RealClearSports
Advertisement

RealClearSports Cleveland

Doped-Up Gordon an Incorrigible Dope

Bud Shaw, Cleveland Plain Dealer

A Crowded Buckeyes Party

Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cavs' Blatt a Turnaround Specialist

Ethan Skolnick, Bleacher Report

How Manziel Wreaked Havoc

Jeremy Fowler & Pat McManamon, ESPN

Browns Accused of Wasting Manziel

Tom Reed, Northeast Ohio Media Group

Josh Gordon's last league suspension -- it's hard to keep track -- cost the Browns a dynamic Pro Bowler. Now, after reports Sunday that he has violated the league's drug policy ye...(full article)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Nobody sang. So the moment Ohio State fans might take with them from Saturday's National Championship celebration at Ohio Stadium may belong to the trio Urban Mey...(full article)

CLEVELAND — Looking back now, several months later, it's easier for Joe Ingles to evaluate what happened at Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, to put that team's transformation, f...(full article)

BEREA, Ohio -- The name on the card that night in May seemed to draw as much anxiety as it did excitement. Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M. The former Heisman Trophy winner ...(full article)

A year ago, as Johnny Manziel began his transition from college football improv star to NFL quarterback, former Browns general manager Phil Savage had one overarching thought abo...(full article)

More Recent Articles

How Can We Get Manziel Into Pro Bowl?

Here is a meaningless question: Who won the 2013 Pro Bowl MVP? The answer: Kyle Rudolph. Don’t know who Kyle Rudolph is? The Minnesota Vikings tight end has 133 receptions fo...

Is LeBron Sorry He Left Riley?

These are strange days in the NBA. The old order is being torn asunder. He who was once lost in the basketball wilderness has found new life. He who was once the master is struggli...

How Far Can LeBron Take Cavaliers?

It's not been so easy for LeBron James. At every turn, there’s been a question to be answered: about his minutes , about his bumping into his untested coach and even about the fi...

David Blatt's NBA Survival Plan

LOS ANGELES – Basketball's most besieged coach retreated to a quiet corridor of the Staples Center and moved to reject the caricature of himself as the victim of some sort of cou...

Jones Has Class(es)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cardale Jones' academic advisors, i.e., everyone who still forms an opinion about Jones' academic pursuits based on a two-year-old tweet, had more information to...

Cavs Look Suspiciously Like Heat of Old

For one night at least, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like they were having fun. The Lakers have provided a respite for many an NBA team this season, and on Thursday, it was LeBro...

Why Can't Blatt Get Cavs Rolling?

David Blatt arrived in the NBA with great fanfare, an out-of-the-box hire who could bring his distinct vision of basketball to the Cavaliers. He had a reputation for optimizing his...

NFL Impressed by Jones' Snub

It's been so easy to be so wrong about Cardale Jones. Consider how so many of us assumed the Ohio State quarterback would enter the NFL draft, especially when the press conference...

Cardale Was Right: Classes ARE Pointless

Up until roughly one month ago, if you had ever heard of Cardale Jones -- currently the biggest story in sports, an overnight success story -- you knew him not for anything he ha...

LeBron's Walk Falls Short of His Talk

Before LeBron James disappeared on his two-week vacation to South Beach and JerryWorld, his message to these Cleveland Cavaliers had been unmistakable: Never mind what you see, jus...

Now Comes Hard Part for Buckeyes

DALLAS -- Urban Meyer's victory lap press conference on Tuesday began with queries about whether his quarterback -- with all of three career starts -- would declare for the 2015 NF...

Has Push Come to Shove With Cavs?

PHOENIX — One of these days, the story of these Cleveland Cavaliers will be solely about the game of basketball and how they played. And David Blatt, should he survive to see...

Ohio State's Delectable QB Dilemma

J.T. Barrett sat quietly in a corner of the Ohio State locker room on Monday night. He patiently answered every question, and he readily gave credit to his teammates, including q...

Bolt for Pros While the Getting Is Good

Ohio State QB Cardale Jones has just pulled off arguably the greatest career by a college football QB in the history of the sport. Three starts, three wins, in the three biggest g...

