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John anchors Fox 8 sports on the weeknights and produces a variety of features, in addition to serving as veteran correspondent on many key events. He also tackles tough physical assignments, such as flying with the Navy’s Blue Angles. For seven seasons, J.T. hosted the CAVS pre-game show on Fox Sports Net.

Prior to joining WJW as a sports anchor in September 1980, J.T. was assistant sports director of WIVB TV in Buffalo, New York. A graduate of Euclid High and Ashland College, he began his career in Ashland, Ohio, in 1972 with local radio.

An 11-time Emmy Award winner, J.T. has won numerous awards for his coverage of Cleveland sports, both professional and high school. His features have been honored by U.P.I., A.P. and The Press Club of Cleveland. In 2007, he was named to the Hall of Fame by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, and won the Chuck Heaton Award from the Cleveland Press Club.

A fitness buff, J.T. has completed over 100 triathlons in the past 27 years, including three Ironman Distance races. In 2012, Telich completed the Burning River 100 Mile Ultra Marathon in just over 29 hours.

The Euclid native has been married for 36 years to the former Jane Quinton. They are the parents of three children, Courtney, Patrick and Joseph. A puppy English Springer Spaniel, Scarlet, joined the family in December 2012.

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    Buckeyes back in action: Ohio State takes on Navy Midshipmen

    BALTIMORE, Maryland- The Ohio State University Buckeyes will get some answers to pressing questions early Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Maryland . The Buckeyes will kick off the season taking on the Navy Midshipmen at M & T Bank Stadium. Soon after the noon kickoff, quarterback J.T. Barrett will jog onto the field and get his offense ready. It’s a tough task for the redshirt freshman, who was pressed into starting duty as Braxton Miller re-injured his shoulder and is done […]

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    Browns take on Bears in final preseason game

    The Browns wrap up the preseason tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium by taking on the Chicago Bears. Get updates on Twitter during the game! For Mike Pettine and his team, the final game is when the starters will play minimal minutes and the hope is for a safe, incident-free game. However, the offense needs a lot of polish as Brian Hoyer has looked off in games and the receiving corp is far from ready to post large numbers. Hoyer was asked […]

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    A jump on the action: Friday Night Touchdown, Thursday Edition

    Thursday night a few high schools got a jump on the traditional Friday Night Opening. In the state of Ohio, 25 games were held, with a few involving teams from Northeast Ohio. The pep talks were done, the uniforms fresh and clean and the adrenaline pumping. Defending state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary  faced the Rams of Akron Garfield. The Fighting Irish won 45-10 while Akron Firestone was blanked by Archbishop Hoban, 24-0. ***A list of high school scores here*** […]

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    Cavs new player really feeling the ‘Love’

    CLEVELAND– LeBron James forges relationships as he tries to collect title rings. The latest case in point is the work he did to recruit Kevin Love to the Cavaliers. James might have picked up the phone and called the All Star July 11, shortly after James announced he was returning to the Wine and Gold, but the dialogue had its origins two years ago at the Summer Olympics. James and Love were Team USA teammates . Tuesday, Love recalled the […]

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    Ready for the Rams: What to expect in Browns’ 3rd exhibition game

    Are you ready for the bright lights of a dress rehearsal at FirstEnergy Stadium tonight? The Browns host the Rams in the third exhibition game of the preseason. This is the game when most teams have set their first units and allow them to play at least one full half. Since the Browns named Brian Hoyer the starting QB Wednesday morning, the team has been pointing towards the Rams contest and Hoyer will get the most work. It’s needed as […]

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    Indians lose game 1 of series to Astros, 5-1

    CLEVELAND– Base-running blunders and fielding follies aided the Houston Astros in taking a 5-1 win over the Indians Friday night at Progressive Field. A 1-1 game in the bottom of the  8th inning had much promise for the Indians. But a potential rally disintegrated due to bad base-running. Mike Aviles was picked off second base with one out and then Tyler Holt was caught stealing third to kill the rally. In the top of the 9th inning with a man […]

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    Extra icy: John Telich’s Ice Bucket Challenge will give you chills

    Those Ice Bucket Challenges just keep on coming in! Our own John Telich accepted the challenge on Thursday from Melissa Reid. *WATCH his video above as his son makes it extra icy for him!* CLICK HERE to watch more challenges. CLICK HERE if you’d like to make a donation.

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    Knee surgery ends season for Cleveland Indians’ Nick Swisher

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Indians announced Wednesday afternoon that veteran Nick Swisher was undergoing knee surgery on both knees in Los Angeles. He will need 8 to 10 weeks to recover, and thus, his season is over. The surgery is called an arthroscopic debridement in both knees as a result of wear and tear. Swisher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 10. He was also on the DL with similar discomfort from May 27 to June […]

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    Manziel or Hoyer? Browns not ready to name starting QB

    CLEVELAND — Who will it be: Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer? Browns Coach Mike Pettine told reporters on Tuesday’s conference call that the team is not in a position right now to make a decision on who will start the Sept. 7 opener in Pittsburgh. The decision could come after the Browns third preseason game at home on Saturday against the Rams. Pettine needed Brian Hoyer, the incumbent starter to have a strong game to make the decision easier. However, […]

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    One Manziel move gets a lot of attention as Browns lose to Redskins

    Neither quarterback clearly outplayed the other in the  Browns 24-23 loss to the Redskins. Johnny Manziel was able to lead the Browns to its first TD of the preseason when he connected with Dion Lewis on an inside screen play. Brian Hoyer had the Browns in the red zone. He had one pass, thrown a bit behind Andrew Hawkins in the end zone, but Hawkins could not hang on. Manziel played more than Hoyer, but it appeared Mike Pettine’s plan […]

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    Ohio State QB Braxton Miller reinjures right shoulder

    Ohio State QB Braxton Miller reinjured his right shoulder in practice Monday, and thus his status for the Ohio State season is in question. The story, first reported in the Columbus Dispatch, also indicates Cleveland native Cardale Jones of Glenville High is one step closer to playing. This past week, redshirt freshman, J.T. Barrett, moved ahead of Jones in the battle for the backup job. Now, that backup job could turn into being the full-time starting job if Miller is […]

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    Dual in D.C.: Browns take on Redskins as QB battle peaks

    CLEVELAND — The lights will be bright and the TV cameras will be focused.  Monday night is the night the nation sees the Browns’ quarterback competition as it heads to a final decision as the Browns meet the Redskins in Washington, D.C. Brian Hoyer will get the start but somehow, Mike Pettine will get Johnny Manziel his snaps, also with the first team. Quite possibly, Pettine and his staff will announce the regular season starter Tuesday. Whereas Hoyer started the […]