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LeBron James loses bet to Draymond Green

Nov 21, 2015 -- 7:22pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


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CLEVELAND -- Looks like LeBron James is obligated to send the Golden State Warriors' - and Michigan State alumnus - Draymond Green a few bottles of wine.

The two placed a wager on the outcome of the Spartans' game against James' favorite University, The Ohio State.

Green instantly posted a video for Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted to gloat following MSU's game winning field goal as time expired.

Michigan State led for exactly 0 seconds of regulation - their second such win this season (Michigan) and essentially ended OSU's hopes of getting into the College Football Playoff to defend their national championship. 

The loss ends a 23-game winning streak for the Buckeyes.

Green is already - to be kind - 'disliked' in Cleveland because of his comments following the Warriors victory over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last year.

Should the two squads meet again in the Spring - this Sparty support will only add fuel to the raging fire of passionate Clevelanders.

Stay tuned. 




ESPN's Stephen A. Smith joins The Golden Boyz

Nov 16, 2015 -- 6:22pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


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CLEVELAND – ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is one of the more respected media members today. Fans may not always agree with his takes – or sources – but there is no denying his credibility nor his trademark energy in front of the camera or radio microphone.

The athletes he covers respect him too.

Prior to tip-off of the most-anticipated home opener of recent memory, Smith approached LeBron James at Quicken Loans Arena, the two hadn’t spoke in nearly a year, and James was moments away from tipping-off in front of his home crowd for the second chapter of his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Smith didn’t ask him how he was feeling. Or what he expected from the fans or visiting New York Knicks. He said, “I’m wearing long johns.”

James sprinted up and down the court because he couldn’t contain his laughter.

October, in Cleveland, OH., isn’t exactly South Beach in July.

During an interview with ESPN Cleveland’s Aaron Goldhammer and Emmett Golden, Smith described his relationship with James, his opinions of the Cleveland Browns and their quarterback Johnny Manziel.

The trio also had some fun at the expense of Presidential candidate hopefuls, including the always polarizing Donald Trump and his alleged toupee.

Download the full Stephen A. Smith podcast here.

Who are you drafting to start your NBA franchise: Steph Curry or LeBron James?

Does anyone pose a threat to the Cavs repeating as Eastern Conference Champions?

Smith has been doing a lot more work with ESPN’s NFL coverage – including hosting Sunday NFL Countdown prior to kickoffs. Although he still claims ultimate prestige with it comes to hoops acumen, he did offer his opinion of what goes on at Browns’ headquarters in Berea.

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Johnny Manziel is an NFL caliber quarterback.

Maybe Cleveland isn’t the place for him?

Manziel, however, should start for the rest of the season, the Browns need to know if he is their QB of the future.

As for owner Jimmy Haslam…

Cleveland is hosting Bernie Sanders this week and Smith joked that the rally is definitely not the reason he is in town – but he is a fan of the political world and has been following the candidates closely.

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He’s actually visiting Cleveland to give a motivational speech to students at Kent State University and some political jokes were made in good fun, of course.

Wake up, Ben Carson!

Donald Trump and Stephen A. Smith: The Podcast?




Ohio sends thoughts and prayers to Paris

Nov 14, 2015 -- 4:00pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


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CLEVELAND -- Heartbroken.

The terrorist attack that took place in Paris is sickening. Beyond comprehension. And any other adjective to describe feelings towards the unwarranted and ignorant act of taking an innocent life.

LeBron James said he couldn’t help but think about of everyone affected. Dan Gilbert called the attackers “cowards” and extended his regards to all of the victims and their families.

Sports seemed trivial. The world went numb with disbelief.

Buildings across the globe kept their lights on in solidarity and mourning while The Eifel Tower was dark.

Although thousands of miles away – the hearts, thoughts, and prayers of some of Ohio’s biggest names reside in France.




Top Six Unchanged; Two Head-To-Head Matchups This Week

Oct 29, 2015 -- 7:19am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


CLEVELAND – Going into the final week of the regular season, the top 10 in the ESPN Cleveland high school football Power Poll remained unchanged. For the second consecutive week, St. Edward is one vote shy of being a unanimous number one. Second-ranked Midview garnered the other first place vote. Benedictine, Hoban, Stow-Munroe Falls and Mentor round out the top six.

St. Ignatius returned to the Power Poll following a one week absence and is ranked number eight. The Wildcats will face St. Edward this Saturday. A pair of undefeated teams, Benedictine and Hoban also face-off on Saturday night.

As several area teams make their final efforts to gain playoff position, Brecksville-Broadview Heights will visit Hudson in the ESPN Cleveland High School Hysteria featured game of the week. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. Friday on ESPN 850 WKNR and and will include live reports and updates on additional games both on air and on Twitter @HSHysteria.

