Terry Francona focused on improving abysmal Indians defense

Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley

The Cleveland Indians defense in 2014 was unacceptable. Pick any metric—advanced or arcane—and the Tribe, a season ago, may as well have had cinderblocks bound to their cleats and their gloves on the opposite hands. Considering that their poor defense was addressed ad nauseum throughout the entire season, and more so when the AL Central was


Browns to interview Kevin O’Connell for QB Coach

Cleveland Browns Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O’Connell, a former third-round pick of the New England Patriots, is meeting with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Not to be confused with the actor who played “E” on Entourage, O’Connell has a history not just with Browns head coach Mike Pettine, but impending second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. The 29-year-old O’Connell appeared in


David Blatt addresses the lack of LeBron James MVP talks

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

The narrative always favors the new guys. Team records, in this instance, aren’t doing many favors. But as guys like Steph Curry and James Harden are getting the majority of the attention in the NBA MVP race, LeBron James, a four-time winner, is slowly but surely making his case. David Blatt, his head coach, has


PFF: Browns are five players away from contention

Cleveland Browns Joe Thomas

The Cleveland Browns fizzled down the stretch in 2014, leaving a sour player in the mouths of many fans. Fear not, however, as the folks over at Pro Football Focus have determined that this team is a mere five players away from being in the mix for the Vince Lombardi trophy. According to PFF, 40


The 2015 Cleveland Indians ZiPS projections have arrived

Yan Gomes Cleveland Indians

We’re a few days late on this, but given all of the Tribe talk today, I’m reminded that the ZiPS projections, courtesy of Dan Szymborski over at Baseball Think Factory, for the 2015 Cleveland Indians. With a few key players coming off of disappointing seasons, some other players exceeding expectations, and a few new acquisitions to


Cavs could unload Brendan Haywood before the summer

Brendan Haywood Cleveland Cavaliers

When David Griffin masterfully acquired Brendan Haywood this past summer, the entire Cleveland Cavaliers landscape was different than it is today. Since the draft night deal, the wine and gold have added a few All-Stars, a few key role players and a boat load of salary. Haywood’s deal was one that could potentially bring over


Chad Ford, Tribe Fest and adidas Ultra Boost: While We’re Waiting…

Cleveland Sports

Happy Monday, you guys. Cavs have won six in a row, the Indians start Spring Training soon, the Ohio State Buckeyes just filled The Shoe for the final time until this fall, and the Cleveland Browns…Well, yeah—we’ll have more on this later today. But While We’re Waiting… If you’re one of those Radio Silent types


Statues, bobbleheads and jerseys galore: Indians release 2015 promotional schedule

Cleveland Indians

With Opening Day less than 80 days away, the Cleveland Indians have outfitted fans with a wish list of sorts thanks to the release of their 2015 Promotional Schedule. This year will feature 18 different promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. In addition to celebrating the current


ESPN report on Johnny Manziel paints a putrid picture

Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel may still have a shot at being the quarterback of the future for the Cleveland Browns, but it would take an unprecedented turn of events for those No. 2 jerseys to have any kind of value beyond 2015. In a recent report from ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler and Pat McManamon, more than 20 sources—some


Video: JR Smith and LeBron James connect on half-court alley oops

LeBron James Dunk Cleveland Cavaliers

Amidst one of the most fun first halves of this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers dropped 75 points on the Charlotte Hornets. While it’s tough to choose between the barrage of three-point field goals (the wine and gold shot 7-of-10) or the handful of fastbreak opportunities, no two points were more emphatic than this half-court alley


Browns reach out to Brian Hoyer to discuss new contract

Brian Hoyer Cleveland Browns

So, about that whole benching thing… The Cleveland Browns, who find themselves in one of the worst quarterback situations in the entire NFL, have reportedly reached out to impending free agent Brian Hoyer in attempt to gauge interest in re-signing with the team. From ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler: “We’ve left the door open both ways,” said


John DeFilippo discusses (more) change in Berea, has no idea who his quarterback will be

John DeFelippo Cleveland Browns

John DeFilippo sat under the lights of the Dino Lucarelli media room in Berea, Ohio, officially becoming the Cleveland Browns’ 15th offensive coordinator in their 17 seasons since the return in 1999. Joining the Browns after his second year of interviews with the franchise, it’s assumed that the man they call “Flip” actually wants to be


Pics of Nike’s LeBron 12 Black History Month (“BHM”)

Nike LeBron 12 BHM Black History Month

We shared some high-resolution images of the Black History Month (“BHM”) Kyrie 1s before they hit (and vanished from) shelves earlier this week, so it’s only fair to do the same for the four-time MVP in LeBron James. As reported earlier this month, The LeBron 12 (along with the KD7) will be released worldwide on Saturday,


Video: Campaign to get LeBron James in the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest

LeBron James Dunk Contest Video

Another year, another hopeful rally to get LeBron James in the All-Star weekend’s Slam Dunk Contest. This time, instead of fans or fellow players, the challenge comes in the form of something that would benefit The Boys & Girls Club, a group that has long had ties to James and his foundation. Challeng.org has started


Manziel finishes in top 10 in Dick’s Sporting Goods jersey sales

Johnny Manziel Jersey

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel saw his No. 2 jersey finish among the top five in NFL sales according to Dick’s Sporting Goods, landing behind Denver’s Peyton Manning, Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, Seattle’s Russell Wilson and Carolina’s Luke Kuechly. Following the 2014 NFL Draft, Manziel was the best-selling jersey in the league, reportedly providing 55


Nike Kyrie 1 "All-Star" image leaked

While only a few sizes of the “BHM” Kyrie 1 are still available at Nike.com, we have what is purported to be the “All-Star” edition of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard’s signature shoe. At last count, Irving trailed Washington’s John Wall and Miami’s Dwyane Wade for the two starting guard spots, but it would be crazy to


JR Smith wasting no time “fitting in” in Cleveland

JR Smith

When J.R. Smith last walked out of Quicken Loans Arena, he was entirely draped in Cleveland Cavaliers gear—it looked as if he was a fan who had just won a shopping spree to the upstairs team shop. He had just been traded to the Cavs in a three-team deal that included the Oklahoma City Thunder,


Cleveland defensive backs headline PFF’s All-AFC North Team

Tashaun Gipson

A startling lack of play-makers would lend itself to the Cleveland Browns being left off of any AFC North lists, but the trenches and the defense graded out incredibly well for Pro Football Focus and their All-AFC North team. While Joe Thomas was an interesting omission on the offensive side of the ball, rookie guard


Max Scherzer leaves the AL Central, signs seven-year deal with Washington

Max Scherzer

Addition by subtraction? Early Monday morning, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman broke the news that the Washington Nationals and free agent right-hander Max Scherzer have agreed to a seven-year contract meaning that the long-time dominant starter for the Detroit Tigers will no longer be plaguing the Cleveland Indians multiple times per season. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal added that


Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid in the news for opposite reasons: While We’re Waiting…

Cleveland Sports

Happy Monday, you guys. If you’re in the midst of a three-day weekend, here’s hoping you’re enjoying it. So Pats and Seahawks, huh? While that New England game was a bust and a half, the final three game minutes plus the overtime period of the Seattle-Green Bay game may have very well been one of