April 18, 2014

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Browns: Harbaugh news doesn’t derail Pettine’s focus

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDIANAPOLIS — Mike Pettine responded to the heads-up phone call from the Browns’ director of communications with the appropriate question. “‘How does that affect my tenure as the head coach?’” Pettine recalled Saturday morning at the scouting combine. It didn’t. The Profootballtalk.com report Friday that the Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Read More…

Browns: Team nearly traded for Niners’ Harbaugh?

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh as Browns coach is difficult to imagine. According to a report on Profootballtalk.com, it almost happened. The website reported Friday afternoon that the Browns’ meandering 25-day coaching search included one more twist. It was a corkscrew. The Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to Harbaugh, Read More…

Browns at NFL combine: Bortles looks like opposite of Manziel

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came up short in the measurement Friday, but that was inevitable. He was a shade under 6 feet, his official listing: 5-11¾ and 207 pounds. That’s 5¼ inches shorter and 25 pounds lighter than Central Florida’s Blake Bortles. Perhaps bolstered by the tape measure, Bortles also tried to Read More…

Combine Notes: Browns reportedly were close to trade for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh; team doesn’t deny it

Jim Harbaugh

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh as Browns coach is difficult to imagine. According to a report on Profootballtalk.com, it almost happened. The website reported Friday afternoon that the Browns’ meandering 25-day coaching search included one more twist. It was a corkscrew. The Browns nearly pulled off a trade with the 49ers for the rights to Harbaugh, Read More…

Stocker Foundation donates $1.25 million in effort to improve Franklin Elementary

Jayla Mitchell, left, and Payton Holbert, kindergarden students at Franklin Elementary, learn numbers 11-20 in math class on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It was a normal Wednesday at Elyria’s Franklin Elementary School. Students were drilled on math problems, read aloud to their teachers and Principal Lisa Licht stopped by classrooms to ensure the business of education was at hand. There was no mention of the big news to come later in the evening at the Read More…

FRONT-OFFICE SHAKEUP

BEREA — The first major decision Jimmy Haslam made after buying the Cleveland Browns was to hire Joe Banner as CEO and give him tremendous authority in business and football decisions. Sixteen months later, Banner is on his way out as part of a front office overhaul announced by Haslam on Tuesday. Haslam tried to Read More…

Antonio, (Tony, Red) A. Zampieri

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Antonio, (Tony, Red) A. Zampieri died unexpectedly Friday, February 7, 2014 surrounded by his loving children. He was born September 5, 1924 in Piney Fork, Ohio. When the United States went to war Antonio enlisted in the United States Navy, serving both in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a seaman in the European Read More…

Cavs fire GM Grant

INDEPENDENCE –  Chris Grant’s 3½-year tenure as Cavaliers general manager ended when he was fired Thursday afternoon. The move came one day after the disappointing Cavs (16-33) lost at home to a Los Angeles Lakers team that finished the game with four healthy players and one who was allowed to keep playing with six fouls. Read More…

Pooch plucked from lake ice after slide from breakwall

LORAIN — A dog rescued from the Lorain County APL 10 years ago was rescued for a second time Friday. John Durinsky, of Lorain, was walking his dog Maya along the breakwall at Spitzer Marina about noon Friday when Maya slipped and fell between the rocks. He said Maya, a 13-year-old golden retriever mix, suffers Read More…

Nellie M. Gott

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Nellie M. Gott, 97, of Mansfield, formerly of Wellington, passed away Friday, January 10, 2014. Born August 31, 1916 in Hayesville, Ohio, to the late Clara May (nee Eckenberger) and Wade Strine, she was a 1935 graduate of Hayesville High School. Nellie was at one time employed as a custodian for the Wellington Schools. She Read More…