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Year in review: A look back at the biggest Akron-area sports stories of 2016

January

Ohio State defeats Notre Dame 44-28 in the Fiesta Bowl.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam fires coach Mike Pettine, GM Ray Farmer after 3-13 season then hires former New York Mets executive Paul DePodesta to be team’s new chief strategy officer, promotes Sashi Brown to executive vice president of football operations and hires coach Hue Jackson.

Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt and replace him with assistant Tyronn Lue.

February

The Browns commission a statue of legendary running back Jim Brown.

March

Johnny Manziel?

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In this file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel walks off the field after a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, in Cincinnati.

The Browns cut controversial quarterback Johnny Manziel and sign free-agent Robert Griffin III.

Wadsworth girls basketball team defeats Mason 60-51 to win the Division I state title.

April

The Browns trade the second overall pick in the NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles and select Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman with 15th overall pick in first round after twice trading down.

May

The Cavaliers make a record 25 3-pointers in a 123-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in a second-round playoff series and advance to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year with a 113-87 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

June

LeBron

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

The Cavaliers become the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 Finals deficit, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 in Oakland to win Cleveland’s first championship in 52 years. LeBron James, who had only the third triple-double in a Game 7 in NBA Finals history, was the Finals MVP and led all players on both teams in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals in the series.

More than 1 million fans pack Cleveland’s downtown for a championship parade for the Cavaliers and Akron changes the name of South Main Street from Market to Exchange to “King James Way” in honor of the city’s hometown hero.

Parade

(Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James greets fans while riding in his Rolls Royce along Huron Rd during the team’s NBA Championship celebration.

July

The Indians defeat the Toronto Blue Jays in 19 innings to extend their winning streak to a team-record 14 games and acquire elite relief pitcher Andrew Miller, sending top prospect Clint Frazier to the Yankees in the deal.

Dustin Johnson rallies from 3 shots behind to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club.

The RubberDucks host the Eastern League All-Star Game.

August

Poor field conditions force the NFL to cancel the Hall of Fame Game in Canton.

LeBron James signs three-year, $100 million contract with Cavs.

Former UA standout Clayton Murphy wins bronze medal in 800-meter run at Olympic Games.

Clayton Murphy

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U.S. runner Clayton Murphy smiles after taking third in the 800-meter final on Aug. 15, 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games.

September

Tribe

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Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez (second from right) is mobbed by teammates after hitting a game winning single against the Detroit Tigers.

Browns lose opener to Carson Wentz-led Philadelphia Eagles 29-10 and quarterback Robert Griffin suffers broken bone in shoulder.

Indians lose pitcher Danny Salazar with a sore shoulder and Carlos Carrasco with a broken hand and still clinch Central Division title with 7-4 win over Detroit Tigers.

RubberDucks win Eastern League title with three-game sweep of Trenton Thunder.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon returns to rehab, likely ending career with Browns.

October

Free agent J.R. Smith signs four-year deal to stay with Cavs.

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer gets 10 stitches after cutting his finger while working on his drone and rookie pitcher Ryan Merritt helps Indians defeat Blue Jays in American League Championship Series to reach World Series.

Penn State upsets Ohio State 24-21 on blocked field goal returned for touchdown.

Cavaliers raise championship banner and defeat New York Knicks in opener.

November

World Series

(Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis sits in the dugout after the Chicago Cubs won Game 7 of the World Series.

Indians erase three-run deficit but lose 8-7 to Cubs in 10 innings in Game 7 of World Series.

Soccer

(Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal)
Walsh Jesuit’s Olivia Darrow (center) hugs teammates Bella Rosalina (left) and Halle Rogers (right) after winning the Girls State Soccer Finals.

Indians manager Terry Francona signs two-year contract extension and is named American League Manager of the Year.

Walsh Jesuit girls soccer team wins fifth consecutive state title, 10th overall.

UA soccer team wins Mid-American Conference Tournament, earns bid to NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State beats rival Michigan 30-27 in double overtime to stake claim to berth in College Football Playoffs.

touchdown

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Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel (4) jumps for joy and into the end zone in the second overtime to clinch a 30-27 win against Michigan at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

December

Archbishop Hoban wins second consecutive Division III state football title with 30-0 win over Trotwood-Madison.

Browns sign

(AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)
A Cleveland Browns fan holds up a sign before a game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cleveland Browns, Saturday in Cleveland.

Ohio State earns berth in College Football Playoffs.

Browns lose franchise-record-tying 14th game and franchise-record 17th in a row overall.

Browns defeat San Diego Chargers 20-17 for first win of season.

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