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Recent articles by Mark:

Lake Erie football enters new stage under first-year coach D.J. Boldin

A year after making strides and producing the most wins in program history, 2022 presents a year of transition but also high hopes at Lake Erie College. D.J. Boldin is the Storm’s new head coach af… → Read More

Strat-O-Matic simulation: What if Browns advanced to AFC Championship Game in 2020?

Editor’s note: Part 3 in a five-part series highlighting five “What If” scenarios involving Cleveland pro sports played out in a Strat-O-Matic simulation. Today: What if the Browns beat the Chiefs … → Read More

Rivals don’t get better than Bill Russell-Wilt Chamberlain

Hopefully, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain are sharing a hug and a laugh. It only seems fitting for the two giants of the days of the early NBA — arguably the No. 1 sports rivals of all-time. On … → Read More

Strat-O-Matic simulation: ‘Siper Bowl’ in 1980 the stuff of dreams for Browns fans – News-Herald

Editor’s note: Part 2 in a five-part series highlighting five “What If” scenarios involving Cleveland pro sports played out in a Strat-O-Matic simulation. Today: What if the Browns beat the Raiders… → Read More

Mentor grad Cael Gray on his catch of Nolan Jones HR at Fenway: ‘I still can’t believe it’

Cael Gray remembers first playing baseball at age 6. His love of the game grew from there — mostly from the influence of his longtime summer coach Eric Coode. By the time he was 8, baseball became … → Read More

John Carroll, Baldwin Wallace begin season neck-and-neck in preseason poll

The Mount Union football team will begin the 2022 season in familiar territory. The Purple Raiders debuted at No. 3 on July 26, when the preseason Top 25 poll was released. The race … → Read More

Fifty years ago, Gaylord Perry won Cleveland’s first Cy Young Award with a season unthinkable today

When CC Sabathia won the American League Cy Young Award in 2007, it broke a long drought for Cleveland pitchers winning the coveted award — 35 years, to be exact. Fifty years ago this season, Gaylo… → Read More

Strat-O-Matic simulation: Browns beat Giants in Super Bowl XXI on Kevin Mack’s TD in overtime – Morning Journal

Editor’s note: Part 1 in a five-part series highlighting five “What If” scenarios involving Cleveland pro sports played out in a Strat-O-Matic simulation. Today: What if the Browns beat the B… → Read More

Strat-O-Matic game plays Cleveland pro sports ‘What If?’ game

If ever there was a “What If?” capital of the pro sports nation, Cleveland would have to be in the running. Perhaps no sports town anywhere in the civilized world can play the “What If” game better… → Read More

Browns need a Don Strock-type backup QB in reserve for 2022

Backup quarterbacks — with few exceptions — are backups for a reason. The ones who make it an art form — that’s when a team really has something. Which brings us, of course, to the Browns. No team … → Read More

Jose Ramirez can become Cleveland’s first Home Run Derby champion

Jose Ramirez will be going for history July 18 during the Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium. A Cleveland player has never won the Home Run Derby, but several have tried. More on that in a bit. First… → Read More

John Carroll adds women’s wrestling as 24th varsity sport

Women’s wrestling is on its way at John Carroll, beginning in 2023-24, the University announced July 15. The decision to add women’s wrestling as the school’s 24th varsity sports is historic. JCU i… → Read More

John Carroll’s Luke Chicone of Mentor to host skills basketball camp at Lost Nation

Youth basketball players in the area have the opportunity to work with one of the area’s best college basketball players. On July 15, John Carroll men’s basketball player Luke Chicone — a transfer … → Read More

John Carroll men’s basketball gets first competition at summer league – News-Herald

Luke Frazier is sporting a mustache these days. The Lake Catholic grad calls it his Maverick ‘stache, as in “Top Gun: Maverick.” Frazier has his characters mixed up, but that’s fine. Ma… → Read More

Browns’ 1978 and Cavaliers’ 1986 drafts were two for the ages

In the 2014 film “Draft Day,” Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr. — played by sports movie icon Kevin Costner — pulls off a stunning set of events on the day of the NFL Draft. → Read More

Guardians’ Jose Ramirez loses AL All-Star starting nod to Boston’s Rafael Devers – Morning Journal

Jose Ramirez’s sizzling first half wasn’t enough to earn him a start for the American League in the upcoming All-Star Game in Los Angeles. → Read More

Birmingham Stallions win inaugural USFL championship in Canton

Backup Alex McGough threw an 8-yard TD pass to Victor Bolden Jr. with 3 minutes, 9 seconds remaining, and linebacker Scooby Wright had a pick-six on the next play from scrimmage as the Birmingham S… → Read More

USFL will be back in 2023, prepares for championship game in Canton July 3

The USFL will complete its first season with its championship game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton on July 3. With one more game to finish off its 2022 season — the first completed spr… → Read More

UFC’s Jessica ‘Evil’ Eye preparing for big fight, but the biggest is already behind her

Some might called Jessica “Evil” Eye’s July 2 bout against Maycee Barber the fight of her life. Eye sees it much different. It’s true the UFC has given Eye — a longtime 35-year-old flyweight origin… → Read More

Stipe Miocic coach Marcus Marinelli on when Miocic will fight next: ‘We’ll figure it out’ – Morning Journal

Marcus Marinelli is a busy business owner. He’s in the process of moving his Strong Style gym — for years the training grounds of former UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic — from his longstandin… → Read More