Rank School (First Place Votes) Points Previous

1. St. Eds (9)91
2. Midview (1)852
3. Benedictine803
4. Hoban724
5. Stow-Munroe565
6. Mentor486
7. Avon309
8. St. Ignatius27NR
9. Mayfield257
10. Madison108

Others Receiving Votes: Glenville 8, Euclid 6, Buckeye 3, Woodridge 1

Dropped Out: Glenville 10





Madison And Avon Storm Into Power Poll

Oct 22, 2015 -- 10:46am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


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CLEVELAND – With a win over previously unbeaten Mayfield, the Madison Blue Streaks have returned to the ESPN Cleveland high school football Power Poll for the first time in more than a year.  Madison is 7-1 and ranked eight with its only loss against undefeated Perry in week two.  Mayfield dropped from number three to seven with the defeat. 

Avon is number nine this week with a record of 7-1.  The Eagles were last ranked in the Power Poll prior to their week four loss to still-unbeaten Midview and have outscored their opponents in by an average of 38.5 points per game in the last four week. 

Midview is second in this week’s poll behind only St. Edward, which received nine of the ten first place votes.  Benedictine, Hoban and Stow-Monroe Falls round out the top five.  Fifth is Stow’s highest ranking ever.

Kirtland visits Cuyahoga Heights in the ESPN Cleveland High School Hysteria featured game of the week.  Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. Friday on ESPN 850 WKNR and and will include live reports and updates on additional games both on air and on Twitter @HSHysteria. 

Rank      School (First Place Votes)             Points   Previous

1.       St Edward (9)  99  1

2.       Midview (1) 85  2

3.       Benedictine  82  4                                             

4.       Hoban 65  5

5.       Stow-Munroe Falls  54  8

6.       Mentor  48  7

7.       Mayfield  28  3

8.       Madison 26  NR

9.       Avon 23  NR

10.   Glenville 19 10

Others Receiving Votes: Perry 5, Buckeye 4, Berea-Midpark 3, Columbia 3, Euclid 2, Aurora 2

Dropped Out: St Ignatius 7, Euclid 10




Jerod Cherry's College QB Tracker 4.0

Oct 20, 2015 -- 11:56pm

By Jerod Cherry |



CLEVELAND -- As the City of Cleveland looks ahead towards the 2016 NFL Draft -- Jerod Cherry analyzes the college quarterback prospects that could be under center for the Browns next season.

Week of 10/17/15

1. Jared Goff (California)

2. Connor Cook (Michigan State)

3. Paxton Lynch (Memphis)

4. Cardale Jones (Ohio State)

5. DeShaun Watson *** (Clemson)

Out: Cody Kessler

You know it was not a good week when a guy who did not even play moves up to the No. 1 spot. This week Jared Goff bounces back into first place while Connor Cook falls down to No. 2.

Cook had some good and bad moments versus a very tough Michigan defense. Even with the win, after watching the game I did not feel that Connor was the impact player of the game nor did he deliver an elite performance. I saw some pro throws and I saw him move well outside of the pocket, but I wanted more production from the pocket and I did not get it.

Let's face it, in Cleveland we need to routinely see elite performances from our future prospects and hope that those elite performances in college transfer to the NFL, especially if the prospect is drafted by the Browns. Which brings me to Cardale Jones. After last year's three games as a starter I was enamored, in love, sprung, hooked, and infatuated with Cardale's upside. I figured if he could dominate against the best collegiate football teams on such big stages, wait until next year when he becomes a full time starter. I was certain that he would destroy the competition in 2015. Outside of the Virginia Tech game, Cardale's performances have not been awe inspiring. Jones sank lower this week and it is not all Cardale's fault. Urban Meyer's decision to play JT Barret in the red zone and split series with Jones is tarnishing our evaluation of Jones. And, Jones is not helping his cause with the occasional errant throws and incorrect decisions that he is making with the football.

Bruce Hooley: Urban Meyer finally realizes that it's time for JT Barrett, sits Cardale Jones.

Cody Kessler is out and Memphis Quarterback Paxton Lynch is in. I am always looking for a QB that is a part of a culture change. That is one of the reasons why I am so high on Cal's Goff. Considering how bad the Memphis program has been historically labeling Lynch a culture changer may be an understatement. Case in point, prior to this season, Memphis has never been ranked higher than 25 in the AP. They are currently 18th. Lynch's numbers are good, his size is great, 6-7 and 245 lbs. The stats on Lynch illustrate that he is throwing with efficiency and proficiency and beating very good competition in the process. So far this season he has completed 103-146 attempts for 1535 yards, with 10 touchdowns and just one interception. I took notice when Memphis beat BGSU, a perennial power in the MAC, now, after beating Ole Miss with his play, Lynch is no longer under the radar. If Lynch and Memphis continue their winning ways Lynch may challenge Goff for the number 1 spot!

*** If the Browns don't fall in love with these quarterbacks as the season progresses and don't find their franchise QB soon they may want to wait until 2017 when Clemson's DeShaun Watson is eligible. If Watson keeps up his performance this year and the next he may become the can't miss QB prospect in the 2017 Draft. ***

Listen to Jerod Cherry every weekday from 9 am - 1 pm on The Really Big Show on ESPN 850 WKNR. 




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