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Minnesota Vikings bring back Adrian Peterson despite abuse charge

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:48
While many of Peterson's teammates welcomed him back and threw their support behind the embattled former MVP, the Vikings also faced plenty of criticism for deciding to let Adrian Peterson play while facing charges of child abuse. Associated Press

The unlikely journey of Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:30
Is it all just a dream? It sure feels that way. Best he keep his eyes closed and live it out. "I'm here now," Perez said. "I cannot look back." Zack Meisel, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Fairview football WR/DB Ryan Williams answers 7 questions: Varsity Timeout

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:06
Get to know Fairview senior WR/DB Ryan Williams off the field in this week's Varsity Timeout feature. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

Rocky River girls soccer player Jillian Krebs answers 5 questions: Varsity Timeout

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:00
Krebs helped the Pirates win Rocky River's first state title in 86 years last season. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

As Ohio State's offense goes through growing pains, Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott waiting to be unleashed: 7 point breakdown

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:00
"It has definitely been tough not being able to get the touches that I wanted, but like I said before, I do what I can do for the team," Elliott said. "If I am not getting touches, I am going to be blocking as hard as I can. I am all about doing whatever this team needs me to do, and I am happy to do it." Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cleveland sports fans wonder about Johnny Manziel, Travis Benjamin and more -- Bud Shaw's You Said It

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:00
Cleveland sports fans wonder how long before Johnny Manziel "wrecks this league" and where the Browns would be had they traded multiple draft picks for Robert Griffin III -- Bud Shaw's You Said It. Bud Shaw, The Plain Dealer

Is Nebraska eight points better than Miami (Fla.)? Rutgers four-point dogs to Navy? Dissecting Big Ten betting lines: Buckeye Breakfast

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:00
The Buckeyes have been favored in each of their first three contests, and will likely continue to be the favorite up until their game at Michigan State in early November. But Ohio State is off this week, so we're left with only the other Big Ten teams' spreads. Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Michael Brantley drops ball, Cleveland Indians continue downward trend in loss to Astros

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 05:00
HOUSTON, Texas – Yes, Michael Brantley should have made the catch. "Anytime the ball hits your glove you want to make the catch," said Brantley. "I didn't catch it." The play in question happened Monday night in the third inning in... Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Browns become watchable again: Editorial cartoon

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 04:32
After waiting a decade, Browns' fans finally got to experience the thrill of victory instead of the agony of another Browns' defeat in the home opener. Jeff Darcy, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cleveland Indians lose to Houston Astros: DMan's Report, Game 149, Monday

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:33
The Indians have lost four in a row. Dennis Manoloff, The Plain Dealer

September slide continues for Cleveland Indians in 3-1 loss to Houston Astros

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 22:01
The Indians have lost four straight and are 6-9 in September. Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Browns' Mike Pettine savors his first victory with family, friends and a big cigar: 'It was a blast, the place was rocking'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 20:51
Browns coach Mike Pettine felt the ground moving in electric FirstEnergy Stadium after the 26-24 victory over the Saints. "The place was rocking.'' Mary Kay Cabot, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Brian Hoyer captures national buzz despite Johnny Manziel's debut: 'I understand the skepticism'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:55
Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has stolen the spotlight from Johnny Manziel with his amazing gamewinning drive to upset the Saints. Mary Kay Cabot, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Bryan Shaw draws good cards, CC Lee wants to limit trips to wild side: Cleveland Indians quick hits

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 19:24
Terry Francona says his cribbage opponent, Bryan Shaw, is going to be fine after a lost weekend in Detroit. Meanwhile, Ryan Raburn could be headed to Cleveland for an MRI on his left knee and Francona is straying with Jason Kipnis in the No.5 spot. Paul Hoynes, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Live updates: Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros, Game 149 (chat)

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:10
Chat with other fans as the Indians travel to Houston to take on the Astros. Joey Morona, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Hudson golfer Will Kurtz wins Kiely Cup, St. Ignatius finishes second in team race at Canterbury

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 18:10
Hudson sophomore Will Kurtz birdies final hole to win by one stroke. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

St. Edward, Bedford, Kirtland among area football teams ranked in first AP state poll for 2014 season

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:34
The Eagles are the top local Division I team in the first AP state poll of the 2014 season. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

Akron Marathon relay registration ends tonight: 5 new things you can do at this year's race

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:17
There will be 600 more runners in this years event, including 2,300 marathoners and 4,800 half marathoners. Last year there were 2,000 marathon runners and 4,500 participants in the half marathon. Registration for both events remains open but is nearly sold out. John Harper, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cleveland police enforcing alcohol ban during Cleveland Browns tailgating in Muni Lot

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:00
Police are warning tailgaters at Cleveland Browns games that an open container of alcohol in the city's Muni Lot could earn them a citation. Cory Shaffer | Northeast Ohio Media Group

Fantasy football 2014: Top performers from Week 2

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:50
Tight ends had a big week, as did five running backs and five wide outs, who racked up big numbers for fantasy owners. Jeremy Elliott |