December 20, 2014

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Boys basketball: Columbia relies on big man to notch win against Firelands

Firelands # 32 Victor Bauer keeps a tight defense as Columbia #23 Kevin Simon looks for an open man. Photo by Amanda K. Rundle

COLUMBIA STATION – Columbia’s Brandon Heidecker is big enough to control a game all by himself. When he’s surrounded by four teammates who are hitting outside jumpers and making textbook passes, they combine to create an unstoppable force. Firelands found out exactly how unstoppable the Raiders can be Friday night as Columbia rolled to a Read More…

LeBron, Kyrie play with sore knees, but can’t rally Cavs vs. New Orleans

Cleveland’s LeBron James shoots over New Orleans’ Luke Babbitt during the first half Friday night in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 119-114. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

NEW ORLEANS — The knees felt strong enough to play, but the defense wasn’t strong enough to support anyone. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were both in the starting lineup despite battling sore left knees, but the New Orleans Pelicans shot 56 percent to beat the Cavs 119-114 despite missing their own superstar in Anthony Read More…

Safety Jim Leonhard filling in nicely for Browns

Cleveland Browns defensive back Jim Leonhard returns an interception against the Indianapolis Colts Dec. 7 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — Browns safety Jim Leonhard is a well-respected pro playing for his fifth team in his 10th NFL season. The Wisconsin native also is considered an on-field coach by Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, so much so that he defers to Leonhard’s judgment in complex sets. Yet, despite all of those facts, there is Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria lets late lead slip away vs. Parma

PARMA — There were plenty of reasons Elyria came away from Parma on the short end of a 51-49 Northeast Ohio Conference Lake Division basketball game Friday night. Brett Larrick, the Pioneers coach, had the answers. “We had the lead,” he said. “You miss free throws, you miss layups. Fourth quarter 2-for-6 from the free Read More…

Boys, girls basketball scores: Dec. 12

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The boys and girls high school basketball scores from games played on Friday, Dec. 12, are: Boys Basketball: Elyria 49 at Parma 51 Bay 52 at Elyria Catholic 64 Avon 39 at Midview 51 North Ridgeville 72 at Vermilion 62 Black River 53 at Oberlin 58 Firelands 46 at Columbia 64 Wellington 56 at Lutheran Read More…

Hall of Famer Jim Brown applauds LeBron James, other athletes for non-violent protests

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, wears an "I Can't Breathe" shirt before an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York. A social activist most of his adult life, Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown has been encouraged to see athletes make powerful societal statements and voice their opinions in the wake of recent protests around the country. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

BEREA — Hall of Famer Jim Brown, an activist for 50 years, is proud of the athletes who took a stand by non-violently protesting recent deaths of black men after encounters with police officers. “I just like the leadership that they’re showing, and nobody can get the kind of attention that they can get,” Brown Read More…

2 college football playoff games add to bills for players’ families

Alabama linebacker Trey DePriest speaks to the media during a news conference before the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. DePriest will have his mother, Angie, grandmother, Sue, and his girlfriend at however many games the Tide has left, as always. The three women will drive together from their home in Springfield, Ohio, to New Orleans and, if 'Bama wins, will drive to Arlington, Texas and split a hotel room to watch DePriest play. (AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Robert Sutton, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Take out a loan or even a second mortgage, forgo Christmas presents or split a hotel room. Faced with the possibility of two big postseason trips under the new college football playoff system, some players’ parents are doing all they can to see their kids under the spotlight. A bowl game trip Read More…

Cavaliers put up a fight but fall short against Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, right, defends as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots in the fourth quarter Thursday. Oklahoma City won 103-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursday’s game that they would be without LeBron James. They couldn’t have found a less sympathetic opponent. Oklahoma City, which struggled without injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the first month of the season, took advantage of the short-handed Cavaliers with a 103-94 victory. James Read More…

Avon Lake goalkeeper Keegan Sullivan passionate about game

Avon Lake junior Keegan Sullivan is moving up the state record book fast in terms of saves. Of course, he’s had more than his share of shots fired in his direction playing for a young Shoremen squad the past two seasons. Still, he keeps coming back for more, mainly because he loves to play the game. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Some play high school sports for glory, some for state championships, some for camaraderie and some with an eye on earning a college scholarship. Still others play for the simple love of the game. Count Avon Lake junior goalie Keegan Sullivan in that last group. “Last year was my low point just from the lack Read More…

Browns coordinator Kyle Shanahan will let Johnny be Johnny

Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, left, talks to quarterback Johnny Manziel during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has an idea how Johnny Manziel will play in his first start Sunday against the Bengals. It looks a lot like Manziel’s Heisman Trophy-winning days at Texas A&M. “I’m sure it’s going to happen pretty fast, we call a pass play and he’s going to do six spins, reverse Read More…