March 5, 2015

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Tate signs with Browns to show he can be featured running back

Houston Texans' Ben Tate is stopped by Tennessee Titans' Zach Brown on Sept. 15, 2013, in Houston. (AP file photo)

Ben Tate finally has his chance. To show he should be a featured back. To prove the career 4.7-yard average per carry isn’t the product of limited attempts. To fulfill the potential he believes he has. Tate (5-foot-10, 220 pounds) signed a two-year deal Saturday with the Browns that’s reportedly worth up to $7 million. Read More…

Margaret “Peggy” Reid

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Margaret “Peggy” Reid passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014. She was a long time employee of NASA and member of West Shore and Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Churches. She was the beloved mother of Edward and Anne; grandmother to Jedidiah; beloved sister to Nancy and Eleanor; former wife of Walter. She was a dear aunt and Read More…

Browns drop troubled WR Bess

BEREA — Slowly but surely, the Browns are ridding themselves of the mistakes made by former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi. Cleveland’s latest corrective move occurred Wednesday, when it released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess, along with wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Bess was a massive disappointment during his Read More…

Indians: Masterson doing what he can to remain in Cleveland

PEORIA, Ariz. — Ace right-hander Justin Masterson is doing what he can to remain in Cleveland. Now, it’s the Indians’ turn. Masterson’s agent Randy Rowley told numerous media outlets Tuesday night that his client, who could demand a lucrative, long-term contract as a free agent next year, is open to signing a shorter-termed, less expensive Read More…

Woman killed by train in Elyria

Elyria police investigate the death of an unidentified woman who was fatally struck by a train near the South Abbe Road crossing about 9:46 Saturday night. Check back at for updates.

NFL combine: Louisville’s Bridgewater lives football

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS — Teddy Bridgewater takes “football junkie” to the next level. Coaches crave players who can’t get enough of their sport, and the quality is almost mandatory in a quarterback. Cue Bridgewater and his Xbox. “I eat, sleep and breathe football,” he said this weekend at the scouting combine. “There’s not a moment that goes Read More…


VERMILION — As the Vermilion River continued to crest Saturday, six families who failed to heed evacuation warnings were rescued by the Vermilion Fire Department and other local emergency management agencies. Fire Chief Chris Stempowski said a text alert was sent out to Vermilion residents at 3:03 p.m. Friday notifying them of an ice jam Read More…

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 report Friday that the Browns nearly traded for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was Read More…

Browns: Team nearly traded for Niners’ Harbaugh?

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INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Harbaugh as Browns coach is difficult to imagine. According to a report on, 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…