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University of Akron offensive lineman Zenel Demhasaj (left) blocks Ball State defensive end Jonathan Newsome as Akron running back Conor Hundley breaks through the hole for a nice gain in the Zips' 42-24 loss to the Cardinals last week at InfoCision Stadium in Akron. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Akron wide receiver Nick Bice (14) is pulled by his face mask by Ball State safety Aaron Taylor (34) during the first quarter of the Zips' 42-24 loss to the Cardinals last week at InfoCision Stadium in Akron. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
CLEVELAND: They are slowly becoming Cleveland’s Odd Couple, the Indians’ 57-year-old manager and the Cavs’ 31-year-old shooting guard. On the surface, Terry Francona and J.R. Smith seem to have little in common. But there is an admiration and respect between them that they hope will soon blossom into more — as soon as their schedules allow.