April 23, 2014

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Byrd and paradise: Veteran pitches Indians to ALCS

NEW YORK — There will be no Game 5 of the Division Series for the Indians, just Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Indians manager Eric Wedge put his faith and his team’s postseason fate in the hands of veteran Wiffle-ball tosser Paul Byrd on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, and the right-hander Read More…

Tribe notes: Wedge never considered C.C. for Game 4 start

NEW YORK — For Eric Wedge, it was a no-brainer. For those who wanted to see C.C. Sabathia start on short rest over Paul Byrd in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium on Monday, Cleveland’s manager has no brains. “There was never any thought to the contrary for multiple reasons,” Wedge said of the decision to Read More…

Loss could be Torre’s last stand as Yankee

NEW YORK — Joe Torre sat quietly in his favorite spot on the bench, stomach churning, eyes fixed low under that navy blue New York Yankees cap. He’s probably headed to the Hall of Fame, Monument Park, every baseball pantheon there is. Today, though, Torre might be a man without a job. After 12 playoff Read More…

Browns’ Steinbach calls Pats’ Vrabel classless

BEREA — Browns guard Eric Steinbach came back from New England impressed by the Patriots’ talent but infuriated with one of their captains. “Classless. And you can quote me,” Steinbach said Monday. He was referring to linebacker Mike Vrabel and his actions with 11 seconds left in the 34-17 loss. Derek Anderson had just completed Read More…

Browns notes: Shaffer not happy with playing time

BEREA — Kevin Shaffer doesn’t look happy. After moving from left tackle to right tackle to make room for rookie Joe Thomas, Shaffer is in jeopardy of losing the right tackle job to Ryan Tucker, who returned Sunday following a four-game steroids suspension. Shaffer started vs. the Patriots and played the entire second half, but Read More…

Boys soccer: Strippoli’s three goals lift Avon Lake past Elyria Catholic

ELYRIA — Dom Strippoli had the game of his senior season Monday night at Knights of Columbus Field, scoring all three of Avon Lake’s goals in a 3-2 win over Elyria Catholic. Asked how many goals he’s scored this season, Strippoli pointed three fingers in the air and answered, “Three.” “Dom decided to show up Read More…

Prep volleyball notes: Latvian sisters making smooth transition at North Olmsted

Two young women from Latvia, Elina Strautneice and her younger sister, Liga, are fans of the television movie “High School Musical.” So, naturally, the two were thrilled to be able to come to the United States for the 2007-08 school year. “I overheard students talking about ‘High School Musical,’” North Olmsted head coach Jason Krucek Read More…

Avon councilman dies

Tim Nickum, who had leukemia, was in hospital for complications from bone marrow transplant AVON — Councilman Timothy Nickum, who represented Avon’s 3rd Ward for the past eight years, died Saturday following a seven-year struggle with leukemia. Nickum Nickum, 65, had been undergoing treatment at University Hospitals in Cleveland for the past two weeks because Read More…

Cavaliers’ Hughes taking troubles as they come

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes always has something going on in his life. It might not always be something good, but there’s always something going on. This summer, the news ranged from the brain aneurysm his wife survived to the death of an aunt to the shooting pointers he got from former Cavalier Mark Read More…

Teachers, district going back to table

WELLINGTON — It was mid-September when the teachers union and the administration of the Wellington Schools last sat down and tried to hammer out a contract. In the interim, things have grown increasingly tense as both sides fired barbs at each other and parents fret that the teachers will act on a 10-day strike notice Read More…