Read More…

(UPDATED) Browns Pregame Update: LeBron wishes Johnny luck; inactives; points of interest; important numbers; the prediction

CLEVELAND — The Johnny Manziel era begins today at 1 p.m. at what will be a raucous FirstEnergy Stadium. Manziel, the No. 22 pick in the draft in May, will make his first NFL start as the Browns (7-6) host the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1). “Best of luck to my lil brother @jmanziel2 on making his Read More…

Girls basketball: Amherst shakes slow start against North Olmsted

Amherst’s Brooke Wallace hauls in a rebound between several North Olmsted players in the Comets’ 60-37 win. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

NORTH OLMSTED — It took a little while for Amherst to unwind Saturday afternoon in Southwestern Conference play at North Olmsted, but once they did the Comets girls rolled to a 60-37 victory. “That first quarter was one of the worst we’ve played all year,” Amherst coach Kevin Collins said. “We kind of expected it. Read More…

High school hockey: Midview blasts Hoover

Midview’s Tommy Coon lines up for a shot that would become a third-period goal during the Middies’ 6-2 win over North Canton Hoover on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The less time spent in the penalty box, the greater the odds of victory. The Midview Middies finally figured out that simple equation Saturday in their Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White West Division game at Quicken Loans Arena. After averaging over 20 minutes of penalties in its first seven games, Midview Read More…

Elyria’s Kevin Vough wins Ironman championship

Kevin Vough

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Elyria has been a solid contender on the state wrestling scene for quite some time. Saturday, the Pioneers took a gigantic step onto the national map. It happened at the 21st annual Ironman Tournament and it came with a relative thud in “The Dome” at Walsh Jesuit High School. That thud came Read More…