Have a Seat, Saban, Meyer New No. 1

Nick Saban never was down to his third-string quarterback and still won a championship. Nick never had to win two playoff games -- playing 15 total in a season -- to do it. Nick ne...

You Couldn't Make Up Buckeyes' Story

What if I told you that a team lost two Heisman quarterbacks in a matter of six months? If you didn’t read that in a made-for-documentary voice, now would be the time to start. W...

Meyer's Only Just Begun

ARLINGTON, Texas — There it was, three lousy feet in front of him and begging to be taken. Hell, why change now? Why get to this point, after three years of grinding and push...

Discombobulated Cavs Welcome LeBron Back

LeBron James is set to return from missing eight games with knee and back injuries, the longest stint on the shelf due to injury in his 12-year career. Suffice it to say, Dwyane ...

Ohio State Rolls - and Will Keep Rocking

The promise of returning the Ohio State Buckeyes to national prominence was enough for Urban Meyer to end a brief coaching sabbatical back in 2011. Three seasons later, the job is ...

Bucks Over Ducks for 1st Playoff Title

Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 246 yards and four touchdowns and Ohio State won the first national title in college football's playoff era, running over Oregon 42-20 Monday night. E...

From a Joke to Buckeye Legend

Ohio State's world crashed down and everyone knew it but Cardale Jones. He was blissfully unaware, too busy living on his own planet.  In Jones' world, it was appropriate to ...

Ohio State Goes Old-School in Victory

Step into the time machine. Watch your step, please. You are about to experience something that you might not have experienced in your lifetime.Ohio State won the national champi...

Rise of Buckeyes' 3rd-String QB

We have somehow short-sold the notion that Ohio State is trying to win the first-ever definitive, quasi-amateur national football championship with a third-string quarterback. I'm ...

Ohio State's Secret Weapon: Meyer

The 2007 national championship started the way everyone expected it would end. It appeared the rout was on when Ohio State returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Buckeye...

Playoff Has Converted This Non-Believer

College football fans have been clamoring for this night since back when helmets were made of leather, letter sweaters were in fashion and the forward pass was a new and risky conc...

CFP Title Game Closer Than Meets Eye

Building on our recent Final Four preview in the college football championship race, we now update some key numbers for Monday night’s highly anticipated showdown between the O...

Meyer Will Outperform Tressel at OSU

A once-proud college football program was in shambles. In need of a dramatic, face-saving rescue, the school turned to a proven winner with local ties to turn things around. Succ...

Oregon Feels Like It's Crashing the Party

You've heard of America's Team? Well, welcome to America's Scheme. Because it's becoming evident that nobody wanted Oregon in the national title game. Not the sponsors. Not the n...

Master Motivator Meyer Pumping Buckeyes

Listen to Urban Meyer this week and hear how the motivational master is up to his old tricks, convincing players they are better than the Oregon Ducks, who are six-point favorites ...

Cavs Paid Too High a Price for Mozgov

If a group of NBA League Pass subscribers were playing word association, and someone said "Cleveland Cavaliers," words like "desperate," "flailing" and "hahaha" would echo around t...

Meyer Would Hurdle Saban With Victory

Three years later, Urban Meyer still gets asked about the much-publicized contract he signed with his family upon returning to coaching at Ohio State. You can tell just how much ...

Title Game Brings Clash of Cultures

The final game features a culture clash worthy of the sport’s new story line. Oregon, the team Nike built, is a state that never met a progressive idea it didn’t like. The Duck...

Coach Leaves, But Doubt on Manziel Stays

Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan just. couldn't. even. with Johnny Manziel. That's the impression emerging from several reports, especially ESPN.com's Pa...

Cavaliers' Moves Reek of Desperation

Trapped in the middle of the Eastern Conference, plagued by injuries and lacking size, the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to trade for rim protection.  So, they traded for rim protect...

Meyer's Magic? Inspiring Players

By now, a one-man storm of charisma and skill has blown through four American college towns in the 21st century. In winter 2000-01, first-year head coach Urban Meyer hit Bowling Gr...

