September 23, 2014

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Lofton earns a pie to the face after his winning return

INDIANS 10, TWINS 4 CLEVELAND — Nobody knows what it’s like to be a Cleveland Indian more than Kenny Lofton. But Lofton learned what it means to be a member of the 2007 squad when he was given his first victory pie in the face during a television interview Friday night following the Indians’ 10-4 Read More…

Lofton, Tribe both want ring

CLEVELAND — Kenny Lofton was a member of five of the Indians’ last six teams to make it to the postseason. He’s back to try to make it six of seven. In a move to bolster their offense while adding playoff experience in the clubhouse, the Indians acquired Lofton via a trade with the Texas Read More…

Cliff takes a dive down to minors – Tribe Notes

Indians send veteran lefty Lee to Buffalo CLEVELAND — Indians pitcher Cliff Lee said he would do anything to reverse his failing fortunes. Odds are pretty good he didn’t mean this. Lee, a one-time 18-game winner and a staple of Cleveland’s rotation since 2004, was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, returning to the minor Read More…

Crennel knows his job is at stake

Browns coach Romeo Crennel was back in his element Friday because his team was back on the field. The start of training camp tends to make everyone around the NFL feel young again, but there was an unmistakable spring in the 60-year-old’s step. “He’s out there stretching with us, working out alongside the guys,’’ wide Read More…

No Quinn? No tears shed

BEREA — Brady Quinn was not present for the opening day of Browns camp Friday, but his presence was felt everywhere at the team’s training facility. Many fans were wearing the rookie quarterback’s No. 10 jersey, while many players were bombarded with questions about the former Notre Dame heartthrob. Quinn, however, remains unsigned — out Read More…

Brady, Bentley not ready to go

BEREA — Kellen Winslow sprinted onto the field to a rousing ovation, his surgically repaired knee healthy enough for him to practice with the team. Joe Thomas, the No. 3 overall pick and Northeast Ohio’s newest multimillionaire, lined up as the second-team left tackle, because coach Romeo Crennel doesn’t just hand out starting jobs. But Read More…

Bonds blasts No. 754

Janie McCauley The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Hammerin’ Hank, he’s right behind you now. Barry Bonds hit his 754th career home run Friday night, and needs just one more to tie Hank Aaron’s record. The Giants star sent a 2-1 pitch from rookie Rick Vanden Hurk over the wall in left-center in the first Read More…

Relax, life will go on despite sports punks

Of all things … As near as I can figure it, we have — according to the sporting prints this past week — reached the apocalypse and the end of all sports as we know it because of (1) Barry Bonds, (2) Michael Vick and (3) an NBA ref who probably altered the point spread Read More…

County’s peach crops dodge bullet

Proximity to lake tempered effects of late frost for some ELYRIA — Being a few weeks behind the rest of the state crop-wise can have its advantages, particularly when a late-spring cold snap rides in. Farmers throughout Lorain County and many of the counties bordering Lake Erie are counting their blessings as their fruit crops Read More…

Cleveland downsizes plans for school construction

District is responding to loss of enrollment CLEVELAND — The fast-shrinking Cleveland school system, which could decline 43 percent in less than a generation, is downsizing an ambitious construction and renovation program from 111 buildings to about 80. The plan is fluid, according to Dan Burns, the district construction czar and chief operating officer. “We Read More…