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December 3, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
A member of the Cleveland Browns' grounds crew killed himself at their practice facility, a team spokesman said Sunday. The man's body was found Saturday morning at the facility in suburban Cleveland, the same day Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher committed suicide in front of his coach and general manager after earlier killing his girlfriend. The Browns released a statement calling the man, who was not identified, a good friend and an outstanding employee and saying the team's heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
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March 12, 2014 | By Athan Atsales
Apparently the Denver Broncos saw a few holes when they reviewed the film of their 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII loss to the Seattle Seahawks.  On the second day of NFL free agency, the Broncos continued to plug those holes on defense, signing linebacker DeMarcus Ware to a three-year, $30-million contract, with $20 million of the deal guaranteed. The Broncos run a 3-4 defensive alignment, which Ware has played in most of his career. The Broncos also filled other defensive needs Wednesday when they added safety T.J. Ward, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, and Aqib Talib, formerly of the New England Patriots.
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January 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Cleveland Browns named Rob Chudzinski their new head coach on Thursday, replacing Pat Shurmur, who was fired Dec. 31 after the Browns finished 5-11 this season. Chudzinski spent the last two seasons as Carolina's offensive coordinator. He has had two previous stints with the Browns as an assistant coach. He coached tight ends in 2004 and was offensive coordinator from 2007-08. After his first stint on Cleveland's staff, Chudzinski spent two seasons as San Diego's tight ends coach.
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February 11, 2014 | Wire Reports
The Cleveland Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that Chief Executive Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. “Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35,” Haslam said at a news conference. Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins' GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take over the team's football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.
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August 2, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Cleveland Browns have reportedly been sold by Randy Lerner to Jimmy Haslam for more than $1 billion. The deal, which needs to be approved by NFL owners before it becomes official, is expected to be passed by a vote in October. It's interesting news for Browns fans considering that in the last 13 years under the Lerner family, the Browns have had only two winning seasons. Haslam is expected to take a greater role in the day-to-day operation of the team. Haslam is president and chief executive of Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America.
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September 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mike Holmgren was essentially the guy who brought Trent Richardson to Cleveland last year, trading three draft picks to move up a spot and draft the running back at No. 3 overall. But the now-former Browns president was just like most of us on Wednesday when he found out that the team had traded away its top pick from a year ago for the Indianapolis Colts' No. 1 pick in 2014. "I didn't believe it," Holmgren said on a Seattle sports radio show. "I went on my computer and saw it. I had a lot of emotions, because I really liked the young man and I really think he's an outstanding football player.
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January 5, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
The Cleveland Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon Coach Chip Kelly to be their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. The Browns interviewed Kelly on Friday and he was also supposed to meet with Philadelphia. However, a person familiar with the interviews but not authorized to discuss them publicly says the Eagles are "heading in another direction" because Kelly is nearing a deal with Cleveland. Kelly, 49, who turned down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, said Thursday night after Oregon's Fiesta Bowl win over Kansas State that he wanted to get the interview process over quickly.
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February 11, 2014 | Wire Reports
The Cleveland Browns fired their coach after one season. Now they're sweeping out their front office. Owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that Chief Executive Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and General Manager Michael Lombardi is leaving the team. “Mike and Joe have left us in good position in terms of free agency and cap space as well as this year's draft, where we have 10 overall picks and three of the first 35,” Haslam said at a news conference. Haslam also said assistant GM Ray Farmer, who was pursued by Miami to be the Dolphins' GM this winter, has been promoted and will immediately take over the team's football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.
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October 2, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
BUFFALO (2-2) AT CLEVELAND (2-2) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Browns by 4. Over/under: 40 1/2. Sam Farmer's pick: The Browns are riding high after consecutive wins and a stifling defensive performance against Cincinnati. The Bills are banged up at running back and face a surprisingly tough challenge on the road. Browns 20, Bills 17
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September 20, 2013 | Sam Farmer
What in the name of Otto Graham are the Cleveland Browns doing? In trading running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in 2014, they pitched last year's No. 3 pick two games into the season and treated their real-life NFL franchise the way I handle my fantasy team. Don't like the results? Start trading! It's obvious that the Browns, despite their predictable claims to the contrary, have no expectations for this season. The individual players do, of course, because that's how they're wired, and there's no guarantee they will be on the roster tomorrow, let alone next season.