Mariota Set to Duplicate Winston's Feat

Bowl season is now behind us, putting all the focus on a week-plus buildup to a first in college football: the College Football Playoff National Championship.  A college footbal...

Cavs' Blatt Not Going Anywhere

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Unless everything that I hear is wrong, the Cavaliers have no intention of firing David Blatt. This is the NBA, and coaches are fired every year. And yes, things...

Phone Call Changed Meyer's Life

NEW ORLEANS: Urban Meyer’s phone call that Nick Saban never returned might not have changed college football history. It’s hard to imagine that Alabama’s Saban, the nation’...

Bruised, Battered and Playing for CFP Title

If there was a program that could have empathized most with Ohio State's August misfortune, it was Oregon. During the Buckeyes' practice on Aug. 19, two-time Big Ten offensive play...

This National Championship Unlike Any Other

NEW ORLEANS -- The Sugar Bowl had ended an hour earlier when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and two players were informed during a news conference Oregon beat Florida State by 39 poi...

What's Right About College Football Playoff

Not only did “The System” work, but “The System” proved the need for a system, not that anyone at TCU thinks much of a system that left them on the outside looking in at th...

Meyer Is a Student of Oregon's Offense

NEW ORLEANS — The building project might actually have begun while the coach was spending a year away from the game. Urban Meyer had resigned at Florida for health reasons. He wa...

Playoff Gives Gift of Ducks-Buckeyes

NEW ORLEANS — Back in the good ol' days, Alabama and Florida State would be getting ready for the BCS title game. Anyone want to see that matchup after the wildly entertaining sh...

How Blatt Got in Over His Head With Cavs

There is no question that David Blatt could coach. The doubts were about him being ready to be an NBA coach right now, because he had never coached a game in the United States at a...

It's No Urban Myth - Big Ten Is a Power

NEW ORLEANS -- If Ohio State players had any doubts whether they could beat Alabama, Urban Meyer made sure earlier results on New Year's Day sunk into them. Wisconsin beat Auburn. ...

Indians Beat Verlander, Sweep Tigers

The Indians won the first two of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers, a preseason favorite of many to run away and hide with the American League Central title. Impress...

Blue Jays Win Longest Opener Ever

In their first performance of this highly anticipated 2012 season, the Blue Jays lived up to their billing as an arrogant gang with a flair for the dramatic. First they set the c...

Browns Must Pick Richardson

Look at every mock draft these days and they all start the same: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Matt Kalil. The first mystery pick of this year's draft belongs to the Clevelan...

OSU-KU Different From December

Back in December, after Ohio State held Jared Sullinger out of a 78-67 loss at Kansas because of back spasms, coach Thad Matta joked that he’d given the Jayhawks an early Ch...

Glockner: 10 Burning Questions

re you the type who turns on Super Bowl coverage for the first time 10 minutes before the actual game? Then we have something for you. Forget having to look back through four day...

Kansas-Ohio St. Is Game to Watch

Days before senior citizens tussled over the rivalry -- seriously -- the animosity between Louisville and Kentucky already had steered the overall buildup to the Final Four. The ...

Don't Forget About the Point Guards

There are probably more difficult jobs than being a point guard at the Final Four for a demanding coach. The guy who has to clean sewers for a living, he has it pretty tough. Insta...

Analyzing the Final Foursome

Ohio State: Turnometer Gone Wild How many players can say their best performance of the season was in the NCAA tournament? That’s the case for Buckeyes pest/point guard Aaro...

Potential Pros From Final 4 Teams

Be it the coaching carousel or a player’s NBA Draft prospects, it’s fascinating to watch the impact that these three weeks can have. While all four head coaches in th...

Ohio State, Kansas Evenly Matched

Point Guards Without a hint of exaggeration, this may be the most intriguing individual matchup of the entire Final Four. Ohio State's Aaron Craft is arguably the best on-ball de...

