Northeast Ohio hot spot for sports fans this weekend

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – LeBron James and Johnny Football may have some serious competition for the attention of Northeast Ohio sports fans this weekend as the region plays host to a long list of athletic superstars and sporting events.

Things tee off, literally, on Thursday with the start of the Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club in Akron.

The PGA’s finest golfers, including Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, and defending champion Tiger Woods will compete in front of a national audience for the $1.5 million dollar first place winnings and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Trophy.

The tournament continues through the weekend.

Starting Wednesday, the IX Center in Cleveland will host the National Sports Collectors convention, bringing a long list of sports legends and hall of  famers from professional basketball, baseball and football to Cleveland for autograph sessions.

Starting Saturday, football will dominate the sports scene in Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland plays host to playoff football on Saturday as the Gladiators host the Philadelphia Soul in a first round match-up to get to the arena bowl.

The Gladiators enter the game as the Eastern Division Champs of the AFL and are the favorite to win it all and bring home a championship.

Also on Saturday, the Cleveland Browns will take their team on the road for Family Day at InfoCision Stadium in Akron.

The sold-out event will attract 25,000 Browns fans to the campus of the University of Akron for the event, which die-hard Browns fans believe is the premier sports attraction in the area this weekend. (Click for more.)

But national attention will also be focused on the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and enshrinement ceremonies for the class of 2014

Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during ceremonies at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday.

On Sunday, the weekend ends with the Hall of Fame Game, also at Fawcett Stadium, between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills.

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