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Shortstop Erik Gonzalez making his mark with Akron RubberDucks -- Cleveland Indians Class AA Insider

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:38
Shortstop Erik Gonzalez has picked up where Francisco Lindor left off for the Akron RubberDucks. Plain Dealer Sports

Week 1 Varsity Blitz Live: Get updates from 71 football games in Northeast Ohio, chat room, Avon-Avon Lake audio

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:30
Join us Friday nights starting at 7 for the new Varsity Blitz Live, the place to be for updates on every high school football game in Northeast Ohio. Northeast Ohio Media Group high school sports staff

Cleveland Indians Class A Insider: Lake County Captains' dramatic turnaround is a trip

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:17
The Lake County Captains clinched their third playoff berth in five years by winning 11 of their first 15 road games in August. Tim Warsinskey, The Plain Dealer

Cleveland Indians bring back 'The Muscle': Russell Branyan signs, heads to Triple-A

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:15
Russell Branyan is back for another tour with the Cleveland Indians' organization. The club signed the 38-year-old to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus. Zack Meisel, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Dennis Manoloff wraps up the Browns' preseason and talks about Josh Gordon's suspension: Podcast

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:00
Does the result of the fourth preseason game change the view of the Browns heading into the opener against Pittsburgh? Which player stood out during the preseason? Did Minnesota owner Glen Taylor have a point when talking about Kevin Love? The Plain Dealer's Dennis Manoloff answered those questions and more in his weekly podcast. Chris Fedor, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Johnny Manziel says he's 'no Joe Pesci' -- but hopes he made you snicker anyway

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:48
Johnny Manziel acknowledges he's 'no Joe Pesci' but his Snickers commercial was a beginning. Mary Kay Cabot, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Columbus Clippers wait on callups before setting playoff roster -- Cleveland Indians Class AAA Insider

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:39
The Columbus Clippers clinched the International League West Division title on Wednesday and will open the playoffs next week against Durham. Plain Dealer Sports

Cleveland Browns rookie corner Justin Gilbert learns another valuable lesson in win over Chicago Bears

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:23
Despite allowing a second-quarter touchdown, Gilbert and coach Mike Pettine thought the rookie corner played better against Chicago. Tom Reed, Northeast Ohio Media Group

AirClimber machine provides blast from the past while blasting arms and legs: Stretching Out

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:00
Exercising on the AirClimber machine, I was reminded of fitness products from the 1980s and 90s, even as the device itself provided an effective workout for the entire body. Zachary Lewis, The Plain Dealer

Why Isaiah Crowell's big night makes for tough decisions for the Cleveland Browns at running back

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:05
The undrafted free agent rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries and added a 48-yard touchdown. Tom Reed, Northeast Ohio Media Group

South Florida high school showdown between future Ohio State teammates? Torrance Gibson and Nick Bosa face off Friday: Buckeyes recruiting

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:00
Two of Ohio State's most coveted Florida recruiting targets - Torrance Gibson and Nick Bosa (the younger brother of current Buckeye DE Joey Bosa) - will be enemies Friday night when their teams meet in Sun Life Stadium. Ari Wasserman, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Kent State, Ohio University open season with interesting conference matchup

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:40
Kent State looks to get back in gear after an emotional preseason while Ohio University aims to get up to speed quickly with an inexperienced offensive unit. Elton Alexander, The Plain Dealer

Fantasy football tight ends: 2014 preview and rankings

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:30
A look at the overall state of tight ends, the breakdown of tiers, sleepers (undervalued), busts (overvalued) and comprehensive top 15 rankings. Dustin Hockensmith |

Make your pick for the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Navy Midshipmen: Prove you're smarter than Ari, Doug and Livy

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:24
Ari and Doug make their picks, with Ohio State now favored by 16 1/2 points over the Midshipmen on a neutral field in Baltimore. Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Is Bartolo Colon worth pursuing for the Cleveland Indians? -- Bud Shaw's "You Said It"

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:00
Cleveland sports fans wonder about the Indians' front office, Johnny Manziel's namesake and more in Bud Shaw's You Said It. Bud Shaw, The Plain Dealer

Which Browns player stood out the most during the preseason? Question of the day

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:56
The Cleveland Browns wrapped up the preseason with a 33-13 thumping against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Chris Fedor, Northeast Ohio Media Group

College Football picks, week 1: LSU, Ohio State, Alabama face opening tests

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:55
Gary Laney makes his predictions for the first week of college football. Gary Laney | National Desk

Unlike last year, the Cleveland Indians' meaningful late-season games will come against other teams in the race

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:50
To repeat last season's improbable run, the Indians will have to play their best against the best. It's something for the fan base to embrace, regardless of how it unfolds. Zack Meisel, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Early 'Pohl'-ing strong for Akron Zips quarterback Kyle Pohl

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:48
Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl got off to a fast start in an easy season-opener win over Howard University, 41-0. Elton Alexander, The Plain Dealer

Talk Cleveland sports with Dennis Manoloff at 12:30 p.m.

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:00
Get your Cleveland sports questions ready and ask away for DMan at 12:30 p.m. Chris Fedor, Northeast Ohio Media Group