Sullinger a Big Problem for Syracuse

Jared Sullinger and Rakeem Christmas met while both were high school basketball stars who only imagined what it might be like to ply their trade on a stage as illustrious as the ...

Cavs Snap Thunder's Home Streak

This is why the Thunder's veterans have preached consistency. They knew that, sooner or later, the good fortune wouldn't be there for them in the fourth quarter. They knew that, ...

Difficult Loss for Northwestern

Was it too much to ask? Was it too much to hope that just one time -- this time -- would be Northwestern's turn as fate's chosen beneficiary? Was it too much to think that maybe,...

Irving Leads Cavs' 4th-Quarter Rally

Fourth quarters are supposed to belong to veteran players, men who have learned over time to harness their emotions as the possessions grow few and consequences for mistakes esca...

Cavs' Irving to Miss 2 Games

Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving will spend the weekend resting and recovering from his concussion. Irving is sitting out Cleveland's next two home games - against Milwaukee an...

No Timetable for Irving to Return

Kyrie Irving's dazzling drives and fourth-quarter heroics have helped the Cavaliers unexpectedly contend for a playoff spot with the season nearing its halfway point. It's unclea...

OSU Criticized for Recruiting Tactics

“I can tell you this,” says Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. “We at the Big Ten don’t want to be like the SEC—in any way, shape or form.” Just so ...

OSU's Meyer Strikes Gold Right Away

Thirteen months ago in the conference room not too far from here, a career was falling apart and Ohio State football was breaking apart. You remember the legend formerly know...

Indians' Fate Lies With Sizemore

It’s true, the Indians have identity issues. They are the maturing franchise that went out 30-15 in 2011, their seven-game lead in the AL Central the sort of bombshell that ...

OSU Has No Answer for Illinois' Paul

The showdowns were everywhere. The Ohio State defense vs. Illinois' inability to take care of the ball. Buckeye big man Jared Sullinger vs. the Illini's 7-foot-1 Meyers Leonard. ...

Indiana Faces Huge Test vs. Ohio St.

In racing to a 12-0 nonconference record and a No. 13 national ranking, Indiana faced little adversity. But after opening Big Ten play with a 15-point loss at Michigan State, the ...

Hillis Now Believes in Madden Curse

"Actually, I don't even believe in curses. It's really sad how many people believe in curses. This is football; everyone gets hurt. If you run the ball 40 times a game, you're go...

Injury Not Slowing Ohio St.'s Sullinger

Three days after his second injury in three weeks, Jared Sullinger still betrayed a slight limp from the sprained tendon in his left foot that he suffered Saturday at South Caro...

Ohio St. Routs Duke in Showdown

Ohio State's introduction video Tuesday night included a video of ESPN's Dick Vitale crowing about Duke, and then the Blue Devils' logo exploding in flames. That's about what the...

Duke a Measuring Stick for Ohio State

After his team defeated Kansas last week in a highly competitive tussle for the Maui Invitational championship, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had tested his inexperienced t...

Buford Leads Ohio St. Past Florida

Beating a top-10 team and finding out some things about a young team at the same time? Not a bad Tuesday night for Ohio State. The No. 3 Buckeyes knocked off No. 7 Florida, 81-74, ...

Sources: Browns Won't Keep Hillis

The Browns are near the end of their rope with running back Peyton Hillis and are prepared to let him walk in free agency after this season, NFL sources said. At this point, it w...

Wings Beat Jackets, Stay Unbeaten

Johan Franzen appeared to have a clear path to a hat track Friday, an empty net staring him in the face. Instead, Franzen passed over to Valtteri Filppula, who slid in the Wings' ...

Indians Should Cut Sizemore Ties

The Indians seem to be agonizing over the decision about what to do with Grady Sizemore's $9 million option in 2012. They love Sizemore as a person and clearly remember when he was...

Jackets Sign Umberger to Extension

The Blue Jackets have signed forward R.J. Umberger to a five-year, $23 million contract extension, putting him under contract with the Jackets through 2016-17. Umberger could have ...

Browns' Steinbach Out for Season

Eric Steinbach was an iron man at left guard for four years, never missing a snap the past two seasons and missing only two games in 64 since joining the Browns in 2007. Now Stei...

