November 28, 2014

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Rockies continue amazing run, down D’backs in 11 innings

PHOENIX — Willy Taveras raced toward the gap for a diving catch, then walked to first base to keep the Colorado Rockies streaking toward the World Series. Jose Valverde walked Taveras on four pitches with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, and Colorado beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Friday night for a 2-0 lead Read More…

A sigh for C.C., Indians as Red Sox roll in ALCS opener

BOSTON — Only one of the starting pitchers for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Friday night held up his end of the Cy Young bargain. And it wasn’t C.C. Sabathia. With the Indians’ ace laying a postseason egg, the Red Sox landed the first blow in the ALCS showdown between baseball’s Read More…

Tribe notes: Fausto’s success forged by last year’s failure

BOSTON — Those who claim to have predicted Fausto Carmona would be one of the most dominating starting pitchers in baseball this year are lying. After watching Carmona’s season on the brink as the Indians closer in 2006, no one could have guessed as much. “I think it’s part of who he is,” said Cleveland Read More…

Doug Clarke: College football ratings are rank and should be filed

On a day when the baseball playoffs fill the house with either joy or angst, or some combination thereof, permit me to slip in the side door and plop a small rant down on the kitchen table. Here it is: The college football polls, both the Associated Press and the Harris Interactive, are whack. The Read More…

Browns’ Cribbs vs. Miami’s Ginn: Matchup has special feel

BEREA — Forget running to the concession stand. Don’t even risk racing to the fridge. Punts and kickoffs, normally the perfect opportunity to seek refreshment, will be must-see events Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Miami rookie Ted Ginn Jr. grew up in Cleveland, but it will be the Browns’ Joshua Cribbs trying to defend his Read More…

Browns notes: Taylor-made test for Thomas

BEREA — Rookie left tackle Joe Thomas will feel the heat of the spotlight Sunday when defensive end Jason Taylor and the Miami Dolphins visit. Taylor is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year after posting 13.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. He will spend most of his time lined up across from Thomas. Read More…

Cavaliers use Sonics game to get ready for China trip

CLEVELAND — Next stop: China. The Cavaliers played their third exhibition game in four nights Friday at Quicken Loans Arena, a 96-90 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics, then boarded a jet 90 minutes later for an 18-hour trip to Shanghai. Cleveland, which will play a pair of preseason games against the Orlando Magic next week, Read More…

Ohio State vs. Kent State: Signs don’t point to an upset

COLUMBUS — Kent State’s coach says he wants to rotate players to reduce the chances of injuries. The quarterback says the offense has been sloppy. Those statements don’t exactly lead one to believe there’s a mammoth upset in the making as the Golden Flashes gird for today’s game with No. 3 Ohio State. The Buckeyes Read More…

Boston 10, Cleveland 3: Tribe got socked

BOSTON — This isn’t exactly the start the Indians were hoping for. Riding a head full of confidence after dispatching the Yankees in four games in the division series and with their ace C.C. Sabathia on the mound, the Indians were brought back down to earth a bit, thanks to a 10-3 drubbing from Boston Read More…

Who has the best food? Cleveland:

Indian food — cornmeal, deer meat, fruit plucked from trees? Ohio’s Shawnee and Kickapoo tribes would have been in bewildered stupors when faced with the dogs, brats, pizza, nachos and ice cream today’s “Indians” can stuff their faces with, only to wash it all down with $7 beers or $4 pops dispensed in souvenir cups Read More…