August 27, 2015

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The Morning Hit–8/25/15

Welcome back to The Morning Hit, where we talk about what people are talking about online. The web has become the digital equivalent of the office water cooler, and its becoming more necessary by the day to stay in the loop. With that being said, let’s hit it. Three years! Today is the third anniversary Read More…

Big Ten football: Buckeyes, Badgers ripe for a rematch?

The Big Ten East’s a beast. Ohio State is loaded with returning talent and is the popular pick to return to the College Football Playoff to defend its national title. Michigan State has won 24 games the past two seasons and four straight bowls. Jim Harbaugh’s arrival in Ann Arbor shows Michigan is serious about Read More…

Frank Gifford, NFL star and broadcasting icon, dies at 84

NEW YORK — From the football field to the broadcast booth, Frank Gifford was a star. And a winner. An NFL championship in 1956 with the New York Giants. An Emmy award in 1976-77 as television’s “outstanding sports personality.” Induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in ’77. Gifford, as well known for serving Read More…

Ohio State football: Joey Bosa, three others to miss season opener because of ‘violation of athletic department policies’

CHICAGO — Ohio State will face one of its toughest tests of the season without its best defensive player and three talented receivers. The Buckeyes suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for their opening game at Virginia Tech because of unspecified violation of athletic department Read More…

Brady responds: ‘I did nothing wrong,’ plans to fight suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady vowed to fight his four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate, writing Wednesday in a 507-word Facebook post: “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either.” Breaking his silence a day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the punishment, Brady also denied destroying his cellphone Read More…

OHSAA approves new concussion guidelines for football

COLUMBUS — The Ohio High School Athletic Association has adopted measures placing limits on full-contact drills during football practices in the hopes of reducing the risk of concussions. The association’s board of directors unanimously approved the changes Monday. The measures were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations’ concussion task force. Under Read More…

Nightmares lose despite outstanding defensive effort

EATON TWP. — If you could have selected the Lorain County defense in your one-day fantasy league you would probably be counting your winnings right now. In the real world, winning isn’t quite that simple. The Nightmares defense forced five turnovers, scored three touchdowns and blocked an Indianapolis field goal in the closing minutes of Read More…

Doing their homework: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik and Westlake’s Jake Ryan enjoy NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea

BEREA — Two hundred and fifty-four players are participating in the weeklong NFL Rookie Symposium. But only two of them grew up within biking distance of the Browns’ training facility, which hosted the NFC Play 60 youth football clinic Friday. Eagles defensive end Brian Mihalik played high school football at Avon Lake, while Packers linebacker Read More…

Browns Notes: Coordinator Jim O’Neil out to fix run defense, says key is eliminating explosive plays

Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton (71) scrimmages at rookie minicamp on Friday afternoon, May 8. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Much of defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil’s offseason was spent looking for ways to fix the run defense that ranked last in the league last year. The same can be said of Cleveland’s draft. The Browns took nose tackle Danny Shelton with the No. 12 pick, outside linebacker Nate Orchard at 51 and end Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, fans in statement and vows to regain trust, respect

Johnny Manziel took “full responsibility” for his actions, apologized to the Browns organization and fans and vowed to work hard to regain trust and respect in a statement released Friday through the Browns. The nine-sentence statement was Manziel’s first public comment since leaving a treatment facility last week after spending 10 weeks there. Manziel confirmed Read More…