Stories by Tom Withers

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Cleveland reaches 50 years without a pro championship

Today will mark the 50th anniversary of Cleveland's last pro sports championship when the Browns beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the NFL title.
By Tom Withers

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Ex-Gamecock might start in Browns' finale

Connor Shaw knew when he was 5 years old that all he ever wanted to do was be an NFL quarterback. The undrafted rookie might get his shot Sunday.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Manziel says he did some 'growing up' as a rookie

BEREA, Ohio - Humbled by his rough rookie season, Johnny Manziel promised to be a more committed quarterback.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Brown's Manziel humbled in debut

The Browns rookie quarterback said that his first NFL start, a 30-0 loss that eliminated Cleveland from the playoffs, was the toughest day he’s ever had on a football field.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Cincinnati spoils Manziel's NFL debut

CLEVELAND - Johnny Manziel spent his first start being tormented and taunted by Cincinnati defenders as the Bengals rudely welcomed the rookie quarterback to the league with a 30-0 drubbing on Sunday.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Manziel will get first start for Browns

Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel will make his first NFL start against Cincinnati, replacing the slumping Brian Hoyer as Cleveland tries to pump life into its sagging playoff hopes.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

Browns' Hoyer wants to keep starting job

Cleveland's Brian Hoyer said that his confidence has not been shaken despite three poor performances and believes he should keep his starting quarterback job.
By Tom Withers

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Cundiff's field goal lifts Browns

CLEVELAND - Billy Cundiff kicked a 29-yard field goal with three seconds left, giving the Cleveland Browns a 26-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Tigers Verlander wants to focus on pitching after photos leak

CLEVELAND - Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander commented for the first time after nude photos of him and girlfriend Kate Upton were posted online.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Love committed to Cavs for the long haul

After being acquired by the Cavaliers, Kevin Love said he's committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers - however long it takes.
By Tom Withers

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Browns coach to name starter on Tuesday

CLEVELAND — Finally, at long last, the Browns have a date to name their quarterback. Decision day is Tuesday for Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.
By Tom Withers

Monday, Aug 4, 2014

Browns' Gordon starts practice as appeals wrap

BEREA, Ohio - Josh Gordon returned to training camp and practiced Monday as his appeal hearing with the NFL took place for a second day in New York.
By Tom Withers

Saturday, Aug 2, 2014

Manziel might have closed QB gap

Johnny Manziel may have tightened the competition to be Cleveland's starter at quarterback with his showing Saturday.
By Tom Withers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cavaliers lock up Irving to new five-year contract

CLEVELAND - Kyrie Irving signed his contract. The Cavaliers now hope LeBron James will accept one from them.
By Tom Withers

Friday, June 27, 2014

Seeing son drafted gives Wiggins' father 'closure'

His son, Andrew, is the No. 1 overall pick, and Mitchell Wiggins is now unburdened by guilt, embarrassment and disappointment. He's whole again.
By Tom Withers

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Manziel knows nothing will be handed to him

BEREA, Ohio - Johnny Manziel doesn't expect to get anything more than a chance to start for the Browns. In college, he was Johnny Football. In the NFL, he's just a young quarterback.
By Tom Withers

Friday, May 9, 2014

Manzielmania hits Cleveland

BEREA, Ohio - Johnny Manziel has arrived. Cleveland might never be the same.
By Tom Withers

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Browns take Manziel with 22nd pick

BEREA, Ohio - Johnny Football's long wait is over.
By Tom Withers

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hall of Famers believe Sam will be accepted

CLEVELAND - Michael Sam's lifestyle will soon become secondary to his skills. Once he's drafted in the NFL, the Missouri defensive end will be judged strictly on whether he can play.
By Tom Withers

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

U.S. team leads women's bobsled

The U.S. team of Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers lead the women's Olympic bobsled competition at the halfway mark.
By Tom Withers
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