BEREA — Josh Gordon has a new, high-profile teammate to help him fight the NFL.
Facing an indefinite suspension, Cleveland's talented wide receiver has hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at his appeal hearing with the league this week, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Suh, who helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012, will be with Gordon in New York on Friday, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.
ESPN first reported Suh's hiring.
Gordon is facing an indefinite ban under the league's substance abuse policy. While he awaits his hearing, the Pro Bowler has been at training camp with the Browns. He has declined interview requests.
Sherman won his appeal of a substance abuse violation on the grounds of a faulty test. It's not known what evidence Suh may have to fight the league's case against Gordon.
Gordon, who failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana, was suspended for two games last season. He still led the league in yards receiving and broke several team records. The 23-year-old reportedly checked into rehab following a recent DWI arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Browns are eager to find out if they'll have Gordon at all this season.
Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron said the uncertainty has weighed on Gordon as he waits to learn his fate.
“He's trying to be positive,” Cameron said after Monday's practiced. “It's one of those things, he doesn't know. It's up in the air right now. It's hard for him to have a say either way, so he's just grinding. He's out here every day and he's working hard and that's all you can ask of him.”
Licking County knocks out Grand Lake
CINCINNATI — Licking County ended Grand Lake's season with a 2-1 victory in the opening round of the Great Lakes Collegiate League playoffs Tuesday at Western Hills High School.
Licking County, the No. 5 seed, advanced to meet No. 4 seed Cincinnati late Tuesday night at Western Hills. The Licking County/Cincinnati winner will meet the No. 1 seed Lima Locos in the best-of-three semifinals.
Game 1 will be at 7 p.m. today at either Licking County or Cincinnati. Game 2 will be Thursday at Lima's Simmons Field. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Lima.
LCC to hold preseason meeting
Lima Central Catholic will be holding their mandatory Ohio High School Athletic Association preseason parent meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4 in the Great Hall at LCC. This meeting is for all parents and athletes participating in fall sports this coming year.
If you have questions, please contact Ron Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lima Senior to offer physicals
The Lima Senior Athletic Department will offer athletic physicals for those students entering seventh through 12th grades who are currently enrolled in the Lima City Schools.
Physicals will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the Lima Senior Auxiliary Gym. The physicals will cost $10 and each student must have a physical packet with the required sections completed and signed by a parent or guardian.
Any questions please contact the Lima Senior Athletic Department at 419-996-3050.
Lima Senior to host sports meeting
The Lima Senior Athletic Department will host the fall OHSAA parents sports meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 in the Lima Senior auditorium.
Man facing charges for urinating on Modell's grave
BALTIMORE — Maryland authorities said Tuesday they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the grave of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.
The man, who so far has been identified only as a Cleveland Browns' fan, could face up to two years in jail and a $500 fine. He posted a video of the incident to YouTube this month.
“Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,” Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a written statement.
Art Modell died in 2012 at the age of 87. He spent 43 years as an NFL owner, overseeing the Browns from 1961 until he moved the team to Baltimore in 1996 to become the Ravens.