Mohamed Massaquoi finally put on a helmet, pads, and caught passes at Cleveland Browns training camp.
The third-year wide receiver took part in passing drills yesterday. It was his first football-related action since arriving at camp with his left foot in a cast, protecting an injury that remains undisclosed.
Massaquoi is expected to be a key receiver for second-year quarterback Colt McCoy. In 15 games last season, he had 36 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns. That was slightly less than his production as a rookie in 2009.
After being picked by Cleveland in the second round out of Georgia, Massaquoi tied for the team lead with 34 catches, good for 624 yards and three TDs.
The Browns have several players out with a variety of injuries as they prepare for their final exhibition game, Thursday in Chicago against the Bears.(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The remnants of Hurricane Irene are in the eastern part of Canada heading back out to sea.
In its wake, Hurricane Irene caused plenty of property damage up and down the Atlantic Coast. Plus, the heavy rains from Hurricane Irene are causing flooding in coastal areas from North Carolina to Vermont.
Thomas Schmidlin, Professor of Geography at Kent State University, says there was a good reason for the heavy rains in New Jersey, New York and Vermont. Schmidlin says Hurricane Irene slowed down when it hit the New Jersey/New York shore, allowing more rain to fall in that area.
When the Hurricane headed up the Atlantic Coast to New England, the heavy rains continued. Vermont's Governor is calling it the worst flooding in his state in about a century. Hundreds of roads are closed in Vermont and the state has lost at least three historic covered bridges.
Professor Schmidlin says the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean helps to power the storm systems that come off the African coast. He says the further north hurricanes move, the weaker they become. Plus, Professor Schmidlin says when the warm water in the Atlantic Ocean starts to cool, the hurricane season in the Atlantic starts to slow down.
Volunteers from the Summit County Chapter of the American Red Cross have been deployed to North Carolina to help in the relief efforts from Hurricane Irene.
Pam Williams is one of the Summit County Volunteers in North Carolina, assisting residents in the Raleigh area.
Williams says there are some 500,000 homes in North Carolina without power because of Hurricane Irene. She says there is a constant caravan of utility trucks from around North Carolina and from neighboring states working to get power restored. But, Williams says in some cases, debris from the storm is blocking the roads, slowing the process down.
Williams says the number of North Carolina residents staying in Red Cross shelters is decreasing. She says as soon as residents discover that they can stay with family or friends, they leave the shelters.
What the Red Cross has been able to provide to thousands of residents is a hot meal. Williams says the Red Cross has a partner in the leaders with the Southern Baptist Church in providing meals.
As for when North Carolina residents might be able to return to their homes, Williams says it's too early for the Red Cross to say.
Williams says most of the damage she is seeing is caused by flooding. She says the ground around the Raleigh area was saturated by previous storms when the Hurricane hit.
Bad news on the injury front continues to pileup for the Cleveland Indians.
Outfielder Michael Brantley will have surgery to remove part of the hamate bone in his right hand and will miss the rest of the season. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list beforeyesterday's game against Kansas City.
Brantley played with tendinitis in his wrist for several weeks, but the soreness subsided with treatment and rest. However, herecently felt pain in his hand and was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday.
Indians trainer Lonnie Soloff said tests revealed the fractured bone and that the normal recovery process takes six tonine weeks.
Brantley is the Indians' leadoff hitter. He batted .266 with seven homers and 46 RBIs in 114 games.
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Bruce Chen overcame a shaky first inning to win his career-high fifth straight start and lead the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians yesterday.
Chen (10-5) allowed the first four batters of the game to reach base and walked Carlos Santana with the bases loaded to force inCleveland's only run.
The left-hander allowed five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He's 4-0 in his last five starts against the Indians. Mike Moustakas' RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the third for the Royals, who held on to win after losing late leads in the first two games of the series.
Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Justin Masterson took the loss. His record at 10-8.
The Indians host the Oakland A's tonight to begin a four game series at Progressive Field. David Huff will pitch for the Indians against Brandon McCarthy for Oakland.
