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LeBron James banner signals a rebirth of hope in Cleveland, bystanders say

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:00
About a dozen people stood across the street, pointing and exchanging smiles as the top third of the banner slowly inched into view. Cars slowed to a crawl as drivers twisted their necks to see what everybody on the sidewalk was looking at. Janet H. Cho, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jcho/index.html

Outrageous predictions (and outfits) for Ohio State vs. Illinois: 10 or fewer completions, 150 yards for Curtis Samuel

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:00
Last week, everything outrageous we predicted couldn't have been wronger in Ohio State's 31-24 double-overtime win at Penn State. So this week we came back even more outrageous, and it starts with our Halloween costumes. Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/ariwasserman/index.html

Ohio State football: Live updates and chat during Urban Meyer's radio show previewing Illinois

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:58
Follow along in the comments and join the discussion between noon and 1 p.m. Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/dlesmeri/index.html

Ohio's small game hunting season opens Nov. 7 -- Outdoor Calendar for Oct. 30

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:54
The hunting seasons are dominating the outdoor calendar, with duck and goose hunting open through Nov. 9 in the North Zone and the small game season opening on Nov. 7 for rabbit and ring-necked pheasant in northern Ohio. D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/degan/index.html

Cleveland Cavaliers winning 70 games? That's ridiculous -- Terry Pluto

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:46
Only one team has ever won 70 games in a season. The Cavs won't be the second to do so. In 2008-09, they won 66 -- the 10th-best record in NBA history. Terry Pluto, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/tpluto/index.html

LeBron James: Cleveland Cavaliers' opener "one of the biggest sporting events ever"

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:34
LeBron James said the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener tonight could be one of the biggest sporting events ever. Joe Vardon, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/jvardon/index.html

College football playoff contenders could dwindle in head-to-head play; a schedule breakdown

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:30
2014 college football playoff race: 13 games remain between the top contenders, including Auburn against Mississippi, and Utah against Arizona State this weekend. Rich Exner, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/rexner/index.html

North Royalton's Adam Kantor snags interception, returns it for touchdown in this week's Fall Photos of the Week

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:30
North Royalton's Adam Kantor intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown and his dad caught it all through the lens of his camera. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdhigh/index.html

Independent and other football matchups, previews Week 10, 2014

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:19
Check out all the Week 10 football matchups involving independents and others. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdhigh/index.html

Ron Paolucci confident Ria Antonia will return to form in Breeders' Cup -- Horse Racing Insider

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:59
Stow horseman Ron Paolucci is confident his talented filly Ria Antonia can recapture her glory in Friday's $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park. D'Arcy Egan, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/degan/index.html

12 high school football storylines to follow entering Week 10: Best of the Beat (slideshow)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:45
Here are a dozen things watch as we head toward Week 10 of the high school football season. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdhigh/index.html

LeBron James: Welcome Home banner goes up in Cleveland

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:24
Plain Dealer photographer Marvin Fong is downtown as crews install the new Nike Welcome Home LeBron Banner on the exterior of the Sherwin-Williams Co. Global Headquarters in Cleveland Oct.  30, 2014.   It's a 10-story, 25,000 square feet, 1.3 ton... Marvin Fong, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/mfong/index.html

Mount St. Joseph basketball player Lauren Hill's cancer moves Hiram to reschedule opener

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00
Mount St. Joseph's opener against Hiram will be Sunday so freshman Lauren Hill, who has a terminal diagnosis, will be able to achieve her goal of playing in a college basketball game. Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/twarsins/index.html

From Mississippi State's Dan Mullen to Illinois' Tim Beckman: Examining the coaching tree of Ohio State's Urban Meyer

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00
Urban Meyer's coaching tree includes the coach of the nation's No. 1 team, and the coach of FCS school Weber State. See a complete breakdown of Meyer's coaching tree. Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/blandis/index.html

No. 2 St. Edward vs. No. 5 St. Ignatius football preview 2014

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00
Take a look at the preview between No. 2 St. Edward and No. 5 St. Ignatius. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdhigh/index.html

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, two talented players whose careers have gone in different directions

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:30
It's been 11 years since that memorable night in Cleveland and as LeBron James' return to the Cavs is hours away, it's Carmelo Anthony again on the other side, this time as a member of the New York Knicks. Chris Fedor, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/cfedor/index.html

Watch Sports Insider with Dan Labbe, Chris Fedor, Chris Haynes and Joe Vardon at 10 a.m.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:12
Watch Sports Insider live from outside of Pickwick and Frolic at 10 a.m. Dan Labbe, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/dlabbe/index.html

Are Ohio State's Tom Herman, Chris Ash the next branches to bloom on Urban Meyer's coaching tree?

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:00
Urban Meyer has built a strong coaching tree over his 13-year career as a head coach. Ohio State assistants Tom Herman, Chris Ash and Ed Warinner could be next. Bill Landis, Northeast Ohio Media Group http://connect.cleveland.com/user/blandis/index.html

Football helmet contest down to 10 finalists; See Top 10 helmets, vote for your favorite to help crown winner (slideshow)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:30
See the Top 10 football helmets then vote for which local high school dons the best lid. Hurry, voting to determine which is the best helmet ends Wednesday. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff http://connect.cleveland.com/user/clevepdhigh/index.html

Bowl opportunities still in play for many MAC football teams

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:15
Many Mid-American Conference football teams are still viable for a bowl game if they can finish the season at .500 or better. Elton Alexander, The Plain Dealer http://connect.cleveland.com/user/ealexand/index.html