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Quick start sets tone as Elyria Catholic dominates Lutheran West to advance to Division III district soccer final

Elyria Catholic's Anna Griffin, left, tries to control the ball as Lutheran West's Taya Hampton closes in Monday night in a rainy Division III district semifinal . STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — It’s always a good to start the night with the quickest goal in Knights of Columbus Field history. Elyria Catholic’s Andi Widmer scored just 15 seconds into the game and the Panthers never looked back in beating Lutheran West 5-1 in a girls Division III district semifinal. “I was really eager for us Read More…

Sisters provide spark: Samantha and Kayla Sparks lead Wellington past Cuyahoga Heights in district soccer semifinal

Wellington's Madison Schneider goes up against Cuyahoga Heights' Caylee Cunningham on Monday night. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — It wasn’t really the Sparks Sisters Show, the work of freshman forward Samantha and junior goalkeeper Kayla. It was much more a collective triumph than that Monday afternoon when Wellington knocked off Cuyahoga Heights 2-0 in a Division III district semifinal. It’s just that they’re sisters, and Samantha scored both goals and Kayla Read More…

Cavaliers 104, 76ers 93: Top pick Anthony Bennett coming along slowly, but showing signs of improvement

Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner, right, is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett on Monday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Cavaliers power forward Anthony Bennett hasn’t been overly impressive in the exhibition season, but he’s doing much better than Nerlens Noel. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown dropped a bombshell Monday prior to the 76ers’ 104-93 preseason loss to the Cavs at the Schottenstein Center, saying Noel probably won’t play this season. “He needs to Read More…

A big honor for a big man: Cavaliers to retire former star Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey number

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

CLEVELAND — Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey is going up to where he can’t even reach it. The Cavaliers will retire Ilgauskas’ No. 11 on March 8, raising it to the rafters in Quicken Loans Arena to honor their beloved former center who overcame major foot injuries early in his career to become one of Cleveland’s best Read More…

College football: Ohio State coaching staff likes the way offense is playing, but wants defense to be more physical

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, top, dives over the goal line to score a touchdown past teammate Corey Brown, right, and Iowa linebacker James Morris Saturday. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — Ohio State line coach Mike Vrabel let slip a swear word as he was talking about how the Buckeyes’ defense got pushed around Saturday. Odds are, it wasn’t the only time a coach cursed that unit over the past few days. “Call it what it was,” Vrabel said of Iowa doing what it Read More…

Board expands Medicaid

COLUMBUS — Thousands more Ohioans can soon enroll in the Medicaid program after a legislative panel on Monday cleared the governor’s request for the state to spend federal dollars to provide them with health coverage. Ohio recently received approval from the federal government to expand Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled. Read More…

Elyria pantry lends helping hands to fill stomachs

Food Pantr

ELYRIA — Today, the St. Jude’s Helping Hands Food Pantry, a former convent turned into a source of nourishment for families, will be open. The posted hours are 6 to 8 p.m., but Darlene Lauffer, president of the all-volunteer group that now numbers more than 50, knows from experience that people will start to darken Read More…

Tax form foul-up could cost Lorain

LORAIN — A U.S. Internal Revenue Service audit has determined that the city of Lorain failed to send out proper tax forms to some vendors for the 2011 tax year, a mistake that could potentially cost the city nearly $210,000 in fines and penalties. According to documents released Monday in response to a public records Read More…

State auditor: Lorain officially off fiscal watch

Ohio Auditor David Yost

LORAIN — While off fiscal watch, a close eye needs to be kept on Lorain’s finances, state Auditor Dave Yost told City Council members at their Monday meeting. “Everything is not unicorns and rainbows out there. There is no pile of money,” Yost said. “It would be easy to go back down the road you Read More…

Lorain goes with Republic for trash deal

LORAIN — A five-year garbage contract with Republic Services Inc., saving customers about $45 per household annually in each of the first two years of the contract, was approved by City Council members Monday. Republic has roughly 22,000 Lorain customers with most customers paying $15 per month and $13.50 per month for those 65 and Read More…