July 31, 2014

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Indians’ Carmona shuts down Royals

CLEVELAND — The Indians are heavily promoting C.C. Sabathia as a candidate for the American League Cy Young Award. Perhaps it’s time they do the same for Fausto Carmona. The right-handed flamethrower tossed another masterpiece Saturday night, taking over the A.L. ERA lead with eight scoreless innings in the Tribe’s 6-0 win over the Kansas Read More…

Tribe notes: Unhappy Lee looking ahead

CLEVELAND — The Indians are driving toward their first playoff berth in six years, but Cliff Lee’s season remains stuck in neutral. So far this season, the left-hander has lost his spot in the starting rotation, been demoted to Triple-A Buffalo, remained in the minors until Sept. 1, then pitched just twice out of the Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Indians, Central Division champs … don’t be afraid to say it

I know it’s Cleveland, land of the sports losers, home of the heartbreak and all, but I think it’s safe to go ahead and say it. “Cleveland Indians, Central Division champions.” Barring a catastrophic collapse, say maybe like the one that took place during the 2005 season, the Indians will win their first division title Read More…

Dan Coughlin: Web site helps athletes get recruited

Having coached high school and college football for 10 years before spending another 25 years as a sports agent, Vern Sharbaugh saw too many good high school athletes fall between the cracks. He knew how and why that happened so he decided to seal the cracks. You will find his solution at www.mygamefilm.com, a Web Read More…

Browns players find focus amid the adversity

CLEVELAND — The Browns hierarchy insists a plan’s in place to change the fortunes of the franchise. It’s safe to say last week didn’t follow the script. Everyone connected with the Browns was stunned by the totality of the dismal effort in the 34-7 loss to the Steelers. If the performance wasn’t disconcerting enough, Charlie Read More…

Dog-gone good: Ohio State hammers Washington

SEATTLE — Usually stoic in his scarlet sweater vest, Jim Tressel was jumping around the sideline. In the huddle, normally low-key Todd Boeckman barked at his Ohio State teammates, as the quarterback making his third career start joined his coach in trying to ignite the Buckeyes. It worked. Chris Wells ran for 135 yards and Read More…

Prep volleyball: Elyria turns seeding snub into another tournament title

ROCKY RIVER — Elyria’s volleyball players needed only to look in the mirror for any extra motivation at Saturday’s 29th annual Rocky River Invitational. After all, the two-time defending champs were only seeded sixth. The Pioneers thought they deserved more respect. So they went out and earned it. Elyria (7-4) swept the tournament’s top three Read More…

Prep tennis: Shoregals rally, earn tie in SWC tourney

AVON LAKE — They were the biggest points, in the biggest tiebreaker, in the biggest set, in the biggest match to win the biggest tournament of their lives. The Avon Lake second doubles team of freshman Kate Began and sophomore Molly Clayton found a way to fight off a pair of match points in the Read More…

Multi-cycle crash injures six riders

EATON TWP. — A chaotic scene Saturday evening began on an Eaton Township road when a motorcycle skidded out of control and triggered a chain-reaction crash involving at least three other motorcycles, including one that burst into flames, Ohio Highway Patrol troopers said. Four people on the motorcycles — passengers and drivers alike — suffered Read More…

Do polygraphs detect the truth, or are they pseudo science?

When the 12 men and women determine the fate of 18-year-old Willie Evans IV, they will certainly look back to the testimony delivered on Sept. 11. Last Tuesday, professional polygraphist William Evans II (who is not related to the defendant) testified that the defendant had failed the polygraph test he administered.  Does this seal the Read More…