October 2, 2014

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Red Sox, Beckett spoil Indians’ party, force a return to Boston

CLEVELAND — The Indians’ postseason run will continue but not at the desired destination nor against the opponent of choice. Rather than preparing to host the Colorado Rockies at Jacobs Field for the beginning of the World Series, Cleveland will instead return to Fenway Park, where a hometown crowd itching to root the Red Sox Read More…

Scott Petrak: Relax, this Tribe team won’t fail

CLEVELAND — Take a deep breath and relax. Yes, the Indians lost Game 5 7-1 Thursday night. Yes, the ALCS is headed back to Boston. Yes, the Indians failed to clinch at home. Yes, ace C.C. Sabathia fell to 0-2 in the series. No, it’s not time to panic. No, this won’t be a repeat Read More…

Sabathia’s struggles continue

CLEVELAND — The 112th and final pitch of C.C. Sabathia’s night bounced between a small patch of center field that separated Grady Sizemore and Franklin Gutierrez. There was only a moment’s hesitation by Sizemore, who glanced ever so briefly at an oncoming Gutierrez, that slowed his charge — enough of a window to allow Kevin Read More…

Tribe notes: Betancourt a bargain

CLEVELAND — The Indians are paying Rafael Betancourt $840,000 this season. He’s been worth much more. “He’s been as consistent as any setup guy that I’ve ever seen at this level,” said Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. Betancourt flourished in the late-inning role this year, going 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 68 regular season appearances Read More…

Boys soccer: Elyria Catholic moves up and on

ELYRIA — In an 80-minute thriller, Elyria Catholic won its first Division II sectional soccer championship Thursday night at Knights of Columbus Field. The unseeded Panthers, moving up from Division III this season, pinned a 2-1 loss on third-seeded Copley. The winner was a rocket off Anthony Saxton’s right foot on the restart after a Read More…

Counties tell NOACA to change

ELYRIA — After last week’s vote approving a controversial new Interstate 90 interchange in Avon, Cuyahoga County Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones predicted threats of leaving the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency would disappear. They haven’t. On Thursday, Medina County Commissioner Stephen Hambley met with the Lorain County commissioners, and they appeared to come to a Read More…

Astronaut returns to familiar ground

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — To infinity and beyond. North Ridgeville’s star-bound son returned Thursday and had an out-of-this-world story to share. CHUCK HUMEL / CHRONICLE Charles O. Hobaugh, astronaut and North Ridgeville High School graduate, spoke Thursday at his alma mater. Fresh off his latest mission to the International Space Station, 1980 North Ridgeville High School Read More…

Prep volleyball: Avon Lake upsets Elyria in four games

EATON TWP. — Olmsted Falls survived, but defending champion Elyria didn’t in Division I sectional volleyball action at Midview on Thursday night. The second-seeded Bulldogs were easy winners over the host Middies, sweeping the nightcap 25-6, 25-11, and 25-20 to join their Southwestern Conference rival Avon Lake in Tuesday’s district semifinals. Falls, the SWC co-champ Read More…

Preparation, power make Avon Lake’s Haddad hard to contain

Mike Haddad can talk about the swell of tension in his gut leading up to kickoff — the way the stadium lights feel on his skin, the high of performing before an electric crowd of fans.   But for Haddad, Avon Lake’s senior fullback and middle linebacker, football has always been — and always will Read More…

Donated building comes with hidden costs, old tenant warns

ELYRIA — The former tenant of a south Elyria building owned by a philanthropic group is warning Elyria officials not to accept the building as a restricted-use donation because the city could find itself being evicted without reason. Nordson Corporation Foundation this week offered to donate to the city a 200,000-square-foot building at Middle Avenue Read More…