Archives for September 2014

LeBron undecided on Olympics

LeBron James says he has not decided whether or not to play in the Olympics in two years.

At Cleveland Cavaliers camp, James says he feels “nowhere near” close to making a decision.

He did not play for Team USA this summer at the world championships.

Meyer tries to head off QB controversy at the pass

Ohio State’s head coach has ended a possible controversy for next season.

Urban Meyer says if Braxton Miller gets healthy, then he starts at quarterback next season.

Miller’s replacement J.T. Barrett has played well this season.

The Big Ten has named Barrett one of its co-Freshman of the Week.

This follows his performance in this weekend’s win over Cincinnati.

Barrett had 409 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.

Cavs open camp

The Cleveland Cavaliers have opened training camp.

LeBron James and Mike Miller have both expressed positive feedback on the offensive system from new head coach David Blatt.

The Cavaliers’ first preseason game takes place in Cleveland on Sunday against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Brantley up for Hank Aaron Award

The Cleveland Indians have nominated outfielder Michael Brantley for this year’s Hank Aaron Award.

The honor goes to the most outstanding offensive performer in each league.

No other Indian besides Brantley has ever had a season that included 200 hits, 40 doubles, 20 homers, and 20 stolen bases.

Tuesday AM Sports Stories

The Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti held his last session with the media and said the number one item on the off-season to-do list is improve the defense. The stats show the Tribe has weaknesses at almost every position in terms of defense. The pitching was very strong. Cleveland pitchers set a major league record for strikeouts. But fielding needs strengthening.

Cavaliers training camp opened Saturday and their first preseason game is October 5th against the Miami Heat in Brazil.That’s Sunday. LeBron James is slimmer this season and says it will make him faster.

Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion signed a one year deal worth 1.4 million dollars instead of going with the Pacers for more, because he told reporters he wants to win a championship. He says when Kevin Love signed that did it for him. Also he was persuaded by four text messages from LeBron James saying he was needed.

The News Herald is out with its weekly rankings of the top high school football teams that it calls The Top of the Crop. After weekend games the top ten teams are, from number one down, Mentor, Madison, Benedictine, Kirtland, Mayfield, NDCL, Chardon, Riverside, Kenston and West Geauga. Perry dropped off the list this week.

In the top college football rankings this week Oklahoma remains number one followed by Alabama, Florida State, Oregon, Texas A&M, Auburn, Notre Dame, Baylor, Michigan State and Mississippi State.
The big games to watch Saturday will be Texas A&M at Mississippi State, Stanford at Notre Dame, Alabama at Ole Miss, Oklahoma at TCU and LSU at Auburn.

In other sports, the Oakland Raiders have fired the coach, Dennis Allen. Oakland is off to an Oh and 4 start this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots on Monday night Football, 41 to 14.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is dismissing an NFL Network report that the players want him fired. His words to describe the story—a bunch of crap.

Mentor Student Arrested for Gun Remark

A Mentor High School student was arrested after telling another student he was going to bring a gun to the homecoming dance. The female to whom the boy made the comment told a Mentor police officer at the football game who arrested the boy. The boy said he was joking, but he was taken into custody before the dance the same night.

Willoughby Bar Patron Urinates on Others

Willoughby police say an unpopular bar patron demonstrated how he felt about his fellow bar customers by urinating on them. Officers arrested a 30-year-old man at the Willoughby Brewing Company this past weekend. The bar’s manager says the man had been kicked out of the establishment before returning to relieve himself on several people.

Mentor Woman Charged with Killing Mother

A 56 year-old Mentor woman was arraigned yesterday for stabbing her mother to death in a home they shared on Tipperary Lane. Officers found Dawn Pierce lying on the ground behind a business and she was not coherent. Police will only say the 86 year-old Lillian Pierce had been stabbed more than 10 times. The suspect has not been lucid and has not explained why she did it.

Free Leaf Pickup Monday in Ashtabula

The Ashtabula free leaf bag pickup for fall begins on Monday October 6. In October and November work crews will pick up yard waste in biodegradable bags with bundles of sticks no longer than 3 feet and weighing no more than 20 pounds each.

Woolybears Forecast Milder Winter

They had the Woollybear Festival Sunday in Vermillion like they do every year and its creator, Channel 8 weather icon Dick Goddard wrapped up the event by interpreting what the woollybear caterpillars are telling him about the upcoming winter. He says it will be cold but less harsh than last winter and with 2 feet less snow than last winter.