The Matteo’s Browns Beat

first_imgBEREA, Ohio – It only took a week or so for things to get spicy at Browns training camp. While things inside the camp have been calm, a rash of injuries to the Dallas Cowboys have stirred up trade talk with our home town heroes in Brown and Orange.The Cowboys are in the market for a backup quarterback after losing Kellen Moore to a broken ankle. Nick Foles was at the top of that list, but he signed with the Chiefs on Wednesday night. Last year’s part time Browns starting quarterback Josh McCown is now the number one contender to be dealt to Dallas for what is rumored to be a third or fourth round draft pick.The Browns are hesitant to deal Josh because they still don’t know what they have in RGIII who has been relevant since 2012. McCown, is a competent backup who can seamlessly transition into a starting role if needed. They would hate to lose his presence in the QB room as well.Josh McCown had this to say in regards to his current situation in Cleveland, “I’m going to do everything I can to help this team and to be ready to make this ball team. That’s how you have to play and if you want to be a good player, that’s how you approach it anyway. What do I need to do today to solidify my job, to keep my job, and to keep playing at the level I expect to play at? That’s my mindset going into camp. I have that kind of focus. It’s also to be able to share with these young guys and help get them ready. So that’ll be my approach.”Things may get very tasty in Berea soon. One thing is for sure, things will always be tasty at Matteo’s Casual Italian Restaurant in Olmsted Falls. Chef Tony’s first weekend special is Dover sole filet baked over a Blue Crab, bread crumb, onion and bell pepper stuffing, with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and our lobster sherry cream sauce.His second special feature is Manicotti – Fresh pasta stuffed with ricotta, and Parmesan cheeses, along with fresh basil, topped with your choice of Matteo’s house red sauce or marinara sauce.Seats are filling up fast, so make your reservation now at Vince McKee Related TopicsCleveland BrownsDallas CowboysMatteo’s Casual ItalianTony Romolast_img read more

Ibrahimović welcomes ‘top-level’ Milan challenge

first_imgMILAN (AP):Zlatan Ibrahimović is giving himself six months to see if he can still play elite-level football with one of Europe’s storied clubs.The 38-year-old striker was presented by AC Milan yesterday after signing a deal until the end of the season with an option to extend for another year.“These six months will be key to see if I’m in form and can provide results. Otherwise I’m not going to stay just to be here. That doesn’t interest me,” Ibrahimović said. “The challenge of being at the top level provides me with a lot of adrenaline.“I haven’t seen many 38-year-old footballers return to a club like this. But if they’ve signed me, it means they believe in me. It’s a test for me to see if I’m doing the right thing. … I received more requests at 38 than I did at 28.”Ibrahimović said his children helped him select the No. 21 shirt. He could make his debut against Sampdoria at the San Siro on Monday.Returning to the club he left nearly eight years ago, Ibrahimović is being counted on to make an immediate impact on a team in 11th place and still reeling from a 5-0 loss to Atalanta – Milan’s biggest Serie A defeat in more than two decades.“Milan is still Milan. History can’t be changed,” Ibrahimović said of the seven-time European champions. “I’m coming to help the club. We can do much more, but let’s go one match at a time. It’s a marathon, not a 100-metre sprint.”Added Zvonimir Boban, Milan’s chief football officer: “I wouldn’t want to forget about the (Atalanta) match, which was an unacceptable defeat. We shouldn’t hide behind Zlatan’s broad shoulders. We need to change the direction of this season, and we hope that his presence will help us.”Ibrahimović helped Milan to its last Serie A title in 2011. He has since played for Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and the LA Galaxy.“Milan is like my home,” he said. “It brings me back to the joy of playing football.”last_img read more

USC’s A’ja Wilson off to a fast start

first_imgCOLUMBIA – Coming in as the best high school player in the country, there were big expectations for South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson.South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley speaks to South Carolina player A'ja Wilson during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four tournament women's college basketball semifinal game, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. South Carolina plays Notre Dame Saturday in a semifinal game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley speaks to South Carolina player A’ja Wilson during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four tournament women’s college basketball semifinal game, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. South Carolina plays Notre Dame Saturday in a semifinal game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)The Gamecocks freshman didn’t disappoint, helping the team advance to the Final Four while picking up a bundle of awards along the way.Early in her sophomore season, Wilson has taken her game to another level.Having already been named most valuable player of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown and earning back-to-back Southeastern Conference Player of the week honors is playing the way USC coach Dawn Staley envisioned.“She is playing like she understands what we want,” said Staley. “Last year it was like we were speaking Chinese to her. This year she understands how to make an impact on both sides. She understands how to get easy scores.”Wilson will have to be at her best on Sunday when the second ranked Gamecocks host the 13th ranked Duke in the Colonial Life Arena at 2 p.m. in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.She enters the contest confident with the way she is playing.“I do feel a lot more comfortable,” said Wilson. “I’m just letting it come to me. I’m not pressuring myself to do a lot of things. The coaches and my teammates are helping me not put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel I’m just opening up and being that sponge again like I was last year.”Wilson enters the game leading USC in virtually every statistical category averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.The Duke game is also special for Wilson as it marked the first time she put her mark on a big victory last season.With 1.8 seconds remaining in the game Wilson rebounded a Tiffany Mitchell missed shot and put the ball in the basket to give the then number one ranked Gamecocks a 51-50 win over the Blue Devils.“I just remember it being very chaotic,” said Wilson. “I remember the crowd getting us into it. I remember just the amazing fans.“But it wasn’t an easy game. I think that was the first ranked team we played. Since we have already played ranked teams, I think we’re kind of relaxed a little bit.”Things will be different this season as the Gamecocks have already defeated three ranked squads.“She is playing her best basketball right now,” Staley said of Wilson. “Hopefully it isn’t her best, but as far as in a Gamecock uniform. She is a stat filler. But, from a defensive standpoint, I am proud of the progress she’s making.“We know she can score the ball. We know she can rebound the ball. It’s just the defense that has been in question, night in and night out. But she’s slowly getting that part of it.”last_img read more