Joe Haden officially inactive against Panthers; Cam Newton set to play

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The last time Buster Skrine was forced to cover a 6-foot-5-inch rookie wide receiver for an entire contest, Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans tallied seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. This Sunday, Skrine will be tasked with covering Carolina’s 6-foot-5-inch rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin as the Browns’ lockdown cornerback Joe Haden is officially inactive with


Manziel’s poor debut was preceded by poor practice

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Though Johnny Manziel was allegedly the hardest working guy in Berea leading up to last Sunday’s NFL debut, reports are circulating that all that work may have been for naught as the Cleveland Browns quarterback displayed much of the same poor footwork and decision making that was on display during the team’s 30-0 loss at


Nike to hold a Kyrie Irving experience tonight at The Q

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In celebration of the impending release of the Kyrie 1, Nike will be holding a Kyrie Irving-based “Dream” experience during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Friday night game against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Irving’s closest fans (read: those in attendance) will have the opportunity to purchase the Kyrie 1 before it becomes available at retail


Columbus thinks it’s getting Cleveland Browns Training Camp

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Complete with a lede that includes the “Johnny Manziel money sign,” we have reports out of Columbus that city officials (clad in Browns gear) believe it’s only a matter of time before Cleveland Browns Training Camp heads south on I-71. Mayor Michael B. Coleman, City Council President Andrew J. Ginther and Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady


A whole slew of Cleveland Browns finished first in Pro Bowl fan voting

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The fans have spoken. While Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers led all vote-getters, and Houston Texans’ defensive dynamo JJ Watt led all defenders, several members of the Cleveland Browns were ranked No. 1 in their respective positions. Perrenial Pro Bowler Joe Thomas leads the pack on the offensive side of the ball, but is joined by another


Photos: 12 LeBron 12s that will pay homage to local heroes

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Beginning Wedesday night, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Nike will shine the spotlight on 12 Ohio heroes making a difference in their communities in Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. In what will serve to be a digital campaign for Nike, the company plans to celebrate James and the tenacity of his hometown through the #iDYOURHERO initiative. The


My Sportsman of the Year: David Griffin

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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.


Adrian Wojnarowski really, really doesn’t like LeBron James

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Are NBA reporters lobbing bombs back at Woj? We’ve spoken ad nauseum about the bizarre angles taken by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski when discussing one LeBron James, but a well-written and well-sourced longread report over at The New Republic shines a brighter light on this apparent bias against the four-time NBA MVP among others. Spending


Nike LeBron 12 “Data” to release this Friday

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Who said all sneakers need to be released on a Saturday morning? Originally scheduled for this Saturday, “Data,” the last of the LeBron 12 colorways to be released by Nike this calendar year, will officially be on shelves this Friday, December 19, at 8 a.m. Taking its name from LeBron’s statistics that support his status as


Audio: Bernie Kosar goes scorched earth on Browns front office

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According to one Bernie Kosar, it wasn’t Johnny Manziel or the horrid defense that was to blame for the team’s 30-0 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals; it was the “uneducated” front office. “They don’t know how to lead and organize and set a culture for doing what you have to do to play winning NFL


Andrew Hawkins delivered an excellent speech regarding his call for justice

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins stood before his locker, surrounded by dozens of local reporters and delivered an impassioned, straight-from-the-mind speech regarding his decision to wear a t-shirt during pre-game warm-ups on Sunday that was a call for justice in the wake of the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The shirt was later condemned as being


Cleveland Browns Week 15 Winners and Losers

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The hype was palpable. There were gifs and references and tweets from national folks of all shapes and sizes. Yahoo! was in the house. The New York Times were on hand. ESPN had a litany of individuals inside of the FirstEnergy Stadium press box. FOX had the graphics all fired up and ready to go.


Being right versus being a fan: While We’re Waiting…

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Whoo boy. Back-to-back losses from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and whatever the hell that was from the Browns on Sunday. Welcome to Monday, you guys… Having operated a sports-based web site for much of the last seven years, I realize that fandom and rationality are not exactly one in the same. But as the Browns have careened


Video: Hannibal Buress interviews Cavs coach David Blatt

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What do you get when you combine comedian Hannibal Buress with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt? One of the best post-game exchanges of the still-young 2014-15 NBA season. Burress, on location in New Orleans this week to film some items for Grantland, had the chance to ask Blatt about the potential for moral victories


Karlos Dansby doesn’t get cleared for Week 15

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As recent as Sunday morning, Cleveland Browns linebacker Karlos Dansby thought he could be one of the active members of his team as they host the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals. Alas, the defensive captain will be in street clothes once again, having suffered an MCL sprain in the Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. Dansby


LeBron James will be in house for Johnny Manziel’s first start

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After Johnny Manziel spent many nights court-side for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers (with some allegedly to his detriment), it is only fair that the four-time MVP returns the favor as the rookie quarterback is set to make his first NFL start. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport1 reports that James will join Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt


Browns waive Billy Cundiff, sign Garrett Hartley

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It was only a matter of time, but the Cleveland Browns have waived kicker Billy Cundiff. Though converting all 28 of is point after attempts (and having his coach’s support), Cundiff had become as unreliable as quarterback Brian Hoyer, missing five field goals in the team’s last five games. Taking his place will be long-time


Sugar Bowl Tickets Up 213% Since Ohio State’s Last Appearance

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After falling as far back as the No. 16 ranked team during the College Football Playoff committee’s first ranking on October 16, the Ohio State Buckeyes have cemented the No. 4 spot and will play the Alabama Crimson Tide in this season’s Sugar Bowl. The team has built quite the resume since the committee’s initial


Nike unveils the LeBron 12 “Akron Birch” for Christmas Day

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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant will once again get special Christmas Day editions of their signature sneakers to be worn on December 25. According to Nike, rather than simply slapping red and green on each of the sneakers, each design looks to different holiday sneakers for their inspiration. While Kobe’s harnesses some inner stocking and KD’s


Johnny Manziel’s birthday cake is everything you’d expect

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Forty-five pounds. Six hundred dollars. Topped off with cold, hard cash pouring out of gold, loosely-bound bags of money. All for the Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback’s 22nd birthday. Johnny Manziel turned 22 on December 6 and hit up Cleveland’s own Colossal Cupcakes to outfit him with a custom cake fit for an impening king. TMZ followed