January 30, 2015

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Ohio State crashes boards, bashes No. 16 Maryland

COLUMBUS — Ohio State coach Thad Matta has been wondering about his team’s toughness. Not anymore. Marc Loving matched his career high with 19 points and D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Thursday. The Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), at Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Play hard, wins will come

Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov rebounds against Utah Jazz's Elijah Millsap Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

It wasn’t exactly rocket science or earth-shattering information, but LeBron James gave the best summation I’ve heard this season on what the Cavaliers’ primary objective should be for the rest of the season. It came Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena after the Cavs defeated the lowly Utah Jazz 106-92 for their fourth straight victory, a Read More…

Indians ace Corey Kluber named top professional athlete at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, middle, shakes teammate Michael Brantley’s hand after being named Professional Athlete of the Year at Thursday’s Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Corey Kluber wasn’t an All-Star this season, but there haven’t been many awards the right-hander hasn’t won since the Midsummer Classic in July. Kluber, the American League’s 2014 Cy Young Award winner, was recognized again Thursday night as the Professional Athlete of the Year at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Read More…

Browns: New coordinator John DeFilippo not sure if starting QB is on roster, is confident regardless

John DeFilippo, right, answers questions during his introductory news conference with Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine, left, at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio, Thursday. As Cleveland's new offensive coordinator, DeFilippo takes on the biggest challenge of his career with the Browns, who once again have a mess at quarterback. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA — John DeFilippo understood the murkiness of the quarterback situation he would inherit when he was hired Wednesday as the sixth Browns offensive coordinator in the last six years. He still signed on the dotted line. “We’re not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building right now or not,” DeFilippo said Thursday Read More…

Boys basketball: Johnny Sigsworth comes up big for Firelands in win over Edison

Firelands’ Johnny Sigsworth, left, shoots over Edison’s James Hill on Thursday. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

MILAN TWP. — During the pregame player introductions, the public address announcer at Edison High School erroneously called Firelands’ 5-foot-10 forward Johnny Sigsworth a 6-10 forward. In the second half of the Falcons’ 59-55 non-conference win Thursday, the senior played about that big. Every time the Chargers got close, Sigsworth made a play. He scored Read More…

High school wrestling: Avon captures pair of matches to keep West Shore Conference title in sight

Midview’s Jacob Snider, top, has things under control against North Ridgeville’s Alex Carpenter in their 195-pound match Thursday. Snider won by pin in 4:25. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

AVON — An all-or-nothing date with Bay still awaits, but the Avon wrestling team took care of the business it could Thursday night. Avon improved to 6-0 in the West Shore Conference by defeating Vermilion 77-0 and North Ridgeville 55-21 in a double dual. The Rangers, who were unbeaten in the WSC coming in, also Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James lands another All-Star start

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter of Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers small forward LeBron James will start his 11th NBA All-Star Game in 12 seasons, but he wasn’t the top overall vote-getter in final results released Thursday. A late run by Golden State guard Stephen Curry gave him 1,513,324 votes, while James, the top vote-getter last season, received 1,470,483 in fan balloting. Cleveland Read More…

Freshman D’Angelo Russell carries Ohio State past Northwestern

Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell drives against Northwestern guard Tre Demps during the second half Thursday in Evanston, Ill. Ohio State won 69-67. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern’s Tre Demps paid Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell the ultimate compliment Thursday night. After one of Russell’s 12 field goals, a key one in the second half, all Demps could do after failing to defend him was trot up the court and shake his head. “He’s going to make a lot of Read More…

Cardale Jones presented with special recognition at Greater Cleveland Sports Awards

Cardale Jones, originally from Glenville, was honored at the 15th Annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards for his role in bringing a national championship to the Buckeyes. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Cardale Jones was a last-minute recipient at the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Thursday night. Ohio State’s red-shirt sophomore quarterback was presented with a special recognition award alongside OSU alum and Indians player, Nick Swisher. For Jones, who led the Buckeyes to three straight wins in three starts to finish the Read More…

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam: We’ve got to get a quarterback and get it fixed

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam speaks with media outlets before the start of the 15th annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony on Jan. 22. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam was a big believer in Johnny Manziel long before his team drafted him in May. How times have changed. “We’ve got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,” Haslam said Thursday night at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. “What I would say to our fans is, Read More…