Archives for December 2016

Cavs Beat Celtics, 124-118

The Cavaliers held off a late Boston rally and beat the Celtics 124-118 on Thursday night. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 32 points and made two critical layups before leaving with a leg injury and Kevin Love added 30 points.
The Cavs led by 20 in the third and 17 early in the fourth but couldn’t close out the Celtics, who pulled within one point three times in the final two minutes. Irving stepped up to deliver two big baskets and the Cavs had to fend off Boston without him over the final 53 seconds as their star guard grabbed his right hamstring and went to the bench. His injury did not appear to be serious. LeBron James had 23 points and 11 assists for the Cavs, who won for the 11th time in 13 games. The only two losses during that stretch came at Memphis and Detroit, when James sat out.
Isaiah Thomas scored 31 and Avery Bradley had 23 for Boston, but both were on the bench late in the fourth.

CFB Friday, Griffin Cleared to Play

In Friday College Football Bowl Action on ESPN 970 WFUN ;
Starting at noon, it’s the LIBERTY BOWL, with the GEORGIA Bulldogs facing the Horned Grogs of Texas Christian University; Followed by The MUSIC CITY BOWL where the NEBRASKA Cornhuskers take on the TENNESSEE Volunteers, with coverage beginning at 4PM; And Friday Night PrimeTime it’s The Orange Bowl match-up as the Seminoles of FLORIDA STATE University take on the MICHIGAN Wolverines. Coverage begins at 8PM, and you can catch all the action all day on ESPN 970 WFUN.

Browns Quarterback Robert Griffin III was seen by an independent neurologist on Thursday morning and cleared to practice, according to the team. Griffin suffered a concussion in the fourth quarter of the Browns’ 20-17 win over the Chargers. The clearance means he will likely start in the season finale against the Steelers in Pittsburgh on New Year’s Day. Coach Hue Jackson said he would like to see RG3 make one more start. Griffin is 1-3 with the Browns. He has not thrown a touchdown pass this season.

Lake County Most Wanted, Free Clinic Honored

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has added a Cleveland man to its Most Wanted List. David Talbott is being sought on forgery and theft charges. The 36-year-old Talbott’s last known address is 3511 W. 123rd St. He is described as a 5-foot-8-inch white male with a shaved head and full beard, weighing 160 pounds with brown facial hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 440-350-5620 or 800-899-5253, ext. 5620.

Ohio’s 2014 House Bill 320 designated December as Free Clinic Appreciation Month, selecting one of the Ohio’s 52 clinics as the Free Clinic of the Year. This year, that honor was bestowed upon the Lake County Free Clinic.
State Rep. Ron Young isn’t surprised that the Lake County facility is being recognized for its service.
Leroy Township Republican said he thinks it’s been the best of the best for many years.
The bill Young introduced made the Lake County Free Clinic’s recognition possible. This is the second year the designation has been given out.

Shooting Early Thursday in Ashtabula Harbor

An Ashtabula man was shot early Thursday morning, according to Ashtabula Police. The 26-year-old victim, whose identity is being withheld by authorities, was one of five people leaving a party in the 1500 block of West Eighth Avenue in Ashtabula Harbor at about 1:45 a.m.
Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said five people got into a car and several shots were fired at the vehicle. One passenger was hit in the upper back. The unidentified male shooting victim was transported by ambulance to Ashtabula County Medical Center and then flown by medical helicopter to another hospital. Police report that preliminary medical indications are that the victim is expected to survive. Police do not believe anyone at the party was involved in the shooting. No one else was hurt.
Several shootings have taken place in Ashtabula this year, most recently on Nov. 19., when 35-year-old Claudius Wright was shot and killed in the parking lot of Chick’s Bar. Killian Wells of Ashtabula later turned himself in and police charged him in the shooting.

Browns Stay in Berea, Radio Schedule

Tune in tonight for the BUCKEYE FOOTBALL-FIESTA BOWL PREVIEW SHOW, beginning at 5PM on ESPN 970 WFUN. Coach Urban Meyers’ Ohio State squad is preparing in Arizona for Saturday’s College Football Playoff semi-final game against Clemson.

And then it’s the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena. with coverage beginning at 7:30PM on ESPN 970 WFUN.

The Browns announced Wednesday they will not be moving training camp to Columbus in 2018. A story developed this month saying the Browns would contribute $5 million to build a recreation center north of the Ohio State campus. Those plans have changed. They will continue to train in Berea “for the immediate future.”