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January 28, 2014 | Wire reports
The Dallas Cowboys demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, giving his title to Rod Marinelli, and hired Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator who will call plays. The Cowboys announced Tuesday a change in Kiffin's title to assistant head coach/defense. Dallas gave up the most yards in franchise history and finished last in the NFL in total defense. Kiffin and Marinelli, the defensive line coach, came to Dallas together last year after the Cowboys decided to switch to a four-man front with three linebackers following nearly a decade in the 3-4 defense.
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January 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the  Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, movie studios are lining up for an unofficial showdown of their own over whose trailer will make the biggest splash. The tab isn't cheap, with 30-second spots reportedly going for $4 million, but the big game is generally the most watched broadcast of the year, capable of drawing well over 100 million viewers. While studios tend to remain tight-lipped over their Super Bowl plans, a handful of high-profile films have emerged as those likely to make a showing.
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January 2, 2014 | Chris Erskine
What you probably didn't know about Monday's Bowl Championship Series championship is that it will be played on an entirely fresh field, placed directly atop the one you saw Wednesday at the Rose Bowl. Like a blanket over another blanket. Senseless, right? By all accounts, that Rose Bowl field was still nearly flawless after Wednesday's game, but that didn't stop groundskeepers. Foolish perfectionism is a Pasadena birthright and one I don't condone. Yet that's exactly what is behind this all-new grass, which requires a Herculean effort on a frazzled five-day time frame.
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December 9, 2013
The New England Patriots must get used to playing without Rob Gronkowski again. The star tight end who missed the first six games while recovering from surgeries is done for the season after being placed on injured reserve Monday with a damaged right knee. That experience could help the Patriots handle his absence. "I'd like to think there's going to be some carry-over there, not only [from] the first six weeks of the season, but the entire training camp as well," Coach Bill Belichick said Monday.
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November 15, 2013
Mike McCormack Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack, 83, a Hall of Fame offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns, died of natural causes Friday in Palm Desert, where he had a winter home, the Carolina Panthers said. During his five decades in professional football, McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions, including president of the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound McCormack was a dominant offensive lineman for the Browns, helping the franchise win NFL championships in 1954 and 1955.
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October 23, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Christian Ponder appears to be the Minnesota Vikings' starting quarterback this week against the Green Bay Packers since recently acquired Josh Freeman is suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Freeman made his debut in a 23-7 loss to the previously winless New York Giants on Monday night, completing only 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Frazier said that Freeman, who showed no signs of sustaining a concussion during the game, was not feeling well Tuesday.
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September 7, 2012 | By Curtis Eichelberger, Bloomberg News
Art Modell, a marketing executive who helped negotiate the NFL's first television contract and later enraged fans when he moved the Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore, has died. He was 87. Modell died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the Baltimore Ravens announced. He had a history of heart problems. "Art Modell's leadership was an important part of the NFL's success during the league's explosive growth during the 1960s and beyond," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
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August 28, 1996 | CHRIS BAKER
The Cleveland Browns may be no more but their fans remain. Michael Mercer, for instance, is selling a photo of Cleveland's professional football team. The black-and-white photo shows several pairs of shoulder pads, football shoes and a helmet on an empty bench in front of a goal post. "I've been a Cleveland resident and a Browns' fan all my life and all those years I've looked forward to collecting team photos," Mercer said.
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October 15, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin declared last week that the Steelers would no longer be able to play ping-pong, pool or shuffleboard in the locker room. Makes sense. Teams that are winless five games into the season probably should be all business when at work. During his Tuesday morning press conference, Tomlin announced that he has eliminated another activity his players seem to enjoy -- performing a flying somersault into the end zone. Up next, Pittsburgh players will be strip searched for yo-yos, Pop Rocks and Big League Chew.
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October 13, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Encino Crespi and UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria, who wasn't drafted by any NFL team, continues to be one of the great success stories this season for the Detroit Lions. He caught three touchdown passes on Sunday in a 31-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The passes measured one, 23 and 10 yards. He also has been dancing after each of his touchdowns. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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