Indians Lose OF Brantley for Season

Michael Brantley will miss the remainder of the season because of a fractured hamate bone in his right hand, Indians head trainer Lonnie Soloff said Sunday. Surgery to remove the h...

Tribe's Carmona Stifles White Sox

Oh, the terrible things the White Sox have done to Fausto Carmona this season. It's the kind of thing small children and other innocents should not be allowed to watch. Wednesday...

White Sox Defeat Indians in 14th

There was no throbbing music, and players were eager to leave the clubhouse. The Chicago White Sox enjoyed their zany 8-7 victory over American League Central rival Cleveland in 14...

Verlander Helps Tigers Avoid Sweep

There are games in which he's flat-out spectacular. You've all seen many of those. But when the going gets tough, that's when it is most beneficial for the Tigers to have Justin Ve...

Jimenez, Indians Close Gap on Tigers

Manny Acta, assessing his pitching staff Wednesday afternoon after Tuesday's 14-inning marathon against the Tigers, showed an economy of words when he said, "We're counting on th...

Dangerous Week for Surprise Teams

Only by the grace of the woebegone AL Central could a team that lost 93 games last year, has gone 22-33 in its last 55 games and outscored its opponents this season by exactly two ...

Indians Sweep Doubleheader

The one thing David Huff had on his side Monday was the opportunity to pitch. Fausto Carmona was simply looking for good health. A sign that his strained right quadriceps muscle wa...

Indians Win; Tied Atop AL Central

Manager Manny Acta told the Indians before Wednesday's workout at Progressive Field to enjoy what awaits them over the last 2 1/2 months of the season. He told them to concentrat...

Indians Hope to Cope Without Choo

The Indians will be spending the next eight to 10 weeks without right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. He underwent surgery on his left thumb Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic and isn't expected...

Cavs Take Irving With No. 1 Pick

The Cavaliers ended weeks of speculation by making Duke point guard Kyrie Irving the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night at the Prudential Center. Irving, 19, was widely ...

Cavs Still Debating No.1 Pick

Eight days before the NBA draft, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott told Yahoo! Sports the franchise isn’t close to deciding whether to use the No. 1 pick on Duke guard K...

Indians Reclaim 1st in AL Central

Like a hibernating bear living on his summer fat, the Indians continue to benefit from their fast start. A day after slipping out of first place in the AL Central for the first ti...

UFL Next Stop for Pryor?

Entering the NFL's supplemental draft is Terrelle Pryor's "desire," according to his attorney. But might he be better off first playing professional football in the United Football...

Exit Only Path for QB and Team

Suppose Terrelle Pryor had returned as Ohio State's quarterback. He'd be a senior, suspended for the first five games and battling the NCAA to play at some point this season. Is t...

In Columbus, a Mournful Mood

"A lot of people are sad," said Brittany White, who works in the Ohio State memorabilia store College Traditions, within sight of The Horseshoe. "Just kind of a sad day in Columb...

Pryor's Cars Now Focus of Probe

A day after coach Jim Tressel’s forced resignation for lying about Ohio State players receiving improper benefits, the focus has shifted to the investigation of star quarterb...

Sources: Pryor Target of Probe

The NCAA and the Ohio State University's compliance office are conducting an independent investigation of Terrelle Pryor amid allegations that the star quarterback may have receive...

Ex-Coach Gets What He Deserves

Sometimes when you look at the way people get punished in college sports, it doesn't feel quite right. You often get the feeling that the punishment never fits the crime. Sometimes...

Cleveland Sports News

LeBron James' surging Cleveland Cav

The Cavs have won six in a row. Average margin: 14.8 ...

NFL Pro Bowl 2015: Team Irvin tops

Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback a...

Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey

All of a sudden there's tenacity, a resolve not ...

Josh Gordon reportedly fails NFL dr

Josh Gordon's latest misstep has exasperated the...

Commissioner Rob Manfred names Clev

Mark Shapiro, entering his fifth year as president, b...