The Akron Aeros scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning to erase a two-run deficit and win the finale of a four-game series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels 5-2 Sunday at Canal Park.With the win, the Aeros (68-66) split the four-game series with Richmond.Right-handed pitcher Austin Adams recorded the win for Akron tossing five innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and striking out six while walking none. Left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz retired the side in order in the top of the ninth to earn the save.Left-hander Wilmin Rodriguez suffered the loss for Richmond lasting three innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on four hits, walking three and striking out two.The Flying Squirrels (71-63) got on the board in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Francisco Peguero and Chris Dominguez rapped back-to-back singles. Back-to-back RBI singles from Wes Hodges and Juan Perez followed as Richmond jumped in front 2-0.It remained 2-0 until the bottom of the third inning. Karexon Sanchez led off with a double and advanced to third on a Jordan Henry single. Sanchez scored when Richmond third baseman Chris Dominguez dropped the ball in a run down between third and home to make it 1-0. Following a Juan Diaz stolen base, John Drennen rapped a two-RBI single to right field to give Akron a 3-2 lead. The Aeros added a run later in the inning when Drennen scored on a Donnie Webb sacrifice fly to make it 4-2.Akron scored again in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to the win.The Aeros will continue their homestand as they begin a four-game series against the Reading Phillies on Monday. Akron will give the ball to left-handed pitcher Matt Packer, who is 7-12 with a 4.36 ERA in 2011. He will face right-handed pitcher Joseph Esposito, who is 5-4 with a 4.67 ERA this season.The first 2,500 fans through the turnstiles on Monday will receive a commemorative poster featuring members of the 2011 Akron Aeros courtesy of Busson Digital Printing.
The Summit County OVI Task Force had a busy late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at their checkpoint set up in the 300 block of West Exchange.
Of the 58 vehicles directed into the diversion area, 10 drivers were arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence. Seven other drivers were arrested for driving under suspension.
Four other drivers were arrested on a variety of charges, including child endangering, disorderly conduct, possession of drugs and for an outstanding warrant.
Authorities impounded nine vehicles at the checkpoint as well.
One individual arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence was also charged with four counts of child endangering. Police say four small children were passengers in the vehicle when it was stopped for OVI.
If you have either a friend or family member who died in the Vietnam War, you'll have a chance this weekend to honor their memory.
A traveling three-quarter sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on display at the Catavolos Funeral Home and Rose Hill Burial Park located on West Market Street in Fairlawn.
Opening ceremonies will be at 6:30 Friday night. The wall will be open for viewing 24 hours a day through late Sunday night. Over 20,000 visitors are expected over the weekend.
Linda Lepke is the Office Manager for Catavolos Funeral Home. She says they began working on the project back in June to bring the traveling wall to Fairlawn.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Lepke said computers will be accessible over the weekend on site to locate the name of your friend or loved one quickly.
The wall is 240 feet long and 8 feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who either died in Vietnam or are missing in action.
Lepke says the Funeral Home wants to give back to the community and show that they support those who gave their lives in Vietnam.
Another step forward in the effort to install a fence on the Y-Bridge.
This week, the first fence panels were installed on the All-American Bridge. The project was delayed for a number of weeks while contractors worked to fix a coating problem with the fence material.
Appearing on the 1590 WAKR Ray Horner Morning Show, Project Engineer for the city of Akron, Jim Weber, said the fencing project is part of a $6.2 million rehabilitation of the Y-Bridge, with the Federal and State Governments paying the largest portions of the cost.
Besides the fence, the project included resurfacing the bridge deck and replacing aging portions of the 30-year old structure.
Weber said crews are concentrating on the southbound span of the bridge. That's side includes the sidewalk. Weber says the fence is needed, whether its to prevent people from falling or jumping off the bridge or to keep people from throwing objects off the span.
Only one lane in each direction will be open while the project continues. The fence will stand 10-feet tall and represents a change in philosophy in how bridges are built. Fencing is considered a necessity nowadays for bridge construction and not a luxury.
When Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan needed a lift, his teammates stepped up in a big way.
Hannahan's wife went into labor this month while the team was in Boston. The journeyman ballplayer was desperate to get back to Cleveland, but the next available flight wasn't until the next morning.
The Indians then pitched in to secure a private plane that got Hannahan home in time for the birth of his first child, John Jack Hannahan V. Hannahan's wife had a difficult pregnancy, but he says John is doing great.
The Indians tried to keep the kind gesture quiet, but news trickled out in the past couple days, and Hannahan delivered a public thank you before last night's game at the Chicago White Sox.
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