February 5, 2016


Mariners 6, Indians 5: Pitching lets Tribe down in series finale loss

Seattle Mariners' Mike Zunino, right, is congratulated by Kyle Seager after Zunino hit a two-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Bryan Shaw. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber and the Indians had the market cornered on pitching Wednesday night. It was the complete opposite Thursday. With arms in starting and relief roles letting them down, the Indians dropped the series finale with Seattle, as the Mariners rallied for a 6-5 win. Cleveland broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh Read More…

Indians notes: Tribe has tough task ahead with improved Tigers

The Detroit Tigers improved their starting rotation by trading for Rays ace David Price on Thursday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

CLEVELAND — While everyone else in the Central Division did little to improve their big-league club at the trading deadline, the first-place Tigers didn’t follow that trend. Despite owning a five-game lead in the standings through Wednesday, Detroit made one of the biggest trading deadline splashes, acquiring former American League Cy Young award winner David Read More…

Browns Notes: New safety Jim Leonhard reunites with Mike Pettine

Joe Haden goes up against his teammate Jordan Poyer during drills at the Browns training camp Thursday in Berea. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Safety Jim Leonhard played for Mike Pettine in Baltimore, New York and Buffalo. He’s never seen him quite like this. “I’m excited to see him as a head coach,” Leonhard said Thursday. “I think he’s got the right mentality for it. The little bit that I’ve seen, he’s doing the right things. “Personality-wise Read More…

Rookie QB Johnny Manziel struggles to adjust from college system to Browns’ scheme

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel throws a pass during a training camp practice in Berea on Thursday. (AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk)

BEREA — Johnny Manziel has one thing figured out after his first week of NFL training camp: He isn’t in College Station anymore. Manziel met with reporters Thursday after the fifth full-squad practice and acknowledged his practice struggles, admitted his issues picking up the intricate offense and surprised some by saying he isn’t in a Read More…

Indians: Asdrubal Cabrera traded to Nationals for infielder Zach Walters

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera sits alone in the corridor outside the clubhouse moments after learning the Cleveland Indians traded him to the Washington Nationals on Thursday afternoon. BRIAN DULIK/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — Another day, another Indians veteran leaving town. Approximately 24 hours after trading ace Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey, Cleveland dealt two-time All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals on Thursday for infield prospect Zach Walters. “It was another tough day for a number of us personally Read More…

VIDEO: Former OSU football player Tracy Sprinkle pleads no contest in Lorain bar brawl

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LORAIN — Former Ohio State University football defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle pleaded no contest Thursday to an amended misdemeanor charge of attempted failure to comply with a police order that stemmed from a July 5 brawl outside a Lorain bar. Additional charges of possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and riot were dismissed as Read More…

Police: Members of suspected heroin trafficking organization arrested

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LORAIN – The breakup of a Lorain County drug ring this week led to seven arrests and the largest amount of heroin police have ever seized in Lorain. On Wednesday police arrested seven members of a suspected “heroin trafficking organization” in Lorain County and seized over a kilo of heroin in the process, according to Read More…

Fired Ohio State band director says he was fixing vulgar culture

Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters leads the band in "Carmen Ohio" following a game against San Diego State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sept. 7. (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Adam Cairns)

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio State University’s fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture “in dire need of change” before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation concluded he knew about, but failed to Read More…

2 more arrested in drug investigation

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Two additional suspects were arrested in connection with a drug raid in Lorain County. Tyshun Washington, 28, of Elyria, was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs. Amber Zajac, 23, of Lorain, was charged with conspiracy. These two arrests come after five people were arrested on Wednesday Read More…

Lorain teachers learning creative strategies to help students

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ELYRIA — Don’t call it art camp for teachers. Yes, their tables were crowded with paints, glue sticks and chopped-up magazines ideal for decoupage. But the Lorain Schools teachers holed up Wednesday in a classroom at the Lorain County Community College were there to learn. During the summer, teachers embark on myriad professional development courses, Read More…