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Hathaway Brown field hockey player Mackenzie Meals answers 7 questions: Varsity Timeout

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:01
Meal just wrapped up her senior field hockey season at Hathaway Brown. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

Strongsville volleyball player Noelle Reinhart answers six questions: Varsity Timeout

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:00
Strongsville volleyball player Noelle Reinhart likes to study history and keep things loose before games. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

What did Ohio State football learn from allowing the game-tying drive against Penn State?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:00
After putting together its best performance of the season for three quarters, Ohio State's defense made mistakes that allowed Penn State to send Saturday's game into overtime. Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group

San Antonio Spurs will top Cleveland Cavaliers in Finals: Bill Livingston's 2014-15 NBA predictions

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:58
The Cavs will make the NBA Finals aganst San Antonio, the second such matchup for the Cavs, the fourth such for LeBron James. It will be a near-great season. But the parade will have to wait. Bill Livingston, The Plain Dealer

Fantasy Football: The Perfect Draft, with 20/20 hindsight

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:15
When it comes to fantasy drafting, most of us have regrets, don't we? Seriously, who thought DeMarco Murray would be a record-breaking beast? And weren't most so-called experts convinced that Antonio Gates was all washed up? Ladd Biro, special to

Where will Ohio State fit in first real College Football Playoff poll? Take a 'First Four' sneak peek

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:00
The committee will reveal its first poll at 7:30. Take a look at what our 13-person panel came up with to get a sneak peek at how the committee might think. Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Leaders rising in best high school football helmet contest; see Top 25 helmets and vote through noon Wednesday (slideshow, poll)

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 06:35
See the Top 25 football helmets then vote for which local high school dons the best lid. Hurry, voting to determine which 10 helmets move to the third round ends Wednesday. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

Ohio State football QB J.T. Barrett shows his mettle, rough day for officials: Buckeyes TV Rewatch

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:30
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett showed an ability to get much-needed tough yards against Penn State, while the officials had a night to forget. Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group

The life of an NFL kicker: Cleveland Browns' Billy Cundiff is somehow still kicking

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:00
For an NFL kicker, job security often sails along with the flight of the football as it soars toward the uprights. Nobody knows that better than Browns kicker Billy Cundiff, who has persevered, despite playing for 13 teams since he broke into the league in 2002. Zack Meisel, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Leading questions about Cleveland Browns' QB Brian Hoyer (and other non-issues) -- Bud Shaw's You Said It

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:00
Cleveland sports fans wonder about Brian Hoyer's arm and the proper celebration for LeBron James' return Thursday in Bud Shaw's You Said It. Bud Shaw, The Plain Dealer

The LeBron James business model: Why it's not (entirely) about the money

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:00
LeBron James' endorsements are more about how "partners" will portray the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar than they are about money. It's all part of James' plan for power and influence once his playing career is over. Joe Vardon, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Ohio State Buckeyes open as 28.5-point favorite for night game vs. Illinois Fighting Illini: Buckeye Breakfast

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 05:00
If Ohio State is going to get back to covering spreads, it will have to blowout Illinois under the lights in Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Buckeyes open as 28.5-point favorites over Tim Beckman's Fighting Illini, according to Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Four-star Virginia DB and Ohio State target Garrett Taylor decommits from Michigan: Buckeyes recruiting

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 00:00
Four-star cornerback Garrett Taylor announced his decommitment from Michigan on Monday. Taylor is an Ohio State target who will officially visit the Buckeyes on Nov. 22. Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy square off on Monday night football: Browns Twitter reacts accordingly

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 22:03
Brandon Weeden spelled Tony Romo, who left with an injury, and that meant Browns fans got to see Weeden vs. McCoy. Dan Labbe, Northeast Ohio Media Group

World Series 2014: San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner embraces greatness at right time

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:23
World Series observations by Paul Hoynes, Indians beat writer for Notheast Ohio Media Group. Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Ohio State football senior running back Rod Smith dismissed from team

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:13
Smith had been praised for his special teams play this season and had scored four rushing touchdowns. Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Hudson football takes top spot in Ohio AP Division I state poll; plus see all the ballots

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 20:10
See the AP state football poll for Ohio for all seven divisions, plus the ballots. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

Cleveland Browns' Brian Hoyer won ugly, but Mike Pettine says 'we're not looking for style points'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:58
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer didn't play his best game against Oakland, producing just nine points against a winless team until the fourth quarter. But he'd rather win ugly than lose that way. Mary Kay Cabot, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Videos: Browns updates from victory Monday - Cleveland Browns Berea report

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:48
Watch Mary Kay Cabot recaps the news from Berea after the Browns beat the winless Raiders Sunday. Also watch videos from head coach Mike Pettine and quarterback Brian Hoyer as they reflect of the win after watching the tapes. David I. Andersen, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron's status uncertain after suffering 3rd concussion in less than two years

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:06
The Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron suffered his third concussion in less than two years vs. the Raiders, and it remains to be seen if he'll play against Tampa Bay and Cincinnati over the next 11 days. Mary Kay Cabot, Northeast Ohio Media Group