Browns Looking At Patrtiots’ QB Garoppolo

Robert Griffin III sat out practice with the Browns on Wednesday as part of the league mandatory concussion protocol, which means Cody Kessler, Josh McCown and Kevin Hogan were taking turns under center. Griffin has not yet been ruled out for the New Year’s Day season finale with the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, a story about the Browns’ future quarterback situation might be unfolding around New England Patriots backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots will ask for a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick from any team interested in acquiring Garoppolo in a trade when the 2017 league year begins on March 9. The Pats already hold one of the Browns’ 2017 picks through the aquisition of Jamie Collins. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Browns have two first-round picks in 2017– their own, plus the one belonging to the Eagles– and an extra fourth-round pick in 2018 in the trade to Carolina for punter Andy Lee.
Garoppolo started the first two games of the 2016 season and won both while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension. Those two starts immediately made Garoppolo, picked 62nd overall in 2014 from Eastern Illinois, trade fodder for the upcoming offseason. Coach Hue Jackson made it clear last week the Browns are going quarterback shopping. Teams are prohibited from discussing publicly any desire for a player under contract to another team because it would be considered tampering.

Perry Administrator Addresses Route 20

Referring to it as “a death trap”, Perry Administrator and Director of Economic Development Walter Siegel had harsh and direct words about U.S. Route 20.
Siegal said [quote] “The county and the state have done nothing. It’s always been in bad shape. The Perry communities — Township, Village and North — have a $100,000 disbursement and are collaborating to get something done… That’s the primary focus, our infrastructure… must be addressed.’
He pointed out that the Ohio Department of Transportation agreed to a four-way stop at Clark Road– which has progressed in phases, including a sewer line– but it’s time to take the next step and think about not only motorists, but kids leaving school. Siegal said that’s what the Perry Joint Economic Development District is undertaking.
Siegel added that the ill-designed and outdated Route 20 thoroughfare, built in the 1940s, imperceptibly zigzags geographically, causing traffic issues at best, and crashes at worst.
The Perry expansion project costs nothing to taxpayers. Siegel said the 1 percent income tax with the JEDD takes care of it.

Ashtabula Thursday AM News

The Ashtabula Fire Department responded to a call at 411 W. 40th St. shortly after noon Wednesday and found smoke and fire venting from the attic of the two story wood-frame house. Fire crews advanced on the fire in the attic and extinguished the blaze. Crews then searched the structure and ventilated the smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation and damage estimates were not available, according to the department’s release.
Six people, including a family of five and another person living in the home, were displaced. The American Red Cross is assisting the victims.

A former corrections officer at the Ashtabula County Jail was placed on two years of probation after he pleaded no contest Thursday to assaulting an inmate in July 2015.

The Ashtabula City Council unanimously passed the final version of the proposed 2017 city budget at a special meeting Wednesday morning at the Municipal Building.

It took Republicans about 15 minutes Wednesday night to name Ward 4 Council member Josephine Misener the new president of Ashtabula City Council.

Loser’s Parade Money Goes to Food Bank

Well, they were saving up for an ignominious parade, but this is a much better idea. The Cleveland Browns’ first victory of the season has become a big win for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Some fans who were upset over the team’s poor performance this year were planning a “Perfect Season Parade” if the Browns ended up winless. Over $9,000 had been donated to a fund to help pay for expenses such as security and bathroom facilities for the “0 and 16” parade.
But the event was canceled after the Browns beat the San Diego Chargers 20-17 on Saturday, and organizers said the money from the parade fund would be given to the city’s food bank, to benefit some of Cleveland’s most desperate families.
The victory over the Chargers brought relief for the down-trodden Browns players, coaches and fans. They no longer have to discuss the possibility of joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in the NFL’s exclusive 0-16 losers club, and the money raised will feed the needy.

James AP Sportsman of the Year

Living Cleveland legend LeBron James, who many feel almost single-handedly ended 52 years of sports misery by bringing the city of Cleveland a sports championship and used his superstar platform to address social causes, was chosen as The Associated Press 2016 Male Athlete of the Year, an award he won previously in 2013. Results of the vote by 59 editors from AP member newspapers and customers were announced Tuesday. James collected 24 first-place votes, beating out a pair of Olympic legends: Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, the fastest men in water and on land who are not accustomed to finishing behind anyone.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, the National League MVP who led his team to its first World Series title since 1908, tied for fourth with Golden State star guard Stephen Curry, last year’s winner. Cristiano Ronaldo, Von Miller and Andy Murray also received votes. James joined Michael Jordan as the only NBA players to win twice. Jordan won it three straight years from 1991-94. U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was named AP’s top female athlete on Monday.