June 26, 2016

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The GrandMaster: Bay native Joe Kim has built a career in the NFL showing teams how to use martial arts to improve

Joe Kim’s life pivoted when he was almost 5 years old and his massive, expensive eyeglasses with bi-colored lenses were smashed by a bully. His mom took him to a martial arts studio so he could gain self-confidence and learn to defend himself. Six years later he earned his black belt in taekwondo. He became Read More…

Throwback Thursday: The 1964 NFL Championship Game

Before Sunday, the last major sports team to win a title was the 1964 Browns, who beat the heavily-favored Colts in the NFL Championship Game — two years before the initial NFL-AFL Championship Game, later known as the Super Bowl. The last sports title in Cleveland

Browns’ Higgins expects to live up to Hollywood nickname … finally

For a guy nicknamed “Hollywood,” the bright lights have often neglected receiver Rashard Higgins. He was under-recruited out of Mesquite High School in Texas, and wound up at Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference. Despite being a consensus All-American as a sophomore, when he led the nation with 1,750 receiving yards, just a year Read More…

Former Brown Davone Bess arrested after police standoff at his home

GILBERT, Ariz. — Former NFL player Davone Bess has been arrested after a standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home. Gilbert police say Bess fled a traffic stop in Gilbert early Monday. Police Sgt. Jesse Sanger says Bess barricaded himself in his car and then his home. Sanger says a SWAT team entered after Read More…

Commentary: Cleveland fans crying tears of joy this time

Marla Ridenour Akron Beacon Journal OAKLAND, Calif. — I will cry for LeBron James, that “just a kid from Akron” accepted the daunting challenge of ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought and was able to deliver. I will cry for Earnest Byner and Carl Hairston, for Brian Sipe and Bob Golic. For Omar Vizquel and Mike Read More…

Browns to open training camp July 29, hold scrimmage at Ohio State on Aug. 6

Fans will get their first look at coach Hue Jackson and what he promises will be more physical and energetic practices July 29 when training camp opens at Browns headquarters in Berea. The team will host 11 free practices at the team facility as well as returning to Columbus for the free Orange & Brown Read More…

Browns assistant coach Al Saunders brings non-stop energy, decades of experience as he tries to mold young receiving corps

BEREA — Al Saunders never stops. Never stops running. Never stops encouraging. Never stops coaching. Saunders was the star of the Browns’ offseason practices. An observer couldn’t help but notice, and marvel at, the hurricane of energy bursting from the slender frame of the 69-year-old grandpa/senior offensive assistant. “He’s about 70 going on 30,” offensive Read More…

Browns Notes: QB Robert Griffin III ends minicamp on strong note, but coach Hue Jackson says there will be open competition for starting job in training camp

BEREA — Robert Griffin III headed into the summer break on a high note. He completed a 50-yard touchdown to Terrelle Pryor down the right sideline and a 25-yarder over the middle to Andrew Hawkins on his final two throws of mandatory minicamp Thursday. He’ll return for training camp in late July fighting for the Read More…

Browns QB Robert Griffin III wants to make fresh start, but past in Washington follows him to Cleveland

BEREA — Robert Griffin III says he’s over his turbulent four years in Washington. He no longer worries about the historic start (several NFL records as rookie of the year), spectacular plunge (no snaps in 2015) or unceremonious release. He doesn’t read the articles that won’t stop. He’s turned the page. “No, I don’t get Read More…

Browns Notes: TE Gary Barnidge vows to be back for start of training camp

BEREA — Tight end Gary Barnidge wants to pick up right where he left off. And that includes being ready to go on the first day of training camp, despite having sports hernia surgery last week. “I’ll probably be ready before training camp,” he said Wednesday during minicamp. “My goal is to be ready as Read More…