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Report: Patriots cut former Twinsburg punter Zoltan Mesko; Ballard also let go

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 31, 2013

New England released punter Zoltan Mesko of Twinsburg High School and the University of Michigan, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN and Sirius/XM radio.

Mesko, a three-year veteran who was drafted in the fifth round in 2010, lost out to rookie Ryan Allen. Allen, from Louisiana Tech, became the only player to win the Ray Guy Award in back-to-back seasons in 2012.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson praises 'odds-breaker' LeBron James for giving back to Akron

By Marla Ridenour Published: August 9, 2013

LeBron James’ recent $1 million donation to renovate his old gymnasium at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and the continuing work of his foundation in Akron prompted Rev. Jesse Jackson to praise James in a telephone call to the Beacon Journal on Friday afternoon.

Jackson said he was preparing for the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington on Aug. 28 and had been thinking about King and his relationship with professional athletes.

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