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The Cavs’ Christmas Day loss to the Warriors shows they still have some work to do to compete against the defending champs. The Cavs lost 99-92 in the first meeting between the two teams since the NBA Finals.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says there were pluses and minuses from Monday’s game for the Cavs.

Football, CTE & Concussions

Dec 27, 2017
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As the football season picks up, we explore the effects of injuries players take on in the gridiron. New science on diagnosing a brain disease afflicting players is making headlines. We look at the impact that stands to have on the game. 

The Cleveland Browns' losing streak isn't just taking a toll on fan morale. Businesses that sell team merchandise say they're also feeling the pain. 

Johnny Mirza, who manages Playball Sports and Fashion in Downtown Cleveland, and sells everything from replica jerseys to Browns-themed baby clothes, said sales of the team's merch are down about 15 percent compared to last season. But he's hopeful that'll change when the team starts winning...eventually. 

Kent State University is hiring an offensive coordinator from Syracuse to try and turn around its football program. Sean Lewis, 34, replaces former coach Paul Haynes, who had a 14-45 record in his five seasons.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Kent State's struggling team shines a light on a bigger problem with Mid-American Conference football. 

The Browns have brought in a new general manager whose goal is to turn around the franchise – quickly. Owner Jimmy Haslam fired Vice President Sashi Brown last week after the team won just one game in two seasons. That same day, Brown was replaced by former Kansas City General Manager John Dorsey.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Dorsey is partly credited for reviving the Chiefs during his four years there.

The Cleveland Browns' miserable season isn't even over yet, but there's already been a big shakeup of the organization. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fired Sashi Brown, executive vice president of football operations, hired John Dorsey as general manager, and announced he's keeping Coach Hue Jackson.  The Browns are 1-24 since Brown was promoted and Jackson was hired in 2016, so both would seem to share the blame.  But Crain's Cleveland sports journalist Kevin Kleps said Brown was responsible for making lousy trade decisions that put the team where it is today.

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