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Posts Tagged ‘Lake Erie.’

Dawson signs franchise tag contract for 2nd year in a row

 

Phil Dawson (file photo)

Kicker Phil Dawson is the only consistent member of a shaky Cleveland Browns offense. And is the only player still on the roster since the franchises return to the NFL in 1999.

He is the team’s career leader in field goals and second in points (1,115) scoring to Hall of Famer Lou ‘The Toe” Groza (1,349). He has made 83 percent of his field goal attempts (276 of 332) and has been miraculously consistent in the wacky wind conditions at Browns Stadium which sits on the banks of Lake Erie.

Fans of the team wonder why the Browns have been reluctant to give their kicker a long-term contract eventhough he is 37 years old.

Dawson will be back in Cleveland in 2012 because earlier this week he signed a one-year contract for the second year in a row as the franchise player.

Dawson, who played for Oakland and New England before settling in Cleveland in 1999, the fan-favorite Dawson will be returning for his 14th season in Cleveland. He’ll make $3.8 million next season, getting a raise of up from #3.175 million in 2011, his best NFL season by far.

Dawson connected on 24 of 29 field goal attempts, making seven kicks beyond 50-yards, one shy of the league record.

He also made all 20 extra-point tries and never had a problem with the Browns having him deal with three different holders and two long snappers.

The Browns did say that they want to sign Dawson to a long-term contract.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Browns & NFL news

Cleveland Gladiators bought by Cavs owner Gilbert

 

(courtesy of Cleveland Gladiators via wikipedia commons)

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has bought the Cleveland Gladiators franchise of the Arena Football League.

The Gladiators were and instant hint with fans in the Lake Erie city early in their formative days, but they have been struggling to get fans into Quicken Loans Arena in the past few years.

Their training camp starts in February.

The ownership group led by Gilbert, purchased the team from Jim Ferraro, an attorney who has owned the team since 2000.

Ferraro took the franchise to Las Vegas in 2002 and moved it to Cleveland in 2007. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar is a part owner and advisor.

 

Info from Arena Football League, Cleveland Gladiators, Radio & TV news

Buffalo gives Ruff well-deserved contract extension

 

Lindy Ruff (file photo)

The Buffalo Sabres have rewarded head coach Lindy Ruff with a multi-year contract extension.

The new pact keeps the franchise’s winningest coach on the bench for another run at a championship that has continually eluded the team on Lake Erie since its first season in 1970.

The 6’2, 190 Ruff, is a former left winger/defenseman during his playing career from 1979-1993 for Buffalo and the New York Rangers. Ruff was drafted by Buffalo in 1979, 32nd overall.

Ruff, a very-disciplined coach in dealing with his players, has been the head man with Buffalo since the 1997-98 season. In 1,066 games, he has a record of 526 wins, 390 losses, 78 ties, 72 overtime losses. In the post-season, his record is 57-44.

 

compiled from Buffalo Sabres & NHL news

Blue Jackets lose to Buffalo; losing streak causes concern

The Blue Jackets traveled to the Lake Erie city of Buffalo, New York and wished they hadn’t. The CBJ’s winless streak reached four as they lost 5-0 last Friday night.

The Blue Jackets were the last NHL team to lose consecutive games. But they ran in the Detroit Red Wings twice in three days and we all know that the polished Wings can cool off any team in the NHL at any time. Since then, the Jackets appear tight, and tentative and fans think back to the December swoon of last year which ultimately cost Ken Hitchcock his job.

Jochen Hecht (file photo)

The 18,529 fans at HSBC Arena, who have watch their beloved Sabres play inconsistently all season, got their money’s worth as Buffalo jumped on the Jackets quickly.

Columbus trailed 2-0 after the first period and were outshot badly 28-11 at one point of the second.

The frustration set in during the third period with three fights.

The Sabres received goals from Jochen Hecht, Jason Pominville, Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Tomas Vanek. All-Star goalie Ryan Miller had 19 saves.

The Jackets were 0-6 on the power play that gets worse every game.

Info compiled from staff, NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Ohio Dominican ends first season in NCAA Division II with loss at Indianapolis

The Ohio Dominican University Panthers ended their first season as a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a record of 2-8. they found out that the conference is tough and they’ve developed some rivalries with the other Ohio schools in the conference, Ashland, Lake Erie College, Findlay and Tiffin.

Saturday at Key Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2,322 fans saw the University of Indianpolis end the season with a 5-5 mark by beating ODU 31-17.

Jeremy Fudge (courtesy of ODU athletics)

Jerry Fudge amassed 228 total yards of offense but Ohio Dominican could not rally back from a 24-0 deficit.

The Panthers started slow but finished fast outgaining Indianapolis, 354 yards to 351.

ODU won the time-of-possession battle and third down conversions but hurt themselves with two costly turnovers which led to 10 points for Indianapolis.

Junior Mike Noffsinger’s 82 yards of rushing gave him 794 for the year.

compiled from staff & Ohio Dominican news

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